Robert Picardo -- Best Male Trek Actor Next to Stewart

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  1. teacake

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    I love his Esperanto movie. Incubus!

    And my opinion of his acting went way up with Boston Legal.

    However these "best" threads just seem silly to me, this isn't sports.

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW7AuyIwN2A[/yt]
     
  2. Infern0

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    You have to say Stewart was the best actor in Star Trek

    On a tier below that you have Nimoy, Auborjonis, Picardo and one or two others

    Then Shatner, but Shatner could be tier 2, sometimes he sleepwalked a little bit.

    Hmm what about De Lancie?

    lot of quality actors tbh
     
  3. Gaith

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    In his review of Atonement, Ebert wrote:
    Cecilia, as played by Knightley with stunning style, speaks rapidly in that upper-class accent that sounds like performance art. When I hear it, I despair that we Americans will ever approach such style with our words, which march out like baked potatoes.
    He also had a quote about how Ian McKellen sounds as though he's got a natural echo chamber in his throat that magnifies and enriches his speech, but I can't find it at the moment.

    It does seem to me that, as Ebert said, Britain has a much richer culture of speech, whereas we Yanks just say stuff. But since it occupies the semi-rarified realm of utopian sci-fi, Trek has a notable tradition of highlighting not only Stewart but also American actors whose voices just have a kind of je ne sais quoi, a melody to them. Billingsey and de Lancie have it. Brooks has it, and Dorn a bit also.

    But, apart from maybe Martin Sheen, I can't, offhand, think of an American actor with a finer voice than Picardo's. It's got tremelo and music. It's really a wonder.

    And he ain't a bad visual actor, neither. :bolian:
     
  4. Ryva Brall

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    Our words "march out like baked potatoes". How flattering. :lol:

    But it's true. The way some people speak here in America makes me cringe. I find it especially hilarious when there are native English speakers on television whose speech is so terrible that they require subtitles. When did they stop teaching grammar in schools? I must have missed something.

    But yes, there are some American actors with great voices, who do proper justice to the English language. Picardo is one. And I love listening to Martin Sheen. (I've recently become addicted to The West Wing, and Bartlet's nerdy history tangents always make me smile.) And David Ogden Stiers has an AWESOME voice. I could listen to him all day.
     
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    I've never watched the West Wing, but Martin Sheen always puts in a great performance. My favorite role for him was when he played Lee in the movie Gettysburg. Hard to believe him and Charlie are related. :rolleyes:
     
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    My favorite Martin Sheen performance is when he was about 23, as Private Dix in The Outer Limits: "Nightmare" during 1963.
     
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    I knew there was a reason The Doctor was my favorite character.
     
  8. Captain Kathryn

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    Robert Picardo is the man. :bolian:
     
  9. JirinPanthosa

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    Adam Sandler is perfectly capable of acting, he just chooses not to. Ever seen Punch Drunk Love? The one film Sandler ever did with a good script.

    If you take Shatner, Nimoy, Stewart and Spiner out of the equation Picardo wins by a landslide. Shatner, I dunno. He's one of those actors who's amazing at playing the characters he plays but who doesn't have a lot of range. Nimoy just might also be in that category.

    But it's hard not to put Spiner above Picardo.
     
  10. Melakon

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    I think Spiner does best with comedic roles. I see Picardo as adept in comedy, drama, and horror/fantasy. Any guy who can do both Eddie Quist and JohnnyCab certainly has a good range.
     
  11. Kai Winn

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    Shatner is the only winner of Razzie awards of all ST actors, if memory serves right. Tripple winner with The Final Frontier, worst picture, actor, director.
     
  12. teacake

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    My least favorite actor ever. He is so repulsive I can hardly stand to look at him.
     
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    Not a Sandler fan, but he did make laugh in Chuck and Larry and Zohan.

    I love Picardo's work with Joe Dante, which I guess led to this:

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxjYJayuWoA[/yt]

    Now if that ain't a fine piece of latex acting, I'll eat my John Merrick hat.
     
  14. JirinPanthosa

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    Yeah, but Sandler is repulsive because of his script choice. If you held a gun to his head and forced him to act in a movie that actually had a good script, he'd do a reasonably good job.

    Maybe I don't have a very good grasp of Picardo's range because the only other things I've ever seen him in are Stargate and Home Improvement. So I believe Picardo beats Shatner or Nimoy for range, but if you judge solely on their ability to play those specific characters, Picardo loses.
     
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    I have a hard time taking Picardo seriously. Mainly because every time I see him in something, I cant help but remember him as a "Body Educator".....
     
  16. Melakon

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    It took a little while for me to get used to Picardo as the doctor, as the local station was stripping The Wonder Years at the time and I loved him as Coach Cutlip.
     
  17. teacake

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    Such irritable charm, the EMH. Delightful.
     
  18. Ryva Brall

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    Coach Cutlip! I still remember that terrible drawing he did of the female body during Sex Ed class. It was basically an amorphous blob with a head and legs. :guffaw:
     
  19. M

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    Do you guys realize that Robert Picardo himself just posted a link to this thread on his twitter account? :lol:
     
  20. teacake

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    Oh My!

    Oops, wrong icon.