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actors The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys

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We've all been there literally tens of times... when you're watching a movie or a TV show and a new character comes on the screen and the whole story drops to a halt because... there he is: THAT GUY. Who is he? Where have you seen him before? Why can't you remember WHERE YOU SAW HIM BEFORE? And it's not like IMDB can help you because you don't know 'that guys' name. Well, here they are. The top ten 'That guy' guys of screens both large and small.
Michael Ironside is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys
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Hey... that evil guy! He's always so mean!
Maybe you remember that evil guy in Total Recall? That's right, that was him! Or the evil boat guy in Perfect Storm... And if he's not playing an actual evil guy, he always makes you a little worried that he might be. Underneath.

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Age: 65

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas

Nationality: Canada

Characters: Col. Dodd, Lt. Cmdr. Rick 'Jester' Heatherly, Col. Dugan, Mr. Chaney Miller, + more

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William Devane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys
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I'm not sure there IS a TV show this guy hasn't been on. And if there is, well, he's been in plenty of movies too. Possibly the character actor of character actors. You hear his name, but you have no clue who he is. You see his face and then suddenly it's like "OH! THAT guy". But then, I dare you to remember WHAT you saw him in.

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Age: 78

Birthplace: USA, Albany, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Edward Grayson

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Vincent Schiavelli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys
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Does Vincent count? Everyone knows him. Ah, but does everyone know his NAME? Hence, he becomes "that guy". Sure, you know he was in Ghost.. and that Xfiles epside where his brother lived inside his gut (ew).. his voice has graced countless cartoons, but I bet most would be hard pressed to spell his name, and if you saw it on a star in hollywood, I bet you would wrinkle up your brow and say "It SOUNDS familiar...."

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Age: Died at 57 (1948-2005)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: The Scientist, Obie, Julian, Robert Leon Pulver, + more

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#15 on 35 Actors Who Are Creepy No Matter Who They Play

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Robert Davi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys
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Doesn't just LOOK like a bad guy? Maybe that's why he always plays one. Dudes, he was on the ATeam... doesn't that immediately qualify him for 'that guy' status? The Fall Guy, too! TJ HOOKER. I bet you can guess that he played the gambit from bad cop to bad drug dealer to bad politian to bad all-around-bad guy.

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Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Astoria

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Sheriff Watson, Smith, Jake, Danny Aziz, + more

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David Keith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys
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Not to be confused with another guy, Keith David. Also a 'that guy', but perhaps not as widespread in his portrayal of the same general type of guy. Men of Honor, U571, Officer and a Gentlemen... see the theme here? Military guy. Who needs a cleft-chinned guy for the military? I know just the man.

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Agent Evan Caldwell, Pastor Watkins, Navy Capt. Mike Watson, Fred Owens Officer Mark Virgini, + more

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Keith David is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys
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Not to be confused with David Keith. Always an angry guy, or the stern tough guy, sometimes in the military, sometimes a cop, always a guy you feel it's in your best interest to pay attention to. Plus if/when there's a list for "It's that Voice" he'd be number one, lending his deep resonant stylings to tons of docs (including the entire Ken Burns' Jazz), cartoons, and videogames.

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Age: 59

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Harlem

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Big Bill Cooper, Goliath

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#34 on The Best African American Actors in Film

#22 on The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

#19 on The All-Time Best Voice Actors

#27 on The Greatest Non-White Actors in Hollywood

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Erick Avari is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys
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There's always gonna be "that guy" who gets tagged for the ubiquitous "foreign" guy. Erick Avari is your man for the job. Is he greek? Egyptian? Some kind of mediterranean guy? What about a generic alien on a sci fi show? He was 'ethnic' in Daredevil, 13th Warrior, The Mummy and some alien dude on the sci fi show Stargate. Slap a turban on this guy and set up the shot!

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Age: 63

Birthplace: India, Darjeeling

Nationality: India, United States of America

Characters: Kasuf, Dr. Herb Fountain

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Jeffrey Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Ten 'It's That Guy' Guys
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Because of Deadwood, I almost don't want to put Jeffrey here. He was so awesome on that show (as was everyone) that it kind of elevated him to a place where I could remember his actual name. But I know not everyone saw Deadwood (shame!) and so he's probably always going to be that a*****e principal in Ferris Buller's Day Off. He was in other stuff, too, but instead of having a name... he's going to be "that guy".... "that guy in Ferris Buller's Day Off".

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Age: 69

Birthplace: USA, Buffalo, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Walter Kellogg, A.W. Merrick

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