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17 (More) Now-Famous People You Didn't Know Were in Movies You've Seen

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | August 8, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | August 8, 2012 |

One of the most popular and strangely enduring posts on the site was a one I ran last February: 12 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were in Movies You’ve Seen (Seth Rogen in Donnie Darko!). Basically, it’s a collection of now stars who you wouldn’t have noticed during the movie’s original run because they weren’t famous, but who would stand out to you now if you were to re-watch the movie.

In the comments of that post, there were a lot of other suggestions, and I went through a collected the best 17 for this reader-suggested sequel (there were a slew of TV suggestions, as well, which I’ll hold for a later post).

Except for Phillip Seymour Hoffman (but not Todd Louiso), all of these came as a surprise to me, even Fillion. I have no idea how I missed that, and I’m a little embarrassed to admit it.

Courtney Cox in Masters of the Universe


Michael Shannon in Groundhog Day


Jim Carrey in Peggy Sue Got Married


Phillip Seymour Hoffman AND Todd Louiso in Scent of a Woman


Nathan Fillion in Saving Private Ryan


Aaron Paul in Mission: Impossible III


Liam Neeson in Krull


Jason Segel in SLC Punk


Mischa Barton in Notting Hill


Jane Lynch in The Fugitive


Gerard Butler in Tomorrow Never Dies

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Jack Black in Waterworld

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Ben Affleck in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Movie)


Jane Krakowski in National Lampoon’s Vacation


Richard Dreyfuss in The Graduate

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Justin Long in Galaxy Quest


Matthew McConaughey (and Neal McDonough) in Angels in the Outfield