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Live Poll: IMDb Users Favorite Character Actor

who is your favorite character actor?

A character actor is a supporting actor who plays unusual, interesting, or eccentric characters. The term, often contrasted with that of leading actor, is somewhat abstract and open to interpretation. In a literal sense, all actors can be considered character actors since they all play "characters", but in the usual sense it is an actor who plays a distinctive and important supporting role.

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls049610122/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Cmb_gJgvwKo/

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JASON ROBARDS! Ultimately he became a leading actor, but for many years he was second man to the leading actor   

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I suggest Dub Taylor, if he counts.  He seems like a crazy character actor to me.  He's in a lot of cheesy movies, so when comes on screen I know I'm having fun.  But if he doesn't count, that's okay.  :)  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0852305/

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steven gilborn...michael ironside...walter abel...milo o'shea...stephen root...strother martin...eli wallach...phil leeds (truly a classic)...jack elam...burgess meredith...joe e. louis..bob balaban...etc...


hope these help...

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do you have one that stands out?

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phil leeds....

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riverotter,

For your consideration:
Paxton Whitehead
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0925717/
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0925717/bio


... Whitehead was the Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, the second-largest repertory theatre in North America. The Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake began as an amateur summer happening. It developed into a professional, international event, particularly under Paxton Whitehead, its dedicated artistic director from 1966 to 1977. ...

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riverotter,

Thanks.

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Danny DeVito.
Do you see him as a character actor?

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Can you correct my name into “Hoekkie”. And I think it’s good to mention a few titles with good supporting roles.

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I think Danny DeVito don’t fit in the list. He played a lot of leading roles. Can you replace mine into Mario Brega?
I was thinking about Christoph Waltz, but maybe that one don’t fit either. What do you think?

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For reference, there are also...
I'm not aware of any older documentaries about this topic featuring character actors prominent in decades further back. I should like to bring up Harry Dean Stanton, but I'm not sure if he spent time as character actor. I remember thinking that he rarely starred in anything. Samuel L. Jackson had been something a character throughout the 1980s and perhaps earlier in the '70s as well.

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Jackson is a leading man.
 I added Stanton

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Just to note, I was referring to Jackson's pre-star past. He had been a background character or a supporting character many times (for several decades) before he starred in, say, Loaded Weapon (spoof of Lethal Weapon).

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I nominate 3 time Oscar winner for actors, Walter Brennan

Academy Awards, USA
1942
Nominee
Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Sergeant York (1941)
1941 Winner
Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Westerner (1940)
1939 Winner
Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kentucky (1938)
1937 Winner
Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Come and Get It (1936)

I nominate 6 time Oscar nominee for actresses,Thelma Ritter

Academy Awards, USA 1963 Nominee
Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
1960 Nominee
Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Pillow Talk (1959)
1954 Nominee
Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Pickup on South Street (1953)
1953 Nominee
Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role
With a Song in My Heart (1952)
1952 Nominee
Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The Mating Season (1951)
1951 Nominee
Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role
All About Eve (1950)

FYC, I assume you are using the term "character actor" in the gender neutral sense. I think a combined male/female answer pool is far more interesting. But, your poll needs more female representation. Maybe asking for one actor and one actress per poll member would balance things out. I would think these actresses would be in the conversation:
Beulah Bondi,
Ruth Gordon
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Anne Revere,
Ethel Barrymore,
Mercedes McCambridge,
Angela Lansbury,
Marisa Tomei,
Geraldine Page.
Otherwise, changing the question to: Who is your favorite male character actor? would offer more clarity.

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I added brennan. Doing one for user, so if you'd like to change, let me know.

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We still need a clarification, whether this includes actresses too. Are you using the term actor in its gender-neutral form or male only; generally when people refer to character actors its both.

Plus, its "urbanemovies" not "urbanmovies", please correct my answer option.

Yes, I WOULD like to change my nomination to Thelma Ritter.

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SECOND REQUEST please, correct my answer option or remove it altogether.

"urbanemovies" not "urbanmovies" and change my nomination to Thelma Ritter.

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Does Michael Caine count? He had many supporting roles.

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I love Bob Gunton. He's one of the finest! Ever! My suggestion:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0348409/

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J.T. Walsh was, too. :D (My pick is still Bob Gunton)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000687/

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no, he's had many leading roles

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But well, what about Bob Gunton?

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Nice! Thank you.

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I hesitate between John Turturro and Steve Buscemi... and I can't decide!

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Take Buscemi. He's cooler. ;D

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But Turturro is underrated...

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Also true.

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George Kennedy

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Nice pick. Grand Monsieur.

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NDbportmanfan 1,
I thought about requesting George, too!  He appeared in some cheesy films that were featured on RiffTrax and then he was on Dallas... he's not a terrible actor, but he's become an inside joke with me, so I like him and I'm glad he will be on the poll!  :)

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Also, he never changed through his whole life, lol:
Image result for george kennedy young photos

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Good for him!

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I'd like to nominate a woman but Denis O'Hare has been my favorite for years. 

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That made me think of Michael Rooker whom I'm can scarcely remember starring in anything. I can at least recall Michael Biehn starring in The Terminator and as well as a low-key (possibly made-for-TV) movie Asteroid, but indeed he most often plays a supporting character.

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Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy II
Cliffhanger
The Walking Dead (tv-series)
Henry - Portrait of a Serial Killer (leading role)

These are the titles that come to my mind about Michael Rooker. I guess there are some more I saw. I'd have to search. :) I saw Michael Biehn in some later trash movies.

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Already added my #1 pick, but I'm disappointed no one's nominated John Carradine. :-(

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he's on. Thanks!