Actor: Delroy Lindo
You know him from: Malcolm X, Get Shorty, Broken Arrow, Ransom, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Core, Sahara
Delroy’s size and commanding presence make him a perfect choice for detective or military officer roles, both of which he has played many times over the years. Eric’s guilty pleasure alert: Check out an early Lindo part in The Blood of Heroes, a science fiction movie which also features Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Name: Tcheky Karyo
You know him from: The Bear, La Femme Nikita, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Bad Boys, Goldeneye, The Messenger, The Patriot, The Core, and any other production needing a French character (and can’t afford Jean Reno)
Tcheky is truly international. Turkish/Greek by birth, he was raised in France, and began his long film career in 1982. I’ve liked him in nearly everything I’ve seen him in, even if I didn’t enjoy the movie itself. Not quite as ubiquitous as Jean Reno, he nonetheless fills a similar role in American productions.
Actor: Richard Libertini
Age: 77 (Today! Happy birthday, Richard!)
You know him from: A long string of television shows, The In-Laws, All of Me, Awakenings, Nell
Libertini’s television resume reads like a best-of list from several decades. Highlights: That Girl, Mary Tyler Moore, The Jeffersons, Quincy, Bionic Woman, Soap, Bob Newhart, Laverne and Shirley, Moonlighting, Family Man, Murphy Brown, Lois and Clark, Murder She Wrote, Deep Space Nine, Law and Order, Monk, Numb3rs, Supernatural. Good lord! Richard Libertini, you have just been appreciated!
Actor: Vincent Schiavelli
You know him from: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Amadeus, Ghost, Batman Returns, Man on the Moon
Schiavelli’s character acting skills have been second to none for decades. Beyond memorable film roles, he also has managed to brighten the small screen in an impressive array of popular television series. Highlights include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Miami Vice, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Actor: Burton Gilliam
You know him from: Blazing Saddles, Gator, Back to the Future Part III, Evening Shade, Wild Bill
His name might not ring a bell, but Burton Gilliam’s squinty-eyed grin and Texas twang are impossible to forget. His smile has shone in over 80 film and television roles, mostly as cowboys or small-town characters.
Actor: Mickey Jones
You know him from: Any film needing a biker, trucker, or mechanic- including National Lampoon’s Vacation, Starman, Total Recall, Sling Blade
It’s everyone’s stereotypical biker, Mickey Jones! From beard to boots, Mickey’s place on this list is obvious. He’s instantly recognizable to most movie fans, yet until today, I didn’t know his name. Thanks, Mr. Jones, for taking the “Fat Biker” role on The Rockford Files in 1979, and never turning back.
Actor: Ronny Cox
You know him from: Deliverance, Taps, Robocop, Total Recall, The Agency
I love to hate Ronny Cox. He plays bad so well that it’s tough to accept how likeable he seems in real life. Brandishing a trademark sneer, Cox dares even the toughest hero to stand in his way. As a real-life musician, Ronny is equally at home with guitars and banjos, and has earned a reputation as a likeable, charismatic performer.
Actor: Bruce McGill
You know him from: Animal House, MacGyver, Timecop, Courage Under Fire, The Insider, Cinderella Man
In 1978, Bruce McGill played in a little film called Animal House, and has been knocking around Hollywood ever since. His broad smile and increasing waistline have appeared in over 130 film and television productions, working with an impressive array of leading men and women.
Actor: David Warner
You know him from: Time After Time, Time Bandits, TRON, Star Trek films and television, Titanic, Planet of the Apes (2001)
To Star Trek and genre fans, David Warner is far from unknown. His name may not ring such a bell with the rest of the world, however. Never one to turn down a bit role or chance to add his voice to animation, Warner is a veteran of nearly 200 productions. Not to be confused with Malcolm McDowell!
Actress: Edie McClurg
You Know Her From: Pee-wee Herman Show, Cheech and Chong movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Flubber, various animated movies and television shows
McClurg’s face and full-figure is as familiar as her voice, which has graced a mind-boggling array of projects, including The Little Mermaid and A Bug’s Life. Well worth a spot as an Unknown Actress.