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Actors in small roles before they were famous

Patrick Swayze shows off his dance moves in this Pabst commercial.

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by Anonymousreply 292March 5, 2024 10:56 AM

Drew Barrymore

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by Anonymousreply 1February 11, 2024 7:25 AM

Ryan O'Neal on Leave to Beaver. Warren Beatty on The Loves of Dobie Gillis.

by Anonymousreply 2February 11, 2024 8:04 AM

Oh Patrick, that was such a chaste kiss, and hair flip- MARY!

by Anonymousreply 3February 11, 2024 8:20 AM

A very young Russell Tovey loves Heinz ketchup.

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by Anonymousreply 4February 11, 2024 8:22 AM

[quote] Russell Tovey loves Heinz ketchup.

It was the shape of the bottle

by Anonymousreply 5February 11, 2024 8:34 AM

Swayze looked so queeny in that. And the jingle was terrible.

by Anonymousreply 6February 11, 2024 10:50 AM

Stephen Colbert as the gay teacher in Strangers With Candy. Great show.

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by Anonymousreply 7February 11, 2024 10:57 AM

A very small MTM

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by Anonymousreply 8February 11, 2024 12:13 PM

James Woods in The Gambler

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by Anonymousreply 9February 11, 2024 12:19 PM

Ben Whishaw pinging.

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by Anonymousreply 10February 11, 2024 12:30 PM

R10- He’s not in any way appealing in that commercial but then I never found him appealing.

by Anonymousreply 11February 11, 2024 12:43 PM

R11 the ad is stupid

by Anonymousreply 12February 11, 2024 1:04 PM

Dark Shadows has SO MANY of these.

See video at link for a Maine accent from Conrad Bain that would embarrass even Murder, She Wrote’s Sheriff Tupper.

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by Anonymousreply 13February 11, 2024 1:15 PM

More Dark Shadows with Kate Jackson.

The role got bigger with time.

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by Anonymousreply 14February 11, 2024 1:24 PM

Naomi Watts tampons

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by Anonymousreply 15February 11, 2024 1:45 PM

Clint Eastwood as a lab tech in "Revenge of the Creature".

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by Anonymousreply 16February 11, 2024 2:16 PM

John Goodman and his long way up to stardom through a myriad of commercials.

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by Anonymousreply 17February 11, 2024 2:35 PM

Clint Eastwood looks very handsome at r16 (that hair!), but judging from his performance, it’s a miracle he ever rose above an extra in a teen beach movie.

by Anonymousreply 18February 11, 2024 3:19 PM

This commercial features a young, strapping, sexy mustacheless Tom Selleck, whose new soap turns out to be a pussy magnet of the highest order.

You’ll also see Patty Deutsch as the love struck cabbie plus Penny Marshall and Teri Garr as the fawning office girls.

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by Anonymousreply 19February 11, 2024 8:53 PM

Jodie Foster, age 3.

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by Anonymousreply 20February 11, 2024 8:59 PM

Ed Harris, hairline already receding, in Coma.

He got hotter as he got older and balder.

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by Anonymousreply 21February 11, 2024 9:02 PM

Ed Harris was so hot in Sweet Dreams

by Anonymousreply 22February 11, 2024 9:03 PM

I recently saw Bradley Cooper in a bit part in an old SATC.

by Anonymousreply 23February 11, 2024 9:04 PM

Bradley Cooper was in the audience during an episode of Inside the Actors Studio.

by Anonymousreply 24February 11, 2024 9:11 PM

Farrah, in bed with Jean-Paul Belmondo (!) in the 1969 film Love Is a Funny Thing.

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by Anonymousreply 25February 11, 2024 9:14 PM

Patrick Swayze was a beautiful man.

by Anonymousreply 26February 11, 2024 9:33 PM

Bruce Willis as a courtroom extra on Law and Order.

by Anonymousreply 27February 11, 2024 9:39 PM

Naomi Watts turned down dinner with Tom Cruise

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by Anonymousreply 28February 12, 2024 1:01 AM

^because Tom doesn't eat fish and Naomi doesn't fancy salami?

by Anonymousreply 29February 12, 2024 1:31 AM

John Ritter as a minister in tennis shorts on Mary Tyler Moore.

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by Anonymousreply 30February 12, 2024 1:41 AM

Henry Winkler as Rhoda’s date for one of the very best MTM episodes ever.

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by Anonymousreply 31February 12, 2024 1:43 AM

Emmy/Tony award winner Bryan had an itchy ass

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by Anonymousreply 32February 12, 2024 1:45 AM

Travolta romping in the gang showers.

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by Anonymousreply 33February 12, 2024 1:49 AM

John Travolta for Mutual of New York

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by Anonymousreply 34February 12, 2024 1:51 AM

[quote] He’s not in any way appealing in that commercial but then I never found him appealing.

r11 I'd fuck his brains out.

by Anonymousreply 35February 12, 2024 1:52 AM

Aw, I think Ben is cute in that commercial

by Anonymousreply 36February 12, 2024 1:58 AM

[quote] I recently saw Bradley Cooper in a bit part in an old SATC.

What's SATC?

