While watching some Seinfeld re-runs the other night, it occurred to me that virtually everyone who ever played a guest starring role on even a single episode of “Seinfeld” went on to become a well-known star of another series. Sure, every series that’s a more than a few years old will have a number of ‘future’ famous folks doing bit parts on episodes, but “Seinfeld” has an inordinate number of future stars. In virtually every episode I see, there seems to be some pre-famous actor appearing in a guest role.
From the last couple episodes I’ve seen:
Courtney Cox (Monica on “Friends”) appeared as the girlfriend who claimed to be Jerry’s wife in order to share his discount on drycleaning.
Jane Leeves (Daphne on “Frasier”) was the virgin who was disgusted by ‘the contest’ and eventually scored (off-screen) with JFK Jr.
Bryan Cranston (Hal on “Malcolm in the Middle”) played Dr. Whately, the dentist who converted to judaism just so he could tell jewish jokes.
And Debra Messing (Grace on “Will & Grace”) played Jerry’s bigoted girlfriend from the same episode as Cranston.
Who else can you think got the big career boost from the show about nothing?