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Old January 17 2009, 12:24 AM   #91
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Re: Bit roles before they were "famous"

In retrospect, no one made a big deal about Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Arnold in Jurassic Park. Of course, this was before he was Sam Muthafuckin' Jackson! courtesy of such films as Pulp Fiction & Snakes on a Plane.

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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)
You sure? I don't think so. Although, I believe Fleischer did appear in BTTF2 as Biff's mechanic friend, Terry.

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Donna Douglas (The Beverly Hillbillies) in The Twilight Zone classic episode "Eye of the Beholder."
TZ had a lot of those:

Robert Redford, "Nothing in the Dark"
Dennis Hopper, "He's Alive"
William Shatner, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"
And before that he starred in an earlier Twilight Zone episode called "Nick of Time" in which he's a young newlywed who believes that a cheap diner fortune telling machine actually tells the future.
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Old January 17 2009, 03:25 AM   #92
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Connor Trinneer:

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.
Can't find a good screen capture of it, but Connor also had a guest starring role in Sliders season four's "Prophets and Loss" back in 1998. However, Trineer's role coincided with Barry Pepper's role as Roger Maris in 61*; and Pepper was a hippie in 1995's Sliders season one episode "Summer of Love":



Pepper has went on to have many great roles since 1995; he's been in everything from "Saving Private Ryan" to "We Were Soldiers" to even the current Will Smith movie "Seven Pounds".

And before she had her big break in 2003's Terminator 3, Kristanna Loken appeared in the 1998 Sliders season four finale, "Revelations":



Then there's Jeffrey Dean Morgan who appeared in the 1996 Sliders season two episode, "El Sid":



Morgan has gained prominence in recent years as the dad on Supernatural; dead Denny on Grey's Anatomy and the upcoming turn as The Comedian in the Watchmen film adaptation.

Other Sliders notables are Will Sasso; he had a recurring part as the hotel manager in 1995's Sliders season one before landing on Mad Tv in 1997. And before he was the ship engineer on Andromeda in 2000, Gordon Michael Woolvet was the young judge in the 1996 season two finale "The Young and the Relentless". There's also Una Damon who was the Kromagg slave girl in 1996's "Invasion" during Sliders season two; Una has had several prominent cameos in films like The Truman Show, Deep Impact, Gattaca and most notably the first Raimi Spider-man film (she was the tour guide in the sequence where Peter was bitten by the spider).

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Old January 17 2009, 03:32 AM   #93
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The ridiculously sexy Christina Hendricks, better known to us Sci-Fi fans as Saffron from Firefly.
So still a bit-part actor?

I can't believe that people have mentioned George Clooney and not this:


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=aYOdH52cKsI

and even better in french!

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3VENaw...eature=related
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Old January 17 2009, 03:38 AM   #94
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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)
You sure? I don't think so. Although, I believe Fleischer did appear in BTTF2 as Biff's mechanic friend, Terry.
Oops, you're right, my bad.

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And before she had her big break in 2003's Terminator 3, Kristanna Loken appeared in the 1998 Sliders season four finale, "Revelations"
She was also in a ST:Voyager ep called "Favorite Son".
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Old January 17 2009, 04:39 AM   #95
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And before he was the ship engineer on Andromeda in 2000, Gordon Michael Woolvet was the young judge in the 1996 season two finale "The Young and the Relentless".
So long as we're counting major Canadian sci-fi actors, Leni Parker (Da'an on Earth: Final Conflict) had a bit role as a diner waitress in the craptacular sci-fi film Laserhawk (starring Mark Hamill & the kid from Free Willy).
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Old January 17 2009, 08:21 AM   #96
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Laurence Fishburne and Patricia Arquette in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3.
And before that, Fishburne had three brief appearances as Cowboy Curtis on Pee-wee's Playhouse.
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Old January 17 2009, 09:19 AM   #97
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Harrison Ford in American Graffiti. His role is small but pivotal. Taking on greater significance with knowledge of his later career. Bob Falfa is almost a prototype for Han Solo. Of course its also the first time he worked with George Lucas.
I've always thought of John Milner as the proto-Han Solo. Milner exchanges with Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) reminds me of Han and Leia. In fact I came up with an alternate cast for Star Wars using the American Graffiti cast

Luke Skywalker- Ron Howard
Han Solo- Paul Le Matt
Leia Organa- Cindy Williams

American Graffiti has Suzanne Somers as the Girl in the T-Bird.
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Old January 17 2009, 09:58 AM   #98
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The ridiculously sexy Christina Hendricks, better known to us Sci-Fi fans as Saffron from Firefly.
So still a bit-part actor? [/url]
Funny!!!

She's also a regular in Mad Men, apparently.
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Old January 17 2009, 10:56 AM   #99
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My wife and I recently caught an old Posh Nosh on PBS that had a cameo by David Tennant.

Here it is.

Tennant makes his particularly icky appearance around the 7:48 mark.
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Old January 17 2009, 02:09 PM   #100
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Tony Robinson (Baldrick, Time Team) played a motorcycle courier in Brannigan, and got pushed into the Thames by John Wayne.
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Old January 17 2009, 02:27 PM   #101
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Not sure if this has been mentioned in all these pages, but Robert Blake is the kid in Treasure of the Sierra Madra that Bogart throws his water at.
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Old January 17 2009, 03:57 PM   #102
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Morgan Freeman and Irene Cara in the PBS show "The Electric Company".

"Hey, you guuuuuuuys!"
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Old January 17 2009, 04:18 PM   #103
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Dunno if he's already been mentioned: Tom Selleck plays a football player, carved up for parts in 1978's Coma.
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The only thing that comes to mind for me is Jeff Goldblum in The Right Stuff, as the-dude-who-runs-down-corridors-at-NASA-a-lot.
And his partner in crime was Harry Shearer.
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Old January 17 2009, 06:53 PM   #105
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Robert Duvall's first appearance was as Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Duvall already had several tv credits before his role in "Mockingbird". It was his first feature-length film, but not his first appearance.
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