Who is an excellent comedic actor that ended up being a great dramatic actor? Like, someone you were genuinely impressed by in a dramatic role? After polling the internet, these are the top-voted responses.
1. Bryan Cranston
Someone confessed, “Bryan Cranston. Me: Oh look, Hal is making a show about cooking Meth! That ought to be fun! Five seasons later, I'm curled up in the fetal position sobbing at the bottom of the shower.”
2. John Goodman
“John Goodman. His performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane was nothing short of perfection. When he killed that guy, the look of pure evil in his eyes was horror at its finest. He should have gotten an Oscar nomination for that role,” a second user responded.
3. Bob Odenkirk
“Bob Odenkirk. I knew he was fantastic, but he surprised me near Breaking Bad‘s end. So seeing him command the screen in Better Call Saul is a freaking delight,” a third added.
4. Robin Williams
“Robin Williams. His performance in One Hour Photo is creepy as hell. He was absolutely a phenomenal actor, no matter the genre. Insomnia has another excellent performance of his as well.” Others mentioned his notable dramatic roles, including Good Will Hunting, What Dreams May Come, and Dead Poets Society.
5. Tom Hanks
“Tom Hanks,” replied one. “If you remember him from his early career in the early 1980s, he was a talented comedy actor. But no way would I have imagined him doing dramas, let alone starring in them, let alone a string of hits.” Another confessed, “I recently watched A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and he seemed more like Fred Rogers than Tom Hanks playing Fred Rogers. It was crazy good.”
5. Jim Carrey
“Jim Carrey,” someone admitted. “I don't like his comedy, but I love The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show.” Another added, “Jim Carrey is the archetype of comedic actor that's good at drama for me. He is the gold standard.”
6. Woody Harrelson
“Woody Harrelson. Great on Cheers and now has had several Oscar nominations,” replied one. His performance in True Detective is an absolute masterclass in the craft. It's one of the most brilliant performances in history,” another added.
7. Adam Sandler
When Adam Sandler is trying, it's never terrible, even if the movies aren't great. I fully appreciate his wanting to take his friends on Hawaiian vacations for two months to make trash movies, but Uncut Gems was the best movie of 2019,” one stated. Another added, “Hustle, The Meyerowitz Stories, Reign Over Me, and Punch Drunk Love.”
8. Kurt Russell
Someone shared, “Kurt Russell was a Disney child comedy actor for about ten years until he did a TV movie about a mass shooter and then hooked up with John Carpenter.” A second person said, “Everybody forgets about him playing opposite Meryl Streep in Silkwood. About as dramatic as you can get. He was brilliant.”
9. John Krasinski
“John Krasinski,” replied one. “He went from being hilarious on The Office to giving excellent dramatic performances in Jack Ryan and A Quiet Place.” Another confessed, “Absolutely! I'm surprised I had to scroll this far to find this. A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place 2 are such amazing movies. His directing and acting are both outstanding. Also, 13 Hours.“
10. Jamie Foxx
“Jamie Foxx. I had to scroll way too far for this one,” one admitted. “I completely agree. He was the first that popped into my mind. He went from In Living Color and The Jamie Foxx Show to killing it in Ray, Law Abiding Citizen, and Just Mercy. He also does an impeccable impersonation of Donald Trump,” confirmed another.
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