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Old January 15 2009, 11:36 PM   #61
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Re: Bit roles before they were "famous"

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Liam Neeson in Excalibur? Hell, Liam Neeson in Krull!
Neeson also had a small role in The Bounty starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins.
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Old January 15 2009, 11:37 PM   #62
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Should these be embarrassing roles that the actors don't want to talk about? Because I don't think Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins mind their bit roles in Top Gun. It would be more along the lines of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, which Rene Zellweger won't talk about but Matthew McConaughey says was a lot of fun.

Speaking of Chainsaw, Viggo Mortensen was in Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. And Young Guns II.
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Old January 16 2009, 12:00 AM   #63
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Dule Hill from Psych and The West Wing played Bud on the Cosby show.
He didn't play Bud. It was an actor named Deon Richmond that played Kenny (Bud). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0725091/
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Old January 16 2009, 12:13 AM   #64
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Dule Hill from Psych and The West Wing played Bud on the Cosby show.
He didn't play Bud. It was an actor named Deon Richmond that played Kenny (Bud). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0725091/
Actually that last one was a running joke from the show Psych.
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Old January 16 2009, 12:47 AM   #65
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Re: Bit roles before they were "famous"

Laurence Fishburne was in Apocalypse Now. He was only 14 at the time.

Jennifer Aniston was on an episode of Quantum Leap (the one where Sam leaps in as the legless Vietnam vet) as a nurse.
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Old January 16 2009, 01:11 AM   #66
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Teri Hatcher on ST:TNG
Teri Hatcher on Seinfeld: "Yes, they're real; and they're spectacular!"
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Old January 16 2009, 01:44 AM   #67
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Laurence Fishburne and Patricia Arquette in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Kevin Bacon in the first Friday the 13th. Tony Goldwyn in Friday the 13th Part VI. Steven Culp in Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday.
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Old January 16 2009, 02:27 AM   #68
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Matt LeBlanc had a few episodes on Married With Children, one of which was centered around him and his father and barely had Ed O'Neill because they were testing spinoff possibilities.
I remember that. Al only comes in at the very end to steal their TV or something.

One that I'm surprised I neglected to mention was Elijah Wood as one of the kids in the Cafe '80s in Back to the Future, Part II.

There's a British film called Jude starring Christopher Eccleston of (among other things) Doctor Who fame. That's not remarkable. What is is a scene he has with his future Doctor Who successor, David Tennant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgtE-5sKN20

A couple years or so before he was cast on Stargate Atlantis, Joe Flannigan had a bit role on an episode of Tru Calling as the ex-husband of Harrison's new girlfriend.

While I suppose he's still not famous, one actor who really made an impression on me was the big, black prisoner on the ferry in The Dark Knight. Imagine my surprise when I saw him in prison AGAIN in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

And while it's not an actor, I've gotten pretty good at spotting other appearances of the building facade that was used for the establishing shots of Angel Investigations during the 1st season of Angel. It serves as the exterior of the police station in Addams Family Values and Gina Gershon drives past it in Bound.
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Old January 16 2009, 03:10 AM   #69
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Connor Trinneer:


1998: Touched by an Angel: Small role as a murderer on death row.


1998: An EMT in the opening teaser of an episode of ER.


Spring 2001: Small role as a sports writer in 61*. He had auditioned for the role of Mickey Mantle and then lobbied Billy Crystal for any role just to be in the movie -- he loves baseball.
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Old January 16 2009, 03:26 AM   #70
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The show is "Without a Trace." You may recognize both people in the picture:

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Old January 16 2009, 03:31 AM   #71
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Grace Park was on Stargate SG-1
She was also in an episode of Dark Angel.
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Old January 16 2009, 04:22 AM   #72
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Ben Browder guest starred in an episode of Murder, She Wrote, and in several episodes of Party of Five.
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Old January 16 2009, 04:37 AM   #73
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After looking at Connor Trinneer's pre-Enterprise history, I'm reminded of the episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Dominic Keating plays a hapless employee of the Watcher's Council that gets turned into a vampire in "Helpless."

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The show is "Without a Trace." You may recognize both people in the picture:


I recognize a blurry Masi Oka in the background but who is the woman?
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Old January 16 2009, 04:39 AM   #74
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The dream scientist in A Nightmare on Elm Street was played by Charlie Fleischer, who would become far more notable years later as the voice of Roger Rabbit.
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The dream scientist in A Nightmare on Elm Street was played by Charlie Fleischer, who would become far more notable years later as the voice of Roger Rabbit.
He was also in BTTF II. He was the kid at the dance who said "Did you just take his wallet?...I think he took that guy's wallet." (after Marty knocks out Biff)
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