Character Actors

Robert Shaw – Thanks for the memories.

October 6, 2017 // 4 Comments

ROBERT SHAW (1927 – 78)                                             I suppose we all have our favourite character actors. I have several, but near the top of the list is Lancashire-born Robert Shaw. I wonder if he would appreciate being categorized as a ‘character actor’. Possibly not, for he seemed to have a sizeable ego on-screen. Was he the same off it? His [...]

50 TOP MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS PT 2 (25-1)

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

  25        JOE PANTOLIANO I enjoyed Joe Pantoliano as Guido in Risky Business (1983), Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988) and as Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993). My only criticism is his over-use of expletives in the roles he chooses. Perhaps, I am just showing my age. 24        AUSTIN PENDLETON It took Austin Pendleton until the 1980s to find a workable cure for his [...]

50 TOP MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS PT 1 (50-26).

July 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

    50 GREAT MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS Most of the truly great movies owe much of their success to, not just their leading players, but to the quality of the character actors who support them. We all have our favorites, but here is a selection of mine. You may not recall all the names but most of their faces should be immediately familiar. You will not find the likes of Jack Palance or Ward Bond [...]

Tom Sizemore – a great talent wasted.

July 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

    Tom Sizemore – Saving Private Ryan Tom Sizemore’s drug problem was common knowledge in the movie business when he was given the chance to perform in Saving Private Ryan (1998) by Steven Spielberg. ‘Steven said he was going to give me a second chance, but that he would have me tested throughout the shoot’, he recalled. ‘He said that even if I only started using on the [...]

Character Actors ( Pt 2) – Today’s Best?

May 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

      10     Joe Pantoliano  was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and was 32 before he hit it big playing the ruthless pimp Guido in Tom cruise’s first major success Risky Business in 1983. Since then he has played opposite many of the top Hollywood actors in such memorable films as Midnight Run (1988), The Fugitive (1993), U S Marshals (1998) and The Matrix (1999). Pantoliano has [...]

Character actors – the great faces?

May 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

  For the next few days I am going to focus on character actors, beginning with what I believe are (or were) the ten most ‘interesting’ faces. The old adage, ‘his face was his fortune’, applies as much to character actors as it does to the stars. If you are a movie fan you will almost certainly have seen most of my choices at some time or another, although remembering their names is [...]