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http://heyitsthatguy.com/

What a great idea, compiling a bunch of character actors most of us have seen and recognize from movies and TV over the years but have no idea what their names are. Of course, my favorite Mako is on the list. And like Mako, quite a good number of these guys are dead. Some of these people are probably a little too famous to count. Curtis "Booger" Armstrong is a bit of a stretch as one of That Guys. Who doesn't know Curtis Armstrong as Booger? Same with Clint Howard, Ron Howard's uglier but just as prolific brother. James Cromwell is also pretty famous; as Zephram Cochrane in Star Trek and the farmer in Babe. "That'll do, pig." Giovanni Ribisi? He's played how many retards in how many movies? Too many if you ask me.

It's amazing, as someone who has watched a lot of TV and movies from the 60's to the present, how many of That Guys I can place from stuff I've seen. For example, Ronny Cox was Dick Jones of OCP in Robocop. He was also the President in that shitty Captain America movie from the early 90's. Donald Moffat was the President Harrison Ford yelled at in Clear and Present Danger. "How dare you, sir!" Pat Hingle was Commissioner Gordon in four Batman movies. Vincent Schiavelli was the head of the Red Triangle Gang in Batman Returns. I could go on and on. Some of these guys have had incredibly prolific careers spanning decades as guys who you recognize but never placed their names. James Hong is pretty incredible: he has 297 IMDB listings. And he's still alive and working.

You know who lucked out? Terry O'Quinn. He got off this list probably for good thanks to Lost.

If I have one particular favorite from this listing of That Guys who isn't Mako, it's gotta be Jack Elam. Now, there was a good looking man. It was driving me nuts trying to remember where I knew him from until it hit me: He was the crazy, slobbering drunk doctor in Burt Reynolds and Dom De Louise's ambulance in Cannonball Run. Ah, Cannonball Run, they don't make 'em like that anymore. For a googley-eyed weirdo, he was incredibly employable. His career lasted almost fifty years. The only google-eyed celebrity that comes even close to his career is the Cookie Monster and Cookie's really only been on one show. There'll never another quite like Jack Elam, unfortunately.

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Cool list, although I did notice something interesting, the two lead villians off Shawshank Redemption are listed as "That Guys", Bob Gunton and Clancy Brown.





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Where is John Caradine? Chris George? Harry Carrey?

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I was surprised how many voice actors from the Bruce Timm DC cartoons qualified as "That Guy":

Bob Hastings - Jim Gordon
Henry Silva - Bane
Michael Ironside - Darkseid
Michael Ansara - Mr. Freeze
Clancy Brown - Lex Luthor, Mr. Freeze("The Batman")
Brion James - Parasite
Christopher McDonald - Jor-El, Superman
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Hasn't Fametracker been doing this for years?



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Yes. Yes they have. Except there, it's "The J.T. Walsh Memorial 'Hey! It's That Guy!'"

I didn't even click on the link until you said something, because that's what I thought it was.



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Jack Elam did have 198 credits going back to 1944.

Robert Donner who played Exidor in Mork & Mindy was a character actor that you would recognize though couldn't name. In fact he is one of Ed Asner's henchmen in John Wayne's "El Dorado". I think he was Milt. And yes he gets killed.

Don't forget Giovanni Ribisi also played a recurring role on "Friends" as Phoebe's half brother.

I don't see Ronny Cox as one of those guys. He did play Capt. Bogomil in the first two "Beverly Hills Cop" movies.

My dad recognized Curtis Armstrong last night and said "hey isn't that the guy that was on Moonlighting?" He had a recurring role on there and I had forgotten that.

But how can Christopher McDonald be on that list? He was Shooter McGavin for crying out loud!

And Paul Gleason the principal from "Breakfast Club" and the football coach from "Johnny B. Good" and Meeks from "Trading Places"?

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JT Walsh will always be king of the "it's that guy" throne in our house too. Since he died, anyone else that we see in a lot of small parts is referred to as the "new JT Walsh".



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See, for me it's all about Michael Ironside. He does lose a couple of points for his role as the evil high school karate teacher in The Next Karate Kid, although that movie is awesomely bad.

I think it traces back to the fact that V was my absolute favorite mini-series as a kid.
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Ronny Cox was also the banjo-duelling member of the city-slicker foursome in DELIVERANCE, so I'd rule him out of "That Guy" status.

Most gratifying "That Guy" experience in recent memory: Seeing Tom Towles being all Aryan and scumbaggy in MIAMI VICE.



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    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    Ronny Cox was also the banjo-duelling member of the city-slicker foursome in DELIVERANCE, so I'd rule him out of "That Guy" status.
Being fourth-billed in a movie that came out 35 years ago disqualifies you from being a character actor whose name most people won't remember?

Don't get me wrong, Deliverance is a great film, but I think you could take most people who saw the movie yesterday and ask them to name "the guy with the guitar" today, and they wouldn't be able to do it.

Anyway. Any list like this that does not include Al Leong is highly suspect.

(Yeah. I guarantee that every single one of you would recognize Al Leong if you saw him. Click on the link and you'll say, "Hey! It's that guy!")
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I can't see Ronny Cox as being a That Guy. I mean come on, he was Cohaagen in Total Recall!

