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Actors so good, it grieves you they're crazy and don't/rarely work anymore

Mine: Robert Blake, Michael Moriarty, Lisa Nicole Carson.

by Anonymousreply 108March 27, 2023 2:49 PM

OP, you left out the most obvious choice, you little homosexual boy.

by Anonymousreply 1March 4, 2023 7:37 PM

Nic Cage is on this list.

by Anonymousreply 2March 4, 2023 7:42 PM

I wish all the crazy marxists would stop working on Hollywood. Or at least gave away all their millions. Put your money where your filthy mouths are.

by Anonymousreply 3March 4, 2023 7:56 PM

The supremely talented Nick Stahl lost about ten years of a promising career and life to meth addiction.

Now he's fallen off the map to most, relegated to direct-to-streaming B/C-movie horror that nobody ever watches. It's really a shame. At least he's ostensibly well and recovered now, though, that's the more important thing.

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by Anonymousreply 4March 4, 2023 8:00 PM

Debra Winger. Love her to death and she can be absolutely astonishing onscreen, but clearly she has some sort of problem, as she should be doing A-list projects and hasn't in about thirty years.

by Anonymousreply 5March 4, 2023 8:07 PM

Tom Hulce

by Anonymousreply 6March 4, 2023 8:08 PM

Ooh, good ones, R4 and R6!

I'd never seen Nick Stahl before, and came across him on a Terminator marathon a few years ago. Looked him up and wondered why he wasn't in more high-profile roles. Now I get it.

by Anonymousreply 7March 4, 2023 8:37 PM

Excellent thread idea, OP!

I nominate Amanda Peterson - quit Hollywood after a few roles, moved back home and got hooked on meth (allegedly). Died a few years ago while I was hoping for a comeback. She was too smart to play the game but my guess is a picked up coke habit quickly derailed in Greeley CO.

by Anonymousreply 8March 4, 2023 8:44 PM

Oh, and who's the "obvious choice", R1? Who'd I miss? Real question.

I'd thought about doing a DL thread about this a good while back, and only remembered today because I just saw Robert Blake in an episode of [italic]Wagon Train,[/italic] and he was scary good. In fact, I've never seen Blake, Moriarty, or Carson give a bad performance, even when the script/project was dogshit.

by Anonymousreply 9March 4, 2023 8:44 PM

Adrien Brody

John Hanna

Dominic Dunne

by Anonymousreply 10March 4, 2023 8:54 PM

It's interesting that OP mentioned Robert Blake because I just watched "In Cold Blood" the other day and it's mind-boggling to me that he and Scott Wilson did not both get Oscar nominations. They both gave incredible performances.

by Anonymousreply 11March 4, 2023 9:32 PM

Noel Fisher. He was understandably lionised for his role as Mickey in US Shameless and seemed sure to be primed for a massive career. But he turns 39 this month and really has not done much but a bit of TV since Shameless ended after its 11th season.

by Anonymousreply 12March 4, 2023 9:39 PM

R9, the certifiable Faye Dunaway, whose assistant claimed she called him a “little homosexual boy” in a lawsuit against her.

by Anonymousreply 13March 4, 2023 10:17 PM

Was I lying, R13?

by Anonymousreply 14March 5, 2023 3:11 AM

Joan Collins

Linda Evans

Kathleen Beller

by Anonymousreply 15March 5, 2023 3:20 AM

It is a pity that the brilliant Sarah Polley no longer acts. However, she writes and directs fantastic films of her own, so she isn’t lost to the world.

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by Anonymousreply 16March 5, 2023 12:30 PM

Yes, indeed, R11.

sn: Scott Wilson is one of my very favorite actors. From [italic]The Gypsy Moths,[/italic] to [italic]In the Heat of the Night,[/italic]to [italic]In Cold Blood,[/italic] to [italic]CSI,[/italic] to a heartfelt performance in a one-off [italic]Law & Order[/italic] episode, he is one of those actors who, if I see him pop up on my screen I have to sit down and watch.

And, yes, it is staggering that neither he nor Blake was nominated for Oscars. Just Like Donald Sutherland for Ordinary People, and Roscoe Lee Browne for [italic]The Liberation of L.B. Jones.[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 17March 5, 2023 2:02 PM

It seems a thankless thing to be a very talented actor, these days. You won't get rewarded or applauded, or even well-remembered by many beyond (said with love) a passel of deranged messageboard gays.

by Anonymousreply 18March 5, 2023 3:38 PM

Daniel Day Lewis

by Anonymousreply 19March 5, 2023 3:45 PM

Sean Young?

by Anonymousreply 20March 5, 2023 3:55 PM

Aryan Vaid

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by Anonymousreply 21March 5, 2023 4:25 PM

Glenn Scarpelli.

