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Character Actors 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Character Actors

Star potential isn’t easy to spot and sometimes it’s even harder to develop.

Movie trivia. What actor got his television debut playing “Man in Sleeping Bag” on NYPD Blue in 1994? Here’s a hint: His film debut came as Heckler #2 in the memorable 1990 made-for-TV movie She’ll Take Romance. Chances are you don’t remember the movie, let alone the name of Heckler #2.

It’s a household name — entertainment giant Paul Giamatti.

Still can’t place him? Last year Time magazine dubbed him “The World’s Best Character Actor.”

That’s a nice way of saying “Guy who isn’t sexy and brawny enough to play the leading man, but, dang, he’s a fantastic actor.” Character actors are like scenery props with a few lines to perform. Whatever gives the star a brighter orbit and a bigger box office draw.

Cementing his “always-a-bridesmaid-never-the-bride” status, Giamatti played Sgt. Hill in Saving Private Ryan while Tom Hanks and Matt Damon received the big-star attention. But after...

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