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Tom and Dana's Favorite 25 Character Actor Performances

Updated: Oct 16, 2022


Tom's List:

1. Robin Williams – Good Will Hunting

2. Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

3. JK Simmons – Whiplash

4. Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds

5. Jack Nicholson – A Few Good Men

6. Samuel L. Jackson – Pulp Fiction

7. R. Lee Ermey – Full Metal Jacket

8. Walter Huston – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

9. George Sanders – All About Eve

10. Angela Lansbury – The Manchurian Candidate

11. Lee J. Cobb – 12 Angry Men

12. Claude Rains – Casablanca and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

13. Eve Marie Saint – On the Waterfront and North by Northwest

14. Harrison Ford – Star Wars

15. Gene Wilder – Blazing Saddles

16. Martin Landau – North by Northwest

17. Ian McKellen – The Lord of the Rings

18. Robert Shaw – Jaws and The Sting

19. Leslie Nielsen – Airplane

20. Paul Newman – The Sting

21. Grace Kelly – Rear Window

22. Frances McDormand – Fargo

23. Madeleine Kahn – Blazing Saddles

24. Walter Brennan – Rio Bravo

25. Teresa Wright – The Best Years of Our Lives


Dana's List:

1. Karl Malden – On the Waterfront and Patton

2. Morgan Freeman – The Shawshank Redemption

3. Jack Warden – 12 Angry Men and All the President’s Men

4. Thelma Ritter – Rear Window and Pillow Talk

5. Eli Wallach – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

6. Walter Brennan – Sergeant York

7. Kathy Bates – The Waterboy

8. Lee J. Cobb – On the Waterfront

9. Ed Harris – The Right Stuff

10. Thomas Mitchell – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life

11. James Coburn – The Magnificent Seven

12. Charles Bronson – The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape

13. Cloris Leachman – Young Frankenstein

14. Martin Landau – Ed Wood

15. Steve Buscemi – Fargo

16. Nancy Walker – Murder by Death

17. Allison Janney – I, Tonya

18. Hal Holbrook – All the President’s Men

19. James Earl Jones – Field of Dreams

20. Robert Webber – 12 Angry Men and S.O.B.

21. Harry Gould – The Sting

22. Christine Baranski – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

23. Stephen Root – Dodgeball: The True Underdog Story

24. Maggie Smith – Sister Act

25. Brian Dennehy – First Blood and Silverado


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