10 Actors Whose Names No One Remembers

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Barry Shabaka Henley
Barry Shabaka Henley
CBS
Barry Shabaka Henley is a frequent collaborator with director Michael Mann, appearing in projects like 'Collateral,' 'Miami Vice,' and HBO's short-lived 'Lucky.' The actor has also appeared in 'The Terminal,' 'Heroes,' and 'Rush Hour.'
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Christopher McDonald
Christopher McDonald
HBO
Christopher McDonald has played a number of classic movie villains, the most famous of which is likely Shooter McGavin in 'Happy Gilmore.' The actor recently appeared in a seven-episode stint on 'Boardwalk Empire.'
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John Michael Higgins
John Michael Higgins
Screen Gems via Everett Collection
John Michael Higgins has seemingly made it his mission to appear in every single comedy in existence, from the films of Christopher Guest to 'Pitch Perfect', and on TV in 'Fired Up,' 'Community,' 'Arrested Development,' and many others.
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David Paymer
David Paymer
CBS
David Paymer scored an Academy Award nomination in 1992 for 'Mr. Saturday Night,' but other than that brief moment in the spotlight, he has had a steady career as a prolific character actor, with over a hundred acting credits including roles in 'The Good Wife,' 'Ocean's Thirteen,' 'Drag Me to Hell,' and 'Get Shorty.'
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David Walton
David Walton
NBC
Even casual television fans should recognize David Walton. He's starred in four swiftly canceled series on NBC, and has guest starred on shows like 'Parenthood,' 'New Girl,' and 'Happy Endings.' Luckily for Walton, his latest sitcom, 'About a Boy,' seems to be sticking.
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Kumail Nanjian
Kumail Nanjian
HBO
You've seen Nanjian as a part of the gaggle of tech nerds on 'Silicon Valley,' but the actor has also guest starred in comedies like 'Portlandia, 'Franklin & Bash,' 'Community,' 'Veep,' and 'The Five-Year Engagement.'
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Nelson Franklin
Nelson Franklin
20th Century Fox Television
Nelson Franklin has guest starred in 'Traffic Light,' 'Veep,' 'New Girl,' 'The Office,' and 'Party Down.' He's currently starring on CBS' 'The Millers.'
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Larry Hankin
Larry Hankin
Universal Pictures
Larry Hankin is the stuff of character actor legend, having appeared in films like 'Escape from Alcatraz,' 'Home Alone,' 'Billy Madison,' and television shows like 'Seinfeld,' 'Friends,' and 'Breaking Bad.'
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Adrian Martinez
Adrian Martinez
Columbia Pictures via Everett Collection
Adrian Martinez has nearly a hundred film and TV credits to his name and has the special designation of appearing in three different versions of 'Law and Order' (the fabled 'Law and Order' hat-trick). He has recently appeared in the films 'American Hustle' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'
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James Rebhorn
James Rebhorn
Showtime
James Rebhorn had a long and fruitful career as a character actor, appearing in roles from the '80s soap 'Guiding Light' to a recent recurring role on Showtime's 'Homeland.' Sadly, Rebhorn passed away earlier this year.

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