Hollywood supporting actors

by SimonJester2 | created - 11 Dec 2018 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

1. Wesley Addy

Actor | Kiss Me Deadly

Character actor Wesley Addy began his prolific career as a prime player on the classical stage before coming to occasional films and TV in the early 1950s. Known for his intelligent, white-collar demeanor and lean, icy, cultivated menace, the silver-haired performer, who was actually born in Omaha,...

2. Rudolph Anders

Actor | The Great Dictator

Rudolph Anders was born on December 17, 1895 in Waldkirch, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as Rudolph F. Amendt. He is known for his work on The Great Dictator (1940), She Demons (1958) and Phantom from Space (1953). He died on March 27, 1987 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

3. Chris Ellis

Actor | Armageddon

Chris Ellis was born on April 14, 1956 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for Armageddon (1998), The Island (2005) and Transformers (2007).

4. Dick O'Neill

Actor | The Jerk

Dick O'Neill was born on August 29, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Francis O'Neill. He was an actor, known for The Jerk (1979), The Mosquito Coast (1986) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). He was married to Susan Jacqueline (Jackie) Shaw and Dina Harris. He died on ...

5. George DiCenzo

Actor | Back to the Future

George DiCenzo was born on April 21, 1940 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as George Ralph DiCenzo. He was an actor and producer, known for Back to the Future (1985), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword (1985). He was married to Donna Artz, Donna ...

6. Geoffrey Lewis

Actor | The Way of the Gun

Talented and highly capable character actor Geoffrey Lewis, with rustic (sometimes sour-faced) looks, grew up in Rhode Island but was moved out to California at the age of ten. Lewis was very keen on the dramatic arts at high school, but often preferred to put on his own one-man shows rather than ...

7. Donnelly Rhodes

Actor | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Donnelly Rhodes trained to be a warden in the National Park Service in Manitoba and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before finally settling into his long and successful career as an actor. Rhodes studied at the Royal Manitoba Theatre ...

8. Eugene Roche

Actor | Soap

Adept at both comedy and drama, character player Eugene Roche (sometimes billed as Gene Roche) had an extensive four-decade career. Born in Depression-era Boston the son of a Navy man, the moon-faced, intent-looking Roche started on radio at age 15 displaying his knack for character voices, both ...

9. Dennis Patrick

Actor | Dark Shadows

Dennis Patrick was born on March 14, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Dennis Patrick Harrison. He was an actor and director, known for Dark Shadows (1966), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and The Bionic Woman (1976). He was married to Barbara Cason and Amelia Honora Baines. He died on ...

10. Jon Cypher

Actor | Masters of the Universe

Jon Cypher was born on January 13, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA as John Herbert Cypher. He is an actor, known for Masters of the Universe (1987), Spontaneous Combustion (1990) and JAG (1995). He is married to Carol Rosin. He was previously married to Ruth Wagner.

11. Lawrence Pressman

Actor | American Pie

Lawrence Pressman was born on July 10, 1939 in Cynthiana, Kentucky, USA as David M. Pressman. He is an actor, known for American Pie (1999), 9 to 5 (1980) and Shaft (1971). He was previously married to Lanna Saunders.

12. Harris Yulin

Actor | Ghostbusters II

Another one of those frustratingly nameless but omnipresent and talented faces of stage, film and TV, chameleon-like player Harris Yulin has avoided the severe stereotyping lost to many a prolific actor. Benign, balding and often bearded, Yulin off camera was a stark contrast to the tough, ...

13. Mitchell Ryan

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

American character actor born in Cincinnati and raised in Louisville, Mitchell Ryan is a well known supporting actor in films and television. During his term in the Navy in 1951, he was assigned to the Special Services Entertainment and became hooked on acting. After his term in the Navy, he ...

14. Stanley Kamel

Actor | Domino

Stanley Kamel was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on January 1, 1943 and was raised in South River, New Jersey. He attended high school at Rutgers Prepatory School (graduated 1961) in Somerset, New Jersey and received his college degree from the Boston University School of Fine Arts in 1965. ...

