The Acting Corps

Postings on AZBlog about the notion as introduced in my 7/20/15 posting “The Acting Corps”:

I’ve been posting a good bit on acting on tv, with excursions into the movies and the stage, noting (frequently) that a great many of these people have extensive careers, with large numbers of acting credits, especially on television — where series (of several types) have an almost inexhaustible appetite for competent actors. So some people will pop up again and again. Some have a degree of celebrity, others are familiar faces you might not be able to put a name to, and even the well-known will often be cast in parts that have little to do with the characters they are famous for.

I’ve come to think of this bank of reliable actors as the Acting Corps.

(This inventory might be incomplete; I welcome suggestions for editing the list.)


12/19/11: Hunks and their sacks:
Alain Delon, Victor Webster

12/20/11: Another hunk and his sack:
Adrian Paul

7/21/12: More Alain Delon:

11/13/12: Wong Huang Butterfly Hwang:
BD Wong

7/2/13: Lycanthropic shirtlessness:
Taylor Lautner

8/20/13: Five television hunks:
James Marsden, Davd Boreanaz, Shemar Moore, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

8/22/13: Television hunks, separately and together:
Brian Krause, Julian McMahon, Dylan Walsh

8/22/13: BK twink:
Bran Krause

9/9/13: Riley/Xander:
Nicholas Brendon, Marc Blucas

10/13/13: Alan Ritchson (and Justin Hartley):

10/27/13: House men:
Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps

10/6/14: More television hunks: NCIS: Los Angeles:
Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah

11/8/14: Happy birthday, Alain Delon:

12/6/14: Jeff Goldblum:

2/12/15: Danny Pino:

2/13/15: Hunky mysteries of identity:
Chris Evans, Scott Evans

2/18/15: Morning name: Dana Delany:

2/24/15: Cops and DAs:
J.K. Simmons, BD Wong, Jeff Goldblum, Eric Bogosian, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Jerry Orbach, Fred Thompson, Dianne Wiest

3/4/15: Hunks of CSI: NY:
Carmine Giovinazzo, Eddie Cahill, Hill Harper

3/14/15: Hawaii Five-O hunks:
Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan

3/29/15: Judi Dench (and Vin Diesel):

4/1/15: Movies and tv: Doug McClure:

4/1/15: Movies and tv: ethnic versatility (Savalas):
Telly Savalas

4/1/15: Movies and tv: ethnic versatility (Shalhoub):
Tony Shalhoub

4/1/15: Movies and tv: Troy McClure, Troy Donohue, Robert Conrad:
Also: Ross Martin

4/1/15: Movies and tv: Cannonball Run II:
Burt Reynolds and a gigantic supporting cast

4/4/15: Morning: Cybill Shepherd:
also: Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Mark Harmon, Christine Baranski, Corbin Bernsen, James Roday, Dulé Hill

4/5/15: The voice of KITT:
William Daniels, David Hasselhoff, Bonnie Bartlett

4/5/15: At the movies: Julie Andrews:
also: Dick Van Dyke, Jmes Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras

4/9/15: The hotel con:
Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Horst Bucholz, John Barrymore, Greta Garbo, Connie Sellecca, James Brolin, Anne Baxter

4/11/15: Ambling through television:
Connie Sellecca, William Katt, Robert Culp, Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Bill Cosby, Don Galloway, BarbaraAnderson, Don Mitchell

4/11/15: Two obits:
Richard Dysart; also Jill Eikenberry, Corbin Bernsen, Alan Rachins

4/13/15: James Garner:
also: Jack Kelly, Roger Moore, Noah Beery, Jr.

4/15/15: Magnum:
Tom Selleck

4/17/15: The Big Kowalski:
Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Jeff Bridges

4/20/15: Doris Roberts:
also: Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Brad Garrett, Peter Boyle, Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, David Spade, Wendie Malick

4/25/15: Morning: Conrad Ecklie:
Marc Vann; also William Petersen, Marg Hegenbarger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Eric Szmanda

4/27/15: Elsa Lanchester:
also: Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff

4/30/15: Feuilleton: Simon & Simon:

4/30/15: Feuilleton: Allan Kayser:
Gerald McRaney, Jameson Parker

5/1/15: Feuilleton: Tim Reid:

5/31/15: Sam Waterston:

6/11/15: Hunkville
Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, Ian Sommerhalder

6/12/15: Morning: Vic Hitler (and Terry Kiser):
Terry Kiser

6/14/15: Barbara Babcock (and Jerry Orbach):

6/15/15: Movies and tv: Michael Gross:
also: Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter (Birney). Kevin Bacon

6/29/15: Milo Ventimigla:

7/12/15: Acting news, Welsh news, gay news, Jewish news, real-estate news:
all having to do with Roger Rees

7/14/15: Jeri Ryan and Luke Perry and more:
also Dana Delany

7/16/15: John Larroquette:
also: Harry Anderson, Richard Moll

7/17/15: Television watch: David James Elliot:

7/19/15: Sitcom watch: Ted Danson:
and the casts of Cheers; mentions of, among others, Rhea Perlman, Danny DeVito, Harry Anderson, Jay Thomas, Dan Hedaya, Kelsey Grammer

7/19/15: Geoffrey Nauffts:

7/20/15: The Acting Corps:
introduction to the label; John Ritter and Tom Skerritt as examplesl and as background to the postings listed on this Page

