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TRENDING 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. Fans will also enjoy Philip Seymour Hoffman's best performances in bad movies and greatest actors who never won an Oscar. 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 of popular male character actors include J. K. Simmons, Gary Oldman, and Paul Giamatti.

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?"

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 ...more

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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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#55 on The Best Actors Working Today

#47 on The Best Living American Actors

#47 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 2 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: New York City, Red Hook, USA, New York

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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#82 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#81 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#26 on The Greatest Western Movie Stars

#47 on The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. Oldman rose to prominence in the United Kingdom with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears, as well as that of a football firm leader in The Firm, before going on to achieve international ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: New Cross, London, England, London United Kingdom

Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional, Batman Begins

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#13 on The Best Actors Working Today

#31 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#62 on The Best Living American Actors

#5 on The Best English Actors of All Time

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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 47 (1967-2014)

Birthplace: USA, Fairport, New York

Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Capote, Doubt, Charlie Wilson's War, The Master

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#53 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#46 on The Best Actors in Film History

#81 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#40 on Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book

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Stephen Tobolowsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Character Actors
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Stephen Harold Tobolowsky is an American actor, author and musician. He played annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, as well as such television characters as Commissioner Hugo Jarry, Bob Bishop, Sandy Ryerson and Stu Beggs. Tobolowsky does an audio podcast about once a month of ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting Film Director, + more

Credits: Groundhog Day, Memento, Heroes, Thelma & Louise Deadwood, + more

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Michael Sheen is listed (or ranked) 6 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 ...more

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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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#85 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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Charles Durning is listed (or ranked) 7 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: USA, New York, Highland Falls

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) 8 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, ...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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