15. Ken Swofford

Actor | Annie

Ken Swofford was born on July 25, 1933 in Du Quoin, Illinois, USA as Kenneth Charles Swofford. He was an actor, known for Annie (1982), The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Black Roses (1988). He was married to Barbara Ann Biggs. He died on November 1, 2018 in Pacific Grove, California, USA.

16. Bradford Dillman

Actor | The Enforcer

Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks that were slightly tainted by a bent smile, darting glance and edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion. Sure enough, the camera picked up on it ...

17. Robert Pine

Actor | Red Eye

Robert Pine was born on July 10, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA as Granville Whitelaw Pine. He is an actor and director, known for Red Eye (2005), Lakeview Terrace (2008) and Jobs (2013). He has been married to Gwynne Gilford since September 6, 1969. They have two children.

18. Michael Cavanaugh

Actor | The Haunting

Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Michael Cavanaugh was born on November 21, 1942 in New York. The eldest of nine children, Cavanaugh joined the Navy following his high school graduation and was stationed in Hawaii for three years. After his tour of duty was over, Cavanaugh ...

19. George Coe

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

George Coe was born on May 10, 1929 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as George Julian Cohen. He was an actor and producer, known for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) and The Stepford Wives (1975). He was married to Susan Allsopp ...

20. Philip Sterling

Actor | The Golden Girls

Philip Sterling made his Broadway debut in 1955 in the Cole Porter musical ''Silk Stockings.'' His most prominent role on Broadway was that of the adulterous father in Neil Simon's 1986 comedy ''Broadway Bound.'' He also appeared in Ron Cowen's ''Summertree'' and in Gore Vidal's ''An Evening With ...

21. Nicholas Pryor

Actor | Damien: Omen II

Name a soap opera and invariably character actor Nicholas Pryor has appeared on it. Playing the quirky professor Victor Collins on the daytime drama Port Charles (1997), the tall, rangy, silver-haired player was born Nicholas Probst in 1935 and is a native of Baltimore, with early training received...

22. Ron Leibman

Actor | Garden State

Ron Leibman was born on October 11, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Garden State (2004), Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981) and Kaz (1978). He was married to Jessica Walter and Linda Lavin. He died on December 6, 2019 in New York City.

23. George Wyner

Actor | Spaceballs

A native of Boston and graduate of Syracuse University, George has worked extensively in TV and film since 1972. Notable film work includes the Coen Brothers' best-picture nominee A Serious Man (2009) as Rabbi Nachtner, Mel Brooks' Spaceballs (1987) as Colonel Sandurz, and his To Be or Not to Be (...

24. Lloyd Bochner

Actor | The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Lloyd Bochner had that wonderfully sonorous type of voice that was always tailor-made for radio or for the stage. Unsurprisingly then, by the time he was eleven, Lloyd was already employed as part-time voiceover artist and reader of drama serials by radio stations in Vancouver.

Lloyd Wolfe Bochner ...

25. Gregg Henry

Actor | Payback

Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Gregg Lee Henry was born on May 6, 1952 in Lakewood, Colorado. Henry studied acting at the University of Washington in Seattle. Right after graduating from college, Gregg moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. He played in a ...

26. Jon Polito

Actor | Miller's Crossing

A veteran of nearly 100 films, Jon Polito is most recognized for his work with The Coen brothers, as well as his many television appearances as a series regular and guest star. Notable motion picture roles include: Millers Crossing, Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn't There, The Crow, Blankman, and The...

27. George Furth

Actor | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

George Furth wrote eleven one-act plays planned for Kim Stanley as each of the separate leads. Hollywood actor Anthony Perkins, interested in directing, asked Sondheim to read the material. After Sondheim read the plays, Sondheim asked Harold Prince for his opinion; Prince thought the plays could ...

28. William Schallert

Actor | Innerspace

The son of Edwin Schallert, drama editor of the "Los Angeles Times" and the dean of West Coast critics, William Schallert became interested in an acting career while at UCLA in 1942. After graduation, he became involved with the Circle Theater (eventually becoming one of its owners) and made his ...

