William Shakespeare said "There are no small parts*--". William Shatner may have said it too, but the longhair with the tights was first, or so the reports go. In this feature we will explore what it really means to be an actor working in Motion Pictures and Television.

Broad public acknowledgment may have eluded some who find their way to these pages, or perhaps they may have brushed against what is referred to as stardom by virtue of one or more remarkable performances. However for many, the rewards of plying their craft in a field which has allowed them to earn a living may exceed the burdens of public acclaim. Given the chance, some in this clan might prefer the longevity offered by anonymity over the potential for short lived fame.

These individuals, either by design or fate, have managed to sustain a career by crafting performances which rendered them a good casting choice. They are usually thought of as a face you recognize, but you just can't get the name past the tip of your tongue.

Most of these folks have spent countless hours on stage in theaters ranging from 20 seats to 2000, building characters from the works of Ibsen, to Eliot, to Williams, to yes even Shakespeare, and so many of the modern Playwrights. They have rounded their skills doing drama, comedy, & musicals. Their work is a serious venture.

These people have given us screen performances which quite often were the catalyst that brought an Oscar or Emmy to another and yet they continue to work as "Characters" or "Co-Stars" without the trophies and plaques adorning their mantle.
* Technically, it was Konstantin Stanislavski who coined the phrase "There are no small parts, only small actors", but we like the "William" references just for fun!
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 William Lucking | Working Actor

William Lucking - The Illusion Continues

William Lucking graduated from U.C.L.A. and the Pasadena Playhouse with degrees in both literature and theater. He continued his professional training as a journeyman actor under under Gordon Davidson at the Mark Taper Forum, during which time he worked on both main stage and Monday Night Theater Productions, While at the Taper he also studied with well known acting coach Jeff Corey....

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 08:14
Richard Roundtree | Working Actor

Richard Roundtree - A true survivor

Although with consistency being the benchmark for stardom in Hollywood, Richard Roundtree has proven to be a star in every sense of the word. As a leading actor over the last twenty five years, he has established himself as a constant force with his stellar work in both feature films and television. And yet this "Working Actor" still fits the bill as his roles have varied and his appetite for continued acting assignments has never waivered!

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 08:14
Pat Harrington | "One Day at a Time"

Pat Harrington (1929-2016)

Pat Harrington Jr (1929-2016),  was a character actor who entertained us with his wonderful craft for close to a half century.

From the urbane and discerning Guido Panzini of THE JACK PAAR SHOW in the mid fifties, to the avuncular Dwayne F. Schneider of ONE DAY AT A TIME in the seventies and eighties, to the irrepressible Cap'n Andy of Show Boat in the nineties, he demonstrated an extraordinary range.

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 07:57
Robert Donner as Exiter | "Mork & Mindy"

Robert Donner (1931-2006)

If you've been around long enough, you probably remember Robert Donner who was known as the versatile actor who played Exidor, the long-robed emissary for any number of way-out cults and cosmic clubs who alternately aided or sidetracked Bolder, Colorado's most illustrious visitor in Paramount Television's "Mork and Mindy" (1978-1982) which starred Pam Dawber, and Robin Williams.

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:57