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9 Actors Who Began Their Careers on Ill-Advised TV Spin-Offs of Great Films

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | January 26, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | January 26, 2016 |


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1. Lee Tergesen (Oz, The Americans) played Chet Donnelly (a role originated by Bill Paxton) in the Weird Science television series:

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2. Jennifer Aniston (Friends) played Jeannie Bueller (originated by Jennifer Grey) in the Ferris Bueller TV series.

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3. Dana Carvey (Saturday Night Live) played Clinton Wonderlove in Blue Thunder (there was no Wonderlove in the original 1983 movie).

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4. Melora Hardin (The Office played Frances ‘Baby’ Kellerman (originated by Jennifer Gray) in the Dirty Dancing TV series (Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids and co-creator of Freaks and Geeks was also in Dirty Dancing, but had no movie equivalent).

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5. Sandra Bullock played the Melanie Griffith role in the Working Girl television series.

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6. Scott Bakula played Hunt Stevenson (originated by Michael Keaton) in the TV series Gung Ho.

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7. Blythe Danner (mother of Gwyneth) played Amanda Bonner in Adam’s Rib, a role originated by Katharine Hepburn. (Ron Rifkin and Ken Howard also starred in the series)

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8. Christine Taylor starred as Mary (a role originated by Parker Posey) in the Party Girl TV Series (to be fair, this did come after Taylor’s semi-breakthrough in The Brady Bunch Movie).

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9. Rachel Blanchard (who played Kitty Nygaard in the first season of the good spin-off, Fargo) also played Cher (originated by Alicia Silverstone) in the bad TV spin-off of Clueless.

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