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JumpCutz
07-21-09, 08:10 PM
Either an extended cameo or a performance that doesn't quite qualify for a 'supporting actor'.



What are some of your favorites?

Some of mine...

Alec Baldwin - Glengarry Glen Ross (duh!)
Vanessa Redgrave - Atonement
Lee Fierro - Jaws
Gary Oldman- True Romance
Christopher Lee- Sleepy Hollow
Toni Collette- The Hours
John Turturro- To Live and Die in LA
Beatrice Straight- Network (Yeah she won best supporting actress, but was onscreen for 5 minutes 40 seconds)

GoldenJCJ
07-21-09, 08:46 PM
Gary Oldman- True Romance
Don't forget Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.

Troy Stiffler
07-21-09, 08:47 PM
Crispin Glover in Wild At Heart ... and I always remember that "same shit happened to me last week man" guy too. Maybe more because of Lynch, than the actor. I don't know.

R. Lee Ermey in ... a lot ... I always remember Full Metal Jacket and the TCM remake (yea yea yea).

riotinmyskull
07-21-09, 09:07 PM
Don't forget Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.

and brad pitt

dugan
07-21-09, 09:13 PM
Drew Barrymore - Scream

JumpCutz
07-21-09, 09:17 PM
Don't forget Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.

Doh! Only the best scene in the film. I knew I should have thought this through a bit more before posting. :sad:

dick_grayson
07-21-09, 09:31 PM
Crispin Glover in Wild At Heart ... and I always remember that "same shit happened to me last week man" guy too. Maybe more because of Lynch, than the actor. I don't know.

R. Lee Ermey in ... a lot ... I always remember Full Metal Jacket and the TCM remake (yea yea yea).

Cousin Dale :up:

wd40cloud
07-21-09, 09:42 PM
Harvey Keitel - Pulp Fiction
John Candy - Home Alone
John Turturro - The Big Lebowski
Vincent Price - Edward Scissorhands
Christopher Walken - Pulp Fiction
Kevin Spacey - Se7en

James Lafleur
07-21-09, 10:11 PM
I love all of the ones already mentioned. In addition, off the top of my head...

Jason Bateman in Smokin' Aces
Alec Baldwin in The Departed

And I would be tempted to include Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading, but I guess he had a fairly large role. Just not large enough.

Ash Ketchum
07-21-09, 10:28 PM
Jo Van Fleet in EAST OF EDEN (1955). James Dean is curious about the mother who abandoned him in infancy and he's in for quite a shock when, against his father's wishes, he finally goes to see her at the whorehouse she runs. It's a short, powerful scene and Van Fleet won Best Supporting Actress for playing this role.

Peter Lorre in the title role of STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940), often cited as the first bonafide film noir to be produced in Hollywood. Lorre only turns up near the end and his performance recalls his seminal portrayal of the child killer in M (1931).

And let's not forget Lorre's memorable bit as Ugarte in CASABLANCA (1943):
"Do something for me, Rick, do something!"
"I stick my neck out for no one."
And they cart poor Lorre off, never to be heard from again, but not before he's managed to slip Rick (Bogart) the film's "maguffin," the letters of transit later eagerly sought by Rick's former lover, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), for herself and her freedom fighter husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid).

Zen Peckinpah
07-21-09, 11:15 PM
Crispin Glover in Wild At Heart ... and I always remember that "same shit happened to me last week man" guy too. Maybe more because of Lynch, than the actor. I don't know.

"I'M MAKING MY LUNCH!" has become a sort of in-joke between my friends.

Agreed on the True Romance and Pulp entries, plus Spacey, Baldwin, Turturro, and Bateman (the best part of Aces, I might add).

I'll add:

Cloris Leachman and John Ritter in Bad Santa
Harry Dean Stanton and Isaac Hayes in Escape from New York
Bruce Campbell in Escape from L.A.
Eric Roberts in The Dark Knight
Woody Harrelson in No Country for Old Men
Catherine O'Hara in After Hours
Dan Aykroyd in Into the Night

OldBoy
07-21-09, 11:46 PM
Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent".

