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12 Missing Actors Finally Located in a Lifetime Original Movie

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 30, 2012 | Comments ()


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It happens so quickly. One day, an actor is all over the place, and the next day, POOF, they're gone. Sometimes, it happens gradually. Other times, it happens so quickly you don't even realize the actor is missing. All you have is an empty feeling in your heart where memories of that actor once lived. If you search hard enough, however, you're almost certain to find those actors hiding out in a Lifetime Original movie.

Y'all remember Julie Benz, right? Pretty woman, blonde, about 5'6 or 5'7. You probably remember her best from "Angel," and several seasons of "Dexter." Last you probably saw of her was in that superhero drama, "No Ordinary Heroes," a couple of years back. It was quickly cancelled, then then POOF. Julie Benz was gone from our lives, abducted, taken away, and hidden from our view. Where'd she go?

Lifetime, of course. When searching for missing actors, it's always a good place to start. Here's 12 missing actors you could find on the network for women in the last few years if you searched hard enough.

Ione Skye, 12 Hours to Live -- An FBI Agent must race against time to save the lives of two teens being held hostage by a dangerous gunman.

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Holly Marie Combs, Point of Entry -- In Arizona, the veteran Detective Miles Porter becomes obsessed about catching the murderer of his goddaughter.

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Tom Cavanagh, The Capture of the Green River Killer -- A pair of girls seeking adventure beyond the their Western Washington trailer park encounter the area's most ruthless serial killer.

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Jeremy London, Do You Know Me -- Ellie Carter is recently graduated and has it all. While celebrating with friend and boyfriend, she comes across a milk carton with a picture of a missing child that looks a lot like her.

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Tom Everett Scott, The Devil's Teardrop -- Many people are left dead when a man known only as "The Digger" opens fire in a train station. A hand written letter is the only clue.

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Julie Benz, Held Hostage -- Michelle a single mother is kidnapped by three masked men and held hostage until she is forced to rob a bank which is the only option she has to saving her only child's life while they are both wired to explode.

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Samantha Mathis, Unanswered Prayers -- After his football career, Ben Beck returned to his Virginia small town and joined the family building firm. His family happiness with wife Lorrie and adolescent son Jessie is suddenly tested by the return of Ben's first high-school love, Ava Andersson, who visits from Chicago, after a failed marriage, to bury her ma.

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Summer Glau, The Deadly Honeymoon -- A couple marries in Hawaii, and embarks on a honeymoon cruise where things go terribly wrong.

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Rose McGowan, The Pastor's Wife -- The story is based on the real-life 2006 media sensation where Mary Winkler murdered her small-town preacher husband.

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Daryl Hannah, All The Good Ones Are Married -- Ben Gold gets the break of his life as aspiring author, but must stay home with his kids, Luke and Madison.

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Rob Morrow, Custody -- A wealthy entrepreneur enters his daughter's life for the first time and wows with riches, forcing her to decide if she would rather live with her foster parents or him.

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Ralpha Macchio, Holiday Spin -- About a man who runs a famed dance studio that has fallen on hard times and is preparing his star student -- and future step-daughter for the annual Christmas Eve ballroom dance competition, the Holiday Spin.

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  • Jt

    @gooster mooster, Ralph Macchio looks just fine. We forget just how long ago he was the Karate Kid. He looks like a normal guy his age with kids and a van and a dentist appointment at 12:30. It's like we think these people sit around in stasis under bell jars until they get trotted out for a "where are they now?" piece. If he had ruined his face with plastic surgery, then sure, ridicule is okay (those are the rules, right?). But he didn't. And my closet isn't wallpapered with pictures of him - I'm pretty ambivalent. It just seems mean to mock people for aging as nature intended.

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    He's fifty years old.

  • Gina

    You should do a follow-up for Sci-Fi/SyFy channel movies. (E.g. Lance Henriksen or Jaleel White.)

