We all know that Logan Huntzberger (as seen above) went on to become Cary Agos, Dean Forrester became Sam Winchester, Sookie St. James as a comedy superstar, but while you’re in the middle of your Gilmore Girls binge watch that started as soon as the show came on Netflix Instant, here are those other players who you might recognize now.
Ben Falcone, Season 3, Episode 20: “Say Goodnight, Gracie”
Future Mrs. McCarthy played the executor of then-Dragonfly Inn owner Fran Weston’s will, who bears good news, so to speak, to Lorelai and Sookie.
Jon Hamm, Season 3, Episode 5: “Eight O’Clock at the Oasis”
Of course Jon Hamm would flirt with Lorelei over wine (why not something stronger), but it turned out looks can only take you so far, even if the date includes a helicopter ride to a David Bowie concert. Also, Alexis Bledel and Jon Hamm have a short scene together, do you think they talked about this on the Mad Men set?
Melora Hardin, Season 6, Episode 22: “Partings”
After being set-up as a date for Christopher at the elder Gilmores’ house, a post-Luke-break-up Lorelai poured it all out to the psychologist in her car (who I was happy to see in the first episode of Transparent).
Victoria Justice, Season 4, Episode 3: “The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles”
The Nickelodeon version of Hannah Montana, Victoria Justice made one of her earlier TV appearances as Jill #2, the carrot-hating elf at the Lord of the Rings-themed birthday party Lorelai and Sookie planned (for the kids, not themselves).
Todd Lowe, first appeared in Season 3, Episode 4: “One’s Got Class and the Other One Dyes”
First, he was just the lead guitarist to Dave’s leader, but then he gets the girl, and then goes to war, and gets PTSD, and…wait I’m mixing up my shows here.
Jane Lynch, Season 1, Episode 10: “Forgiveness and Stuff”
Before starring as the howling cheerleading coach on Glee, Lynch was on the receiving end of Emily Gilmore’s yelling at the hospital when Richard landed in the hospital for his first heart attack.
Seth McFarlane, Season 2, Episode 21: “Lorelai’s Graduation Day;” Season 3, Episode 11: “I Solemnly Swear”
First he plays one of the snotty graduates in Lorelai’s business school class that looking down on those “money people,” a.k.a. the Gilmores, and then he’s the voice of the lawyer that left a answering machine message about Emily Gilmore’s maid lawsuit.
Chad Michael Murray, first appeared in Season 1, Episode 2: “The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton”
Tristan was Logan 1.0, Chilton’s misunderstood bad boy who just wanted Mary to love him until he moved away to that hill with just one tree.
Danny Pudi, first appeared in Season 6, Episode 13: “Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
Pudi played one of Daily News Yalies under Rory’s editorship, and gave her a giant blue pencil, which seems like a very Abed-like gift to me.
(This post was originally posted in October 2014. It is being republished to mark the 15th Anniversary since the show debuted.)