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Best Film Characters

Was thinking about this in the light of the sad passing of Richard Griffiths. What are your favourite characters in films? Not necessarily lead parts, but good ones all the same. For me:

Louis Cyphre (Robert DeNiro) - Angel Heart
Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) - District 9
Monty (Richard Griffiths) - Withnail & I
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  • Jack Sparrow (P O t C) Depp
    John McLean (Die Hard) Willis
    Inspector Clouseau (Pink Panther) Sellers

    I've chosen three 'series' characters who stood the test of time
  • The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood) - The Fistful trilogy

    I think he is my absolute favourite. Honourable mentions also to Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, Jack D. Ripper in Dr Strangelove, and Chopper Read in Chopper.
  • edited March 2013
    RedPanda said:

    The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood) - The Fistful trilogy

    I think he is my absolute favourite. Honourable mentions also to Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, Jack D. Ripper in Dr Strangelove, and Chopper Read in Chopper.

    I forgot ol' Clint .. good choice

    EDIT: And Sellers' multi roles in Dr Strangelove
  • RedPanda said:

    The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood) - The Fistful trilogy

    I think he is my absolute favourite. Honourable mentions also to Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, Jack D. Ripper in Dr Strangelove, and Chopper Read in Chopper.

    Oooh - can I change my mind already. I forgot Tuco Ramirez (Eli Wallach) - Good, Bad Ugly
  • Bit partial to Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men. Oh, and Snake Plissken
  • Ben Kingsleys character in Sexy Beast, Don Logan, once seen never forgotten.
  • edited March 2013

    RedPanda said:

    The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood) - The Fistful trilogy

    I think he is my absolute favourite. Honourable mentions also to Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, Jack D. Ripper in Dr Strangelove, and Chopper Read in Chopper.

    I forgot ol' Clint .. good choice
    The first time I went anywhere with desert I had to buy a stetson and poncho and get photos taken next to cacti with the Clint squint.

    Seeing Hartman in FMJ has reminded me of Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, he's a good un. "If I say it's safe to surf, it's safe to God damn surf!"

  • Eyeball Paul - Kevin & Perry
  • Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas. Scares the beejezus out of me still.
  • the man with no name is a great choice. The Good The Bad and The Ugly I believe to be the greatest film i've ever seen (And ive seen the likes of the godfather and most other "greats") and possibly will ever see.

    Michael Corleone and Vito Corleone, played by Pacino, Brando and De Niro.

    HAL Computer I still rank as one of the most frightening villains ever.
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  • Cool Hand Luke
    Don Vito Corleone
    Ellis Redding - The Shawshank Redemption
    Tom Joad - Grapes of Wrath
    Ellen Ripley - Alien movies
    The Dude - The Big Lebowski
    Terry Malloy - On the Waterfront
    Jake La Motta
    Sam Spade - Maltese Falcon
  • Kaiser Sozee - The Usual Suspects
    The Shark - Jaws
  • Sheriff Bart - blazing saddles
    Animal mother - full metal jacket
    Mack - predator (not sure why him Tbf, but we always quote that film at work)
    Derek smalls - spinal tap
  • Frank Booth - Blue Velvet
    The Lieutenant - Bad Lieutenant (the 1992 one)
  • Peter Venkman - Ghostbusters
    Vincent Vega - Pulp Fiction
    The Dude - The Big Lebowski
    The Joker - The Dark Knight
  • Him- cannonball run
  • Tim Curry's Character in Home alone 2, Don't think he had a name.
  • Yoda

    I cannot believe I never thought of that, Being a Star Wars nut as well.
    Of course Yoda. I am really kicking myself just now. Good one Danny Addick.
  • Vic Vega
    Vince Vega
    Jay (of Jay and Silent Bob)
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  • edited March 2013
    Del Griffith - john candy. planes, trains and automobiles.
    jay and silent bob - in most of kevin smith films. (edit - didnt see post above)
  • Frank Drebben - Naked Gun
    Hedley Lamarr - Blazing Saddles
    Josey Wales & Lone Wadee (?) - Outlaw Josey Wales
    Withnail
    Michael Corleone - The Godfather
    Rick - Casablanca


    There are just so many
  • Stig said:

    Was thinking about this in the light of the sad passing of Richard Griffiths. What are your favourite characters in films? Not necessarily lead parts, but good ones all the same. For me:

    Louis Cyphre (Robert DeNiro) - Angel Heart
    Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) - District 9
    Monty (Richard Griffiths) - Withnail & I

    Agree with that one. Also:

    Col. Hans Landa - Inglourious Basterds

  • seth plum said:

    Ben Kingsleys character in Sexy Beast, Don Logan, once seen never forgotten.

    Spot on . My favourite character closely -followed by Bournemouth's suggestion - Tommy DeVito. Both terrifying in their own way .
  • Indiana Jones
    Jules Winnfield
    Darth Vader
    Phil Connors (Groundhog Day)

    Just off the top of my head. Plenty more I could add!
  • Cyrus the virus - con air
    Doc brown - back to the future
  • Nervous O'Toole - The Wrong Arm Of The Law
    Harold Shand -Long Good Friday
    Baloo - Jungle Book
    Dorothy Michaels (Michael Dorsey) - Tootsie
    Harry Callaghan -Dirty Harry
    Allan (Woody Allen's character) - Play It Again Sam
    Clyde (the orangeutan) - Every Which Way But Loose
    El Cid - El Cid
  • Navin R. Johnson - Steve Martin in The Jerk
    The Devil - Peter Cook in Bedazzled
    Ray Say - Michael Caine in Little Voice
  • Charles Laughton - Hobson's Choice
    Daniel Day-Lewis - Gangs of New York
    (By no means a good film but always worth watching for his 'eat the scenery' performance .)
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