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Initial post: May 15, 2011 1:34:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2011 1:44:28 PM PDT
R. Barnes says:
The point of this thread is very different than the "best villain in a movie" thread. I am interested in which actor/actress you felt did the best job as a villain in terms of both quantity and quality.

Giving a single amazing villainous performance (as Heath Ledger has) would not qualify a person for the title of best all around villainous actor, because of how little (quantity-wise) he contributed to villainy.

To keep this thread focused on the actors who really did more than just occasionally dabble with villainy, let us specify that only actors that have played 10 or more villainous characters are eligible. David Prouse, for instance, would only get to count Darth Vader once, even though he played that villain in multiple films.

People like Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele, Eric Campbell, Boris Karloff, etc. would fit that bill.

So, in your opinion, which actor/actress has contributed the most to villainy on the silver screen?

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Posted on May 15, 2011 4:37:48 PM PDT
MCiccarini says:
Christopher Walken...King of NY, Sleepy Hollow, Things to do in Denver, Prophecy, Suicide Kings, and so on...

Posted on May 15, 2011 5:13:07 PM PDT
Gary Oldman has the baddy down pat. True Romance, The Professional, The Fifth Element, State of Grace, Hannibal, The Book of Eli, and so on...

Posted on May 15, 2011 5:26:10 PM PDT
Orson Welles is the man(except maybe Karloff) for this. All star heavy - not a bad film maker, either

Posted on May 16, 2011 6:12:54 AM PDT
Balok says:
In addition to the previously mentioned Boris Karloff (I'm already on record as having opined that he should have gotten an Oscar for his performance in _The Body Snatcher_), Christopher Lee and Christopher Walken, here are some more names for the list. These people didn't *always* play villains, but when they did, they pretty much set the bar:

Claude Rains
Basil Rathbone
Vincent Price
Conrad Veidt
James Cagney
Angela Lansbury (I'm not sure if she played 10 -- Gaslight and The Manchurian Candidate alone are enough to earn her a place in the Roll of Honor)

Posted on May 16, 2011 7:58:40 AM PDT
D. Larson says:
Best, Alan Rickman
Runner up, John Malkovich

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2011 10:25:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2011 10:40:24 AM PDT
R. Barnes says:
@ Balok
I may have to see Karloff in Body Snatcher. I am primarily familiar with him from his participation in Universal's Franky series, his 3 films with Val Lewton, and Black Sabbath. He was always top notch.

Edit:
I didn't realize that Body Snatcher was the name of one of Lewton films Karloff was in. That WAS a stellar performance.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2011 10:26:32 AM PDT
R. Barnes says:
@ Horse's mouth

I guess I don't watch enough movies, because I have only seen Welles as a villain in one film. :(

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2011 10:29:21 AM PDT
R. Barnes says:
A question about Legosi:
I have never seen Legosi play Dracula, but I have seen him in Lewton's The Body Snatchers and I have seen him as Igor in a Frankenstein movie. I have heard that Lee does a much better Dracula than Legosi, so have avoided watching Legosi's vampire movies. did I make the right call, or is Legosi's Dracula worth watching?

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In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2011 11:31:28 AM PDT
"I don't drink...wine" - Bela Lugosi.

Posted on May 16, 2011 5:24:48 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Tod Slaughter and Tor Johnson.

Posted on May 16, 2011 9:37:33 PM PDT
How about the king of gangsters/bad guys-Humphrey Bogart

Posted on May 16, 2011 9:44:04 PM PDT
Some others of note-Lee Marvin, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Gene Hackman, and Jack Nicholson have had good turns as villains. For single character in a series I would say Doug Bradley as Pinhead in the Hellraiser films is one of the alltime greats.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2011 9:47:54 PM PDT
Bela Lugosi playing Dracula was the best. Unfortunately he lived and acted many, many years ago. I am 73 yrs old and I feel that Boris Karlof and Bela Lugosi were two of the best villain actors and most younger people do not know of these two fine actors.

Posted on May 16, 2011 9:53:17 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
Kathleen Turner comes to mind:

"Body Heat"
"The Man With Two Brains"
"Serial Mom"
"The Virgin Suicides"

Posted on May 16, 2011 10:14:47 PM PDT
KevinWayne says:
Kathy Bates in Misery

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2011 10:58:47 PM PDT
Balok says:
@R. Barnes:

"I may have to see Karloff in Body Snatcher. I am primarily familiar with him from his participation in Universal's Franky series, his 3 films with Val Lewton, and Black Sabbath. He was always top notch."

I'm not exactly sure how to break this to you, but _The Body Snatcher_ *was* one of Karloff's three films with Val Lewton (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037549/).

Posted on May 17, 2011 12:06:18 AM PDT
Vincent Price.
As capable a villain as Karloff, but I think Price has more pictures, and more variety of villains to his name.
There are some overlooked ones, like Scream and Scream Again...and Witchfinder General; Price was a Noir villain, a gothic villain, a mystic villain, a comic villain, a sci-fi villain; really, the whole gamut...though Karloff has many of those credits, but not quite so many.
Both had wonderful voices, but I think Price is more sinister looking while Karloff looks like a cross between your lovable uncle and a thug.

Posted on May 17, 2011 3:23:51 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
Price's villains were often more tragic figures, perhaps evoking as much sympathy as fear.

Posted on May 17, 2011 3:27:19 PM PDT
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Posted on May 17, 2011 3:36:52 PM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
Robert Mitchum: "Cape Fear" and "Night of the Hunter"

Posted on May 17, 2011 3:37:55 PM PDT
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7 & 7 IS says:
Christopher Lee
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