While we all adore and root for the stars and starlets of Tinseltown, there is a treasure-trove of good men and women who have been integral to the success of all our favorite films. Bona fide, hard working and talented people who may never star in a film or see their name on a poster hanging in the local cineplex but will never escape our minds and imaginations when it comes to some good iconic and funny roles they play. This column is a tribute to the “Oh, That Guy” types, the common actor and the B-listers. They are the…
Number of Film & TV Roles: 121
Typical Role: Wiseass, coward, wiseass coward, undead musician
Why He’s Great: Tomorrow is Gerrit Graham’s 65th birthday! He may not have been cast in a ton of top-level stuff in his career, but he’s one of the most likable actors ever, and seeing him in something is like putting on an old comfortable shoe made of hilarity and ham. There’s no reason he shouldn’t have had an A-list comedic career. Maybe he crossed Kurt Russell.
Biography (via Wikipedia):
Gerrit Graham (born November 27, 1949) is an American actor and songwriter. He has appeared in such films as Used Cars, TerrorVision, National Lampoon’s Class Reunion and Greetings, where he worked with Brian De Palma for the first time. He would again work with De Palma on Hi, Mom and Home Movies, as well as Phantom of the Paradise, where he played flamboyant glam-rocker Beef. He has also appeared in two different roles on the Star Trek television series; as the Hunter of Tosk on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and as a member of the Q Continuum (adopting the name Quinn) in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Death Wish”. He was also the voice of Franklin Sherman in the animated series The Critic as well as a recurring role as Dr. Norman Pankow on the sitcom Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.
Graham attended but did not graduate from Columbia University—class of 1970. He has written songs with Bob Weir of Ratdog.
He is an avid Winnebago enthusiast, and spent many hours “‘bago-izing” while not on set.
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