(Why do people do this?)

by Anonymousreply 37February 12, 2024 2:00 AM

R27, “Law & Order” didn’t air until after “Moonlighting” was canceled and “Die Hard” was a huge hit.

by Anonymousreply 38February 12, 2024 2:26 AM

R37, “Sex and the City.”

by Anonymousreply 39February 12, 2024 2:26 AM

R32- He was such a young looking yuppie in that commercial- and good looking too

by Anonymousreply 40February 12, 2024 2:37 AM

R40. Ah my bad memory! Bruce was a courtroom extra in The Verdict not L&O. Thanks for catching that.

by Anonymousreply 41February 12, 2024 2:39 AM

George Clooney on Murder She Wrote

by Anonymousreply 42February 12, 2024 2:42 AM

George Clooney as Booker, factory supervisor, in the old Roseanne.

George Clooney in Facts of Life. I forgot what character he played.

by Anonymousreply 43February 12, 2024 2:42 AM

He played George!

by Anonymousreply 44February 12, 2024 2:44 AM

Madeleine Stowe on Little House!

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by Anonymousreply 45February 12, 2024 2:44 AM

Sean Penn on Little House

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by Anonymousreply 46February 12, 2024 2:45 AM

Jesus, John Goodman was one hot good ol’ boy. Totally my type. Before the weight gain.

by Anonymousreply 47February 12, 2024 2:48 AM

Ooh, boy, look at the bounce in Patrick’s hair at OP. Love it! I saw some finale dance in Dirty Dancing moves in there, too.

by Anonymousreply 48February 12, 2024 2:48 AM

Mistuh Tucci

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by Anonymousreply 49February 12, 2024 2:50 AM

Who would put Ben Whishaw in an ad for food? Also on the shortlist: Cheno and the Princess of Wales?

by Anonymousreply 50February 12, 2024 3:02 AM

A brunette Kim Cattrall on Columbo

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by Anonymousreply 51February 12, 2024 3:12 AM

Jamie Lee Curtis and Katey Sagal also had early roles on Columbo

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by Anonymousreply 53February 12, 2024 3:33 AM

DL fave Donna Mills for Folgers

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by Anonymousreply 54February 12, 2024 3:37 AM

Tony Curtis in Criss Cross (1949). His entire role was the dance with Yvonne De Carlo.

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by Anonymousreply 55February 12, 2024 3:41 AM

If you watch Naked City you can see evil Martin Sheen corrupt Peter Fonda (both of them playing teens off the rails), and in other episodes Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and William Shatner.

by Anonymousreply 56February 12, 2024 3:42 AM

^ Christopher Walken and Gene Hackman were on Naked City, too

by Anonymousreply 57February 12, 2024 3:47 AM

I've always wanted the Oscars to show clips of the presenters' early, embarrassing roles as they appeared onstage, but no way would anyone allow that.

by Anonymousreply 58February 12, 2024 3:49 AM

Pony Soldiers must die

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by Anonymousreply 59February 12, 2024 3:51 AM

Melora Hardin on Quincy M.E.

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by Anonymousreply 60February 12, 2024 3:51 AM

Jennifer Aniston in Leprechaun

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by Anonymousreply 61February 12, 2024 3:55 AM

Idris Elba was on Law & Order as a nightclub manager in "Dawg." He had a few lines and then disappeared.

by Anonymousreply 62February 12, 2024 3:57 AM

And Philip Seymour Hoffman had a small role as a defendant on L&O. I don't think he even had a line. He was a defendant, gang rape maybe?, and was acquitted.

by Anonymousreply 63February 12, 2024 3:59 AM

Philip Seymour Hoffman was also on Law & Order

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by Anonymousreply 64February 12, 2024 3:59 AM

Aniston on The Edge...

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by Anonymousreply 65February 12, 2024 4:01 AM

Courteney Cox in Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark video

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by Anonymousreply 66February 12, 2024 4:25 AM

Yes Philip has some lines in L&O: The Violence of Summer

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by Anonymousreply 67February 12, 2024 4:38 AM

Cate Blanchett advertising Australia's national biscuit (cookie).

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by Anonymousreply 68February 12, 2024 4:40 AM

NYPD episode 1968 Deadly Circle of Violence has Al Pacino and Jill Clayburgh.

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by Anonymousreply 69February 12, 2024 4:43 AM

Judy Davis in High Rolling (1977).

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by Anonymousreply 70February 12, 2024 4:48 AM

Sandy Dennis in Naked City.

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by Anonymousreply 71February 12, 2024 4:53 AM

Dawson in Dawson's Two Day Load

by Anonymousreply 72February 12, 2024 4:57 AM

[quote]Bradley Cooper was in the audience during an episode of Inside the Actors Studio.

It was Robert De Niro's in the late '90s.

Then 13 years later, they starred in David O. Russell's SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK for which both were Oscar-nominated.

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by Anonymousreply 73February 12, 2024 4:58 AM

Cynthia Nixon as a maid in Amadeus.

by Anonymousreply 74February 12, 2024 5:16 AM

That one reminds me--Marion Ross from Happy Days is the maid in the Coward/Bacall/Colbert "Blithe Spirit" that is on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 75February 12, 2024 5:34 AM

r55 Tony Curtis meh looks like Tony Curtis. But Yvonne de Carlo looks nothing like Lily!

by Anonymousreply 76February 12, 2024 5:34 AM

Sylvester Stallone in Kitty and Stu’s Private Party

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by Anonymousreply 78February 12, 2024 11:15 AM

Wesley Snipes uttering the ultimate invective, “You polygamous punk!” on All My Children.

