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Fall TV's Familiar Faces: That Guy! That Woman!

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 8th 2010 2:00PM
Zeljko Ivanek

That guy! That woman! You'll be saying that a lot when you tune in to fall TV's new offerings, as the new series are loaded with familiar faces. Read on to find out where, exactly, you've seen those actors before.

Michael K. WilliamsMichael K. Williams
'Boardwalk Empire'

That guy!: He's been on 'Law & Order,' 'CSI,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Alias,' 'The Road' and 'Gone Baby Gone,' but TV drama fans will forever remember him as the Honey Nut Cheerios-lovin', profanity-eschewing, morally-conscious stick-up man Omar Little on 'The Wire.'
Now playing: Chalky White, the leader of the African-American community in 'Boardwalk Empire's' Atlantic City. Chalky's a major bootlegger, which often puts him at odds with politician/gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi).

Kelly McDonaldKelly McDonald
'Boardwalk Empire'

That woman!: She earned a BAFTA nomination for 'No Country for Old Men,' a Golden Globe nomination and an Emmy win for the TV flick 'The Girl in the Cafe,' SAG Award wins as a cast member in 'No Country' and 'Gosford Park' and a Sundance Special Jury Prize win in 2008 along with her fellow 'Choke' cast members.
Now playing: She's 'Boardwalk's' Margaret Schroeder, a tough Irish immigrant who's the head of the Atlantic City Women's Temperance League, partly because of a rocky relationship with her alcoholic husband .

Will EstesWill Estes
'Blue Bloods'

That guy!: The former child star was Lassie's pal in 'The New Lassie,' one of Lucy's boyfriends on '7th Heaven,' Kirk Cameron's brother on 'Kirk' and, his most well-known role so far, heroic Vietnam War Marine J.J. Pryor on the canceled-too-soon NBC drama 'American Dreams.'
Now playing: He's Jamie Reagan, NYPD rookie cop and son of NYC chief of police Frank Regan (Tom Selleck) in CBS' family/cop drama 'Blue Bloods.'

Lyndsy FonsecaLyndsy Fonseca

That woman!: Her breakout role was as 'The Young and the Restless' teen Colleen Carlton, but fans may also know her as Dana Delany's daughter Dylan on 'Desperate Housewives,' Kate in 'Kick-Ass' and Ted's future daughter on 'How I Met Your Mother.'
Now playing: She'll be kicking butt again as 'Nikita's' Alex, a homeless kid who was arrested for robbery and given a chance to redeem herself as a recruit of the super-secret agency known as "Division."

Xander BerkeleyXander Berkeley

That guy!: He was a big baddie in 'Air Force One,' but ultimately proved to be heroic as '24''s cranky CTU head George Mason, who flew a nuclear weapon into the desert in a suicide mission.
Now playing: He's Percy, the "ruthless" head of Division in 'Nikita.'

Bryce JohnsonBryce Johnson
'Lone Star'

That guy!: We first saw him on the tube as 'Popular's' popular jock Josh, and he's also appeared on 'Dawson's Creek,' 'Gilmore Girls,' 'Nip/Tuck,' 'House' and, most recently, as police detective Wilden on 'Pretty Little Liars.'
Now playing: 'Lone Star's' Drew Thatcher, the youngest son of Texas oil tycoon Clint Thatcher (Jon Voight) and brother-in-law of con man Bob Allen (James Wolk).

Grace ParkGrace Park
'Hawaii Five-O'

That woman!: She starred in the Canadian teen drama 'Edgemont' (with 'Smallville' alum Kristin Kreuk), opposite Benjamin Bratt in 'The Cleaner,' and, of course, as 'Battlestar Galactica's' Sharon Valerii, a.k.a. Cylon Number Eight.
Now playing: Rookie detective Kona Kalakaua, who has no problem keeping up with male detectives McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin), Danno (Scott Caan) or her cousin, Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), in CBS' 'Hawaii Five-O' revamp.

Melissa McCarthyMelissa McCarthy
'Mike & Molly'

That woman!: She was one of Samantha's (Christina Applegate) BFFs on 'Samantha Who?' -- though she'll always be Lorelai's chef BFF Sookie St. James on 'Gilmore Girls' to us.
Now playing: Fourth-grade teacher Molly, who meets Mike at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, and tries to forge a relationship with him despite the barrage of barbs about their weight they both face from friends (?) and family.

Katy MixonKaty Mixon
'Mike & Molly'

That woman!: She was Vince Vaughn's scene-stealing sister-in-law in 'Four Christmases,' and Kenny Powers' (Danny McBride) high school sweetheart on 'Eastbound & Down.'
Now playing: She's Molly's attractive but sometimes insensitive sister, who eats chocolate cake in front of her sib while Molly's toiling away on a treadmill.

