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on 19 Feb 2010 02:42

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Hollywood's 10 Most Evil Actors

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Average listal rating (1317 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
1. Alan Rickman


Maybe it's the deep and imposing voice, or because he's got a mean sneer, but Rickman is always game to play a nasty character. He has memorably depicted the slimy and seemingly-traitorous Severus Snape in the 'Harry Potter' films, the greedy and perverted Judge Turpin in 'Sweeney Todd' and terrorist Hans Gruber in the original 'Die Hard.' We love Rickman when he's good, but when he's bad, he's irresistible.
Dri's rating:

Average listal rating (526 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
2. Jeremy Irons


Like Huston, Irons has perfected the art of playing a finer class of villain. Look no further than his Oscar-winning part as blue-blooded wife-hater Claus von Bulow in 'Reversal of Fortune,' or his maniacal bomber in 'Die Hard With a Vengeance' or the rich and ruthless rancher in 'Appaloosa' for a few examples of Irons' infamous characters. Oh, and who can forget King Mufasa's jealous, fratricidal brother, Scar, in 'The Lion King.'

Average listal rating (94 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
3. Danny Huston


Huston's eyebrows alone are menacing, and he also possesses beady eyes, an intimidating height and an air of entitlement that makes him a wonderful upscale bad guy. There's his creepy profiteer in 'Edge of Darkness,' the greedy corporatist in 'The Constant Gardner,' the head vampire in '30 Days of Night,' the killer outlaw in 'The Proposition' and the hateful General Stryker in 'Wolverine.' Certainly his father, the late director John Huston, who was famously evil himself in 'Chinatown,' would've been proud.

Average listal rating (966 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
4. Sean Bean


Bean squints, scowls and glares his way into villainous roles with such flair that the tiniest narrowing of his eyes can scare an audience. For proof, see him as an IRA terrorist in 'Patriot Games,' a double-crossing Bond villain in 'Goldeneye,' a violent wife-beater in 'Essex Boys' and a psychopathic hitchhiker in 'The Hitcher.' Even his Boromir in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy was appropriately edgy and and dark. This is one tough Englishman.

Average listal rating (257 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
5. Max von Sydow


The 80-year-old Oscar nominee has 107 film credits, but it's his turns as corrupt men of authority or even the personification of evil itself that send shivers. Ever since the screen vet became Bond filmmakers' first choice for the titular role of 'Dr. No' (eventually played by Joseph Wiseman), he's been delivering chills in films like 'Flash Gordon' (as the Emperor Ming the Merciless), 'Minority Report' and 'Rush Hour 3.'

Average listal rating (402 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
6. Jason Isaacs


The steely-eyed Brit's standout performance as the sadistic Redcoat who kills Mel Gibson's sons in 'The Patriot' set the tone for his popularity as Voldemort's deliciously evil Death Eater -- with awesome hair -- Lucius Malfoy in the 'Harry Potter' series. On the small screen, Isaacs impressed critics as a hot-headed Providence mobster in Showtime's drama 'Brotherhood.'
Dri's rating:

Average listal rating (142 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
7. Ray Winstone


Winstone is cut from the same cloth as his friend McShane; he's an expert at playing bad-ass men. As an Irish mob boss' henchman in 'The Departed,' a nasty deserter hunter in 'Cold Mountain,' an enigmatic agent in 'Edge of Darkness' and a fed-up gangster in 'Sexy Beast,' Winstone proves again and again that if you want brilliantly ominous, he's the man for the job.

Average listal rating (107 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
8. Ian McShane


Although he's been an actor for nearly 50 years, McShane made a name for himself in the States in 2004 for playing the foul-mouthed, pioneering pimp Al Swearengen on HBO's 'Deadwood.' Anyone who has seen his Golden Globe-winning performance knows you just don't cross McShane. In films, McShane's best of the bad include a London kingpin in 'Sexy Beast,' a cruel hijacker in 'The Terrorists' and the animated villain Tai Lung in 'Kung Fu Panda.'

Average listal rating (1528 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
9. Gary Oldman


Oldman is so good at being bad, even his "good" roles are a bit on the dark side, like Harry Potter's godfather Sirius Black or Gotham police captain Jim Gordon. His unabashedly-malevolent characters -- legendary vampire 'Dracula,' a wannabe presidential assassin in 'Air Force One,' vengeful Lecter victim in 'Hannibal' and his latest turn as a post-apocalyptic crime boss in 'The Book of Eli' -- create a fabulous filmography of bad-natured souls.
Dri's rating:

Average listal rating (319 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
10. Joe Pantoliano


Like that other Italian Joe (Pesci), Pantoliano may be small, but you don't want to see him angry. Whether he's a no-good stepdad in 'Percy Jackson,' a cold-hearted traitor in 'The Matrix,' a double-crossed mobster in 'Bound' or Tony Soprano's blood-thirsty subordinate in 'The Sopranos,' Pantoliano is king when it comes to sleazy jerks.


 

Some esteemed actors have built their careers on the foundation of playing exceptionally moral, honorable characters -- Jimmy Stewart, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman, to name a few of moviedom's finest examples of all that's good and heroic. Other actors, well, let's just say they were born to be bad... on screen, at least. Take 'Shutter Island' co-star Max von Sydow, who scares us more than any man enjoying his ninth decade on Earth has any right to.

It's not that actors like von Sydow, Gary Oldman, Jeremy Irons and Alan Rickman can't tackle righteous or sensitive characters; they're all magnificent masters of their craft. Von Sydow has even portrayed Jesus ('The Greatest Story Ever Told') and men of the cloth in several films (most notably in 'The Exorcist'). But when they're evil, these actors are simply the best. We offer you Hollywood's 10 most eeeevil actors.

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Feb 23 2:07
Great list!
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Feb 23 23:34
"We love Rickman when he's good, but when he's bad, he's irresistible."

Confesso que votei só por causa dessa frase. Ela é tão perfeita e verdadeira... Alan Rickman é puro amor. Queria um vilão desse na minha história! xD
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Feb 24 0:36
anthony hopkins and jack nicholson
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Apr 18 16:04
Same here: Anthony Hopkins and Jack Nicholson, Jack have this villain face, I don't want to see him in a ''good role''
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at May 22 23:13
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at May 23 3:34
Gary oldman best villanous character was in leon, cant beleive u didnt mention his role there, btw nice list!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at May 23 7:52
nicee list , just missd "Anthony Hopkins" here
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at May 23 10:04
No Christopher Walken? WTF.
Posted: 3 years ago at Jul 16 12:43
Nice list. :DD I saw Alan Rickman and I had to vote. :P
Posted: 3 years ago at Jul 16 13:43
Robert De Niro has great "evil" performances too.

Nice list!
Posted: 3 years ago at Jul 17 1:33
Great list! I love your eloquently written character descriptions.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at May 24 13:57
AHAHHahah adorei! Pior que gosto da maioria ai, só consigo gostar dos caras maus xD mas ficou muito boa a lista, adorei! :D
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at May 24 18:10
That's the sickness behind many Hollywood films, they love to spin this fantasy of false dichotomy between good and evil, when real life doesn't operate that way. In doing so, it shuts down any semblance of critical thinking or reasoning from the viewer's part; I hate that black-and-white mentality they enforce upon people.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at May 25 8:37
Great list!
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Nov 17 4:06
Great choices! I especially love Rickman and Irons! =)
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Nov 17 10:07
Gary Oldman in "Leon: The Professional" is his greatest role and he plays such a good villain.
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Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago at Jul 20 1:08
You need Christopher Walken on this list, along with Tim Curry, Jack Nicholson, and John Lithgow.

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