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by Anonymousreply 79February 12, 2024 11:21 AM

R71 Sandy Dennis always seemed mentally challenged or on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

by Anonymousreply 80February 12, 2024 1:14 PM

R46 Sean was cast in that episode because his father, Leo Penn, directed it. So old Sean is just as much a nepo baby as his hideous son, Hopper. Somehow that makes him even more insufferable. Fuck that whole family.

by Anonymousreply 81February 12, 2024 1:23 PM

Parker Posey toiled for a whopping eight episodes on As the World Turns before her rightful ascension.

Her love interest here, Hutch, looks like a mildly retarded gay porn star.

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by Anonymousreply 82February 12, 2024 1:30 PM

R82 Parker Posey was on ATWT for over a year. If you're going by IMDB data, it's terribly wrong. She was in far more than 8 episodes.

by Anonymousreply 83February 12, 2024 2:45 PM

And also R82? You have the porn star bit right. Lots of guys on that show during that era that all looked a lot like classic 80s gay porn

A shirtless photo of the guy that played Hutch....

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by Anonymousreply 84February 12, 2024 2:47 PM

Young Elijah Wood was in Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl music video back in 1989. You can see him first at 1:45.

Fun song.

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by Anonymousreply 85February 12, 2024 2:54 PM

Bette for GE

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by Anonymousreply 86February 12, 2024 3:09 PM

Keanu Reeves was also in one of Paula Abdul's videos. Rush, rush was the song.

by Anonymousreply 87February 12, 2024 3:36 PM

How would anyone think Swayze was straight seeing that commercial?

by Anonymousreply 88February 12, 2024 3:40 PM

I have no doubt Swazye was mostly straight or bi, but also.....he was no stranger to cock and/or a man's mouth or hole on his cock.

by Anonymousreply 89February 12, 2024 3:42 PM

Sounds like you have all bases covered.

by Anonymousreply 90February 12, 2024 3:46 PM

Pedro Pascal on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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by Anonymousreply 91February 12, 2024 3:53 PM

Who could forget the actor at R84 from his small role in “Steel Magnolias”? Wasn’t he the one that there are gay rumors about because of his track lighting?

by Anonymousreply 92February 12, 2024 3:56 PM

R92 Yes, and he looked less special ed in that movie.

by Anonymousreply 93February 12, 2024 3:58 PM

If you had track lighting in 1989, it was the same as passing out Polaroids of yourself with a dick in your mouth, r92.

by Anonymousreply 94February 12, 2024 4:59 PM

R83, I did go by IMDb. I’ve never seen the show.

But I love Parker Posey. I remember an interview she did where she was asked what she learned from working on a daytime soap. It was clear the interviewer was expecting to hear something about the acting craft or working under time constraints, but she casually answered that she learned nothing, and then corrected herself: she learned how to nap while waiting around to shoot her scenes.

by Anonymousreply 95February 12, 2024 5:03 PM

Bette Davis knew her early film work was bad, bad enough for Robert Aldrich to use in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane to illustrate why the titular character bombed when she tried to move from vaudeville to the silver screen. Davis freely gave permission to dredge up her duds to build the story.

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by Anonymousreply 96February 12, 2024 5:13 PM

"Hutch" was hot!

by Anonymousreply 97February 12, 2024 5:24 PM

Ashley Judd on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Brad Pitt on 21 Jump Street

by Anonymousreply 98February 12, 2024 9:16 PM

Johnny Depp was on 21 Jump Street, not Brad Pitt. 21 Jump Street propelled Johnny Depp. It was the sine qua non, not like Parker Posey on a soap. Btw, PP sounds dumb saying she learned nothing from doing soaps. Every job teaches tou something if you pay attention.

by Anonymousreply 99February 12, 2024 10:06 PM

Brad Pitt guest-starred on a 21 Jump Street episode

by Anonymousreply 100February 12, 2024 10:52 PM

Ryan Gosling glowed in a no line role in Remember The Titans.

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by Anonymousreply 101February 12, 2024 11:08 PM

I won't make this a soap thread but two quick replies.

R95 yeah I wasn't yelling at you or anything, just an FYI that IMDB info on episodes is usually spotty at best and terrible for some of those soap actors. You'll have actors on the show for decades and it says, like, "30 episodes."

R97 yeah he was. The head writer and producer were gay men and there was a stretch where all the actors looked like extras on a William Higgins/Matt Sterling film.

A few hotties but the template was this guy, Jon Hensley, who played "Holden" on the same show that Parker Posey was on.....he looked a bit like Lex Baldwin the porn star, and basically stood around in tight jeans and stared hotly at other actors/actresses.

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by Anonymousreply 102February 12, 2024 11:37 PM

R85 Jfc! Did they ALL have stage parents or what??

by Anonymousreply 103February 13, 2024 11:57 AM

Donald Glover in 30 Rock.

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by Anonymousreply 104February 13, 2024 1:22 PM

Richard Dreyfuss in The Graduate

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by Anonymousreply 105February 13, 2024 1:33 PM

Nothing goes better with disco dancing than mugs of draft Pabst Blue Ribbon. She bitch would be hurling vomit spinning around on the dance floor after chugging brews.

by Anonymousreply 106February 13, 2024 1:44 PM

RICHARD DREYFUSS 1967 Valley of the Dolls

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by Anonymousreply 107February 13, 2024 1:51 PM

Megan Mullally serves John Goodman a 99 cent Egg McMuffin.

