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.
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.
Peter Lorre - The Maltese Falcon
Jodie Foster - Taxi Driver
Stephen Boyd - Ben Hur
Wallace Shawn - The Princess Bride
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.
"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm -- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." – T.S. Eliot
Thelma Ritter in anything!
DH - and that's just my opinion
Julie Walters- BIlly Elliot
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
Like I said above, I was bored tonight - I'd have to have been, to come up with this long of a list
Last edited by Cyn; 02-25-2012 at 07:15 PM.
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.
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.
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.
I hear outside a million panicking birds, and know even out there comfort is done with; it has shattered even the stars, this creature at last come home to me.
Ya Ya - again Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight, and Finnoula Flanagan. All 3 of them stole that show.
Graham Greene in Dancing with Wolves.
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
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.