Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Old 11-26-20, 08:45 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 930
Received 33 Likes on 23 Posts
Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

What actor or actress really gave an exceptional performance, even though he or she was only playing a minor character. To be clear, I don't mean a supporting character, but a character that only appears in at most two or three scenes in the entire movie?
Old 11-26-20, 08:54 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Nick Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 30,715
Received 1,496 Likes on 945 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

I'll get the obvious one out of the way first. Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.
The following 4 users liked this post by Nick Danger:
Jaymole (11-27-20), Norm de Plume (11-26-20), TheMovieman (11-27-20), tommyp007 (11-26-20)
Old 11-26-20, 09:02 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Nick Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 30,715
Received 1,496 Likes on 945 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

O. P. Heggie as The Hermit in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Christopher Walken in True Romance
Christopher Walken in Pulp Fiction
Alec Guinness as King Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia
Old 11-26-20, 09:06 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
tommyp007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Kingsport, TN
Posts: 6,424
Received 122 Likes on 82 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Kevin Spacey in Se7en
The following users liked this post:
TGM (11-27-20)
Old 11-26-20, 09:10 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Mrs. Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: With Nick Danger
Posts: 20,022
Received 1,100 Likes on 595 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Gas station owner who isn't killed by Anton Chigur

Last edited by Mrs. Danger; 11-26-20 at 09:21 PM.
Old 11-26-20, 10:32 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Norm de Plume's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Toronto
Posts: 20,047
Received 799 Likes on 567 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

I've always thought the motel clerk in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles gave an extraordinarily odd, dryly hilarious performance in a 60-second cameo.
Old 11-26-20, 10:57 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Perkinsun Dzees's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: CA
Posts: 4,287
Received 224 Likes on 149 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Bronson Pinchot in Beverly Hills Cop


Old 11-26-20, 11:48 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Godfather & 2020 TOTY Winner
 
Decker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Vegas, Baby!
Posts: 76,642
Received 6,390 Likes on 4,375 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Alfred Molina in Raiders of the Lost Ark and in Boogie Nights
Old 11-27-20, 12:19 AM
  #9  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,135
Received 117 Likes on 91 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now.
The following users liked this post:
tommyp007 (11-27-20)
Old 11-27-20, 02:02 AM
  #10  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 13,012
Received 963 Likes on 734 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Julianne Moore in The Fugitive
Old 11-27-20, 04:28 AM
  #11  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Hazel Motes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 7,524
Received 404 Likes on 270 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Matthew McConaughey in Wolf of Wall Street.
Dave Sheridan in Ghost World
Bill Murray in Zombieland
Tim Robbins in High Fidelity
Steve Buscemi in The Wedding Singer
Harland Williams in Dumb & Dumber
Murray Rubin in Ghostbusters
Diedrich Bader in Napolean Dynamite
Diedrich Bader in Office Space.
Chris Farley in Dirty Work
Chris Farley in Billy Madison
Old 11-27-20, 09:10 AM
  #12  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
inri222's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 50,673
Received 182 Likes on 120 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Orson Welles - The Third Man
Gene Hackman - Young Frankenstein
Martin Scorsese - Taxi Driver
Ned Beatty - Network
William Hurt - A History of Violence
Old 11-27-20, 09:17 AM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 254
Received 14 Likes on 10 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Mike Yanagita in Fargo
Old 11-27-20, 10:11 AM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Nick Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 30,715
Received 1,496 Likes on 945 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

I don't think that the villain qualifies as a minor character. So I would exclude Harry Lime and John Doe.
Old 11-27-20, 10:28 AM
  #15  
TGM
DVD Talk Legend
 
TGM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 16,976
Received 403 Likes on 252 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys

and another vote for Spacey in Se7en
Old 11-27-20, 10:55 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Godfather & 2020 TOTY Winner
 
Decker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Vegas, Baby!
Posts: 76,642
Received 6,390 Likes on 4,375 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Originally Posted by Paff
Julianne Moore in The Fugitive
I mean, she's in it briefly, but would you consider that an exceptional performance?
"Hey, Do you have a particular interest in our patient's X-Rays?"
Old 11-27-20, 11:30 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Ash Ketchum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 12,650
Received 283 Likes on 217 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Paul Kelly has a brief scene or two as Gloria Grahame's slightly looney husband in CROSSFIRE (1947). Minor character, brief screen time, but his scenes stand out for me more than any others in an otherwise star-packed film noir (Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Robert Young, Sam Levene, etc.).

Kelly's the one on the far right here. He and Gloria are staring each other down.


Old 11-27-20, 11:47 AM
  #18  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Why So Blu?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 38,271
Received 1,208 Likes on 928 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Mark Strong - Body of Lies (2008) -- always thought he was fantastic in that small role - Oscar worthy in fact.
Old 11-27-20, 12:01 PM
  #19  
Moderator
 
dex14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 45,343
Likes: 0
Received 4,691 Likes on 3,179 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road
Old 11-27-20, 02:40 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 12,985
Received 182 Likes on 155 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Janet Leigh in Psycho-How long was she on screen before she met here end in the shower scene?

Steven Seagal in Executive Decision

Samuel Jackson in Deep Blue Sea
Old 11-27-20, 05:21 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 13,012
Received 963 Likes on 734 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Originally Posted by TGM
Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys

and another vote for Spacey in Se7en
Exceptional performances? Absolutely. Minor characters? Hardly. Spacey plays the main villain, and Pitt is the leader of the titular group, so no I wouldn't say they're minor characters. Supporting, sure, but not minor.

Now if you talk about Brad Pitt in True Romance...
Old 11-27-20, 05:22 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 13,012
Received 963 Likes on 734 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Ooh! Here's one!

Julia Butters in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
The following users liked this post:
Hubbub (11-29-20)
Old 11-27-20, 06:31 PM
  #23  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posts: 1,962
Received 132 Likes on 103 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Ben Stein as the teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The disgruntled All-American Burger customer in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Tommy Chong's father in the opening of Up in Smoke
Old 11-27-20, 06:37 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posts: 1,962
Received 132 Likes on 103 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Originally Posted by Decker
I mean, she's in it briefly, but would you consider that an exceptional performance?
Apparently she had a bigger part but much of it didn't make the final cut. In her two or three scenes that made the final cut she did really stand-out. Her subsequent success has certainly proven that.
Old 11-27-20, 08:42 PM
  #25  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
PatD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 3,287
Likes: 0
Received 156 Likes on 96 Posts
Re: Exceptional performances by an actor or actress playing a minor character?

Leland Orser never gets much love but his intense performances in both Se7en and Alien Resurrection are so damned memorable! He is the king of intensity!



Last edited by PatD; 11-27-20 at 08:50 PM.
The following users liked this post:
TGM (11-28-20)

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.