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    Yep, Scintillation, the first one I thought of was Jean Hagen in Singing in the Rain. Comic genius. Donald O'Connor was pretty good, too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u4esKWTBxU

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    Tiny role brilliantly done is Hugh Laurie as Mr. Palmer in Sense & Sensibility.

    Lots of great supporting actors in that film including Harriet Walter, Elizabeth Spriggs, Robert Hardy, and Imogen Stubbs.

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    Peter Lorre - The Maltese Falcon
    Jodie Foster - Taxi Driver
    Stephen Boyd - Ben Hur
    Wallace Shawn - The Princess Bride

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    Rupert Young playing Sir Leon in Merlin.

    I love stories like this.

    I think he only had a walk-on role to begin with and maybe a few words (if that). People loved him so much that the knight that was supposed to die kept showing up again in a larger supporting role than originally intended. In fact, it looked as if he died at the end of season 2. I heard that people cheered during the screening of season 3 when he showed up in a scene. He didn't even have a line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pat c View Post
    Alfre Woodard in an LA Law episode as a cancer victim who was raped. Jimmy Smits defended the rapists. She was awesome.
    Also in "Beauty Shop" (The hairstylist who was always performing Maya Angelou) and in "The Family That Preys Together" as Cathy Bates best friend.

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    Thelma Ritter in anything!
    DH - and that's just my opinion

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    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDilemma View Post
    Tiny role brilliantly done is Hugh Laurie as Mr. Palmer in Sense & Sensibility.

    Lots of great supporting actors in that film including Harriet Walter, Elizabeth Spriggs, Robert Hardy, and Imogen Stubbs.
    He was so dry and taciturn and yet so funny. I also felt so badly for him when he and his wife and son were leaving after the onset of fever in his home. He looked like he would have given anything to stay there with the Dashwoods. I had the feeling that a different marriage would have produced a different man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    He was so dry and taciturn and yet so funny. I also felt so badly for him when he and his wife and son were leaving after the onset of fever in his home. He looked like he would have given anything to stay there with the Dashwoods. I had the feeling that a different marriage would have produced a different man.
    And that is why Laurie was so brilliant in the role. It is such a minor character and he made someone interesting out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDilemma View Post
    And that is why Laurie was so brilliant in the role. It is such a minor character and he made someone interesting out of it.
    So true--And I guess we should throw some credit Imelda Staunton's way. Could imagine having to live with her character for the rest of your life? The only good thing was I thought was she might be nice to the maids but her as a spouse? Yikes!

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    I was bored tonight and had nothing better to do, so I came up with a list of supporting actors/actresses from Comedies whose roles I found memorable…..

    How many of these do y'all think stand out? For me, I remember them because I can quote one or more memorable/funny lines each of them said, or I can describe what they did to either stand out or outright steal a scene in the movie listed by their names. I'm not sure if that's a talent or a curse .

    - Jon Cryer as Duckie Dale in Pretty In Pink
    - Jack Palance as Curly in City Slickers (Best Supporting Actor Oscar for it)
    - Greg Kinnear as Simon Bishop in As Good As It Gets
    - Kathy Bates as Molly Brown in Titanic
    - Paul Gleason as Principal John Verner in The Breakfast Club
    - Edie McClurg as the Rental Car Agent in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    - Justin Henry as Mike Baker (Molly Ringwald's younger brother) in Sixteen Candles
    - Bill Murray as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack
    - Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump
    - Darren McGavin as The Old Man in A Christmas Story
    - Bronson Pinchot as "Serge" in Beverly Hills Cop
    - Eddie Murphy as "Donkey" in Shrek
    - Tatum O'Neal as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon
    - Parker Posey as Patricia Eden in You've Got Mail
    - Alyson Hannigan as Michelle Flanerty in American Pie
    - Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown in Back To The Future
    - Fred Gwynne as Judge Chamberlain Haller in My Cousin Vinny
    - Jeff and Steve Carlson, David Hanson as the "Hanson Brothers" in 1977's Slap Shot
    - Shirley MacLaine as Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias
    - John Lithgow as Roberta Muldoon in The World According To Garp
    - Charlie Sheen as Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in Major League
    - Mayim Bialik as (a young) Cecelia "C.C." Bloom in Beaches
    - Tatum O'Neal as Amanda Wurlizer in The Bad News Bears (1977)
    - Sigourney Weaver as Katherine Parker in Working Girl
    - Dolly Parton as Doralee Rhodes in Nine To Five
    - Joe Pesci as Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 2
    - George Carlin as Rufus in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

    The actors/actresses listed below are grouped as their roles are from the same movies:

    - Gedde Watanabe as Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles
    - Anthony Michael Hall as The Geek/Farmer Ted in Sixteen Candles

    - Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie in National Lampoon's Vacation
    - Imogene Coca as Aunt Edna in National Lampoon's Vacation

    - Leslie Nielson as Dr. Rumack in Airplane!
    - Peter Graves as Captain Clarence Oveur in Airplane!
    - Barbara Billingsley as the Jive Talking Lady in Airplane!
    - Lloyd Bridges as Steve McCroskey in Airplane!
    - Steven Stucker as "Johnny" (the oddball w/ the fantastically off-the-wall comments) in Airplane!

