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Top 10 Actors Who Like to Play Villains in Movies

Because of the way they look, the way they sound, these actors managed to play villains in many movies. Some of them are not so popular, but they did a very good job playing villains in some important movies.

Let’s see who these actors are.

Mark Strong


Mark Strong was Lord Blackwood in Sherlock Holmes ( 2010 ) where he caused a lot of problems to the characters played by Robert Downey Jr and Juda Law.

That same year he played ruthless officer Godefroy, in Robin Hood.

Mark Strong also played Sinestro in Green Lantern.

He also starred as a mobster in Kick-Ass. In 2011 he was drug dealer Clive Cornell in The Guard.

Mark Strong

Michael Ironside

He was the right hand of Coohagen ( Ronny Cox ) in Total Recall ( 1990 ) but before that he also played the villain in Scanners ( 1981 ).

He also starred as Katana, an immortal general in Highlander II: The Quickening. He is also the alcoholic stepfather that commits the ultimate sin towards his daughter Rosanne in Crime and Punishment in Suburbia.

Michael Ironside

Stephen Lang

You surely remember Lang as Colonel Quaritch, who destroyed the population of Pandora.

In Conan ( 2011 ) he played Khalar Sing. He also starred as a villain in Public Enemies ( 2009 ) and he is a mercenary in Shadow Conspiracy ( 1996 ).

In The Hard Way he starred as a psychopath who scared the hell out of the people of New York.

Stephen Lang

Danny Huston

His character is responsible with the “Weapon X” military program in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has Thomas Craven’s daughter killed in “Edge of Darkness”.

In 30 Days of Night his character was the leader of a vampire gang and he also played the villain in The Proposition.

Danny Huston

 Steven Berkoff

Steven’s character tortures Rambo in 1985, as a Russian lieutenant. He played one of the most fierce villains in the history of Bond movies, Orlov.

He plays a drug lord in Beverly Hills Cop ( 1984 ), he is part of a criminal organization and kills with his bare hands in The Tourist. In Legionnaire, Steven Berkoff played a sadistic sergeant.

Steven Berkoff

Clancy Brown

In “The Shawshank Redemption” Clancy Brown played evil Captain Hadley. Clancy also played a dangerous killer in Shoot to Kill and a sadistic killer who took out many immortals in Highlander.

Clancy Brown likes to play villains in movies but rumor has it that he’s a really a sweet person in real life.

Clancy Brown

Michael Wincott

He played evil Top Dollar in The Crow, a dangerous killer in Metro, Rochefort in The Three Musketeers, a sadistic conquistador in 1492: Conquest of Paradise.

He also played Armand Dorleac in The Count of Monte Cristo.

He had the role of a villain also in Seraphim Falls, Along Came a Spider and Dead Man.

Michael Wincott

Vernon Wells

Vernon plays Wez, the leader of a gang in Mad Max 2, a mercenary in Commando ( 1985 ), a punk biker in Weird Science ( 1985 ) and inmate Maddox in Fortress ( 1992 ).

Vernon Wells

Gary Busey

Now here’s a man who really likes to play villains in movies.

He played a drug lord in Lethal Weapon, a villain in Siege, he likes to hunt people down in Surviving the Game. He’s the leader of a gang of thieves in Drop Zone.

Gary Busey

Robert Davi

He played Franz Sanchez, a powerful drug lord who feeds people to the sharks in License to Kill. He plays the FBI agent going after John McClane in Die Hard.

Robert Davi


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