Bit roles before they were "famous"

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  1. DeeEss57

    DeeEss57 Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Apr 18, 2008
    Land of 10,000 Lakes

    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'.

  2. The Laughing Vulcan

    The Laughing Vulcan Admiral Admiral

    Jun 7, 2004
    At The Laughing Vulcan's party...
    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
  3. stj

    stj Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 27, 2006
    the real world
    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!
  4. Misfit Toy

    Misfit Toy Caped Trek Mod Admiral

    Feb 11, 2002
    Transporter buffer
    There's an episode of Young Indiana Jones that features both Daniel Craig and Catherine Zeta Jones.
  5. JonathonWally

    JonathonWally Admiral Admiral

    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.
  6. Cap'n Caveman

    Cap'n Caveman Captain Captain

    Dec 26, 2002
    I don't think that qualifies as a "bit" role, since he was the star of that show, which ran for about 8 years.

    The first thing that came to mind was Eastwood's role in "Revenge of the Creature". I did not see that movie until I had already seen his spaghetti westerns, so it was more like why is a famous actor appearing in a bit part like that?

    I have been looking at Roger Corman's filmography at IMDB. A lot of actors and directors who became famous have been involved in his movies.
  7. aladinsane

    aladinsane Captain Captain

    Jan 9, 2003
    Ground Control
    I hope this hasn't been posted--haven't gotten through the thread yet--but Ford also has a small part in Apocalypse Now.
  8. Sephiroth

    Sephiroth Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 15, 2004
    oh, i LOVE shows/movies where bit players/one time charaters ended up famous, i collect them

    Seth Green was on Tales from the dark side
    Tobey McGuire was on Eerie Indiana
    Grace Park was on Stargate SG-1
  9. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Full of hot air.
    One of my favorites is Cuba Gooding in the barber's chair in "Coming to America" while the Eddie Murphies are arguing about boxing.
  10. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Liam Neeson in Excalibur? Hell, Liam Neeson in Krull!
  11. John Picard

    John Picard Vice Admiral Admiral

    George Clooney was also in E/R ;)
  12. backstept

    backstept Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 4, 2005
    Wil Wheaton and Matt LeBlanc did an episode of Monsters called 'Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites'

    I can't find the blog post now, but Wil tells a great story about how Matt introduced him to The Simpsons cartoon television show program :D
  13. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    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.
  14. Mike Farley

    Mike Farley Commodore Commodore

    Mar 25, 2005
    Lost Vegas
    And while it is technically after he became famous for STAR WARS, Ford also has a small, but fun, cameo in More American Graffiti.
  15. propita

    propita Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 9, 2001
    fresno, ca, us
    Robert Duvall's first appearance was as Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird." He appears only at the end, but his off-screen character is referred to throughout the film (after all, Boo "is" the mockingbird the title analogizes to).
  16. kitkat

    kitkat Admiral Admiral

    Jan 24, 2004
    The South
    OMG, I love Liam Neeson and I totally did not know he was in Krull. I'll have to go back and watch it again.
  17. Samurai8472

    Samurai8472 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2007
    Richard Dryfuss's small bit in "The Graduate"
  18. Chris3123

    Chris3123 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 31, 2001
    Pensacola, FL
    Ashley Judd was Ensign Robin Lefler on two episodes of TNG.
  19. ManOnTheWave

    ManOnTheWave Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 10, 2005
    She was very popular in the 70s. When they'd air the movie on tv, the adverts for it gave her first or second billing. She was in maybe three scenes and had as many lines.

    Andrew "Dice" Clay appeared more or less as himself in a slasher movie spoof called Whacko, something like ten years before he became famous as a comedian.

    Daniel Dae Kim played a med student on Sienfeld. His head shot was also used on a hair dye for men box.

    Matt LeBlanc was on an episode of Red Shoe Diaries. David Duchovny starred in the pilot. He narrated the weekly series concurrently with starring in X-Files.
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  20. M'Sharak

    M'Sharak Definitely Herbert. Maybe. Moderator

    Aug 22, 2002
    Terra Inlandia
    I also remember Duvall as an Evil Villain out to control the West on an episode of The Wild Wild West ('The Night of the Falcon', iinm, about 1967.)
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