1. Actor Stephen Tobolowsky’s theory on the names of less important characters

If it’s a comedy, you get your job description and your first name like in ‘Wild Hogs’ I played Sheriff Charlie… If you are playing a serious role, you get the job description and your last name - Detective McClaren, Agent Jones. Now then there’s a level below that in which you get no name… You just get sometimes your job description - homeless man, man on train, man with a limp.

    Actor Stephen Tobolowsky’s theory on the names of less important characters

    If it’s a comedy, you get your job description and your first name like in ‘Wild Hogs’ I played Sheriff Charlie… If you are playing a serious role, you get the job description and your last name - Detective McClaren, Agent Jones. Now then there’s a level below that in which you get no name… You just get sometimes your job description - homeless man, man on train, man with a limp.

  2. Stephen Tobolowsky

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