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    I'm doing this partly because I have way too much free time on my hands and partly because I have no life in the first place.

    So, as the title suggests, who are some of your favorite "character" actors - or actors who rarely get the spotlight or usually play supporting roles but end up "making" a movie. For argument sake, let's limit it to Hollywood style/budget films since a lot of them also end up in TV and Indie movies.

    I'll start with an example:

    David Warner - Saw him first in Time Bandits then saw The Omen a few years later on TV but will always remember him as Bob Cratchit (A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott). With his voice, I can understand why everyone wants him for cartoons and video games!
     
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    Oh this is an interesting thread... I could start listing off a bunch of actors that I at first thought would fit in, but then realized that they really don't lol.
     
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    Steve Buscemi. . played in Fargo. . Reservoir Dogs. . always plays strange characters. .
     
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    Bruce Spence, hands down.

    Has been in Mad Max, LOTR, Matrix and Star Wars.

    Legendary win.

    Andrew Divoff is another one and Phillip Seymour Hoffman was one until he got super famous (still love him).

    Special Mentions: Stephen Tobolowsky, James Cromwell, Keith David, John Heard, Graham Greene, Erick Avari and J.K. Simmons
     
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    Yeah, he definitely counts. Also saw him in Trees Lounge.

    James Rebhorn - Betcha don't know who he is until you see his face :)
     
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    Damn, wish you had money on that bet :D I recognized his name from some Seinfeld episodes. I checked out his IMDB page, and that's the only thing I've seen that he's starred in... boo...
     
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    He's not my favorite, but Michael Cera always plays the same goddamn awkward kid!
     
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    YES! LOL! I grew up loving David Warner. I first saw him in "Time After Time."

    My old and new faves:
    Danny Kaye
    Brad Dourif
    William H. Macy
    Ned Beatty
    Joe Morton
    Edward Herrmann
    William Sanderson
    Lance Henriksen
    James Cromwell
    Peter Sellers
    Jonathan Pryce
    Bill Duke
    Andre Braugher
    JK Simmons
    Matt Frewer
    Roscoe Lee Browne
    Steve Buscemi
    Don Cheadle
    Brian Cox
    Peter Sarsgaard
    Oliver Platt
    Alfred Molina

    ...and I'm sure dozens I've forgot!
     
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    Without cheating, those are the names I recognize. Give me a while and I'll pick out the others :)

    Roscoe Lee Brown sounded familiar so I looked him up... Jumpin' Jack Flash!

    Now for my two favorites...

    Sean Bean - I know he's popular on British TV, but Hollywood only uses him for small parts and villains. Only reason I watched Black Death is because he had a lead role!

    Will Patton - Fell in love with his role as General Bethlehem in the Postman.
     
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    I have no idea.

    Guy Pearce?
    Sam Rockwell?

    What makes something indy, how can even you tell?
     
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    Generally think of them as actors that have never really been in the multi-million dollar Hollywood spotlight or have only had small roles in large movies.

    Indy, some of my "artsy" friends would describe as a movie that either wasn't made in Hollywood and/or had a small budget (think movies that only last in the theaters for about a week, or go direct to Video or end up as features on the Sundance channel).

    Here's another one:

    Curtis Armstrong - If you grew up watching those screwball 80's comedies, you just know this guy :)
     
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