They should have become bigger stars

by Barrog | created - 02 Jun 2011 | updated - 26 Oct 2012 | Public

An alphabetical list of actors and actresses who got a lot of work but just never rose above "character" status.

1. Joan Blackman

Actress | Blue Hawaii

Joan Blackman was born on May 17, 1938 in San Francisco, California, USA as Joan May Blackman. She is an actress, known for Blue Hawaii (1961), Kid Galahad (1962) and Visit to a Small Planet (1960). She was previously married to Rockne Tarkington and Joby Baker.

2. Lorraine Bracco

Actress | Goodfellas

Lorraine was voted the "ugliest girl in the 6th grade" at her Long Island grade school. She moved to France in 1974 where she became a fashion superstar for Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her sister is Elizabeth Bracco. Has two daughters, Stella Keitel by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel and Margaux Guerard by ...

I LOVED her in "Goodfellas." Why she did not become a major star after that, I will never know.

3. Lawrence Cook

Actor | The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Lawrence Cook was born on May 7, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Albert Lawrence Cooks. He was an actor and writer, known for The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973), Lord Shango (1975) and Colors (1988). He died on December 27, 2003 in Marina del Rey, California, USA.

4. Leslie Easterbrook

Actress | Police Academy

Leslie Easterbrook was born on July 29, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Leslie Eileen Easterbrook. She is an actress, known for Police Academy (1984), The Devil's Rejects (2005) and Greater (2016). She is married to Dan Wilcox. She was previously married to Victor Holchak.

5. Yvonne Lime

Actress | I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Yvonne Lime was the daughter of a music teacher who encouraged her to study acting. After attending the Pasadena Playhouse and acting in its production of "Ah, Wilderness!," Lime attracted the notice of an agent who landed her a recurring part on TV's Father Knows Best (1954). The blonde actress ...

Better known as Yvonne Lime

6. Lisa Gaye

Actress | Ten Thousand Bedrooms

Lisa Gaye was born on March 6, 1935 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Leslie Gaye Griffin. She was an actress, known for Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), Hawaiian Eye (1959) and Zorro (1957). She was married to Bently Clyde Ware. She died on July 14, 2016 in Houston, Texas, USA.

7. Julie Gregg

Actress | The Godfather

Julie Gregg was born on January 24, 1937 in Niagara Falls, New York, USA as Beverly Scalzo. She was an actress, known for The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Saga (1977) and Man of La Mancha (1972). She died on November 7, 2016 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

8. Sid Haig

Actor | House of 1000 Corpses

Tall, bald and nearly always bearded, Sid Haig provided hulking menace to many a low-budget exploitation film and high-priced action film.

Sid Haig was born Sidney Eddie Mosesian on July 14, 1939 in Fresno, California, a screaming ball of hair. His parents, Roxy (Mooradian) and Haig Mosesian, an ...

9. Jean Hale

Actress | In Like Flint

Fetching, glossy-lipped, blue-eyed, white-hot blonde Jean Hale showed major promise playing superficial glamour girls, a la Carroll Baker and Virna Lisi, throughout the 1960s. Born to Mormon parents in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was raised in Darien, Connecticut and expressed an early interest in ...

10. Pamela Hensley

Actress | Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Pamela Gail Hensley was born on October 3, 1950 in Glendale, California, and is one of those rare screen stars who grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. Her father still maintains a thriving veterinary practice on Coldwater Canyon, where his patients include Pamela's Persian cats, "Hot Tin" and "...

11. Marianna Hill

Actress | High Plains Drifter

A familiar character actress, Mariana Hill was the daughter of a building contractor, who moved his family around. In addition to living in her native Southern California, Hill has lived in Canada, Spain and Great Britain. As a result, she learned and became quite accomplished in doing different ...

12. Nancy Kovack

Actress | Jason and the Argonauts

A native of Flint, Michigan, Nancy Kovack was a student at the University of Michigan at 15, a radio deejay at 16, a college graduate at 19 and the holder of eight beauty titles by 20. Her professional acting career began on television in New York, first as one of Jackie Gleason's "Glea Girls" and ...

13. Donna Loren

Actress | Batman

Born in Boston, Donna was a child performer: she won an amateur talent show, sang a jingle for Meadowgold Ice Cream, performed on radio shows, appeared as a guest on the The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) and recorded several singles all before she was 10 years old. In 1963, she was chosen, after a ...

And she could SING too! She should have been a major film and pop music star. I met her at the Super Mega Show in New Jersey. What a sweetheart of a lady!

14. BarBara Luna

Actress | One Life to Live

Barbara Ann Luna was born on March 2, in Manhattan and virtually grew up on Broadway. Her Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese and Filipino background has led her to portray a variety of roles. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II cast her in the Broadway hit musical "South Pacific", as ...

