Underrated Actors Spotlight #2

It’s that time again for my running feature to highlight those fantastic actors that are overshadowed by hacktors and hacktresses. Today, we focus on the supporting players.


J.K. Simmons

I first saw J.K. on the HBO series Oz where he played the Aryan leader, Vern Schillinger. He was fantastic in the role. You recognize him from such films The Cider House Rules, Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Burn After Reading, I Love You Man, Extract and the Spider Man franchise. He is currently on the TBS series, The Closer as Assistant Chief Will Pope

He is a character actor that could disappear into every role from a neo-Nazi skinhead, a sympathetic father, a brash newspaper editor to the voice of the yellow M&M in those commercials.

Check out J.K’s IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0799777/


Judy Greer

Judy Greer has played second fiddle of less talented actresses for more than a decade. Her first recognizable role with in the dark comedy Jawbreaker as the ugly duckling turned mean girl.  Every since then she has been cast as the “best friend” in such movies as  The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez, 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner, 27 Dresses with Katharine Heigl, and her latest Love Happens with Jennifer Aniston.

Judy deserves better than what she has got. The bit parts and walk-ons she has over the years, she manages to make a sucky role into something memorable with her stoic, nonchalant delivery. She knows that he best friends is stupid. She always needs to snap her out of it.

Check out Judy’s IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0339460/

I hope that these two would get some more substantial roles in future that could highlight their talent.


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on October 7, 2009, in Running Feature, Underrated Actors Spotlight and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Who the heck underrated JK Simmons? That man is the beating heart of the Spider-Man franchise, one of the best things about Oz, and the saving grace of Burn After Reading.

    As for Judy Greer, I’ve never been a huge fan, but she was good in What Women Want (that was her, I think) and she was hilarious in Arrested Development.

    • I think that he should get more substantial roles. He is always the supporting player. I want him to pull a Richard Jenkins someday.

      Judy is bound in these best friend roles. Give her a meaty role.

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