November 10, 2009

Actors you forgot were in Tim Burton movies

tim burtonNext year, Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland hits theaters. It’s his seventh time working with Johnny Depp, who might be the first actor you associate with Tim Burton. He has also worked frequently with Helena Bonham-Carter, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Keaton, and a few others. But with this movie he adds a few new big names to his list. It’s his first time working with Crispin Glover, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, and relative newcomer Mia Wasikowska.

Whenever a new Tim Burton movie comes out, I marvel at the caliber and range of actors he’s worked with. So inspired in part by the upcoming Tim Burton retrospective that opens at MOMA in a couple weeks, I decided to compile a list. Here are 94 notable people that you might have forgotten were in movies directed by Tim Burton*:

Christina Applegate
Alan Arkin
Patricia Arquette
Alec Baldwin
Kim Basinger
Annette Bening
Milton Berle
Valerie Bertinelli
Jack Black
James Brolin
Pierce Brosnan
Jim Brown
Steve Buscemi
Robert Carradine
Helena Bonham Carter
Max Casella
Dick Cavett
Glenn Close
Sacha Baron Cohen
Sofia Coppola
Marion Cotillard
Billy Crudup
Miley Cyrus
Elizabeth Daily
Geena Davis
Johnny Depp
Danny DeVito
Vincent D’Onofrio
Michael Clarke Duncan
Shelley Duvall
Morgan Fairchild
Albert Finney
Michael J. Fox
Stephen Fry
Paul Giamatti
Crispin Glover
Robert Goulet
Pam Grier
Robert Guillaume
Lukas Haas
Anthony Michael Hall
Jerry Hall
Phil Hartman
Anne Hathaway
Freddy Highmore
Jan Hooks
James Earl Jones
Jeffrey Jones
Tom Jones
Michael Keaton
David Kelly
Kris Kristofferson
Maurice LaMarche
Martin Landau
Jessica Lange
Christopher Lee
Lisa Marie
Ian McDiarmid
Ewan McGregor
Bill Murray
Jack Nicholson
Leonard Nimoy
Catherine O’Hara
Barret Oliver
Jack Palance
Sarah Jessica Parker
Cassandra Peterson
Michelle Pfeiffer
Natalie Portman
Vincent Price
Missy Pyle
Paul Reubens
Miranda Richardson
Alan Rickman
Christina Ricci
Tim Roth
Deep Roy
Winona Ryder
Glenn Shadix
Martin Short
Sylvia Sidney
Dee Snider
George ‘The Animal’ Steele
Rod Steiger
Daniel Stern
Tracey Ullman
Mark Wahlberg
Loudon Wainwright III
Christopher Walken
Mia Wasikowska
Emily Watson
Dianne Wiest
Billy Dee Williams
Robert Wuhl

*For the purpose of this blog entry, I also include the actors from Tim Burton’s short film Frankenweenie, plus the “Aladdin” episode of Faerie Tale Theater that he directed.


Don’t forget Charlton Heston’s cameo in the Planet of the Apes remake!

Interesting that there’s no sign that Kevin Bacon was in anything…

@CBB remember: It’s never more than six degrees to Kevin Bacon.


I think Tim Burton is a fabulous director. I wonder what it means that my two favorite actors of all time aren’t on this list - Denzel Washington and Jodi Foster.

What Tim Burton movie was Leonard Nimoy in? IMDB “people working together” search says they’ve never worked together.

Sean: He was in the “Aladdin” episode of Faerie Tale Theatre which Burton directed. See