Welcome to Day 3 of the Sixth Annual What A Character! Blogathon, in which we celebrate those actors whose faces you know but whose names you may not. I’m your hostess for the Day 3 offerings. Be sure to also check out Day 1, hosted by Kellee at Outspoken and Freckled, and Day 2, hosted by Aurora at Once Upon A Screen. It’s been my pleasure to work with these two dames to shed some light on the names below the title. And now, on with the show…
First up, my co-host Aurora at Once Upon A Screen recaps the multi-faceted stage, TV, and film career of Mary Wickes from her earliest theater work to Sister Act and beyond.
Terry at A Shroud of Thoughts reminds us that William Schallert, who is so well-known for his intelligent and/or nice characters, could actually be “not exactly sympathetic…downright villainous.”
Crítica Retrô looks at a different kind of actor, Looney Tunes former main character and dependable sidekick, Porky Pig.LA
Cinematic Scribblings highlights standout Japanese actress Haruko Sugimura and her portrayals of “not always particularly pleasant people.”
Carole & Co honors “one of the foot soldiers of film (and TV) acting,” Nat Pendleton.
Prowler Needs A Jump surveys Patrick Magee‘s amazingly diverse, half-century career.
Co-host Kellee at Outspoken and Freckled provides a pronunciation refresher while honoring the oeuvre of Zasu Pitts.
That William Powell Site examines that star’s scene-stealing performance in Beau Geste (1926), “another opportunity for [him] to steal the show.”
LA Explorer catalogs the extensive career of Eddie “Rochester” Anderson through radio, films, and TV.
Silver Scenes recounts the life and work of “tough but lovable broad” Connie Gilchrist.
The Dream Book Blog reviews the roles of character actress and sometime Val Lewton muse Elizabeth Russell.
—> Stop back later in the day (Sunday, December 17, 2017) as I will be updating this list as more posts are published!
Bonus: Short clip featuring two of our What A Character honorees, Nat Pendleton and Zasu Pitts, in Sing and Like It (1934):