Most Underrated Character Actors

by tbell1826 | created - 21 Feb 2013 | updated - 21 Feb 2013 | Public

1. Raymond J. Barry

Actor | Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Raymond J. Barry was born in New York, and attended Brown University, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball, and track. While there, he earned his degree in Philosophy and as a senior, was cast in the stage production of "Picnic," where he played a football player. He then entered the...

2. Richard Riehle

Actor | The Man from Earth

Richard Riehle was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to Mary Margaret (Walsh), a nurse, and Herbert John Riehle, an assistant postmaster. He is of German and Irish descent. Richard attended the University of Notre Dame, where he became heavily involved with the University Theatre. Appearing in ...

3. Donal Logue

Actor | Blade

Donal Logue's versatility and talent makes him one of the most well respected and beloved actors today. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Logue moved all over the United States, from the Boston area as an infant to various towns on the Mexican border. He returned to Boston to attend Harvard University, where...

4. Garret Dillahunt

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

Garret studied journalism at the University of Washington and received an MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He performed on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he also began pursuing film and television roles. A self described workaholic, he enjoys a ...

5. Mark Margolis

Actor | Pi

Mark Margolis is an American actor who is well-known for his collaborations with film director Darren Aronofsky, particularly Pi (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Noah (2014), Black Swan (2010), and The Fountain (2006). Margolis also gained notoriety for his portrayal of "Tio" Hector Salamanca in...

6. Philip Casnoff

Actor | Strong Medicine

Philip Casnoff was born on August 3, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Strong Medicine (2000), Sinatra (1992) and The Post (2017). He has been married to Roxanne Hart since August 7, 1983. They have two children.

7. Muse Watson

Actor | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Rugged character actor Muse Watson is an established stage actor and veteran screen performer with a host of widely varying characters to his name, ranging from the hook-wielding killer in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997), to the gentle, cat-loving con in the Fox television suspense drama "...

8. Kevin Corrigan

Actor | True Romance

A native of the Bronx, New York, Kevin Corrigan has been acting and writing since the age of 15. He made his film debut in Lost Angels (1989) and around that time, when he was just 17, his original play "The Boiler Room" was produced by the Young Playwrights Festival of New York. He has gone on to ...

9. Jacob Vargas

Actor | Mr. Iglesias

Jacob Vargas began his acting career when he was discovered breakdancing in a schoolyard at age 12. His introduction to acting came with a bit part as a breakdancer on the hit TV show Diff'rent Strokes (1978). In 1995 he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year) for his work ...

10. Danny Trejo

Actor | Machete

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...

11. Stephen Tobolowsky

Actor | Mississippi Burning

Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky was born on May 30, 1951 in Dallas, Texas. Over the past three decades, Tobolowsky has racked up a lengthy list of roles in movies and television across many different genres.

While Tobolowsky initially attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with ...

12. Stephen Root

Actor | Office Space

Stephen Root, one of today's most prolific character actors, is currently starring in HBO's hit series Barry, for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Nomination. Barry has been nominated for multiple Emmy's and Golden Globes, and has been renewed through season four. Stephen recently ...

13. Keith David

Actor | The Princess and the Frog

Keith David is a classically trained actor, winning 3 Emmys out of 6 nominations as well as being nominated for a Tony award. He starred in the recently concluded TV series "Greenleaf" for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. Upcoming films include "Horizon Line" with Allison Williams ("Get Out") and "...

14. Alfred Molina

Actor | Spider-Man 2

Alfred Molina was born in 1953 in London, England. His mother, Giovanna (Bonelli), was an Italian-born cook and cleaner, and his father, Esteban Molina, was a Spanish-born waiter and chauffeur. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. His stage work includes two major Royal ...

15. Bobby Cannavale

Actor | The Station Agent

In both career and in real life, Bobby Cannavale tends to choose the unconventional way of doing things. In the beginning, his decisions may have cost the dark, swarthily good-looking actor some acting roles and/or good-paying parts but, in the end, his strong work ethic and sense of self, despite ...

16. Gregg Henry

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Gregg Henry has worked with many well-known filmmakers. For James Gunn: Slither (2006), Super (2010), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). For Brian De Palma: Scarface (1983), Body Double (1984). Raising Cain (1992), Femme Fatale (2002), The Black Dahlia (2006),...

17. J.K. Simmons

Actor | Whiplash

J.K. Simmons is an American actor.

He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music).

He had ...

18. Tom Virtue

Actor | Even Stevens

Tom Virtue was born on November 19, 1957 in Sherman, Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for Even Stevens (2000), Green Book (2018) and Iron Man 3 (2013). He has been married to Alima Khaiser since 1999. They have four children.

19. Julio Oscar Mechoso

Actor | Planet Terror

Julio Oscar Mechoso was born on May 31, 1955 in Florida, USA. He was an actor, known for Planet Terror (2007), Jurassic Park III (2001) and The Legend of Zorro (2005). He died on November 25, 2017 in Burbank, California, USA.

20. Dan Castellaneta

Actor | The Simpsons

Daniel Louis Castellaneta is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and television writer. Castellaneta is best known for voicing Homer Simpson on the animated series The Simpsons (1989) (as well as other characters on the show such as Abraham "Grampa" Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, ...

21. Daniel Roebuck

Actor | Getting Grace

Having made his feature film debut starring in the teen comedy Cavegirl Daniel Roebuck quickly realized that there was only one direction to travel in his career. Up!

Soon after Cavegirl, Roebuck established himself as one of the industry's youngest character actors with his haunting portrayal as the...

22. Curtis Armstrong

Actor | Better Off Dead...

Curtis Armstrong was born on November 27, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Better Off Dead... (1985), Risky Business (1983) and Revenge of the Nerds (1984). He has been married to Elaine Aronson since January 2, 1994. They have one child. He was previously ...

23. David Krumholtz

Actor | The Deuce

David Krumholtz is an American actor and comedian. He played Mr. Universe in Serenity, Charlie Eppes in the CBS drama series Numb3rs, and starred in the Harold & Kumar and The Santa Clause film franchises. Krumholtz was born in Queens, New York City. He is the son of Michael, a postal worker, and ...

24. Thomas Lennon

Actor | Reno 911!

Thomas Lennon is a writer and actor from Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he was a member of the influential sketch comedy group The State. The State's hit television series ran on MTV for three seasons and received an Ace Award nomination ...

25. Greg Germann

Actor | Ally McBeal

A native of Houston raised on Lookout Mountain outside of Golden, Colorado, Greg Germann was exposed to the performing arts at an early age, particularly through his father, an award-winning children's playwright and theater professor. As a Theater major at the University of Northern Colorado, a ...



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