  • some very careful selection to make this list. looked up Benz, that movie was from 2009. she's done 3 tv shows since then, including one since no ordinary family. Daryl Hannah has made 12 movies since the 2007 film you picked. not going to bother with the rest. it's one thing to make a clever cheeky list. it's something else entirely less entertaining to make up a list so as to be catty on false pretenses

  • Gina

    // Daryl Hannah has made 12 movies since the 2007 film you picked//

    Half of which are TV movies. How many of those twelve movies have *you* ever heard of?

    I looked up a couple more. Ralph Macchio has had bit appearances on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and "Ugly Betty." Summer Glau had brief appearances on a couple of TV shows including "Chuck". Most of them aren't getting any significant parts. This list doesn't seem like it's cherry-picking from these people's careers.

  • no one

    Makes me wonder. Are the people on the list conservatives? Maybe there will be an addition on here for Clint Eastwood by end of day.

  • ah, election season. even an article on growing tomatoes would have this sort in the comments

  • BlackRabbit

    Holly Marie Combs; her expression, what is it?

  • TheGreatUnstainer

    'Shannen Doherty knows where I live.'

  • Gooster Mooster

    Ralph Macchio looks like a wolf ate him and shit him off a cliff.

  • Aw, I miss Tommy Scott. We did local theatre together waaaay back in the day, and he's a sweet, smart guy. A little too average in looks (though still handsome) to make it big, I guess, but I have to say that I've liked him in everything I've seen him in. And yeah, I may be biased, but I think he can act. He's just not a superstar.

  • Lucie

    Of course he can act! HE. IS. SPARTACUS.

  • +1 for geeky "That Thing You Do" reference. And I doff my hat, as well.

  • mslewis

    I think every actor rises or sinks to the level where they are supposed to be. In the case of the actors listed, I believe they all deserve to be doing Lifetime movies. None of them were going to be superstars because they just weren't good enough. If they had been good at their job, they would not be on Lifetime making movies for $100K. But I'm sure they all appreciate being able to pay some of the bills and to actually act because there are so many people who call themselves "actors" who can't even book a dinner theatre gig.

  • firedmyass

    Right. Because we all know that success in the entertainment field is solely merit-based.

  • kirbyjay

    I concur. At least they're working.
    And I think Rose McGowan looks like a James ( Jaime, Jamie) King and Jaime (James, Jamie) Pressley milkshake in that pic.

  • e jerry powell

    No, I think Rose McGowan deserved Gregg Araki.

  • Corey

    Not gonna lie, saw the Summer Glau movie on Lifetime a couple years ago and watched the whole thing--she was in a bikini in most of it and I'm shallow, so it worked out.

  • catagisreading

    Man I loved Samantha Mathis. I wanted to be her. I didn't know then that Pump up the Volume would be as good at it got. mmmmmm 90's Christian Slater.................. Sorry what were we talking about.

  • Knarsch

    You forgot Lindsay Lohan...

  • Knarsch

    Rose McGowan looks like Michael Jackson. I am sorry to say that but I feel it's true.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Is that Rose McGowan or a character from The Dark Crystal?

  • L.O.V.E.

    Rose McGowan is a Gelfling!

  • Who's had more plastic surgery: Julie Benz or Rose McGowan? GO!

  • TheReinaG

    The only person of these that I vaguely noticed I missed was Tom Cavanagh. I stand by my position.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Cavanagh on Ed is my dream man.

  • elirt

    Samantha Mathis had so much potential in the '90's, but good to see she's still working at it.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Um, I seem to remember Julie Benz doing a cameo on Desperate Housewives sucking face with Kim Delaney. So as far as her "missing", you can find her frequently featured in my bunk.

  • LibraryChick

    I thought it was Dana Delany's character who had the relationship with the Julie Benz character on Desperate Housewives?

