One of the small but well-loved group of character actors whose face was more familiar to viewers than his name, Stephen Tobolowsky was a film, television and stage performer who brought a decidedly left-of-center vibe to his countless turns as socially awkward, often blissfully unaware authority figures. He found steady work on camera almost immediately after arriving in Hollywood from his native Texas, impressing directors and filmgoers alike with small but memorable roles in films like "Swing Shift" (1984), "The Grifters" (1990), "Thelma and Louise" (1991) and "Basic Instinct" (1992). "Groundhog Day" (1993) gave him his widest exposure up until that time as an obnoxious obstacle in Bill Murray's uncontrollable bursts of deja vu, but a dramatic turn as an alleged amnesiac in "Memento" (2000) showed the true scope of his acting skill. Likewise, his role as the creepy but hilarious Sandy Ryerson on Fox's hit dramedy "Glee" (2009- ) showcased his comedic chops. Like all fine character actors, Tobolowsky worked ceaselessly in all manner of projects, but in every case, he never failed to capture his audience's attention, which made him a utility player without peer in Hollywood.