Friday, March 18, 2016

Actors who have played the devil in movies and TV shows

The Fox TV network recently came under fire from a Christian group for its DC Comics-based series “Lucifer.”
The television watchdog group One Million Moms criticized the show, which it says “glorifies Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh.”
The group warns that the show is “spiritually dangerous” because it makes the devil “look cool and irresistible to women,” according to Christian Today.
“Late Night” host Seth Meyers joked about the controversy: “The advocacy group One Million Moms has called for a boycott of the new Fox show ‘Lucifer’ because they believe the series ‘glorifies Satan,’ and is complaining to the show’s main sponsor, Olive Garden. Wait, Olive Garden sponsors Lucifer? I always assumed it was the other way around.”
Other news sites reporting on the controversy include the Christian Post, and the Daily Beast.
The Fox show stars Welsh actor Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, the devil on vacation from hell and living in L.A. as a nightclub owner who also helps the police solve crimes.
Over on the CW drama “Supernatural,” Mark Pellegrino plays Lucifer as decidedly more evil and violent.
Those portrayals of Lucifer got me thinking about how many other actors have played the devil.
So I decided to put together a list.
Assembling a list of actors who have played Satan or Lucifer is not easy. Sometimes an evil character is only implied to be the devil or could be just an agent of Satan.
Also, for my list, I excluded voice actors in animated movies and TV shows as well as portrayals of Hades from Greek mythology.
My list includes 58 actors who have played the devil, Satan or Lucifer in TV shows, mini-series and movies. Among those actors are four women, including the sinfully hot Elizabeth Hurley and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Actors who have played the devil in TV shows:

Tom Ellis, “Lucifer” (2016)
John Glover, “Brimstone” (1998-1999)
Mackenzie Gray, “The Collector” (2004–2006)
Diogo Morgado, “The Messengers” (2015)
Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, “The Bible” (2013)
Mandy Patinkin, “Touched by an Angel” (2001)
Mark Pellegrino, “Supernatural” (2009-present)
John Schneider. “Touched by an Angel” (1995-2001), “Holyman Undercover” (2010)
David Ogden Stiers, “Touched by an Angel” (2003)
Ray Wise, “Reaper” (2007-2009)

Actors who have played the devil in movies:

Victor Buono, “The Evil” (1978)
George Burns, “Oh, God! You Devil” (1984)
Gabriel Byrne, “End of Days” (1999)
Rosalinda Celentano, “The Passion of the Christ” (2004)
Lon Chaney Jr., “The Devil’s Messenger” (1961)
James Coco, “Hunk” (1987)
Peter Cook, “Bedazzled” (1967)
Bill Cosby, “The Devil and Max Devlin” (1981)
Laird Cregar, “Heaven Can Wait” (1943)
Billy Crystal, “Deconstructing Harry” (1997)
Tim Curry, “Legend” (1985)
Rodney Dangerfield, “Little Nicky” (2000)
Robert De Niro, “Angel Heart” (1987)
Daniel Emilfork, “The Devil’s Nightmare” (1971)
Peter Fonda, “Ghost Rider” (2007)
Tony Giorgio, “Night Train to Terror” (1985)
Jeff Goldblum, “Mister Frost” (1990)
Dave Grohl, “Tenacious D In the Pick Of Destiny” (2006)
Robert Helpmann, “Second Time Lucky” (1984)
Elizabeth Hurley, “Bedazzled” (2000)
Walter Huston, “The Devil and Daniel Webster” (1941)
Jeffrey Jones, “Stay Tuned” (1992)
Harvey Keitel, “Little Nicky” (2000)
Eriq La Salle, “Crazy as Hell” (2002)
Christopher Lee, “Poor Devil” (1973)
Jennifer Love Hewitt, “Shortcut to Happiness” (2007)
Malcolm McDowell, “Suing the Devil” (2011)
Viggo Mortensen, “The Prophecy” (1995)
Jack Nicholson, “The Witches of Eastwick” (1987)
Jenny O’Hara, “The Devil” (2010)
Al Pacino, “The Devil’s Advocate” (1997)
Bruce Payne, “Switch” (1991)
Vincent Price, “The Story of Mankind” (1957)
Claude Rains, “Angel on My Shoulder” (1946)
John Ritter, “Wholly Moses!” (1980)
Adam Sandler, “Dirty Work” (1998)
Telly Savalas, “Lisa and the Devil” (1973)
G. Tito Shaw, “Petey Wheatstraw” (1977)
Phil Silvers, “Damn Yankees!” (1967)
Terence Stamp, “The Company of Wolves” (1984)
Peter Stormare, “Constantine” (2005)
Max von Sydow, “Needful Things” (1993)
Clay Tanner, “Rosemary's Baby” (1968)
Tom Waits, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009)
Ray Walston, “Damn Yankees” (1958)
David Warner, “Time Bandits” (1981)
Clarence Williams III, “Tales from the Hood” (1995)
Terrance Zdunich, “The Devil’s Carnival” (2012)

Photos: Tom Ellis, star of “Lucifer” (top); and Elizabeth Hurley as the devil in “Bedazzled” (2000).

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