Category Archives: Before They Were Stars

Before They Were Stars: Jerry Seinfeld talks about sex with Dr. Ruth (1986)

I wish I had more context for this clip, but here it is! In 1986, back when he was just a stand-up comic, Jerry Seinfeld appeared on Dr. Ruth’s show to discuss sex and relationships. I find it pretty funny … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Russell Crowe in a Workplace Rehabilitation Video

What better way to learn about workplace rehabilitation programs in Australia than with an Oscar-winning actor? Of course, this video from 1989, titled “Manager on the Case,” was made long before Russell Crowe was any kind of celebrity. In fact, … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Mads Mikkelsen Does The Can Can

Before he became an internationally acclaimed actor, a Bond villain and a Marvel villain, Mads Mikkelsen was a professional dancer for nearly a decade. In this clip, we get to see him perform the Can Can, and not only is … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Jessica Alba in “Camp Nowhere”

For a brief period in the 90’s, summer camp kid comedies were hot stuff. Within this niche genre we find such movies as Heavyweights, Addams Family Values, and the subject of this post: Camp Nowhere (1994). The story of a … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Joe Manganiello in “Spider-Man”

Before he was a badass werewolf on True Blood, before he was dancing around in his underpants in Magic Mike XXL, before he was Pee-wee Herman’s idol in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Joe Manganiello was trying to beat up Tobey Maguire … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Jim Varney in a McDonald’s Commercial

We’ll round off our brief Before They Were Stars: McDonald’s Edition marathon with this ad for McD’s chopped beefsteak sandwiches, which features a young Jim Varney as a very cheerful cowboy. This one is kind of a grey-area BTWS pick, … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Heather O’Rourke in a McDonald’s Commercial

Heather O’Rourke’s story is a tragic tale, as she died at the very young age of 12. You’d think that since she was only 5 or 6 when she was in Poltergeist that it would be impossible to find any … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Corey Feldman in a McDonald’s Commercial

I recently worked on a video for McDonald’s, and in the process I had to root through Youtube’s archive of McD’s commercials. And wouldn’t you know it? I found loads of material for BTWS! First up, here’s Corey Feldman before … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Bill Nye the Science Guy Performs Stand-Up Comedy on Seattle Public Access

Before he was Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill Nye wanted to be a stand-up comedian, and in this clip he does his first stand-up set on Seattle Public Access Station 29 in the early 80’s. I wish I could … Continue reading

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Before They Were Stars: Julianne Moore in “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”

We’ve covered Julianne Moore’s early work (especially on soap operas) pretty extensively on The Back Row, but Moore was so prolific when she was a burgeoning that it seems like there is no limit to the amount of “Before They … Continue reading

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