Ten Underrated Actors

It’s been a long time since I made a list about actors, so I figured I’d do a list of ten underrated actors working today. Actually, maybe “under-known” is a better word. Have you heard of them? You should rent their movies if not. I’d be interested to hear about other underrated actors people feel deserve more acclaim…

Crispin Glover: See him now in Back to the Future, River’s Edge, and Willard; see him soon in The Forlorn.

Michael Shannon: See him now in Bug or Shotgun Stories; see him soon in Revolutionary Road.

Laura Dern: See her now in Citizen Ruth and Inland Empire; see her soon in Tenderness.

Catherine Keener: See her now in Full Frontal and Into the Wild; see her soon in Synechdoche, New York.

Danny Huston: See him now in Birth and The Proposition; see him soon in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

Paul Schneider: See him now in All the Real Girls and Lars and the Real Girl; see him soon in This Must Be the Place.

Samantha Morton: See her now in Sweet and Lowdown and Mister Lonely; see her soon in Synechdoche, New York.

Jon Hamm: See him now on the AMC show, Mad Men; see him soon in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Chiwetel Ejiofor: See him now in Children of Men and Redbelt; see him soon in Tonight at Noon.

Rebecca Hall: See her now in The Prestige and Vicky Cristina Barcelona; see her soon in Frost/Nixon.

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8 responses to “Ten Underrated Actors

  1. Catherine Keener is excellent

  2. Guy Pearce is in a lot of movies but I never hear him talked about. He was great in Memento and The Count of Monte Cristo.

  3. Samantha Morton is also amazing in Morvern Callar by the equally amazing Lynne Ramsay, and Chiwetel Ejiofor I can only imagine isn’t better known because his name intimidates people.

  4. (I’ve actually been a little underwhelmed by Paul Schneider, particularly in The Family Stone (not that it was a good film) and The Assassination of Jesse James (which was). His performance was the weakest part of Assassination in my opinion.

  5. Speaking of Assassination of Jesse James, how a bout Sam Rockwell. See him now in Snow Angels.

  6. I also nominate Gael Garcia Bernal (Motorcycle Diaries, etc.).

  7. I love Catherine Keener! I just saw Lovely and Amazing last week. I first saw it several years ago, and her performance stuck with me and was the motivation for seeing it again. Of course, Emily Mortimer is incredible in that film (and others), too.

  8. A hearty “yes” to Crispin Glover, among others.

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