Before They Were Stars: Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz on “The Equalizer”

This past weekend, Denzel Washington’s screen adaptation of The Equalizer was the #1 film at the box office. The original 1980s television series was notable for having a lot of famous people guest star on it before they were famous (such as Steve Buscemi, whose appearance was briefly showcased in the background of a scene in The Wolf of Wall Street), but the most unusual example of this has to be Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz of the Beastie Boys. In 1985, the 18-year old Ad-Rock made a rare acting appearance in an Equalizer episode, playing a teenager who gets mixed up with drug dealers. If you look closely, you can also see the future Bill S. Preston, Esq. himself, Alex Winter, playing one of the dealers.

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