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Unknown Actor Appreciation: Christopher McDonald

Actor: Christopher McDonald
Age: 55
You know him from: Thelma & Louise, Grumpy Old Men, Quiz Show, Happy Gilmore, Flubber, The Perfect Storm, Spy Kids 2

I want to punch Christopher McDonald in the face. Hard. And that’s a compliment. He plays smarmy and condescending better than most people I’ve seen. It’s almost too good a fit- I often wonder what type of guy he is in real life. I doubt he deserves a punch.

Unknown Actor Appreciation: Xander Berkeley

Actor: Xander Berkeley

Age: 54
You know him from: Over 170 (!) productions, including Sid and Nancy, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Candyman, Apollo 13, Heat, Air Force One, Amistad, and Taken

I hadn’t realized just how many roles Xander has played over the years. I certainly enjoyed watching him take a blade through the head in Terminator 2, though. Mostly, I’m distracted by Berkeley’s eyes, which always seem as bloodshot as Ben Browder’s (Farscape).

Unknown Actor Appreciation: Cliff Curtis

Actor: Cliff Curtis

Age: 41
You know him from: Rapa Nui, Once Were Warriors, Three Kings, The Insider, Training Day, Whale Rider, Sunshine, Live Free or Die Hard

I’m an unabashed fan of Cliff Curtis, even if now and then I forget his name. A native of New Zealand, his portrayal of Porourangi in Whale Rider is in perfect union with the performances of Keisha Castle-Hughes and Rawiri Paratene. It’s a magical film, and remains one I can’t watch with dry eyes. Beyond this performance, however, Curtis also shines brightly in a wide array of blockbusters. Watch him now! His next role is Firelord Ozai in The Last Airbender.

Unknown Actor Appreciation: Richard Jenkins

Actor: Richard Jenkins

Age: 63
You know him from: Silverado, Sea of Love, Absolute Power, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Core, The Kingdom, The Visitor
He was nominated for a best lead actor Academy Award for The Visitor, yet somehow his name slips your mind. Richard Jenkins more than earn his way onto this list with a long series of roles, and a familiar face.

Unknown Actor Appreciation: William Fichtner

Actor: William Fichtner

Age: 53
You know him from: Strange Days, Contact, Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Blades of Glory, The Dark Knight, Prison Break

Fichtner is often chosen for morally ambiguous roles, which he plays quite well. Do you like him? Do you hate him? He allows for both, at times in the same character. I’ve decided to like him. Your results may vary. Either way, although his name may slip your mind, his performances won’t.

Unknown Actor Appreciation: David Morse

Actor: David Morse
Age: 56
You know him from: St. Elsewhere, Twelve Monkeys, The Rock, Contact, The Green Mile, Disturbia, The Hurt Locker
Yes, it’s him. You know, that guy. David’s calm, reassuring demeanor makes him a perfect choice for supporting roles. He’s like your uncle Fred, but drinks less. And he always has your back.

Unknown Actor Appreciation: Glenn Morshower

Actor: Glenn Morshower

Age: 51
You know him from: Everything, including Under Siege, The River Wild, Air Force One, Godzilla (1998), JAG, CSI, Black Hawk Down, both Transformers movies, and Friday Night Lights

Face it, Morshower has played nearly every military and law enforcement role in the last 25 years- at least those not played by Raymond Cruz. And, like Cruz, he’s also found his way into a slew of sci-fi shows, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise, The X Files, Babylon 5, and Quantum Leap. Way to go!

Unknown Actor Appreciation: Raymond Cruz

Actor: Raymond Cruz
Age: 48
You know him from: The Rock, A Clear and Present Danger, Alien: Resurrection, Training Day, The Closer
In military and law enforcement roles, Cruz is a familiar face. I’m having a tough time seeing him as nearly fifty years old now, though. Sheez, am I getting old, too? Raymond also has managed to play small roles in two of my favorite sci-fi shows, The X-Files and Deep Space Nine.

Unknown Actor Appreciation: Billy Drago

Actor: Billy Drago

Age: 63
You know him from: Pale Rider, The Untouchables, Guncrazy, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr, The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Few actors creep me out to the extent Billy Drago does. His look, his voice, and his actions in film combine in some odd way to keep me on edge. He’s just… off. Odd. Unsettling. For no better example, watch the scene in The Untouchables where Drago’s character, Frank Nitti, tells Eliot Ness, “…your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig.” It’s downright creepy.

Unknown Actor Appreciation: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Name: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Age: 59
You know him from: The Last Emperor, License to Kill, Rising Sun, Mortal Kombat, The Phantom, Pearl Harbor, Planet of the Apes (2001), Elektra, Memoirs of a Geisha

For 24 years, Tagawa has been the “Oh, it’s that guy!” of Japanese-American actors. With a physique as impressive as his stage presence, Cary-Hiroyuki makes quite an impression. He’s also credited with creating a martial art, Chuu-Shin, influenced both by Japanese and Native American cultures.