    - Marty Feldman as Igor in Young Frankstein
    - Cloris Leachman as Frau Blücher in Young Frankstein
    - Peter Boyle as The Monster in Young Frankstein

    - John Belushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky in Animal House
    - Mark Metcalf as Douglas C. Neidermeyer in Animal House
    - Donald Sutherland as Prof. Dave Jennings in Animal House

    - Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    - Ray Walston as Mr. Hand Fast Times At Ridgemont High

    - Madeline Kahn as Empress Nympho in History of the World, Part I
    - Harvey Korman as Count De Money in History of the World, Part I

    - Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    - Jeffrey Jones as Principal Ed Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    - Edie McClurg as Grace (the Secretary) in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    - Ben Stein as The Economics Teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    - Rory Cochrane as (ron) "Slater" in Dazed and Confused
    - Matthew McConaughey as David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused

    - Ian Holme as Skinner (the tyrannical Executive Chef) in Ratatouille
    - Peter O'Toole as Anton Ego in Ratatouille

    - John Larroquette as Captain Stillman in Stripes
    - John Candy as Dewey "Ox" Oxburger in Stripes

    - Rachel McAdams as Regina George in Mean Girls
    - Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian in Mean Girls

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    Like I said above, I was bored tonight - I'd have to have been, to come up with this long of a list
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    Cyn, that's a good list. But I think Shirley MacLaine's Ouiser character was in Steel Magnolias instead of Fried Green Tomatoes.. Funny, but I get those two movies mixed up also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    He was so dry and taciturn and yet so funny. I also felt so badly for him when he and his wife and son were leaving after the onset of fever in his home. He looked like he would have given anything to stay there with the Dashwoods. I had the feeling that a different marriage would have produced a different man.
    He played the role in such a way that you wanted to know more about the man. But as others said, Staunton etc. were also very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyfan View Post
    Cyn, that's a good list. But I think Shirley MacLaine's Ouiser character was in Steel Magnolias instead of Fried Green Tomatoes.. Funny, but I get those two movies mixed up also.
    She was, and holy crap was she ever funny in Steel Magnolias. That whole cast did a great job though. That movie has such a Lifetime-y reputation these days and yet I adore it.

    Speaking of Imelda Stauton, I know some people didn't like her in this but I thought her performance as Dolores Umbridge in HP5 totally stole the whole film. In that particular film, Maggie Smith also stole a great scene when the two squared off.

    And in every single HP film, Alan Rickman stole every scene he was in and ultimately the entire series with his supporting turn as Severus Snape.

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    Some more:

    Greg Wise in Sense and Sensibility
    Anne Louise Lambert in Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Dominic Guard in both The Go-Between and Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Kevin Spacey in both The Usual Suspects and LA Confidential.
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    Ya Ya - again Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight, and Finnoula Flanagan. All 3 of them stole that show.


    Graham Greene in Dancing with Wolves.

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    Pamela Franklin and Celia Johnson in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Robert Stephens & Gordon Jackson were excellent in that film at well)

    John Cazale in The Godfather, Part II

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    Speaking of Imelda Stauton, I know some people didn't like her in this but I thought her performance as Dolores Umbridge in HP5 totally stole the whole film. In that particular film, Maggie Smith also stole a great scene when the two squared off.
    I love Imelda Staunton. She was one of my favorites in the Cranford series.

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    Cyn---I loved your list. There are people that pop up and then you (or at least I) never see them again. I was thinking about Steve Stucker in "Airplane" and the guys who played the Hanson brothers in "Slapshot." Particularly with Stucker; I thought that was a performance that would launch him into a successful career. Maybe it did but I have not seen him since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyfan View Post
    Cyn, that's a good list. But I think Shirley MacLaine's Ouiser character was in Steel Magnolias instead of Fried Green Tomatoes.. Funny, but I get those two movies mixed up also.
    You're absolutely right (I corrected it as soon as I read your post). VAluvsMKwan will never let me live that mistake down .
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