WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon 2014

UPDATE: Day Three

I’m thrilled to be hosting the third and final day of the What A Character! Blogathon for 2014.  For the third year in a row the response, enthusiasm and quality of posts dedicated to these actors have been outstanding.


I’ll be updating the links to individual posts throughout the day and will promote today’s entire roster tonight by way of a social media character actor frenzy.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime you may want to catch up with the submissions for Day One and Day Two of the event.  Scroll down to access those posts.  The few tardy entries will be added as received.

Day three – November 18 – Hosted by Aurora

A Person in the Dark, a self-described Ann Dvorak freak discusses a career that shifted from A-list star to character actor.

He represented authority, played aristocrats, was the captain of a cricket team and shared a birthday with the one who honors him.  On C. Aubrey Smith it’s Critica Retro.

The lovable Cecil Kellaway and his “old guy charm” never fail to entertain by The Lady Eve’s Reel Life.

Charles Coburn, a familiar actor with a great presence by Amy’s Rib

The Movie Rat pays tribute to Christopher Lloyd who after 180 screen credits is still a bonus and a boon to any film.

A Closer Inspection of Dennis Hoey by Silver Scenes.

Christy’s Inkwells honors Don Beddoe, “a character actor with a genial, sometimes startled look” and one hell of a resume.

Outspoken & Freckled on the aristocrat, anxious fussbudget with the signature triple-take, Edward Everett Horton.

Elsa Lanchester, the memorable bohemian who thought of acting as an aside is paid tribute by Blog of the Damned

The Blonde at the Film pays proper tribute to the smarmy, properly disdainful, politely condescending, usually very odd, but always great, Eric Blore.

Broadway to Hollywood, the life and career of Grant Mitchell is the focus of Immortal Ephemera.

Movie Fan Fare looks at Henry Travers: Attaboy Clarence!  An actor’s resume that lists much more than Angel Second Class!

Tough broad Iris Adrian played herself, an unforgettable gum-chewing, jailhouse, wisecracking blonde as described by Speakeasy.

Karl Malden played good, honorable, dignified and often troubled says Oh Rachel Leigh

Classic Movie Hub spotlights the career of the wonderfully snobbish Melville Cooper

Happy birthday, Ned Sparks from Paula’s Cinema Club

A generous, compassionate man lived a life laced with lies. Raymond Burr is given his due by Shadows and Satin.

Who is She? Rochelle Hudson by Bunnybun’s Classic Movie Blog

Thelma Ritter, Extraordinary Everywoman is the subject of this post by Cinephiled

By way of anecdotes and name dropping Moon in Gemini honors Wallace Shawn.

Day One – November 16 – Hosted by Kellee

Ann Doran and Lurene Tuttle – Theresa on Once Upon a Screen

Burgess Meredith by The Last Drive-In

Charles DurningMovie Movie Blog Blog

Chester Clute by Grand Old Movies

Chris Cooper by Jack Deth on Paula’s Cinema Club

Edna May Oliver by Portraits by Jenni

Frank McHugh by (This) Girl Friday

Richard Widmark by Danny’s Reviews

Tony Randall by A Shroud of Thoughts

Day Two – November 17 – Hosted by Paula

Agnes Moorehead by Tales of the Easily Distracted

Arthur Housman by Silent-ology

Charles Lane & Friz Feld by Vienna’s Classic Hollywood

Esther Dale by Caftan Woman

Harry Dean Stanton by Joel’s Classic Film Passion

Kathleen Howard by Sister Celluloid

Mae Busch by Movies, Silently

Peter Lorre by Second Sight Cinema

Thomas Mitchell by Once Upon a Screen

And we end with a huge THANK YOU to all the participants in the third annual What A Character! Blogathon!  On behalf of Kellee and Paula I can say confidently that by way of your posts we have relived wonderful moments in film, you’ve spotlighted legendary careers and brought to light many faces we all too often ignore.  As always it’s an education, a pleasure and an honor to have you join us.

