Great actors that never made it "big."

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  1. LTE

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    Rewatching the series "From The Earth To The Moon" and totally forgot that Lane Smith was in it.

    I knew him from a handful of movies and TV shows and realized that he seemed to always have an acting job.

    Frank Langella is another name that comes to mind that should be box office gold, but it has never happened.

    Who else should be included?
     
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    I remember him from the 90s TV superman show (Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher), he was good in it. just looked him up, he had a pretty long career. I didn't realize he died in '05, and had ALS, that's sad. I always thought he was a good character actor.

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    Re: Frank Langella, he's had a pretty good career, pretty long, been in LOTS of things.
     
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    John Cazale
    Despite awards and recognition, he could have carried big movies and made box office.

    Imagine what he could have done in a Clint Eastwood or Tarentino movie role.
     
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    Why Clint Eastwood?
     
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    Imagine:

    Cazale is the hero. Eastwood is the villain. Eastwood would reverse his usual flawed hero role and turn it over to Cazale and Eastwood would be the heavy having their cathartic faceoff. The viewer would neither blink nor breathe afraid they would miss some subtlety.
     
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    I think a lot of "making it big" and being a "big star" is based on looks and your gene pool. It's sort of like being a "supermodel", there are like .0001 % of people in the world that have those genes and get to be supermodels. i sort of wonder if the days of the "big star" will be over. I think TV is taking over, and just don't think movies are going to hold the attraction it once had.
    My vote would be for the main characters from the TV show: Person of Interest:
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    Michael Emerson, Amy Acker, Jim Caviezel.
    I just thought they were so good in this show, but it's also the writing, directing, etc. Jim Caviezel has had a good career, and he really had his moment in the early 00s in some big run movies, and he probably made some money on the Passion of the Christ. After that movie, he was in the running to star in the next Superman movie that was in development, and sure he would have made some bank on that, but it never came to fruition. I also like Amy Acker, she's pretty, and a good actor, she started the series as the villain, and was really good in that role, but then changed as the series developed, and I know she's been in a lot of things. I really like Michael Emerson, and he's from my same hometown, Cedar Rapids, IA, he's a bit older than me, but he's had an interesting career-mostly his career has taken off in the last 20 years. Playing the reclusive billionaire on POI, he was just great, the idea of paranoia , he just really embodied. Doubt he'll be a big star, but he has a pretty decent career...
     
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    I know Ben Kingsley has been in many movies, but I always wondered why he wasn't more popular, or a bigger star?
     
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    Daniel Day Lewis is probably the most talented, most award ladened and the most respected actor that isn't a movie star. His movie are not guaranteed 100% box office hit.

    There are more people who know who Robert Downey Jr is than who Daniel Day Lewis is.
     
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    I like Michael Shannon. Does he fall into the big category? Seems like he is always almost there but not as far as a big name actor goes. He kind of reminds of Willem Dafoe or Gary oldman...which I like as well
     
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    You’re kidding right?
    Oscar, SAG, Grammy and 2 Golden Globes...
    how much bigger can he get?
     
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    I'm going with Joe Pantoliano. Usually a supporting actor, but I remember him in the lead role as a traveling salesman.
     
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    John Turturro and Paul Giamatti are always good. Both have a lot of range, can be very dramatic or funny as hell. Both have had solid careers, not sure where we're drawing the line for "making it big."
     
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    Bob Balaban.

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    Wallace Shawn.

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    Richard Libertini.

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    John Turturro is great.
    Still, I think his role in Quiz Show was his best to date.
     
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    He almost stole The Big Lebowski but Jeff Bridges and John Goodman were hilarious too!
     
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