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I am having a surprisingly difficult time trying to find the last name of an actor.

He was a large, muscular white actor who was frequently bald (the kind who might play a scary inmate). I am more than 90% certain his name was Bryan something, though it may have been spelled Brian. I know for a fact that he died sometime in the 90’s of a heart-attack because I remember being surprised by the news.

Unfortunately I can’t seem to think of any movies he was in at the moment (though I used to know some). The closest I can think of is Shocker, but that was Mitch Pileggi, not this guy.

I tried IMDB’s advanced search as well as Google and Google Images, but did not find him which is somewhat surprising because he was not a nobody; he was perhaps a C to B-list action star like Dolph Lundgren or Rutger Hauer.

Does anyone know his last name or a site that can (more) effectively find him?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

I finally found it.

What I did was to go to Wikipedia and search using the following queries:

  • actor bryan
  • actor brian
  • actor bryan -199
  • actor bryan death
  • actor brian death

Not surprisingly, they all had plenty of hits, so I used the 500-results-per-page option and scanned down looking for key terms like death, -199, and actor (and of course his last name which I was certain I would immediately recognize).

Eventually, when I got towards the bottom of the last page of results, I saw Brian James (actor). That looked familiar, so I checked the Google Images page to verify. Unfortunately it wasn’t him, but the name seemed very familiar, so I “hypothesis-ily” tried some variations including bryan james actor (not it), and (randomly?), brion james. Bingo! It’s him.

It is surprising and frustrating that searching for what is arguably a relatively noteworthy public person would be so difficult just because the name was spelled a little bit differently. I guess search-engines still have a ways to go. (I can’t believe I forgot he was in on of my favorite movies, Fifth Element.)

Hopefully the tactics I used are helpful for others in similar situations.

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heh. if you had just followed the rudger howard line you would have found him in blade runner. – DForck42 Aug 6 '12 at 7:13

Possibly Brian Glover .... well known in the UK. Probably best known worldwide as one of the inmates in Alien3.

He matches on:

  • Bald
  • Muscular white actor (was a professional wrestler at one point)
  • Scary inmate
  • Brian/Bryan
  • Died 1997
  • B to C list (certainly well known in the UK)
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No, I already saw Glover in the list, but this one is American. I’m pretty sure this one also has a slightly pointer head than Glover. – Synetech Aug 4 '12 at 15:02
Why the (much later) downvote - just because I was wrong does not make it a suitable guess. – iandotkelly Nov 2 '12 at 19:35

Brian Jackson?

He often plays tough bad guys, I think he was in Alien Nation, X-Files and so on.

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I already found him. It was Brion James. – Synetech Aug 8 '12 at 18:37
Oh him! Yes, he is an actor I like too. – Stefan Aug 9 '12 at 7:27

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