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Title: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 15, 2013, 05:36:08 PM
Been meaning to do this for a while.

You know how there are so many character actors you look at and say "hey... it's that guy... from that thing..."  but you never know the guy's name?  Well see how well you can do.  Here are 25 prolific character actors and actresses.  See how many you can identify without looking them up.  Then look them up if you're curious.  No peeking at anyone else's answer.  That would ruin the fun. 

Identify in 2 ways.  First by name, then by a role you know him or her from. 

EDIT: I screwed up the formatting a bit in my initial post and I think some people were matching the pictures with the wrong number.  Re-did it.

Under spoiler tags so that it doesn't slow down the page load too much.

I'll probably post the answers in a week or two.

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Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: goflyblind on July 15, 2013, 05:59:18 PM
twenty-one's stephen root, the boss from newsradio, among many other roles.

Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on July 15, 2013, 08:07:28 PM
Oooh, Um, Yeahhhh...I'm pretty sure 19 is Gary Cole.  He was awesome in Office Space and is a regular voice actor on Family Guy.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 15, 2013, 08:10:31 PM
I should mention that I threw in a couple easy ones so that I would get some responses.

16 is William H. Macy.  He was very good in "The Cooler."  It is a fairly obscure film that I really enjoyed despite Alec Baldwin's involvement.

Close, but no cigar.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 15, 2013, 08:22:44 PM
Oooh, Um, Yeahhhh...I'm pretty sure 19 is Gary Cole.  He was awesome in Office Space and is a regular voice actor on Family Guy.
I think you meant 20?  I edited the original post because the numbering might have been a little confusing.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 15, 2013, 08:24:04 PM
I actually can't remember most of these either without looking up the answer key.  It's like... who the fuck are Victor Garber and Troy Evans?
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Raven on July 16, 2013, 03:09:13 PM
3. Bruce Davis or Davison I think.  Senator in X-men

6. David Koechner - Anchorman and Thank You for Smoking are my favorites he's been in.  Know his name from appearances on the soup.

10. Christopher McDonald- Shooter Magavin in Happy Gilmore

13. Victor Garber- My wife and I called him "Castro Dad" on Alias.

14. Steve Buscemi- Everywhere from Con Air, Ghost World, etc... Boardwalk Empire

15. JK Simmons- Juno, Burn After Reading.

20. Gary Cole- Office Space

21. Stephen Root- Office Space
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: goflyblind on July 16, 2013, 03:16:33 PM
pretty sure i could say "law & order" and be right for about three-quarters of them.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 16, 2013, 03:18:56 PM
pretty sure i could say "law & order" and be right for about three-quarters of them.
Sounds like a conservative estimate.  I'd guess the correct answer to be closer to "all of them".
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Raven on July 16, 2013, 03:21:42 PM
pretty sure i could say "law & order" and be right for about three-quarters of them.
Sounds like a conservative estimate.  I'd guess the correct answer to be closer to "all of them".

I'm betting all of them have uttered the phrase "yes Mr. President" at some time as well.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: mrbasehart on July 16, 2013, 03:31:06 PM
2. Stephen Tobolowski.
5. John Michael Higgins.
9. Carol Kane.
11. Miguel Ferrer.
22. Philip...Something.  My brain won't pull his last name.
24. Same here.  I think it's Katherine...
25. Patricia Clarkson.

Oh, and I think 23's first name is Stephen. 
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 16, 2013, 03:50:20 PM
2. Stephen Tobolowski.
5. John Michael Higgins.
9. Carol Kane.
11. Miguel Ferrer.
22. Philip...Something.  My brain won't pull his last name.
24. Same here.  I think it's Katherine...
25. Patricia Clarkson.

Oh, and I think 23's first name is Stephen.
I can't be sure because I left the answer key at home and can't remember who 22 or 24 are, but you got a lot right.  You're way off on 23 though.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 16, 2013, 03:52:05 PM
I really do love these kinds of character actors, but it tends to drive me crazy when I see them on TV because I just have to know what their real name is and where I've seen them.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Raven on July 16, 2013, 05:05:17 PM
I only know Bruce Davidson from watching the documentary "that guy... who was in that thing" about this very same topic.  I'm pretty sure he was the only one that's on your particular list.  It was an interesting watch.

link (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402200/)
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: tejava joe on July 16, 2013, 07:20:22 PM
I sure as heck-fi remember number two  It's needlenose ned!  Bing!
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 16, 2013, 08:23:40 PM
I only know Bruce Davidson from watching the documentary "that guy... who was in that thing" about this very same topic.  I'm pretty sure he was the only one that's on your particular list.  It was an interesting watch.

