Finding himself in South Central L.A. in the early '90s, working as a janitor and seeking sobriety through volunteer work, Donal Logue wasn't really thinking of acting. He'd been in a couple TV movies before moving to California, sure, but the hopelessness of the Hollywood scene had put him in a bad enough place that a turkey sandwich at the end of the day was a blessing.
It wasn't until a 1992 part in a star-studded Sneakers that his career took off. From there it's been a journey from Hollywood's affable everyman to cultish character actor, with success—and some heartbreaking cancellations—along the way. He's "That Guy," and he'll be appearing in the second season of BBC America's original series, COPPER—but where else have you seen him? Here's a look at the cult favorite's defining roles.
EARLY '90s: "JIMMY THE CAB DRIVER"
"Jimmy the Cab Driver" was a long-running MTV promo, a staple of the network's golden years. Spend a few minutes re-watching; children of the '90s will definitely feel a pang of misty-eyed nostalgia. The series showcases Logue's early comedic grasp—the bits were largely improvised—and the best is definitely his take on that Alanis classic-which-must-not-be-named. "It's like rai-ain on a rainy day."