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by Anonymousreply 22March 5, 2023 5:46 PM


by Anonymousreply 23March 5, 2023 6:42 PM

Yes, R20, no question.

And the late Margot Kidder, as well.

by Anonymousreply 24March 5, 2023 6:44 PM

Not sure if I’ve blocked some here advertently because they’re buttholes or inadvertently because of my fat, stupid thumbs, but 24 posts and no Shelley Duvall??

by Anonymousreply 25March 5, 2023 7:42 PM

And Shelley Long

by Anonymousreply 26March 5, 2023 7:44 PM

Kate Nelligan

by Anonymousreply 27March 5, 2023 7:45 PM

Barbara Harris

Poor thing went floop shooby on stage (during a performance of The Apple Tree?) and never quite made it back.

I believe Bette Midler gave her a chance as one of the strippers in her TV version of Gypsy because she always admired her talent, but had to fire her because of ‘the demons’ rearing their ugly little heads.

by Anonymousreply 28March 5, 2023 7:53 PM

Michael Pitt

by Anonymousreply 29March 5, 2023 7:59 PM

R28 - Barbara Harris is dead; that tends to cut down the opportunities for work

All my cuntiness aside - you are right: she was brilliant on stage & screen, and (voluntarily) disappeared

by Anonymousreply 30March 5, 2023 8:04 PM

Isn’t Blake dead?

by Anonymousreply 31March 5, 2023 8:04 PM

It pains me that James Woods turned out to be an unemployable asshole. He was so good in the early days. Most of the MAGA nutjobs were Z-level talents, but Woods had real talent.

by Anonymousreply 32March 5, 2023 8:09 PM

[quote] Poor thing went floop shooby on stage (during a performance of The Apple Tree?) and never quite made it back.

R28 Any links to this? Sounds fascinating

by Anonymousreply 33March 5, 2023 8:11 PM

R29 that reminds me: dreamy Ryan Donowho.

Best remembered nowadays for being the poor little meow meow of 'The O.C.' (Johnny Harper) in its egregious third season, kissing Emile Hirsch in that one weird boring movie about !ncest, and drumming in his friend Michael Pitt's street band and busking on the subway.

In little-known films he could be excellent, though. He has the ever-vanishing ability to convey a lot with a little on screen, if that makes sense. Checking his IMDB, he worked steadily for about a decade from the mid-2000s to mid-10s, then dropped off for the most part, except for a small role in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' and one random direct-to-streaming film last year.

He's only 43 and doesn't seem to have a family (though I haven't stalked enough to know), so idk what he does with his time--maybe music still? Or activism? He seems a crunchy granola type.

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by Anonymousreply 34March 5, 2023 8:17 PM

Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Robert Klein, R33.

[quote]He recalls the performance of "The Apple Tree" when Harris had a nervous breakdown on stage, just one night after winning her Tony Award. Despite her fragility, he says, he enjoyed a good friendship with her and admired her talent. "We would go to the botanical gardens together," he recalled of lazy days they spent together as they geared up for that night's show. "But Barbara was delicate," he noted.

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by Anonymousreply 35March 5, 2023 8:38 PM

More on Barbara Harris—

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by Anonymousreply 36March 5, 2023 8:45 PM

R36 / R35 Thanks for that info and follow up. I don't google that which was originated by others, but your information is appreciated.

by Anonymousreply 37March 5, 2023 9:15 PM

We should have seen lots more of Upen Patel.

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by Anonymousreply 38March 5, 2023 10:38 PM

Linda Hamilton

by Anonymousreply 39March 5, 2023 10:55 PM

Always kind of thought Michael Esper would do more in film & TV. Apparently he mostly only does stage now.

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by Anonymousreply 40March 6, 2023 3:50 PM

Malayali actor Bala - so thick set and beautiful. Where has he gone?

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by Anonymousreply 41March 6, 2023 4:28 PM

Bala's butt.

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by Anonymousreply 42March 6, 2023 4:29 PM

Carol Kane was as crazy off screen as she was on screen. Sweet woman but out of her mind, in a very pleasant way.

