The Working Actor EDITOR'S INTRO
This is the forty eigth in a continuing feature at IndustryCentral profiling "The Working Actor". (See Archives below)
William Shakespeare said "There are no small parts--.". William Shatner may have said it too, but the longhair with the tights was first, or so the reports go. In this feature we will explore what it really means to be an actor working in Motion Pictures and Television.
Broad public acknowledgment may have eluded some who find their way to these pages, or perhaps they may have brushed against what is referred to as stardom by virtue of one or more remarkable performances. However for many, the rewards of plying their craft in a field which has allowed them to earn a living may exceed the burdens of public acclaim. Given the chance, some in this clan might prefer the longevity offered by anonymity over the potential for short lived fame.
These individuals, either by design or fate, have managed to sustain a career by crafting performances which rendered them a good casting choice. They are usually thought of as a face you recognize, but you just can't get the name past the tip of your tongue.
Most of these folks have spent countless hours on stage in theaters ranging from 20 seats to 2000, building characters from the works of Ibsen, to Eliot, to Williams, to yes even Shakespeare, and so many of the modern Playwrights. They have rounded their skills doing drama, comedy, & musicals. Their work is a serious venture.
These people have given us screen performances which quite often were the catalyst that brought an Oscar or Emmy to another and yet they continue to work as "Characters" or "Co-Stars" without the trophies and plaques adorning their mantle.
Katharine Hepburn | Bob Hope
Katharine Hepburn (May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003)  Bob Hope (May 29, 1903 - July 27, 2003)

Katharine Hepburn and Bob Hope who were clearly institutions in the Industry we all know and love were recently lost to us, But Movie stars that they were we sometimes forget their respective roles as Working Actors.

Between them they plied their trade in over 100 films and countless television appearances. Their stories are being told everywhere so there is little need to repeat that here. We just wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge their contributions to our lives and offer condolences to those who were personally close to them.

We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to review the past Profile Subjects we have presented over the last few years as indeed many of their performances were likely inspired by the work of Hepburn and Hope!


WORKING ACTOR ARCHIVE
Archives Ernie Hudson [July 2003]
Ernie Hudson
July 2003
John Getz [June 2003]
John Getz
June 2003
John Wayne [April 2003]
John Wayne
April 2003
Len Lesser [March 2003]
Len Lesser
March 2003
Anne Gee Byrd [Febuary 2003]
Anne Gee Byrd
Febuary 2003
Paul Jenkins [January 2003]
Paul Jenkins
January 2003

Bo Hopkins
December 2002

Scott Wilson
October 2002

Mario Roccuzzo
September 2002

Michael Monks
August 2002

Peter Jason
July 2002

John Moskoff
June 2002

James Reynolds
May 2002

Mindy Sterling
April 2002

Chelcie Ross
March 2002

Barry Jenner
February 2002

John Aylward
January 2002

Denis Arndt
December 2001

Bill Smitrovich
November 2001

Alice Hirson
Octobber 2001

Warren Stevens
September 2001

Stephen Elliott
August 2001

Eugene Roche
July 2001

Jon Polito
June 2001

Peter Riegert
May 2001

Bonnie Bartlett
April 2001

William Daniels
March 2001

Dick Whittinghill
February 2001

Chris Ellis
January 2001

James Whitmore Jr.
December 2000

Vince Grant
November 2000

Judith Hoag
October 2000

Madison Mason
September 2000

Jay Acovone
August 2000

Richard Riehle
July 2000

Charlie Brill
June 2000

Edie McClurg
May 2000

Miguel Sandoval
April 2000

Tom Bower
March 2000

Amy Aquino
February 2000
Danny Chambers [January 2000]
Danny Chambers
January 2000

Eve Gordon
December 1999
Barbara Niven [November 1999]
Barbara Niven
November 1999
Bill Lucking [October 1999]
Bill Lucking
October 1999
Richard Roundtree [September 1999]
Richard Roundtree
September 1999
Pat Harrington [August 1999]
Pat Harrington
August 1999
Robert Donner [July 1999]
Robert Donner
July 1999
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