Jack Black, Seth Rogen & 25 Other Actors Before They Were Famous

August 15, 2011
Source: YouTube

Jack Black in 25 Actors Before They Were Famous

Before many of today's biggest talents on the silver screen became movie stars, they were just struggling actors looking to make a name for themselves. Many times their early appearances go largely unnoticed or become forgotten moments on film. Thanks to the wonder of the internet and its inability to forget anything, we're pleased to bring your attention to Before They Were Famous: 25 Actors in 3 Minutes, a video compilation that features some of the earliest appearances of some of today's most recognized actors. You'll recognize young faces of Jack Black, Jake Gyllenhaal, Seth Rogen, Harrison Ford and many others.

Here's the short and sweet video courtesy of YouTube user PleatedJeans (via Vulture):

Flashing back to material like this is such a refreshing and entertaining blast from the past. Considering the high profiles and stellar quality of work that many of these stars have turned in since making it big and knowing that their career blossomed from some of the scenes displayed above is truly impressive. I think my personal favorite is Daniel Craig making an appearance in A Kid in King Arthur's Court or Ryan Gosling in one of my favorite childhood shows "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" But it gets hard to beat Jack Black leading a leather jacket-clad gang in The Neverending Story III. Good times. Which are your favorite?

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  • Spoilerinsider
    Scarlett Johanson still delivers her lines the same way. lol
  • happy camper
    haha i remember that Are You Afraid of the Dark episode!
  • Jericho
    is it weird that i have seen half of those movies and never recognized ANY of them even now until this video came?....
  • i remember i saw Water world once (not in there but i just remembered) and i was like "Hey! thats Jack Black!!"
  • andrew
    that was great, what about Josh Brolin in The Goonies
  • 989
    Jack Black is also in Demolation Man for two seconds.
    • Mayhem
      And in The Jackal.
  • Anonymous
    lame Jack Black was awesome in Airborne a full year earlier. I'd rather see footage of him in Bob Roberts.
  • David Banner
    The Neverending Story III ??? A third The Neverending Story ???
    • Whoisyerdaddy
      Yeah, because it like... never ends...
      • Alex
        If the first one never ended, why did they make a second one... ...or a third?
  • Favorites: Jake Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, Steve Buscemi
  • Dkurysz137
    How about Christian Bale in EMPIRE OF THE SUN..
    • nick
      or Christian Bale in Treasure Island
      • Adam
        Nah, man. Christian Bale in "Newsies"!
        • Christian Bale as a lil kid in Mio & The Land of Faraway (jub jub)
          • Lisancny
            christian as a baby in "Babies"
  • Awesome video but they fail in using parts where the actors had even earlier parts. Natalie Portman was the most obvious 'cause everyone knows her with Leon...The Professional.
    • Yeah, I agree, but I think the video is intended to show us the actors before they were famous, not their first roles in film. It could range from years ahead their first jobs.
  • The_Kid89
    Daniel Craig in A Kid in King Arthur's Court was the most surprising. I've seen that movie a bunch of times (it use to come on channel 11 on Sunday mornings) never realized that was him, must be the doofy looking haircut.
  • Cookie
    A Kid In King Arthur's Court also had Kate Winslet before Titanic.
  • Beakerboy
    No Dogboy?
  • Serenity
    Zac Efron in Firefly as young Simon
  • Ross
    What about Ellen Page in Trailer Park Boys.
  • Grant
    But wasn't Daniel Craig in The Power of One in like 1992
  • stfugtfo
    lol jack black
  • Um, Darby O'Gill and the Little People (the Sean Connery one) didn't do too bad in the box office. Sean Connery also didn't have a SMALL role in that, he had a featured part.
  • The Time King
    jack black was in a porno
  • PeasAnGravy
    Jack Black's first role was in a skate movie called Airbourne in 1993, that movie also has a young Seth Green
  • whiten
    Don't forget about Sam Rockwell and Skeet Ulrich in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • favorite early Schwarzenegger:
  • Seth Green & Devon Sawa as Nerf or Nuthin' kids?  I never realized that was seth rogen in Donnie Darko though, as many times as i've seen it.
  • Now i have to see the neverending story 3




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