Jul 19 2011

Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were in Classic Movies and Shows

Published by at 10:00 am under Images,Movies,Television

Josh Brolin In ‘The Goonies’

Unless you’re Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit or Joel Courtney in Super 8, chances are if you’re an actor, not everyone saw you in your earliest work, and you had to take some more minor roles in order to finally get noticed.

This collection shows a number of actors in some of their earliest acting gigs, and a lot of them popped up in classic movies or shows and you just didn’t realize who they were at the time. Some of these will mess with your mind, and make you want to go back and rewatch the films to catch their appearances.

You can check out the full gallery below which I believe was initially assembled over at Buzzfeed.

Seth Rogan In ‘Donnie Darko’

Adam Sandler In ‘The Cosby Show’

Hugh Laurie In ‘Friends’

Ryan Gosling In ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark’

Stephen Colbert On ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’

Jessica Alba In ‘The Secret World Of Alex Mac’

Tobey Maguire In ‘The Wizard’

Steve Buscemi In ‘Pulp Fiction’

Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) In ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’

Jack Black & Giovanni Ribisi In ‘X-Files’

Andy Samberg In ‘Arrested Development’

Ron Jeremy In ‘Ghostbusters’

John Krasinski In ‘Jarhead’

Bret Mackenzie (Flight Of The Conchords) In Lord Of The Rings

Rainn Wilson (The Office) In ‘Almost Famous’

Miley Cyrus In ‘Big Fish’

Jane Lynch In ‘The Fugitive’

Jack Nicholson In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’

Elijah Wood In ‘Back To The Future 2′

Jeff Goldblum In ‘Annie Hall’

George Clooney In ‘Rosanne’

Nicolas Cage In ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’

Jake Gyllenhaal In ‘City Slickers’

Bill Paxton In ‘Terminator’


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31 Responses to “Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were in Classic Movies and Shows”

  1. Doctor John Bishopon 19 Jul 2011 at 11:45 am

    A lot of these were cool, but Steve Buscemi In ‘Pulp Fiction’, Nicolas Cage In ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ and Jack Nicholson In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ are already well known in my opinion.

  2. Erinon 19 Jul 2011 at 12:12 pm

    That’s usually my reaction to Jennifer Aniston too.

  3. Dr. Kronneron 19 Jul 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Cool list, but I wouldn’t count Buscemi in PULP FICTION, that was just a cameo after RESERVOIR DOGS, people already knew who he was.

    A good one would’ve been Jeff Goldblum in DEATH WISH instead of ANNIE HALL.

  4. Pawliton 19 Jul 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I seriously burst out loughing seeing the photo of Bret from “Flight of the Conchords” in elf costume from LotR.
    But I guess it makes sense, they needed extras and there’s like 12 people total in New Zealand so it was bound to happen.

  5. Jim Laheyon 19 Jul 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Isn’t there usually a cut in an article this long? Haha I was wondering why my phone was taking forever to load up unreality.

  6. Noxon 19 Jul 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Let’s not forget Paul Rudd in friends

  7. Wermineon 19 Jul 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Watch True Romance and wonder all the actors in small roles.

  8. dan1on 19 Jul 2011 at 2:55 pm

    no Laurence Fishburne in Apocalypse Now?

  9. daveon 19 Jul 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Nathan Fillion in Saving Private Ryan…

  10. Darren Currieon 19 Jul 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Check out The Outsiders…too many too name and all of them are real young.

  11. benon 19 Jul 2011 at 6:12 pm

    you left out Jack Black sitting next to giovanni ribisi in the x files….

  12. Cryderon 19 Jul 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Was George Clooney on Rosanne before Return of the Killer Tomatoes?

  13. Andyon 19 Jul 2011 at 6:55 pm

    @ Dr. Kronner Good call on Jeff Goldblum in Death Wish. I recently watched that for the first time and almost shit when I saw him.

    It was also an interesting role that he took on, not very Jeff Goldblum-ish if you ask me…

  14. Chrison 19 Jul 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Not a classic film, but a surprising appearance.

    I was watching Home Alone 3 the other day, when who should I see?


    An absurdly young Scarlett Johansson.

  15. callmevilon 19 Jul 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Jennifer aniston appeared as a “guest starring” in an episode of Quantum Leap long before Friends ..

  16. Nick D Pagson 19 Jul 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Bill Paxton’s voice cannot be missed, it’s a dead giveaway.
    “Looks like this guy’s a few cans short of a six pack.”

  17. Haleyon 20 Jul 2011 at 3:52 am

    Hugh Laurie was a well established actor in England way before the friends cameo. Blackadder anyone?

  18. dudeon 20 Jul 2011 at 8:41 am

    zach braff in manhattan murder mystery (shitty role btw)
    scarlett johansson in home alone 3

  19. Bobon 20 Jul 2011 at 8:58 am

    Bret in fucking LotR?!?! Wow, that one really got me.

  20. nesson 20 Jul 2011 at 10:45 am

    Epic movie with lots of actors early in their career…Buckaroo BANZAI! and lectoids from the eigth dimension. Excellent gold blooming and lithgowing in that

  21. Mijoon 20 Jul 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Jack Black is also in Demolition Man

  22. Knyteon 20 Jul 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Jack Black’s earliest role, I think was in The Neverending Story Part 3.

  23. paulon 20 Jul 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Buscemi was in Reservoir Dogs, which came out a few years before Pulp Fiction…Jack Black was in a movie called airborne in 1993 with a young seth green…whoever made this list dont know crap about movies..

  24. Wite Boyon 20 Jul 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Joey from Friends was in Married With Children

  25. Charlieon 21 Jul 2011 at 3:42 am

    Just to echo Haley: Hugh Laurie was famous before he was in Friends. He wasn’t House yet, but he was damn well Bertie Wooster.

  26. Travison 24 Jul 2011 at 6:52 am

    I’m watching “Galaxy Quest” right now and Rainn Wilson is in that as one of the alien people.

  27. fnordon 04 Aug 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Leonardo DiCaprio in Critters 3

  28. jron 05 Aug 2011 at 1:43 am

    Hugh Laurie was VERY successful & famous before Friends!

  29. Reidon 25 Aug 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Hugh Laurie also plays the dad in stuart little.

  30. RTon 23 May 2013 at 12:33 am

    Vince Vaughn in Rudy.

  31. spurs fan for lifeon 24 Jun 2014 at 6:14 pm

    And Vin diesel

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