ByTrevor Norkey, writer at
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Trevor Norkey

Comedy movies have many easily recognizable, recurring stars, such as Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, Seth Rogen and Zach Galifianakis. But there are way more people in comedies besides just the main actor. In fact, there are plenty of supporting and minor actors and actresses out there who have been in many of your favorite comedy movies, and you may not have even noticed it.

Here are 5 actors and actresses who have been in almost all of your favorite comedy movies without you even realizing it.

1. Rob Riggle

Rob Riggle kick-started his acting career after being a cast member for one season on Saturday Night Live. After that, he played supporting roles in an assortment of comedies. The crazy part? He's actually a terrific actor. When he is put in movies like Dumb and Dumber To where the rest of the supporting cast does not perform well, he stands out like a star as a truly terrific and hilarious actor. Also, he's a US Marine, as if he wasn't already cool enough.

Roles in Popular Comedies:

  • Jack Telmont in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Head Guard Hoffman in Unaccompanied Minors
  • Randy in Step Brothers
  • Officer Franklin in The Hangover
  • Henry in Killers
  • Martin in The Other Guys
  • James Malone Sr. in High Road
  • Mr. O'Hare in The Lorax
  • Mr. Walters in 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street
  • Randy in The Internship
  • Officer Segars in Let's Be Cops
  • Travis / Captain Lippincott in Dumb and Dumber To

2. Jack McBrayer

Outside of his career on the show 30 Rock, Jack McBrayer has actually been in a number of big comedies, often times without even being noticed. He is a very funny actor whose 'wimpy, yet perfect' attitude contrasts with the other characters of the movie in hilarious ways.

Roles in Popular Comedies:

  • Glenn in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • DJ in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Darald in Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Stage Manager in Spring Breakdown
  • Chuck in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Starbuck's Barista in A Thousand Words
  • Mr. Mendenhall in The Campaign
  • Fix-it Felix Jr. in Wreck-It Ralph
  • Brian in Movie 43
  • Tracy in Cooties

3. Patricia French

Patricia French has only gotten into big movies more recently than the others on this list, but since her 'big break' in Hollywood she has been in some big hits. She is best recognizable for her orange hair and her growly, uncaring, monotone voice.

Roles in Popular Comedies:

  • Cocktail Waitress in Good Intentions
  • Bored Fashion Editor in Beauty & the Briefcase
  • Judge Gorling in Life as We Know It
  • Police Officer in Hall Pass
  • Dave's Secretary in The Change-Up
  • Eleanor Dunbar in Footloose
  • Beverly in Wanderlust
  • Laundry Worker in The Three Stooges
  • Franklin's Mom in The Watch
  • Rose in Parental Guidance
  • Person at Ice Rink in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Angie in Let's Be Cops
  • Ms. Sourpuss in Dumb and Dumber To

4. Kathryn Hahn

Hahn is best known for playing the 'best friend of the main female character' role, or some variation of that character type, such as a wife or a sibling. But in reality, she is actually a very good actress who is just waiting to be noticed by Hollywood. In the mean time, though, she just continues playing minor and supporting roles in comedies.

Roles in Popular Comedies:

  • Michelle Rueben in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Helen in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • Sarah in Around the Bend
  • Bristol in The Holiday
  • Alice in Step Brothers
  • Annie in How Do You Know
  • Janet in Our Idiot Brother
  • Karen in Wanderlust
  • Pregnant Woman in The Dictator
  • Edie Fitzgerald in We're the Millers
  • Jenny Widgeon in Bad Words
  • Odessa Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Delta Simmons in She's Funny That Way
  • Annie Altman in This is Where I Leave You
  • Stacey Landsman in The D-Train

5. Gary Cole

Though he is probably the most well known actor on this list, Gary Cole is considered only a 'character actor' who is only known for playing specific roles. Because of this, he is often forgotten in his other roles. He, like the others, has done a number of comedies, even having the lead in some. He has also had roles in many genres outside of this, but his success has usually resided in comedy.

Roles in Popular Comedies:

  • Assistant Coach in Lucas
  • Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel and The Brady Bunch in the White House
  • Jake's Dad in I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Bill Lumbergh in Office Space
  • 'Sir' in Cadet Kelly
  • Carlos in I Spy
  • Henry Futch in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
  • Cotton McKnight in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
  • Jerry "Dagger" Harden in Pop Rocks
  • Reese Bobby in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • The Balladeer in The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning
  • Ted Jones in Pineapple Express
  • Larry Symonds in The Joneses
  • Henry O'Hare in Hop
  • Arthur Levine in Vamp U
  • Earl in Tammy
  • Stan Greggory in The Bronze

Also, Gary Cole has voiced the recurring character Principal Shepherd in Family Guy since 2000.

(left to right)Principal Shepherd and Peter Griffin
(left to right)Principal Shepherd and Peter Griffin



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