Ever see a reoccurring face in movies, but you just don’t know them by name? This blog is dedicated to those actors that are in 90% of the films you see, but if you ran into them on the street your greeting would probably consist of “Hey...aren’t you that movie guy?” Here’s a list of my favorites:
I’ve lost count of all the films I’ve seen this guy. He plays a range of well known characters (Blade) to some that are simply death fodder or you’d miss them if you blink (Fear Dot Com). The farthest I can think back of spotting him was Johnny Mnemonic, and he’s done plenty before that. He’s also in nearly every Uwe Boll film out there. They’re practically brothers. I mean, they’re from Germany right? Everybody knows each other when they assimilate from the same place. That’s the assumption I get because people always ask me if I knew Pete when I told them I was from New York.
I thoroughly enjoy every character this guy plays. If he plays a good guy, he nails it (Dancer in the Dark). If he plays a bad guy, he knocks it out of the park. Remember him as Satan in Constantine? Instead of displaying himself as a red spandex, horn and plastic trident he comes into frame looking like some coked out lounge swinger, smelling of dirty pussy -- sweaty and rancid. He greets Constantine with this “well well well look who the fuck we have here...” attitude which is just awesome. And his character in Fargo goes without mentioning. Also, Stormare is hilarious. Remember him in those Volkswagon car commercials?
Now -- I know what you might be saying. “Danny Trejo? I know that guy. He’s great!” That he certainly is. But rewind back 5 to 10 years. Did you know him by name after Spy Kids? Once Upon A Time In Mexico? Con Air? Perhaps even From Dusk Till Dawn -- seeing as he was the only actor to appear in all 3 movies? Maybe yes, maybe no. There’s no doubt Danny Trejo has come a long way. But you’d think the 170+ movie credits to his career would make him a more household name than Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise. Not to downplay their success, but Trejo’s work has always been a treat.
These are the 3 off the top of my head. If you’d like to list yours please do. Perhaps in part 2 I’ll make a list for the ladies.