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    Kim Hunter

    Has anyone encapsulated quiet suffering more memorably than Kim Hunter? For the 1951 film version of A Streetcar Named Desire, Hunter snagged an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and embedded herself in the lexicon as the "Stella!" to Marlon Brando's Stanley Kowalski.

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    Seriously Now

    Irving "Ving" Rhames didn't always want to be an actor. He didn't grow up watching films or dreaming of the footlights of Broadway. In fact, the Harlem-born-and-raised Rhames had his sights set on playing football, not becoming one of the great character actors in the business today. Luckily ...

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    Retro Casting

    Wes Anderson did it with Bill Murray; Spike Jonze did it with John Malkovich; and John Waters did it with Kathleen Turner and Melanie Griffith. But the true comeback masters, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, have a knack for taking fading stars who were collecting showbiz cobwebs and paying ...

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    Simple Gifts

    Before undertaking a Molière play, it's helpful to know something about the enormously popular 17th century French comic playwright. Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in Paris, son of a successful tradesman, he left his social class for the lowly life of an actor. Acting, writing, directing, and managing his own theatre ...

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    Count on Him

    This year has been very good to Mark Ruffalo. To Ruffalo's delight, he's receiving great feedback from audiences and critics—a number of whom have put him at the tops of their best actors lists for his performance opposite Laura Linney as an estranged loner who reconnects with ...

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    Etta Murfitt & Will Kemp

    They play larger-than-life 1950s American types, denizens of an auto repair shop in a sweltering town: He plays Angelo, a sweet boy seduced by a rugged drifter named Luca, framed for murder, imprisoned, and seeking retribution at any cost; she's Rita, his sweetheart and the town's emotional caretaker ...

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    Missi Pyle: On a Quest

    We dare you to find a contemporary comedic presence as fearless, distinctive, and lacking in vanity as Missi Pyle. Sure, other actors might be able to play menacing, monobrowed dodgeball champions or slightly demented rich-bitch Tae Bo addicts, but Pyle doesn't merely play these roles; she inhabits them with ...

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    Troy Garity: Magnificent Obsessions

    Troy Garity's stock may be on the rise in Hollywood. He was nominated for a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for his rousing performance in Showtime's unflinching film Soldier's Girl, a tragic love story based on the 1999 murder of Pfc. Barry Winchell by a fellow ...

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    Charlayne Woodard & Marc Wolf

    Charlayne Woodard and Marc Wolf are two actors who have perfected their abilities to tell stories. Their respective solo shows In Real Life and Another American: Asking and Telling (performing in repertory at the Mark Taper Forum) are clear indications of their polished skills.

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    Five Emmy Hopefuls Share Their Acting Insight (Video)

    Back Stage gathered actors, representing the best in drama and comedy, to discuss how they booked their roles, their most difficult moments, and what it's like to be nominated for an Emmy.