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

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August 15, 2011
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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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Reader Feedback - 33 Comments

1

Scarlett Johanson still delivers her lines the same way. lol

Spoilerinsider on Aug 16, 2011

2

haha i remember that Are You Afraid of the Dark episode!

happy camper on Aug 16, 2011

3

is it weird that i have seen half of those movies and never recognized ANY of them even now until this video came?....

Jericho on Aug 16, 2011

4

i remember i saw Water world once (not in there but i just remembered) and i was like "Hey! thats Jack Black!!"

Said Samayoa on Aug 16, 2011

5

that was great, what about Josh Brolin in The Goonies

andrew on Aug 16, 2011

6

Jack Black is also in Demolation Man for two seconds.

989 on Aug 16, 2011

7

And in The Jackal.

Mayhem on Sep 22, 2011

8

lame Jack Black was awesome in Airborne a full year earlier. I'd rather see footage of him in Bob Roberts.

Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011

9

The Neverending Story III ??? A third The Neverending Story ???

David Banner on Aug 16, 2011

10

Yeah, because it like... never ends...

Whoisyerdaddy on Aug 17, 2011

11

If the first one never ended, why did they make a second one... ...or a third?

Alex on Dec 9, 2011

12

Favorites: Jake Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, Steve Buscemi

Davide Coppola on Aug 16, 2011

13

How about Christian Bale in EMPIRE OF THE SUN..

Dkurysz137 on Aug 16, 2011

14

or Christian Bale in Treasure Island

nick on Aug 17, 2011

15

Nah, man. Christian Bale in "Newsies"!

Adam on Aug 18, 2011

16

Christian Bale as a lil kid in Mio & The Land of Faraway (jub jub)

Matt Gonzalez on Mar 22, 2012

17

christian as a baby in "Babies"

Lisancny on Apr 18, 2012

18

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.

Nate Carroll on Aug 16, 2011

19

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.

Sidiki on Aug 17, 2011

20

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.

The_Kid89 on Aug 16, 2011

21

A Kid In King Arthur's Court also had Kate Winslet before Titanic.

Cookie on Aug 16, 2011

22

No Dogboy?

Beakerboy on Aug 16, 2011

23

Zac Efron in Firefly as young Simon

Serenity on Aug 17, 2011

24

What about Ellen Page in Trailer Park Boys.

Ross on Sep 25, 2011

25

But wasn't Daniel Craig in The Power of One in like 1992

Grant on Oct 17, 2011

26

lol jack black

stfugtfo on Dec 18, 2011

27

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.

Nathan Ballein on Dec 26, 2011

28

jack black was in a porno

The Time King on Jan 4, 2012

29

Jack Black's first role was in a skate movie called Airbourne in 1993, that movie also has a young Seth Green http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7tlNI1ja8k

PeasAnGravy on Feb 1, 2012

30

Don't forget about Sam Rockwell and Skeet Ulrich in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

whiten on Mar 8, 2012

31

favorite early Schwarzenegger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e1TkV6RzNQ

Dan Hibiki on Mar 21, 2012

32

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.

Matt Gonzalez on Mar 22, 2012

33

Now i have to see the neverending story 3

Jimmy Love on Mar 30, 2012

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