13 Actors You Know by Face but Not by Name

by Surbhi Jain3 years ago

6 Rade Šerbedžija, aka every Russian gangster ever
Rade Šerbedžija
Rade Šerbedžija. Image credits: 20th Century Studios

Rade is a Croatian actor, director, and musician. His parents had served in the Second World War as partisans. He was raised an atheist. Best known for his portrayals of imposing figures on both sides of the law, he has one of the best actors out of Yugoslavia.

Internationally, he is known for his work in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Saint, X-Men: First Class, Mission: Impossible 2, and many more.

Rade has widespread acclaim and accolades to his name. A four-time winner of the Golden Arena Award, Rade has been the receiver of the highest filmmaking honor of Croatia for the Best Actor.

Rade started acting as a student and even wrote and published books. He had also been nominated for a Genie Award and Satellite Award for his work in Canadian Fugitive Pieces.

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5 Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek
Zeljko Ivanek

Ivanek has performed in numerous community theatre plays when he was in his pre-graduation days. Born on August 15, 1957, Ivanek is another lesser-known name that has to its credit several wins and nominations in the world of acting.

He is popularly known for his role as Ray Fiske on Damages, the same work for which he got a Primetime Emmy Award. He is further known for his work in Homicide: Life on the Street, Homicide: The Movie, Oz, 24, and the series The Event.

Ivanek has won a Drama Desk Award for his active stage career and has been nominated for three Tony Awards. He’s always been the corrupt US government official and one of the most prolific bit-part actors who always play the same kind of role. (1, 2)


4 Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky
Stephen Tobolowsky. Image credits: Columbia Pictures

Stephen was born on May 30, 1951, in Dallas, Texas into a Jewish family from Poland and Russia. He was good at baseball, though he couldn’t continue due to a childhood illness.

He is a quintessential character actor, who has worked in more than 100 movies and over 200 television shows. Stephen has been a part of popular works such as big-budget and Oscar award-worthy to the cult phenomenon and buzzworthy.

He has played all sorts of roles, but despite this lifetime devotion to the acting craft, you will find it difficult to recognize if you found him on the streets.

Stephen Tobolowsky has been usually found playing businessmen-type roles that heroes and villains loathe dealing with. Furthermore, he often plays egomaniacal characters. This American character actor is known for roles in Groundhog Day and Memento. (1, 2)


3 Burn Gorman. He plays a great villain!

Burn Gorman
Burn Gorman. Image credits: Warner Bros. Pictures

Born on September 1, 1974, in Hollywood, California, Burn Gorman is an American-born English actor as well as a musician. He is best known to the moviegoers as Philip Stryver from the superhero film The Dark Knight Rises.

Or you could also be familiar with his face but with the character name Dr. Hermann Gottlieb from Pacific Rim, 2013. Thanks to his roles in the sci-fi series Torchwood and the dystopian alternate history series The Man in the High Castle, he is among the familiar faces.

Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman has also been a part of the HBO series Games of Thrones, where he played the character, Karl Tanner. Burn has also collaborated on visuals, voiceovers, and videos with artists such as The Streets, Drool Skool as well as Decknology. (1, 2, 3)


2 Absolutely Doug Jones

Jones was born in Indianapolis and is the youngest of four brothers. The reason you don’t know him is that he always looks like someone or something else. This is Doug Jones, an American actor, contortionist, and mime artist.

His popular movies include Mimic, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. He gained appreciation from critics and audiences with his titular role as Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Jones has also been known for his television appearances such as those in Falling Skies, Star Trek: Discovery as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His other releases include The Bye Bye Man and The Shape of Water. He is best known for characters with non-human nature, usually through heavy makeup and visual effects. (1, 2, 3)


1 David Dastmalchian

David Dastmalchian
David Dastmalchian. Image credits: Warner Bros. Pictures

David Dastmalchian is an American actor and writer, popular for his works in films, theatres, and television. His acting debut was in Christopher Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight, 2008, because of which he is a popular figure.

Then began his roles in Sushi Girl, The league, Saving Lincoln, Prisoners, Chronic, Ant-Man, and The Belko Experiment. He’s also acted in TV shows such as 12 Monkeys, Gotham, Twin Peaks, and The Flash. He’s starred in Blade Runner too.

David was born in Pennsylvania and brought up in Overland Park, Kansas. Before his career as an actor, he had been addicted to heroin for five years. He has described those days in his screenplay Animals.

This actor has won the Best Actor award for All Creatures Here Below and Keen and Best Actor, Drama award for Animals. As the Polka Dot Man from the new Suicide Squad movie, he’s been seen a lot in movies and on TV. (1, 2, 3)

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