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by Anonymousreply 108February 13, 2024 2:44 PM

Joanne Woodward on Alfred Hitchcock Presents

by Anonymousreply 109February 13, 2024 5:32 PM

Long before Sex in the City ...

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by Anonymousreply 110February 13, 2024 5:59 PM

Matt LeBlanc hawking Cherry 7-Up.

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by Anonymousreply 111February 13, 2024 6:04 PM

Angela Bassett on Thirtysomething (1989)

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by Anonymousreply 112February 13, 2024 6:08 PM

Brad Pitt in thirtysomething

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by Anonymousreply 113February 13, 2024 6:13 PM

Nicole Kidman in Bop Girl music video.

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by Anonymousreply 114February 13, 2024 6:15 PM

Virginia Madsen in Cher's "I Found Someone" video

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by Anonymousreply 115February 13, 2024 6:20 PM

Brittany Murphy twix commercial

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by Anonymousreply 116February 13, 2024 6:24 PM

Miss Angie Dickinson for Halo Shampoo

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by Anonymousreply 117February 13, 2024 7:17 PM

Carol Lynley for Halo Shampoo

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by Anonymousreply 118February 13, 2024 7:20 PM

Ruta in Witness...

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by Anonymousreply 119February 13, 2024 7:23 PM

Jack Nicholson in the original Little Shop of Horrors.

by Anonymousreply 120February 13, 2024 8:03 PM

John Goodman as Ed Harris's buddy in Sweet Dreams.

by Anonymousreply 121February 13, 2024 8:10 PM

Bening in Postcards From the Edge

by Anonymousreply 122February 13, 2024 8:13 PM

Laura Dern in Foxes as the girl who crashes Jodie Fosters party.

by Anonymousreply 123February 13, 2024 8:20 PM

Patrick Swayze looks like Prince Charming in Shrek 2.

by Anonymousreply 124February 13, 2024 9:03 PM

Robert Duvall, Robert Redford, and Burt Reynolds all had early roles other Twilight Zone

by Anonymousreply 125February 13, 2024 9:21 PM

Oops, that should say "on The Twilight Zone"

by Anonymousreply 126February 13, 2024 9:27 PM

John Lithgow in All That Jazz.

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by Anonymousreply 128February 13, 2024 10:35 PM

Chadwick Boseman and Jennifer Lawrence on Cold Case

by Anonymousreply 129February 13, 2024 10:51 PM

Mrs. Hanks

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by Anonymousreply 130February 13, 2024 11:17 PM

Gene Wilder's memorable bit part in the seminal classic BONNIE AND CLYDE.

One year later, he hit it really big with THE PRODUCERS, which earned him an Oscar nomination.

Not bad for your first and second films.

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by Anonymousreply 131February 14, 2024 12:38 AM

Marilyn Monroe in All About Eve

by Anonymousreply 132February 14, 2024 1:02 AM

Who in the television audience watching Angie would have guessed that Halo Hussy was just months away from giving the president of the US the best 30 seconds ride of his life.

by Anonymousreply 133February 14, 2024 3:25 PM

Van Johnson as a chorus boy in Too Many Girls

by Anonymousreply 134February 14, 2024 6:23 PM

Quentin Tarantino in The Golden Girls

by Anonymousreply 135February 14, 2024 6:43 PM

Joan Rivers being tempted by a slab of middle-aged sex in the form of a wet Burt Lancaster.

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by Anonymousreply 136February 14, 2024 9:56 PM

Fran Drescher in Saturday Night Fever.

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by Anonymousreply 137February 14, 2024 10:01 PM

Naomi Watts in Flirting

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by Anonymousreply 138February 14, 2024 10:07 PM

FYI that's not Naomi in the clip.

by Anonymousreply 139February 14, 2024 10:11 PM

Naomi in Brides of Christ.

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by Anonymousreply 140February 14, 2024 10:13 PM

Naomi also had small roles in Matinee and Wide Sargasso Sea

by Anonymousreply 141February 14, 2024 10:29 PM

Corrected clip

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by Anonymousreply 142February 14, 2024 10:35 PM

Nicole Kidman in Dead Calm.

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by Anonymousreply 143February 15, 2024 11:05 PM

Nicole Kidman was the female lead in Dead Calm, not a bit part.

by Anonymousreply 144February 15, 2024 11:27 PM

Richard Chamberlain had early guest spots on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Bourbon Street Beat

by Anonymousreply 145February 16, 2024 12:46 AM

R144 - Hollywood doesn't consider a leading role in an Australian film as making an actor famous.

by Anonymousreply 146February 16, 2024 12:48 AM

'Tippi' Hedren

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by Anonymousreply 147February 16, 2024 12:50 AM

Farrah for Ultra-Brite

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by Anonymousreply 148February 16, 2024 12:54 AM

Farrah for Cougars

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by Anonymousreply 149February 16, 2024 12:56 AM

Farrah and Tom Selleck for Dubonnet

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by Anonymousreply 150February 16, 2024 1:41 AM

Daniel J. Travanti for Allstate

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by Anonymousreply 151February 16, 2024 1:42 AM

Bryan Cranston is here to talk to you about hemorrhoids!

