Bold Face: Character Actors

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A character actor is one who predominantly plays unusual or eccentric characters. In this edition of Bold Face we feature three such thespians that have made unusual characters their specialty…

Well known for his work in musical theater, Mandy Patinkin is also a regular on screens big and small, earning him several awards including a Tony, three Emmys, two Golden Globes and a S.A.G. Award. His best-known film role was as Inigo Montoya in 1987’s The Princess Bride, but he also had high-profile roles in Alien Nation, Yentl and Dick Tracy. After appearing in the first two seasons of TV’s Criminal Minds, Patinkin currently plays Saul Berenson, the CIA’s Middle East Division Chief and mentor to Claire Danes’ character, in the Showtime series Homeland. The beard is part of his character’s look, but the sunglasses are a style all his own, the Michael Kors M2047S from Marchon


Tilda Swinton is a British actress known for both arthouse and mainstream films. She has appeared in a number of films including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Burn After Reading, The Beach, The Chronicles of Narnia and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performances in The Deep End and We Need to Talk About Kevin. She even won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for Michael Clayton, just one of many prestigious acting awards she has earned over her more than 25 year career. The 52-year-old has three, no doubt interesting, movies coming out in 2013, so until we next see her on the big screen here she is in the Yves Saint Laurent 6366/s sunglass from Safilo


Fifty-five years is a long time to do anything, but that is exactly how long Alan Arkin has been a working actor. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming (for which he received his first Oscar nomination in 1966), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross and Little Miss Sunshine, for which he finally won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2006. This year he appeared in the critically-acclaimed, Ben Affleck-directed Argo as Lester Siegel, a seasoned Hollywood producer who helps the CIA create a fake movie. In the film, Arkin’s character wears the classic Persol 649 model in black from Luxottica to add a little Hollywood authenticity.