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Posted on Feb 1, 2014 4:10:44 PM PST
Larry Kelley says:
Steelers Fan: Morgan was another very good character actor. He was the cop who shot Paul Newman in the throat towards the end of Cool Hand Luke. Had those Highway Patrol glasses. He was in a ton of westerns, had a great western voice. I thought that was him playing the Sheriff that was going to hand the Soggy Bottom Boys in O brother where art thou--but I am pretty sure it wasn't. I am going to look him up on Wiki too.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 3:01:58 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
If you're talking about Sixties television, Morgan Woodward should be mentioned; he played scary, bug-eyed lunatics in the "Star Trek" episodes "Dagger Of The Mind" and "The Omega Glory".

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 2:59:18 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
With Dern, it was that light tenor voice, as well, which was menacing. He was in a "Fugitive" episode as the leader of a biker gang; it was notable for mentioning Vietnam explicitly, a rarity on TV while that conflict was actually going on.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 1:49:36 PM PST
Larry Kelley says:
Michael: He was just about the only thing good in "The Wild One". There was only one good line in the who picture--one of the town girls asks Brando (Johnny) "Gee, what are you rebelling against Johnny?" Brando replies, "What cha got?" (Sneer, sneer, pose) The movie really sucked.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 1:45:07 PM PST
Lee Marvin was good in The Wild One.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 1:43:08 PM PST
Larry Kelley says:
Two of the most frightening people on early TV--the late 50's, early 60's, were Bruce Dern and Jack Elam. Elam rid himself of his "evil" presence by appearing in movies that sort of mocked his earlier roles--"Support Your Local Gunfighter" is one. But back in the early 60's those two could scare the crap out of you--and in 30 minutes or less. You just knew Dern was going to rape every woman he came across, and the Elam, with that stray eye, was crazy as a bed bug and please don't let him get near an axe!!! Lee Marvin had some excellent roles as a bad guy--Liberty Valance was just one.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 1:05:58 PM PST
Back sooting John Wayne,who does that!Plus he played Tom in The Great Gatsby,although,Daisy is the real villian.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 9:07:40 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
Yeah, that scene in "The Cowboys" where Dern comes to the kid in the night is still scary.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 4:20:45 PM PST
NiggerPlease says:
Will Smith.He plays a villain in dozens of tv shows and movies. He was tough in real life. He was on Kung Fu ,Every Which Way You Can. His most famous role was Falconetti on Rich Man Poor Man. You just love to hate him.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 4:59:39 AM PST
Bruce Dern

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 4:35:21 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
Pesci was really good, as I remember, in "The Public Eye", which I haven't seen in years. He portrays a crime photographer similar to Arthur "Weegie" Fellig.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 12:36:34 PM PST
joaniepony® says:
I looked it up~~Strother Martin, Sadistic prison warden "Cool Han Luke" ~~ "What we got here is failure to communicate."

I think Joe Pesci is a great actor and a dumb villain.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 11:53:29 AM PST
J. Carvajal says:
Gary Oldman is good several examples the corrupt police guy in "the professional" the goofy bad guy in "the 5th element" so many. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing got me nightmares as a kid.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 6:06:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2014 6:10:14 PM PST
Rich says:
Joe Pesci - Goodfellas, Casino, Home Alone, Home Alone 2. As I went back to read earlier posts, I see someone already gave him well deserved kudos.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 5:56:57 PM PST
joaniepony® says:
Larry,

It's been many moons, but "Cool Hand Luke" comes to mind. Trying to conjure up the image of the baddy~~

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 5:40:25 PM PST
joaniepony® says:
James,

A Face in the Crowd, was just on TCM. It was hard to believe, a country bumpkin (No Time for Sergeants) could morph into such an evil character! Good choice~~

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2014 5:36:10 PM PST
joaniepony® says:
Going back in time, (like Turner Classic Movies), my vote is for George Sanders.
I like George in everything he's done. "All About Eve", a subtle sarcastic , witty , evil person.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 2:09:55 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
And Kevin Costner as old Devil Anse Hatfield.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 2:01:02 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
And just about everyone playing long-ago crooks in "Boardwalk Empire", of course.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 2:00:20 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
Even more good baddies from history

Elizabeth Montgomery as Lizzie Borden (with a novel explanation as to how she got away with murder) (TV)
Gary and Martin Kemp as the Kray twins (with Billie Whitelaw as their mother)
Alan Alda as Caryl Chessman (TV)
James Cagney as Marty "Moe The Gimp" Snyder ("Love Me Or Leave Me")
Ray Liotta as Henry Hill
Charles Bronson as Joe Valachi
Nick Adams as Jack Graham, airline mass murderer ("The FBI Story")

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 6:58:58 AM PST
Speaking of real life baddies Robert De Niro made for a very convincing Al Capone in The Untouchables.

Javier Bardem now has two memorable villains under his belt now. The coin tossing villain from "No Country For Old Men", and the latest Bond villain in "Skyfall".

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 4:11:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2013 10:51:00 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
More real-life baddies

Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas
Peter Falk as Abe Reles
Brian Dennehy as John Wayne Gacy (TV)
Joseph Ruskin as "Lepke" Buchalter ("The Untouchables", TV)
Warren Oates as John Dillinger

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 11:22:44 AM PST
Bogart played "a dirty rat",in "The Roaring Twentys"

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 8:46:40 AM PST
Thanks, I've only seen it once, and that was many years ago, but the fact that the film itself has stuck with me this long, is a testament to how good it was, and how good Andy Griffith was in it. Think I'll see if I can get it on dvd.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 1:50:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2013 10:50:18 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
Real-life bad eggs

Robert Blake as Perry Smith
Tim Roth as Charles Starkweather (TV)
Laurence Olivier as Richard III
Keith Michell as Henry VIII (TV)
Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler ("Downfall", a must-see)
Steve Railsback as Charles Manson (TV)
Susan Hayward as Barbara Graham (AA)--somewhat oversympathetic
Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (AA)
John Hurt as Caligula ("I Claudius", TV)
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