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by Anonymousreply 152February 16, 2024 5:26 AM

Cameron Diaz for Coca-Cola

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by Anonymousreply 153February 16, 2024 5:26 AM

Pedro Pascal's 10 second appearance in ADJUSTMENT BUREAU seating future co-star (The Great Wall) Matt Damon:

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by Anonymousreply 154February 16, 2024 1:34 PM

Greta Garbo commercial

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by Anonymousreply 155February 17, 2024 1:30 AM

Russell Crowe on Neighbors.

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by Anonymousreply 156February 17, 2024 1:35 AM

DL fave Susan Dey for Cover Girl

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by Anonymousreply 157February 17, 2024 2:42 AM

Cybill Shepherd for Cover Girl

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by Anonymousreply 158February 17, 2024 2:43 AM

^ Oops, that's for Noxzema, not Cover Girl

by Anonymousreply 159February 17, 2024 2:43 AM

Susan Blakely for Cover Girl

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by Anonymousreply 160February 17, 2024 2:44 AM

Sharon Stone for Finesse

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by Anonymousreply 161February 17, 2024 2:49 AM

Sharon in Stardust Memories

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by Anonymousreply 162February 17, 2024 5:31 AM

Patricia Arquette in Nightmare on Elm Street 3

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by Anonymousreply 163February 17, 2024 6:08 AM

Susan Blakely seems like an actress who should have had a bigger career.

by Anonymousreply 164February 17, 2024 8:33 AM

Patty Arquette was kind of the lead in Nightmare on Elm Street 3.

by Anonymousreply 165February 17, 2024 2:46 PM

Patrick Swayze had such an arresting gaze when he looked at his dance partners.

by Anonymousreply 166February 17, 2024 4:01 PM

Teri Garr in Star Trek’s Assignment Earth episode (1968).

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by Anonymousreply 167February 17, 2024 4:04 PM

Sharon Stone on Remington Steele.

SPOILER ALERT: She’s the killer, despite having very minimal screen time before being unmasked as the deranged culprit.

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by Anonymousreply 168February 17, 2024 7:57 PM

Robert Osborne was already well known but I can't believe he did this commercial.

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by Anonymousreply 169February 18, 2024 6:30 PM

Joanne Woodward (before she did Hitchcock) did a couple of Four Star Theater anthology shows co-starring Dick Powell. Age difference but they were good together.

by Anonymousreply 170February 18, 2024 6:44 PM

John Forsythe on Lights Out and Alfred Hitchcock Presents

by Anonymousreply 171February 18, 2024 6:57 PM

Robert Osborne in The Beverly Hillbillies pilot

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by Anonymousreply 172February 18, 2024 7:00 PM

^ “Another five minutes and that whole darn prison woulda been empty!”

by Anonymousreply 173February 18, 2024 7:04 PM

Warren Beatty on One Step Beyond

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by Anonymousreply 175February 18, 2024 7:14 PM

Robert Redford was on a Route 66 episode, I think. His hair was colored dark, he was playing some ethnic character.

by Anonymousreply 176February 18, 2024 7:15 PM

A bit on Robert Redford on Route 66.

I wonder what George Maharis thought of him.

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by Anonymousreply 177February 18, 2024 7:27 PM

Kent McCord was beautiful ! 😭

Ricky Nelson’s forearms here are hyper-hairy and hot as fuck.

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by Anonymousreply 178February 18, 2024 7:30 PM

Jamie Lee Curtis with the nub in Blue Steel

by Anonymousreply 179February 18, 2024 7:43 PM

R178, Ricky Nelson WAS HAF!!!

by Anonymousreply 180February 18, 2024 8:04 PM

Ricky and Kent were real life friends which is how he got on the show.

by Anonymousreply 181February 18, 2024 8:35 PM

And they stayed friends!

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by Anonymousreply 182February 18, 2024 9:15 PM

Future actors union president Ken Howard with Liza in Tell Me You Love Me, June Moon.

He was lanky and sexy. Morphed into a hot daddy.

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by Anonymousreply 183February 18, 2024 9:25 PM


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by Anonymousreply 184February 18, 2024 9:26 PM

Was Liza a mouth-breather? Why was her mouth always hanging open?

by Anonymousreply 185February 18, 2024 9:27 PM

By the way, before she was famous, she had a cameo at the end of In The Good Old Summertime.

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by Anonymousreply 186February 18, 2024 9:29 PM

R183 That scene was at Hammond Castle, Gloucester, MA.

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by Anonymousreply 187February 18, 2024 9:31 PM

BTW, Hammond Castle was built by a 'mo

by Anonymousreply 188February 18, 2024 9:44 PM

Suzanne Pleshette on One Step Beyond

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by Anonymousreply 189February 18, 2024 9:47 PM

Um— there’s Larry Tate AND Dr. Auschlander in that episode! ^^

by Anonymousreply 190February 18, 2024 10:33 PM

Gwen Verdon billed as Gwen Verdun in Little Annie Rooney.

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by Anonymousreply 191February 19, 2024 5:41 AM

Ava Gardner as a salesgirl in Reunion in France

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by Anonymousreply 192February 19, 2024 6:06 AM

Even before "21 Jump Street" and "Thirtysomething," Brad Pitt appeared in daytime soap opera, Another World.

