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Character actor

Index Character actor

A character actor or character actress is a supporting actor who plays unusual, interesting, or eccentric characters. [1]

45 relations: Abe Vigoda, Ageism, Andy Devine, Bit part, Character (arts), Christopher Lloyd, Christopher Walken, Claude Rains, Commedia dell'arte, Cult following, Ed Lauter, Ethnic stereotype, Extra (acting), Fairuza Balk, Femme fatale, Film, Forest Whitaker, Gary Oldman, Goth subculture, Gunfighter, Harvey Keitel, Hooker with a heart of gold, Laurence Olivier, Leading actor, Maggie Smith, Marquee (sign), Othello, Oxford English Dictionary, Physical attractiveness, Romance (love), Sidekick, Star Trek, Steve Buscemi, Stock character, Supporting actor, Supporting character, Television, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (film), The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Stage, Theatre, Town drunk, Typecasting (acting), Villain, Vincent Schiavelli.

Abe Vigoda

Abraham Charles Vigoda (February 24, 1921 – January 26, 2016) was an American character actor who was known for a number of roles, such as his portrayals of Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather (1972) and Phil Fish in Barney Miller (1975–1977, 1982) and Fish (1977–1978).

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Ageism

Ageism (also spelled "agism") is stereotyping of and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

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Andy Devine

Andrew Vabre "Andy" Devine (October 7, 1905 – February 18, 1977) was an American character actor known for his distinctive raspy, crackly voice and roles in Western films.

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Bit part

A bit part is a role in which there is direct interaction with the principal actors and no more than five lines of dialogue, often referred to as a five-or-less or under-five in the United States, or under sixes in British television.

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Character (arts)

A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).

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Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Allen Lloyd (born October 22, 1938) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. Lloyd came to public attention in Northeastern theater productions during the 1960s and early 1970s, earning an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award for his work. He made his screen debut in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and gained widespread recognition as Jim Ignatowski in the comedy series Taxi (1978–1983), for which he won two Emmy Awards. Lloyd also starred as Emmett "Doc" Brown in the ''Back to the Future'' trilogy, Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993). Lloyd earned a third Emmy for his 1992 guest appearance in Road to Avonlea, and won an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in Twenty Bucks (1993). He has done extensive voice work, including Merlock in DuckTales the Movie (1990), Grigori Rasputin in Anastasia (1997), The Woodsman in Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall (2014), and the Hacker in PBS Kids series Cyberchase (2002–present), which earned him two further Emmy nominations. He has also been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a BIFA Award.

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Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken on March 31, 1943) is an American actor of screen and stage who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including Annie Hall (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978), The Dogs of War (1980), The Dead Zone (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), Batman Returns (1992), True Romance (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Antz (1998), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Hairspray (2007), Seven Psychopaths (2012), the first three Prophecy films, The Jungle Book (2016), as well as music videos by many popular recording artists.

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Claude Rains

William Claude Rains (10 November 188930 May 1967) was an English–American film and stage actor whose career spanned several decades.

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Commedia dell'arte

(comedy of the profession) was an early form of professional theatre, originating from Italy, that was popular in Europe from the 16th through the 18th century.

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Cult following

A cult following is a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a work of culture, often referred to as a cult classic.

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Ed Lauter

Edward Matthew Lauter Jr. (October 30, 1938 – October 16, 2013), known as Ed Lauter, was an American actor and stand-up comedian.

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Ethnic stereotype

An ethnic stereotype, national stereotype, or national character is a system of beliefs about typical characteristics of members of a given ethnic group or nationality, their status, society and cultural norms.

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Extra (acting)

A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene).

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Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk (born May 21, 1974) is an American film actress.

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Femme fatale

A femme fatale, sometimes called a maneater, is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations.

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Film

A film, also called a movie, motion picture, moving pícture, theatrical film, or photoplay, is a series of still images that, when shown on a screen, create the illusion of moving images.

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Forest Whitaker

Forest Steven Whitaker III (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director.

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Gary Oldman

Gary Leonard OldmanBirths, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005. (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor and filmmaker who has performed in theatre, film and television.

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Goth subculture

The goth subculture is a music subculture that began in England during the early 1980s, where it developed from the audience of gothic rock, an offshoot of the post-punk genre.

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Gunfighter

Gunslinger and gunfighter are literary words used historically to refer to men in the American Old West who had gained a reputation of being dangerous with a gun and had participated in gunfights and shootouts.

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Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an American actor and producer.

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Hooker with a heart of gold

The hooker with a heart of gold (also the whore with a heart of gold or the tart with a heart) is a stock character involving a courtesan or prostitute with a hidden integrity and kindness.

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Laurence Olivier

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century.

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Leading actor

A leading actor, leading actress, star, or simply lead, plays the role of the protagonist of a film, television show or play.

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Maggie Smith

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, (born 28 December 1934) is an English actress.

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Marquee (sign)

A marquee is most commonly a structure placed over the entrance to a hotel or theatre.

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Othello

Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603.

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Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the main historical dictionary of the English language, published by the Oxford University Press.

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Physical attractiveness

Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person's physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful.

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Romance (love)

Romance is the expressive and generally pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person.

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Sidekick

A sidekick is a slang expression for a close companion or colleague (not necessarily in fiction) who is, or generally regarded as, subordinate to the one he or she accompanies.

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Star Trek

Star Trek is an American media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry.

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Steve Buscemi

Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an American actor, comedian and director.

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Stock character

A stock character is a stereotypical fictional character in a work of art such as a novel, play, or film, whom audiences recognize from frequent recurrences in a particular literary tradition.

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Supporting actor

A supporting actor is an actor who performs a role in a play or film below that of the leading actor(s), and above that of a bit part.

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Supporting character

A supporting character is a character in a narrative that is not focused on by the primary storyline, but appears or is mentioned in the story enough to be more than just a minor character or a cameo appearance.

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Television

Television (TV) is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome (black and white), or in colour, and in two or three dimensions and sound.

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (film)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a 1969 British drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Muriel Spark.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical science-fiction horror-comedy film by 20th Century Fox produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman.

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The Stage

The Stage is a British weekly newspaper and website covering the entertainment industry, and particularly theatre.

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Theatre

Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage.

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Town drunk

The town drunk (also called a tavern fool) is a stock character, almost always male, who is drunk more often than sober.

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Typecasting (acting)

In television, film, and theatre, typecasting is the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character; one or more particular roles; or, characters having the same traits or coming from the same social or ethnic groups.

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Villain

A villain (also known as, "baddie", "bad guy", "evil guy", "heavy" or "black hat") is an "evil" character in a story, whether a historical narrative or, especially, a work of fiction.

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Vincent Schiavelli

Vincent Andrew "Vince" Schiavelli (November 11, 1948 – December 26, 2005) was an American character actor and food writer noted for his work on stage, screen and television, often described as "the man with the sad eyes." He was notable for his numerous supporting roles.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_actor

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