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It’s That Guy: A Tribute to Male Celebrities Who Everyone Recognizes but No One Remembers Their Name (December 2012)

This issue is dedicated to Kurt Fuller, James Frain, and Harry Groener.


Kurt FullerThat Guy: Kurt Fuller

Where He’s Been:
  Alias, Better with You, Big Day, Boston Legal, Capitol News, Carnivàle, Desperate Housewives, Dharma & Greg, Glee, The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, Laurie Hill, Monk, Parenthood, Psych, Quantum Leap, Supernatural, That's My Bush!, The Tick, Timecop, Wildside

Most Memorable Role:
Although he may have been more popular as Zachariah on Supernatural, I ultimately went with Woody from Psych because that is the first character who comes to mind when I think of Kurt Fuller. One of my favorite scenes was in the Hangover-style episode, Last Night Gus (Season 6, Episode 2). After Shawn explains that the two men at the bar are gay, Woody leans in with a knowing look and tells them "Just so you know...me and this guy..." (gesturing to Lassiter) "...we spooned last night".

Whether he’s playing a morally ambiguous angel on Supernatural or a morally questionable coroner on Psych, Kurt Fuller is incredibly entertaining. A seasoned actor from the mid-eighties, Kurt has starred and guest starred in over 150 movies/television shows.



James FrainThat Guy: James Frain

Where He's Been: 24, The Buccaneers, Burn Notice, Californication, The Cape, The Closer, FlashForward, Fringe, Grey's Anatomy, Grimm, In Plain Sight, Invasion, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Leverage, Lie to Me, Medium, The Mentalist, Numb3rs, Tales from the Crypt, True Blood, The Tudors

Most Memorable Role:
Although James first captured my attention as Forney Hull in Where the Heart Is, he was most memorable as Franklin Mott, the adorably child-like, psychotic, and often melodramatic, vampire in True Blood. While I loved almost every second of watching him, with the notable exception of his untimely demise, my absolute favorite scene was in Trouble (Season 3, Episode 5), after Tara had tried to escape.

*Franklin screams*
Franklin: Why?! Tara, why?!
Tara: I...I was afraid.
Franklin: Of me-e-e?! You were afraid of me? That's insane!
Tara: But you tied me up!
Franklin: To keep you safe. Oh my god, what other reason could there be?
*Franklin bursts into tears*
Franklin: You have no idea how much you've hurt me.
Franklin: *sobbing* I feel like I've been staked!



Harry GroenerThat Guy: Harry Groener

Where He's Been:
Bones, Breaking Bad, Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Dear John, Dr. Vegas, The Drew Carey Show, How I Met Your Mother, Las Vegas, Less Than Perfect, Judging Amy, Just Shoot Me, Mad About You, Medium, Mercy Point, Monk, The Middle, Once Upon a Time, Quantum Leap, Sleepwalkers, Star Trek: Enterprise, Supernatural, The West Wing

Most Memorable Role:
Mayor Richard Wilkins from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Mayor was easily one of the most captivating villains in the series, likely because of his seemingly contradictory behavior. Wilkins was polite, cheerful, and even wholesome (in his own way). The Mayor was a proponent of good hygiene and he abhorred profanity. I found it incredibly fitting that his last words were “Well, gosh.”

In addition to his numerous television and movie roles, Harry Groener is also a veteran of the stage. His works include Cats, Crazy for You, and Oklahoma!, each of which earned him a Tony nomination.



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- Kurt Fuller
- Harry Groener
- James Frain

Written by: Kimberly Ainsworth
Dec 31st, 2012, 8:44 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jan 1st, 2013, 9:16 pm
thats Christian Camargo who plays the ice truck killer in Dexter very similar look
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jan 1st, 2013, 7:17 am
"James Frain". How could you miss his easily biggest & most memorable role to date. Dexter's Ice Truck serial killing brother for an entire season.
Anamon

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Message Posted On Dec 31st, 2012, 3:10 pm

Nice feature article! I wouldn't mind seeing more of the kind.

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Message Posted On Dec 31st, 2012, 11:57 am

Great job! I too will always remember Kurt Fuller as Brell in No Holds Barred, and James Frain was fantastic on True Blood. Count me in as another fan of these articles.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 31st, 2012, 9:10 am
*goes into fanboy mode* This is a great string of articles. You do such an awesome job with them. I never remember any of their names but they are definitely actors that click "OH its that guy" in my head. Good job and thank you for helping me connect names to the guys in the background.
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Message Posted On Dec 31st, 2012, 9:04 am

Kurt Fuller is a terrific pick. Although I would indeed pick Zachariah from Supernatural as his best TV role. As far as film goes, I'll always remember him as the Mayor's a-hole assistant in Ghostbusters II, and as the corrupt TV executive in No Holds Barred. Fuller is one of the best jerks in the history of filmed entertainment, and I mean that in the best possible way.