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by Anonymousreply 193February 19, 2024 7:25 AM

Julianne Moore in Hand that Rocks the Cradle.

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by Anonymousreply 194February 19, 2024 9:04 AM

I first remember Julianne Moore from Tales From The Darkside the movie where she played Christian Slater's evil bitch sister who has an unfortunate encounter with a cursed mummy.

by Anonymousreply 195February 19, 2024 9:20 AM

Julianne Moore on daytime soap, The Edge of Night, 1984.

(IMDb shows this being her first television role.)

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by Anonymousreply 196February 19, 2024 10:11 AM

^What is that accent?

by Anonymousreply 197February 19, 2024 10:41 AM

Julianne in Tales from the Darkside.

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by Anonymousreply 198February 19, 2024 10:48 AM

Moldavian, of course!

by Anonymousreply 199February 19, 2024 11:29 AM

It sounds Scandinavian.

by Anonymousreply 200February 19, 2024 12:35 PM

Michael J Fox had a supporting role on the TV series, Palmerstown.

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by Anonymousreply 201February 19, 2024 12:40 PM

Michael J Fox in Midnight Madness from 1980.

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by Anonymousreply 202February 19, 2024 12:47 PM

Barbara Feldon commercial.

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by Anonymousreply 203February 19, 2024 1:43 PM

John Travolta’s first acting job - a 1972 episode of EMERGENCY where he played Chuck Benson. He’d have been about 18.

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by Anonymousreply 204February 19, 2024 1:52 PM

R84’s picture is not of the character of Hutch. James Wlcek played one of the Linc Lafertys on As the World Turns.

Judson Mills played Hutch Hutchinson on As the World Turns. Hutch and original recipe Rosanna even had their own country song/love theme.

Parker Posey played Tess Shelby. She tells a story of having to enter down a staircase and then stop so that an earlier scene could be inserted. The director yelled cut and angrily asked her what she was doing/why did she ruin the shot? She drolly replied, “Sorry, I’ve never had a flashback in real life.”

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by Anonymousreply 205February 19, 2024 2:09 PM

R204 did Travolta get the pleasure of Randolph’s mantooth?

by Anonymousreply 206February 19, 2024 2:22 PM

R203. It’s medicated. See, it says so right on the label! Gotta love 60s advertising techniques.

by Anonymousreply 207February 19, 2024 2:26 PM

Honestly, check out Broken Hearts Club from like 1999. So many actors who are well known today starred in it - AND played gay. Timothy Olyphant, Zach Braff, Billy Porter. Even Christian Kane was in it - I didn't recognize him until a recent rewatch.

by Anonymousreply 208February 19, 2024 4:02 PM

Such a lame movie —no, gracias.

by Anonymousreply 209February 19, 2024 4:36 PM

R197 I believe the story Julianne was involved in had her being located in Switzerland, but which of the four languages in the country her accent is supposed to reflect may be part of the problem. Her character's name was "Carmen Engler." Her father's name was "Anton Engler." Maybe she was trying to do some kind of German-French-Italian combo. .. lol

by Anonymousreply 210February 19, 2024 9:05 PM

Accent aside, Julianne stands out from the two other bland actresses in the scene.

by Anonymousreply 211February 19, 2024 9:10 PM

She was a Moldavian refugee

by Anonymousreply 212February 19, 2024 9:10 PM

R18 - Oh, it was no miracle at all that Clint rose to the top.

by Anonymousreply 213February 19, 2024 9:28 PM

R19 - Do you think Selleck brought his Safeguard with him to the Continental Baths?

by Anonymousreply 214February 19, 2024 9:31 PM

[quote] Sandy Dennis always seemed mentally challenged or on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

My kind of woman!

by Anonymousreply 215February 19, 2024 9:40 PM

[quote] Swayze looked so queeny in that.

Oh honey. Have you never seen Skatetown, USA?

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by Anonymousreply 216February 20, 2024 1:25 AM

Minority (?) opinion: I didn't think Swayze looked queeny in the ad.

by Anonymousreply 217February 20, 2024 2:46 AM

Christopher Reeve as "Ben 'Beanie" Harper" on soap, "Love of Life" (1976).

Clip features Tudi Wiggins playing his mother, "Meg Dale" .. chewing the scenery .. I'm surprised Reeve made out of their alive.

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by Anonymousreply 218February 20, 2024 3:38 AM

Here's another clip of Reeve in a JC Penney commercial, ca. 1974.

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by Anonymousreply 219February 20, 2024 3:40 AM

Meg Ryan in Rich and Famous.

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by Anonymousreply 220February 20, 2024 5:14 AM

Barbara Feldon for Revlon.

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by Anonymousreply 221February 20, 2024 5:59 AM

Meg Ryan toothpaste commercial

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by Anonymousreply 222February 20, 2024 6:03 AM

Julia Roberts in Satisfaction.

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by Anonymousreply 223February 20, 2024 9:27 AM

Matt Damon in Mystic Pizza, his first film role.

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by Anonymousreply 224February 20, 2024 10:58 AM

R218 - I only watched the first few minutes but to be fair, Reeve was wooden as hell and not giving that histrionic actress much to play off of.

