I was only a leading man for a minute; now I’m a character actor. — Robin Williams
In 2012, we – by that I mean myself, Aurora, and Kellee – borrowed a catchphrase from our beloved Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in order to host a blogathon dedicated to those amazing actors whose faces are familiar but whose names few remember.
The phrase is WHAT A CHARACTER, and the individuals concerned rarely got leading parts, exhibiting instead a versatility and depth many star players wished they had. We never tire of seeing them or paying them tribute, and if the previous two installments of this event are any indication, neither do you.
So, here we are with the Third Annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon.
To say we’re thrilled is an understatement. We hope you’ll join us in spotlighting the Edward Arnolds, Alan Mowbrays, and Alice Bradys of the world, oft-forgotten names that never appeared above the title.
If this is right up your movie alley, then give us a shoutout…
Me (leave a comment below) — Paula at Paula’s Cinema Club or tweet (@Paula_Guthat)
Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled | (@IrishJayHawk66)
Aurora at Once Upon a Screen | (@CitizenScreen)
We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:
- Let one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice. Since there are so many greats worthy of mention, we won’t take any repeats and we’re not limiting these to “classic” actors. Great character actors have made their mark both before and since the end of the classic era and contemporary talents deserve some attention as well, so the field is wide open.
- Please include your twitter and/or FB tag, email address and blog name & URL.
- Publish the post for either November 16, 17 or 18. Let us know if you have a date preference, otherwise we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
- Please include one of the blogathon graphics in this post on your blog to help us publicize the event.
- Include the graphic and link to the host sites in your WHAT A CHARACTER! post
- If possible, please send any of the hosts the direct link to your WHAT A CHARACTER! post by the day before your due date. Otherwise we’ll simply link to your site’s home page.
- HAVE FUN and spread the word! There are so many great characters worthy of attention, we would like to honor as many as possible.
Check out some of the 2012 and 2013 posts. Also find out who’s who with this Key to the WHAT A CHARACTER! graphic.
Character actors and participating blogs:
Agnes Moorehead – Tales of the Easily Distracted
Ann Doran and Lurene Tuttle – Theresa on Once Upon a Screen
Ann Dvorak – A Person in the Dark
Arthur Housman – Silent-ology
Beulah Bondi – A Thousand Words
Billie Burke – Girls Do Film
Burgess Meredith – The Last Drive-In
C. Aubrey Smith – Critica Retro
Cecil Kellaway – The Lady Eve’s Reel Life
Charles Coburn – Amy’s Rib
Charles Durning – Movie Movie Blog Blog
Charles Lane & Friz Feld – Vienna’s Classic Hollywood
Chris Cooper – Jack Deth on Paula’s Cinema Club
Christopher Lloyd – The Movie Rat
Dennis Hoey – Silver Scenes
Don Beddoe – Christy’s Inkwells
Dame Edith Evans – Margaret Perry
Edna May Oliver – Portraits by Jenni
Edward Everett Horton – Outspoken & Freckled
Elsa Lanchester – Blog of the Damned
Eric Blore – The Blonde at the Film
Esther Dale – Caftan Woman
Frank McHugh – (This) Girl Friday
Grant Mitchell – Immortal Ephemera
Harry Dean Stanton – Joel’s Classic Film Passion
Henry Travers – Movie Fan Fare
Iris Adrian – Speakeasy
John Ridgely – Comet Over Hollywood
Karl Malden – Oh Rachel Leigh
Kathleen Howard – Sister Celluloid
Leo Carrillo – Phantom Empires
Melville Cooper – Classic Movie Hub
Peter Lorre – Second Sight Cinema
Richard Widmark – Danny’s Reviews
Rochelle Hudson – Bunnybun’s Classic Movie Blog
Thelma Ritter – Cinephiled
Thomas Mitchell – Once Upon a Screen
Tony Randall – A Shroud of Thoughts
Wallace Shawn – Moon in Gemini
7 thoughts on “Announcing the Third Annual What A Character! Blogathon (2014)”
Hi Paula, not sure yet if I can participate but this is an awesome blogathon, glad to see it returning! Great turnout as well, so I look forward to checking the posts.
Thanks Ruth! Should be another fun and informative year. No pressure of course but if you have the time, actors from all eras are more than welcome 🙂
So many to choose from, And so many great choices so far!
I’m kind of leaning toward more later artists. Chris Cooper looks intriguing. In a wise, worn leather,Harry Dean Stanton kind of way. In a toss up between John Sayles’ ‘Lone Star’ from 1994. And Joe Johnston’s
‘October Sky’ from 1999.
Let me know what you think!
I think Chris Cooper is a great choice…I love LONE STAR. You could incorporate both films, if you wanted. Just send me whatever you’ve got. Thanks Jack!
Hello. If it isn’t too late, I would like to write about Charles Coburn.
Hi Amy, you’re right on time, welcome aboard! Coburn is a great choice. Can you let me know your blog name and URL, and if you have a preferred day? Thanks.
Found your blog, we’re all good. I’ll add you to the list. Thanks, Amy!