Category Archives: Before They Were Stars

Before They Were Stars: Linda Cardellini in Dee Snider’s “Strangeland”

Yes, that’s the same Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame! Before Rob Zombie became the world’s most successful heavy metal star-turned-horror director, Dee Snider tried his hand at writing, producing and starring in his own horror film, Strangeland. Snider played … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: 11-Year Old Jackie Earle Haley in “The Outside Man”

The Outside Man is an offbeat 1972 French-made film which happens to be set in Los Angeles and stars noted French actor as Jean-Louis Trintignant as a hitman. At one point in the story, his character takes a mother and … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Amy Schumer Takes on a Heckler

A true test for an aspiring stand-up comedian is how well they handle hecklers at their performances. In 2009, an up-and-coming comedian named Amy Schumer headlined a show in Atlanta in which an obnoxious drunk woman in the audience was … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: 10-Year Old Anton Yelchin on “ER”

There have been a lot of shocking celebrity deaths in 2016, but perhaps none more tragic and unexpected than that of Anton Yelchin, whose promising career was cut short when he was killed in a car accident yesterday at age … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: David Duchovny in “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”

Remember the 1991 Christina Applegate comedy with one of the greatest titles ever for a PG-13 film: Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead? Well, I was surprised to discover that a pre-X-Files David Duchovny had a supporting role in the … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Vin Diesel as an Extra in “Awakenings”

You might remember the 1990 Academy Award-nominated drama, Awakenings, starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. If you watch the film, be sure you don’t blink during this particular scene or you’ll miss an aspiring young actor named Vin Diesel … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Jake “The Snake” Roberts is Decked by Muhammad Ali

I recently watched the documentary, The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, on Netflix, which chronicles former World Wrestling Federation superstar Jake “The Snake” Roberts and his attempts to conquer his drug and alcohol addictions. If you’re familiar with Jake the … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: 15-Year Old Chris Evans in “Biodiversity: Wild About Life!”

This got featured on the front page of the IMDb yesterday, so there’s no way I wasn’t going to post it. The very first credit on Chris Evans’ filmography is Biodiversity: Wild About Life!, an educational video about the environment … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Danny Trejo in a Sega CD Game

If you grew up in the early 1990s, remember how mind-blowing it was when video games started first featuring live-action cutscenes featuring real actors? Well, behold all these cutscenesĀ in their original pixelated glory from a 1993 Sega CD game called … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars (2-for-1 Special): John & Joan Cusack in “Sixteen Candles”

In this week’s Shouts From the Back Row podcast, we talked about siblings in the entertainment industry, which included one of cinema’s most successful brother-sister acting duos, John & Joan Cusack. Looking back, I’d completely forgotten that before they made … Continue reading

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