BTW, this is the first time I've ever seen "Love of Life" and immediately noticed the opening credit looks like the template for parody spoof opening of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. I guess Norman Lear was familiar with the show.

by Anonymousreply 225February 20, 2024 11:37 AM

Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz in Fast Times At Ridgemont High

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by Anonymousreply 226February 20, 2024 4:06 PM

Robert De Niro’s car ad. He plays a mama’s boy who talk a like a dis

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by Anonymousreply 227February 20, 2024 6:50 PM

^ “It’s got air conditioning!”

When did air conditioning become standard in a car? Apparently not by 1970.

by Anonymousreply 228February 20, 2024 7:10 PM

The Gumm sisters.

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by Anonymousreply 229February 20, 2024 7:26 PM

R227 - If those Old World Italian stereotypical parent are thinking he's spending too much money on a fancy car, wait until they find out Bobby is a big fan of chocolate. "Mamma Mia! She's ah moulinyan!"

by Anonymousreply 230February 20, 2024 11:02 PM

Al Pacino in old episode of NYPD (1968).

Needs dental work.

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by Anonymousreply 231February 20, 2024 11:35 PM

Gary Sandy, Rue McClanahan, Fannie Flagg, and Candy Darling plus Gil Gerard in the semi-sordid gay bar melodrama Some of My Best Friends Are…

Gary Sandy plays a vicious hustler and is sexy as fuck.

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by Anonymousreply 232February 20, 2024 11:59 PM

R228 my parents shopped for a new car in the mid-80s. The dealer showed them a car which didn’t have AC or a radio standard. When my mum was surprised at the lack of a radio, he snorted and suggested she could steal one.

My mum is black and was very offended. Naturally, they did not purchase a car from him. Although he took his elderly mother to the doctor and turned a pleasant shade of green when my mother was the doctor in question.

by Anonymousreply 233February 21, 2024 12:46 AM

Alan Alda on The Phil Silvers Show in 1958, over 65 years ago.

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by Anonymousreply 234February 21, 2024 11:31 PM

Antonio Fargas, future Huggy Bear, in Putney Swope from 1969.

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by Anonymousreply 235February 21, 2024 11:38 PM

Mandy for The Uncola

by Anonymousreply 236February 22, 2024 4:59 AM

Mandy for The Uncola

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by Anonymousreply 237February 22, 2024 5:01 AM

Nancy McKeon on Starsky & Hutch.

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by Anonymousreply 238February 22, 2024 10:01 PM

Molly Ringwald was on The Facts of Life

by Anonymousreply 239February 22, 2024 10:06 PM

Robert Wagner in Titanic from 1953.

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by Anonymousreply 240February 22, 2024 10:12 PM

Faye Dunaway for THRILL.

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by Anonymousreply 241February 22, 2024 10:42 PM

Paul Rudd before playing my teenaged boyfriend on "Sisters"

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by Anonymousreply 242February 23, 2024 12:50 AM

Now who call say no to a big, heaping pile of Brown fried chicken?!

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by Anonymousreply 243February 23, 2024 12:54 AM

Halle Berry and Leah Remini on the short-lived 1989 show Living Dolls

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by Anonymousreply 244February 23, 2024 1:17 AM

Here's a good recap from Miami Vice.

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by Anonymousreply 245February 23, 2024 5:00 AM

A very young Zach Braff in an episode from The Baby-sitter's Club tv show. Interestingly, Mandy Patinkin's wife Kathryn Grody plays his mother, but it wasn't before she became famous, her star making turn as Kate's good friend a jet-setting business woman on Kate and Allie had aired a few years previous.

by Anonymousreply 246February 23, 2024 5:19 AM

Sorry, here's Braff

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by Anonymousreply 247February 23, 2024 5:20 AM

Jack Black appeared in a Pitfall Harry ad for the Atari 2600.

by Anonymousreply 248February 23, 2024 4:09 PM

Marilyn in Ladies from the Chorus

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by Anonymousreply 249February 24, 2024 8:58 AM

Twenty-year-old Carol Kane with Art Garfunkel in Carnal Knowledge.

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by Anonymousreply 250February 24, 2024 11:25 AM

Dean Cain in THE STONE BOY, directed by his father Christopher Cain.

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by Anonymousreply 251February 24, 2024 12:04 PM

Gavin MacLeod on The Munsters.

I didn’t recognize him when I recently watched the episode. But the voice did catch my attention.

He was already wearing wigs.

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by Anonymousreply 252February 24, 2024 12:45 PM

John Hoyt! Old-school eldergay.

by Anonymousreply 253February 24, 2024 1:34 PM

There are no small roles.

There are only small actors.

by Anonymousreply 254February 24, 2024 1:39 PM

Olivia de Havilland in Orphans of the Storm. She played the Gish girls' grand-mèrer.

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by Anonymousreply 255February 24, 2024 1:40 PM

Noel Coward had a small part in D. W. Griffith's Hearts Of The World (1917), starring Lillian Gish.

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by Anonymousreply 256February 24, 2024 2:41 PM

Jeff Goldblum in Death Wish as one of the thugs who murder Charles Bronson's family.

by Anonymousreply 257February 24, 2024 4:18 PM

Bonnie Franklin in Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1957). The other girl is always identified as Tuesday Weld, but I doubt it. I don't see any resemblance.

