Awesome yet underrated actors in your opinion ?

#1 Edited by indzman (19340 posts) -

William Fitchner, simply love this guy be it antagonist or serious role. He should do more movies, probably few solo too :)

#2 Edited by hippiesanta (9978 posts) -

Don Knotts and Mr. Pink (buscemi)

#3 Edited by VaguelyTagged (10321 posts) -

Brendan Gleeson

#4 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -

Edward Norton

#5 Posted by megagene (23030 posts) -

J.K. Simmons and Michael Ironside.

#6 Edited by alim298 (1871 posts) -

Gary Oldman. I can't believe he has not won an Oscar yet.

#7 Posted by shellcase86 (2077 posts) -

I really like Vinnie Jones.

#8 Posted by Lhomity (465 posts) -

Walton Goggins. His work on The Shield, as Shane, was brilliant. Some of his scenes from the later seasons will haunt me forever.

Also:

  • Sam Rockwell.
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Eric Bana
  • Omar Epps
  • Brad Dourif
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Liana Liberato
  • Bae Doona
#9 Posted by GazaAli (23524 posts) -

Ben Stiller is so endearing.

#10 Posted by mattykovax (22693 posts) -

Would not say he is underated but I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the best actor out there.

I thought Don Jon was great, proved he could write and direct also.

#11 Edited by indzman (19340 posts) -

@mattykovax said:

Would not say he is underated but I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the best actor out there.

I thought Don Jon was great, proved he could write and direct also.

He is overrated =P

#12 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

Charlie Hunnam. His part as Jax in 'Sons of Anarchy' was played perfectly and made that show friggin' amazing.

#13 Edited by LostProphetFLCL (17677 posts) -

@megagene said:

J.K. Simmons and Michael Ironside.

Simmons wins life for his roles as Cave Johnson and Jonah Jameson. Talk about having the perfect actor for the perfect role.

As for other underrated actors, I feel like Raul Julia doesn't get enough recognition. He was absolutely phenomenal as Gomez in the 90's Addams Family movies and he was even amazing as Bison in the wonderfully awful Street Fighter movie. He actually seemed to be the only one taking that movie seriously and perfectly delivers one of my fav movie lines ever in that craptastic movie. I feel like had he not died so young he could have been way more famous. Shame he died so damn young (he was 54).

Another somewhat overlooked actor is Tim Curry. He never plays the lead so it is easy to overlook him, but the man has done tons of movies and has shown himself to have a ton of range. His best performance is easily his portrayal of Pennywise the clown in the IT miniseries (he seriously is what makes the miniseries work. Would have been utter shit without him), but that role is vastly different from the majority of the roles he plays which just speaks to his range as an actor.

#14 Edited by lostrib (41259 posts) -

Sam Rockwell

#15 Posted by bowchicka07 (1104 posts) -

@Lhomity said:

Walton Goggins. His work on The Shield, as Shane, was brilliant. Some of his scenes from the later seasons will haunt me forever.

Also:

  • Sam Rockwell.
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Eric Bana
  • Omar Epps
  • Brad Dourif
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Liana Liberato
  • Bae Doona

Amen. To this day, its my favorite. He also does really good on Justified and has cameo appearances on Sons of Anarchy as a tranny.

#16 Edited by thebest31406 (3489 posts) -

Ed Norton I suppose. Maybe Ed Harris.

#17 Posted by thebest31406 (3489 posts) -

Ed Norton I suppose. Maybe Ed Harris.

#18 Posted by Master_Live (15409 posts) -
  • Gary Oldman
  • Joaquin Phoenix
#19 Posted by ferrari2001 (17206 posts) -

Jack Gleeson; Summer Glau; Colin Ferguson

#20 Posted by hippiesanta (9978 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

Charlie Hunnam. His part as Jax in 'Sons of Anarchy' was played perfectly and made that show friggin' amazing.

He make love with Lord Petyr Baelish ... lolz

#21 Posted by Ballroompirate (23593 posts) -

Hmm I'd have to go with

Actors

  • Nathan Fillion
  • Karl Urban
  • Manu Bennet
  • Stephen Amell (for his work on Arrow)
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Timothy Olyphant (for his work on Justified)
  • Michael Shannon

Actresses

  • Lena Headey
  • Kate Sackhoff
  • Claudia Black
  • Amanda Tapping
  • Cobie Smulders (don't know if she counts, but w/e)
#22 Edited by indzman (19340 posts) -

@Ballroompirate said:

Hmm I'd have to go with

Actors

  • Nathan Fillion
  • Karl Urban
  • Manu Bennet
  • Stephen Amell (for his work on Arrow)
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Timothy Olyphant (for his work on Justified)
  • Michael Shannon

Actresses

  • Lena Headey
  • Kate Sackhoff
  • Claudia Black
  • Amanda Tapping
  • Cobie Smulders (don't know if she counts, but w/e)

This guy just spoke my mind :)

#23 Edited by br0kenrabbit (13360 posts) -

@alim298 said:

Gary Oldman. I can't believe he has not won an Oscar yet.

