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Notable Horror Character Actors

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Character actors and actresses are the backbone of horror movies. They're rarely the heroes or even the celebrated villains, but without them, horror movies wouldn't be the same. After all, who would die? Here are some of the familiar faces you might remember from your favorite fright flicks.

Michael Berryman

Michael Berryman
Photo: Michael Buckner / Getty Images
Typical Role: Deformed mutant, possibly cannibalistic
You Might Know Me From:
  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
  • The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)
  • The Devil's Rejects
  • Deadly Blessing
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield

Christa Campbell

Christa Campbell
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images
Typical Role: Sex pot; clothing optional
You Might Know Me From:
  • Day of the Dead (2008)
  • The Wicker Man (2006)
  • 2001 Maniacs
  • Mansquito
  • Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep
  • Revamped

Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright
Photo: Vince Bucci / Getty Images
Typical Role: The woman next door
You Might Know Me From:
  • Alien
  • The Birds
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  • The Witches of Eastwick
  • The Invasion
  • Quicksilver Highway
  • Nightmares
  • Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh

Keith David

Keith David
Photo: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images
Typical Role: Burly sidekick who can take a punch
You Might Know Me From:
  • The Thing
  • Pitch Black
  • They Live
  • The Puppet Masters
  • Against the Dark

Andrew Divoff

Andrew Divoff
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Typical Role: Demented no-goodnik, usually wearing an evil grin
You Might Know Me From:
  • Wishmaster
  • Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies
  • Graveyard Shift (1990)
  • Faust: Love of the Damned
  • The Rage
  • Neon Maniacs
  • Xtro 3: Watch the Skies

Brad Dourif

Brad Dourif
Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Typical Role: Slimeball
You Might Know Me From:
  • Child's Play
  • Halloween (2007)
  • Alien: Resurrection
  • Urban Legend
  • The Exorcist III
  • Pulse (2006)
  • Graveyard Shift (1990)
  • Eyes of Laura Mars
  • Death Machine
  • Nightwatch (1997)
  • Critters 4
  • Body Parts
  • The Hazing

Billy Drago

Billy Drago
Photo: Michael Buckner / Getty Images
Typical Role: Cool, calm, collected killer with corpse-like appearance
You Might Know Me From:
  • The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
  • Vamp
  • Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
  • Demon Hunter
  • Seven Mummies
  • Copperhead
  • The Dead One
  • Revamped

Charles S. Dutton

Charles S. Dutton
Photo: Vince Bucci / Getty Images
Typical Role: Black guy who sacrifices himself to save the white hero
You Might Know Me From:
  • Alien 3
  • Mimic
  • Secret Window
  • Gothika
  • Cat's Eye
  • Eye See You

Frankie Faison

Frankie Faison
Photo: Getty Images
Typical Role: Blue-collar everyman
You Might Know Me From:
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Red Dragon
  • Hannibal
  • Manhunter
  • C.H.U.D.
  • Cat People (1982)
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • The Langoliers
  • Highwaymen

Phil Fondacaro

Phil Fondacaro
Typical Role: Little guy
You Might Know Me From:
  • Land of the Dead
  • Troll
  • Bordello of Blood
  • Ghoulies II
  • Evil Bong
  • Blood Dolls
  • Hard Rock Zombies

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