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Early Guest Roles for Later Stars

Discussion in 'The OT' started by SayWhat?, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. dennisj00

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    I still watch 'The Fugitive' on MeTV - one of my favorites from the 60s. There was a recent two parter with a young Robert Duval as a german sailmaker apprentice.

    And speaking of 'Rockford Files', Berta from 'Two and a Half Men' was a foxy 20 something legal secretary with big hair in several episodes of Rockford.
     
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    Before becoming Detective Lennie Briscoe Jerry Orbach played Defense Attorney Frank Lehrman in the Law & Order episode "The Wages of Love" (1991).
     
  3. Laxguy

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    The Fuge was a favorite then!

    I so cannot stand the Berta thing that I FF through scenes she is in. Hard to believe she was ever foxy, but I'll take your word!
     
  4. tsmacro

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    I remember seeing Kurt Russell as a boy doing a guest appearance on Gilligan's Island, he was a wild jungle boy, kind of a Tarzan Jr so to speak.
     
  5. dennisj00

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    Conchata Ferrell -- has a quite impressive resume of bit parts. She's a hoot on 2.5 - one of the few reasons I watch it now - along with all the girl friends.

    IMDB doesn't even list her on Rockford on her own page, but she is listed in 1 episode of RF in 1977 - 'Ella Mae White'.
     
  6. Laxguy

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    Jes' shows to go ya': Diff strokes, diff folks! I think I am still watching out of habit.... and the mystery hot chick or two who show up each ep.
     
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    Since you have 2 M*A*S*H actors there, let's go ahead and add a third: Gary Burghoff - Left M*A*S*H to go be a movie star. Didn't work out very well for him either.
     
  8. AntAltMike

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    As I type this, a 23 year old "Michael Vincent", later to be known as Jan Michael Vincent, is playing a teenager on his second acting appearance, on Dragnet in 1967.
     
  9. Laxguy

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    This doesn't qualify, but it was interesting to me to see Leonard deCaprio as a teenaged actor in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. I first remember him in Titanic, and it took years before I could see that this guy has real acting chops- which were apparent in the "Grape" film, only I had by then overcome my prejudice gained from Titanic.
     
  10. SayWhat?

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    You never saw him in Growing Pains?



    This doesn't really qualify either, but I just caught a very young Teri Hatcher in Murphy Brown.
     
  11. Laxguy

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    No, no Growing Pains for me that had him (he was in "only" 24 eps....)
     
  12. AntAltMike

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    I was watching Seventy Seven Sunset strip this morning and was surprised to see debonair Richard Long (Jarred Barkley, Professor Everett) portraying a devious murderer/conniver in the first season episode, One False Step (S.1, Ep.11, 1958). Long also guested in another episode that season before being cast as the first-billed star Rex Randolph of another Warner Brothers detective show, Bourbon Street Beat (1959-1960).

    Long’s Bourbon Street Beat character was reprized two years later when he was hired as a detective for the Bailey & Spencer detective firm in 77 Sunset Strip, for 30 episodes of its 1960-1961 season, but after the Rex character was dropped, he came back to guest in that series twice more, as Dick Lynwood in Nine to Five (S.5, Ep.22, 1963) and as Charlie Carmichael in The Fumble (S.6, Ep. 12, 1963).

    So while there are a lot of lists of actors who initially guested on shows for which they eventually landed recurring roles as another character, this is the only instance I know of where a regular character guested as other characters both before and after his recurring role.
     
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    J.D Cannon and Terry Carter, who played Chief Clifford and Lt. Broderick in over 40 episodes of McCloud in the 1970s, had guested as bomb squad partners Tony Keary and Jack Luben in an episode of Naked City, way back in 1961. "Naked City" C3H5(NO3)3 (TV Episode 1961) - IMDb

    In 1988, they were paired again in an episode of The Highwayman, titled Send in the Clones. In that episode, they were named Chief Clinton and Lt. Broadside, to play off the character names that the viewers would surely recognize them by. "The Highwayman" Send in the Clones (TV Episode 1988) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb

    And I'm not sure how to categorize this, but in one episode of the Phil Silvers Show, J.D. Cannon had the uncredited part of Sherman the Shark, while Terry Carter, who is named in over 90 episode credits, was credited for that episode in name only but did not actually appear in it.
     
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