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Who IS that actor?

Submitted by on October 5, 2008 – 9:10 pm 3 Comments



Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show when an actor/actress shows up and you think, “Who IS that? S/he’s been in everything!” but for the life of you, you just can’t name them or anything they’ve ever done?


That happens to me a lot. Sometimes not being able to ID a familiar actor makes me so crazy I can’t concentrate on the rest of the program. I know I’m not alone in this so I thought it might be fun to do a little quiz.





On this page are pictures of a few actors whose faces should be very familiar but whose names might escape the casual viewer. See how many you can ID (click on their pictures to see a bigger version), extra credit if you can name some of their credits.







Answers are in the comments section. Next time you see these actors on screen, it shouldn’t make you crazy any more!



  • Pop Culture Nerd says:

    A) Beth Grant. You might have seen her as Kelly McDonald’s mom in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, as the convenience store owner in the 1st season of JERICHO or as a pageant official in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Click on her name for her million other credits.

    B) Richard Jenkins–what hasn’t he been in? Currently seen in BURN AFTER READING & THE VISITOR, he’s played dad to a lot of famous folks–Jennifer Aniston in RUMOR HAS IT, Charlize Theron in NORTH COUNTRY, Peter Krause and Michael C. Hall in SIX FEET UNDER, among many others.

    C) John Michael Higgins, a regular in Christopher Guest movies, but also Jennifer Aniston’s brother in THE BREAK-UP, Wayne in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and many more. He’s currently a regular on KATH & KIM.

    D) Amy Aquino–Dr. Janet Coburn on ER and guest star on many other popular TV shows (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, CSI, GREY’S ANATOMY, THE CLOSER, MONK, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, etc.).

    E) Sprague Grayden–series regular Heather in JERICHO’s first season, recurred as Anita in SIX FEET UNDER, Denise on WEEDS, and Judith in JOAN OF ARCADIA, guest starred as pregnant cop’s widow in PRIVATE PRACTICE.

    F) Glenn Morshower–most often plays government personnel, including Secret Service agent Aaron Pierce on 24, a colonel in GOODNIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK; TRANSFORMERS; and BONES, plus a cop on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, the TV series. Homeland Security, Justice Department, CIA, LAPD–this guy’s been “employed” by them all.

    How many did you get right?

  • Christian says:

    What a great write-up! Interesting character actor choices. I can’t wait for a PCN write-up of predictions for NOMINEES before awards season begins….

  • DMC Casting says:

    This is usually a drinking game for some of us. Great Fun!!

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