15. Deanna Lund

Actress | Land of the Giants

Deanna Lund is best known for her role as "Valerie Scott" in the two-season cult series of the 1960s: Land of the Giants (1968), produced by Irwin Allen.

Irwin Allen cast Lund in the series, when he saw her in a recently made motion picture. Lund started out as the bad girl of the series, getting ...

16. Don Marshall

Actor | Terminal Island

Don Marshall's heyday was on the small screen in the 60's and 70's. The athletic and clean cut actor is best remembered as first officer and co-pilot Dan Erickson in Irwin Allen's ground-breaking science-fiction series Land of the Giants (1968). Having excelled at football, pole vaulting and other ...

17. Mary Ann Mobley

Actress | Get Yourself a College Girl

Born on February 17, 1937 in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mary Ann Mobley is one of the few Miss Americas to have true success as an actress or television personality (the others are Barnaby Jones (1973) beauty Lee Meriwether, television hostess Phyllis George, Consumer advocate/game show panelist Bess ...

18. Caroline Munro

Actress | The Spy Who Loved Me

Leggy, brunette-maned pin-up actress Caroline Munro was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England, and lived in Rottingdean near Brighton where she attended a Roman Catholic convent school. By chance, her mother and a photographer entered her picture in a "Face of the Year" competition for the British ...

19. Denise Nicholas

Actress | Let's Do It Again

Denise Nicholas was born on July 12, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donna Denise Nicholas. She is an actress and writer, known for Let's Do It Again (1975), In the Heat of the Night (1988) and Room 222 (1969). She was previously married to Jim Hill, Bill Withers and Gilbert Moses.

20. Chris Noel

Actress | Soldier in the Rain

She was just one of a myriad of beautiful, statuesque, bikini-clad blondes who pranced and romped about the sand and surf of the California shores in all those nostalgic beach party movies of the "swinging '60s". In the great perky tradition of fellow blondes Sandra Dee, Linda Evans, Yvette Mimieux...

A hero to Vietnam War veterans, she definitely deserves to be more remembered.

21. Judy Pace

Actress | Cotton Comes to Harlem

"Daily Variety", many publications and critics called Judy Pace one of the most beautiful women to ever appear on screen. In the 1970s she was the personification of black beauty, but restricting her to just being a "black" beauty is a slap in the face because she's a beauty, period. Most ...

22. Jo Ann Pflug

Actress | MASH

Jo Ann Pflug was born on May 2, 1940 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is an actress, known for MASH (1970), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) and The Fall Guy (1981). She has been married to Charles Stuck Young since May 14, 1988. She was previously married to Chuck Woolery.

23. Timmie Rogers

Actor | Martin

Timmie Rogers was born on July 4, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Timothy Louis Ancrum. He was an actor, known for Martin (1992), Fallen Angels (1993) and Universal Name Band Musical 7301: Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (1951). He was married to Joan Barbara Boyd, Louise Greene and Sybil Lewis. ...

OH YEAH! Unsung comic genius.

24. Reni Santoni

Actor | Cobra

Born on April 21, 1939 of French and Spanish heritage, the New York City born Reni Santoni (aka Reni Sands) started his career off in entertainment as a comedy writer. He moved in front of the camera in the early 60s and was performing episodic TV drama ("East Side/West Side," "The Trials of ...

25. Woody Strode

Actor | Spartacus

An athlete turned actor, Strode was a top-notch decathlete and a football star at UCLA. He became part of Hollywood lore after meeting director John Ford and becoming a part of the Ford "family," appearing in four Ford motion pictures. Strode also played the powerful gladiator who does battle with ...

26. Brenda Sykes

Actress | Mandingo

Brenda Sykes was born on June 25, 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA as Brenda Louise Sykes. She is an actress, known for Mandingo (1975), Black Gunn (1972) and Cleopatra Jones (1973). She has been married to Paul Claude Hudson since May 19, 1995. She was previously married to Gil Scott-Heron.

27. Irene Tsu

Actress | Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Born in Shanghai, China to a banker father and a painter mother. The family left for Hong Kong where Irene attended parochial school and studied ballet. At 12 the family immigrated to New York City where Irene attended George Washington HS and Quintano's School for young professionals and studied ...

28. Susan Walters

Actress | The Vampire Diaries

After growing up in Chamblee, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, GA, Susan moved to New York when she was 18. She started acting classes as well as modeling for Elite, and landed several commercials while auditioning. Within a year, Susan was cast on "Loving", a daytime drama for ABC. As soon as her ...

29. Teddy Wilson

Actor | Good Times

Teddy Wilson was born on December 10, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA as Theodore Rosevelt Wilson. He was an actor and writer, known for Good Times (1974), Blood In, Blood Out (1993) and You Can't Take It with You (1987). He was married to Joan Pringle. He died on July 21, 1991 in Los Angeles,...



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