Actors that should have made it big

Actors that should have made it big

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Skeptisk

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5,667 posts

86 months

Saturday 14th May
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Sadly Fred Ward of Tremors fame passed away recently. He was really good in that film and came across great on screen yet he didn’t seem to get any more big roles (at least that I can recall). Similarly there is Michael Biehn of Terminator and Aliens fame who doesn’t seem to have found any other big roles outside of James Cameron films, even though I thought he was great in those films.

Presumably being in the right place at the right time (or maybe having the right agent) is what counts ultimately. Or maybe there is a large slice of luck too.

Any others actors that you think should have gone onto leading roles and a big career but didn’t?

Thin White Duke

2,123 posts

137 months

Saturday 14th May
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I didn't know that Fred Ward had passed. Tremors is one of my favourite monster films. I didn't realise there was such an age gap between him and Kevin Bacon.

How about Brooke Adams? She was in the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers and later The Dead Zone. I saw a film discussion on YT and they mentioned her and wondered why she never "made it big."

My Dad told me that back in the 60's/70's it was known that Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha in Bewitched) always wanted to make it as a big Hollywood actress, but it never happened.

Sometimes big TV stars don't make it in films. I suppose some TV stars are "bigger" than some film stars though.

FourWheelDrift

84,352 posts

261 months

Saturday 14th May
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Mark Hamill. Big in Star Wars and basically nothing big came from it. Harrison Ford got all the glory roles.

DeejRC

3,571 posts

59 months

Saturday 14th May
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Well MH famously avoided it all after the accident.

I nominate Diane Lane.

Skeptisk

Original Poster:

5,667 posts

86 months

Saturday 14th May
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DeejRC said:
Well MH famously avoided it all after the accident.

I nominate Diane Lane.
MH did have a decent career doing voice overs.

InitialDave

10,113 posts

96 months

Saturday 14th May
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Skeptisk said:
Any others actors that you think should have gone onto leading roles and a big career but didn’t?
Walton Goggins.

911sse

112 posts

143 months

Saturday 14th May
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Robert Forster

Voldemort

4,868 posts

255 months

Saturday 14th May
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George Lazenby

Ouroboros

1,216 posts

16 months

Saturday 14th May
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Nicolas cage.

Won an Oscar and loads of big films, but...

Lost now which I think is purely down to bad management.

DickyC

42,087 posts

175 months

Saturday 14th May
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Clive Owen.

He would have made a good Bond.

Doofus

19,549 posts

150 months

Saturday 14th May
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DickyC said:
Clive Owen.

He would have made a good Bond.
You presumably know he auditioned for Bond, so evidently not everyone shares your opinion. smile

Ouroboros

1,216 posts

16 months

Saturday 14th May
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I'm a big Sharpe fan I think Sean Bean should have done well, buy never really hot it big.

Punctilio

8 posts

Saturday 14th May
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george peppard, not sure if he turned down roles he shouldn't have, or was " difficult" on set.

anthony perkins, Psycho probably ruined his career.

sarah miles, don't know what happened to her, could be Ryan's Daughter blighted her career although
she's the best thing in it.

Keir Dulleau - could be simply his name.

Doofus

19,549 posts

150 months

Saturday 14th May
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Ouroboros said:
I'm a big Sharpe fan I think Sean Bean should have done well, buy never really hot it big.
He has cornered the market in being killed in episode one, though.

DickyC

42,087 posts

175 months

Saturday 14th May
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Doofus said:
DickyC said:
Clive Owen.

He would have made a good Bond.
You presumably know he auditioned for Bond, so evidently not everyone shares your opinion. smile
What do they know? Pah!

I didn't know. There's a story there.

DickyC

42,087 posts

175 months

Saturday 14th May
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Punctilio said:
george peppard, not sure if he turned down roles he shouldn't have, or was " difficult" on set.

anthony perkins, Psycho probably ruined his career.

sarah miles, don't know what happened to her, could be Ryan's Daughter blighted her career although
she's the best thing in it.

Keir Dulleau - could be simply his name.
I'm afraid I can't do that, Keir.

Jenny Tailor

1,022 posts

14 months

Saturday 14th May
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Punctilio said:
george peppard, not sure if he turned down roles he shouldn't have, or was " difficult" on set.
I remember a Wigan interview he did.
He came over as being on his high horse and slated a fellow actor on the A Team.

Many years later. Justin something or other did a “bring back the A team”. Special.

Actor after actor hinted that George was not the easiest to work with and that the draw for the show was not him. But a good wearing bloke who was not classically trained. (That apparently grounded George’s gears)

Digger

13,077 posts

168 months

Saturday 14th May
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DickyC said:
Clive Owen.

He would have made a good Bond.
Have you seen him run?

Doofus

19,549 posts

150 months

Saturday 14th May
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Digger said:
DickyC said:
Clive Owen.

He would have made a good Bond.
Have you seen him run?
Roger More used a double for his running shots because he was all elbows. "Runs like a girl", apparently.

DickyC

42,087 posts

175 months

Saturday 14th May
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Digger said:
DickyC said:
Clive Owen.

He would have made a good Bond.
Have you seen him run?
No but, "Have you seen him run?" is enough to put me off investigating.

The actor who played Peter Guillam in the BBC adaptation of Tinker Tailor nearly ruined the whole thing or me because he couldn't run. Shades of Phoebe Buffay.