Which actor has everyone seen but nobody know the name of?
By - bufadad
I'm a fan of his, but I always forget John Michael Higgins' name, and I think a lot of people do too and/or never knew it: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John\_Michael\_Higgins](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michael_Higgins)
i go to school with his kids and see him every friday at starbucks, he came to one of my plays once bc his son was in it and he came up to me after and said some really sweet things about my performance. awesome guy!
I shall duck behind that couch.
What a pro.
Seize the day! I'll have.. a birthday cake!
Zhu Li! Do the thing!
I just want to shout out /u/Kaynny , for sharing “this guy”, “this woman” links that lead to the pictures of all these actors on replies that didn’t have them.
Hey! Appreciate it!
Pete Postlewaithe, RIP.
[This guy](https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0000592/), RIP
I was going to mention this. I had a weird hate reflex for him for a while because he played Hakeswill in Sharpe so dammed well. I used to have to manually remind myself that he isn’t the character. Same with Phoenix and Commudus.
[David Paymer](https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001601/). He's been in practically everything, but most people wouldn't know his name. He came into the movie theater I worked at years ago in Massachusetts and we were all scrambling to look up his name after we saw him. As he was leaving, one of my coworkers yelled "hey David Paymer!" at him as he left. He smiled & waved at us. Seeing famous people was not a frequent occurrence for us in the Boston suburbs, so we were pretty excited.
Yes, he’s the quintessential guy for this list IMO. You recognize his face, you know you’ve seen him in stuff, but you can never remember what movie or show and who he played.
John Carroll Lynch
I still think of him as Drew Carey's big brother from the Drew Carey show. He's been busy I see.
Burn Gorman. He plays a great villain!
If you wanna see him play a good guy, check out the first two seasons of _Torchwood_. He makes a great bad guy, but I always think of that show whenever I see him.
Yeah, any Torchwood fan knows him by name, he's a main character in that.
that was my first exposure to him, so when i see him as a villain in other stuff i'm always like "owen no!"
As a fan of The Expanse, I heartily agree
Murtry: Someday I think you and I are going to end up bloody.
Amos: How about now? I’m free right now.
I love that show.
Amos: You and I have very different life experiences, Chrissy
Avasarala: Don't call me that — I'm a member of Parliament, not your favorite stripper.
Amos: You can be both.
He kills me. It's great isn't it?
I want more scenes with those two:
Chrisjen Avasarala : Lean back with my weight on my heels?
Amos Burton : There you go. Now you just walk around like you're in pumps.
Chrisjen Avasarala : How do you know what it's like to walk around in pumps?
Amos Burton : I didn't always work in space.
He'll always be Dr. Herman Gottlieb from Pacific Rim.
Or the scientist/researcher from that one episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia where he gives Charlie "smart pills" and then has his assistant (who I think is from the show Silicon Valley) observe him for the whole episode.
Karl fooking Tanner of Gin Alley. He'll kill any knight in Westeros for ten silver.
Zeljko Ivanek - he's always the corrupt US government official. One of the most prolific bit-part actors who always plays the same kind of role.
He was the good US government official in “The Event”
Which was great, because they use him as kind of a red herring that works partly because you expect his character to be corrupt out of habit.
He played a scientist who went off the deep end in "The Bourne Legacy".
I just realized that I have been confusing [him](https://wwwimage-us.pplusstatic.com/thumbnails/photos/w425-q80/cast/madamsecretary_cast_zeljkoivanek.jpg) and [Michael Kelly](https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0446672/mediaviewer/rm3147688192/) this entire time. I am beyond embarrassed now.
Christopher McDonald, or as you all know him, Shooter McGavin.
I see you, linking everyone. You da man!
He eats pieces of shit like you for breakfast.
He eats pieces of shit for breakfast? 💩🤢
I know him as Lt Richard Castillo in "Yesterday's Enterprise", one of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, and one of the few time travel stories I like.
That's one of the best Trek episodes ever put to film.
YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE *DEAD*
ah yes, my favorite role of his: Bank Manager
Oh shit. THAT guy!
I originally knew him from Prison Break then he pops up in random really tiny spots all over the place. Funny enough a shit ton of Prison Break guys have really small roles in the Nolan Batman trilogy. The guy who played Brad Bellick in Prison Break plays a prison warden in Rises, Reggie Lee plays a cop in Rises and Fichtner was the mob bank manager in the beginning of TDK.
