Random Roles: John Kapelos on John Hughes, Jackie Gleason, and his explosive arc on Justified

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: John Kapelos got his start on the stage, treading the boards at Chicago’s Second City and learning his craft from some of the theater’s greats, including the late John Candy, but it’s in front of the camera where he’s had the greatest impact as an actor: He’s been a regular face on TV and in films since the 1980s, and based on his filmography, there’s no reason to suspect that he’ll be slowing down anytime soon. If there’s an era of Kapelos’ career that’s become the most iconic, though, it’s the time he spent working with the late John Hughes, appearing in three of the writer …

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