So, at the request of Brother Roenick...a thread is born.
Can't think of a better starter than
William Smith as Falconetti in Rich Man/Poor Man. If you haven't seen it it's worth checking out despite being dated. Launched Nick Nolte's career and basically birthed the mini-series as a television staple. Besides that, it has one of the BEST bad guys ever.
Thanks again to Roenick for the idea. Good on ya!