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December 10, 2013

NO TURKEYS HERE

TURKEY
Actress Anna Q. Nilsson gives moviegoers 'the bird' in this excruciatingly-corny Thanksgiving still. Ms. Nilsson's career was no turkey---the Swedish beauty made films as early as 1911 and she segued from leading parts to character work into the 1950s. (c) Warner Brothers

Actress Anna Q. Nilsson gives moviegoers ‘the bird’ in this excruciatingly-corny Thanksgiving still. Ms. Nilsson’s career was no turkey—the Swedish beauty made films as early as 1911 and she segued from leading parts to character work into the 1950s. (c) Warner Brothers

The character actor is almost extinct in today’s entertainment world. In Hollywood’s past, these colorful performers made even the most pedestrian film that much better with their presence.

On Thanksgiving Day, let’s be thankful for these talented folk, and grateful we have them on film to enjoy again and again!

J. Carrol Naish was a wonderful character man whose presence enhanced scores of movies. He was adept at playing thugs and sympathetic roles as well. He was a master of dialect, portraying Spaniards, Italians, Asians and everything in-between. His most notable films are House of Frankenstein, Dr. Renault's Secret, the Batman movie serial, and last--but not least--Al Adamson's Dracula vs. Frankenstein. (c) MGM

J. Carrol Naish was a wonderful character man whose presence enhanced scores of movies. He was adept at playing thugs and sympathetic roles as well. He was a master of dialect, portraying Spaniards, Italians, Asians and everything in-between. His most notable films are House of Frankenstein, Dr. Renault’s Secret, the Batman movie serial, and last–but not least–Al Adamson’s Dracula vs. Frankenstein. (c) MGM

She'll always be remembered as Endora from the Bewitched sitcom, but Agnes Moorehead was so much more than that! An accomplished actress of both the theatre and movies, Moorehead was rumored to have been the highest-paid character star in Hollywood. She made many films, but her first three movies were here best--Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons and the Big Street.

She’ll always be remembered as Endora from the Bewitched sitcom, but Agnes Moorehead was so much more than that! An accomplished actress of both the theatre and movies, Moorehead was rumored to have been the highest-paid character star in Hollywood. She made many films, but her first three movies were here best–Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons and The Big Street.

Victor Jory was one of cinema's most unforgettable faces. Not because he was particularly handsome, but more for his rough, angular features. He looks like he was born 100 years old. He worked constantly in films and TV. (c) Universal Studios

Victor Jory was one of cinema’s most unforgettable faces. Not because he was particularly handsome, but more for his rough, angular features. He looks like he was born 100 years old. He worked constantly in films and TV. (c) Universal Studios

Margaret Hamilton played dozens of screen, TV and Theater roles, but, alas, she'll always just be known as the actress who played the Witch in the Wizard of Oz! She was a valued character player in films like State of the Union, Babes in Arms, and the classic, My Little Chickadee with Mae West and W.C. Fields. (c) UA

Margaret Hamilton played dozens of screen, TV and Theater roles, but, alas, she’ll always just be known as the actress who played the Witch in The Wizard of Oz! She was a valued character player in films like State of the Union, Babes in Arms, and the classic, My Little Chickadee with Mae West and W.C. Fields. (c) UA

Joe Flynn played the iconic Captain Wallace Binghamton in the McHale's Navy TV series of the early 1960s. The role made him an international star. He was one of the last of movie's great character performers, but managed to step right into a full career of TV work. He was truly one of a kind!

Joe Flynn played the iconic Captain Wallace Binghamton in the McHale’s Navy TV series of the early 1960s. The role made him an international star. He was one of the last of movie’s great character performers, but managed to step right into a full career of TV work. He was truly one of a kind!

Gladys George always played hard-hearted dames in her screen roles. She's noted for her portrayal of Iva Archer in The Maltese Falcon; she was 'grieving' widow of Bogie's murdered partner who had the hots for Sam Spade. Other tough-gal performances were featured in The Roaring Twenties, Flamingo Road and Detective Story.

Gladys George always played hard-hearted dames in her screen roles. She’s noted for her portrayal of Iva Archer in The Maltese Falcon; she was the ‘grieving’ widow of Bogie’s murdered partner who had the hots for Sam Spade. Other tough-gal performances were featured in The Roaring Twenties, Flamingo Road and Detective Story.






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