I have television ADD. I mean, seriously. It's hard for me to sit down and watch a TV show or movie for long periods of time. But every now and then, I come across an actor or actress who knows how to grab my attention and keep it.
1. Hyacinth Bucket, played by actress Patricia Routledge. If you haven't ever seen an episode of BBC's "Keeping Up Appearances", you haven't been entertained. I don't know if this sitcom was meant to be the British equivalent to "I Love Lucy", but in my opinion, it totally supersedes. What makes Hyacinth a great character? She's ambitious, quirky, and a gentle-hearted snob! Hyacinth makes watching a train wreck fun! I love her facial expressions!
2. Sir Percival Blakeney, played by actor Anthony Andrews. I didn't much care for the old black-and-white version of "The Scarlet Pimpernel", but when I saw the movie staring Anthony Andrews, it was all over. What makes Sir Percy a great character? Just everything. He is an English aristocrat who uses the cover of a flaky, shallow-minded dandy to hide his heroic ambitions to save the lives of French aristocrats during the French Revolution. Plus he's super romantic. Sink me, he's one of the best male characters ever.
3. Susan Vance, played by actress Katherine Hepburn. "Bringing Up Baby" is my all time favorite movie, and not because the story centers around a leopard (although that certainly helps). What makes Susan a great character? She's a both a charming, ditsy heiress, and a schemer capable of crazy impulse. She's willing to steal clothes and dinosaur bones to keep an awkward paleontologist close to her.
4. Miracle Max, played by actor Billy Crystal. "The Princess Bride" is one of the best movies you will ever watch, because its a great romance/comedy packed with memorable, unique characters. It was hard to pick one character that made the movie for me, but I decided that Miracle Max was the most unique and memorable (plus Billy Crystal is a pretty talented actor). Miracle Max is a witty and grumpy old man. He loves MLTs and can't stand the name "Humperdink".
What movie or TV characters left an impression on you? What did you like about them?