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Top 20 Famous Fantasy/Sci Fi Faces With Unfamous Names

You know the faces. Here are the names.

By Rich Kuras     October 20, 2008

Oh!! It's That Guy!!
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Here is the ultimate list of the familiar faces that you always see in your favorite fantasy, Sci-Fi and comic book movies and television series, but thanks to their B-Celebrity status, have no idea who these actors are. 


When these people’s faces appear on screen,  you'll often hear yourself say something to the effect of: "Hey, it’s that guy." 


We present them to you, with names included. Now try to remember them.



20. John Saxon 

Notable Work: Enter the Dragon, Nightmare on Elm Street

Whether he’s getting killed or parenting his daughter whose about to get killed, you can always rely on solid acting from the Sax.


19. Lance Henrikson

Notable Work: Aliens, Alien vs. Predator, Pumpkinhead, X-Files, The Terminator

If you end up surrounded by aliens and you're worried about your hide, relax, this guy is a beacon of death.



18. Karl Urban

 Notable Work: Chronicles of Riddick, Doom, Lord of the Rings, Ghost Ship

Not only does Urban appear in every Sci-Fi and horror film in the past 10 years, but he also looks like someone you went to college with.

17. Ronny Cox

Notable Work: Robocop, Total Recall, Captain America

Always playing the douchebag business guy, most of the time you cheer when he is killed on screen.  In real life, Cox is a pretty mean folk and blues musician.



16. Michael Ironside

Notable Work: Total Recall, Scanners, War of the Worlds (TV Series), Scanners

Always has a cranky look on his face when it isn’t exploding.


15. Michael Biehn

Notable Work: Terminator, Aliens, The Rock, Navy Seals

If you are casting a film and want an intense soldier, then contact this guy’s agent.



14. Andy Serkis

Notable Work: Lord of the Rings, King Kong

Spending half his life being computer animated has made him a very wealthy man.


13. Cillian Murphy

Notable Work: Batman Begins, 28 Days Later, Red Eye

Creepy looking eyes with Kool Aid lips. Keep your children away from this guy.


12.  Brad Dourif

Notable Work: Dune, Lord of the Rings, Child’s Play, Exorcist III

He is the voice of Chucky and played the man who has a future in politics—Grima the Wormtongue.


11. Michael York

Notable Work: Logan’s Run, Austin Powers

That British guy, he’s all over the place, especially in a dystopian future.


10. Clint Howard

Notable Work: Halloween, Cat in the Hat, House of the Dead, Cocoon

Ron’s bro has made a habit of being that guy you see in almost every movie known to man.



9. Harold Perrineau

Notable Work: Lost, The Matrix, Oz, 28 Weeks Later

He may have a surprised and constipated look on his face, but he also has an excellent survival rate in his appearances.


8. Ray Park

Notable Work: G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, XMen

Often covered up with roles such as Snake Eyes, Darth Maul and Toad, it is the guy that you go, "oh that’s who played him."


7. James Hong

Notable Work: Blade Runner, The Golden Child, Big Trouble in Little China

The Edward James Olmos of the Asian Community.



6. Kevin Peter Hall

Notable Work: Star Wars, Predator, Harry and the Hendersons 

A 7 foot guy that you have never seen but seen all his films playing Predator and the Bigfoot Harry.


5. Scatman Crothers

Notable Work: The Shining, Transformers (Cartoon and 80’s film version), Hong Kong Fooey, Twilight Zone: The Movie 

Best remembered for getting an axe to the heart from Jack Nicholson in The Shining and Jack again getting the best of him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, most should love him for being the voice of Jazz on the Transformers cartoon.


4. Tommy Flanagan

Notable Work: Braveheart, The Game, Sin City, Smokin’ Aces, Gladiator

Hey, it’s that guy with the scar.


3. Warwick Davis

Notable Work: Willow, Return of the Jedi, Leprechaun, Harry Potter, Time Bandits

 A gem that you may overlook because of his stature, Davis has been around for a long time and has been a part of some of the most successful franchises in movie history.


2. Doug Jones

Notable Work: Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer

Thanks to his tall, skinny frame, Jones has carved out his niche playing a variety of freakish genre heroes and villains.


1. Al Leong

Notable Work: Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Big Trouble in Little China, The Golden Child

The ultimate "oh that guy" guy.  From the big screen to television, this guy’s agent must have worked his tail off getting Al into just about everything genre entertainment had to offer for a 20 year span.  Sadly, Leong died in 98 percent of his roles.


