'Killers' Cast: Before They Were Movie Stars
by Chris Harnick, posted May 18th 2010 12:00AM
Like many before them, the cast of 'Killers' got their humble starts on television, so Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher are in fine company as TV stars turned marquee movie names.
In 'Killers,' Heigl's Jennifer and Kutcher's Spencer are a young married couple living a seemingly perfect life ... until Jennifer learns that Spencer is a secret agent, and somebody is out to kill them both. Think lots of guns and action sequences with a dose of romance.
Heigl and Kutcher are joined by other TV names in their latest flick, so we've taken a look at where they all were before they became movie stars.
Watch the trailer below and see how many you can spot, then check our list and see if you recognized the stars.
Heigl only recently ended her TV tenure, having won an Emmy for her work as Dr. Izzie Stevens on ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy' in 2007, and finally leaving the show in 2010. But, 'Grey's' wasn't her only series regular role on TV. Heigl starred in the cult hit 'Roswell' opposite Shiri Appleby; and after 'Roswell,' but before 'Grey's,' Heigl appeared in three TV movies, one of them being a prequel to the Lisa Kudrow/Mira Sorvino film 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.'
The famous dude shot to stardom on Fox's 'That '70s Show,' where he played lovable doofus Michael Kelso. After Kutcher checked out of the 1970s and starred in some films, he returned to TV to create and star in MTV's hidden camera prank show 'Punk'd.' In case you've forgotten, 'Punk'd' involved Kutcher teaming up with other celebrities and sketch actors to prank other famous people and have their reactions caught on hidden camera. Kutcher also produced a number of TV shows, including 'Beauty and the Geek,' 'Miss Guided' and 'The Beautiful Life: TBL.'
Selleck plays Heigl's father in 'Killers,' but many know him as Thomas Magnum from 'Magnum, P.I.' The show lasted eight seasons and made Selleck's mustache a signature pop culture icon. Selleck returned to TV on more than one occasion with a few notable roles. Fans of 'Friends' know him as Dr. Richard Burke, a boyfriend of Monica's; and fans of 'Las Vegas' know him as A.J. Cooper, the new owner of the Montecito Casino. Selleck has also starred in a handful of TV movies centered on the Jesse Stone character from the Robert B. Parker novels. He had a recurring role on the legal drama 'Boston Legal,' and is currently attached to the CBS pilot 'Reagan's Law.'
Known to many as Kevin's mom from 'Home Alone' and to others for her roles in Christopher Guest comedies such as 'Best in Show,' O'Hara got her start on 'SCTV,' a famous Canadian sketch comedy show offshoot of the Second City comedy troupe. O'Hara also served as a writer on the series and portrayed some very famous celebs such as Brooke Shields, Jane Fonda and Mary Tyler Moore. Following 'SCTV,' she voiced and played many movie roles, with TV appearances on shows including 'The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimely,' 'The Outer Limits,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'Six Feet Under' and 'Glenn Martin DDS.' In 'Killers,' she plays Heigl's mom.
Probably best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show,' Riggle has also had stints on 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien,' 'Upright Citizens Brigade' and 'Saturday Night Live.' Riggle also played the captain of the booze cruise on an episode of 'The Office,' Mitch on 'Gary Unmarried' and various roles on 'Human Giant' and 'Funny or Die Presents.' Riggle is currently attached to the CBS pilot 'Team Spitz.' Look for Riggle to play a neighbor and friend to Kutcher in 'Killers.'
Winnick's first credited role is an appearance on the TV show 'PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal.' Following that, she went on to appear in the syndicated teen sitcom 'Student Bodies.' Winnick was a serial guest star who appeared in 'CSI,' 'CSI:Miami,' and 'CSI: NY,' two episodes of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' -- playing different characters -- an episode of 'Law & Order' and 'House.' The young starlet plays an employee of Kutcher in 'Killers.'
Rounding out the cast are familiar TV veterans Alex Borstein, best known for her time on 'MADtv' and her voice work on 'Family Guy,' Kevin Sussman of 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Ugly Betty' fame, and Casey Wilson of 'Saturday Night Live.'
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