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 The Truman Show, The Negotiator, and Man on the Moon, before earning lead roles in several projects in the 2000s such as American Splendor, Sideways, Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, John Adams, Cold Souls, Barney's Version, and Win Win. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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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 over 90 film credits. On stage, he often co-starred with his wife, Anne Jackson, becoming one of the best-known acting couples in the American theater. Wallach initially studied method acting under Sanford Meisner, and later became a founding member of the Actors Studio, where he studied under Lee Strasberg. His versatility gave him the ability to play a wide variety of different roles throughout ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 99 (1915-2014)

Birthplace: Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

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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 renown as Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK and Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Oldman starred as antagonist Norman Stansfield in Léon: The Professional, as well as the villains of motion pictures such as True Romance, The Fifth Element, Air Force One, and The Contender; he meanwhile gave an acclaimed reading of Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved. In the 21st century, Oldman is known for his ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 60

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

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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 in the early 1990s. Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He began his screen career in a 1991 episode of Law & Order and started to appear in films in 1992. He gained recognition for his supporting work throughout the decade, notably in Boogie Nights, Happiness, The Big Lebowski, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 47 (1967-2014)

Birthplace: Fairport, New York, United States of America

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