Of course, Total Recall is one of my favorite movies ever, so maybe I'm looking at it from the wrong angle.






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Cox had a very successful career, playing more than just "That Guy" roles. DELIVERANCE, Bogomil in BEVERLY HILLS COP, Dick Jones in ROBOCOP, Cohaagen in TOTAL RECALL....he's a cut above guys like Leong, Towles, Howard and Armstrong. Ditto Chris MacDonald, Michael Ironside, and especially Giovanni Ribisi-they're not household names, but they're well-known as more than just fun bit-part actors.



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    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    Cox had a very successful career, playing more than just "That Guy" roles. DELIVERANCE, Bogomil in BEVERLY HILLS COP, Dick Jones in ROBOCOP, Cohaagen in TOTAL RECALL.
Yeah, yeah. Take his picture around town and see how many people get his name right.

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Shit, if that's the criteria then you're handcuffing all but twenty or so stars to "That Guy" status. Steve Buscemi couldn't be named by many. Ditto Philip Seymour Hoffman. John C. Reilly. Patricia Clarkson. Christian Bale's not even a household name yet. Patrick Stewart. Robert Patrick. William H. Macy. Sean Astin. Djimon Hounsou. Jeffrey Wright. Alison Janney. Brian Cox. Paul GIamatti. Alfred Molina. THe list goes on.

You're saying all folks whom the majority can't name are in the same category as Al Leong? All these people?



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    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    Shit, if that's the criteria then you're handcuffing all but twenty or so stars to "That Guy" status. Steve Buscemi couldn't be named by many. Ditto Philip Seymour Hoffman. John C. Reilly. Patricia Clarkson. Christian Bale's not even a household name yet. Patrick Stewart. Robert Patrick. William H. Macy. Sean Astin. Djimon Hounsou. Jeffrey Wright. Alison Janney. Brian Cox. Paul GIamatti. Alfred Molina. THe list goes on.

    You're saying all folks whom the majority can't name are in the same category as Al Leong? All these people?
Some of them, sure.

Okay: personally (and I stress personally), I'd disqualify recent Oscar nominees -- Hoffman, Giamatti, Clarkson, Macy, Reilly and, while I'm at it, Chris Cooper from the That Guy page. (Although if they go for awhile without maintaining that level of exposure, they might drop back onto the list.)

Lead actors in mainstream films are out -- Bale, Giamatti again. Sean Astin had a major role in three of the biggest movies ever, so I kick him out, too.

Main characters in TV shows of any length are out, too -- Stewart, Janney.

Who's left? Steve Buscemi is, to me, practically the "quintessential "that guy" -- or at least he was ten years ago when I started keeping track of character actors. Now, yeah, I don't know if I'd put him on the list -- but I have his photo & autograph up in my video store and of the people who take note of it, half of them say, "Hey! It's that guy! You know, the 'funny lookin' guy!'"

Robert Patrick, Djimon Hounsou, Jeffrey Wright, Brian Cox, Alfred Molina...? Yeah, I wouldn't argue with any of these guys being on a "that guy" list (although I'll give you that they're borderline depending on what's in the theater at the moment). I mean, I know who all of them are, and so do you, but we know who pretty much everyone is on that site is -- so what?

"In the same category" as Al Leong? Well...it depends of how broad the category is, and I guess that's really what we're fighting over. When you say "the majority," do you mean the majority of everyone, or casual movie fans, or total movie buffs, or who? And who should the That Guy list cater to?

To me, Ronny Cox is a guy whose name you don't know unless you go out of your way to find out what his name is. Philip Seymour Hoffman is a guy whose name you learn (as if by osmosis!) if you're paying any attention to movies at all -- it's mentioned on TV commercials, he has articles about him in mainstream magazines and newspapers, he's at the Oscars, he's a guest on talk shows. Maybe that was the case with Ronny Cox back in the day, but it probably used to be that way with Jack Elam, too.

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Giovanni Ribisi would be a household name if it wasn't so difficult to pronounce/remember. He was great as Phoebe's brother on Friends, and is hilarious on My Name is Earl as well.



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When I read the first post, an image came into my mind immediately. The man defines "Hey It's That Guy" for me because I've seen him in dozens of roles dating back to the 1970's and have never had any idea what his name was.

So I clicked the link...and he's the FIRST GUY ON THE LIST!

Ed Lauter. Wow. With a name like that, no wonder.

That totally made my day.

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    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
    Anyway. Any list like this that does not include Al Leong is highly suspect.

    (Yeah. I guarantee that every single one of you would recognize Al Leong if you saw him. Click on the link and you'll say, "Hey! It's that guy!")
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Al Leong (I totally didn't know his name) is always one of the first "that guy"s that I think of - especially with his classic role as Genghis Khan (who likes Twinkies). I did think the list left off Stephen Tobolowsky (Needle-Nose Ned), Chelcie Ross (Harris from Major League), and Brian Doyle-Murray...



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    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
    (Yeah. I guarantee that every single one of you would recognize Al Leong if you saw him.


I'm not looking this up, and I SWEAR I would never know the name "Al Leong", but based on just an educated guess he's got to be the guy who (a) electroshocked Riggs in "Lethal Weapon" and (b) ate the candy bars while waiting to shoot the cops in "Die Hard", right? (Of course, he didn't make it to the end of either movie.)



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