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Here's What Happened To Famous People From Commercials

Updated October 10, 2019 1.4m views36 items

Commercials have been an integral part of our culture since the advent of TV and radio. There's a reason why Super Bowl commercials are almost as anticipated as the actual football game. Sometimes an ad line or specific promotional campaign just seems to land in a perfect, timeless way.

Whether it's Wendy's iconic "Where's the Beef?" campaign, or a new beer ad with the hottest celebrity, commercials have a way of ingraining themselves in our pop culture - even more so than some movies or TV shows.

So what happened to the famous faces from some of the most memorable advertising campaigns? You'll be surprised to learn where these actors are now.

  • The Dell Dude

    The Dell Dude
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Hoping to target a younger demographic, Dell computers introduced Steven, a.k.a. the Dell Dude, one of the most iconic commercial characters of the early 2000s. Played by Ben Curtis, the goofy teen was often seen in Dell commercials persuading other characters to buy the brand's products. 

  • Ben Curtis, Now

    Ben Curtis, Now
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    Following an arrest for possession of marijuana in 2003, Curtis' career took a slight downturn. Although he's appeared in some films and plays since then, he hasn't achieved the same level of success as some of his fellow commercial actors.

    In 2015, he landed a recurring role on Adult Swim's The Jack and Triumph Show, playing a twist on his iconic Dell Dude character. 

  • The Human Representation Of A PC

    The Human Representation Of A PC
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    Appearing in a series of Apple ads from 2006 to 2010, John Hodgman played a personal computer in human form alongside Justin Long's personified Mac. In the commercials, the two debate who's better at certain things.

    While Apple unsurprisingly wins most of these exchanges, it's Hodgman's charm that truly makes the ads work.

  • John Hodgman, Now

    John Hodgman, Now
    Photo: flickr / CC0
    Since then, Hodgman has gone on to have a very successful and diverse career, diving into the acting, writing, and comedic worlds.