Great Character Actors: Denis O’Hare

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I love character actors, those utility infielders who have to create a complete character in seconds and hold a scene opposite a superstar.   They’re the ones who always seem vaguely familiar but are so chameleon-like that we never quite place them.

One of my favorites is the astoundingly versatile Denis O’Hare, who seems to be in everything these days.  He’s a testy judge in “The Good Wife” and the vampire King of Mississippi in “True Blood” (very mature material).  He has played officious bureaucrats in “The Proposal” (watch the closing credit outtakes) and “Charlie Wilson’s War” and a singing, dancing prince in “Once Upon a Mattress.”  He has appeared in “Brothers and Sisters” and “CSI: Miami.”  It is a pleasure to be able to pay tribute to such a versatile performer.

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