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The Late Movies: 8 Character Actors Who Always Steal the Scene

Obviously, these are some of my favorites, and I've certainly left lots of worthy actors off this list. If there's anyone else you wish had made the list, let me know in the comments!

Dan Hedaya

Best known for his role as Frances McDormand's vengeful, cuckolded husband in the Coen Brothers' 1984 classic Blood Simple, Hedaya's one of those actors who seems to radiate menace. In this scene, the man who's been sleeping with his wife -- and who works at his bar -- asks him for back pay.

Dean Stockwell

... was a child actor -- he famously played Gregory Peck's son in Gentleman's Agreement -- and besides his fame for co-starring in Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula, he's probably best remembered for his roles in David Lynch films -- especially this unforgettable scene in Blue Velvet, where he plays Ben -- "one suave fucker!" NSFW, obviously!

Danny Huston

Danny Huston is one of those faces you see all the time, steals every scene he's in, but almost never gets the leading role. He is, in fact, the son of Legendary director John Huston, and he's appeared in more movies than I can possibly name here. One of my favorite roles of his is as a possibly-insane and brutally poetic outlaw in the absolutely stunning Australian western The Proposition (a film full of wonderful actors -- John Hurt, Emily Watson, Ray Winstone). Just a warning: this scene is rather violent.

Hal Holbrook

The oldest actor ever to be nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar -- for his role in Into the Wild -- Holbrook was previously best known for his one man show about Mark Twain.

Peter Stormare

The Swedish-born actor with a face of stone, he pops up in films left and right these days -- especially films by the Coen Brothers. He was Wood Chipper Guy in Fargo and one of the Nihilists in The Big Lebowski. (So yeah, some swearing.)

Gary Cole

Gary Cole's been in bazillions of movies and TV shows, but he'll be forever associated with just one role -- as the boss, Lumbergh, in Office Space.

Crispin Glover

He's impossible to forget as Marty McFly's father in Back to the Future -- and pulled a Joaquin Phoenix of his own a few years later on The David Letterman Show.

John Turturro

Probably my all-time favorite character actor, John Turturro can make almost any movie worth watching. Everyone remembers him from The Big Lebowski, in which he plays -- I'm not sure what to call it -- a bowling mariachi gangster? In any case, this brief-but-legendary scene is definitely NSFW.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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