Highly Underrated Actors

by barrydomineyjr | created - 18 Feb 2012 | updated - 03 Mar 2012 | Public

1. Matt Craven

Actor | X: First Class

Canadian-born actor Matt Craven is among the most sought after character actors of film and television today, starring in such blockbuster critically acclaimed films as the Academy-Award-nominated "Crimson Tide" and "A Few Good Men" and SAG Award nominated "X-Men: First Class." Craven has starred ...

2. Alf Humphreys

Actor | X2

Alf Humphreys was born on April 3, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Alfred E. Humphreys. He was an actor and writer, known for X2: X-Men United (2003), First Blood (1982) and My Bloody Valentine (1981). He was married to Elizabeth Moss. He died on January 31, 2018 in Stratford, Ontario.

3. C. Thomas Howell

Actor | The Outsiders

After an eye-catching performance in the teen coming-of-age epic The Outsiders (1983), ex-child rodeo star C. Thomas Howell was one of the most promising young actors in the mid 1980s.

Christopher Thomas Howell was born in Los Angeles, California, to Candice (Webb) and Chris Howell, a professional ...

4. Ian Tracey

Actor | Continuum

Ian Tracey was born on June 26, 1964 in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He is an actor and director, known for Continuum (2012), Timecop (1994) and Open Range (2003).

5. Louis Ferreira

Actor | Shooter

Louis Ferreira was born on February 20, 1966 in Terceira, Açores, Portugal as Luís Ferreira. He is an actor and producer, known for Shooter (2007), Saw IV (2007) and Motive (2013).

6. Ernest Harden Jr.

Actor | White Men Can't Jump

Ernest Harden Jr. was born on November 25, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is an actor, known for White Men Can't Jump (1992), Hollywood Homicide (2003) and Three Days of the Condor (1975).

7. Chris Makepeace

Actor | Meatballs

Chris Makepeace was born on April 22, 1964 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Meatballs (1979), My Bodyguard (1980) and Vamp (1986).

8. Curtis Armstrong

Actor | Risky Business

Curtis Armstrong was born on November 27, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is an actor, known for Risky Business (1983), Better Off Dead... (1985) and Revenge of the Nerds (1984). He has been married to Elaine Aronson since January 2, 1994. They have one child.

9. Thom Mathews

Actor | The Return of the Living Dead

Thom Mathews was born on November 28, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) and Bloodmatch (1991). He has been married to Karla Jensen since May 10, 2014. He was previously married to Karina ...

10. Sam Rockwell

Actor | Moon

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which ...

11. Dean Cameron

Actor | Summer School

Dean Cameron was born on December 25, 1962 in Morrison, Illinois, USA as Dean Eikleberry. He is an actor and director, known for Summer School (1987), Straight Outta Compton (2015) and Sleep with Me (1994). He has been married to Jessie S. Marion since April 9, 2004. They have one child.

12. Jason Gedrick

Actor | Luck

Jason Gedrick was born on February 7, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Jason Michael Gedroic. He is an actor and director, known for Luck (2011), Bosch (2014) and Dexter (2006). He was previously married to Dana Lavas.

13. Lawrence Monoson

Actor | Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Lawrence Monoson, a New York native is a veteran actor. Born on August 11, 1964, in Yonkers, Lawrence is easily known for his early film roles starting back in the early to mid 1980s. Monoson appeared in the film The Last American Virgin (1982), followed three years later with a role in the horror ...

14. Carl Marotte

Actor | My Bloody Valentine

Carl Marotte was born on February 25, 1959. He is an actor and producer, known for My Bloody Valentine (1981), Land of the Dead (2005) and Skinwalkers (2006).

15. James Marshall

Actor | A Few Good Men

James Marshall was born James David Greenblatt in Queens, New York, USA, to Charlotte (Bullard), a dancer, and William R. Greenblatt, a producer and director. His father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and his mother has English and Irish ancestry.

James grew up in Bergen County New Jersey. At the ...

16. Larry Joshua

Actor | Dances with Wolves

Larry Joshua was born on February 12, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Dances with Wolves (1990), Spider-Man (2002) and The X Files (1998). He was previously married to Sharon Gabet.

17. Robert Carlyle

Actor | The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...

