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The New Wave of Great Character Actors
While there may be a shortage of matinee idols, we're in a golden age of supporting players—those gritty, versatile actors whose work in popcorn movies, art-house flicks, and premium-cable shows is unforgettable (even if you can't remember their names.)
Usually plays: Mentally
ill, psychologically tortured, or otherwise damaged characters.
You know him best as: The schizophrenic neighbor in Revolutionary Road; the ultrareligious federal agent on Boardwalk Empire
You'll see him soon in: The thriller Take Shelter and the Superman reboot Man of Steel.