29. William Windom

Actor | Uncle Buck

A man of all mediums, this veteran, Manhattan-born character actor was named after his great-grandfather, Lincolnesque Congressman William Windom. Born in 1923, the son of Paul Windom, an architect, and the former Isobel Wells Peckham, Bill attended Williams College and the University of Kentucky, ...

30. Lonny Chapman

Actor | The Birds

Utilitarian actor Lonny Chapman remains one of those highly familiar character faces to which you can't quite place the name. While he appeared in over 30 films and well over 300 TV programs over a five-decade career, the theater remained his first and foremost passion and for which he is best ...

31. Don Calfa

Actor | The Return of the Living Dead

Don is probably best remembered for his role as "Ernie Kaltenbrunner" in the 1985 comedy horror The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Don's career spans over 40 years in both film and TV. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Ozone Park Queens, and later Westchester, Long Island, Don Calfa was ...

32. Graham Greene

Actor | The Green Mile

Graham Greene was born on June 22, 1952 in Six Nations Reserve, Ontario, Canada. He is known for his work on The Green Mile (1999), Wind River (2017) and Dances with Wolves (1990). He has been married to Hilary Blackmore since December 20, 1990.

33. James Sloyan

Actor | The Sting

James Joseph Sloyan was born on February 24, 1940 in Indianapolis, Indiana; his family moved to Europe when he was a young boy, living in Rome, Capri, Milan, Switzerland, and Ireland.

When he was 17, his family moved back to the United States and settled in upstate New York, where he managed a ...

34. Jerry Hardin

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

A highly engaging, charismatic, and reliable character actor with a long and distinguished career spanning half a century, Jerry Hardin has been gracing both the big and small screen, and stage, with many enjoyable performances, highlighted by a relaxed and pleasing Southern twang. Born November 20...

35. William Talman

Actor | Armored Car Robbery

William Talman is best known for his role as Hamilton Burger, the district attorney who perpetually lost to Perry Mason in the long-running series Perry Mason (1957). Talman was an accomplished screenwriter and stage and screen actor, and appeared in numerous roles on television as a character ...

36. Chris Mulkey

Actor | Whiplash

Chris Mulkey grew up in the Midwest. The second of five children, son of Chris and Peg Mulkey, he spent his childhood swimming in lakes and camping. Attending high school in St. Paul at Cretin Military Academy, Chis then went on to the University of Minnesota. After majoring in acting at the U of M...

37. Tom Atkins

Actor | Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic The Thing from Another World (1951) made an especially strong ...

38. J.A. Preston

Actor | A Few Good Men

James Allen Preston was born in Washington, District of Columbia, USA on November 13, 1932. He attended public schools in the nation's capital and earned a track scholarship to a college in North Carolina. J. A. married Merilyn Alsop in 1957. His acting career accelerated to recurring TV series ...

39. Noble Willingham

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Noble Willingham has appeared in more than 30 feature films, including Up Close & Personal (1996), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Chinatown (1974), City Slickers (1991), and The Distinguished Gentleman (1992).

He was born in the small town of Mineola, Texas, east of Dallas. After graduating ...

40. Richard B. Shull

Actor | Splash

Veteran character actor Richard B. Shull was born on February 24, 1929 in Evanston, Illinois and raised in the Midwest. He attended the University of Iowa, then served with the U.S. Army in 1953. Finding work as a stage manager following his release, he finally made his Broadway debut in the Marx ...

41. William Newman

Actor | For Love of the Game

William Newman made his film debut in the Stuart Rosenberg film Brubaker (1980), starring Robert Redford, and followed this up with The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) opposite Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.

Acting roles continued through out the 1980s with roles in the Stephen King horror film ...

42. John McMartin

Actor | All the President's Men

John McMartin was born on August 21, 1929 in Warsaw, Indiana, USA as John Francis McMartin. He was an actor, known for All the President's Men (1976), Blow Out (1981) and No Reservations (2007). He was married to Cynthia Baer. He died on July 6, 2016 in New York City, New York, USA.