Scott PattersonScott Patterson
'The Event'

That guy!: Elaine deemed him sponge-worthy on 'Seinfeld,' but he's best known as Lorelai's soulmate and Stars Hollow diner owner Luke Danes on 'Gilmore Girls.'
Now playing: In NBC's action-packed conspiracy thriller 'The Event,' he's Michael Buchanan, a nature-loving family man whose "Top Secret" personnel file on the show's website has quite a bit of redacted info.

Zeljko Ivanek Zeljko Ivanek
'The Event'

That guy!: He won an Emmy for playing doomed Frobisher attorney Ray Fiske on 'Damages,' but fans also know him as '24' baddie Andre Drazen, 'Oz' Gov. Devlin, Nicki's first husband on 'Big Love,' John Dickinson in HBO's 'John Adams' miniseries and vampire judge Magnus on 'True Blood.'
Now playing: He's Director of National Intelligence Blake Sterling on 'The Event,' and while little has been revealed yet about most of the show's characters, it seems safe to bet he's a big part of the show's conspiracy aspects.

Kurt FullerKurt Fuller
'Better With You'

That guy!: The hard-working character actor was a producer on Wayne and Garth's TV show in 'Wayne's World,' mayor's aide Jack Hardemeyer in 'Ghostbusters II,' angel Zachariah on 'Supernatural' and Woody the coroner on 'Psych.'
Now playing: 'Better With You's' Joel, who's been married to wife Vicky (Debra Jo Rupp) for 35 years, and has a new, more carefree take on life after he and Vicky lost most of their savings when the economy tanked.

Jennifer FinniganJennifer Finnigan
'Better With You'

That woman!: She won three Daytime Emmy Awards as 'The Bold and the Beautiful's' Bridget Forrester, guest-starred on 'The Dead Zone' and 'Crossing Jordan' and co-starred with real-life husband Jonathan Silverman in 'Beethoven's Big Break,' the latest entry in the 'Beethoven' movie series.
Now playing: Maddie, daughter of Joel and Vicky and big sister to Mia. Thirtysomething lawyer Maddie has been with boyfriend Ben for nearly a decade, and they've never felt the need to get married ... until Mia announces her engagement.

David RamseyDavid Ramsey

That guy!: He was the tortured (literally) CI and ex-boyfriend of Debra's on 'Dexter,' and also had recurring roles on 'Wildfire,' 'All of Us' and 'Ghost Whisperer.'
Now playing: He's "hopeless optimist" Al Druzinsky, a defense attorney and the lifelong BFF of Jimmy Smits' Cyrus Garza in NBC's legal drama 'Outlaw.'

Garret DillahuntGarret Dillahunt
'Raising Hope'

That guy!: Where hasn't he been on TV? Dillahunt has had recurring roles in 'Burn Notice,' 'John From Cincinnati,' 'The 4400' and 'ER,' played two characters -- Jack McCall and Francis Wolcott -- on 'Deadwood' and was John Henry/Cromartie on 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.'
Now playing: He's Burt, who, with wife Virginia (Martha Plimpton), had son Jimmy when they were 15 years-old. Now, 23-year-old Jimmy is about to become a single dad (his babymama is in jail), and he's bringing his new daughter home to live with his (unhappy) 'rents.

D.J. CotronaD.J. Cotrona
'Detroit 1-8-7'

That guy!: He played half of a Romeo and Juliet-ish couple in Fox's much-hyped (but short-lived) Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 2003 drama 'Skin,' and played a lottery winner/flower shop worker in NBC's short-lived 'Windfall.'
Now playing: He's Detroit detective John Stone, a cocky, but talented police officer whose street smarts come from several years spent as an undercover drug cop.

Eamonn Walker
Eamonn Walker
'The Whole Truth'

That guy!: He was Kareem Saïd, the leader of the Muslim prisoners, on HBO's prison drama 'Oz,' Reverend Ephram Samuels on NBC's 'Kings,' and Dr. Dakari in three episodes of 'ER.'
Now playing: ADA Terrence "Edge" Edgecomb in ABC's legal drama 'The Whole Truth,' with Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney.

Jurnee SmollettJurnee Smollett
'The Defenders'

That woman!: As a child star, she was Michelle Tanner's pal on 'Full House,' she was Jess, Landry and Vince's love interest, last season on 'Friday Night Lights' and earned major accolades for her role as Samuel L. Jackson's daughter on the big screen in 'Eve's Bayou.'
Now playing: Lisa Tyler, a stripper-turned-lawyer, on CBS' courtroom dramedy 'The Defenders' with Jerry O'Connell and Jim Belushi.

