Category Archives: Character Actors

Mini Tribute: Erik Rhodes

Born Feb 10, 1906, Erik Rhodes – the Great Dialectician! Erik Rhodes is one of my all-time favorite Character Actors, yet oddly enough, I haven’t seen him in all that many movies. It just so happens though, that in the few … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Alan Hale Sr.

Born Feb 10, 1892, Alan Hale – Pirates, Cowboys and Much More!(potato chips anyone?) Where do I even begin? Alan Hale is just such a wonderful character actor. He’s had quite an impressive career to boot, appearing in over 230 films, silent and … Continue reading

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Breaking Barriers: Hattie McDaniel

  Breaking Barriers Hattie McDaniel Hattie McDaniel has the distinct honor of being the first black actor in history to win an Academy Award. On February 29th, 1940, she defied the odds and beat four white actresses, including her own … Continue reading

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What a Character Blogathon 2014: Melville Cooper

Yes, Indeed! Melville Cooper is Quite a Character! Pompous snobs, disdainful servants, cowards, bunglers, confidence men and thieves… yes, that would be Melville Cooper, and he is quite the character!  I can still remember the first time I ‘encountered’ him … Continue reading

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Just For Fun! The Voices behind The Flintstones

  Just for Fun! The Fabulous Voices behind the Fabulous Flintstones!  I’m sure you’d recognize their voices anywhere, but here they are ‘in person’… the wonderful character actors that voiced Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty… Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone, … Continue reading

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All in the Family: Cecil Kellaway and Edmund Gwenn

Cousins Cecil Kellaway and Edmund Gwenn… Yes, Hollywood’s favorite Leprechaun, Cecil Kellaway, was Santa Claus’ (Edmund Gwenn’s) cousin! Cecil and his elder cousin Edmund Cecil Kellaway was born Cecil Lauriston Kellaway on August 22, 1890 (or 1893?) in Cape Town, South … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Character Actor Harry Davenport

Born January 19, 1866 Character Actor Harry Davenport! A veteran stage actor, Harry Davenport made his film debut at age 48. In his 37-year film career, he appeared in over 160 films and shorts, playing his share of grandfathers, judges and doctors. His … Continue reading

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The Chaney Blogathon: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

“You don’t understand. Every night when the moon is full, I turn into a wolf.” -Larry Talbot “You and twenty million other guys.” -Wilbur Grey Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) — the perfect mix of horror, pathos, … Continue reading

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What a Character Blogathon 2013: Roscoe Karns

  Believe You Me, Roscoe Karns is quite a Character! “Fun-on-the-side Shapeley.” Yep, that was the very first time I encountered character actor Roscoe Karns. And, to this day, I still roll with laughter when I see the relentless, fast-talking Oscar Shapeley … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Lucille La Verne

Born November 7, 1872 Character Actress Lucille La Verne Lucille La Verne appeared in over 40 films including 1935’s A Tale of Two Cities (as ‘The Vengeance’). She played her share of vengeful, tattered old hags — most famously ‘appearing’ as … Continue reading

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