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:

Hunks and their sacks

Alain Delon, Victor Webster

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

Another hunk and his sack

Adrian Paul

7/21/12: More Alain Delon:

More Alain Delon

11/13/12: Wong Huang Butterfly Hwang:

Wong Huang Butterfly Hwang

BD Wong

7/2/13: Lycanthropic shirtlessness:

Lycanthropic shirtlessness

Taylor Lautner

8/20/13: Five television hunks:

Five television hunks

James Marsden, Davd Boreanaz, Shemar Moore, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

8/22/13: Television hunks, separately and together:

Television hunks, separately and together

Brian Krause, Julian McMahon, Dylan Walsh

8/22/13: BK twink:

BK twink

Bran Krause

9/9/13: Riley/Xander:


Nicholas Brendon, Marc Blucas

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

Alan Ritchson (and Justin Hartley)

10/27/13: House men:

House men

Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps

10/6/14: More television hunks: NCIS: Los Angeles:

More television hunks: NCIS: Los Angeles

Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah

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

Happy birthday, Alain Delon

12/6/14: Jeff Goldblum:

Jeff Goldblum

2/12/15: Danny Pino:

Danny Pino

2/13/15: Hunky mysteries of identity:

Hunky mysteries of identity

Chris Evans, Scott Evans

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

Morning name: Dana Delany

2/24/15: Cops and DAs:

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:

Hunks of CSI: NY

Carmine Giovinazzo, Eddie Cahill, Hill Harper

3/14/15: Hawaii Five-O hunks:

Hawaii Five-0 hunks

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan

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

Judi Dench (and Vin Diesel)

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

Movies and tv: Doug McClure

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

Movies and tv: ethnic versatility (Savalas)

Telly Savalas

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

Movies and tv: ethnic versatility (Shalhoub)

Tony Shalhoub

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

Movies and tv: Troy McClure, Troy Donahue, Robert Conrad

Also: Ross Martin

4/1/15: Movies and tv: Cannonball Run II:

Movies and tv: Cannonball Run II

Burt Reynolds and a gigantic supporting cast

4/4/15: Morning: Cybill Shepherd:

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:

The voice of KITT

William Daniels, David Hasselhoff, Bonnie Bartlett

4/5/15: At the movies: Julie Andrews:

At the movies: Julie Andrews

also: Dick Van Dyke, Jmes Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras

4/9/15: The hotel con:

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:

Ambling though television

Connie Sellecca, William Katt, Robert Culp, Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Bill Cosby, Don Galloway, BarbaraAnderson, Don Mitchell

4/11/15: Two obits:

Two obits

Richard Dysart; also Jill Eikenberry, Corbin Bernsen, Alan Rachins

4/13/15: James Garner:

James Garner

also: Jack Kelly, Roger Moore, Noah Beery, Jr.

4/15/15: Magnum:


Tom Selleck

4/17/15: The Big Kowalski:

The Big Kowalski

Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Jeff Bridges

4/20/15: Doris Roberts:

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:

Morning: Conrad Ecklie

Marc Vann; also William Petersen, Marg Hegenbarger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Eric Szmanda

4/27/15: Elsa Lanchester:

Elsa Lanchester

also: Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff

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

Feuilleton: Simon & Simon

4/30/15: Feuilleton: Allan Kayser:

Feuilleton: Allan Kayser

Gerald McRaney, Jameson Parker

5/1/15: Feuilleton: Tim Reid:

Feuilleton: Tim Reid

5/31/15: Sam Waterston:

Sam Waterston

6/11/15: Hunkville


Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, Ian Sommerhalder

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

Morning: Vic Hitler (and Terry Kiser)

Terry Kiser

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

Barbara Babcock (and Jerry Orbach)

6/15/15: Movies and tv: Michael Gross:

Movies and tv: Michael Gross

also: Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter (Birney). Kevin Bacon

6/29/15: Milo Ventimigla:

Milo Ventimiglia

7/12/15: Acting news, Welsh news, gay news, Jewish news, real-estate news:

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:

Jeri Ryan and Luke Perry and more

also Dana Delany

7/16/15: John Larroquette:

Sitcom watch: John Larroquette

also: Harry Anderson, Richard Moll

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

Television watch: David James Elliott

7/19/15: Sitcom watch: Ted Danson:

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:

Geoffrey Nauffts

7/20/15: The Acting Corps:

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:

Mark Feuerstein

7/21/15: Scott Bakula:

Scott Bakula

also: Ray Romano, Andre Braugher

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

Television watch: Erik Palladino

7/22/15: Two Bakular notes:

Two Bakular notes

Scott Bakula; also Candice Bergen, Chares Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, Pat Corley

7/23/15: Great years in film:

Great years in film

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

7/25/15: A dash of ornamental hunkiness:

A dash of ornamental hunkiness

Antonio Sabàto, Jr

7/26/15: Shirtless shark-fighting teens:

Shirtless shark-fighting teens

Ian Ziering; also Luke Perry, Jason Priestley

8/2/15: Danny John-Jules:

Danny John-Jules

8/3/15: Gary Carr:

Gary Carr

8/15/15: Len Cariou:

Len Cariou

also: Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Angela Lansbury

9/27/15: Two memorable actors:

Two memorable actors

Marianne Jean-Baptiste, CCH Pounder

10/4/15: Joseph Gordon-Levitt:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

also: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

10/8/15: Rocky Horror at 40:

Rocky Horror at 40

Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

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

Numb3rs and a soap-opera-handsome hunk

Jordi Vilasuso

10/20/15: Shirtless Mondays:

Shirtless Mondays

David Paetkau, Matt Passmore, Seann William Scott

11/10/15: Movies amd tv: Matthew Gray Gubler:

Movies and tv: Matthew Gray Gubler

also: Thomas Gibson, Kirsten Vangness

11/12/15: Annals of miniaturization: Fantastic Voyage:

Annals of miniaturization: Fantastic Voyage

Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O’Brien, Donald Pleasence

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

Movies and tv: Grimm

David Giuntoli

12/4/15: Thomas Gibson:

Thomas Gibson

12/10/15: Morning name: Park Overall:

Morning Name: Park Overall

also: Richard Mulligan, Kristy McNichol, David Leisure

12/15/15: Hugh Jackman:

Hugh Jackman

12/25/15: Brendan Fraser:

Brendan Fraser

also: Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave

2/23/16: Morning names: the two Gracies:

Morning names: the two Gracies

Gracie Fields; Gracie Allen (and George Burns)

2/29/16: Four mythic hunks:

Four mythic hunks

Sam Worthington, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Sorbo

3/10/16: Male beauty:

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:

Bulking up for Thor

Chris Hemsworth

3/26/16: Ken Howard:

Ken Howard

4/20/16: Jon Huertas:

Jon Huertas

4/24/16: Meteor Storm:

Meteor Storm

Kari Matchett, Michael Trucco

4/24/16: Ed Wynn:

Ed Wynn

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

Morning name: zygomatic arch

Benedict Cumberbatch

5/24/16: Movies and tv: ethnic versatility (Nouri):

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:

Lili Darvas

also: Billy Mumy

8/20/16: Give me sme men who are square-jawed men:

Give me some 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:

Jamie Dornan

also: Gillian Anderson

9/4/16: Diversity on screen:

Diversity on screen

Jon Polito

9/9/16: Name time:

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:

Two character actors in the morning

Gale Gordon, Tamara Tunie

2/28/17: Edward Sorel:

Edward Sorel

John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart

3/8/17: In the West Wing:

In the West Wing

Marc Feusterstein, Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenbarger; reference to Allison Janney, Stockard Channing

3/28/17: Michael Ontkean:

Michael Ontkean

also: Paul Newman, Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin, Kyle MacLachlan

3/30/17: Billy Zane:

Billy Zane

3/31/17: The Phantom of the jungle library:

The Phantom of the jungle library

Billy Zane, Brendan Fraser, Ryan Carnes

5/13/17: Toxic moments:

Toxic moments

Sara Martins

7/21/17: Taking a dark ride:

Taking a dark ride

Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe

8/30/17: The Fountain of Angels in America:

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:

Singing at the Theatre de Lys

Bea Arthur, Charlotte Rae

11/29/17: The Unusual Two:

The Unusual Two

Eliz2abeth Montgomery, Charles Bronson

12/1/17: Male scale:

Male scale

Woody Harrelson, Robert Urich, Donnie Wahlberg, Marc Blucas, Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

12/3/17: Arnold Stang:

Arnold Stang

1/21/18: Donnelly Rhodes:

Donnelly Rhodes

2/4/18: Two cute guys with accents:

Two cute guys with accents

Eddie Cahill, Lucas Black

2/28/18: Nanette Fabray:

Nanette Fabray

3/22/18: The Legend of Hercules:

The Legend of Hercules

Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre

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

Visit to a Small Planet

Cyril Ritchard

5/26/18: In the morning: the B-list actor and the scholar:

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:

Goldenrods and Boston cops

Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Lorraine Bracco, Jordan Bridges

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

A note for Terry Kiser

10/5/19: A man, his hands, his pants:

A man, his hands, his pants

Luke Perry, Zac Efron, Daniel Craig, Victor Webster, Mark Wahlberg

11/17/19: Shoe-high pie:

Shoe-high pie

Matt Damon, Heath Ledger

11/25/19: Revisiting 38: more male beauty:

Revisiting 38: More male beauty

Clint Eastwood, Jean-Paul Belmondo

11/30/19: Kind Hearts and Coronets:

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Alec Guinness

12/3/19: Edward Winter:

Edward Winter

12/13/19: Two actor POP days:

Two actor POP days

Kurt Russell, Eva Marie Saint

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

Pareidolia, they control ya

Karl Malden

7/23/20: Fear of furniture:

Fear of furniture

Billy Bob Thornton

9/30/20: The Acting Corps: Chris Mulkey:

The Acting Corps: Chris Mulkey

10/25/20: Louis Mandylor:

Louis Mandylor

1/28/21: The Acting Corps: Cloris Leachman:

The Acting Corps: Cloris Leachman

2/18/22: Follow-up: on punctuation:

Follow-up: on punctuation

Christopher Walken

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