JAMES CROMWELL, KING OF THE THAT GUYS
You Might Know Him From...
Come on-you know you know this dude. He's such a good "That Guy" that he's almost actually famous. Almost.
Everything. You need smug? Cromwell's got smug. You need flippant? Well, ol' Crommie's got that too. In fact, some conspiracy theorists contend that James Cromwell is the Voltron of That Guys-that he's actually an 80-foot tall physical combination of the other 19 men on this list; a massive, indestructible character actor endowed with the specific talents of all other That Guys.
As the theory goes, The Cromwell boasts Stephen Tobolowsky's annoyingness, Lane Smith's thinly veiled bloodthirstiness, John Heard's fatherliness, Danny Trejo's massive chest tattoos, and, of course, William Fichtner is curled up in the fetal position on The Cromwell's face to make the nose. The end result? A guy who, in all seriousness, has never not been in a movie.
Is a Poor Man's...
Anybody. The Cromwell can play any role well enough to get the job done, but just poorly enough to avoid becoming famous. In fact, some of The Cromwell's lesser-known roles include Arnold Schwarzenegger's female love interest in Commando and Carl Weathers's body double in Rocky III.