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"Forget the big names. Scott Voisin's outstanding book tells the story of the true Hollywood stars of today. The guys who are the heart, backbone and guts of the movies."
                                                                                              -- Bob Murawski, film editor, Spider-Man 1, 2 & 3

"Character actors have always been the backbone of the film and TV industry. Now you can learn who some of the best are and what they've done. A great read and excellent permanent reference."
                                                                   -- Samuel M. Sherman, Independent-International Pictures Corp.

"Remarkably candid conversations with some of Hollywood's most familiar faces. Scott Voisin has compiled a fascinating read for film fans and an invaluable textbook for aspiring actors."
                                                                                    -- Joe Kane, The Phantom of the Movies' VideoScope

"These are the unsung heroes in cinema! They're the actors who, in many cases, make these films memorable. It's great to collectively read about their fascinating careers directly from the source."
                                                                                                                       -- George Reis,

Below are excerpts from Character Kings (and if you’re wondering where you’ve seen that actor before, click on the picture to view his resume).


RONNY COX          

RAY WISE           

ART LaFLEUR         

 TOBIN BELL          



KEITH DAVID          


BOB GUNTON         


PETER JASON         





Character Kings is now available in three autographed/limited editions: 

- Signed by author Scott Voisin ($21.95)

- Signed by actors James Karen, Daniel Roebuck, Art LaFleur, Peter Jason and Scott Voisin ($34.95)

- Signed by actors James Karen, William Sanderson, Daniel Roebuck, Art LaFleur, Peter Jason and Scott Voisin ($39.95)

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“You’d think that the people in charge of the TV networks would give a damn about the artistic content of a show, but they really don’t. Somewhere in the middle of all those producer credits, there’s a line that’s drawn between people who are trying to make a better show and people who only give a damn about the return on investment.”



"Two of the primary attributes an actor has to have are concentration and stamina. Sometimes we’re shooting the same scene at 7 o’clock at night that we were shooting at 7 o’clock that morning, and you have to have stamina to do that. When I used to run 100 miles a week, I was a much better actor because of it. At the end of the day when everybody else was tired and losing their concentration, I still had mine because I was in really good condition."

“There are times when I wish that I could be doing more work and making more money, but then something will come along that will supply the means to keep me going for the next few months. It's never a cut-and-dry thing where you say, ‘I've made all of the money I need to make and my family has everything they need.’ We still have to live on a budget from time to time and think about the everyday aspects of making it through.”

“When you go to an audition, you want to stay true to the character and true to what is written, but you also want to do it the way you know how. You don't want to go in and do what you think they want; you need to do it the way you feel it should be done. When you're honest and bring yourself to the part, you're contributing to the process.”



“Value work, value your jobs... No matter how menial they are, they will keep you in the game and if you can stay in the game, then you have a chance to win. I once painted the underside of a stairwell in an 18-story building. I was grateful for the work, and if jobs like that can make you available to go to your acting class and pay your acting teacher, they’re not to be minimized. They may not be glamorous and it may seem like you’re not goin’ anywhere, but as long as you can continue to pay your bills, you’re in the game.”

“I'm delighted that I've had a career that's lasted a long time. I never became a star, but I've been working for over sixty years. I feel great, I've been very fortunate that I've enjoyed good health, and I think part of that is because I'm happy with what I'm doing. To be able to continue working at something you love to do is one of the greatest gifts you can get.”


“You take a lot of jobs because you’re earning a living. You look at it and you say, ‘I’ll do this... It’s gonna be a piece of crap, but I’ll do it.’ You’re not in a position to pick and choose very often because you have to work. I've seen some actors who turned down so much work they stopped being asked.”


“The difference in acting for a film and acting on stage is all about scale. On stage, there’s an adjustment you have to make with the decibel of your voice and the height of your gestures. In film, the camera is right there so you don’t have to really project, you just have to be. I think in great acting, you don’t get caught acting. You just see somebody being.”


“An actor cannot get from ‘Action’ to ‘Cut, print, next!’ until he does everything that advances everybody’s needs on the set. Everybody’s your boss, everybody needs something from you, including the guy that hired you. He needs the movie to be done on time and on budget. If you can’t effectively do your job in three or four or five takes, they won’t hire you anymore.”
“The financial environment for character actors has changed. It’s still not coal mining and it’s still a very good living, but it has changed, and I think most of us would say not for the better. However, I look at what the economic situation is for most Americans, and I certainly would not offer any complaints for how this business compensates the people who work in it, particularly actors. We’ve got nothing deep to gripe about.”


“If you’re going to say you're an actor, then do the work that it takes in order to be one. Nothing bothers me more than some of these so-called actors that get some notoriety and the next thing you know, they're in a period piece and don't know what the hell they're doing. That's because they've never had the training, they don't know how to carry themselves or how to speak in a different period. If you want to be an actor, work your ass off and do theater before you ever think you're going to be a movie star, because that's a whole other ambition."

“Acting is a service profession, and I believe the key to my longevity has been keeping the attitude of, ‘How can I help you?’ rather than, ‘What can I take from you?’ If you ask yourself, ‘How can I be of service here?’ before every job you do, I think they'll want you there. They’ll say, ‘Let's get that guy who wants to help us rather than the guy who's showing up late, who wants to change everything and who wants his money upfront.’ Which one are you gonna hire?”

“I love comedy, but I don’t get a chance to do much comedy. It’s very frustrating, and I accept it as part of the business, but it’s tough... When all of your commercial successes are action pictures playing bad guys, people see you in a certain light and wonder if you can do anything else.”



“It’s still hard trying to earn a living as an actor, but I'm not as worried as I was, say, ten years ago. I've been doing this for so long and people still call and ask for me; they're still interested. Who knows what's ahead? I could stumble into a movie next year that could define my career for the rest of my life, just out of dumb luck. What I always remember is that Boris Karloff was 43 when he filmed Frankenstein, and from that point on for the rest of his life, he had a job.”

"I just want to play characters that are different from me. It's a bigger challenge and it's fun. We act because we want to pretend to be something we're not. It's hard to be a hero in life but it's easier to pretend to be one."
Signed by Scott Voisin
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Signed by James Karen, Daniel Roebuck, Art LaFleur,
Peter Jason
and Scott Vosin
Who is the signed book for?
Signed by James Karen, William Sanderson, Daniel Roebuck,
Art LaFleur, Peter Jason
and Scott Voisin
Who is the signed book for?
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