Oftentimes we watch movies or television shows and get extremely attached to the characters. For example, George Clooney played the handsome Dr. Doug Ross in E.R., and eventually moved on to much more challenging roles, such as Ocean’s 11. He then proceeded to directing movies like Good Night and Good Luck or The Ides of March; in which he acted in as well. Tom Cruise was a huge success in Top Gun, Risky Business and Jerry Maguire early on, and his success seems to keep rising with movies like the Mission Impossible series and Oblivion.
Not everyone seems to be a fortunate as Clooney and Cruise, conversely. What ever happened to that guy from the A-Team with the gold chains? How about the teenager from the original Halloween movies? Or perhaps, our favorite sports stars that were once all we ever saw on television and have since “disappeared”? Well, you answer lies within this article. Here is a list of celebrities who were once the most popular faces in television and are now doing commercials.
10) John Stamos Is Still As Sexy As Ever
John Stamos started out as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital in the early 1980’s but most of us know him as Jesse Katsopolis from Full House. Since ending in 1996, Stamos has partaken in shows such as Friends and ER, and has appeared on the television programs: Thieves and Jake in Progress, although, they did not last very long.
Currently, we can find John appearing in the Dannon Oikos Yogurt commercials. Additionally, his former Full House buddies assist John in one of the ads where they perform as their original characters, constructing for a rather comical stint.
9) Who Doesn’t Love Bacon?
One of the biggest movie stars of the 1980s was Kevin Bacon. Bacon starred in the original Footloose, about a town that had outlawed dancing and he brings it back. He also played the lead in Tremors, She’s Having a Baby and Flatliners. In 1995, Kevin Bacon appeared in the movie Apollo 14 alongside Tom Hanks. He has even created a game online where you can enter an actor and it will show within six other people, the “six degrees” of which those people are connected to each other. Needless to say, Kevin Bacon was a big deal. Today we can find him advertising for Google TV, where he is an avid fan of “himself.”
8) The Man Who talks to Inanimate Objects
When one thinks of actors who typically portray a crazy character, the name Gary Busey quickly comes to mind. He has played his fair share of men who have “gone off the deep end,” including movies such as Lethal Weapon, Predator 2 and Under Siege, where he played the outspoken Commander Krill alongside Steven Seagal. Busey also appeared in Point Break as an F.B.I. agent, alongside Keanu Reeves and was also in The Apprentice created just for celebrities in 2011.
Today one can find him appearing in a commercial for Amazon Fire TV, where he is talking to a lamp and trying to get his television to respond to him.
7) She Was and Will Always Be the Scream Queen
Jamie Lee Curtis was a household name when the Halloween series came out in 1978; where she played Laurie Strode, a teenager who was the object of affection of a masked serial killer. She also acted and starred in several other films, including the “B” movie The Fog, Trading Places, Perfect, A Fish Called Wanda and True Lies in 1994.
Curtis has written several books and has won awards. She is also an advocate for Children’s Hospital. Now she can be found being worried about her digestive system in Activia commercials.
6) Everyone Wanted Her Haircut
Jennifer Aniston started acting at a very young age, but was never really noticed until she got the part of Rachel on Friends back in 1994. She originally tried out for the part of Monica, played by Courteney Cox, but found Rachel’s character matched her personality better. There was a time when Jennifer got a different haircut, and it appeared as though everyone in the world wanted that hairstyle.
Jennifer co-founded her own production company, Echo Films, has been in several prolific movies from the 2000’s; including The Break-Up and Bruce Almighty, but will forever be known as “Rachel.” Currently, she can be seen with the beautiful hair in the Aveeno commercials.
5) He Changed the Pronunciation of Diabetes
Wilfred Brimley used to have major roles on television over thirty years ago. He was in The Waltons and Our House, alongside Shannen Doherty (star of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed). He also appeared in movies such as The Thing and Cocoon. Unlike many stars; however, Wilfred is not known for his acting in TV shows and movies. He is essentially known for the Liberty Medical commercials that he has appeared in over the years.
4) The Bad Boy of Television
Carlos Irwin Estévez grew up with a famous father, Martin Sheen and decided to follow in his footsteps. His siblings were all actors, as well. After changing his name to Charlie Sheen, he appeared in many movies that included Men at Work, Platoon, Wall Street, a brief part in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, major roles in Young Guns, Major League, three of the Scary Movie series and Red Dawn.
In 2000, Charlie Sheen played a large role in the last two seasons of Spin City, but his most memorable part was that of Charlie Harper in television’s Two and a Half Men. Charlie had many drug and alcohol problems that interfered with his acting career on the set, so ended up getting fired from CBS, despite making over a million dollars an episode. After being fired from CBS, Charlie decided to do some commercials for Fiat.
3) Thirteen Is A Lucky Number
Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl with the Miami Dolphins, but he is still considered one of the best quarterbacks to have ever lived. His number thirteen jersey might have been bad luck, due to the fact that the Dolphins never won a Bowl game with Marino, but his arm proved that thirteen was just a number. Dan was not only an excellent football player, but tried his hand in acting as well. He played himself in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, a short part in Little Nicki with Adam Sandler, a few other short roles in movies and even did a voice-over for himself in one episode of The Simpsons.
On Sundays during football season, Dan Marino was one of the hosts of The NFL Today, where a lot of people would watch him religiously on television. In February 2014, he told the world that he was no longer going to be on it. Dan is no stranger to commercials. He has been starring in them for over twenty years, starting with Isotoner gloves advertisements back in the late 1980s. He is now doing commercials for Nutrisystem and is proud of his weight loss from using the product he endorses.
2) Beam Me Up, Scotty!
One would have had to be living under a rock over the last thirty years to not know who William Shatner is. The eighty-three year old actor has been on television longer than a lot of his fans have been alive. Shatner started his movie career in 1951, but was mostly known for his predominant role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek. Shatner eventually went on to other television shows and movies and currently is doing commercials for Priceline.
1) The Eighties Called
There are characters from the 80s decade that seemed to have disappeared, yet ended up in a commercial together for Radio Shack. The former professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan, The Alien ALF (from the television show of the same name), Chucky from the Child’s Play movies, Dee Snider from the rock band, Twisted Sister and the band, Devo are some of those involved in the making of the advertisement. They were joined by CHiPs actor, Erik Estrada, the video game character Qbert, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, Cliff from the tv show, Cheers and several others, bringing back the decade in a fun commercial showing that the 80s are not dead just yet.