Whenever I watch an old movie on the classic movie channels, it catches me by surprise sometimes to see actors and actresses I grew up watching on TV and were stars there, appearing in movies as supporting actors earlier in their careers.
A few are Jack Klugman (Quincy, the Odd Couple); Norman Fell and Audra Lyndley (Three’s Company), most of the cast of Gilligan’s Island, Harry Morgan (MASH), Claude Akins (The adventures of Sherrif Lobo) and of course, the daddy of them all…William Shatner.
There aren’t as many actors/actresses today who got noticed in film and have hit it big on TV…most go the other way, starting in TV and moving to films. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Norman Reedus (8mm and Boondock Saints, before becoming Daryl on The Walking Dead.). I guess Whoopi Goldberg applies as well because of The View.
Who are the actors/actresses today who started in movies, then became well-known through television, either as actors or show hosts? And how suggesting about other TV icons who had early film credits?