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Bmfstunner 10/20/2008 2:15:30 AM
<P itxtvisited="1">I like the list but I don't think Cillian should be on there, he's done a lot of main character roles. He's more well known then all these guys atleast name wise. One person I think you should've definitely added was Danny Trejo, he pops up all over the place. A couple others that definitely should be honorable mentions Henry Kingi (Batman Returns, Predator 2, etc.), Thomas Rosales Jr. (The Running Man, Tremors 2, Robocop 2, etc.), and how could I forget Mark Boone Jr. (Batman Begins, Vampires, Memento, etc.). If those names don't look familiar take a look and you will most certainly be, "Hey, it's that guy!"</P>
Dazzler 10/20/2008 4:40:13 AM

I think Ron Pearlman should be on this list really.  Beauty and the beast, Hellboy, come on! 

AMiSHPiRATE 10/20/2008 6:10:19 AM

 Lance Henrikson?  Might as well include Bruce Cambell and Jeffry Combs if you're playing that fast and loose.  Good use of the Scatman, though.  

mortellan 10/20/2008 6:26:53 AM
<P itxtvisited="1">I second Danny Trejo. He has been in more movies than all these 20 combined I bet. Check it out!</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">As for Pearlman, eh, he has been a leading guy before. I'm thinking most of these guys were picked for their 'who are they?' factor. That's the same reason Bruce Campbell isn't on here, although he should be #1.</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">Al Leong, perfect choice however ;)</P>
WhiteKnight 10/20/2008 7:10:18 AM

Since when did Kevin Peter Hall play Chewbacca? That was Peter Mayhew in the Wookie suit.

And adding Michael Ironside to this list is also a bit misleading. He's had a very diverse career in film and television. On television he played in "V" as well as a one season stint on "SeaQuest." He was also a flight instructor in Top Gun back in '86. Yeah, not exactly a household name, but also not quite lost in the shuffle.

bjordson 10/20/2008 7:11:58 AM
<P itxtvisited="1">I was wondering where Bill Duke was (X-men last stand, Predator, Commando, etc... )</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">Agree that Pearlman and Campbell both would have been on the list a few years ago, but both have had their name recognition shoot up so that most people know who they are now.</P><BR itxtvisited="1" /> <P itxtvisited="1">But let me add another vote to Danny Trejo, he's one of Tarentino's favorites.</P>
xpaladinx45 10/20/2008 7:52:00 AM

have to agree with whiteknight, peter mayhew played chewie, not Kevin Peter Hall

RaithManan 10/20/2008 7:56:19 AM

Yeah I agree....No Bruce Campbell??  No Danny Trejo??  No Ron Pearlman??  Those three guys made a career in being character actors.  And its funny considering that Michael York was at one time one of Hollywood more highly-touted actors and still is to a degree...but has made a career in being a character actor in movies or doing a lot of cartoon voices on tv these days. 

While were at it, in truth Samuel L. Jackson should be listed since it seems he's usually making small appearances in almost every movie we have or not have seen yet considering he's a highly-touted actor who's reached the point of just being an actor who's clearly not afraid of doing anything for a buck and usually isn't concerned about a big payday.  He just likes to work. 

And lets not forget how Ronny Cox had one of his greatest performances in DEEP BLUE SEA.....when he just simply sat in a chair early in the movie and said absolutely nothing during the entire scene with Sam "Tne Man".  I'm also surprised that William Sadler is not on this list.  Maybe you guys need to expand the list to 30.

Dartter 10/20/2008 4:22:48 PM

Even though I think their dead Yafett Koto(Alien, The Running Man, Live and Let Die). and Lee van Keef (The Good the Bad ad the Ugly, For a few Dollars More, and Escape from New York) should problably be on hear to. And maybe Keith David( The Thing, They Live, and Armageddon) and Hary dean Stanton (the Repo Man). Oh and Warwick Davis was not in Time Bandits Kenny Baker was, Warwick was too young.

DarkAeon426 10/20/2008 5:37:55 PM

You forgot the most Famous-Unfamous Genre face ever - Dick Miller.

You know, the guy from Terminator, Howling, Gremlins, Chopping Mall, Bucket of Blood, Night of the Creeps,  anything else by Joe Dante. 

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