43. Keene Curtis

Actor | Sliver

Keene Curtis was born on February 15, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Keene Holbrook Curtis. He was an actor, known for Sliver (1993), Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Stargate SG-1 (1997). He died on October 13, 2002 in Bountiful, Utah.

44. John Cullum

Actor | Northern Exposure

John Cullum was born on March 2, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA as John Curtis Cullum. He is an actor, known for Northern Exposure (1990), 1776 (1972) and Before We Go (2014). He has been married to Emily Frankel since May 5, 1959. They have one child.

45. Peter Mark Richman

Actor | Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Before he became an actor, Mark Richman played football for two years in a Pennsylvania league called the Eastern Pro Conference. Sidelined by a serious knee injury, he became a registered pharmacist and managed a Rosemont, Pennsylvania, drug store for a year. His interests later turned to acting ...

46. Pat Hingle

Actor | Batman

Pat Hingle (real name: Martin Patterson Hingle) was born in Miami, Florida, the son of a building contractor. His parents divorced when Hingle was still in his infancy (he never knew his father) and his mother supported the family by teaching school in Denver. She then began to travel (with her son...

47. Alan Oppenheimer

Actor | Westworld

Alan Oppenheimer was born on April 23, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Alan Louis Oppenheimer. He is an actor, known for Westworld (1973), 9 (2009) and He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword (1985). He was previously married to Marianna Elliott and Marilyn Greenwood.

48. G.W. Bailey

Actor | Police Academy

George William Bailey was born on August 27, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas. Although Bailey started college at Lamar University in Beaumont, he eventually transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He did not complete his studies. He worked at local theater companies during the mid 1960s until ...

49. Logan Ramsey

Actor | Walking Tall

Logan Ramsey was born on March 21, 1921 in Long Beach, California, USA as Logan Carlisle Ramsey Jr. He was an actor, known for Walking Tall (1973), Walking Tall Part II (1975) and Scrooged (1988). He was married to Anne Ramsey. He died on June 26, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.

50. David Spielberg

Actor | Christine

David Spielberg was born on March 6, 1939 in Weslaco, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Christine (1983), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and The American Girls (1978). He was married to Janie Glassman Tutelman and Barbara Gladstone. He died on June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, ...

51. 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 ...

52. Pat Corley

Actor | Murphy Brown

Pat Corley was born on June 1, 1930 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Cleo Pat Corley. He was an actor, known for Murphy Brown (1988), Mr. Destiny (1990) and Kiss My Grits (1982). He was married to Iris June Carter and Rose Louise Valentine. He died on September 11, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

53. Roger Til

Actor | Stargate

Roger Til was born on January 5, 1909 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Stargate (1994), Topaz (1969) and Brewster's Millions (1985). He died on June 28, 2002 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

54. Michael O'Neill

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

Michael O'Neill is an actor, known for Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Transformers (2007) and Seabiscuit (2003).

55. Eduard Franz

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Born Eduard Franz Schmidt in Milwaukee, WI, this stern-faced character actor had originally planned to be a commercial artist, but a stint with a local theatrical troupe set him on the road to an acting career. In 1925 he moved to New York City and joined up with a Greenwich Village theatrical ...

56. Ron Rifkin

Actor | Alias

Ron Rifkin was born on October 31, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Saul M. Rifkin. He is known for his work on Alias (2001), L.A. Confidential (1997) and Dragonfly (2002). He has been married to Iva Rifkin since August 28, 1966.

57. James McEachin

Actor | 2010: The Year We Make Contact

James McEachin was born on May 20, 1930 in Rennert, North Carolina. At the age of 18 he joined the US Armed Forces and served in the Korean War earning many medals of valor to include the Purple Heart and Silver Star. After leaving the military he spent time as a policeman and then fireman before ...

58. Gregory Sierra

Actor | The Towering Inferno

Gregory Sierra was born on January 25, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for The Towering Inferno (1974), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) and Vampires (1998).