RagingBull80
07-22-09, 12:14 AM
Harry Dean Stanton in anything.

John Hurt in The Proposition and just about anything else.

inri222
07-22-09, 12:33 AM
Orson Welles................The Third Man
Michael Shannon...........Revolutionary Road
Rodney Dangerfield........Natural Born Killers
Gene Hackman..............Young Frankenstein
David Cronenberg..........To Die For
Robert Blake.................Lost Highway

NoirFan
07-22-09, 12:40 AM
Jo Van Fleet in EAST OF EDEN (1955).

She also gives a memorable performance in a brief role as Newman's mother in Cool Hand Luke.

Rockmjd23
07-22-09, 12:52 AM
Bobby Rhodes as Tony the pimp in Demons and Hank the gym instructor in Demons 2. You horror fans know what I mean.

gmanca
07-22-09, 01:26 AM
Scott Glenn - Off Limits; A really good performance from a decent Vietnam film
Sam Jackson - Deep Blue Sea
Willie Nelson - Thief; was an unusual choice for a crime film but he brought something else

Giantrobo
07-22-09, 02:27 AM
The Club Singer-War of the Gargantuas. She sang a crappy song and...

...almost got ate the fuck up :lol:

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RichC2
07-22-09, 02:31 AM
Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent".

rotfl

Solid Snake
07-22-09, 03:40 AM
Christopher Walken in Pulp Fiction

AnonomusBob15
07-22-09, 03:57 AM
William Hurt in A History of aviolence.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Punch-Drunk Love

Dean Kousoulas
07-22-09, 04:00 AM
Ben Affleck - Boiler Room

Solid Snake
07-22-09, 04:19 AM
Kylie Minogue- Moulin Rouge

Drexl
07-22-09, 04:40 AM
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Perkinsun Dzees
07-22-09, 04:42 AM
Bruce Campbell - Spider Man 2
Jean Reno - La Femme Nikita
Sean Connery - The Untouchables
Sonny Chiba - Kill Bill
Darren Ewing - Troll 2
Maggie Cheung - Ashes of Time
Lisa Eichorn - Cutter's Way
Misty Mundae - The Lost
Bronson Pinchot - Beverly Hills Cop

lamphorn
07-22-09, 04:59 AM
Bob Ridgely- Boogie Nights
Jeff Goldblum- Annie Hall (he had one line)
Leonard Rossetter- Barry Lyndon

Tscott
07-22-09, 07:08 AM
No one has mentioned Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs yet? 16 minutes of screen time- shortest to ever win an Best Actor Oscar.

majorjoe23
07-22-09, 08:01 AM
No one has mentioned Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs yet? 16 minutes of screen time- shortest to ever win an Best Actor Oscar.

That's what I was coming in to post. So instead I'll say Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love.

inri222
07-22-09, 08:16 AM
No one has mentioned Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs yet? 16 minutes of screen time- shortest to ever win an Best Actor Oscar.

Brian Cox in Manhunter

marty888
07-22-09, 09:10 AM
<b>LILA KEDROVA</b> in Hitchcock's <i>Torn Curtain</i>. Her big scene with Paul Newman and Julia Andrews is a heart-breaker.

(Most people remember her for her Oscar-winning role as Mme Hortense in<i>Zorba The Greek</i>.)

Solid Snake
07-22-09, 09:33 AM
I dunno who he was but the guy that played Hollis Mason whose role is greatly, though still short, expanded in Watchmen.

Dr Mabuse
07-22-09, 09:42 AM
Ben Affleck - Boiler Room

Damn right. He was Godzilla in Tokyo in that scene.

The shortest and bestest performance in 'True Romance' was Val Kilmer as Elvis.

Ash Ketchum
07-22-09, 10:31 AM
Bruce Campbell - Spider Man 2
Jean Reno - La Femme Nikita
Sean Connery - The Untouchables
Sonny Chiba - Kill Bill
Darren Ewing - Troll 2
Maggie Cheung - Ashes of Time
Lisa Eichorn - Cutter's Way
Misty Mundae - The Lost
Bronson Pinchot - Beverly Hills Cop

Some of these are a bit of a stretch. Esp. Sean Connery, who is essentially a co-star of Costner's in it and is seen throughout the film until...he's not. But it's not a short performance by any means.

