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I didn't realize he/she was in that

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by outofplace, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I admit it. One of the many facets of my geekdom is being an IMDB nerd. I can't ever just look at one page when I go to the site. I always get a kick out of finding somebody that surprises me in a television show or movie. Usually, this means I watch something old and see somebody in it before they became famous. It is even better if I did remember they were in it once they became famous.

    Some of these include Teri Hatcher, Ashley Judd and Famke Janssen all appearing on Star Trek: The Next Generation very early in their careers and Tobey Maguire getting one of his first acting credits on the old HBO comedy First and 10.

    What brought this to mind is something I've mentioned on other threads. I recently bought a set with the entire series of The West Wing and I'm watching it all the way through from the pilot. I just started season four. Amy Adams was in the season premiere and Danica McKeller was in a few episodes.

    That also led me to a reminder that Martin Sheen played a key role in Spawn a couple of years before The West Wing. It takes a lot for him to give a bad performance, but that shitshow managed to make it happen.

    So, got any good obscure appearances of actors and actresses before they were famous? Or after their fame faded?
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    The all-timer for me is Jane Krakowski in Vacation.
  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    --Donald Sutherland in Gas!
    --Richard Pryor (and numerous otherwise repiutable actors) in Mad Dog Time
    --Robin Wright Penn in Santa Barbara
    --Quentin Tarantino in Golden Girls as an "Elvis"
  4. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    MASH had a few good ones, too, including Rita Wilson, Teri Garr and Patrick Swayze.
  5. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    MASH had some great ones. Swayze's was a memorable one, but my favorite was George Wendt (pre-Cheers) and Andrew Clay (pre-"Dice" persona) in the same episode.

    Some other ones I remember hearing about:

    Christine Baranski as one of Marcia's slumber-party friends on the Brady Bunch.

    As told to me onthis site on an earlier thread, Jeremy Sisto as the guitar-playing kid in the "We're Not Gonna Take It" music video.
  6. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Nick Offerman was in the first "block of cheese" episode on West Wing. He was part of the group who met with CJ about the all-wolf highway.
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Nicolas Cage in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," credited as "Nicolas Coppola."
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  8. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Andrew Lincoln in Love, Actually. Never watched that movie until after I started watching The Walking Dead, so it was kind of jarring.
  9. UPChip

    UPChip Well-Known Member

    Richard Schiff in Major League II:

    "It's odiously odiferous olfactory emanations."
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I love that sweater!
  11. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    It's Mr. Pocatello!
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    The girl who brings the Baby Ruth to the pool in Caddyshack plays Marty Funkhauser's wife on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Seinfeld had a ton of them:

    Anna Gunn was Jerry's girlfriend who wanted him to buy an air conditioner.

    Jennifer Coolidge (Stiffler's mom) was Jerry's girlfriend who wouldn't give him a massage.

    Jon Favreau was Eric the Clown.

    Kristin Davis was Jerry's girlfriend whose toothbrush he dropped in the toilet.

    And I think everyone knows that Bryan Cranston was dentist Dr. Tim Whatley.
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