The equally alliterative Candy Clark was also nuts. Being married to Marjoe didn't help.

by Anonymousreply 43March 6, 2023 4:33 PM

Betty Buckley

by Anonymousreply 44March 6, 2023 5:19 PM

Marjoe Gortner was quite a colourful character. But please, I had to look him up. Tell us you are old without telling us you are old, dear. 👍❤️😀

by Anonymousreply 45March 6, 2023 5:39 PM

Lecy Goranson

by Anonymousreply 46March 6, 2023 11:44 PM

R43 Candy Clark is incredible in my guilty-pleasure favourite independent gay movie DOG TAGS (2008).

She hasn’t all that much to do playing the ageing single mother of a sexually-curious and conflicted young soldier about to join the !raq War, yet she brings such memorable and understated gravitas and warmth and humour and substance. She stands out in the cast, looking like a skilled veteran actress next to clueless amateurs.

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by Anonymousreply 47March 7, 2023 12:58 AM

Sean Young was NEVER a good actress.

by Anonymousreply 48March 7, 2023 11:04 AM

Shawar Ali

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by Anonymousreply 49March 7, 2023 6:35 PM

Judy Davis

by Anonymousreply 50March 7, 2023 10:22 PM

[quote]Lisa Nicole Carson.

She's supposed to have a role in the Ally McBeal reboot since the series focuses on her character's daughter. Hopefully that will work out for her. She was so talented.

Amanda Bynes was actually funny in She's the Man. She always came across as if she had a real sense of humor. Glad she's doing better and miss her acting career. She'd be an actually talented Kaley Cuoco.

The dad from Gilmore Girls who was in the movie Testosterone retired from acting, joined a cult and turned into some kind of right wing Republican.

I liked Courtney Love's acting career for the time she had it. The more she stuck with it, the better she got. I guess she just didn't have the drive.

I'll add Lark Voohries to the list. She was everywhere for a while after Saved by the Bell then mental illness struck. I was happy they gave her a couple of appearances in the reboot after her appearance on (ugh) Doctor Oz. When she explained she could read lines just fine if they're written down but has trouble speaking otherwise I felt for her. Glad it worked out. She did just fine on the show and she also seemed to be the only one who had spoken with Dustin Diamond before his death.

by Anonymousreply 51March 7, 2023 10:38 PM

[quote] I liked Courtney Love's acting career for the time she had it. The more she stuck with it, the better she got. I guess she just didn't have the drive.

Court really impressed me in her roles for both 'The People vs. Larry Flynt' and also '200 Cigarettes'. Only light comedic/romantic roles, but still she carried them off with the kind of aplomb and ease and sharpness and natural believability you'd never anticipate a messy junky rockstar to have. It's like she can just snap into professional onscreen mode with no problem.

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by Anonymousreply 52March 7, 2023 10:48 PM

[quote] Amanda Bynes was actually funny in She's the Man. She always came across as if she had a real sense of humor. Glad she's doing better and miss her acting career.

Amanda is a brilliant pick. She was a gifted comedienne, touted rightly as the millennial Carol Burnett. She really could do it all.

Still, it's hard to see how showbusiness could ever be a good environment for her, knowing what she likely went through as a child and how that has affected her health. I'm pleased she's found a better life and a way back to living well.

by Anonymousreply 53March 7, 2023 10:50 PM

Lindsay Wagner

by Anonymousreply 54March 7, 2023 10:51 PM

This actor from "Big Brother" (2007).

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by Anonymousreply 55March 7, 2023 10:56 PM

Amanda Bynes!! What a loss. I watch" She's the Man " whenever it's on . Also, Victoria Rowell. Wonder how she supports herself. She hasn't been in anything in almost 2 decades

by Anonymousreply 56March 7, 2023 11:30 PM

Am an opera viewer and enthusiast, so it grieves me that many of my favourite star singers & actors are unknowns outside of the dwindling fanbase.

But then again, the gatekeepy side of me thinks it’s better that way.

by Anonymousreply 57March 9, 2023 11:58 AM

Theresa Russell

by Anonymousreply 58March 9, 2023 12:40 PM

Randy Quaid went completely nuts. Isn't he hiding out in Canada somewhere?

by Anonymousreply 59March 9, 2023 1:28 PM

Criterion is releasing on March 28, 2023 the 1979 film “Chilly Scenes of Winter.” It was originally in theaters under the title “Head Over Heels.” The film was directed by Joan Micklin Silver and stars John Heard as a man in love with a woman who does not love him equally. That woman is played by the superb Mary Beth Hurt. She is my listed actor/actress for a response to this topic.

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by Anonymousreply 60March 9, 2023 2:09 PM

I love Lisa Nicole Carson too.

Add Emily Lloyd to the list.

by Anonymousreply 61March 9, 2023 2:28 PM

Michael Moriarty. Seriously missed.

by Anonymousreply 62March 9, 2023 2:32 PM

I suggest the obvious....

