I have an irrational appreciation for actors, known mostly as "That One Guy", who work a lot and are so very good in nearly every part. Some that come immediately to mind:
John Michael Higgins
The Newspaper Guy From Spiderman, And Juno
Richard Something Something (older guy, seems sad all the time)
We knew them when (they were still "That One Guy" [some still are]):
Tom Wilkinson (personal favorite)
I've seen maybe 3 episodes of Malcolm In The Middle. Good show. But Brian is the sort that you just know right away about, especially when you hear yourself say, Oh, yeah, the one armed guy from Saving Private Ryanwith maybe 2 scenes.
I like Jason Bateman on there because of Starsky And Hutch and Pepper Brooks.
Though I'm a drunken pothead, in counseling we talked about heroin and crack and meth. The counselor said that though all are devastatingly addictive, meth seemed the hardest to come off. In a weird way it helps to see others hit bottom, but only if it's on TV or in memoirs. Though I suspect it's going to be years and years before I'll ever be able to watch Leaving Las Vegas again.
Full disclosure: I've heard so many interviews from cast and writers and creators and directors of the show, it was only a matter of time before I ordered Season 1. Curiously, it was Bob Garfield of On The Media going on and on about the show during a story about a Slate writer who said it was pop culturally self-defeating to watch an entire series in 3 days. I kind of agree. When I watched Deadwood for the first time, I made myself stop after 2 episodes every saturday afternoon, sober, oddly enough.
And I've never seen The Sopranos. Frankly, the show scares me. Or just the thought of it.
(And lest we forget: Tom Cruise is the greatest actor of all time.)