18. Doug McKeon

Actor | On Golden Pond

Doug McKeon was born on June 10, 1966 in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and director, known for On Golden Pond (1981), Mischief (1985) and Come Away Home (2005). He is married to Kathy McKeon. They have one child.

19. Thomas G. Waites

Actor | The Thing

Thomas G. Waites was born on January 8, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Thing (1982), And Justice for All (1979) and Money Train (1995).

20. Crispin Glover

Actor | Back to the Future

While he's never been a typical leading man, Crispin Glover has distinguished himself as one of the most intriguing personalities in the movie business. His unusual characters and personal projects have inspired a cult-like following that has dubbed him both madman and genius.

The son of actress and...

21. Stefan Arngrim

Actor | The A-Team

Stefan is also a very accomplished musician. He had a band called "The Knights of The Living Dead", in Los Angeles from 1986-1993. The band was offered several deals, and signed with Capitol Records. Unfortunately, the president of Capitol was fired the same week and the new president dropped all ...

22. Thomas Kovacs

Actor | My Bloody Valentine

Thomas Kovacs is an actor, known for My Bloody Valentine (1981), Inventions That Shook the World (2011) and Fear Thy Neighbor (2014).

23. Matt Dillon

Actor | There's Something About Mary

Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him ...

24. Glenn Withrow

Actor | The Outsiders

Glenn Withrow was born on November 24, 1953 in Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Outsiders (1983), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). He has been married to Hallie Todd since 1991. They have one child.

25. Seann William Scott

Actor | American Pie

Seann William Scott was born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, to Patricia Anne (Simons) and William Frank Scott, a factory worker. He was discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles, and almost immediately was flown to New York by ABC to test for All My Children (1970). His face has also been ...

26. Ned Eisenberg

Actor | Limitless

Ned Eisenberg was born on January 13, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Limitless (2011), Last Man Standing (1996) and A Civil Action (1998).

27. Jsu Garcia

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Jsu Garcia, DSS is an actor/director and minister who co-directed (along with John-Roger, DSS) the documentary Mystical Traveler, The Life and Times of Dr. John-Roger. Jsu got his start in acting in a lead role in the cult film A Nightmare on Elm Street which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary...

28. Temuera Morrison

Actor | Once Were Warriors

Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand, the son of Hana (née Stafford) and Laurie Morrison, a musician. He is of Maori, Scottish, and Irish descent. His sister was performer Taini Morrison and his uncle was musician Sir Howard Morrison. His secondary education ...

29. Zach Galligan

Actor | Gremlins

Graduated from Columbia University. His mother, Carol Wolfe Galligan, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York. His late father, Arthur Galligan, was a founding partner in Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, in Washington. Married Ling H. Ingerick on September 25, 2005 at the Yale Club in ...

30. Randy Quaid

Actor | Independence Day

Randy Quaid is an Academy Award-nominated actor, for his performance in The Last Detail (1973). Hal Ashby directed Quaid in the role of Meadows opposite Jack Nicholson and Otis Young. Quaid is a great and much admired actor that has been recognized by Hollywood and the worlds finest directors, ...

31. David Sherrill

Actor | The Wraith

Benjamin David Sherrill was born in North Carolina to Ben Sherrill, a business owner and and Alice Bost, a school teacher. Sherrill's father was of English/German descent and his mother is of German/Dutch lineage.

Sherrill originally attended Colorado State University as a Wildlife Biology Major but...

32. Elias Koteas

Actor | The Thin Red Line

Elias Koteas was born on March 11, 1961, in Montreal, Canada. Both his parents are of Greek descent. Elias attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1981, of which he is a graduate. He also attended the Actors Studio in ...

33. Jim Caviezel

Actor | The Passion of the Christ

James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was one of five children born to Margaret (Lavery), a former stage actress, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor. The Caviezels are a closely knit Catholic family. He is of Irish (mother) and Swiss and ...

34. Miguel Ferrer

Actor | Traffic

Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...

35. Kevin Zegers

Actor | Transamerica

Kevin Joseph Zegers started acting at the tender age of six. He has starred in more than 40 films, including Air Bud (1997), Dawn of the Dead (2004), and Transamerica (2005), and has also appeared in several modeling campaigns.

Kevin was born in Woodstock, Ontario, to Mary-Ellen (Veldman), a teacher...



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