A better villain than a good guy, but yeah...I can float with this one.

#24 Posted by Korvus (6173 posts) -

You guys have whole lists and I couldn't think of one even if I tried. What is an underrated actor/actress? One that never got a good part but somehow you just know they'd kill if they got one? One that is awesome but doesn't show in every movie/show you'd like to see them in?

#25 Posted by sukraj (23680 posts) -

Ed Norton

#26 Edited by FelipeInside (26052 posts) -

#27 Edited by themajormayor (24078 posts) -
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • F. Murray Abraham
#28 Posted by Hatiko (4565 posts) -

Jim Caviezel

Mark Sheppard

#29 Posted by konvikt_17 (22318 posts) -

Jimmi Simpson. he was great in Breakout Kings.

Anna Torv. Couldnt think of a better actress for Fringe.

@indzman said:

William Fitchner, simply love this guy be it antagonist or serious role. He should do more movies, probably few solo too :)

William Fichtner was superb in Prison Break.

#30 Edited by Flubbbs (3464 posts) -

Dominic Cooper

Michael Shannon

Cillian Murphy

#31 Edited by LJS9502_basic (152141 posts) -

Huh....reading the names in this thread I see many actors that are critically acclaimed....wtf does underrated mean to you guys?

#32 Posted by whipassmt (14267 posts) -

@Hatiko said:

Jim Caviezel

Mark Sheppard

I remember when I first heard about Caviezel. People on tv were discussing the Passion of the Christ and they said something about Jim Caviezel, and I thought they said Vin Diesel.

#33 Posted by whipassmt (14267 posts) -

@indzman: Did you list Bennet and Amell right next to each other on purpose, or was it just a coincidence? Or did thinking of one lead you to thinking of the other?

@ferrari2001:

Interesting, I went into this topic to see if anyone from my shows, such as Arrow or Agents of Shield, were mentioned by anyone. Turns out we have three Arrow actors being mentioned so far: Amell, Glau, and Bennet.

#34 Posted by Ariabed (1412 posts) -

@GazaAli: "Ben Stiller is so endearing"

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He just acts the same in all his films :)

#35 Posted by Ariabed (1412 posts) -

Jodie Foster :)

#36 Edited by thehig1 (3055 posts) -

Michael fassbender is an incredible actor, although to be fair he does get his fair share of praise so might not exactly be underrated.

#37 Edited by one_plum (6362 posts) -

Jim Carrey (still typecast in comedies)
Jet Li (he can do more than just fighting)
Kevin Bacon (you don't see/hear his name a lot when it comes to best actors list)
Casper Van Dien
Kate Beckinsale (I think Underworld and the other so-so action movies overshadowed her overall career)
Jack Black

#38 Edited by elkoldo (1374 posts) -

Alain Delon

Charles Bronson

Lee Van Cleef

Among many, many others whom I fail to recall at the moment.

#39 Posted by indzman (19340 posts) -

@elkoldo said:

Alain Delon

Charles Bronson

Lee Van Cleef

Among many, many others whom I fail to recall at the moment.

Ummm Charles Bronson was pretty well known in his prime ( all the WW II movies ( The Great Escape , Dirty Dozen ) , Death Wish ) =P

#40 Edited by elkoldo (1374 posts) -

@indzman: If you say so Indz! But he was underrated in the Western ones, The Red Sun, Buffalo and his jaw-dropping showdown in Once Upon A Time In The West was ignored.He didn't receive shit for all this.

#41 Edited by II_Seraphim_II (20498 posts) -

Chiwetel Ejiofor

#42 Posted by indzman (19340 posts) -

@elkoldo said:

@indzman: If you say so Indz! But he was underrated in the Western ones, The Red Sun, Buffalo and his jaw-dropping showdown in Once Upon A Time In The West was ignored.He didn't receive shit for all this.

Ahhh, i should see those movies lol.

#43 Posted by II_Seraphim_II (20498 posts) -

@jasean79: screw that guy. He single handedly ruined Pacific Rim with his piss poor acting. Every time he or that actress who played Mako got on screen I felt the bitter taste of vomit creep up my throat into my mouth.

#44 Edited by Bardock47 (5357 posts) -

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

#45 Edited by uninspiredcup (11938 posts) -

On A Clear Day is on tv atm. Seen him in side roles for major movies as well as a few British drama series.

Peter Mullan is kinda awesome.

#46 Edited by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

ben foster hasn't been in a lot of movies that were bound to get him acclaim, but his roles have been pretty disparate and i think he's done a solid job in a lot of them.

i don't know that i'd call him an "awesome" actor quite yet, but i thought robert pattinson was very good in cosmopolis. he just gets a lot of hate because he was in twilight where he had awful dialogue to read and a ridiculous character to play. yeah, he probably got paid for it well enough, but a lot of actors have to do sh*t roles to gain more control of their later career. i won't hold it against him if he goes on to great things.

#47 Edited by Old_Gooseberry (3908 posts) -

Chris Farley, even if it was a crap movie, I could watch it if this guy was in it. He was one of the best comedic actors in my eyes. Impossible not to like him.