  • Bert_McGurt

    It would have been perfect casting (for AD fans) if Ione Skye had been the lead in The Pastor's Wife.
    Another interesting Ione Skye tidbit - she is the daughter of 60's psychedelia icon Donovan. Which leads me into a completely different tangent. Everyone knows that the reason Led Zeppelin took that name is because of a comment Keith Moon made about the band "going down like a lead balloon". Apparently, it turns out what Keith was referring to wasn't the actual Zeppelin lineup, but rather a previously proposed supergroup which would have included Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Keith Moon, and John Entwistle, with Donovan as their lead singer. Which actually makes some sense, considering that Page (as well as John Bonham and John Paul Jones) did session work for Donovan's album "Hurdy Gurdy Man".
    I'm not sure what Keith was thinking - that lineup sounds pretty goddamn awesome to me.

  • laylaness

    I'm the worst nerd ever. I still have no fucking idea who Summer Glau is.

  • Alice

    I think she is that horrible actress from Firefly. ***Braces for Pajiban wrath and hellfire.***

  • Artemis

    For what it's worth, I thought Firefly was itself kind of bad.

  • TheGreatUnstainer

    I agree. Whenever I say, 'Yeah, I didn't enjoy it,' people pile on with accusations of trolling. So weird.

  • no one

    Troll

  • laylaness

    I think we're both going down in this thread, because I am now going to state the most unpopular opinion in the The History of. America's Next. Top. Pa-gee-ba: not everyone that is in whatever Whedon has burped up after breakfast is awesome.

  • If we're talking about Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs), Leo Wyatt (Brian Krause) has made the Lifetime rounds, too.

  • e jerry powell

    Does he still emote like a cigar store Indian?

  • firedmyass

    Cigar-store indian stares at you with no expression, thinks "bitch, please."

  • e jerry powell

    My point exactly.

  • Alice

    I'm trying to figure out if these movie summaries are real or completely made up. The plot of Holiday Spin sounds like what you would come up with after every single movie plot in the entire world had already been produced.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Summer...*Le Sigh*... <3

  • sheepeyes

    Holly Marie Combs is currently living the dream on Pretty Little Liars. As the mom. Which makes me feel old. I weep for Julie Benz. She'll always be the Master's favourite to me.

  • Three-nineteen

    Julie Benz was in that "doctor sees dead ex-wife" show on CBS last year, along with the chick in the "Do You Know Me" picture.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I've never understood the Summer Glau love (not that I dislike her or anything, just kinda meh), but in that pic she looks stunning. So, win for Lifetime?

  • Guest

    I kinda love her and, conversely, can't explain why.

  • Gina

    My guess is that it's twofold:

    1 - She's fairly pretty
    2 - She's worked with Joss Whedon repeatedly.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    also: very bendy.

  • Mavis Beacon

    Wow...Ione Skye looks an awful lot like Kate Moennig (aka Shane) in that picture.

  • I think she looks like Parker Posey in that still.

  • Jill

    She is, by far, the best looking of anyone up there, boy or girl. And I'm a straight girl, so I guess that's sayin' soemthin' (although I don't know what).

  • e jerry powell

    Maybe you need to be dating Kate Moennig?

  • tmoney

    That's what she looks like! Thank you!

  • Jim

    Great Leaping Dinah in a Datsun what the heck happened to Rose McGowan?

    She's almost pulled a Jennifer Grey.

  • Natallica

    Saw her on a CSI episode some days ago. Bitch couldn't move her face. Not that she could emote a lot before surgerypalooza, mind you. Still, she used to be gorgeous

  • Guest

    Saw her on a CSI episode some days ago. Bitch couldn't move her face. Not that could emote a lot before surgerypalooza, mind you. Still, she used to be gorgeous

  • laylaness

    She got a cut on her face from a car accident, had plastic surgery to fix it... and then never stopped. I've seen her in a few things since, but every time I'm seriously shocked at how different and messed up she looks.

    It's sad that her self-consciousness got the better of her. She was so hot in Jawbreaker.

  • Jim

    That is so sad. Well, if one can judge from a single photo, I stick with my Jennifer Grey comment: She's conventionally pretty but she's now a new person.

  • lilianna28

    She pulled a Mark Hamill- bad car accident

  • Arran

    That can't be her. It doesn't look anything like her. Fucking hell.

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