Stephen Tobolowsky Actor - Writer
It means you've lost your hair, probably, to be a character actor. It's different in theater and in film. In theater, they almost never use the term "character actor." You're just a character in a play. But in film or television, you're a character actor because you usually don't have a name or you only have one name. I notice leading actors have two names, like, Captain Jack Sparrow (he even has a title), Richard Kimble -- these people all have two names. But when you play the parts I play, a lot of times you're Officer Johnson. That usually means you're in a drama, if you have a title and a last name -- Officer Johnson. If you're in a comedy, you'll have a title and a first name, like Sheriff Charlie. Then you know you're in a comedy.
And then it works its way down; the less of a name you have, the less time the writer has spent thinking about your part. I think the worst name I ever had in a movie was "Buttcrack Plumber." And I pled with the writer-director, to at least change it to "Plumber." I'll do anything. And in the end, he changed it to Dave the Plumber, which was such a step up.
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