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Famous Male Character Actors

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List of famous male character actors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male character actors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being character actors. There are thousand of males working as character actors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic character actors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a character actor then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples include Lorenzo Branchetti and John Quade.

While this isn't a list of all male character actors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male character actors?" and "Who are the best male character actors?"
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    Paul Giamatti

    Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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    Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti is an American actor. Giamatti began his career as a supporting actor in several films produced during the 1990s including Private Parts, The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, The Negotiator, and Man on the Moon, before earning lead roles in several projects in the 2000s ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, The Illusionist, Cinderella Man
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    Tim Allen

    Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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    Timothy Alan Dick, known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement. He is also known for his starring roles in several popular films, including the Toy Story film series, The Santa Clause film series, and the science fiction ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Home Improvement, Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2
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    Eli Wallach

    Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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    Eli Herschel Wallach was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s. Trained in stage acting, which he enjoyed doing most, he became "one of the greatest 'character actors' ever to appear on stage and screen," states TCM, with ...more

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    • Age: Died at 99 (1915-2014)
    • Birthplace: Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Godfather: Part III, The Magnificent Seven, The Holiday
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    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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    Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer of film and theater. Best known for his supporting and character roles – typically lowlifes, bullies, and misfits – Hoffman was a regular presence in films from the early 1990s until his death at age 46. Drawn to theater as a teenager, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1967-2014)
    • Birthplace: Fairport, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Capote, Doubt, Charlie Wilson's War, The Master
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    Michael Sheen

    Michael Sheen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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    Michael Christopher Sheen, OBE is a Welsh actor and director. After training at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1991, starring in When She Danced at the Gielgud Theatre. He worked mainly in theatre throughout the 1990s and made notable stage appearances in Romeo ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris, Underworld, Frost/Nixon
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    Charles Durning

    Charles Durning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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    Charles Edward Durning was an American actor, with appearances in over 200 movies, television shows and plays. Durning's memorable roles included the Oscar-winning The Sting and Dog Day Afternoon, along with the comedies Tootsie, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Be or Not to Be. more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1923-2012)
    • Birthplace: Highland Falls, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Soldier, Actor, Voice acting, Dancer, Teacher
    • Credits: The Sting, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Tootsie, Dog Day Afternoon
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    Pete Postlethwaite is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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    Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite OBE was an English actor. After minor television appearances, including in The Professionals, his first success came with the 1988 film Distant Voices, Still Lives. He played a mysterious lawyer, Mr. Kobayashi, in The Usual Suspects, and appeared in Alien 3, Amistad, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1946-2011)
    • Birthplace: Warrington, England
    • Profession: Dubbing, Actor, Teacher
    • Credits: Inception, The Usual Suspects, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Romeo + Juliet
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    Jim Broadbent

    Jim Broadbent is an actor. more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge!, Cloud Atlas, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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