Stars you spot in things done before they were stars

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

  1. atrac

    atrac New Member

    Feb 27, 2002
    Los Angeles


    Pamela Anderson in "Home Improvement." ;)
  2. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    No, they're back together. I went to a taping of Two and a Half Men in December (actually, the episode that aired this week), and Denise was walking around with Charlie, even though she didn't appear on the show at all.

    If you watch much late night tv, you've probably seen Evangeline Lilly's "Live Links" commercial...

    With regards to the Desperate Housewives on Seinfeld, not only was Teri Hatcher "real and spectacular"; and Brenda Strong was the braless Oh Henry heiress; but Marcia Cross was also the dermatologist who liked to talk about saving lives.
  3. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    My wife's been watching 1st Season reruns of Judging Amy... who showed up as a doctor but Jay Karnes (Dutch Waggenbach on The Shield). In the same episode was a much-thinner Paul Linke (Grossman from CHiPs). It was a character actor fun-fest!

  4. balboa dave

    balboa dave well rounded

    Jan 19, 2004
    I'm surprised no one's mentioned Law and Order, which has had a bit part for almost everyone in TV today before they were better known. The one episode that sticks out in my mind had Jennifer Garner in a small role before the nose job, but there are dozens of others.
  5. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

    Jul 27, 2001
    Where Texas...


    She also played one of Cybil Shepard's daughter in "Cybil" and was one of the witches in the "Missing Ingredient" portion of "Four Rooms".

    If you tune in to Gunsmoke or Bondanza on TVLand, you will see a good number of 70's stars. A couple days ago I happened to see the beginning of an episode and there was The Skipper, Alan Hale as a calvary officer.
  6. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Twilight Zone (The original early 60s incarnation), had a lot of "before they were stars" come through. Two I recall off hand were Jack Klugman and William Shatner (in the famous airplane episode).
  7. jeff125va

    jeff125va New Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    Ashburn, VA USA
    Yeah, S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Van Buren) had a bit part as a cleaning lady whose child was killed (IIRC) back in the first season. I didn't watch the show back then, so it was strange seeing that one on TNT a couple years ago.
  8. Fish Man

    Fish Man Phish Food

    Mar 4, 2002
    0.7 miles...
    One of my favorite "Before They Were Stars" movies was Jim Carrey in Once Bitten (1985).

    Carrey was a complete unknown when he made that movie, and his rubber-faced lunatic persona was still clearly in development, but threads of it are apparent. It's a pretty entertaining movie! :)
  9. fsck_101

    fsck_101 New Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    How about George Clooney in several episodes of 'Roseanne'?
  10. MassD

    MassD New Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Leominster, Ma
    Evangeline Lilly (Lost) did some party/chat line commercials before she got big. Now they are replaying them a fair amount on some of the basic cable channels. Funny stuff.

    Chandra Wilson (Dr Bailey, Grey's Anatomy) was an FBI agent in an episode of L&O:SVU... small part, doesn't even show up on IMDB.
  11. Magnolia88

    Magnolia88 She likes cheese.

    Jun 30, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    George Clooney was a series regular on The Facts of Life a few years before he did Roseanne and he even had a short-lived sitcom (coincidentally called E/R) before Facts of Life. (And after Roseanne, he was on Sisters before finally making it big on ER.)

    I'm not sure many people watched or remember E/R the sitcom but FoL was a long-running hit. I had a crush on him even back when he was hanging out with Tootie, but he's just gotten better with age.
  12. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    This is one of my favorites of these.

    Can anyone else guess who that is playing Jesus (from Godspell) in the middle of the picture? I'll give you 47 guesses....... ;)

  13. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

    Mar 5, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Victor Garber. According to imdb, that was his first movie.

    (and yes, I knew the answer without going to imdb! :D)
  14. Cboath

    Cboath Great Scott!

    Jun 22, 2004
    St. Louis

    I just saw this one recently and wanted to post it. Luckily I read through before smeeking. :D
  15. Cboath

    Cboath Great Scott!

    Jun 22, 2004
    St. Louis

    Yes it is. I am just now getting into WW and watching the second season and saw "Mike the Plumber" from Desperate Housewives.
  16. Spire

    Spire Fallen

    Jun 6, 2001
  17. Cboath

    Cboath Great Scott!

    Jun 22, 2004
    St. Louis
    One more for now.

    I was watching Young Guns 2 the other day and and heard Pat Garrett's voice and looked up... William Peterson(Grissom on CSI) was playing him!!!
  18. Sparty99

    Sparty99 Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Ferndale, MI
    Even better is Sports Night, which came out the same season, was written by Aaron Sorkin, and has seen a great number of the actors from that show show up on West Wing. Just off the top of my head:

    --Rob Lowe's hooker from season 1 played a fill-in host on Sports Night
    --The actress who plays Donna on West Wing showed up as a wardrobe consultant on Sports Night who took Peter Krause to task
    --Joshua Malina (I believe that's his name), who plays Will on The West Wing, was a regular on Sports Night (and also appeared in The American President, another Sorkin script)
    --Felicity Huffman did a couple of episodes of The West Wing (she was a regular on Sports Night)
    --Terry Pluto, who's now playing the wife of Matt Santos on The West Wing, was a love interest of one of the anchors on Sports Night.
  19. WinBear

    WinBear Konner Kringle

    Aug 24, 2000
    I caught a very young Jonathan Frakes on one of the last episodes of Voyager! with Meeno Peluce.

    I also like catching distinctive Canadian actors as they bounce around shows filmed in Vancouver. Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Sentinel, Dead Like Me and a slew of others are really good for this.
  20. Magnolia88

    Magnolia88 She likes cheese.

    Jun 30, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Rob Lowe's hooker is also known as Lisa Edelstein, who is currently playing Cuddy on House. (She has a long list of credits and was also one of George's girlfriends on Seinfeld - the girl who got orgasmic when eating risotto).

    That would be Teri Polo, who's probably best known from Meet the Parents. I think Aaron Sorkin wanted to help out everyone from Sports Night after it was canceled and offered all of them jobs on TWW if they wanted it. You're certainly right there was a lot of crossover between the two shows.

    Speaking of Sports Night, I just saw Peter Krause in a rerun of Seinfeld - he played the white supremacist going to the rally in "The Limo" episode. (I know he was a regular on Cybill also, but I'm not sure if that was before or after he did Seinfeld.)

    Is there anyone working in TV now who didn't guest star on Seinfeld? The list of (now) prominent guest stars is so long and most of them weren't well known at the time they did the show.

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