link (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402200/)
I saw that documentary too.  It was part of what inspired me to make this.  But they went super obscure for that.  Except for Bruce and Stanley Kamel, I couldn't even identify these guys by a role.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 16, 2013, 08:27:34 PM
pretty sure i could say "law & order" and be right for about three-quarters of them.
Number 23 appeared on a few episodes of Law and Order during the early Sam Waterson years as a defense attorney.  Sunday morning, I saw him on a season 19 or 20 episode playing a doctor who presided over some executions.  I always wonder how the minds of the characters work in situations like this.  If I saw one guy, and then a while later I saw a completely different guy with a different name, background, and job.... but the exact same physical appearance.... I would be extremely confused.  TV characters never seem to mind.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Charles Castle on July 16, 2013, 09:06:38 PM
1. Beth Grant
2. Stephen Tobolowsky
3. Bruce Davison
5. John Michael Higgins
6. That guy. Todd Packer on The Office, among other stuff.
7. That woman from Kindergarten Cop.
8. Bruce McGill
9. Carol Kane
10. Christopher Mcdonald
11. Miguel Ferrer - I quote his character from Twin Peaks, Albert Rosenfield, on a regular basis.
12. Happy Gilmore's grandma.
14. Steve Buscemi
15. JK Simmons
16. Dylan Baker
17. Lane Smith
20. Gary Cole
21. Stephen Root - What are you objectifying on?
22. Philip Baker Hall (!!!!!!)
25. Patricia Clarkson

I love a lot of these people.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Raven on July 17, 2013, 01:00:44 AM
I only know Bruce Davidson from watching the documentary "that guy... who was in that thing" about this very same topic.  I'm pretty sure he was the only one that's on your particular list.  It was an interesting watch.

link (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402200/)
I saw that documentary too.  It was part of what inspired me to make this.  But they went super obscure for that.  Except for Bruce and Stanley Kamel, I couldn't even identify these guys by a role.

I actually knew all of them(by role anyway) with the exception of the lone black guy.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on July 19, 2013, 05:54:19 PM
Number 12, Happy Gilmore's grandma.  She has a name.  Its Frances Bay.  I believe she's Michael Bay's mother.

I kid.  But I know this because she was on the TV show Hunter.  My mom was obsessed with Hunter.
Title: Re: Quiz game! 25 "that guy" actors.
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 22, 2013, 05:22:35 PM
Answer time!

Charles Hussein Castle got the most.  Here they are, with my answers to how I remember them best.

1 -- Beth Grant.  I usually remember her from a lot, most notably Gracie Leigh from Jericho.
2 -- Stephen Tobolowsky.  I always think of him as Ned Ryerson from Groundhog Day, which is arguably his most famous role.
3 -- Bruce Davison.  I best remember him as one of the attorneys in an early 90s adaptation of Inherit The Wind, and also he had a recurring role on Seinfeld as head of the foundation set up in Susan's name.
4 -- Troy Evans.  He had a supporting role in that mid-90s Michael J. Fox movie The Frighteners.  I think he was also a regular on ER for a few seasons.
5 -- John Michael Higgins.  First time I saw him was as the competent lawyer in Arrested Development, but I see him everywhere.
6 -- David Koechner.  My favorite role of his was as Nathan, the obnoxious neighbor in Extract.
7 -- Pamela Reed.  Played Jake's mom in Jericho.
8 -- Bruce McGill.  I see him a lot.  First time I remember was in both the first and last episodes of Quantum Leap.  His role in the last episode was much bigger.
9 -- Carol Kane.  She was the Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooged.
10 -- Christopher McDonald.  He always seems to find his niche playing douchebag characters.  I hate to say that I best remember his role as Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore.
11 -- Miguel Ferrer.  I didn't know until I compiled this list that he was Hispanic.  Best remember him as Lloyd in The Stand.
12 -- Frances Bay.  I remember she was in an episode of Seinfeld that involved Jerry stealing the last marble rye from a bakery from her.
13 -- Victor Garber.  Only thing I can remember him from off the top of my head is playing a guy named Callahan in Legally Blonde.
14 -- Steve Buscemi.  Easy one.  Favorite role was as Donny in The Big Lebowski.
15 -- J.K. Simmons.  I first saw this guy playing the sinister Vern Schillinger on Oz back in 2004.  Then I started to notice him everywhere.  Unlike a lot of these guys, Simmons doesn't do irregular piecemeal work.  He gets a lot of regular supporting actor roles on TV shows.
16 -- Dylan Baker.  I see him a lot, but I remember he was in one of the Spiderman movies.
17 -- Lane Smith.  Always remember him as Perry White from the mid-90s Superman show Lois and Clark.
18 -- Kurt Fuller.  Very prolific, I remember him as being the sidekick of Benjamin, Rob Lowe's character in Wayne's World.
19 -- Tim Bagley.  I'm constantly forgetting his name, but his best role to me is as Monk's rival Harold Crenshaw on Monk.
20 -- Gary Cole.  Bill Lumbergh of course.
21 -- Stephen Root.  First role I saw him in was my favorite, boss man Jimmy James on Newsradio.
22 -- Phillip Baker Hall.  I always think of him as Russ, the big boss from the short lived Fox sitcom The Loop.
23 -- James Rebhorn.  I see this guy everywhere, but I think I best remember him for playing some high up White House staffer on Independence Day.
24 -- Kathryn Joosten.  I always think of her as the old lady who chose to die of kidney failure on an early episode of Scrubs.
25 -- Patricia Clarkson.  Tammy One from Parks and Recreation.