Favorite Character Actors

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1. Priscilla Morrill

Actress | MacGyver

Priscilla Morrill was born on June 4, 1927 in Medford, Massachusetts, USA as Priscilla Alden Morrill. She was an actress, known for MacGyver (1985), The F.B.I. (1965) and Mork & Mindy (1978). She was married to Paul Hendley Bryson. She died on November 9, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

2. Mary Kay Place

Actress | Being John Malkovich

Mary Kay Place was born on September 23, 1947 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. She is an actress, known for Being John Malkovich (1999), Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Youth in Revolt (2009).

3. Benny Rubin

Actor | I Love Lucy

Benny Rubin was born on February 2, 1899 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for I Love Lucy (1951), Traveling Saleslady (1935) and Income Tact (1929). He was married to Mary Bolt. He died on July 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

4. Muriel Landers

Actress | Musical Comedy Time

Muriel Landers was born on October 27, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Musical Comedy Time (1950), Doctor Dolittle (1967) and The Red Skelton Hour (1951). She was married to Ernest Richman. She died on February 19, 1977 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

5. Frank Nelson

Actor | The Milkman

He had one of those instantly identifiable mugs that made you laugh as soon as you saw him. And then he'd open his mouth. Veteran character actor Frank Nelson was here, there and everywhere in the 50s and 60s, usually playing a pop-eyed, hot-tempered foil to the likes of TV's top comedy stars such ...

6. Kathleen Freeman

Actress | Innerspace

Kathleen Freeman's introduction to show business came very early in life. Her parents were vaudevillians, and she made her debut at age 2 in their act. Later she attended UCLA with intentions of becoming a pianist, but was bitten by the acting bug and never looked back. She gained experience on ...

7. Mary Jo Catlett

Actress | Serial Mom

An unmistakeably happy and hearty veteran character actress and comedienne who has found success in all three mediums (stage, film and television) with her trademark flowery voice, giddy demeanor and ever-cheery disposition, the endearing Mary Jo Catlett is now broaching five decades in the ...

8. Joyce Jameson

Actress | The Outlaw Josey Wales

Well-endowed, attractive Joyce Jameson was typecast as 'broads', 'dames' and dizzy blondes - somewhat in the vein of Barbara Nichols. In real life, she was said to have been the antithesis of her screen personae, a graduate in theatre arts from UCLA, highly intelligent and well-read. Joyce began ...

9. Brian Posehn

Actor | Run Ronnie Run

Brian Posehn was born on July 6, 1966 in Sacramento, California, USA as Brian Edmund Posehn. He is an actor and writer, known for Run Ronnie Run (2002), The Sarah Silverman Program. (2007) and Sex Drive (2008). He has been married to Melanie Truhett since September 4, 2004.

10. Tim Bagley

Actor | The Mask

Tim Bagley was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Madison and Trempealeau, Wisconsin, and Niles, Michigan, with his parents, Carol and Elwyn, and four siblings, Anne, Patrick, Kit and Dan.

After High School Tim moved to southern California to perform with the singing group "The Young ...

11. Ileen Getz

Actress | Changing Lanes

Ileen Getz was born on August 7, 1961 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Changing Lanes (2002), The Station Agent (2003) and Lovely & Amazing (2001). She was married to Mark Grinnell. She died on August 4, 2005 in New York City, New York, USA.

12. Charlie McDermott

Actor | Sex Drive

Charlie McDermott was born on April 6, 1990 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Sex Drive (2008), Frozen River (2008) and The Middle (2009).

13. Louise Lorimer

Actress | Flying Cadets

Louise Lorimer was born on July 14, 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She was an actress, known for Flying Cadets (1941), One Step Beyond (1959) and Mister Cory (1957). She died on August 11, 1995 in Newton, Massachusetts.

14. Hope Summers

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

Hope Summers could portray a friendly neighbor or companion as she did for Frances Bavier's Aunt Bee character on many episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (1960) or a seemingly amiable satanist in Rosemary's Baby (1968).

Born in Mattoon, Illinois, she developed an early interest in the theater. ...

15. Renée Taylor

Actress | The Nanny

Renée Taylor was born in the Bronx, New York to Frieda (née Silverstein) and Charles Wexler. She worked as a comedian in the early 1960s at the New York City nightclub Bon Soir. Her opening act was a then unknown Barbra Streisand. She earned notice for her portrayal of Eva Braun in Mel Brooks's The...

16. Estelle Parsons

Actress | Bonnie and Clyde

The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she ...

17. Jonathan Harris

Actor | Lost in Space

Born Jonathan Charasuchin in the Bronx to impoverished Russian-Jewish émigrés, Jonathan Harris worked as a box boy in a pharmacy at age 12 and later earned his pharmacy degree at Fordham University. However, the desire to act proved overwhelming and he forsook this promising trade for the theater, ...

18. Nita Talbot

Actress | Hogan's Heroes

Nita Talbot was born on August 8, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Anita Sokol. She is an actress, known for Hogan's Heroes (1965), Mannix (1967) and The Fugitive (1963).

19. William Pierson

Actor | Stalag 17

William Pierson was born on July 17, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as William H Pierson. He was an actor, known for Stalag 17 (1953), Three's Company (1976) and Sani no yuutsu (1993). He died on August 27, 2004 in Newton, New Jersey, USA.