Oh. "Actors so good."

Never mind.

by Anonymousreply 63March 9, 2023 2:43 PM

Russell Crowe

by Anonymousreply 64March 9, 2023 2:55 PM

James Woods is sorely missed on "Family Guy." Ever since he got booted, they've been trying to write in another good antagonist but nothing seems to click.

Oh well. We'll always have their "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" musical number.

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by Anonymousreply 65March 9, 2023 7:33 PM

Bikram Saluja. Of course, he has that wealthy wife, so he doesn't have to work anymore.

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by Anonymousreply 66March 9, 2023 7:47 PM

Mel Gibson Azealia Banks

by Anonymousreply 67March 9, 2023 9:18 PM

R10 Tits, do you mean UK actor John Hannah? is he a cuckoo?

by Anonymousreply 68March 9, 2023 10:33 PM

Nick Stahl was in a great recent horror film called Hunter, Hunter. It stars fellow 90s dreamboat Devon Sawa and I highly recommend it.

by Anonymousreply 69March 9, 2023 11:30 PM

R69 Nick Stahl is one of a small exclusive cohort of performers about whom DL has never had a negative word to say afaik. Even in the depths of his depravity and misfortune and shame, everyone here agreed that he seemed a nice sweet if lost soul and that they felt sad for him and were cheering on his recovery. We didn't even get any customary digs in at him for tradition's sake. Refreshing.

by Anonymousreply 70March 9, 2023 11:52 PM

Some of these answers are insane. Sean Young? Really? She was nice looking window dressing.

Eva Green is my pick. Adrien Brody is another good one. Judy Davis too.

by Anonymousreply 71March 9, 2023 11:57 PM

Adrien Brody does get work. He isn’t leading man material due to that face.

by Anonymousreply 72March 10, 2023 12:43 AM

R72 Brody not knowing he was getting cut as the lead of Malick's 'The Thin Red Line' is one of the funniest things in film to me

by Anonymousreply 73March 10, 2023 1:02 AM

Samantha Morton.

by Anonymousreply 74March 10, 2023 1:03 AM

Paz de la Huerta.

by Anonymousreply 75March 10, 2023 1:33 AM

Cezanne Khan.

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by Anonymousreply 76March 10, 2023 1:46 AM

There was some gossip that Adrian Brody likes really skinny women and collects "anorexia porn."

by Anonymousreply 77March 10, 2023 3:43 AM

R77 I’ve heard that also about Jack Nicholson - not the anorexia porn part but - that would explain the attraction to Flynn Boyle .

by Anonymousreply 78March 10, 2023 3:56 AM

Robert Blake has left us.

by Anonymousreply 79March 10, 2023 5:46 AM

R74, Samantha Morton is not crazy, she is getting work and she has been great in her recent performances

by Anonymousreply 80March 10, 2023 12:28 PM

Pauly Shore.

Just saw him on ABC giving a shout out to Brendan Fraser and Asian guy on their Oscar nomination

by Anonymousreply 81March 10, 2023 12:34 PM

R81 Pauly & Brendan’s ‘Encino Man’ really does hearken to a happier and simpler time. What I’d give to go back to that..

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by Anonymousreply 82March 10, 2023 12:59 PM


by Anonymousreply 83March 10, 2023 1:01 PM

R77 ana p0rn isn’t just being into ‘skinny’ women, it’s fet!shing and enabling girls who are deliberately self-harming and slow-suic!ding.

It’s also highly suss, because ana-mia women tend to have bodies that lose all healthy feminine adult definition, coming to resemble young boys.

Men who are into this are dangerous predators.

by Anonymousreply 84March 10, 2023 1:02 PM

R51, that's good to know.

And what you posted...:

[quote]I'll add Lark Voohries to the list. She was everywhere for a while after Saved by the Bell then mental illness struck. I was happy they gave her a couple of appearances in the reboot after her appearance on (ugh) Doctor Oz. [bold]When she explained she could read lines just fine if they're written down but has trouble speaking otherwise I felt for her.[/bold] Glad it worked out. She did just fine on the show

...Reminds me of Senator John Fetterman. And I desperately want this to happen for him, as well.

by Anonymousreply 85March 10, 2023 5:52 PM

Damn, R60, I just remembered I had HUUUGE crush on John Heard back in the day. He was another actor who never gave a bad performance I've ever seen.

