Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel - two shows set in the same continuity that was collectively known as the Buffyverse - were the brilliant creations of superstar director Joss Whedon.
The prior - which was first aired in 1997 - saw the teenager Buffy Summers thrown into the world of the supernatural when she was called to be the one known as "the slayer" and granted the relevant superpowers to carry out her duty in her home town of Sunnydale. The latter - which first aired in 1999 - was a spin-off show featuring Buffy's ensouled vampiric lover Angel performing heroic duties in Los Angeles.
Buffy ran until 2003 for seven seasons and Angel ran until 2004 for five seasons - and that meant that a large number of actors guest-starred over the course of what amounted to a total of 254 episodes.
Amongst those actors were a number who went on to be very famous. Some of their roles were so small that you may well have forgotten that they appeared in either of the two shows - and it's those actors we're going to take a look at in this article. Here are ten actors you forgot were in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
10 Sean Gunn
Sean Gunn is perhaps best known for being the brother of superstar director James Gunn and for his role as Kirk Gleason on the television show Gilmore Girls. He often works alongside James (and their other brother Brian) and recently appeared as one of the Ravagers in James' 2014 movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
9 Clea DuVall
Clea DuVall is a television and movie actress who is best known for her role as Sofie on the HBO television series Carnivàle and for her roles in movies such as 1998's The Faculty, 1999's Girl, Interrupted, 2004's The Grudge and 2012's Argo.
8 Ashanti Douglas
Ashanti - full name Ashanti Douglas - is a performer who is far better known for her singing than her acting. To date, her biggest hit is "Foolish", which reached number one in the U.S. charts and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release throughout the U.S. in April 2002. She has also acted in films like 2005's Coach Carter, 2006's John Tucker Must Die and television shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
7 Jason Behr
Jason Behr is an actor whose most prominent role was as a regular (Max Evans) in the television series Roswell. Other television appearances include Sherman Oaks, Push, Dawson's Creek and Breakout Kings. He has appeared in movies that include 1998's Pleasantville, 2001's The Shipping News and 2004's The Grudge (as Sarah Michelle Gellar's boyfriend, incidentally).
6 Eric Balfour
Eric Balfour is both an actor and singer - he is the frontman of the band Born As Ghosts (formerly known as Fredalba) - whose most prominent role is as Milo Pressman in the television series 24. Other television roles have been in Kids Incorporated, Six Feet Under, Veritas: The Quest, Conviction and Valemont, while his movie roles include appearances in 2000's What Women Want, 2001's America's Sweethearts, 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2005's Be Cool and 2010's Skyline.
5 Summer Glau
Summer Glau is an actress who is best known for her portrayal of a character in another Joss Whedon production - as River Tam in Firefly (and the spin-off movie Serenity) - as well as for her portray of Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Other television appearances include the likes of The Unit, Dollhouse (yet another Joss Whedon production), The Cape, Hawaii Five-0, Arrow and Sequestered, while her film appearances include mostly minor offerings like 2004's Sleepover and 2013's Knights of Badassdom.
4 Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Miller is an actor and model who rose to prominence as one of the leading stars of the Fox series Prison Break, in which he played Michael Scofield - it remains his most famous role. He has also appeared in a number of other television series, including ER, Dinotopia, Ghost Whisperer, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and House, as well as movies including 2003's Underworld, 2003's The Human Stain, 2010's Resident Evil: Afterlife and 2014's The Loft.
3 John Ritter
The late John Ritter (he sadly passed away in 2003 due to an aortic dissection) was a major star of both the big and small screen. His film credits include the likes of 1990's It, 1990's Problem Child, 1991's Problem Child 2, 1998's Bride of Chucky and 2003's Bad Santa. His television credits include the likes of Hawaii Five-0, The Waltons, M*A*S*H, Kojak, Three's Company, The Love Boat, Three's a Crowd and Felicity.
2 Amy Adams
Amy Adams is an actress who has now made it big in Hollywood. Her movies credits include the likes of 2005's The Wedding Date, 2006's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, 2007's Enchanted, 2007's Charlie Wilson's War, 2009's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, 2010's The Fighter, 2011's The Muppets, 2013's Man of Steel and 2013's America Hustle.
1 Jeremy Renner
Hollywood superstar Jeremy Renner has an abundance of fantastic blockbuster movies to his name. These movies include 2008's The Hurt Locker, 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, 2012's The Bourne Legacy, 2013's Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, 2013's American Hustle, 2015's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and several Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye of the Avengers.
But he also appeared in a number of television shows in the early days of his career - including Angel (others included Deadly Games, The Net, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and House). He played Penn - a vampire sired by Angelus in 1786 - and appeared in the season one episode "Somnambulist". In said episode, Penn arrived in Los Angeles and committed a number of grisly murders that Angel thought he might have been committing in his sleep. Penn was killed by Angel's LAPD ally Kate Lockley.
Sources: IMDB, Wikipedia, Buffyverse Wiki.
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