10 Best Fat Male Actors

Thursday, July 21 by Andrew Jett

In a world filled with stick-thin celebrities, the 10 best fat male actors leave quite an impression. Using their portly frames to their own advantage, these fat male actors offer a commanding onscreen presence no one can ignore.

  1. Jackie Gleason As the original foul-mouthed everyman, this fat male actor single handedly turned the TV series “The Honeymooners” into must-see television in 1955. Gleason remained a TV and movie fixture until his death in 1987, using his fat stature to endear himself to millions.
  2. John Belushi Watching performances from this fat male actor was always guaranteed to be a good time. Belushi used his comedic girth to create dozens of noteworthy characters, like Bluto from 1978’s “Animal House” and Jake Blues from “The Blues Brothers” in 1980.
  3. Rodney Dangerfield As one of the most revered members of the ten best fat male actors, any project featuring Dangerfield was a nonstop riot. Often using himself as a punching bag in his material, this actor’s quick wit and irrepressible charm helped turn films like 1980’s “Caddyshack” into classics.
  4. Jack Black Stretching his ample frame across music, television and movie genres, this fat male actor is no slouch when it comes to talent. Black taps into his seemingly endless supply of energy to add comedic life to films like 2000’s “High Fidelity” and 2003’s “School Of Rock.”
  5. John Goodman Throughout the TV run of “Roseanne” from 1988 to 1997, this fat male actor provided a relatable character for any average guy. Goodman is an accomplished movie actor as well, with classic films like 1998’s “The Big Lebowski” on his resume.
  6. Nathan Lane The riotous 1996 film “The Birdcage” would have been a complete bore without this fat male actor. With his enviable vocal and acting talent, Lane has put together a well-rounded body of work throughout the years, conquering both Hollywood and Broadway.
  7. James Earl Jones With his gravelly voice and daunting presence, this fat male actor has made a career out of being badass. Best known for his voice work as Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” franchise, Jones is also an accomplished screen actor. He has appeared in many notable films, such as 1989’s “Field Of Dreams.”
  8. W.C. Fields The elder statesman on this list of the ten best fat male actors, Fields was appearing in films as far back as 1915. As a fat actor, he helped shape early Hollywood, using his insightful quips and indulgent personality to guide the medium of acting toward the modern age.
  9. Orson Welles Acting, directing, screenwriting and producing credits all go toward this fat male actor’s legacy and he was awesome at them all. The 1941 film “Citizen Kane,” which Welles directed and starred in, is widely regarded as the one of the best movies of all time.
  10. Lou Costello As the larger half of the comedy duo Abbot and Costello, this fat male actor starred in a slew of films during the 1940s and 1950s. Costello’s “Who’s On First?” routine is perhaps his greatest legacy, providing ample fodder for generations of comedy fans.
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