When you think about a movie, the first thing that pops into your head is the protagonist’s face. The main actors and actresses are what we associate a movie with. But the movie also needs a great supporting cast for the movie to shine. Some actors have done these roles just right, and even though they are not under the spotlight, they steal the show with their exemplary performances.

These actors have shined bright in the supporting roles, and some of them have also won the best supporting role oscar.

Heath Ledger

One cannot doubt the acting skills of Heath ledger and how he brought the character of Batman’s antagonist, ‘The Joker’ to life. Even though Christian Bale was the movie protagonist as Batman, it was Heath Ledger’s Joker that made the movie memorable. His is one of the most famous supporting roles and even won the best supporting role oscar posthumously.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is such a great actor and even shines in the supporting roles he does. A few of his moves are where he has done supporting roles acting, and he has some famous supporting roles. Some of his best-supporting roles ever are in the movie Fight Club, Twelve Monkeys, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, for which he won the best supporting role oscar. His role in Twelve Monkeys, for which he had to play a mentally unstable character, his portrayal was very believable and touching and completely stole the spotlight.

Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill is a brilliant comedian and actor. But it is one of the supporting roles of the movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ that takes the attention. He was also underpaid for the said role but did it with complete conviction. He won numerous awards and for nominated for many.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy has made a name in the industry for his main roles and some of his supporting roles, especially the ones that have garnered him a lot of critical acclaims. Some of his supporting roles in movies that are lauded are his roles in the movies The Revenant and his role of the antagonist Bane in the Batman trilogy.

Christian Bale

There is no confusion about how great of an actor Christian Bale is. He is known to be very organized with his very acting style and is known for his dedication to the role. One of his supporting roles in the movie ‘The Fighter’ with Mark Wahlberg is worth mentioning. He plays the role of a crack-addicted former boxer who coaches and helps Mark Wahlberg’s character.

Bale lost a lot of weight to look like a crack addict; such was his dedication to the role. His portrayal is very touching and even won him the best supporting role oscar.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is a fabulous actress and has several Oscar nominations and wins to her name. She seems to slip into any role effortlessly and thus is one of the finest actors. One of her best supporting roles ever is the one in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ as Miranda Presley, the cold and mean boss. She plays it with such ease that it’s hard to believe that she isn’t like that in real life.

Christoph Waltz

The movie ‘Django Unchained’ was brilliant for many reasons, and one of its lies in the actors that play the supporting roles. One of the famous supporting roles of the movie is the one played by Christoph Waltz. His character has a very warm and intelligent approach, which makes it very likable. He also plays it very comfortably. The sudden outbursts of violence and anger that he has in the movie make him more human and solidify him as a great character. Leonardo Di Caprio’s minor role is also lauded. He also plays the antagonistic character diligently.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams was an actor that has made movies for the ages. His movies have aged well and are received like a warm hug by cinephiles. He also absorbed every character he did and always tried to make their mannerisms of the character unique.

One of his famous supporting roles is of Shawn Maguire in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting.’ He plays the role of a troubled therapist well. He looks like that, too, with old sweaters and a bushy beard. Hi adapts the role of a widower who lost his beloved wife so well that his longing brings tears to your eyes. His mentorship that he gives to Matt Damon’s character Will is also very heartwarming and makes this supporting role very memorable.

His character of a lovable professor in ‘The Dead Poet’s Society’ is also one of his much-loved performances. He helps shape his students and plays with them, engraving love and kindness in their hearts and leaving them all with the desire to fulfill their dreams. This is one of William’s older gems and now a classic movie to go back to.

Leonardo Di Caprio

Leonardo Di Caprio has always wanted to be the best actor, and it was present even when he was a child actor. He has multiple nominations and awards to his name for gem pieces of cinema. But some of his performances in supporting roles are so good that they took away the most talented actors’ attention.

His performance as a mentally and physically challenged boy in the movie ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ is very memorable. He plays his role so well that it took the spotlight away from a talented actor like Johnny Depp. He even spent a few days with people who were challenged and tried to incorporate that. This makes his role very difficult to portray and also to watch. His acting was very real, and it broke many people’s hearts too.

Harrison Ford

We all know how brilliantly Harrison Ford portrayed Han Solo. Even though it was not the main role, he made the Star Wars franchise more interesting. He brought a certain charisma to the character and played it with a bit of sarcasm. He also improvised many dialogues that made the character and overall movie memorable.


These were some of the actors that are famous for their supporting roles. These were their famous supporting roles, and some of them were their best-supporting roles ever. Many actors also received their best supporting role oscar for these roles.


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