I love character actors!

I’m talking about the people you see in a lot of movies and they’re always great but you just don’t know what the hell their names are.

Some of my favorites are Fred Ward, Clancy Brown, Ed Lauter, and Kevin Corrigan. They’re always great in every movie they’re in!

What actors do people recognize but don’t know their names?

Here’s what folks said on AskReddit.

1. John Michael Higgins.

“I’m a fan of his, but I always forget John Michael Higgins’ name, and I think a lot of people do too and/or never knew it.”

2. David Paymer.

“David Paymer. He’s been in practically everything, but most people wouldn’t know his name.

He came into the movie theater I worked at years ago in Massachusetts and we were all scrambling to look up his name after we saw him. As he was leaving, one of my coworkers yelled “hey David Paymer!” at him as he left.

He smiled & waved at us. Seeing famous people was not a frequent occurrence for us in the Boston suburbs, so we were pretty excited.”

3. John Carroll Lynch

“I still think of him as Drew Carey’s big brother from the Drew Carey show.

He’s been busy I see.”

4. Zeljko Ivanek.

“Zeljko Ivanek.

e’s always the corrupt US government official.

One of the most prolific bit-part actors who always plays the same kind of role.”

5. Christopher McDonald.

“Christopher McDonald, or as you all know him, Shooter McGavin.”

6. Stephen Tobolowsky

“He was in The Insider.

Always iconic in Groundhog Day and Sneakers.”

7.  James Cromwell.

“A while ago GQ did an article called “that guy” on this topic.

The number one pick was James Cromwell.”

8. Dylan Baker

“Dylan Baker.

One time I held the door at a hotel open for him and recognized him as Peter’s professor Dr. Curt Connors from the Raimi Spider-Man movies.

But I looked him up and will never forget his name now.”

9. James Hong.

“James Hong.

He’s been in over 600 movies, TV shows, and video games throughout his career.”

10. Pete Postlethwaite

“Pete Postlethwaite. RIP.

Fun fact – Steven Spielberg said he was the greatest actor he ever worked with.”

11. Rade Šerbedžija

“Underrated answer.

He can be the main antagonist in a Brad Pitt or Val Kilmer movie, and then also be a homeless man with a nice coat in Batman Begins or Gregorovitch in one scene in the 2nd to last Harry Potter movie.


What actors do you think everyone recognizes but no one knows their name?

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