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Actors who could "steal the show" in a supporting role.


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Which actors can you think of who were often able, even though not in the leading role, to "steal the show," to some extent, from the star in the lead role? One I can think of is the great Walter Pidgeon. In "Command Decision" (1948), for example, with Clark Gable in the lead role, although Pidgeon's was also a major role.

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Harry Davenport who played the doctor in GWTW and in most all movies of the 40's steals scene after bedside scene. Also agree with Thelma Ritter and want to add Beulah Bondi, Lucile Watson, Fay Bainter, Dame May Whitty,Walter Brennan, and Charles Coburn

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Definitely Thelma Ritter, Dame May Whitty, and Walter Brennen! But the greatest scene stealer of all was.....Bobby Darin! He was the best! For example in "Come September" you could care less what is happening to Rock and Gina, when Bobby comes on the screen! He was just amazing!

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Vivian Pickles in HAROLD AND MAUDE

Ruth Gordon in ROSEMARY'S BABY

Mildred Dunnock in BABY DOLL

Shirley Knight in SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH

Judith Anderson in REBECCA

Henry Hull in MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA

Nancy Coleman in KING'S ROW

Otto Kreuger in SABOTEUR

Ben Johnson in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

Nazimova in SINCE YOU WENT AWAY

Constance Bennett in TWO FACED WOMAN

Gladys Cooper in NOW, VOYAGER

Joan Loring in THE CORN IS GREEN

Eve Arden in MILDRED PIERCE

Lena Horne in CABIN IN THE SKY

Brandon de Wilde in THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING

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Madeline Kahn in every film she supported and even the ones she was the starred in.

 

What's Up, Doc?

Paper Moon

Blazing Saddles

Young Frankenstein(Though she was the films leading lady even though the role was small.)

The Cheap Detective

History of the World, Part 1

City Heat

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Thelma Ritter, Eve Arden are masters...bar none as previously mentioned. May I add Joan Davis and Martha Raye to the list.

 

I would also like to add today's Wanda Sykes to that time honored position of scene stealer.

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