15 Movie Stars Who Started Their Careers Doing Commercials
Commercials are the bread and butter of many active players, providing short-term opportunities between longer-term gigs. But unlike movies and TV shows, where the characters are the stars, the product is the real hero of an advertisement. Short and to the point, a good ad presents the most appealing features of a product or service in an engaging way. Often, it is the charisma of the actors that sells the most.
It’s not uncommon for an actor to start doing commercial work. Early in their careers, actors look for opportunities to gain experience, flesh out their demos, and maybe even score that coveted SAG card. In fact, many now-famous celebrities starred in commercials before making their big break in Hollywood. Some stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kirsten Dunst, have starred in commercials since they were young. Others, like Brad Pitt, started out as young adults while doing groundwork on the side.
If you flipped through TV channels in the 80s and 90s, you might not have realized that on-screen actors were on their way to becoming world-famous actors. When Paul Rudd appeared in a Super Nintendo commercial, no one batted an eyelid. It’s crazy to think that some of today’s biggest stars were once anonymous commercial actors.
Take a look at these vintage ads that feature some seriously recognizable faces. Do you remember watching any of them when they first aired?