Announcement: (How this year’s event began)

In 2012 we – as in Kellee, Paula and I – borrowed a catch-phrase from our home of the classics, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in order to host a blogathon dedicated to those whose names few remember.  The phrase is WHAT A CHARACTER! and the players are actors who rarely got leading parts, exhibiting instead a versatility and depth many leading players wished they had.  We never tire of seeing them or paying tribute and as the previous two installments of this event proved, neither do you.  So, here we are with the third annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon.


To say we’re thrilled is an understatement and we hope you’ll join us in spotlighting the Edward Arnolds and Eugene Pallettes and Eve Ardens of the world, the oft forgotten names that never appeared above the title.  If this is right up your movie alley then give us a shout out…

Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled and (@IrishJayHawk66) and Kellee Pratt

Paula at Paula’s Cinema Club and (@Paula_Guthat) and Paula Guthat

Aurora at Once Upon a Screen and (@CitizenScreen) and Citizen Screen


And please adhere to the following:

  • Let one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice.  Since there are so many greats worthy of mention, we won’t take any repeats and we’re not limiting these to “classic” actors.  Great character actors have made their mark since the end of the classic era and deserve some attention as well so the field is wide open.
  • Please include your twitter or FB tag, email address and blog name & URL.
  • Publish the post for either November 16, 17 & 18.  Let us know if you have a date preference, otherwise we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
  • Please include the blogathon graphic on your blog to help us publicize the event.
  • Include the graphic and link to the host sites in your WHAT A CHARACTER! post
  • If possible, please send any of the hosts the direct link to your WHAT A CHARACTER! post by the day before your due date.  Otherwise we’ll simply link to your site’s home page.
  • HAVE FUN and spread the word!  There are many great characters worthy of attention.

A big thank you – HAPPY BLOGGING!

PS – You might be interested in visiting the page dedicated to WHAT A CHARACTER! on this blog where all posts from previous years are featured.  It’s an impressive lot.  You can also access the list of names of the “characters” whose faces appear on our banner there.

“I was only a leading man for a minute; now I’m a character actor.” – Robin Williams


81 thoughts

  1. I never really thought of Rochelle Hudson as a character actress but she wasn’t leading lady. I’d like to do Rochelle Hudson before anyone else takes her. I doubt anyone else is taking her but just in case, I want her to be mine!

  2. Okay, I’m in. I choose, Elsa Lanchester. Don’t know a lot about her other than she’s awesome and absolutely steals the show in one of my all-time faves, The Big Clock. It will be fun trying to research her and find stuff from her I haven’t seen.

      1. I for one am Looking forward to reading your Burgess Meredith post, Peaches! 😀 Wamest wishes to you and yours!

  3. I have my character actor chosen since last year (and, yes, I already know who I’ll write about in 2015 as well!). Give me C. Aubrey Smith!

  4. Hey, you character actor lovers, would there possibly be room with one of our favorites, Agnes Moorehead! We hope you gals can include Our Gal Agnes with WHAT A CHARACTER! If not, we’ll be brave! 🙂 Please let us know; either way, I know this year’s WHAT A CHARACTER! will be great fun, as always! 😀

    1. NO, no need to be brave! There’s always room for all of you!! Wonderful choice, of course. She was a-ma-zing!! So excited Tea B is joining us!


      1. Hooray! Thanks a million for including us in this year’s WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon, my friend! We can hardly wait! 😀

  5. Hi, Aurora! Was having a tough time making up my mind about who to write about, but I have finally decided. Please put me down for Wallace Shawn.

  6. Could I do Charles Lane with a little bit of Friz Feld as well!
    Your third year. What a tribute to the people we love.

  7. Greetings, Aurora. With the Yuletide season on the horizon, I’ll like to stake a claim on everyone’s favorite “angel, second class,” Henry Travers. The article will run on MovieFanFare on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

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