But he was a huge ass[hole], and couldn't live forever.

by Anonymousreply 86March 10, 2023 5:56 PM

[quote]Linda Hamilton

Omg it was so thrilling to see her back in the Last Terminator movie, in shape and looking old. Shame it tanked it wasn't a bad move.

Shelley Duvall ☹️

by Anonymousreply 87March 10, 2023 6:04 PM

R65, I put him in my "Performers you've always enjoyed who went crazy far out wingnut" category.

Adam Baldwin, Arlo Guthrie, and the late Ron Silver. None had the excuse of mental illness. Baldwin imo is a really, really good actor, and I confess to NOT switching channels when he pops up. And "City of New Orleans" will be on my playlists forever. Silver I wrote off the second time I saw him on FoxNews.

by Anonymousreply 88March 10, 2023 6:07 PM

But R71, are Eva Green and Adrien Brody crazy/mentally ill, though?

That is the main focus of my OP.

by Anonymousreply 89March 10, 2023 6:10 PM

Debra Winger

by Anonymousreply 90March 10, 2023 6:11 PM

Tom Hulce? Let's put it this way. He would have been perfect for The Whale.

by Anonymousreply 91March 10, 2023 6:13 PM

R89 No, I think I misread your post. I thought it said "it's crazy they don't work anymore."

I change my answer to Big Faye now. What a fucking star she was!

by Anonymousreply 92March 10, 2023 6:14 PM

Ugh, R84 reminds me of an old L&O:SVU with the execrable Dean Cain as a manipulative surgeon who only likes his women Auschwitz-thin.

by Anonymousreply 93March 10, 2023 7:38 PM

R93 it works financially for Eugenia (at great cost), but I don't know about anyone else. There are so many creeps on Eugenia's streams who watch slavishly and shell out actual money to watch her struggle to do basic things like move objects or bend over.

I think people that unwell and disordered and in need of help should be sexually off-limits, like the profoundly disabled.

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by Anonymousreply 94March 10, 2023 7:59 PM

R87 Shelley Duvall was never a great actress.

Debra Winger came quite a bit closer to that but still her whole “retirement “ and that documentary made her very overrated in that regard.

Still I give her credit/am surprised she found some relatively low key guy to marry and they’ve been together what 30 years? And living the hipster like in the Catskills. So she must have mellowed out and gotten her act together on some level bc she has a more stable personal life now than 99 percent of those in this business.

by Anonymousreply 95March 10, 2023 8:48 PM

Michael Cera

by Anonymousreply 96March 10, 2023 9:01 PM

R96 nah, I think Cera had a ceiling and an expiration date that he passed before he went away.

He was at his funniest and most watchable early on, before he was in any major movies.

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by Anonymousreply 97March 10, 2023 9:04 PM

Kirstie Alley. She started out well. Great looks, intriguing smokey voice, solid comedic and dramatic actress. And then, came then...

by Anonymousreply 98March 10, 2023 9:18 PM

Mickey Rourke

by Anonymousreply 99March 10, 2023 9:23 PM

Shelley Hack!!!

by Anonymousreply 100March 10, 2023 9:47 PM

Sorry I wasn't clear enough in my OP, R92! I totally see how you got that impression.

by Anonymousreply 101March 10, 2023 9:53 PM

R94, that is disgusting. I've only seen her when DL brings her up, and she is SUCH a danger to young girls and boys.

For years I've had the same suspicion about Brad Pitt. The longer he dates someone, the thinner they get.

by Anonymousreply 102March 10, 2023 9:59 PM

R12 Fisher has a very needy wife who apparently has to be babysat 24/7. Her constant presence on set while he is filming is a nuisance I'm sure show runners have heard about. It's sad. He has no kids with her, can't understand why he's been with her for his entire adult life. Oh well, it's his to live how he wishes, but I think it hurts his career.

by Anonymousreply 103March 26, 2023 2:48 PM

r74, Samantha was excellent in "Harlots" and amazing in "The Serpent Queen", which came out last year.

by Anonymousreply 104March 26, 2023 3:25 PM

[quote] Always kind of thought Michael Esper would do more in film & TV. Apparently he mostly only does stage now.

I always like him too whenever I see him pop up on a show or movie. I don’t think he has a reputation for being crazy or difficult. I think he’s just another NY based actor who gets guest character roles on TV whenever he can.

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by Anonymousreply 106March 27, 2023 1:20 AM

Mimi Rogers

by Anonymousreply 107March 27, 2023 2:03 AM

Esper is not at all crazy, not even a tad. He's very particular about his choices, and often chooses to just not work.

by Anonymousreply 108March 27, 2023 2:49 PM
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