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List of Famous Character Actors

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List of famous character actors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top character actors in the world? This includes the most prominent character actors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable character actors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic character actors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned character actors.

This list contains people like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tim Allen.

From reputable, prominent, and well known character actors to the lesser known character actors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the character actor field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous character actors ever?" and "What are the names of famous character actors?" then you're in the right place. (183 items)


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    Andy Devine
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    Andrew Vabre "Andy" Devine was an American character actor and comic cowboy sidekick known for his distinctive, whiny voice.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1905-1977)
    • Birthplace: Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Character actor, Actor, Footballer, Voice acting
    • Credits: Robin Hood, Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, How the West Was Won, Around the World in 80 Days, + more
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    Richard Dunn was an American character actor popularized by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Dunn was best known to audiences for his appearances on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, a sketch comedy television series. Dunn, who was known for his glasses, listed his physical features as 5-foot-10 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1936-2010)
    • Birthplace: USA, Urbana, Illinois
    • Profession: Character actor, Actor
    • Credits: The Wedding Singer, Road to Perdition, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Apt Pupil
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    Scarlett Alice Johnson
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    Scarlett Alice Johnson is an English actress who came to national attention early as Vicki Fowler in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She has more recently played the role of Laura Derbyshire in the BBC Three sitcom Pramface.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: London, England
    • Profession: Character actor
    • Credits: EastEnders, The Reeds, Adulthood, Pramface, Panic Button, + more
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    Timothy Leonard Spall, OBE is an English actor and occasional presenter. He became a household name in the UK after appearing in the 1983 ITV comedy-drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Subsequently, some of his notable supporting roles include Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film series, Winston ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Presenter
    • Credits: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, + more
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    David Strathairn
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    David Russell Strathairn is an American actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for portraying journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. He is recognized for his role as CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen in the 2007 film The Bourne Ultimatum, a role he reprised in 2012's ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: A League of Their Own, The Bourne Ultimatum, Lincoln, L.A. Confidential, The Firm, + more
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    Leo Gordon
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    Leo Vincent Gordon was an American film and television character actor as well as a screenplay writer and novelist. During more than 40 years in film and television, he was frequently cast as a supporting actor playing brutish bad guys.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1922-2000)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Character actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: The Shootist, Maverick, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Big Top Pee-wee, The Terror, + more
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    Ian Hunter
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    Ian Hunter was an English character actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1900-1975)
    • Birthplace: Kenilworth, Cape Town
    • Profession: Soldier, Actor
    • Credits: The Adventures of Robin Hood, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Strange Cargo, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Physician, + more
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    James Rebhorn
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    James Robert Rebhorn was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films, television series, and plays. At the time of his death, he had recurring roles in the current series White Collar and Homeland. He also appeared in films such as Scent of a Woman, Carlito's Way, My Cousin Vinny, and Meet the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1948-2014)
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Independence Day, My Cousin Vinny, Scent of a Woman, Meet the Parents, The Game, + more
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    M. Emmet Walsh
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    Michael Emmet Walsh is an American actor who has appeared in over 200 film and television productions.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Ogdensburg
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Blade Runner, Raising Arizona, The Iron Giant, Midnight Cowboy, Romeo + Juliet, + more
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    Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons is an American actor of film, television and stage. He is known for his roles as Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order, neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison drama series Oz, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on the TNT series The Closer, J. Jonah Jameson in ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Juno, True Grit, + more
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    Letitia Dean is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Sharon Watts, one of the original characters in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Dean was part of the original cast in 1985 and remained in the series until 1995. She reprised the role in 2001 and appeared on and off until ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Potters Bar, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Character actor, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: EastEnders, Grange Hill, Brookside, England, My England, + more
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    Harold V. Goldstein, PhD, best known by his stage name Harold Gould, was an American actor best known for playing Miles Webber on the 1985-1992 sitcom The Golden Girls and Martin Morgenstern in the 1974-1978 sitcom Rhoda. Gould acted in film and television for nearly 50 years, appearing in more than 300 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1923-2010)
    • Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Gone with the Wind, The Sting, Freaky Friday, Brother Bear, Patch Adams, + more
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    Lalita Pawar was a prolific Indian actress, who later became famous as a character actress, appearing in over 700 films in Hindi and Marathi cinema, where she gave hits like, Netaji Palkar, made by Bhalji Pendharkar, New Hana Pictures’ Sant Damaji, Navyug Chitrapat’s Amrit, written by VS Khandekar, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1916-1998)
    • Birthplace: Nashik, India
    • Profession: Character actor, Actor
    • Credits: Anand, Khamoshi, Aaina, Prem Bandhan, Mr. & Mrs. '55, + more
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    Vincent Schiavelli
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    Vincent Andrew Schiavelli was an American character actor noted for his work on stage, screen and television, often described as "the man with the sad eyes." He was notable for his numerous and often critically acclaimed supporting roles. Schiavelli was also well known for his height, standing 6 ft 6 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1948-2005)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Writer
    • Credits: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Batman Returns, Ghost, Tomorrow Never Dies, + more
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    Theodore Bikel
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    Theodore Meir Bikel is an Austrian-American actor, folk singer, musician, and composer. He made his film debut in The African Queen and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role as Sheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones. Bikel is President of the Associated Actors and Artistes of ...more

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    • Age: age 91
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Musician, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: My Fair Lady, The African Queen, The Return of the King, The Defiant Ones, Another World, + more
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    Robert Prosky was an American actor and comedian.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1930-2008)
    • Birthplace: Manayunk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Rudy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Natural, Broadcast News, + more
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    Robert Clark Gregg is an American actor, screenwriter and director, best known for his role as Phil Coulson in the films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Marvel's The Avengers, and in the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He also voices the character on the animated television series ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: The Avengers, Iron Man, The Usual Suspects, Thor, Iron Man 2, + more
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    Viju Khote is an Indian actor who has worked as character actor in more than 300 films in Hindi cinema and Marathi cinema. He is famous as the dacoit Kalia in the film Sholay and the dialogue, "Sardar maine aapka namak khaya hai" and Robert in movie Andaz Apna Apna with the dialogue "galti se mistake ...more

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    • Profession: Character actor, Actor
    • Credits: Andaz Apna Apna, Dil, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa, Sadma, Sachaa Jhutha, + more
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    Hans Conried
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    Hans Georg Conried, Jr., was an American character actor, very active in voice-over roles and comedian, best known for providing the voices of Walt Disney's George Darling, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan, for playing the title role in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, Dr. Miller on The George Burns and Gracie ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1917-1982)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, USA, Maryland
    • Profession: Character actor, Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Peter Pan, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, On the Town, The Hobbit, Davy Crockett, + more
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    William Edward Fichtner is an American actor. He has appeared in a number of notable films and TV series. He is known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay in the cult favorite television series Invasion, Alexander Mahone on Prison Break, The Lone Ranger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, East Meadow
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, Heat, Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Prison Break, + more
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