A few of the Prison Break actors are also regulars in the DC TV universe. The actors for Michael, Lincoln, and T-Bag are in The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
"Get off. The nuclear. Warhead."
"He's got space dementia"
You know, when you see it written down I gotta give him major props on the delivery of that line lol.
Oooo yes. My fav line, “you have any idea who you’re stealing from? You and your friends are dEAaaad!” Right in the beginning of The Dark Knight.
>**you have any idea who** you’re stealing from?
Insanely appropriate example for the thread dude
Amused by the fact that I can't even remember the ***names*** of the *characters* he's played; they're just like him
Starring: The slimy bank teller from Gotham / The slimy guy from Heat
Agent Mahone from Prison break?
There is a really crappy movie with him and Nicolas Cage where if I remember correctly Cage escapes from hell and Fichtner, know as the Accountant, is sent to bring him back. The only good thing about the movie is the scenes with the Accountant, he steals the entire movie.
Season 2 of Prison Break was so much more intense than the first season because of William Fichtner.
It's interesting that he played a lot of tough guys, but my favorite role of his has always been Contact.
What the hell was he doing with a gun in space?
Wait is he the Supreme Court candidate from the west wing????
Yup. So many good things.
Black Hawk Down
The Dark Night.
He was in drag for something. He's always popping up somewhere and he's always good.
Albino Alligator, Virtuosity, Heat, Date Night, Contact, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Pearl Harbor, Equilibrium, Crash, The Longest Yard, The Lone Ranger, TMNT, 12 Strong, Invasion, Mom, Grand Theft Auto games, and MW3. Dude is omnipresent.
He's amazing in Go too, which is just a great movie from top to bottom.
It's not Amway, it's Confederated Products.
That sequence with him and Jane Krakowski at their home is one of my all time favorites.
His visceral offense to his MLM being called Amway is some of the best acting ever.
Greg Henry. dude has been "that guy" since the 70's.
Started in "Rich Man Poor Man", shows up in Slither and Guardians of the Galaxy, Payback, dozens of movies in teh 80's and 90's, like "Body Double".
Big blonde dude, always plays a sketchy sleazy James Spader type dude. But older than Spader.
Because he's never played anything like himself, but he shows up everywhere. He's Maori, but often plays hispanic and arabic characters.
Live Free or Die Hard, Six Days Seven Nights, The Insider, Bringing Out the Dead, Collateral Damage, Training Day, Three Kings and Hobbs & Shaw, amongst many others. He's worked with a lot of the biggest stars and directors.
EDIT: Since a lot of comments have mentioned it - too many for me to respond to - I should have said '*almost* never played anything like himself'. He has played Maori characters, but he plays other ethnicities more frequently than his own.
And thanks for the broad and positive response. Was a nice thing to wake up to this morning :-)
Maybe true for people outside of NZ but I feel like everyone here knows Uncle Fuckin Bully
Fear the Walking Dead for TV as well.
Edit: Just remembered that I watched him in Doctor Sleep recently.
Just saw him in Doctor Sleep. I actually looked up his name because I had seen him in other stuff and couldn’t remember what.
Noel Gugliemi (aka the guy that always plays "Hector")
My father just met him in our hometown. He had an itch to talk to him but was holding back because he "knew him" but didn't know his name. He decided to approach him and Noel was actually expecting to be recognized yet his name not known. Guess these great actors are self-aware of their famous anonimity.
I'm glad it went well. I'd be too embarrassed to talk to a celebrity if I didn't know their name
Hector’s going to be running 3 Honda Civics with spoon engines. And on top of that he just came into Harry's and he ordered 3 T66 turbos, with NOS, and a Motec system exhaust.
Don’t forget a handful of neon green washers and a diamond plate floorboard that falls out if there’s a dangerous amount of pressure in a manifold that you clear up by yelling “Shut up!” at a laptop
That happens when you live your life a quarter mile at a time.
Longest quarter mile ever.
You owe me a 10 minute car!
every hector movie is in the same cinematic universe.
The HCU if you will.
