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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2011 6:22:18 AM PDT
R. Barnes says:
Price I would not have considered in the running as my limited exposure to Price included a number of films where his villainous portrayals were a bit cartoony. Very enjoyable, but not very sinister. I guess I need to pick of some of his more serious films.

Posted on May 19, 2011 2:06:34 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2011 2:09:17 AM PDT
Price was a vicious Noir thug, who throws scalding coffee into, well, I think it was Gene Tierney's character's face...he was featured in more than just one scene.
Peter Lorre is an excellent villain as well.
My favorite villain though, has to go to Nicholson in The Shining. Not all of his villain performances are good, and in fact I say most detract from his stellar position as the great late twentieth century actor. Most of the time he overacts as the villain...which worked as the Joker.

Posted on May 19, 2011 11:53:05 AM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Sid Haig. He's been around since the 1970's.

Posted on May 19, 2011 1:21:15 PM PDT
Dennis Hopper

Posted on May 19, 2011 1:27:42 PM PDT
Susan Logan says:
Rutger Hauer

Posted on May 19, 2011 5:53:53 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
Rutger Hauer is an interesting choice--he seems to be equally frequent with playing the villain, the hero & the anti-hero.

Movies have included:

"Blind Fury"
"Flesh & Blood"
"Blade Runner"
"Turkish Delight" (English title)
"Ladyhawke"
"The Hitcher"
"Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

Posted on May 19, 2011 6:36:10 PM PDT
Steve Buscemi - "kinda funny looking" kidnapper for hire in Fargo

- Anti tip giving, violent car jacking psycho in Reservior Dogs.

Mr. Pink: You kill anybody?
Mr. White: A few cops.
Mr. Pink: No real people?
Mr. White: Just cops.

Posted on May 19, 2011 7:39:49 PM PDT
Warchild says:
Alan Rickman - Ironically, I also love his "good guy" parts (Galaxy Quest and Dogma come to mine)

Gary Oldman - Each villain he plays he makes his own. I think Zorg is my favorite, but certainly the dirty Cop in Leon was awesome as well.

Kevin Spacey - His turn as John Doe in Se7en is almost enough for me, but he's had other equally "bad" roles.

Posted on May 19, 2011 7:42:51 PM PDT
Warchild says:
I can't beleive I forgot Robert DeNiro in my first post. My god he plays one crazy MF when he's the villain. Taxi Driver (more of an anti hero, but still), Cape Fear, Hide and Seek, too many to list.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2011 1:25:53 AM PDT
M. Gaudet says:
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing.

In the Hammer Horror films.

Also Star Wars, though Lee's talent was criminally wasted on the prequels.

Posted on May 21, 2011 9:18:51 AM PDT
Jack Pacini says:
BUMP!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2011 4:14:42 PM PDT
R. Barnes says:
What about Christopher Plummer's villain resume? I don't think anyone has mentioned him yet. Should he be in the running for one of the better go-to actors for villainy?

Posted on May 21, 2011 9:17:54 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Who's the Actress who played Witchiepoo,she played a lot of Villains.

Posted on May 21, 2011 9:24:52 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
That was Billie Hayes (Sid & Marty Krofft's "H.R. Puf'N'Stuf") & she obviously wanted to play a different part, because she played one of the "good guys" on another Krofft show, "Lidsville". I actually can't think of any other roles she played. Witchiepoo was quite indelible, though.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2011 9:34:40 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Thanks for the info, Laust.

Posted on May 22, 2011 1:14:38 PM PDT
Roman85 says:
John Malkovich....

"In the Line of Fire"......very few villians have gotten the best of Clint Eastwood in films....but in this one...Malkovich does it & almost gets away with it.....

"Con-Air"......talk about a pyschological villian to make you cringe..

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2011 12:03:55 PM PDT
R. Barnes says:
Con Air? I am sorry but I can't take any acting job in that film seriously. it was at least as much comedy (although probably unintentional comedy) as action flick, so no room for great villainy there.
Con Air is in the same league with Van Helsing or Bad Boys II. These movies had lots of action but were so over the top and silly that the villains were about as worrisome as Tom in a Tom & Jerry cartoon.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2011 2:12:20 PM PDT
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Zolar Waka says:
Even Jerry didn't take Tom seriously!

Posted on May 25, 2011 1:05:46 PM PDT
D. Larson says:
"Con Air" was pretty Nic Cagey, alright. But Malkovich was an excellent villain in "In The Line Of Fire". A great foil for Eastwood.

Check out, if you can find it, Dennis Hopper in "Red Rock West", for another good Nic Cage in trouble movie.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2011 8:54:58 PM PDT
R. Barnes says:
Yeah, I agree that Malkovich can play a good villain, I was just astonished at the concept of anything good coming out of the silliness that was Con Air. Hopper doesn't have the resume of Karloff, Lee, or Price, but he has definitely played some amazing villains. I really liked his performance in Blue Velvet.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2011 4:55:59 AM PDT
Balok says:
@R. Barnes:

"Hopper doesn't have the resume of Karloff, Lee, or Price, but he has definitely played some amazing villains. I really liked his performance in Blue Velvet."

Heineken? HEINEKEN????

Posted on May 26, 2011 6:36:48 AM PDT
widowTink says:
David Warner.....ever since I saw him as Jack the Ripper in "Time After Time" he scares the bejeezus out of me. He was a baddie in TRON, and he was even evil in "Titanic". Gettin' chills just thinkin' about him.....

Posted on May 26, 2011 7:41:51 AM PDT
Baron McLane (Unknown Island)
Ernest Borgnine (Emperor of the North)
Lee Marvin (The Man who shot Liberty Valance)
Lee Van Cleef (anything)
Edward G Robinson (Key Largo)
Stanley Baker (Helen of Troy)
Robert Ryan (Crossfire)
Henry Siliva (The Boss)
Richard Conte (The Big Combo)
Lawrence Tiereny (Kill or be Killed)
George Saunders (Manhunt)

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2011 6:47:37 PM PDT
The whole thing with the breathing mask, awesome!
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