The Golden Girls ran for seven seasons, earned 68 Emmy nominations, tackled social issues, and created a diehard following that is still hard to beat. Besides the masterful performances of the show's stars Rue McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux), Bea Arther (Dorothy Zbornak), Betty White (Rose Nylund), and Estelle Getty (Sophia Petrillo), the show featured some of the best actors of the '70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s in awesome guest roles. The Golden Girls required stage and screen actors who knew how to handle the wonderfully written material as well as hold their own against four strong, extremely deadpan, and intelligent series regulars.
The Golden Girls cameos included the likes of Civil Rights activist and stage legend Ruby Dee, the hilarious and charming Leslie Nielsen, and a Sun Studios-version of Elvis played by then unknown actor Quentin Tarantino. George Clooney can also count himself among The Golden Girls guest actors along with America's favorite TV Joker Cesar Romero. The show spanned a vast demographic, grabbing viewer’s loyalty and keeping it, all without the Internet or social media. Thirty years later, The Golden Girls is still quoted in daily life, memes abound, and Betty White reigns supreme.
The Golden Girls cameos required more of the actor than just showing up and saying one-liners. The guest actors had to be on top of their game as the show took on sex, homelessness, immigration, gay rights, race, and even a trans plot line.
You’ll easily recognize many of these Golden Girls guest stars but many are now lost to the deep folds of time and the merciless churn of the internet cycle. Still, Golden Girls devotees know who they are. And now, with this Golden Girls guest actors list, you’ll know them too.
Vote up your favorite Golden Girls cameos and try to guess how many of them Blanche slept with. And- if you ever finish that mental tally (good luck), make sure to check out these other funny shows like The Golden Girls.