One of the most beloved children’s characters is brought to the big screen in Clifford the Big Red Dog. The adventure of the huge and oddly colored canine is great fun for the whole family. And while Clifford himself steals the spotlight, the human cast of the movie is quite likable as well.
The actors who pop up in Clifford the Big Red Dog range from new stars to faces fans will immediately recognize. And if fans of the movie are looking for other places they’ve seen these actors, they each have some very notable projects outside of Clifford the Big Red Dog.
10 Darby Camp – The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Darby Camp gives a winning performance at the center of Clifford the Big Red Dog as Emily. The lonely young girl in a new school finds a new friend in the magic red puppy and goes on a big adventure trying to help her new pet.
Though Camp is a young actor, she has already starred in some high-profile projects including the popular Christmas movie series, The Christmas Chronicles. Camp stars as a young girl trying to recapture the Christmas spirit when she finds herself on an adventure with the real Santa Claus (Kurt Russell).
9 John Cleese – A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
As with many movies involving magical animals, there must be an eccentric and mysterious older character responsible for the magic. In the case of Clifford the Big Red Dog, John Cleese’s Bridwell is the keeper of all sorts of strange animals and helps Darby and Clifford find each other.
Cleese has a long career in comedy, most famously as part of the Monty Python group. However, perhaps his funniest role is in the comedy A Fish Called Wanda which he also co-wrote. The movie is a wild and hilarious caper that finds Cleese starring opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline.
8 Sienna Guillory – Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Though Emily doesn’t have an easy time at school as the new kid, she at least has a caring and loving mother, played by Sienna Guillory. However, after being called away on business, Emily’s mother spends most of the movie out of town.
Sienna Guillory has the distinction of bringing one of the most popular video game characters to life as she played Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Guillory makes for an entertaining and badass hero in the second Resident Evil movie.
7 David Alan Grier – Jumanji (1995)
The apartment complex in which Emily and her mother live is filled with colorful characters. However, the one who is somewhat of an antagonist is the superintendent, Mr. Packard, played by David Alan Grier. He is a strict and unfriendly man who tolerates no nonsense from his tenants.
Long before Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson starred in the franchise, the first Jumanji adventure movie had Robin Williams as its lead. However, David Alan Grier had a fun supporting role as Bentley the cop who had to deal with all the madness unleashed by the magical board game.
6 Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live (1975 -)
Along with the many other funny people who show up in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Kenan Thompson has a small role as a vet who attempts to determine why this red dog has grown into a giant.
Thompson is one of several Saturday Night Live alumni who appear in this movie, but Thompson also has the distinction of being the longest-running cast member in the iconic show’s history. As of 2021, Thompson has been a cast member for 19 seasons and remains one of the highlights of the show.
5 Rosie Perez – Birds Of Prey (2020)
Though she is one of the most recognizable faces in the movie, Rosie Perez only has a brief role in Clifford the Big Red Dog. She plays Lucille, a friendly worker at the vet Emily and her friends take Clifford to.
Perez has had a very successful career in Hollywood starting with her breakout role in Spike Lee’s masterpiece, Do the Right Thing. However, she could more recently be seen joining the DCEU as determined Gotham police officer Renee Montoya in Birds of Prey.
4 Russell Wong – Romeo Must Die (2000)
With a giant corporation looking to capture Clifford, Emily and the others turn to Mr. Yu to help them. Played by Russell Wong, Mr. Yu is the father of Emily’s friend Owen and the owner of an animal sanctuary in China where Clifford can be taken to.
While Wong plays a compassionate character in this movie, he made for a great villain in Romeo Must Die. The underrated 2000s action movie stars Jet Li and Aaliyah as members of rival crime families who team up to avenge their loved ones. Wong has a lot of fun playing the badass and deadly right-hand man to Li’s father.
3 Horatio Sanz – The Mandalorian (2019 -)
One of the other characters from Emily’s neighborhood who appears in the movie is the local store owner, Raul. He is a friendly one-armed man who nevertheless proves very helpful in fighting off the corporate goons when they attempt to capture Emily and the others.
Sanz is probably most recognized for his time on Saturday Night Live. However, fans might not be aware that he also appeared in The Mandalorian as Mythrol. Under heavy makeup, Sanz had the distinction as the first bounty Mando collected in the series and he returned to join the heroes in the episode “The Siege.”
2 Tony Hale – Arrested Development (2003-2019)
Even a family-friendly movie like Clifford needs a villainous character at its center. Tony Hale fills that role as the awkward and obsessive Tieran. He is a billionaire looking to create giant food and sees the answer to his experiments in Clifford.
Hale has appeared in a number of acclaimed television series, but he is best known for playing Buster Bluth on the brilliant Arrested Development. As the middle-aged yet extremely sheltered Buster, Hale provides some of the funniest moments in this show about television’s most dysfunctional family.
1 Jack Whitehall – Jungle Cruise (2021)
Jack Whitehall provides a lot of comic relief in the movie as Darby’s aimless and irresponsible uncle who is left as the questionable babysitter when Darby’s mother has to go out of town. His journey to being a more mature adult is a big part of the story.
Whitehall played another helpless sibling in this summer’s Jungle Cruise. Whitehall played MacGregor Houghton who joins his sister Lily (Emily Blunt) on a riverboat adventure led by the wisecracking Captain Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson).
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