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02-19-2012, 06:10 AM
Medium/Media: Movies, Television, Stage
Type: Everything--comedy, drama, musical
Who: Supporting Actor/Actress

I am thinking about the person who doesn't have the central role but still leaves/left his or her mark.

My example: Blanche Baker as the older sister in "Sixteen Candles." Specifically when she took too many darvrocet and had that insane wedding march down the aisle and then followed up by jumping up trying to catch rice with her mouth on the way out of the church. She just killed imho. Blanche was/is not a huge star but I will never forget her for that role.

There are so many others out there that I could write forever but I want to know what performances were special for you. Remember--anything film, tv, stage, drama, comedy, musical--whatever.

02-19-2012, 06:18 AM
Hattie McDaniel in "Gone with the Wind" (PC or not, not meant to offend, but neither Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh nor Olivia deHavilland would have had the same quality performances without her playing off them or they her).

02-19-2012, 08:16 AM
For some reason only fluffy TV comedy shows are coming to me right now,

Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Will & Grace

Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson, Glee

02-19-2012, 08:49 AM
Bobby Canavale as "Bobby" on Third Watch. My favorite show ever, and he made that show for me. His entire character storyline (except for him being in love with Kim, cause I hated her :P), made me wish I knew "Bobby". ;) The whole episode arc with Bobby and Pauly and the 'Unfinished Business' episode broke my heart. I cried for days! Like for real, sat at my desk in tears crying over a TV character, and actually felt an ache in my heart. Now THAT is some good, memorable acting.

02-19-2012, 11:58 AM
Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted. The most classic case I can think of where the supporting actress out-acted the star, Wynona Ryder just disappeared in their scenes together.

02-19-2012, 01:26 PM
Catherine Keener in Being John Malkovich
Meryl Streep in Adaptation
Martin Landau in Ed Wood
Madeline Sherwood in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Bill Murray in Rushmore
Willem Defoe in Shadow of the Vampire
Chris Cooper in Adaptation and American Beauty
Catherine Deneuve in Dancer in the Dark
Thelma Ritter in All About Eve
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Agnes Moorehead in The Magnificent Ambersons
Mieko Harada in Ran
Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom
Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone
Alison Janney in Drop Dead Gorgeous (I'm sorry, but that's my favorite guilty pleasure movie and she's hilarious) and also for American Beauty
Phyllis Sommerville in Little Children
Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects
Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds
Thora Birch in American Beauty
Margo Martindale in Paris, je t'aime
Maria Barranco in Women on the Urge of a Nervous Breakdown
Naomi Watts in Mother and Child and I Heart Huckabees
Lily Tomlin in I Heart Huckabees and Flirting With Disaster
Mark Wahlberg I Heart Huckabees and The Departed
Isabelle Hupert 8 Women and I Heart Huckabees
Parker Posey for both Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show
Jack Nicholson in The Departed
Dale Dickey in Winter's Bone
John Hawkes in Martha May Marcy Marlene, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and Winter's Bone

I'm sure there are so many I'm missing, but those came to mind right off the bat.

02-19-2012, 01:53 PM
Before opening the thread, the first one that jumped to mind was Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca (1940).

The other one in that movie is Rebecca de Winter herself. There is no actress to win an award - the character never appears in the book or movie, but is an enormous presence nonetheless. Perhaps Daphne du Maurier deserves the award instead, for writing her.

02-19-2012, 02:06 PM

Jane Horrocks Absolutely Fabulous
June Whitfield Absolutely Fabulous
Nelsan Ellis True Blood
Lauren Ambrose Six Feet Under
Michael C Hall Six Feet Under
Rachel Griffiths Six Feet Under
Alice Ghostley Designing Women
Michelle Forbes The Killing
Zachary Quinto American Horror Story
Taissa Farmiga American Horror Story
Jessica Lange American Horror Story
Christine Baranski Cybil
Estelle Getty Golden Girls
Ted Danson Bored to Death and Damages
Margo Martindale Justified
Phyllis Sommerville The Big C
Brad Dourif Deadwood
Zeljko Ivanek Damages
Kaitlin Olson It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Lauren Velez Dexter
Felicia Pearson The Wire
Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones
Sharon Gles Burn Notice
Melissa Leo Treme
Jane Adams Hung
Hope Davis In Treatment
Chloe Sevigny Big Love
Rosemary DeWitt United States of Tara

02-19-2012, 02:52 PM
I just watched The Killing Fields again last night, and I think Haing Ngor as Dith Pran absolutely qualifies for this. I find myself randomly thinking about the character when I'm just walking about in life. I don't watch the movie too often - it's way too hard to - but whenever I do I am absolutely blown away by the character and actor.

I absolutely second Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted, and Judith Anderson in Rebecca.

02-19-2012, 02:52 PM
Thelma Ritter in All About Eve, Titanic, & Pillow Talk

Clifton Webb in Laura

Paulette Goddard in So Proudly We Hail

Ann Miller in Kiss Me, Kate

Myrna Loy in From the Terrace

Carmen Miranda & Charlotte Greenwood in any of 20th Century Fox's 1940s Technicolor Pan-American confections.....

02-19-2012, 03:05 PM
Jared Leto in Lord of War Not that it's difficult to out-act Nicolas Cage, but Jared just played his role beautifully.

02-19-2012, 03:10 PM
Here are some of my choices, mostly from very old movies:

Thelma Ritter in Rear Window and Pillow Talk
Elsa Lanchester in Witness for the Prosecution
Roddy McDowell in How Green Was My Valley
Rod Steiger in Dr. Zhivago
Rudy Vallee in Palm Beach Story
Margaret O'Brien in Meet Me in St. Louis
Bob Gunton and James Whitmore in The Shawshank Redemption
Rosalind Russell in The Women
Jo Van Fleet in East of Eden
Ann Blyth in Mildred Pierce
Mercedes McCambridge in Giant
Jane Darwell in Grapes of Wrath
Walter Houston in Treasure of the Sierra Madre
I also agree with the Judith Anderson and Agnes Moorehead roles posted already.

And my number one choice: Jack Carson in just about anything. What a fine, underrated actor. Could do comedy and dramatic roles equally well.

02-19-2012, 05:03 PM
Ann Blyth in Mildred Pierce

And Eve Arden too, IMO.

Walter Houston in Treasure of the Sierra Madre

A great performance.

But I think my favourites were Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon and Edward G. Robinson in Double indemnity.

02-19-2012, 05:14 PM
And Eve Arden too, IMO.

Even Arden was :swoon: in Mildred Pierce...can't believe I forgot that one.

I would also add Ruth Hussey in The Philadelphia Story

02-19-2012, 06:08 PM
Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz
IMO one of the best movie villains in movie history. The perfect match with sweet (yet feisty) Dorothy Gale.

Marilyn Monroe in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve
These are more "bit" roles than supporting roles, but she commands the screen whenever she appears. A true movie icon in the makings.

Eric von Stroheim in Sunset Boulevard
What would this screen classic be without Max?

Lonette McKee in Sparkle
With the death of Whitney Houston, the remake (to be released later this year) is in the news. I urge everyone to see the original as McKee gives one of the best screen debut performances in movie history as Sister. She OWNS the film.

Christopher McDonald in Thelma and Louise
Such an underrated performance! Much is made about Brad Pitt's breakout role (deservedly so), but McDonald's great performance as Thelma's grumpy husband Darryl makes one understand why Thelma went on a life of crime.

Benicio Del Toro in The Usual Suspects
I LOVE his performance as Fenster!! I think he stole every screen he was in from the amazing cast of the movie.