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April 25, 2007

The Legion of Creepy Actors

Filed under: Movies — doughaslam @ 9:04 pm

Walken 2008Some time ago, I decided that certain actors represented a certain level of, well, creepiness, and were worthy of their own legion (think “Legion of Doom,” Superfriends fans). Two years ago, I posted my original Legion of Creepy Actors in a blog read by approximately zero people, the Pop Culture Gems blog put up by Topaz Partners as a fun training blog to get all Topazers used to blogging. I decided it was time to dust off the list, update it a little, post it here so my mom can read it, and see if anyone has additional suggestions.

The members of the Legion of Creepy Actors are:

Founding Members:
John Malkovich— no explanation needed

Alan Rickman–Thin-lipped British representative of all things creepy

Gary Oldman— Even if he hadn’t played Dracula

Peter Weller— Not just Robo-Cop, but in particular, “Naked Lunch,” and even his recent appearances on “Enterprise” and “24”– I mean, that voice…

Willem Dafoe— no explanation needed

Christopher Walken— He’s even creepy on Saturday Night Live (“I pranked him to death with a tire iron”)

Crispin Glover— It takes talent to bring a creepy vibe to “Back to the Future,” and recent roles in “Charlie’s Angels” and “Willard” show he can still bring the creepy.

Eric Roberts— ah yes, the man who brought us “Star 80” is now slithering his way across the set of NBC’s “Heroes.”

Ralph Fiennes— not satisfied with playing a repugnant Nazi, he is now portraying Voldemort

Junior Members:
Jude Law— You can actually interpret a scene in “Existenz” as Willem DaFoe ‘initiating’ Law into the Legion. If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m talking about.

Christian Bale— American Psycho, the Machinist

Cillian Murphy— His turn in “Batman Begins” alone gets him on the list– and “Red Eye” helped his resume a little

Adjunct members: (I’m kind of on the fence about these):
Steve Buscemi (way too likeable in some movies)

There could also be an ancient league, comprised of old timers such as Eduardo Cianelli, John Carradine, and Peter Lorre, but perhaps that’s a different post.
I may have left some out, and reserve the right to change the list. Feel free to add your nominations.

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12 Comments »

  1. I’ll add the following:
    Dennis Hopper in anything, but the “Speed” movies suffice

    Joe Pantoliano – think “Risky Business”

    Rutger Hauer – especially in “The Hitcher”

    And it wouldn’t be a creepy actor list without Gary Busey

    Comment by Scott Monty — April 25, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

  2. Hmmm, great additions. Dennis Hopper and Rutger Hauer should get in on the first ballot. I think of Joey Pants as more of a weasel, I might place him in the Adjunct Members category.

    Ditto Gary Busey. His iconic portrayal of Buddy Holly and some 70’s – early 80’s comedies (I think he was a goober with a Camaro in Gumball Rally) take the edge off a bit

    Comment by Doug Haslam — April 26, 2007 @ 6:45 am

  3. I’d add Jeremy Irons(Die Hard with a Vengeance).

    And DeNiro can do it well (Cape Fear) though he’s not always creepy but has a creepy edge

    Comment by Chip Griffin — April 26, 2007 @ 7:48 am

  4. Ooh, Jeremy Irons– he was a great choice to ply H. Humbert in the Lolita Remake.

    Come to think of it, James Mason might be worth consideration.. I may have to do the old-time actor post after all.

    Comment by Doug Haslam — April 26, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

  5. And, I note Clint Howard, another Scott Monty suggestion.

    Comment by Doug Haslam — April 26, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

  6. Vincent Schiavelli (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001704/). Sure he’s done his share of camp. But he’s definitely a bit creepy.

    Christopher Lee (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000489/) does bad guy roles a little too well.

    And he’s not an actor, but the Burger King dude does creep a lot of people out.

    Comment by Todd V. — April 27, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

  7. Oh, man Christopher Lee– awesome choice! The Prince of Darkness himself– of course Bela Lugosi would be considered for the old-timer’s list– I’ll have to do some thinking on that.

    Schiavelli may need his own category– with Clint Howard, perhaps

    Comment by Doug Haslam — April 28, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  8. Hey, speaking of James Mason, how about his toady from “North by Northwest,” (my favorite movie) played quite creepily by none other than Martin Landau. The “Ed Wood” connection seals it!

    Comment by Scott Monty — April 28, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

  9. … ha ha, and you should also have said speaking of Bela Lugosi… we may have completed a circle here…

    Comment by Doug Haslam — April 29, 2007 @ 12:28 am

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