Great character (or little known) actors.

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  1. Imbi

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    Where i come from, no one ever talks about these great actors, or watches any of their movies, so i'm hoping people here know more about their work, and i wanted to ask what you all think has been the best perfomance they have given, and maybe even suggest a film, that i haven't personnally seen yet.
    Don Cheadle
    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Tim Roth
    William H. Macy
    Ian McKellen
    Robert Carlyle
    Gene Hackman
    Ben Kingsley
    Gary Oldman
    Ian Holm
    Thank You so much to anyone, who finds the time to do this.
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  2. Lew Crippen

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    Good question Imbi and welcome to the forum.
    SteveGon ran a tourney dedicated to Gene Hackman’s movies. You can find it
    here.
    I probably like The Conservation as much as any of Hackman’s films. As for the others, a few of my comments:
    Ben Kingsley is probably best known in the title role of Ghandi. But he has acted in many, many roles (in the U.S in many TV roles as well).
    Bill Macy is best known here as a TV actor, and is at his best playing unsavory characters.
    Someone from the UK may comment on Robert Carlye, but for me he is best known in the title role of a TV series Hamish MacBeth. I consider his best movie work to be in Trainspotting, which is quite controversial. He is also well known here for The Full Monty.
     
  3. Scott Weinberg

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    This question's been asked a few times before, which is why I have this list. [​IMG]
    Adam Goldberg
    Alan Arkin
    Alan Rickman
    Alec Baldwin
    Alessandro Nivola
    Alex Rocco
    Alfred Molina
    Allison Janney
    Andy Garcia
    Annie Potts
    Anthony Heald
    Armand Assante
    Armin Mueller-Stahl
    Ben Kingsley
    Benicio del Toro
    Bernadette Peters
    Bill Murray
    Bill Paxton
    Bill Pullman
    Bill Sadler
    Bob Balaban
    Bob Dishy
    Bob Gunton
    Brad Dourif
    Brian Cox
    Brian Dennehy
    Brion James
    Bruce Campbell
    Bruce Davison
    Bruce Dern
    Bruce McGill
    Burgess Meredith
    Cary Elwes
    Casey Siemaszko
    Catherine Keener
    Charles Durning
    Charles Napier
    Chris Cooper
    Christian Slater
    Christina Applegate
    Christina Ricci
    Christine Baranski
    Christopher Eccleston
    Christopher Lee
    Christopher McDonald
    Christopher Plummer
    Christopher Walken
    Clarence Williams III
    Clea DuVall
    Cloris Leachman
    Colm Meaney
    Courtney B. Vance
    Craig T. Nelson
    Crispin Glover
    Curtis Armstrong
    Dabney Coleman
    Dan Hedaya
    Daniel Craig
    Danny DeVito
    Danny Trejo
    David Hyde Pierce
    David Keith
    David Krumholtz
    David Morse
    David Ogden Stiers
    David Patrick Kelly
    David Strathairn
    David Warner
    Dean Stockwell
    Denholm Elliot
    Dennis Farina
    Dennis Haysbert
    Dennis Hopper
    Dennis Quaid
    Diane Lane
    Dick Miller
    Diedrich Bader
    Don Cheadle
    Donal Logue
    Donald Moffat
    Donald Sutherland
    Ed Harris
    Ed O'Neill
    Edward Norton
    Elias Koteas
    Enrico Colantoni
    Eric Roberts
    Eric Stoltz
    Erick Avari
    Ernest Borgnine
    Ethan Embry
    Fairuza Balk
    Forrest Whitaker
    Frances Sternhagen
    Fred Dalton Thompson
    Fred Gwynne
    Fred Ward
    Gabriel Byrne
    Gary Oldman
    Gary Sinise
    GD Spradlin
    Gene Hackman
    Geoffrey Lewis
    Gerrit Graham
    Giancarlo Esposito
    Giovanni Ribisi
    Griffin Dunne
    Hal Holbrook
    Harris Yulin
    Harry Dean Stanton
    Harvey Keitel
    Hector Elizondo
    Ian Holm
    Illeana Douglas
    Jack Black
    Jack Gilford
    Jack Lemmon
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    James Cromwell
    James Rebhorn
    James Tolkan
    James Woods
    Janeane Garofalo
    Jason Alexander
    Jason Isaacs
    Jay Mohr
    Jeff Bridges
    Jeff Daniels
    Jeff Goldblum
    Jeffrey Jones
    Jeffrey Tambor
    Jennifer Connelly
    Jennifer Jason Leigh
    Jennifer Tilly
    Jeremy Piven
    Jerry Orbach
    Jerry Stiller
    JK Simmons
    Joan Cusack
    Joe Don Baker
    Joe Mantegna
    Joe Morton
    Joe Pantoliano
    Joey Lauren Adams
    Joey Slotnick
    John Ashton
    John C. Reilly
    John Cazale
    John Cusack
    John Glover
    John Goodman
    John Heard
    John Kapelos
    John Laroquette
    John Leguizamo
    John Lithgow
    John Mahoney
    John Ritter
    John Vernon
    Jon Favreau
    Jon Polito
    Jon Voight
    Joss Ackland
    JT Walsh
    Jude Law
    Judy Davis
    Jurgen Prochnow
    Karen Allen
    Kathleen Quinlan
    Keith David
    Kenneth McMillan
    Kevin Bacon
    Kevin McCarthy
    Kevin Pollak
    Kurt Russell
    Kurtwood Smith
    Lance Henriksen
    Lane Smith
    Liam Neeson
    Lili Taylor
    Linda Fiorentino
    Live Schreiber
    Luis Guzman
    M. Emmet Walsh
    Madeline Kahn
    Madeline Stowe
    Malcolm McDowell
    Mandy Patinkin
    Marilu Henner
    Martin Landau
    Marty Feldman
    Max Perlich
    Max Von Sydow
    Michael Biehn
    Michael Caine
    Michael Ironside
    Michael J. Pollard
    Michael Jeter
    Michael Keaton
    Michael Madsen
    Michael McKean
    Michael Rapaport
    Michael Rooker
    Michael Tucker
    Michael Wincott
    Mickey Rourke
    Miguel Ferrer
    Morgan Freeman
    Murray Hamilton
    Natasha Lyonne
    Ned Beatty
    Nick Nolte
    Nicky Katt
    Oliver Platt
    Parker Posey
    Paul Dooley
    Paul Giamatti
    Paul Gleason
    Paul Lynde
    Paul Reubens
    Paul Sorvino
    Peter Boyle
    Peter Stormare
    Phil Hartman
    Philip Baker Hall
    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Pruitt Taylor Vince
    R. Lee Ermey
    Randall 'Tex' Cobb
    Ray Walston
    Rene Auberjonois
    RG Armstrong
    Richard Crenna
    Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Farnsworth
    Richard Jordan
    Richard Libertini
    Richard Masur
    Richard Moll
    Richard Mulligan
    Ricky Jay
    Rip Torn
    Robert Carlyle
    Robert Davi
    Robert Downey Jr.
    Robert Duvall
    Robert Loggia
    Robert Prosky
    Roddy McDowall
    Ron Livingston
    Ron Perlman
    Ron Rifkin
    Ronny Cox
    Rose McGowan
    Rutger Hauer
    Sam Elliot
    Sam Neill
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Sarah Silverman
    Saul Rubinek
    Scatman Crothers
    Sean Whalen
    Seth Green
    Seymour Cassell
    Slim Pickens
    Stanley Tucci
    Stellan Skarsgard
    Stephen Root
    Stephen Tobolowsky
    Steve Buscemi
    Steve Martin
    Steve Zahn
    Steven Berkoff
    Stockard Channing
    Ted Knight
    Ted Levine
    Terence Stamp
    Teri Garr
    Terry Kiser
    Terry-Thomas
    Thomas Jane
    Tim Curry
    Tim Matheson
    Tim Robbins
    Tim Roth
    Todd Field
    Tom Atkins
    Tom Sizemore
    Tom Skerritt
    Tony Goldwyn
    Tony Randall
    Tony Shalhoub
    Treat Williams
    Trey Wilson
    Veronica Cartwright
    Viggo Mortensen
    Vince Vaughn
    Vincent D'onofrio
    Vincent Schiavelli
    Wallace Shawn
    Will Patton
    Willem Dafoe
    William Atherton
    William Fichtner
    William Forsythe
    William H. Macy
    William Hurt
    William Sanderson
    Woody Harrelson
    Xander Berkeley
    Yaphet Kotto
     