20. Beah Richards

Actress | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Beah Richards left her native Vicksburg, Mississippi, for New York City in 1950. She would not acquire a significant role on stage until 1955, when she appeared in the off-Broadway show "Take A Giant Step" convincingly portraying an 84-year-old grandmother without using theatrical makeup. In 1962 ...

21. John Anderson

Actor | Psycho

A tall, sinewy, austere-looking character actor with silver hair, rugged features and a distinctive voice, John Robert Anderson appeared in hundreds of films and television episodes. Immensely versatile, he was at his best submerging himself in the role of historical figures (he impersonated ...

22. Jeanne Cooper

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Jeanne Cooper was born on October 25, 1928 in Taft, California, USA as Wilma Jeanne Cooper. She was an actress, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Ben Casey (1961) and The Redhead from Wyoming (1953). She was married to Harry Bernsen. She died on May 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

23. Fritzi Burr

Actress | Chinatown

Fritzi Burr was born on May 31, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Chinatown (1974), 3 Ninjas (1992) and Driving Me Crazy (1991). She was married to Aaron Heyman. She died on January 17, 2003 in Fort Myers, Florida, USA.

24. LaWanda Page

Actress | Friday

Best known for her role as Aunt Esther Anderson on "Sanford And Son", she appeared in many films including "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood" (1996), "Friday" (1995), "The Legend of Dolemite" (1994), "West From North Goes South" (1993), "The Meteor Man" (1993...

25. Vernon Dent

Actor | Malice in the Palace

Familiar to many as the frustrated cop, businessman or landlord in countless two-reel comedies by The Three Stooges, Vernon Dent got his start in show business as a member of a singing troupe traveling in Southern California in the early 1920s. He was befriended by comedian Hank Mann, a member of ...

26. Franklin Pangborn

Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero

Franklin Pangborn - a name more befitting a fictionalized bank president rather than a great comedic actor - was a singular character actor but little is known of his early years. He spent some time in developing acting talent prior to appearing on Broadway by March of 1911, and would do six plays ...

27. Emil Sitka

Actor | Intruder

Orphaned at twelve, Sitka caught the acting bug while living with a priest in Pittsburgh. He road the rails as a hobo for years during the Depression before arriving in Hollywood in 1936. Theatre work, including directing, eventually brought him to the attention of a talent scout, who contracted ...

28. Shirley Booth

Actress | Come Back, Little Sheba

Character actress Shirley Booth could play everything in all facets of show business, whether it was a smart-mouthed cashier on radio's "Duffy's Tavern", the sassy maid on TV's Hazel (1961) or the pathetic woman in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952). For those who only know her through her sitcom, it ...

29. Dub Taylor

Actor | The Getaway

Dub Taylor was born on February 26, 1907 in Richmond, Virginia, USA as Walter Clarence Taylor II. He was an actor, known for The Getaway (1972), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967). He was married to Florence Gertrude Heffernan. He died on October 3, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, ...

30. Katherine MacGregor

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

Best known for her performance as the nasty, gossiping, greedy and arrogant Mrs. Harriet Oleson on the TV series Little House on the Prairie (1974). Katherine (Scottie) MacGregor could not appear in the final feature length episode "The Last Farewell" because she was on a pilgrimage in India.

Before...

31. Alison Arngrim

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

New York Times Best Selling author of "Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated", Alison Arngrim is best known to viewers world-wide for her portrayal of the incredibly nasty "Nellie Oleson" on the much loved, long running hit television series "...

32. Carly Jibson

Actress | The Guest Book

Carly Jibson can be seen on season two of THE GUEST BOOK starting Oct 23rd on TBS. She had two series airing back to back last year. The #1 New Cable Comedy of 2017, THE GUEST BOOK by Greg Garcia (MY NAME IS EARL & RAISING HOPE) on TBS and the 100% Rotten Tomato Scored Season 2 of ONE MISSISSIPPI (...

33. Eva Gabor

Actress | The Rescuers

Eva Gabor was born on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, to Jolie Gabor (née Janka Tilleman) and Vilmos Gabor (born Farkas Miklós Grün), a soldier. Her older siblings were Magda Gabor, an actress, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, an actress and socialite. Her parents were both from Jewish families. She went...

34. Pablo Schreiber

Actor | 13 Hours

Pablo Tell Schreiber was born in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada, to Lorraine Reaveley, a Canadian psychotherapist, and Tell Schreiber, an American actor. His paternal half-brother is actor Liev Schreiber. Pablo, who is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, was raised in Ymir, and moved to Seattle,...

35. Katlin Mastandrea

Actress | The Middle

Katlin Mastandrea is an actress and writer, known for The Middle (2009), Anger Management (2012) and Criminal Minds (2005).

36. Sam Lloyd

Actor | Scrubs

Sam Lloyd was born on November 12, 1963 in Weston, Vermont, USA as Samuel Lloyd. He is an actor, known for Scrubs (2001), Galaxy Quest (1999) and Flubber (1997). He is married to Vanessa Lloyd. They have one child.

37. Nedra Volz

Actress | Filthy Rich

An apple dumpling of a darling, character actress Nedra Volz had one of those slightly vacant, twinkly-eyed faces absolutely designed for light sitcoms and commercial work. Although she didn't come into her own until past retirement age, she enjoyed a solid two-decade ride delightfully amusing ...



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