Do you know the actor Fred Ward?

Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, I bet you’ve seen his face.

And he’s been one of my favorite actors for a long time…even before I knew what his name was.

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What actors does everyone recognize but no one knows their names?

AskReddit users shared their thoughts.

1.  James Cromwell.

“A while ago GQ did an article called “that guy” on this topic.

The number one pick was James Cromwell.”

2. Dylan Baker

“Dylan Baker.

One time I held the door at a hotel open for him and recognized him as Peter’s professor Dr. Curt Connors from the Raimi Spider-Man movies.

But I looked him up and will never forget his name now.”

3. James Hong.

“James Hong.

He’s been in over 600 movies, TV shows, and video games throughout his career.”

4. Pete Postlethwaite

“Pete Postlethwaite. RIP.

Fun fact – Steven Spielberg said he was the greatest actor he ever worked with.”

5. Rade Šerbedžija

“Underrated answer.

He can be the main antagonist in a Brad Pitt or Val Kilmer movie, and then also be a homeless man with a nice coat in Batman Begins or Gregorovitch in one scene in the 2nd to last Harry Potter movie.


6. John Michael Higgins.

“I’m a fan of his, but I always forget John Michael Higgins’ name, and I think a lot of people do too and/or never knew it.”

7. David Paymer.

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“David Paymer. He’s been in practically everything, but most people wouldn’t know his name.

He came into the movie theater I worked at years ago in Massachusetts and we were all scrambling to look up his name after we saw him. As he was leaving, one of my coworkers yelled “hey David Paymer!” at him as he left.

He smiled & waved at us. Seeing famous people was not a frequent occurrence for us in the Boston suburbs, so we were pretty excited.”

8. John Carroll Lynch

“I still think of him as Drew Carey’s big brother from the Drew Carey show.

He’s been busy I see.”

9. Zeljko Ivanek.

“Zeljko Ivanek.

He’s always the corrupt US government official.

One of the most prolific bit-part actors who always plays the same kind of role.”

10. Christopher McDonald.

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“Christopher McDonald, or as you all know him, Shooter McGavin.”

11. Stephen Tobolowsky

“He was in The Insider.

Always iconic in Groundhog Day and Sneakers.”

12. Vincent Schiavelli

“The man with the sad eyes. Vincent Schiavelli.

He’s in loads of stuff.”

13. William Fitchner

“William Fitchner.

He appears in EVERYTHING.”

14. Brian Cox


“Someone who is a bigger name that has been in everything is Brian Cox.”

15. Margo Martindale

“Character actress Margo Martindale.

Loved her in The Americans.”

16. Ben Foster.

“Ben Foster.

He is always in a supporting role in big movies. Usually as the antagonist’s right hand man.

He was in the movies 3:10 to Yuma with Christian Bale and Russel Crowe, Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg and Hell or High Water with Chris Pine.”

17. Wes Studi

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“Wes Studi.

The guy plays in almost every movie with Native Americans.”

18. Pruitt Taylor-Vince

“Pruitt Taylor-Vince.

Chubby, bald-headed actor with a wandering eye. Often a villain.

Once you recognise him, you see him in everything.”

19. Barry Pepper.

“Barry Pepper.

The role that immediately comes to mind was him as the sniper in Saving Private Ryan.

Or Roger Maris in 61*. He was really great in that movie.”

20. CCH Pounder.

“CCH Pounder.

The impression Dennis does in Always Sunny gets me every time.”

21. Peter Stormare.


“Peter Stormare.

Love his work on American Gods.”

22. Ken Watanabe

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“Ken Watanabe.

He is in every movie that has a Japanese cast.

I just refer to him as Katsumoto because I first saw him in The Last Samurai.”

23. Clancy Brown.

“Clancy Brown.

From Kurgan to Mr Krabs.

The guy’s done it all.”

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