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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
Paul Giamatti 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 ...more

Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Tim Allen 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 ...more

Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Jane Lynch 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 ...more

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

Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Philip Seymour Hoffman 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 ...more

Michael Sheen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Michael Sheen Michael Christopher Sheen, OBE is a Welsh actor and director. After training at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1991, starring in When She Danced at the ...more

Charles Durning is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Charles Durning Charles Edward Durning was an American actor, with appearances in over 200 movies, television shows and plays. Durning's memorable roles included the Oscar-winning The Sting and Dog Day ...more

Brooke Vincent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Brooke Vincent Brooke Levi Vincent is an English actress. She is known for her portrayal of Sophie Webster in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 12 May 2004, she took over the role from Emma Woodward, ...more

Paul Lynde is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Paul Lynde Paul Edward Lynde was an American comedian and actor. A noted character actor with a distinctively campy and snarky persona that often poked fun at his barely in-the-closet homosexuality, Lynde ...more

Pete Postlethwaite is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Pete Postlethwaite Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite OBE was an English actor. After minor television appearances, including in The Professionals, his first success came with the 1988 film Distant ...more

Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Jim Broadbent Jim Broadbent is an actor.

Clancy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Clancy Brown Clarence J. "Clancy" Brown III is an American film, television and voice actor. He is known for his live-action roles as Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption; The Kurgan in ...more

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Fred Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Fred Thompson Freddie Dalton "Fred" Thompson is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing ...more

Charles Napier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Charles Napier Charles Lewis Napier was a prolific American actor, who after his film debut mainly worked in supporting roles. Napier's strong voice, steely gaze and distinctive broad jutting chin made him ...more

Wallace Shawn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Wallace Shawn Wallace Michael "Wally" Shawn is an American stand-up comedian, actor, singer, dancer, playwright, essayist, and voice artist, best known for appearing in films, such as Wally Shawn in ...more

John Carradine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
John Carradine John Carradine was an American actor, best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns as well as Shakespearean theatre. A member of Cecil B. DeMille's stock company and later John Ford's ...more

Keenan Wynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Keenan Wynn Keenan Wynn was an American character actor. His expressive face was his stock in trade, and though he rarely carried the lead role, he got prominent billing in most of his film and television

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Michael Gough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Michael Gough Francis Michael Gough was an English character actor who made over 150 film and television appearances. He is known for his roles in the Hammer Horror Films from 1958, and for his recurring role ...more

Dean Jagger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Dean Jagger Dean Jeffries Jagger was an American film, stage and television actor who received an Academy Award for his role in Henry King's Twelve O'Clock High.

Richard Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Richard Jenkins Richard Dale Jenkins is an American actor. Jenkins began his acting career in theatre at the Trinity Repertory Company and later made his film debut in 1974. He has appeared in supporting roles ...more

Andy Devine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Andy Devine Andrew Vabre "Andy" Devine was an American character actor and comic cowboy sidekick known for his distinctive, whiny voice.

Richard Dunn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Richard Dunn Richard Dunn was an American character actor popularized by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Dunn was best known to audiences for his appearances on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, a ...more

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Scarlett Alice Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Scarlett Alice Johnson Scarlett Alice Johnson is an English actress who came to national attention early as Vicki Fowler in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She has more recently played the role of Laura Derbyshire in ...more

Timothy Spall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Timothy Spall Timothy Leonard Spall, OBE is an English actor and occasional presenter. He became a household name in the UK after appearing in the 1983 ITV comedy-drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. ...more

David Strathairn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
David Strathairn David Russell Strathairn is an American actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for portraying journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. He is recognized for ...more

Leo Gordon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Leo Gordon Leo Vincent Gordon was an American film and television character actor as well as a screenplay writer and novelist. During more than 40 years in film and television, he was frequently cast as a ...more

Ian Hunter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Ian Hunter Ian Hunter was an English character actor.

