Yahoo TV is saluting character actors with two lists — a Hall of Fame and the Top 20 actors working today.
Yahoo TV says:
“Character actor” used to be a niche thing, a pigeonhole for your acting résumé. But today, during the Golden Age of Peak TV (or whatever we’re calling it now), character actors are the talented, prolific performers who hold so many great series together.They’re the reason the Supporting and Guest Actor categories are now the toughest Emmy ballots to whittle down.
TV Character Hall of Fame
Stephen Tobolowsky, Doris Roberts, John Noble, Michael K. Williams, Alice Ghostley, B.D. Wong, Jim Beaver, Bruce Campbell, Dabbs Greer, CCH Pounder.
Charles Lane, Jessica Walter, Jack Elam, Victor Garber, Geoffrey Lewis, Hal Williams, Paul Lynde, Lance Reddick, Kathleen Freeman, Grace Zabriskie.
Ray Wise, Stephen Root, Mary Wicke, Moses Gunn, Terry Kinney, Thelma Ritter, Zeijko Ivanev, William Daniels, Warren Oates, Adam Arkin.
TV’s Top 20 Character Actors Working Today
Margo Martindale, Dylan Baker, Denis O’Hare, Robin Weigert, Regina King, Gary Cole, Ian McShane, Hank Azaria, Jean Smart, Garret Dillahunt.
Gerald McRaney, Ron Cephas Jones, Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Ann Dowd, Kevin Dunn, Keith David, Jere Burns, Zach Woods, Elizabeth Marvel.