“That guy”: Info about character actors you recognize but don’t know by name

March 9, 2011 | By Abraham | 7 comments

You know those guys who you see regularly in movies but who almost never star in them? Guys like…

Well, here’s a list of a bunch of these actors.

To make it onto this list…

…a “That Guy” has to have appeared in a solid number of both movies and TV shows.   The numbers are not carved in stone but 75 movies/series and 100 TV guest appearancess are the “lifetime .300 average and 500 homers” for this particular hall of fame.

Some common traits of a “That Guy” actor:

  • Reminds people of somebody more famous (“The poor man’s ______”).
  • Can be described in two words (e.g. “Bad cop,” Kindly grandfather”).
  • Played the bad guy in a sequel.
  • Resume shows a preference for quantity over quality in the roles they’ve taken.

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  1. @NatMcIntyre says:

    Still reeling from International Women’s Day, so I’ll throw this out there: Funny how there aren’t any That Girls. Just eye-candy props with a shelf life of a couple of years. Doubtful that the entertainment industry will ever even get in the ballpark of equality.

  2. Barnabas says:

    I was going to argue with a couple of the choices until I realized I didn’t know their names until I saw the list.

  3. Tracey says:

    Or Giovanni Ribisi…wow, can’t believe he’s on there. Must be the unusualness of his name. @NatMcintrye, Stephen Tyler told a contestant on American Idol last night “Happy Inertnational Women’s Day.” It just goes to show how women are supressed around the world, we need a DAY to be celebrated. Love it if the US would make it a federal holiday and we can get a day off…only women tho.

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