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Gilmore Girls: 23 Future Stars Who Passed Through Stars Hollow

Gilmore Girls Countdown Netflix RevivalWith Gilmore Girls returning to Netflix later this month, we’ll get a chance to see Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Emily and the whole Stars Hollow gang back in action once again. But some of the faces we probably won’t see are all the many actors who made guest appearances during Gilmore‘s original run and then went on to become big stars.

As we rewatched Gilmore Girls Seasons 1-7, we were reminded of the surprisingly long list of now-A-list TV stars that patronized Luke’s Diner and studied with Rory at Yale. So we’ve rounded them all up for you in one place. 

Keep in mind: We’re not talking about series regulars like Melissa McCarthy or Jared Padalecki, who also became more famous post-Gilmore and do appear in the revival. And we’re also not talking about people who were already famous before they hit Stars Hollow, like Madeleine Albright or Norman Mailer. Just guest stars… who weren’t stars yet.

Click on the gallery above to see 23 recognizable faces that were on Gilmore Girls before they were recognizable — then hit the comments to remind us of any we may have missed. (Taylor will address any discrepancies at the next town meeting, time permitting.)

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Ann says:

    Emily Bergl played Francine, the head of the Puffs, a Chilton Sorority

  2. MMD says:

    I completely didn’t pick up Masi Oka when watching the series, and I’m on my third time through before the revival.

    He was known previously but it was nice to see an actor of Michael York’s stature show up on the show.

  3. jessica says:

    Vanessa Marano – Switched at Birth
    Brenda Strong – Desperate Housewives
    Jordan Belfi – Entourage
    Gregg Brinkley – Raising Hope
    Teddy Dunn – Veronica Mars
    Jerrika Hinton – Grey’s
    Danny Strong – (not on TV..but…) Empire

  4. Taylor says:

    Melora Hardin from The Office was the therapist Emily was trying to set Christopher up with in the season six finale!

  5. Juliet says:

    Brandon Barash and Lexi Ainsworth both regular General Hospital actors got their starts on GG. He was especially memorable as Paris’s DC date.

  6. BB says:

    Alex Borstein, the harpist at the Independence Inn. Lots of cartoon voices, most notably Lois on Familiy Guy–she’s also married to Jackson in real life!