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by Anonymousreply 258February 24, 2024 4:30 PM

Young Tuesday

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by Anonymousreply 259February 24, 2024 4:36 PM

Looks like her to me.

by Anonymousreply 260February 24, 2024 4:59 PM

Pedro Pascal as Dio, a Satan worshiping murder suspect in NYPD Blue

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by Anonymousreply 261February 24, 2024 5:27 PM

R256 - Which one was Noel?

by Anonymousreply 262February 24, 2024 5:32 PM

Another Pedro Pascal role, this one is as Goth Boy in the TV movie Earth vs the Spider from 2001.

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by Anonymousreply 263February 24, 2024 5:58 PM

Leonard Nimoy on Dragnet 1:45

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by Anonymousreply 264February 24, 2024 6:06 PM

Gavin Macleod also had roles in the films Compulsion and I Want to Live in the late 50s

by Anonymousreply 265February 24, 2024 6:51 PM

R253, he was hardcore prissy gay even in that Munsters scene. I tried to find a video just of the brief scene but can’t. They ran out of the mansion - I believe in fast-motion - when they met Herman or Grandpa.

John Hoyt was kind of dashing.

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by Anonymousreply 266February 24, 2024 7:10 PM

Gavin MacLeod was an established working actor but not famous when he debuted his infamous Big Chicken character on Hawaii Five-O.

He talked about it at length - with great hilarity - on Gilbert Gottfried’s wonderful podcast.

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by Anonymousreply 267February 24, 2024 7:15 PM

Soft-core Hawaiian prison porn! Yum^

by Anonymousreply 268February 24, 2024 8:16 PM

Suzanne Somers as "The Girl" in American Graffiti. No lines, it was her best performance.

by Anonymousreply 269February 25, 2024 12:24 PM

R266 Was he actually gay, though?

by Anonymousreply 270February 25, 2024 3:06 PM

Diahann Carroll in Carmen Jones.

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by Anonymousreply 271February 25, 2024 3:09 PM

R270, yes.

See link. His widow happily confirmed this.

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by Anonymousreply 272February 25, 2024 3:12 PM

R270 it turns out not to be the case. But he played gay very well. Also, he was great as an alien and as part of the Federation star fleet.

by Anonymousreply 273February 25, 2024 3:12 PM

Well, I stand corrected! And I’m the one who made the original assumption upthread.

My gaydar still works ;)

by Anonymousreply 274February 25, 2024 3:14 PM

Lynda Carter bustin’ out all over in Nakia.

Robert Forster looks hot as fuck here.

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by Anonymousreply 275February 25, 2024 3:21 PM

She had already been Miss World USA

by Anonymousreply 276February 25, 2024 3:28 PM

Well that's good to know, because he seemed gay as a goose.

by Anonymousreply 277February 25, 2024 3:29 PM

George Chakiris was a chorus dancer in the '50s, he was one of 4 dancers w/ Rosemary Clooney in her big number in White Christmas, he also can be seen in Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, w/ Marilyn.

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by Anonymousreply 278February 25, 2024 3:34 PM

Ali MacGraw for the Polaroid Swinger camera.

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by Anonymousreply 279February 25, 2024 5:03 PM

[quote]George Chakiris was a chorus dancer in the '50s, he was one of 4 dancers w/ Rosemary Clooney in her big number in White Christmas,

He is also in two places at once in the movie. He's in NYC performing with Rosie but is also back at the Pine Tree Inn rehearsing with Vera Ellen.

by Anonymousreply 280February 25, 2024 5:05 PM

R279. I don’t care what anyone says about her acting.

As a young gayling, I dreamed of Harvard and falling in love with Jennifer Cavalleri!

by Anonymousreply 281February 25, 2024 5:09 PM

Massacre at Central High had quite a few actors who were prolific in the 70s and 80s (Andrew Stevens, Derrel Maury, Robert Carradine, Kimberly Beck), but in smaller roles in the film there was Lani O’Grady (Eight is Enough) and Steve Bond (General Hospital).

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by Anonymousreply 282February 25, 2024 8:15 PM

Patty Duke in The Goddess.

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by Anonymousreply 283February 26, 2024 1:52 AM

Clint Walker in [bold]Jungle Gents[/bold] (1954)

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by Anonymousreply 284February 26, 2024 6:04 AM

Bob Fosse in Kiss Me Kate

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by Anonymousreply 285February 26, 2024 7:03 PM

A dick, dick, hardy dick…

They don’t write lyrics like they used to…

by Anonymousreply 286February 26, 2024 7:14 PM

harry* dick

by Anonymousreply 287February 26, 2024 7:14 PM

Thelma Ritter in Miracle on 34th Street.

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by Anonymousreply 288February 27, 2024 12:58 PM

R286 Freudian slip

by Anonymousreply 289February 27, 2024 1:46 PM

Not exactly a role, but Colin Farrell had a gig line dancing 30 years ago.

You can see him quite well at about :33.

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by Anonymousreply 290February 29, 2024 11:24 PM

Natalie Wood in Happy Land, her first screen appearance (she was a blonde as a kid, and is hardly seen). Filmed in Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, CA - Natalie's home town.

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by Anonymousreply 291March 1, 2024 1:51 AM

June Allyson in All Girl Revue.

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