not known for being a leading man
or woman, or star
, but makes a career
out of playing henchmen
s, mad scientist
s. Their face
s become recognizable, but most people can't recall their name
Many actors end up in these roles because they aren't handsome or they get old. (In Hollywood, women especially have this problem. Old Clint Eastwood can still star in movies, but when did you last see Lauren Bacall?) In film, they are often unrecognized until a significant body of work is behind them, and a good role may lead to an Academy Award nomination, usually in the Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress category.