Late in his career he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the aging crime boss, Don Corrado Prizzi, in the gangster comedy Prizzi's Honor, but that didn't seem to help the movie going public remember his name, as he was known mostly as Oh, that guy, he's good.
With roles that were often smaller than the supporting ones, William Hickey managed to upstage the stars in just about everything he did with his realistic and often creepy portrayals. These roles ranged from a pervert who stole woman's purses in The Boston Strangler to Carlton Blanchard, the old guy with all the strange questions on Wings, as well as numerous drunks, bums and old quirky characters.
And while the public rarely knew his name, Hollywood did, as he was more famous as a respected acting teacher then he was as an actor. But whether he was in front of a classroom or a camera, William Hickey was always noticed, which makes him my pick of the day for Not Very Famous...but should be.