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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)
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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 Private Parts, The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, The Negotiator, and Man on the Moon, before earning lead roles in several projects in the ...more

Age: 49

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, The Illusionist, Cinderella Man

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Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
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Timothy Alan Dick, known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement. He is also known for his starring roles in several popular films, including the Toy Story film series, The Santa Clause film series, and the science ...more

Age: 63

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Home Improvement, Toy Story, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 2

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
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Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Lynch's television cameos include an appearance in the Nickelodeon situation comedy iCarly and the Showtime dark comedy series Weeds. Lynch had a ...more

Age: 56

Birthplace: Dolton, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Credits: Glee, Wreck-It Ralph, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models

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Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

Age: Died at 99 (1915-2014)

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

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Credits: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Godfather: Part III, The Magnificent Seven, The Holiday

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