Keir O'DonnellKeir O'Donnell
'My Generation'

That guy!: He was Rachel McAdams' scene-stealing brother Todd in 'Wedding Crashers' and the mall cop trainee with plans to take over the mall in 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop.' He was also drug addict Lowell on 'Sons of Anarchy' and baby Aaron's father on 'Lost.'
Now playing: He's former nerd Kenneth Finley, who's now a teacher, in the faux documentary 'My Generation,' which follows a class of high school grads who've been in "the real world" for a decade.

Michael Stahl-DavidMichael Stahl-David
'My Generation'

That guy!: He was Rob, the guy who was getting ready to move to Japan, in 'Cloverfield,' and brother Sean in 'The Black Donnellys.'
Now playing: He's most-likely-to-succeed Steven Foster, who fled his father's expectations and moved to Hawaii to surf. He's brought back home by a call from a classmate who tells him she's been raising his 10-year-old son, who was conceived on prom night.

Nicole SullivanNicole Sullivan
'$#*! My Dad Says'

That woman!: She was a member of the 'MADtv' squad for five seasons, starred in the Lifetime comedy 'Rita Rocks' and was dogwalker/Arthur-walker Holly on 'The King of Queens.'
Now playing: Bonnie, the uber-uptight daughter-in-law of William Shatner's Ed on CBS' Twitter-to-book-to-sitcom '$#*! My Dad Says.'

Diedrich BaderDiedrich Bader

That guy!: He was Drew's BFF Oswald on 'The Drew Carey Show,' Peter's neighbor in 'Office Space,' Brennan's love interest and Booth's boss on 'Bones' and workout king Rex in 'Napoleon Dynamite.'
Now playing: He's Charlie Davies, an American who's moved to India to run the All American Hunter call center, but who misses home so much that he has American junk food shipped to him.

Romany MalcoRomany Malco
'No Ordinary Family'

That guy!: He was Conrad, Nancy's drug cohort and fling, on 'Weeds,' he played rapper MC Hammer in the TV movie 'Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story,' and he was one of Steve Carell's fellow SmartTech employees -- and romance advisors -- in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin.'
Now playing: He's George St. Cloud, the BFF of Michael Chiklis' Jim Powell in 'Family,' about a -- surprise! -- a cop and his family, who gain superpowers after being involved in an airplane crash.

Kay PanabakerKay Panabaker
'No Ordinary Family'

That woman!: She played the teenage version of Kitty on 'Brothers and Sisters,' she was Nikki on The WB's 'Summerland' and she was good girl Debbie on 'Phil of the Future.'
Now playing: She's the Powell family's teen daughter Daphne, who discovers she's got telepathy skills after the family's plane crash.

Regina HallRegina Hall
'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

That woman!: She was Brenda in the 'Scary Movie' flicks and Corretta Lipp on 'Ally McBeal.'
Now playing: She's Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Price in Dick Wolf's latest 'L&O' spin-off.

John Carroll LynchJohn Carroll Lynch
'Body of Proof'

That guy!: He was Drew's cross-dressing bro Steve on 'The Drew Carey Show,' escaped convict Varlyn on 'Carnivale,' Margie's husband in 'Fargo' and murderous police officer Mike on 'The Glades.'
Now playing: Detective Bud Morris, an old school cop who's not entirely sold on the unconventional methods of Dana Delany's medical examiner character, Megan Hunt, in ABC's drama 'Body of Proof.'

Cole HauserCole Hauser

That guy!: He was Jack in 'School Ties,' Benny in 'Dazed and Confused,' Billy in 'Good Will Hunting,' a POW in 'Hart's War,' mobster boss Carter in '2 Fast 2 Furious' and Anthony Anderson's cop partner in the post-Katrina New Orleans cop drama 'K-Ville.'
Now playing: Jimmy Godfrey, head of the high-priority fugitive-apprehension team on the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced NBC drama 'Chase.'

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The one major role I think you forgot for Zeljko Ivanek was as Emile Danko during most of season 2 and some of season 3 of Heroes. Every time I see him from now on I always refer to him as "Danko" since I don't know his real name (I do now).

I tend to do that with a lot of actors. For instance, any time I see Jessalyn Gilsig I always refer to her as "Gina" (from her role in Nip/Yuck), or always referring to Bruce Davison as "Senator Kelly" (from his role in X-men). It makes other people very confused.

September 08 2010 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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