Ash Ketchum
07-22-09, 10:32 AM
The Club Singer-War of the Gargantuas. She sang a crappy song and...

...almost got ate the fuck up :lol:

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That's Kipp Hamilton, an American actress who was the sister-in-law of Carol Burnett. She died at the age of 45 in 1981.

Giles
07-22-09, 10:36 AM
Will Patton - the Cop (The Client)

chris_sc77
07-22-09, 11:43 AM
Bill Murray- Wild Things

Dr Mabuse
07-22-09, 12:13 PM
Edward Norton in 'Kingdom Of Heaven Director's Cut'

Meglos
07-22-09, 12:26 PM
Richard Burton - The Longest Day
Ralph Fiennes - In Bruges

Mondo Kane
07-22-09, 12:29 PM
Slim Pickens-Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid

madcougar
07-22-09, 01:52 PM
Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent".

:lol: Bravo sir. Bravo.

inri222
07-22-09, 01:59 PM
Alexis Dziena in Broken Flowers

Ash Ketchum
07-22-09, 04:16 PM
Mickey Rourke perked up Francis Coppola's JOHN GRISHAM'S THE RAINMAKER so much that when he disappeared from the movie it was quite noticeable. At a certain point during the trial, I thought, "I wish Mickey Rourke would come back into the movie." And, sure enough, Matt Damon (or was it Danny DeVito?) goes off to make a phone call to Florida and who picks up on the other end? Mickey Rourke. Yaaay! But then he disappeared from the movie again. :boring:

Giantrobo
07-22-09, 05:16 PM
Alexis Dziena in Broken Flowers


Yesssss -other-

OldBoy
07-22-09, 05:52 PM
Alexis Dziena in Broken Flowers

she is on "Entourage" now. so far clothed.

Giantrobo
07-22-09, 06:46 PM
<b>she is </b>on "Entourage" now. so far <b>clothed.</b>

....and your point iiiiisss?

Groucho
07-22-09, 06:56 PM
Matt Damon in Courage Under Fire. I'd never seen him in anything else, but I remember telling my girlfriend (now my wife) "That's an actor to watch".

OldBoy
07-22-09, 07:00 PM
....and your point iiiiisss?

that she doesn't look as good with clothing on and even younger then in BF.

gglass4269
07-22-09, 07:09 PM
AlecBaldwin and Marky Mark in the Departer

magman
07-22-09, 08:09 PM
Darren Ewing - Troll 2


rotfl

also Mickey Rourke in Body Heat

Giantrobo
07-22-09, 08:14 PM
that she doesn't look as good with clothing on and even younger then in BF.

really? To each their own I guess.

inri222
07-23-09, 02:39 PM
Nicholas Cage in Grindhouse

Hixx
07-23-09, 03:31 PM
You guys have covered the bases pretty well, but missed one huge one:

Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men.

toddly6666
07-23-09, 06:00 PM
- David Bowie, Benicio Del Toro and Michael Wincott in BASQUIAT
- the villain in True Lies
- Meat Loaf in Fight Club
- Carla Gugino's breasts in Sin City
- all the side characters in Full Metal Jacket
- the nazi judge in Sophie Scholl
- the villains in Mad Max 2

JMcCraw
07-24-09, 04:10 PM
Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins; he was fantastic in a pivotal scene.

Also from that film, and MANY others (Se7en, Memento, Vampires, Lonesome Jim) is Mark Boone Jr.

He had my favorite lines in Vampires

"We hunt 'em down and kick the shit out of 'em."

and Lonesome Jim.

Jim: Do you have a girlfriend Evil?
Evil: Nah, I use hookers. It's cheaper. :lol:

Meglos
07-24-09, 05:06 PM
- Carla Gugino's breasts in everything


Fixed for the good of mankind.

inri222
07-26-09, 06:30 PM
Leelee Sobieski in Eyes Wide Shut