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James Rebhorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
James Rebhorn James Robert Rebhorn was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films, television series, and plays. At the time of his death, he had recurring roles in the current series White Collar and ...more

M. Emmet Walsh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
M. Emmet Walsh Michael Emmet Walsh is an American actor who has appeared in over 200 film and television productions.

J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
J.K. Simmons Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons is an American actor of film, television and stage. He is known for his roles as Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order, neo-Nazi Vernon ...more

Letitia Dean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Letitia Dean Letitia Dean is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Sharon Watts, one of the original characters in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Dean was part of the original cast ...more

Harold Gould is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Harold Gould Harold V. Goldstein, PhD, best known by his stage name Harold Gould, was an American actor best known for playing Miles Webber on the 1985-1992 sitcom The Golden Girls and Martin Morgenstern in ...more

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Lalita Pawar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Lalita Pawar Lalita Pawar was a prolific Indian actress, who later became famous as a character actress, appearing in over 700 films in Hindi and Marathi cinema, where she gave hits like, Netaji Palkar, made ...more

Vincent Schiavelli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Vincent Schiavelli Vincent Andrew Schiavelli was an American character actor noted for his work on stage, screen and television, often described as "the man with the sad eyes." He was notable for his ...more

Theodore Bikel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Theodore Bikel Theodore Meir Bikel is an Austrian-American actor, folk singer, musician, and composer. He made his film debut in The African Queen and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role ...more

Robert Prosky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Robert Prosky Robert Prosky was an American actor and comedian.

Clark Gregg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Clark Gregg Robert Clark Gregg is an American actor, screenwriter and director, best known for his role as Phil Coulson in the films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Marvel's The Avengers, and in the ...more

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Viju Khote is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Viju Khote Viju Khote is an Indian actor who has worked as character actor in more than 300 films in Hindi cinema and Marathi cinema. He is famous as the dacoit Kalia in the film Sholay and the dialogue, ...more

Hans Conried is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Hans Conried Hans Georg Conried, Jr., was an American character actor, very active in voice-over roles and comedian, best known for providing the voices of Walt Disney's George Darling, and Captain Hook in ...more

William Fichtner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
William Fichtner William Edward Fichtner is an American actor. He has appeared in a number of notable films and TV series. He is known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay in the cult favorite television series ...more

J. T. Walsh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
J. T. Walsh James Thomas Patrick "J. T." Walsh was an American actor. He appeared in many well known films, including Nixon, Hoffa, A Few Good Men, Backdraft, Miracle on 34th Street, Outbreak, ...more

Derek Nimmo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Derek Nimmo Derek Robert Nimmo was an English character actor, producer and author. He was particularly associated with upper class "silly-ass" roles, and clerical roles.

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James Gammon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
James Gammon James Richard Gammon was an American actor, known for playing grizzled "good ol' boy" types in numerous films and television series. Gammon is best known as Coach Lou Brown the head ...more

Richard Kind is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Richard Kind Richard John Kind is an American actor known for his roles in the sitcoms Mad About You and Spin City.

David Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
David Kaufman David Kaufman is an American voice-over artist and character actor, best known for his roles as the voice of Danny Fenton on Danny Phantom, the voice of Maggie's brother Aldrin on The Buzz on ...more

Barbara Babcock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Barbara Babcock Barbara Babcock is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as the sensuous Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead ...more

Dick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Dick Wilson Dick Wilson, was a British-born Canadian character actor who played the role of finicky grocery store manager Mr. Whipple in over 500 Charmin toilet paper television commercials.

Johnny Seven is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Johnny Seven Johnny Seven was a prolific American character actor who appeared in twenty-six films and approximately six hundred television programs during his career, which spanned more than forty years. ...more

Bernard Cribbins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Bernard Cribbins Bernard Cribbins, OBE is an English character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian with a career spanning over seventy years. He came to prominence in films of the 1960s, and has been ...more

Verna Felton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
Verna Felton Verna Felton was an American character actress who was best known for providing many female voices in numerous Walt Disney Pictures animated films, as well as voicing Fred Flintstone's ...more