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10 Actors Who Made Their Living Playing People We Hated

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If you watch a lot of movies, you start to recognize certain faces and voices that pop up pretty regularly. In particular, you find that some actors are really, REALLY good at playing villains that are menacing, sly, cool, or even just downright evil. In the case of these 10 actors, being bad has never looked so good.

Sir Christopher Lee

The actor best-known for serving in WWII and educating Peter Jackson on what a man sounds like when being stabbed in the back (seriously), Lee is one of the most recognizable villain actors of all time. This is thanks to roles like Count Dracula in Hammer's Dracula franchise, Bond villain Scaramanga in Man With The Golden Gun, and Saruman The White in The Lord of the Rings.

Ralph Fiennes

A phenomenal actor of stage and screen, Fiennes is one of the film industry's most talented villain actors, which he shows off as Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler's List, Rameses in The Prince of Egypt, and of course, Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise.

Gary Oldman

While people today probably know him best as Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight franchise, Oldman made his name by playing villains, especially Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Stansfield in Léon: The Professional, Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element, and Ivan Korshunov in Air Force One.

James Earl Jones

Sure, he was the voice of Mufasa, but James Earl Jones has plenty of villain cred in Hollywood, thanks to providing the voice of cinema's most iconic villain: Darth Vader. He also had plenty of time to be evil as Thulsa Doom in Conan: The Barberian and as the evil "Bad Dream House" in the first Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons.

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