Acting is a tough career. Most actors don’t just step off the street and into academy award winning roles. Sometimes they’re lucky to get 1 line in a movie. It’s always fun to watch an older movie and see your favorite actor in one of these tiny roles.
For instance: In The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue, Jack Lemmon gets mugged. In a different scene, he gets in a cab. The cabbie’s only line? “Where to, buddy?” The mugger was Sylvester Stallone. The cabbie was F. Murray Abraham.
In The Hot Rock, a Redford/Segal picture, Cop #2 was Christopher Guest.
In Who’s Minding the Mint, a phone in a phone booth was answered by a 4-year-old girl on a trike. None other than Erin Moran.
My favorite is the bit role played by a young Leonard Nimoy in the hilariously cheesy 1953 serial, *Zombies of the Stratosphere * (the last of the three “Rocketman” serials). Nimoy plays a Martian invader and wears a costume even sillier than his familiar Spock pajamas. It’s a hoot!
It wasn’t exactly his first movie, but its always fun to see Bill Paxton (or its it Bill Pullman…no, no…its Paxton) as the “Punk Leader” whom Arnold requests his clothing from as The Terminator begins.