Bald cholo with a white wife beater and a goatee? That’s always Hector
Usually an oversized flannel
Definitely, he’s one of the most recognizable faces. https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0346595/
Wow, they weren’t kidding, he plays a ton of roles named “Hector”.
I counted 9, but it jumps to 12 if you count multiple Fast & Furii.
> multiple Fast & Furii
I can't believe you've done this
Gave me a good laugh, not gonna lie; clever!
lol I hate that i had no clue who you were talking about until you said Hector
Haha!! BUTT MONKEY!!
Time for you to go home little fella!
Wrote his own obituary:
James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia, PA. His mother, Ardell Frances Rebhorn, nee Hoch, loved him very much and supported all his dreams. She taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing. His father, James Harry Rebhorn, was no less devoted to him. From him, Jim learned that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done. They gave him his faith and wisely encouraged him to stay in touch with God.
He is survived by his sister, Janice Barbara Galbraith, of Myrtle Beach, SC. She was his friend, his confidant, and, more often than either of them would like to admit, his bridge over troubled waters.
He is also survived by his wife, Rebecca Fulton Linn, and his two daughters, Emma Rebecca Rebhorn and Hannah Linn Rebhorn. They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor. Rebecca loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example.
His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it. Time is flying by. His son-in-law, Ben, also survives him. Jim loved Ben, who was as a son to Jim, especially through these last months.
His aunts Jean, Dorothy and Florence, numerous cousins and their families, and many devoted friends also survive Jim. He loved them all, and he knows they loved him.
Jim received his BA at Wittenberg University and his MFA at Columbia. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Nu Zeta 624, a life-long Lutheran, and a longtime member of both the AMC and ACLU.
Jim was fortunate enough to earn his living doing what he loved. He was a professional actor. His unions were always there for him, and he will remain forever grateful for the benefits he gained as a result of the union struggle. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn’t have had much of a career. He was a lucky man in every way.
He sounds like he was a pretty great human.
so good in The Game, Meet the Parents, and My Cousin Vinny. never a big role but always a crucial role
Surprised you didn't mention Independence Day or Blank Check
Oh shit that’s right!
“...but I’m not Jewish.”
Not an Actor... but the redditor that answered ever single comment without a link on this thread....
We all saw them but nobody remembered the name
Can we all just bless u/Kaynny for adding the well-needed links to the answers
Thank you!!! Why do these comments not have links!?
I remember Sammy Jankis. His name is Ned Ryason, his voice is his passport, verify him.
He was also in The Insider. Always iconic in Groundhog Day and Sneakers, but didn't recognise that he's one of the big wigs suppressing the news piece until just a couple years ago.
Awhile ago GQ did an article called "that guy" on this topic. The number one pick was James Cromwell.
You're the best for doing this, thank you
Appropriate, since today (April 5) is [First Contact Day](https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/First_Contact_Day)!
On April 5, 2063, ~~Zefram Cochrane~~ James Cromwell will make first contact with the Vulcans.
Cromwell is such a good actor he was able to make the line “You’re all astronauts, on some sort of...star trek” sound realistic and not at all awkwardly fan service.
That'll do, pig. That'll do.
Dylan Baker. One time I held the door at a hotel open for him and recognized him as Peter’s professor Dr. Curt Connors from the Raimi Spider-Man movies. But I looked him up and will never forget his name now.
Honestly /u/Kaynny you singe handedly carried this thread
This seems like a perfect question to point you towards this film
Shea Whigham and Bill Camp (the cops from Joker) have been in an absurd number of movies over the last decade
[This guy](https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0924154/) and [this guy](https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0131966/)
He's been in over 600 movies, TV shows, and video games throughout his career.
Edit: [Here](https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/02/entertainment/james-hong-actor-movie-credits-trnd/index.html) is a pretty good article on him from last year.
Oh wow. He is the perfect example of this question. I knew him immediately when I saw him.
the dad in wayne’s world 2! who asks if they can shift from subtitles to dubbed haha
Daniel Dae Kim was working to get him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Totally deserved just from the sheer volume of his work.
Ah, that guy from the Chinese restaurant in Seinfeld.
You're not Cartwright!
OF COURSE I'm not Cartwright!
I tell her you not here, she say curse word, I hang up
You know the actor is prolific when their filmography has its own page.
