Stars you spot in things done before they were stars

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cmontyburns, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. cmontyburns

    cmontyburns Excellent.

    Nov 14, 2001
    Houston, TX


    Lots of subsequently familiar faces paraded through M*A*S*H as well. Just caught an episode last night with Larry Wilcox, later known as Jon on CHiPs.
  2. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    Many people were on Hawaii five 0. I always thought it was funny seeing who popped in.
  3. MitchO

    MitchO Blasphemer: Uses DVR

    Nov 7, 2003
    Lyndhurst NJ
    My favorite one was just on this weekend, and I'm the only one I know who spotted him: In the movie Joe Vs the Volcano, when Joe (Tom Hanks) and Patricia (Meg Ryan) are washed up onto the Waponi island and all the natives come out to greet them, a character not named on screen (he's credited as Ben, the Waponi Advance Man) in full "Native" makeup asks:

    "Are you the one they call .. Joe?"

    Years later, I was re-watching this movie and realized .. hey, that's Nathan Lane! :) IMDB confirmed it. :)
  4. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002
    Ever Carradine also was a regular on my wife's once-favorite show "Once & Again" (she played Sela Ward's ex-husband's much-too-young girlfriend).

    He also played Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League, but I imagine the "Magnum" guest spot pre-dates that.

    One other one that comes to mind is a pretty young Ben Affleck as one of the senior bullys in Dazed and Confused.
  5. Chapper1

    Chapper1 Broncos Faithful

    Jan 1, 2004
    Appleton, WI


    Ever Carradine also played on a short lived FX show I liked, "Lucky" starring John Corbett...
  6. SparkleMotion

    SparkleMotion New Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Alive at...
    ...who played "Chris in the Morning" on Northern Exposure. ;)
  7. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

    Mar 5, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I was watching Dawson's Creek this morning (God, I need a job!) and Joe Flanigan from Stargate: Atlantis was on as Vincent, the Hunky Fisherman. According to imdb he'll be on again tomorrow morning and that's it.
  8. Magnolia88

    Magnolia88 She likes cheese.

    Jun 30, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    I was just going to mention that but you beat me to it. Ever Carradine has been a fairly established TV actress for some time. I didn't realize she was on CIC now.

    Seinfeld reruns are especially entertaining to see the long parade of actresses who played girlfriends of Jerry or George: Teri Hatcher, of course (the infamous "They're real and they're spectacular!" episode), Paula Marshall ("not that there's anything wrong with that"), the aforementioned Jennifer Coolidge ("I will not submit to forcible massage"), plus Courteney Cox, Janeane Garofalo, Debra Messing, Lisa Edelstein (now on House), and the list goes on and on.

    Heck, even Denise Richards played the teenage daughter of an NBC exec that George was lusting after.
  9. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

    Mar 5, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA

    From that list:

    Who is now the voice of Mary Alice on Desperate Housewives...
  10. pallendo

    pallendo New Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Hugo Weaving in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

    Agent Smith in Drag... just too funny.

    Also, from P.Q.o.t.D., Terrance Stamp. AKA Chancelor Valorum in Phantom Menace, and also was in Haunted Mansion. Ralph sure has made it a long way.

    From Clockwork Orange, I have seen Mr. Deltoid (Aubrey Morris) a few other places. Had to look at IMDB to remember where... Bordelo of Blood...

    Of course, who could forget Alex de Large (Malcom McDowell) also from Clockwork Orange. He has been in many many TV parts. He kept re-occuring in Star Trek:TNG as bit players. He was in Tank Girl, Hidalgo, and a few others, but those are the ones that I remember.

    Other bit players that keep showing up are:
    Mr. Viola from Moonlighting (TV series) showing up as the thirsty patient on Grey's Anatomy. (Curtis Armstrong) He has been in bit parts for most of his life, it looks like from

    Clint Howard (Opie's brother) has been bit parts in Little Nicky, Austin Powers series (Radar operator) , and many others.

  11. Steve_Martin

    Steve_Martin Grandminion

    Jul 18, 2004
    Of course there's always the young Harrison Ford in American Graffitti.
  12. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Ron Howard played an underage soldier in one of the earlier episodes who joined the army to impress a girlfriend.
  13. pallendo

    pallendo New Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    But then you would recognize him as Opie from the Andy Griffith show.

  14. Bananfish

    Bananfish Preowned Member

    May 16, 2002
    Belmont, CA
    Try renting This Is Spinal Tap - she's great as a smarmy agent.
  15. mitkraft

    mitkraft Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    I'm guessing you're a youngin or you'd remember him quite clearly from Revenge Of the Nerds, Risky Business, Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer... He was all over the place back in the early 80's in what I wouldn't necessarily call bit parts. He was always the sidekick kinda guy. I think his example may be the opposite of this thread. More like, Hey look was Booger is doing now!

    Funny someone started this thread, I had one like this last weekend. I was watching Dune (the 1984 version) which I've seen many times and it occurred to me that Pauls little sister (Alia) had a distinctly familiar face and that she must be an actress I'm familiar with as an adult. In the credits she was listed as "Alicia Roanne Witt". She was only like 8 back then. She was in a few Ally Mcbeal episodes and the movies Urban Legend, Vanilla Sky, Playing Mona Lisa (lead), and Two Weeks Notice along with many here and there roles.
  16. Hit The Ball

    Hit The Ball Member

    Jun 26, 2002
    I watched the entire series of Combat! a few years ago.
    Some of the guest stars I recognized, and assume were relatively unknown, included
    James Caan,
    Dennis Hopper,
    Leonard Nimory,
    Ted Knight (Mary Tyler Moore),
    Harry Dean Stanton(Alien),
    Tom Skerritt (Alien, the movie M*A*S*H),
    Wayne Rogers (TV M*A*S*H),
    Mike Farrell (TV M*A*S*H).
    Robert Altman directed some of the episodes and was also the director of the movie MASH.

    There were quite of few "known" guest stars, (like Lee Marvin), as well.

  17. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    I only recently realized that Christian Cambell (Book of Daniel) was in the movie Trick. I recognized him from All My Children as well as Reefer Madness.
  18. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    West Wing is fun for actor-spotting.

    My favorite 'how'd you get here' moment was spotting Tony Amendola (whom I 'met' first on Stargate SG-1).

  19. 5thcrewman

    5thcrewman Active Member

    Sep 22, 2003
    Does Charlie Sheen in Denise Richards count? :rolleyes:
  20. cmontyburns

    cmontyburns Excellent.

    Nov 14, 2001
    Houston, TX
    I think that one has been canceled...

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