What A Character! 11th Annual Blogathon

Eleven years ago, it began with a spark of inspiration. What every film fan can agree upon… what do we all look forward to in our cinematic fandom? What is the celluloid glue that holds us all so dearly? Our love of character actors.

From the earliest years of Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the network has broadcast interstitial shorts honoring various character actors. Many of the most popular supporting players have been highlighted over the years including tributes to Marjorie MainEdna May OliverBeulah BondiWilliam Demarest, and Butterfly McQueen. Thus, the WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon was born. Paula, Kellee, and I decided to dedicate a blogging event in their honor. Eleven years later we are still at it.

Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and @Paula_Guthat, Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and @Irishjayhawk66, and yours truly, Aurora of this blog and @CitizenScreen, would like to invite you to take part in the 11th WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon. The task is simple. If you happen to be a blogger who appreciates the laughter, the good taste, the double takes, the heart, the tears, and the warmth all the character actors have brought us through the years, this is for you.

A heartfelt thank you to all who have participated in this event so graciously for the past decade. The dedication, enthusiasm, and passion with which you have approached our beloved character actors have been a joy to read and we know that will be the case again this year. Now to the nitty gritty details.

The What a Character! Blogathon

When: Sunday, January 8, 2023


  • Let the hosts know which character actor you choose by leaving a comment below (or contacting them directly)
  • We prefer no repeats within the same blogathon (same from prior years are fine)
  • Character actors can be from any era of film or television
  • Please include the name and URL of your blog and your Twitter handle to help us promote your work properly
  • Publish your post on or before Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Blogathon contributions will be distributed across a morning, afternoon, and an evening post, each one posted by each host
  • Include the stunning event banner (courtesy of Paula Guthat) on your blog to help us promote this special event
  • HAVE FUN and spread the word!


Eve Arden at Silver Screenings

Jack Carson at A Shroud of Thoughts

Elisha Cook, Jr. at The Last Drive In

Ruth Donnelly at A Person in the Dark

Richard Erdman at Paula’s Cinema Club

Mary Field at Another Old Movie Blog

Jay C. Flippen at Shadows and Satin

Charles Grey at Real Weegie Midget Reviews

John Hoyt at Vienna’s Classic Hollywood

Allen Jenkins at Whimsically Classic

Martin Landau by Nika Carter

Peter Loree at Wolffian Classic Movies Digest

Montagu Love at Strictly Vintage Hollywood

Paul Lynde at Outspoken & Freckled

Dorothy Morris at Taking Up Room

Edna May Oliver at Once Upon a Screen

Takashi Shimura at Classic Film and TV Corner

Tell me, what better way is there to kick off your New Year than with a loving tribute to one of your favorites second bananas?

34 thoughts

    1. Hi! Just saw this comment in the spam folder. Apologies for the delay in responding. We would live to have you join is with Peter Lorre!!

    1. Hello! Apologies for jot getting back to you sooner. I found that a few comments went into spam. Landau is a terrific choice. I’ll add you to the list! Thank you

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