More Character Actors

The first blog covered a lot of ground but left out many good actors. Here are some more very fine actors.  These folks added texture to films and television shows they appeared in.

titos vandis

Titos Vandis – Played many Greek or Europeans, in many comedies, but also crime dramas as foreign dictators.


vito scottiVito Scotti – Often played Italians or other ethnic types, usually for comic effect. He can be seen in several early episodes of Columbo, and two episodes of Gilligan’s Island including the Japanese soldier.


ned glass

Ned Glass – Listed on wikipedia as playing nervous, dishonest or cowardly roles. His parts were usually brief, often store keepers or old men.


Richard X. Slattery – Gruff, gravely voiced actor. Often richard x slatterymilitary or cop. He played the Captain in the television version of Mr. Roberts.


Val Avery – Usually a tough guy or a cop. In a 50-year career he is officially credited with 170 roles but unofficially with over Val Avery100 films and 300 television shows.




Herb Edelman – Murray the Cop (The Odd Couple), The Golden Girls, St. Elsewhere, Murder, She Wrote. He spent most Herb Edelman, circa 1981of his career on television but appeared in numerous Neil Simon films. You knew his bald head, but he also wore a toupee and had a mustache. He was often a middle aged man going through some crisis.


Elliott Reid – You won’t recognize the name but he was a regular performer in Disney films, including the Absent Minded Professor films. He was also the prosecutor in the elliott reidInherit the Wind. He usually played not very likeable characters, but he did it with a nice comedic touch.


Allan Hewitt – Another name you won’t recognize but you would know the face. allen hewittUsually not very likeable characters, played the suspicious boyfriend of Mrs. Brown on My Favorite Martian.


Ray WalstonMy Favorite Martian, but also the judge on Picket Fences, and Mr. Hand from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He had featured roles in Silver Streak, The Sting, and took over the role vacated by Peter Sellers in Kiss Me, Stupid. Typecast as Uncle Martin, he had troray walstonuble finding serious roles until Mr. Hand came along.


harold gould



Harold Gould – Credited with over 300 television appearances and 100 stage plays, he was a busy man. Played Rhoda Morganstern’s father, had a featured role on The Golden Girls, appeared in The Sting, was the original dad in the pilot for Happy Days, and co-starred with Stephanie Powers in The Feather and Father Gang.

Michael Constantine – Today’s audiences will know him from My Big Fatmichael constintine Greek Wedding, but my generation remembers him as the principal in Room 222, for which he won several Emmy awards. In the 1960s and 1970s he was busy guest starring in every series on television.


Jack Warden – He moved comfortably between television and film roles. Starred in Crazy Like a Fox in the 1980s, often worked with Warren Beatty (Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait). T4DJIJO EC001Memorable roles in Twelve Angry Men, Donovan’s Reef, From Here to Eternity, The Verdict, and played George Halas in Brian’s Song.


harry carey jr

Harry Carey, Jr. – Often worked in John Ford films, he appeared in many Westerns including 3 Godfathers (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Searchers (1956), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). A notable role was in Tombstone (1993).bernard fox




Bernard Fox – Welsh actor more famously remembered for is roles as Dr. Bombay in the comedy fantasy series Bewitched (1964–1972), Colonel Crittendon in the comedy series Hogan’s Heroes (1965–1971), Malcolm Merriweather in The Andy Griffith Show (1963–1965). One of his last roles was in Titanic.

charles lane

Charles Lane – Played Homer Bedloe on Petticoat Junction. He usually played mean, short tempered characters. His career began in 1930 and he acted until he was 101 years old.

james hampton

James Hampton – Most notable role was Cpl Dobbs on F Troop, he also played the football manager in The Longest Yard. Known for his big smile and boy next door appearance, he often worked with friend Burt Reynolds and became a script consultant and director of Reynold’s Evening Shade television series.



mildred natwick

Mildred Natwick – Distinguish actress, mostly known for playing mothers or spinsters. Notable roles included Jane Fonda’s mother in Barefoot in the Park, co-starring with Helen Hayes in The Snoop Sisters, and Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry.


joyce builifant


Joyce Bulifant – Cheerful, with a distinctive voice, she appeared in many television roles from the 1960s through the 1980s. She played Murray’s wife on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and had a memorable role in the film Airplane!




jack-rileyJack Riley – His most famous role was the grumpy Mr. Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show. He appeared in many television shows in his fifty plus year career.



george wyner


George Wyner – He is bald and wears glasses, a geeky kind of guy. The divorce lawyer of Fletch’s ex-wife. He has more than 100 film and television credits.



Gordon Jump – Arthur Carlson from WKRP in Cincinnati, and later, The Maytag Repair Man. Usually played comedic roles gordon jumpwhere he played characters who were in over their heads. He graduated from Kansas State and worked in Topeka in television giving weather reports. I met Gordon Jump as he came to my town to promote the opening of a Maytag store. He was gracious and talked for a long time. A very nice man, who left too soon.


richard libertini

Richard Libertini – Often in comedies because he has a certain physical look. He could incorporate accents into this roles. Perhaps best know as the editor in the Fletch films.


Wilford Brimley – A crusty, folksy type actor with round glasses and a bushy mustache. Appeared in Cocoon, The Thing, The China Syndrone, Absence of Malice, Tender Mercies, The Firm and many other films.wilford brimley


Red Buttons – Comedian and actor, in many light comedic film roles, but was effective in dramatic films too. Appeared in Hatari, The Longest Day, They Shoot Horses Don’t They?, The Poseidon Adventure, Stagecoach and many other films. Frequently on the panel of the red buttonsDean Martin Roasts.




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