Unknown Actors Who Appeared On ‘Seinfeld’ And Went On To Be Big Stars
Seinfeld — the "show about nothing" — turned out to be the show about everything people experience in an average day, only in a more hilarious fashion. During its nine season run, it brought us lines like “No pick!” and “No soup for you!” while characters like George, Elaine and Kramer became part of everyday conversation.
The show also brought a bunch of up-and-coming actors into cameo roles who hit the big time in their own right. Actors like Debra Messing and Bryan Cranston appeared on the show before they were household names. And they’re not the only ones who have Jerry to thank.
- 1120 VOTES
Denise Richards appeared in Season 4 in an episode called, "The Shoes," in which she played Molly, the daughter of the show's fictional NBC chairman. George ogles her cleavage and hilarity ensues. Richards would go on to star in 1998's Wild Things and the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.
- Age: 52
- Birthplace: Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
- 2108 VOTES
Bryan Cranston is best known as the dad on Fox's Malcolm in the Middle in the early 2000s and then for his iconic role as Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad. Before all that success, he was Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist, who started a charity donation as Christmas present scam, kept Penthouse magazines in his waiting room, converted to Judaism for the jokes, and helped coin the phrase "regifting."
- Age: 67
- Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA
- 399 VOTES
Courteney Cox went on to star in NBC's hit, Friends, and she later produced and starred on the ABC/TBS series Cougar Town. But first she played Jerry's girlfriend Merryl, who pretended to be his wife to get a discount on dry cleaning in Season 5.
- Age: 58
- Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
- 494 VOTES
In Season 8, Christine Taylor played Ellen, Jerry's girlfriend, in the episode titled "The Van Buren Boys." She would go on to marry fellow actor Ben Stiller and appear alongside him in Zoolander, Zoolander 2, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
- Age: 51
- Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
- 584 VOTES
Debra Messing — best known for her role as Grace on Will & Grace — made two appearances on Seinfeld in Seasons 7 and 8 as Beth, a friend of Jerry and Elaine. It was in Season 8 that she appeared in the infamous "Yada Yada Yada" episode, a phrase now engrained in American culture.
- Age: 54
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
- 696 VOTES
In a Season 8 episode titled, "The Money," Silverman played Emily, Kramer's girlfriend, who Kramer has trouble sleeping with because of her "jimmy legs." Silverman would go on to have her own extremely successful stand-up career, write a best-selling book, and have her Comedy Central show, The Sarah Silverman Program, from 2007-2010.
- Age: 52
- Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America