Sunday, December 02, 2012

FILM TOPIC: A List of Supporting Actors in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"

Aside from, of course, Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays the revered title character, Sally Fields, who played his wife, Joseph Gordon Levitt, who played his eldest son, and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Thaddeus Stevens, a very powerful congressman, there were a ton of familiar faces in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln—enough to play a drinking game with. There was also a wide range, from up-and-coming actors, like Dane DeHaan (Chronicle and Lawless), to TV actors, like Walton Goggins ("Justified"). Here's a round-up of the most familiar faces you'll see and what famous historical figure they play (in case, like me, History wasn't your best subject):

David Strathairn ("Alphas") =
William Seward

The 12th Governor of New York, United States Senator and the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

Hal Holbrook 
(Into the Wild) =
Preston Blair

An American journalist and politician.

Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) =
Alexander Stephens

Vice President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.

James Spader ("The Office") = W.N. Bilbo &
Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) = Richard Schell

Political operatives.

John Hawkes ("Eastbound & Down" and The Sessions) =
Robert Latham

political operative.

Bruce McGill 
("Rizzoli & Isles") =
Edwin Stanton

An American lawyer and politician who served as Secretary of War under the Lincoln Administration during most of the American Civil War.

Joseph Cross 
(Running with Scissors) = John Hay
An American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln.

Jared Harris 
("Mad Men") =
Ulysses S. Grant

The 18th President of the United States following his highly successful role as a war general in the second half of the Civil War.

Lee Pace 
("Pushing Daisies") =
Fernando Wood

An American politician of the Democratic Party and mayor of New York City; he also served as a United States Representative and as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means in both the 45th and 46th Congress.

Michael Stuhlbarg 
("Boardwalk Empire") = George Yeaman
A U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

David Costabile ("Suits") =
James Ashley

A U.S. congressman, territorial governor of Montana and railroad president.

Walton Goggins ("Justified") =
Clay Hutchins

A U.S. congressman.

David Oyelowo 
(The Last King of Scotland) =
Corporal Ira Clark

A soldier and former slave before the Civil War.

Julie White ("Go On") =
Elizabeth Blair Lee

An American woman who lived through the American Civil War, and wrote hundreds of letters describing the events of the times to her husband, Samuel Philips Lee.

S. Epatha Merkerson ("Law & Order") =
Lydia Smith

The wife and former servant of Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and one of the most powerful members of the United States House of Representatives.

Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) & Lukas Hass = Soldiers
Lincoln supporters.

*In the event any of this is historically inaccurate...blame Wikipedia.


  1. The Lincoln movie, for me personally, is like I was taking a walk back in history. I liken it as the coined phrase, "being a fly on the wall."

  2. Seeing Lincoln, for me personally, is taking a walk through the hallowed halls of history. It's is like the coined phrase, "like a fly on a wall."