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They're Not Dead! They're on CBS: 13 Actors You May Not Realize Are Series Regulars on CBS Dramas

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 16, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 16, 2020 |


This morning, it occurred to me out of nowhere that I hadn’t seen Eric Stoltz in a lot of years. I used to adore Stoltz, in part because he was to Cameron Crowe what Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to Rian Johnson: In every single movie. Meanwhile, back in the day, we used to periodically run this feature, “The Case of the Missing Actor or Actress,” about people in the industry who have either quit acting or no longer do work mainstream viewers see. I thought to myself this morning, “Oooh! Eric Stoltz. He can be the first entry into a new “Disappearing Actor” post.

And then I looked him up.

So, I don’t watch a lot of CBS shows. In fact, I only watch one, Survivor, and I watch it commercial-free on Hulu. I understand, like anyone, that there are a lot of procedurals on CBS, and I understand that a lot of actors like Chris O’Donnell, Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck, Scott Bakula, Jay Hernandez, Mark Harmon, L.L. Cool J, and Paget Brewster — among others — have found second careers on CBS.

What I didn’t realize, however, were how many other actors I otherwise have not seen in years had apparently moved to CBS, which is like a pop-culture black hole for anyone under the age of 55. Every single actor below is a SERIES REGULAR on a CBS drama. I mean, good for them! I’m sure the pay is very good, it’s steady work, and based on the renewal rates for those CBS procedurals, they can hold on to a job for a decade.

But also, we kind of miss some of these people in our space.

Eric Stoltz, Madame Secretary (Tim Daly, too, while Steven Weber did a stint on NCIS: New Orleans)

Wilmer Valderrama, NCIS

Lucas Black, NCIS: New Orleans

Aisha Tyler, Criminal Minds

Chi McBride, Hawaii Five-0

Bridget Moynahan, Blue Bloods

Freddy Rodriguez, Bull

David Boreanaz, SEAL Team

Jay Harrington, S.W.A.T.

Zachary Knighton , Magum P.I.

Jeremy Sisto, FBI

Kellan Lutz, FBI Most Wanted (and that’s Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) alongside him)

Oded Fehr, Blood and Treasure

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