Movie star success can be fickle and finite, whereas under-the-radar talent, accrued over time, can often develop into true staying power. Actors of this ilk may have gotten a late start in acting, or may have simply surrendered to tenable career expectations. Sometimes, renunciation of traditional success can work in an actor’s favor. The rise of production values in television and streaming services is partly responsible for creating stars out of talent that have been plugging away at the acting game for years.
Both small screens and indie screens have frequently drawn attention to performances that can be overshadowed in cinematic star vehicles. Then again, sometimes there are actors who qualify for both distinctions over the course of their careers, plugging away in relative obscurity (at least to American multiplex audiences), and then soaring to A-list stardom once they get their big break in their 40s or 50s.
- 1113 VOTESPhoto: Die Hard / 20th Century Fox
- 277 VOTESPhoto: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / New Line Cinema
- 398 VOTESPhoto: Pulp Fiction / Miramax Films
- 477 VOTESPhoto: Star Trek: The Next Generation / Paramount Domestic Television
- 582 VOTESPhoto: GoldenEye / MGM/UA
- 692 VOTESPhoto: Driving Miss Daisy / Warner Bros.