Actors who became famous without showing their faces

Succeeding in Hollywood and in the world of the film industry is something that few actors in the world can achieve. Now imagine doing it with performances where your body, voice, and in some cases guttural sounds need to communicate what you want. That is, to do all this without showing your face, either covered by special effects or latex masks and professional makeup.

Due to the degree of complexity, we have decided to bring together the actors and actresses who stand out on the big screen with their performances that have won Oscars for makeup, but which they lacked for Best Actor.

In any case, here we show you the actors who became famous without showing their faces:

1. Doug Jones

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We are sure that this is the first time you have seen the face of Jones, one of the star actors who leads this exclusive list. How to forget the terrifying and beautiful interpretation of him in Pan’s Labyrinth or in the old Fantastic Four movie as Silver Surfer. And, of course, in the HellBoy movie and in The Shape of Water, by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.  

2. Peter Mayhew

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One role was enough for Mayhew to become one of the most important personalities in cinema and the geek world . His presence at the San Diego Comic Con made the audience cry and his charisma merged with that of his Star Wars character : Chewbacca. Unfortunately, the actor passed away in 2019 at the age of 75.  

3. Maiwenn Le Besco

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This French actress became famous in her country. Her chance to break into Hollywood was under this bluish skin in the futuristic film The Fifth Element . She is currently making independent films such as My Love from 2015.  .

4. Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

Andy is a genius when it comes to acting without showing his face. After his role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings, he decided to open his own special effects company which later animated the Planet of the Apes franchise and some Marvel movies. A legend of the film industry. 

5. Jamie Bell

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Do you remember Billy Elliot the dancing boy? He grew up to be The Rock, the hero of the not-so-famous Fantastic Four remake. After this, he dedicated himself to playing small roles in television series such as Las Luminosas in 2022  

6. Michu Meszaros

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We make a special mention of Meszaros, the circus artist who got into Alf’s costume to brighten our lives. Although he died in 2016, he is remembered for his close friendship with Michael Jackson, which was born when they filmed the 1992 Pepsi: Dreams commercial .  

7. Bill Skarsgard

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The Skarsgard family is a pool of actors that never tires of being successful in Hollywood. In Bill’s case, we can say that he was on everyone’s lips thanks to his impeccable performance as Pennywise, the clown from It.  

8. Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

The 44-year-old actor is key in the productions of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises in which he plays Bane, the villain with the oxygen mask. The same thing happened in Dunkirk and Mad Max where at the end of the productions the viewer finds out that it is an incredible presentation of the actor who also plays Venom, the villain of Spider-Man.