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Quinlan's Illustrated Directory of Film Character Actors [Hardcover]

David Quinlan
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5 Jun 1995
This is a guide to over 1100 character actors and actresses. The people covered include John le Mesurier, Irene Handl, Dora Bryan and Sam Kydd from the British studios; and Elisha Cook, Iris Adrian, Hattie McDaniel and Irving Bacon from Hollywood. There is a portrait to accompany every entry. After a short account of each actor's career and characteristics, all their known film credits are given, including many fleeting appearances never previously recorded, plus shorts and TV movies. David Quinlan is also the author of "The Illustrated Directory of Film Stars", "The Illustrated Directory of Film Directors" and "British Sound Films 1928-1959".

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713470402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713470406
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A celebration of film's unsung heroes. 10 Aug 2001
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A wonderful concept for a book to appeal to that species known as film buffs - a catalogue of character actors rather than the better known, and frequently transient, stars. Character actors often provide the best performances and most of them have long and varied careers. Of course, one of the big problems with character actors is the tendency to recognise their faces but forget their names. Which makes finding some of them in this alphabetically listed book a tad difficult. And the book is not terribly complete. Some character actors you would expect to find are absent, while others hardly seem to merit being included. A few might even have been more at home in the companion volume of movie stars. But those who did make it into the book are rather well served. Each has a photo - in black and white and not always particularly flattering - along with a brief physical description, biographical details and a film listing. For the more morbidly curious among us, the cause of death is usually included for those character actors who are no longer with us. A useful reference book and also nice to simply flip through. But I wouldn't have minded paying a little more for slightly better production values. And I think that work should begin on a larger, more complete, up to date edition right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quinlan's is my dad's favorite guide to actors... 15 Oct 2002
By cynthia callaghan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
my father has two prior Quinlan directories that he has next to his easy chair... so when he started mentioning that he wanted the newest directory, i saw a christmas present moment. the guide has pictures of the actors, movies they've been in, and other notable pieces of information about them...great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my friend 23 Sep 2013
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I have a friend that is not to computer savvy (knows nothing) so this book was a great gift for his birthday. Loves to read about all the "character" actors 'cause he is a TCM fan. Very interesting stuff and fun to read.
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