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Actors Whose Main Thing Is Screaming, Ranked By The Primal Force Of Their Screams

Updated August 16, 2019 2.0k votes 296 voters 6.2k views15 items

List RulesVote up the actors whose screaming skills are strongest.

Some actors are known for their understated performances marked by delicate body language, longing gazes, and quiet dialogue. The actors on this list, however, are not so subtle. 

Whether for tragic, horrific, or comedic purposes, these actors have followed in the screaming footsteps of Marlon "STELLLLAAAAAA!" Brando and Jack "Here's Johnny!" Nicholson to create their most memorable roles. Audiences flock to movie theaters for their next freakout, breakdown, or crack-up. Whose vocal cords reverberate the loudest? Whose cries are the shrillest? Which screaming actors resonate the most? 

Grab some earplugs and decide for yourself among this list of actors who scream the best.

  • Photo: Police Academy 3: Back in Training / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Before becoming a film and TV director, Bobcat Goldthwait established himself as a comedic film star, voice actor, and writer. His ragged, high-pitched voice and high-wire energy landed him roles in Police Academy and numerous animated series.

    Notable Screaming Roles: Zed in Police Academy 2 (1985); Egg Stork in One Crazy Summer (1986); Carl Hefler in Burglar (1987).

    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
    • Gender: Male
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  • Photo: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy / DreamWorks Pictures

    Like many of the comedians on this list, Will Ferrell got his start on Saturday Night Live, where he parodied the likes of President George W. Bush and Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Ferrell is famous for his exaggerated acting style, and several of his most pompous characters have attained cult status.

    Notable Screaming Roles: Frank Ricard in Old School (2003); Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004); Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights (2006).

    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States of America
    • Gender: Male
    • Alternative Name: Will Ferrell
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  • Photo: Black Sheep / Paramount Pictures

    The late Chris Farley will always be remembered for his larger-than-life performances. Frequently cast in comedies with fellow SNL cast member David Spade, Farley entertained audiences with his special brand of chaotic clowning.

    Notable Screaming Roles: Tommy Callahan in Tommy Boy (1995); Mike Donnelly in Black Sheep (1996); Jimmy No-Nose in Dirty Work (1998). 

    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1964-1997)
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    • Gender: Male
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  • Photo: Whiplash / Sony Pictures Classics

    J.K. Simmons's long career as a character actor for film and TV reached its apex when he won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his role in the 2014 film Whiplash. His high energy performances have landed him spots in both Marvel and DC movies.

    Notable Screaming Roles: Terence Fletcher in Whiplash (2014); Levin in Renegades (2017); Bill Dixon in The Front Runner (2018).

    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
    • Gender: Male
    • Alternative Name: J.K. Simmons
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