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1. Ron Perlman

1. Ron Perlman

Best co-starring performances: Cronos (1993), Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008-present), I Sell the Dead (2009), Drive (2011), 3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom (2012), Crave (2012)

Genre fans really appreciate it when a credible, highly respected actor works in their realm without even the slightest hint of irony or I'm-too-good-for-this elitism. And there's no greater example of that type of game thespian than Mr. Ron Perlman.

Looking at his professional stats, it's easy to think that the uniquely masculine (read: dude has a chiseled mug like nobody else) is nothing more than a B-movie king, with titles like In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Mutant Chronicles, and The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption. Even some of his major studio jobs have fallen into this distinction, most notably Season of the Witch and last year's crappy Conan the Barbarian remake.

That is, until you watch each of those films and realize that Perlman gives not a single unlikable performance in any of them.

He's one of the hardest working actors in the industry, and his disposition in movies regularly gives the impression that he's never doing it just for the paycheck. The guy clearly loves his job, and he's not above hamming it up in drag (3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom) or cracking one-liners while covered in prosthetics and makeup (the Hellboy films).

Besides, nobody can deny that he's one of the best actors working on television today, as seen weekly in FX's violent, character-driven biker soap opera Sons of Anarchy. Anytime someone calls him out for signing onto, say, the 2009 direct-to-DVD flick The Devil's Tomb, all Perlman has to do is toss them a Sons home video box set.

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