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About the Author

Tara Ariano is a writer, editor, and Web site producer. She and writer Adam Sternbergh founded Fametracker.com, the Farmer’s Almanac of Celebrity Worth, a Web site that has received rave reviews from Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Playboy, Time, and many more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594740429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594740428
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2006
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"Hey! It's That Guy!" is a neat little guide to character actors. It has thirteen chapters devoted to various types of roles (the courtroom, the hospital, the office, and the precinct, for example) and features pictures and descriptions of actors that are best known for playing those types of roles. There are also various very helpful icons used throughout the book such as award winner, straight to video, villain and deceased. Also included in the portrait of each actor is a timeline with his or her most famous roles listed.

For the most part, this is a very useful guide for looking up actors that look familiar. The descriptions of each actor are humorous but informative. There are several useful indexes in the back of the book and best of all a section with the pictures and names of all the actors featured in the book. Unfortunately, the book is on the small size; I would have preferred a larger book, with more roles listed for each actor. And some of the pictures are movie stills and not very clear, which is shame since the pictures should be the strong point of the book.

All in all, movie and trivia buffs will enjoy this reference book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JPGRfan on March 14, 2009
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This is a pretty good biography (I use that word loosely) ...style book.

It's done in a witty, wisecracking way, but, after reading it like that for the first 10 actors, you start wanting maybe a date of birth, where are they from, maybe interesting trivia about their life.

What we mostly get is the persons name, what type of characters they usually play, and a few movie titles
or tv shows they were in.

The best thing about this book is a face goes with a name,
and yes, some of the humor is good, it could have been better with much more information.

I was going to give it 3 stars, but, because of all the faces that finaly get names to go with them, and some of the TV and movie info that goes with those faces,
I give it 4 stars.

It's still worth buying for those character actor fans in book land, of course you'll have to look else where for more information on these character actors.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on February 23, 2006
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This book was interesting in that you finally had a name with some familiar faces, but it was a little too irrevant. I wanted more info on the actors themselves not just some wisecracks that the authors thought were funny. I think the authors were a little too impressed with their own wit. I like having a name with a face, but the authors could have gone further with backgrounds on the actors even using one page bios.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jednick on September 10, 2010
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Very disappointing. The authors fill most of the space with "funny" comments and other observations, possibly to make up for what little they wrote about the actors. I have a similar 1969 book ("The Versatiles"), and every year or so, I pull it out and read it again for fun. Most of those actors have since passed away. I was hoping this book would be a modern version, but it's not.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2005
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We've all got our favorites, those actors whose face we've seen a hundred times but just don't know the name. Well now a fantastic little book throws the spotlight on these famous faces in "Hey! It's That Guy!" from Quirk Books. The book profiles dozens of character actors who we've seen countless times in film and on TV but never knew their names. Sometimes the job of a character actor is a thankless one but this wonderful book finally gives many of them their due. The book is separated into chapters based on what type of role these actors generally play. And that is the thing that is was so surprising to me about the book...so many of these characters have played similar roles many times: Cops, lawyers, mobsters, prisoners, vamps, hicks, military personnel, etc...

Writers Tara Ariano and Adam Sternbergh infuse the book with good-hearted humor as they introduce each actor. For example, Clint Howard is introduced as "Hey! It's that oddly menacing man-boy!" And then there is "Hey! It's that guy who you do NOT want to mess with!" when introducing silver-haired actor Frank Vincent, well-remembered for his role as mobsters in films such as Goodfella's and Casino. Each actor gets a one page profile (although some of the more noted character actors get two pages) with their most noted films and roles as well as some brief but interesting anecdotal information about them.

So who can you expect to find in the book? Well how about Daniel von Bargen who has played dozens of police or military roles but who is most fondly remembered as Mr. Kruger, George Costanza's one time boss on Seinfeld. Victor Wong, who played the wise old Asian man, time and time again in films such as Big Trouble in Little China, Seven Years in Tibet, and The Last Emperor.
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If you want a quick reference guide for character actors, this is a great place to go. With so much emphasis on humor, I wish the authors, who operate the website Fametracker.com, had slipped in some more background details, but at least you get a picture and a few movies the actors appeared in.

The forward is in the form of an interview with Stephen Tobolowsky, who played the salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day. He talks about how the he was forced by the nature of his short appearance to figure out where his character is coming from.

The character actors are all of recent vintage. Fans of older movies will need to consult a different source. But those included are excellent.

The actors are grouped according to the type of movie they most often appear in, such as military movies, cop shows, office settings, mob movies, and so on.

A great addition to any movie reference library. Like I don't have nearly enough crap.
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