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Zeldar
05-18-2007, 09:51 AM
Surely there have been dozens to hundreds of actors (both genders) who began their careers in the world of commercials or maybe even as fashion or still photography models but who now have moved into the more name-conscious realms of TV, movies and perhaps other media where name recognition is more common. This thread is about the ones whose names haven't yet made it to the tabloids.

Just this past week in one of the series I watch regularly I saw the actor who was one of those "he went to Jared's" guys, only this time he was a cop bursting in to arrest somebody. (I think this may have been in Boston Legal but I can't get confirmation at the various websites that list the cast of that episode.) In any case, wherever it was I saw him I knew I had seen him in a commercial, but it took hours of poking at my memory for me to see his face in the Jared's thing. I still don't know his name. Do you?

Not too long ago in a feature movie I saw the blond Sonic guy (the one usually in the passenger's seat) and immediately recognized him. I don't remember the movie at this moment, and if I did I could go get his IMDB credits and tell you his name. As it is, he's still nameless to me.

And then there's that zany guy from the Capital One commercials who gets shot full of arrows by natives who are about ready to boil him after he has taken his family on some budget trip. I saw him in a bit part in a movie or show, but have yet to find his name.

Over the years I have noticed any number of ex-commercials people move on to character roles and even starring roles. And of course there are those commercials done by already famous people. But this is about the people whose breakthrough into big time show business is still in process or else is most likely never going to happen in any significant way.

Do you have similar reactions to people you know you've seen before but can't quite remember where, but are pretty sure it was a commercial?

dropzone
05-18-2007, 11:01 AM
I'm currently bothered by one the other way around: the creepy dad on the "Who's in your Five?" ad noting he's in his daughter's phone right next to her boyfriend. No idea where I've seen him before but he was creepy then, too.

gigi
05-18-2007, 11:04 AM
Are you thinking that maybe you saw that Linus Roache-looking guy on a commercial? ;)

Zeldar
05-18-2007, 11:11 AM
Are you thinking that maybe you saw that Linus Roache-looking guy on a commercial? ;)

I almost predicted to myself that it would be you who would bring this up! :D

Zeldar
05-18-2007, 11:32 AM
By remembering that Nate Torrence (http://imdb.com/name/nm1535594/) had a recurring role in Studio 60 I was able to bring him to your attention with a picture. He was the "fat guy" that David Spade kicked around in the Capitol One commercials and he also got involved in swiping some athletic gear in some other commercials, and (according to IMDB's message boards) has been in "way too many commercials"

Sean Factotum
05-18-2007, 01:55 PM
I've noticed a couple of actresses that played regular or recurring characters on shows, and are now doing commercials.

Sheila Kelley (http://imdb.com/name/nm0445992/) was on LA Law (and quite a few other shows, but that's where I remember her from). I've seen her on two commercials lately, one for a medication for the older generation (but not seniors), and another for a singing birthday card.

Kathy Evison (http://imdb.com/name/nm0263773/) was a regular on the two SeaQuest shows, and after that was cancelled, I saw her on an add for Special K cereal or some kind of yogurt (it's been awhile, so my memory is kind of hazy on this one).

HelloKitty
05-18-2007, 02:09 PM
OK, call me crazy, but isn't Talia Shire (http://imdb.com/gallery/granitz/5550/Events/5550/TaliaShire_Grani_11856730_400.jpg.html?path=pgallery&path_key=Shire,%20Talia) playing the psychiatrist in the Geico Caveman Commercials?? It looks and sounds exactly like her...

pinkfreud
05-18-2007, 02:15 PM
OK, call me crazy, but isn't Talia Shire (http://imdb.com/gallery/granitz/5550/Events/5550/TaliaShire_Grani_11856730_400.jpg.html?path=pgallery&path_key=Shire,%20Talia) playing the psychiatrist in the Geico Caveman Commercials?? It looks and sounds exactly like her...According to IMDb (http://imdb.com/name/nm0001735/otherworks), you're right.

Zeldar
05-18-2007, 02:22 PM
OK, call me crazy, but isn't Talia Shire (http://imdb.com/gallery/granitz/5550/Events/5550/TaliaShire_Grani_11856730_400.jpg.html?path=pgallery&path_key=Shire,%20Talia) playing the psychiatrist in the Geico Caveman Commercials?? It looks and sounds exactly like her...

Yes, and wouldn't it be the utmost in cool if the Caveman bellowed out, "Yo, Adrian!"?

RealityChuck
05-18-2007, 02:30 PM
I've been noticing one actor who was in a local furniture store ad, then in a bank ad (the guy baiting all the stuffy old bankers), and finally a small role in Two and a Half Men. Looks a lot like Adrian Lester of Hustle

Zeldar
05-18-2007, 02:34 PM
At the time of the OP, I was unaware of the IMDB search function for TV Commercials. Maybe not everybody I'm curious about, but certainly some of them will show up with anough patience on my part at this page (http://us.imdb.com/SearchBios?TV%20commercial) and subsequent ones.

The things we learn...

pinkfreud
05-18-2007, 02:48 PM
Not too long ago in a feature movie I saw the blond Sonic guy (the one usually in the passenger's seat) and immediately recognized him. I don't remember the movie at this moment, and if I did I could go get his IMDB credits and tell you his name. As it is, he's still nameless to me.The blond guy in the Sonic commercials is T.J. Jagodowski (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm1040372/).

Zeldar
05-18-2007, 03:03 PM
The blond guy in the Sonic commercials is T.J. Jagodowski (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm1040372/).

Good work! His credits show The Ice Harvest which I now remember is where I saw him.

BTW, that IMDB search function has turned up one of those guys: Larry Joe Campbell (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0132660/) who was out in the snow in a T-shirt grilling Ballpark Franks. I'm surprised at his list of other credits.

gigi
05-18-2007, 05:51 PM
He was the "fat guy" that David Spade kicked around in the Capitol One commercialsI loved that guy, with his girly shriek!

Zeldar
05-18-2007, 05:55 PM
I loved that guy, with his girly shriek!

Yeah, I must admit his appearances have been entertaining. The overexposure factor bothered me, but at least he got a decent gig out of it -- until they decided to shitcan the whole show.

Wonder where his talents will take him next...

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