7/21/15: Marc Feuerstein:

7/21/15: Scott Bakula:
also: Ray Romano, Andre Braugher

7/20/15: Television watch: Erik Palladino:

7/22/15: Two Bakular notes:
Scott Bakula; also Candice Bergen, Chares Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, Pat Corley

7/23/15: Great years in film:
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

7/25/15: A dash of ornamental hunkiness:
Antonio Sabàto, Jr

7/26/15: Shirtless shark-fighting teens:
Ian Ziering; also Luke Perry, Jason Priestley

8/2/15: Danny John-Jules:

8/3/15: Gary Carr:

8/15/15: Len Cariou:
also: Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Angela Lansbury

9/27/15: Two memorable actors:
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, CCH Pounder

10/4/15: Joseph Gordon-Levitt:
also: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

10/8/15: Rocky Horror at 40:
Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

10/13/15: Numb3rs and a soap-opera-handsome hunk:
Jordi Vilasuso

10/20/15: Shirtless Mondays:
David Paetkau, Matt Passmore, Seann William Scott

11/10/15: Movies amd tv: Matthew Gray Gubler:
also: Thomas Gibson, Kirsten Vangness

11/12/15: Annals of miniaturization: Fantastic Voyage:
Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O’Brien, Donald Pleasence

11/12/15: Movies and tv: Grimm:
David Giuntoli

12/4/15: Thomas Gibson:

12/10/15: Morning name: Park Overall:
also: Richard Mulligan, Kristy McNichol, David Leisure

12/15/15: Hugh Jackman:

12/25/15: Brendan Fraser:
also: Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave

2/23/16: Morning names: the two Gracies:
Gracie Fields; Gracie Allen (and George Burns)

2/29/16: Four mythic hunks:
Sam Worthington, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Sorbo

3/10/16: Male beauty:
Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Pattinson, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Richard Grieco

3/20/16: Bulking up for Thor:
Chris Hemsworth

3/26/16: Ken Howard:

4/20/16: Jon Huertas:

4/24/16: Meteor Storm:
Kari Matchett, Michael Trucco

4/24/16: Ed Wynn:

5/16/16: Morning name: zygomatic arch:
Benedict Cumberbatch

5/24/16: Movies and tv: ethnic versatility (Nouri):
Michael Nouri; also Jennifer Beals, Coté de Pablo, Telly Savalas, Tony Shalhoub, Jamie Farr, Danny Thomas, Marlo Thomas, Salma Hayek, Kathy Najimy

5/30/16: Lili Darvas:
also: Billy Mumy

8/20/16: Give me sme men who are square-jawed men:
Yannick Bisson, Dylan Neal, Nelson Eddy, David Tennnt, Olivia Colemn, Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Rick Springfield, George Segal, Benton Fraser

8/21/16: Jamie Dornan:
also: Gillian Anderson

9/4/16: Diversity on screen:
Jon Polito

9/9/16: Name time:
Chord Overstreet, Park Overall

11/24/16: Moonlight:
Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monae, Mahershala Ali

1/14/17: Two character actors in the morning:
Gale Gordon, Tamara Tunie

2/28/17: Edward Sorel:
John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart

3/8/17: In the West Wing:
Marc Feusterstein, Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenbarger; reference to Allison Janney, Stockard Channing

3/28/17: Michael Ontkean:
also: Paul Newman, Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin, Kyle MacLachlan

3/30/17: Billy Zane:

3/31/17: The Phantom of the jungle library:
Billy Zane, Brendan Fraser, Ryan Carnes

5/13/17: Toxic moments:
Sara Martins

7/21/17: Taking a dark ride:
Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe

8/30/17: The Fountain of Angels in America:
Ron Leibman, Dan Futterman, Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker, Meryl Streep, Nathan Lane

11/2/17: Singing at the Theatre de Lys:
Bea Arthur, Charlotte Rae

11/29/17: The Unusual Two:
Eliz2abeth Montgomery, Charles Bronson

12/1/17: Male scale:
Woody Harrelson, Robert Urich, Donnie Wahlberg, Marc Blucas, Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

12/3/17: Arnold Stang:

1/21/18: Donnelly Rhodes:

2/4/18: Two cute guys with accents:
Eddie Cahill, Lucas Black

2/28/18: Nanette Fabray:

3/22/18: The Legend of Hercules:
Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre

4/29/18: Visit to a Small Planet:
Cyril Ritchard

5/26/18: In the morning: the B-list actor and the scholar:
A-list vs. B-list as crosscutting the Actor Corps classification: A-lister Meryl Streep, B-lister Margot Kidder

9/3/18: Goldenrods and Boston cops:
Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Lorraine Bracco, Jordan Bridges

7/23/19: A note for Terry Kiser:

10/5/19: A man, his hands, his pants:
Luke Perry, Zac Efron, Daniel Craig, Victor Webster, Mark Wahlberg

11/17/19: Shoe-high pie:
Matt Damon, Heath Ledger

11/25/19: Revisiting 38: more male beauty:
Clint Eastwood, Jean-Paul Belmondo

11/30/19: Kind Hearts and Coronets:
Alec Guinness

12/3/19: Edward Winter:

12/13/19: Two actor POP days:
Kurt Russell, Eva Marie Saint

12/23/19: Pareidolia, they control ya:
Karl Malden

7/23/20: Fear of furniture:
Billy Bob Thornton

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