Monday, March 05, 2007

Jackie Earle Haley was nominated for Oscar’s Best Supporting Actor in Little Children. I remember him from Bad News Bears and Breakin’ Away. Sometimes it seems that actors just seem to fall off the planet. One minute they’re everywhere then they’re nowhere. I went a little while back to see Night at the Museum and up popped Mickey Rooney. I would’ve bet money that he was stuffed and in a real museum somewhere. Started thinking of other actors and wondered what happened.

Do you remember…?

Gillian Anderson (Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files)
Phoebe Cates (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
Pam Dawber (Mindy from Mork & Mindy)
Joyce DeWitt (Janet in Three’s Company)
Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman)
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in the first Stars Wars trilogy)
Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid)
Pamela Sue Martin (Nancy Drew in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries)
Mitch Pileggi (Assistant Director Walter Skinner in The X-Files)
Katherine Ross (The Graduate, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid)
Deborah Shelton (Mandy Winger in Dallas)
William Smith (Falconetti in Rich Man, Poor Man)
Richard Thomas (John-Boy in The Waltons)
Debra Winger (An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment)
Henry Winkler (The Fonz in Happy Days)

This list is long enough. Fifteen minutes, I guess, is true.


Ross Ruediger said...


Gillian garnered some acclaim last year in the U.K. (where she now lives I believe) with the miniseries "Bleak House".

Phoebe Cates is married to Kevin Kline and has been forever. Maybe his career is enough for both of them??? (Just a guess.)

Katharine Ross had a decent role in "Donnie Darko" (granted, that was a few years ago...).

As far as Debra Winger goes, check out the Rosanna Arquette-directed documentary "Searching for Debra Winger", which is mildly revealing.

Henry Winkler did some great stuff on "Arrested Development", and he had another series afterwards called "Out of Practice", but that didn't last too long.

Mark Hamill is the oddest of the bunch, though. I think he can always find ways to coast on Luke Skywalker, although I suspect he'd prefer not to.

Of course, a quick trip to IMDB can probably reveal a whole lot more (just check Hamill for instance), but it's usually fare that begs the question "Where did/does this play?"

Christopher55 said...

Thanks for the info, Ross.