Mad Men: 7 Seasons of Stealth Guest Stars — Who Was Your Fave?

Mad Men Guest Stars

When it comes to Mad Men, there are three things you can always count on: creator Matt Weiner won’t spill any spoilers, Don Draper will have a(t least one) drink and every episode will be a veritable who’s who of “Hey, it’s that guy/gal!”

Over the years, the AMC series has secretly cast — much to our delighted surprise — some of our favorite TV actors, from Captain Awesome to Julia Salinger to The Canary. And then there’s the multitude of alumni from Everwood, Gilmore Girls, Dawson’s Creek, Roswell, Buffy and Jack & Bobby that has us convinced Weiner, or someone in the casting department, is obsessed with The WB. And they all earned their spot in TV history.

“Every single person who has been on the show has auditioned,” Weiner previously told TVLine. “There is not one person who has spoken words on that show who did not come in to read,” except Talia Balsam, John Slattery’s wife, who worked with Weiner on The Sopranos.

So as the landmark drama prepares to air its final episode Sunday at 9/8c, we’ve gathered some of the most familiar small screen faces to grace the series — including a few that even we forgot about!

Click through the gallery to take a look back at Mad Men‘s impressive guest star roster, then hit the comments with your faves and any actors that we missed. (For the record, we did not include major recurring players like Veronica Mars/Shameless vet Harry Hamlin or those who went on to become series regulars like Jack & Bobby‘s Jessica Paré.)

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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23 Comments
  1. Tim says:

    So many I had forgotten about! Madchen Amick was my favorite—but I really liked Julia Ormand too.

  2. Eric says:

    With the exception of a couple. It’s a big list of who gives a care.

    I think you need to rethink your use of the word “star”. At this rate you might as well as talk about that one guy who was in that one commercial as a “star”

    • AnnieM says:

      Yep. I have no idea who at least half of these people are. And I’ve been the one for years who my friends turn to for a name and role when they can’t place an actor.

    • Wordsmith says:

      If two thirds of these faces/names don’t look at least vaguely familiar, you clearly don’t watch enough TV.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Mr. Belding from Saved By the Bell

  4. demoniam says:

    Forgot about Sarah Drew! Love her so much. Everwood was lightning in a bottle.

  5. BrightLight says:

    Two words: Bob Benson (okay the guest star was actually the lovely James Wolk). I miss those short shorts like I miss air.

  6. Karen says:

    Colin Hanks, Zosia Mamet (wanted her in more episodes really badly!), Sarah Drew, and Ryan McPartlin

  7. Heathers says:

    Alexis Bledel, Colin Hanks, Julia Ormond’s character was very interesting! I forgot about a lot of the guests over the course of the series too!

  8. IMHO says:

    You forgot Maggie Siff, loved her on SOA and MM
    Of course the wonderful Gabriel Mann and James Wolk as the mysterious “Bob”

    • IMHO says:

      I thought “Glen”/ Marten Weiner was great on MM too.
      He always loved the Draper women .
      It would be fun if Glen and Sally end up together maybe at College

  9. Joanne says:

    You forgot Linda Cardellini.

  10. Jules says:

    Ted McGinley got a mention, but not Joanna Going in the same picture and the same soap opera plotline?

  11. Wordsmith says:

    A lot of notable faces, but this list should be called “Mad Men’s Least Memorable Guest Stars” i.e. the famous people who you totally forgot popped up in the show.

  12. Eli says:

    Hands Down Jessy Schram

  13. KT of the West says:

    You forgot Flo from the Progressive commercials (right next to Kristen Schall)! But just starting to Netflix season one I was so surprised to see Darby Stanchfield!

  14. Sabrina says:

    Gabriel Mann. Gabriel Mann to everything.

  15. SeadogMillionaire says:

    Did I miss them in the list above or did we somehow forget … Stephanie Courtney (plays Flo in the “Progressive” commercials) and … Nikki DeLoach ???

  16. Daphne says:

    Linda Cardellini (Freaks & Geeks) seems like a huge oversight…

  17. N says:

    Gabe Mann!

  18. Maggie says:

    Gabriel Mann!!