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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)
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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous 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 from the early 1990s until his death at age 46. Drawn to theater as a ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1967-2014)

Birthplace: Fairport, New York, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Capote, Doubt, Charlie Wilson's War, The Master

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Michael Sheen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
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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 Gielgud Theatre. He worked mainly in theatre throughout the 1990s and made notable stage appearances in ...more

Age: 48

Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom

Profession: Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris, Underworld, Frost/Nixon

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Charles Durning is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
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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 Afternoon, along with the comedies Tootsie, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Be or Not to Be. ...more

Age: Died at 89 (1923-2012)

Birthplace: Highland Falls, New York, United States of America

Profession: Soldier, Actor, Voice acting, Dancer, Teacher

Credits: The Sting, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Tootsie, Dog Day Afternoon

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Brooke Vincent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Character Actors
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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, who previously played the role of Sophie. ...more

Age: 24

Birthplace: Audenshaw, England

Profession: Character actor, Actor

Credits: Coronation Street, Coronation Street: Out of Africa

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