Charismatic character actors in Hollywood – an IMDB list

I just created a list on IMDB of my favourite character actors in Hollywood today. Click here or just scroll down.

Image of Bruce Greenwood

1.

Bruce Greenwood

“ First noticed: Playing JFK in Thirteen Days (2000), Roger Donaldson’s under-rated chronicle of the Cuban Missile Crisis. That probably remains his meatiest role to date, although technically he was playing the lead role in that film. I quite liked him in the role of Christopher Pike in Star Trek (2009) as well. ”
Image of Ciarán Hinds
2.
Ciarán Hinds

“ First noticed: Playing Carl in Spielberg’s Munich (2005). Best role: While he has appeared in a number of movies since, I think his best role was in Munich. ”
Image of Cliff Curtis
3.
Cliff Curtis

“ First noticed: in Niki Caro’s indie sleeper hit Whale Rider (2002). Best role: As the FBI Deputy Director in Live Free or Die Hard (2007) ”
Image of Édgar Ramírez
4.
Édgar Ramírez

“ First noticed: as assassin Paz in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Best role: Playing the lead as Carlos the Jackal in Oliver Assayas’ TV mini-series, Carlos (2010)…however, this was a lead role. In a character role, playing Ares in Wrath of the Titans (2012). He will play Simon Bolivar next in Libertador (2013). ”
Image of Jason Clarke
5.
Jason Clarke

“ First noticed: As sadistic prison warden Ulrich in Death Race (2008). Best role so far: As Howard Bondurant in Lawless (2012), but I hear he is very good in Zero Dark Thirty (2012). He also has a big role coming up in Great Gatsby (2013) and will play Abe Lincoln’s father Tom Lincoln in The Green Blade Rises (2013). ”
Image of Jeffrey Wright
6.
Jeffrey Wright

“ First noticed: Playing escaped slave Daniel Holt in Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil (1999). Best role: As Latino gangster Peoples Hernandez in Shaft (2000). Since then, I think he’s just been cashing in paychecks, with walk-on roles like Felix Leiter in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. ”
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7.
Kevin Durand

“ First noticed: Playing Fred ‘The Blob’ Dukes in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and as fallen angel Gabriel in Legion (2009). Best roles: As Little John in Robin Hood (2010) and Ricky in Real Steel (2011). ”
Image of Liam Cunningham
8.
Liam Cunningham

“ First noticed: As the army doctor in Spielberg’s War Horse (2011); it was a short but pivotal role, which helps to reunite Albert and his horse. Best role: As Ser Davos Seaworth in HBO’s Game of Thrones. ”
Image of Luke Evans
9.
Luke Evans

“ First noticed: Playing Apollo in Clash of the Titans (2010), but he was even more impressive as the youngest and coolest-looking on-screen Zeus yet in Immortals (2011). Looking forward to seeing him play Bard in the 2nd and 3rd installments of The Hobbit (2013 & 2014). ”
Image of Mads Mikkelsen
10.
Mads Mikkelsen

“ First noticed: As villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (2006). Best roles: As Draco in Clash of the Titans (2010) and as Dr. Struensee in A Royal Affair (2012). ”
Image of Mark Strong
11.
Mark Strong

“ First noticed: Playing Lord Blackwood in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) and soon after as Sir John Conroy in The Young Victoria (2009). Best role: As Godfrey in Robin Hood (2010), as Jim Prideux in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and as the aforementioned Lord Blackwood. ”
Image of Marton Csokas
12.
Marton Csokas

“ First noticed: As the Elf King Celeborn in Lord of the Rings II and III; although all he did was to stand in the background behind Galadriel. He had a small but significant role as the assassin Jarda in The Bourne Supremacy (2004). Best role: Playing the younger Stephan in The Debt (2010). ”
Image of Oscar Isaac
13.
Oscar Isaac

“ First noticed: Playing dastardly Prince John in Robin Hood (2010) and dastardly Blue Jones in Sucker Punch (2011). Best role: Blue Jones and his brief appearance in crime thriller Drive (2011). ”
Image of Stephen Lang
14.
Stephen Lang

“ First noticed: of course, as Col. Miles Quaritch in James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), although he also had a very good role as Charles Winstead in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies the same year. Best role: Col. Quaritch in Avatar and Commander Taylor in the short-lived TV series Terra Nova. ”

 

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