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OMG, that was him/her?!? 
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Who were some actors/actresses you didn't know when you first saw a movie but when revisited it several years later were shocked to realize someone with whom you're now familiar had a role in that same movie? A few examples for me off the top of my head:

- Bill Paxton in "Weird Science"
- Billy Zane & Casey Siemaszko in "Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future, Part II"
- Elijah Wood in "Back to the Future, Part II"
- Jane Krakowski in "National Lampoon's Vacation"
- Laura Linney in "Congo"
- Elizabeth Shue in "The Karate Kid"
- Sarah Polley in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"
- John Hurt in "Alien" and "Spaceballs"
- Barry Levinson in "Silent Movie" (not really an actor, but still)
- Viggo Mortenson in "Witness"


Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:27 am
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Most people remember John Ratzenberger as Cliff from Cheers. What people might not realize is that he is, by technicality, the fourth most successful movie actor of all time. His movies are collectively worth (wait for it) three billion dollars.

The explanation is that he has appeared in just about every Pixar movie, including his prominent role as Ham in the Toy Story movies. Pretty much anything by Pixar is a huge moneymaker. In addition to that, he has bit parts in Superman II (one of the NASA guys) and The Empire Strikes Back ("The shield doors MUST be closed."). It goes without saying that those movies are two of the most profitable sequels ever made.


Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:36 pm
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Ken wrote:
In addition to that, he has bit parts in Superman II (one of the NASA guys) and The Empire Strikes Back ("The shield doors MUST be closed."). It goes without saying that those movies are two of the most profitable sequels ever made.



Wasn't he in Superman ('78) as well as one of the key turners in the missile silo??



-I'm always startled by all the bit part cameos in Saving Private Ryan.

Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, and Dennis Farina come to mind.


Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:54 pm
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Wasn't he in Superman ('78) as well as one of the key turners in the missile silo??
Hm, it says so on IMDB, but I don't remember him being in the movie.

I haven't seen either Superman II or Empire Strikes Back in a while, but I clearly remember seeing him in those scenes. I've seen the first Superman a lot more times and I don't remember seeing him. Maybe I'll have to go back and have a look.


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Just the other day I was watching Frequency on television and lo and behold there is a VERY young Michael Cera (about 11 years old at the time of filming I believe) playing the son of Noah Emmerich's character. Got a kick out of that.


Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:51 pm
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Gerard Butler in Tomorrow Never Dies.


Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:00 am
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A VERY young Alyssa Milano in Commando.


Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:57 pm
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Ken wrote:
Awf Hand wrote:
Wasn't he in Superman ('78) as well as one of the key turners in the missile silo??
Hm, it says so on IMDB, but I don't remember him being in the movie.

I haven't seen either Superman II or Empire Strikes Back in a while, but I clearly remember seeing him in those scenes. I've seen the first Superman a lot more times and I don't remember seeing him. Maybe I'll have to go back and have a look.
Haven't gone back to the movie yet, but if Ratzenberger is in it, he's the guy who goes "Function negative, sir!" I am mainly going by his mustache.

I haven't seen the movie in almost a year. I am not sure whether or not I should be proud of remembering these utterly unmemorable details.


Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:46 pm
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Ratzenberger was also (mis)cast as a punk rocker in the early-80s horror film Motel Hell. It's not worth renting to see how he plays the role.


Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:29 am
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I always get a kick out of seeing Cuba Gooding Jr. in Coming to America. He's just sitting in a barber's chair with an afro and a dumb grin on his face.

Also, Samuel L. Jackson in Goodfellas.


Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:37 pm
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Tim Robbins in the final scene of Network.


Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:49 pm
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I watched The Verdict the other day, and there is a young Bruce Willis in court during Paul Newman's final statement,


Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:53 pm
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Alex wrote:
I watched The Verdict the other day, and there is a young Bruce Willis in court during Paul Newman's final statement,


Indeed! Came here to post just that.

Some others:

Benicio del Toro in Big Top Pee Wee.

Eliza Dushku in True Lies.

A VERY young Jake Gyllenhall in City Slickers.

A shockingly uncool Joaquin Phoenix in Space Camp.

Sam Rockwell in the old TMNT.

And of course Nic Cage in Fast Times.


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And, of course, William Shatner and Werner Klemperer in Judgment at Nuremberg.

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Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:36 pm
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And, come to think of it, Elizabeth Taylor in Lassie Come Home.

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Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:56 pm
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Amy Smart in Starship Troopers.


Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:38 am
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Here's Mr. Bloodsport in Breakin...your eyes will bleed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POXoJyNcLiI


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Shade wrote:

Benicio del Toro in Big Top Pee Wee.

A VERY young Jake Gyllenhall in City Slickers.


Yeah, those are good ones, too.

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A shockingly uncool Joaquin Phoenix in Space Camp.


Never saw that movie, but I'd put down "Parenthood" for him instead.


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Prior to Alias I never new who Victor Garber was so imagine I was surprised to see him in Titanic! Bunch of other movies too, but Titanic was definitely the big one.

Ron Rifkin is another brilliant actor from Alias who I had no idea who he was prior to Alias and was surprised to see him in a shit load of movies. Most noteably in L.A. Confidential and The Negotiator.


Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:09 am
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Neal McDonough was so friggin' fantastic on the show Boomtown and then I was surprised to see him in Minority Report AND Star Trek First Contact.

A lot of actors from 24 I became huge fans of theirs on the show (Dennis Haysbert, Penny Johnson Jerald, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Xander Berkeley, Glenn Morshower, ect.) and have been surprised to see them show up in a lot of movies. For instance, it was awesome seeing Dennis Haysbert in Heat, Absolute Power (in which Penny Johnson Jerald was in as well), Thirteenth Floor, ect.


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