  4. Jan H

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    Great actors all, Imbi.
    Don Cheadle - always good, but my favorite is his performance as the country-western, stereo "expert" porn star in Boogie Nights.
    Philip Seymour Hoffman - he's one of the best actors in film, period. Check out the performance in Flawless, with DeNiro.
    Tim Roth - Ditto, him. My favorite role is the bastard swordsman in Rob Roy.
    William Macy - Fargo
    Ian McKellan - Richard III
    Robert Carlyle - His character Begbie in Trainspotting was one of the most frightening bad guys I've ever seen in a movie.
    Gene Hackman - Very tough one, but I'd take The Conversation.
    Ben Kingsley - tough to top what he did in Gandhi.
    Gary Oldman - State of Grace. Wish he'd make more movies, he's one of the most talented actors out there.
    Ian Holm - It's not a movie, but if you can find a copy of his performance of King Lear, which was on American public television, it's the performance of his career, which is saying something.
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  5. Bruce Hedtke

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    Good list...here's my take:
    Don Cheadle-It is an obvious choice, but the right one...Buck Swope in Boogie Nights. He was simply awesome.
    Philip Seymour Hoffman-Hard to find a bad performance. But, his turn in Happiness was just, well...creepy and probably his best to date.
    Tim Roth-Four Rooms. His role was central and he played it marvellously.
    William H. Macy-Fargo. Dead on perfect.
    Ian McKellen-He has gotten better with age and Gods and Monsters might be his best role yet.
    Robert Carlyle-Trainspotting is where he made his mark, but the film Go Now shows he is a very good dramatic actor as well.
    Gene Hackman-Agreed that this is a tough call, simply because he has consistently put out terrific performances time and time again. But, for my money, his portrayel of Little Bill in Unforgiven is still riveting.
    Ben Kingsley-Gandhi is so very hard to top. But, Kingsley is another actor, like Hackman, that just keeps turning in great performances. His roles in Searching For Bobby Fischer and Sexy Beast were way up there.
    Gary Oldman-This guy seems to be the perpetually overlooked actor. Hard to find anyone who has put out the kind of work he has and not gotten the pub for it. Pick a film, really. He can truly do it all, from parody in The 5th Element, to serious Oscar worthy turns in The Contender, to career roles such as Oswald in JFK or Norman in Leon or even Dracula...one of the best.
    Ian Holm-Loved him in The Sweet Hereafter and Night Falls on Manhattan.
    Bruce
     
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    Sam Elliot- He steals the show in, among others, The Contender , The Big Lebowski and We Were Soldiers .
     
  7. Imbi

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    I wish more people would answer.[​IMG]
     
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    Joe Morton
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    Michael Moriarty
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