59. Robert F. Simon

Actor | Operation Petticoat

A prolific character actor of imposing presence, Robert F. Simon drifted into acting via the Cleveland Playhouse, hoping that this would cure his natural propensity for shyness. After training at the Actor's Studio in New York he had a ten year run on Broadway (1942-52) in which he cut his teeth --...

60. M. Emmet Walsh

Actor | Blood Simple

Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s.

Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and...

61. John Rubinstein

Actor | Family

John Rubinstein is an actor, director, composer, singer, and teacher. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1946, the same year his father, the renowned Polish-born concert pianist Artur Rubinstein, became an American citizen. He is the youngest of four children. His sister, Eva, danced and ...

62. Byron Morrow

Actor | Star Trek

Byron Morrow was born on September 8, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as William Byron Morrow. He was an actor, known for Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Black Sheep Squadron (1976) and 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967). He died on May 11, 2006 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

63. Bill Duke

Actor | Predator

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64. John Lehne

Actor | Serpico

John Lehne was born on October 27, 1925 in New Providence, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor, known for Serpico (1973), Family Plot (1976) and Charlie's Angels (1976). He was married to Dee Timberlake. He died on July 6, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

65. Luis Guzmán

Actor | Traffic

Actor of Puerto Rican descent who gained fame making many memorable films in the 1980s and 1990s due to his villainous physical appearance. Guzmán born in August 28, 1956 in Cayey, Puerto Rico, but he raised in New York City's Greenwich Village, as well as the surrounding Lower East Side ...

66. Joe Mantell

Actor | Chinatown

Joe Mantell was born on December 21, 1915 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Mantel. He was an actor, known for Chinatown (1974), The Birds (1963) and Marty (1955). He was married to Mary Frank. He died on September 29, 2010 in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, USA.

67. Peter Brocco

Actor | Spartacus

Prolific, sharp-featured American character actor of somewhat skeletal and dishevelled appearance, accentuated later in his career by thinning hair and a scraggly goatee. A former theology student, Brocco began his career playing leading roles in stock theatre. He subsequently honed his craft ...

68. Pernell Roberts

Actor | Bonanza

Best recalled as the eldest son and first member of the "Bonanza" Cartwright clan to permanently leave the Ponderosa in the hopes of greener acting pastures, dark, deep-voiced and durably handsome Pernell Roberts' native roots lay in Georgia. Born Pernell Elvin Roberts, Jr. on May 18, 1928, in ...

69. Paul Dooley

Actor | Hairspray

Dooley was a keen cartoonist as a youth and drew a strip for a local paper in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He joined the Navy before discovering acting while at college. Moving to New York, he soon found success as a regular on the stage. Also having an interest in comedy, Dooley was a stand-up ...

70. Charles Napier

Actor | Rambo: First Blood Part II

Lively character actor who usually plays edgy military types and menacing bad guys, Charles Napier's roles have changed little since his debut in Russ Meyer's Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1969). Napier went on appearing in other Meyer movies, including the homicidal Harry Sledge in Supervixens (...

71. Ian Wolfe

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Respected character actor whose on-screen work included everything from Shakespeare to Dick Tracy (1990) (his last film). After a long apprenticeship in the theatre, the 38-year-old Wolfe finally debuted in films in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), recreating his Broadway role. He then toiled...

72. Keith David

Actor | The Princess and the Frog

Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted...

73. Reginald VelJohnson

Actor | Die Hard

Reginald VelJohnson was born on August 16, 1952 in Queens, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Die Hard (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990) and Ghostbusters (1984).

74. Boyd Irwin

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Boyd Irwin was born on March 12, 1880 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was an actor, known for The Three Musketeers (1921), Captain Blood (1924) and Ashes of Vengeance (1923). He died on January 22, 1957 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

75. Philip Bourneuf

Actor | Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Tall American character actor with distinctively dark eyebrows and graying hair. The son of an engineer, he was a respected performer on Broadway for thirty years, beginning in 1934. He had a reputation for being a consummate professional and a great storyteller. Despite his military bearing and ...



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