Monday, February 13, 2012

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher is one of the most underrated actors working today. He's probably most remembered for his role as the passionate bike rider in the wonderful little film from 1979, Breaking Away, but he had done impressive work before that film and has contributed a lot of great performances to films and television shows since then.

Although his work in Breaking Away is quite good, I'm much more impressed with his whole body of work opposed to just one movie. From Fade to Black to Deadwood, this guy delivers time and time again, and yet he is far from being a household name, which I'm sure is fine with him.

Quentin Tarantino must agree with me as he cast Dennis Christopher in the pivotal role of Leo Moguy in his Oscar nominated film, Django Unchained. Since mainstream Hollywood rarely looks beyond the flavor of the week, let's hope that his relationship with Tarantino will continue on with other worthy roles.

Dennis Christopher is a working actor, and a good one at that. And in discovering his work in both movies and television, one will come to the realization that an actor doesn't have to be famous to be one of the best, which is something that readers of this blog already know.

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