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Old January 15 2009, 10:27 AM   #31
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Re: Bit roles before they were "famous"

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How about Brad Pitt's guest spot on Growing Pains? Lame.
Not as lame as his stint on Dallas.
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Old January 15 2009, 10:29 AM   #32
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Shannon Doherty on "Little House on the Prairie
Are you thinking maybe of "Our House" with Deirdre Hall and Wilfred "di-beetus" Brimley?
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Old January 15 2009, 10:35 AM   #33
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^ Doherty was on Little House on the Prairie, too.

John Cusack played Wil Wheaton's brother in Stand By Me.

I'm sure Jennifer Aniston would like to be remembered for the Ferris Bueller TV series or Leprechaun.

Forest Whitaker in Bloodsport.
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Old January 15 2009, 10:48 AM   #34
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Re: Bit roles before they were "famous"

Clint Eastwood as the inept lab assistant in "Revenge of the Creature" is notable.
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Old January 15 2009, 10:50 AM   #35
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Re: Bit roles before they were "famous"

Future stars who appeared in M*A*S*H episodes:

Patrick Swayze - 1981 - A couple prior roles
Teri Garr - 1973 - Many prior roles, I'm not sure how big
Joan Van Ark - 1973 - Pretty much the same as Teri Garr
John Ritter - 1973 - A few prior roles
George Wendt - 1982 - Several prior roles

Lots of others, listed here, more or less famous than those above. Those are the most notable to me anyway.

I don't think he counts, but Leslie Nielson was in an episode in 1973, but he had been in TV & movies since 1950. This is the earliest thing I've seen him in.
Ron Howard too, but obviously he had a few notable roles by 1973, but not Happy Days, yet.
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Old January 15 2009, 10:59 AM   #36
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Oddette Yustman (sp?) the hot chick from cloverfield and is in some new horror movie, was one of the kids in Kindergarden Cop.

Nikki Cox had a brief speaking roll in Terminator 2

The fat male lawyer from the Practice played a door man in the very first episode of the Conan Obrien Show, it was his first roll on tv.

Dule Hill from Psych and The West Wing played Bud on the Cosby show.
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Old January 15 2009, 10:59 AM   #37
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Nikki Cox had a brief speaking roll in Terminator 2
Not to mention a role in the TNG episode "Pen Pals" as Sarjenka.

The only one that springs to mind is Samuel L. Jackson in Coming to America. He plays a guy trying to rob McDougal's and Eddy Murphy takes him out with a mop stick.
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Old January 15 2009, 12:50 PM   #38
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Liam Neeson has a minor role in a great movie called The Mission back in 1985, which starred Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro.
And the fantasy movie Krull before that (along with Hagrid himself, Robbie Coltrane)

Daniel Craig was a snotty teenage drug dealer in Drop The Dead Donkey many moons ago...

David Boreanaz got punched out by Ed O'Neill as Kelly's boyfriend in Married With Children

Tony Head was a Nazi in Secret Army in about 1979...
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Old January 15 2009, 12:53 PM   #39
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Julianne Moore is a doctor in The Fugitive.


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Old January 15 2009, 01:18 PM   #40
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Kate Winslet was in Casualty in 93 & the before mentioned Masi Oka was in Joey, actually that side Masi has got a fun IMDB, however many actors also have "digital artist: ILM" credits
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Old January 15 2009, 01:36 PM   #41
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Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson in "Excalibur"

Seven years before that, Patrick Stewart played Clement Atlee in 'A Gathring Storm' with Richard Burton as Churchill, and he played a thug in 'Hennessy'.


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Old January 15 2009, 02:26 PM   #42
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Re: Bit roles before they were "famous"

Courtney Cox - Masters of the Universe
Matt LeBlanc - Ketchup Commercial
Nicole Kidman - BMX Bandits
Russell Crowe - Neighbours
Jack Black - Enemy Of The State
Jeremy Irons - Playschool
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Old January 15 2009, 03:50 PM   #43
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Robert Duncan McNiell in Masters of the Universe too!

Liam Neeson was also in Excalibur, which if I recall correctly managed to snarf up most of the later to be famous Irish actors.

I've forgotten which Randolph Scott western it was, but I was amazed to see Anthony Quinn as a miscellaneous Apache brave.

Some that struck me were Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) in the Vigilante epsiode of Threshold, Maggie Grace in an episode of Miracles (forgot the title,) and the ubiquitous Zachary Quinto as a Confederate soldier in yet another episode of Miracles!
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Old January 15 2009, 03:59 PM   #44
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There's an episode of Young Indiana Jones that features both Daniel Craig and Catherine Zeta Jones.
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Old January 15 2009, 05:46 PM   #45
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Some that struck me were Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) in the Vigilante epsiode of Threshold,
Jeffrey Donovan, who is an awesome actor had many roles before that one.


Another would be Adam Sandler on The Cosby Show.


I also wouldn't consider Masters of the Universe "bit parts" for either of the 2 actors listed, considering they were giant roles in the movie and the movie was about them.
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