That’s David Lo Pan to you! Bring out Thunder, Rain, and Lightning to teach this disrespectful fool a lesson!
I think you're talking about the godfather of Little China, Mr David Lo Pan. You mean the Lo Pan that's chairman of the National Orient Bank and owns the Wing Kong Trading Company, but who's so reclusive that no one has laid eyes on him in years?
He was brilliant as Lo Pan. Scared the bejesus out of me.
MY SON HAD THE NOODLE DREAM!
UGH YES AS SOON AS I GOOGLED HIM I KNEW THAT WAS HIS VOICE
My noodles man!
Oh did you get those pleasure girls last night? They sure know how to handle a man...
Rade Šerbedžija, a.ka. every Russian gangster ever.
You are my favourite person, thank you for saving me countless googles ❤
Underrated answer. He can be the main antagonist in a Brad Pitt or Val Kilmer movie, and then also be a homeless man with a nice coat in Batman Begins or Gregorovitch in one scene in the 2nd to last Harry Potter movie. Dude is EVERYWHERE.
Boris the Bullet-dodger? Boris the Sneaky Fuckin' Russian more like!
Why do they call him the bullet dodger?
Because he dodges bullets, Avi.
Love how confused Vinnie looks there. Like "what a dumb question; did he really just ask that?"
It's the delivery of that line that really makes it for me.
"Cos he...dodges...bullets, Avi"
[Tommy Flanagan](https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0281107/) when you need the European tough guy henchman.
The man with the sad eyes- Vincent Schiavelli
Hes in loads of stuff James bond and last action hero etc
Says “dude with sad eyes”.
Wikipedia page: dude wearing sunglasses covering said eyes
Ya that wad mildly infuriating
I agree that your answer is the most-correct for the following reasons:
Although many character-actors are recognizable, Vincent Shiavelli is so striking-looking, that if you've even seen anything with him in it, you've **seen** him, he is in fact impossible to forget.
Although he is so recognizable, almost no one outside the business knows his name.
I adore his work, god rest his soul
This dude creeped me out in Ghost.
Get off my traaaain!!!!
Yo why you talk about the sad eyes but link the wiki where he has sunglasses?
William Fitchner. He appears in EVERYTHING
One time my grandmother walked in on me watching the beginning of The Dark Knight and she thought the bank manager was Alan Colmes from Fox News.
Someone who is a bigger name that has been in everything is Brian Cox.
character actress margo martindale
Thanks for this. Loved her in The Americans
Wow yea once I googled her I instantly remembered her from tons of tv and film. Very awesome actress. Justified is one of my favorite all-time tv shows and she was brilliant in that.
Her character name in Bojack Horseman is literally “character actress margo martindale”. she cameos once every season and is introduced as character actress margo martindale
Please say they say the whole name everytime she's mentioned
Of course they do
Similar to how "Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let's Find Out!" is never abbreviated on the show. It's described in full, every single time.
One time Wanda says, “...or HSACWDTKDTKTLFO, for short.”
And there's also when it was the slightly longer "JD Salinger presents: Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things?? Let's Find Out!"
I hate admit it, but that was the only thing I vividly remember her from.
I Think you mean BELOVED character actress Margo Martindale\*
Beloved character actress *and fugitive from the law* Margo Martindale.
Beloved character actress fugitive from the law and wild card Margo Martindale
I've probably seen that name more than I've ever seen that face at this point
That's because she disappears into the role.
It’s called *acting* BoJack, you should try it sometime.
I don’t know what she actually looks like, just the cartoon version.
Beloved character actress fugitive from the law wild card and born-again Catholic Margo Martindale
The Jennings beg to differ.
She’s a perfect example of this question. Recognized her immediately but didn’t know her name until now. Thanks!
When you get to heaven I won’t be there, but my movies will!
Well If you watched Bojack Horseman you’d probably know the name
I only know her from that. Then saw her in something else, and was like "oh, it's character actress Margo Martindale".
I legit thought Margo Martindale in Bojack was a fictionalized version of a person like her...Not her actual name lol, that makes it all so much funnier
I feel like I've always seen her, but Bojack really made her known to me as an actress. Just fantastic in every role I've seen her in.
Another funny tidbit is that IRL she had a small part in the 2010 Secretariat movie
What was it, a cross over episode?
You mean Mags Bennett.