All of our favourite film stars did not break a leg at their first attempt on the big screens. Many of them we adore today started off their career with television. Today Dhaka Tribune's Showtime takes a look at famous film stars who started or boosted their film careers from TV series or sitcoms.
Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Growing Pains'
Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio joined the cast of "Growing Pains" in 1991 (when he was a baby-faced 17 year old) for its final year. On the show, Leo played Luke Brower, a homeless teenager who befriends the Seavers and ultimately joins their happy family. Interestingly, this wasn't the first sitcom Leo starred on. From 1990 to 1991, he was a cast member on the comedy "Parenthood."
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Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Growing pains' Collected
Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Bill Engvall Show'
We forgot that "The Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence was once cast on a sitcom. From 2007 to 2009, J.Law starred alongside Graham Patrick Martin, Skyler Gisondo, Nancy Travis and Bill Engvall on "The Bill Engvall Show," a comedy about the life of a therapist (Bill) and his family. Jennifer played Lauren, the eldest daughter in the Pearson clan. The show ran for three seasons before getting the axe in 2009, a year before Jennifer would star in the critically acclaimed drama "Winter's Bone."
Ryan Gosling in 'Breaker High'
"La La Land" and "The Notebook" star Ryan Gosling has a way of making us feel like we're falling hard, but back in 1997, he was the one holding on for dear life when he starred on the TV comedy "Breaker High." The series, about kids who attend high school on a cruise ship (so weird), only lasted one season before getting canceled in 1998. Ryan went on to star on the adventure drama "Young Hercules" before landing one of his first big movie roles in "Remember the Titans."
All the stars in 'Freaks and Geeks'
"Freaks and Geeks" only lasted one season in 1999 but it was the launching pad for its stars who are all still in the spotlight today: James Franco, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, Martin Starr, Samm Levine and John Francis Daley. The comedy series followed smart teen Lindsay, who starts hanging with a group of stoners. Two years after the show ended, James went on to star in "Spider-Man," launching his career as one of Hollywood's most versatile actors. Linda, Jason and Seth all followed suit, landing roles in their own blockbuster films. Martin is currently starring on HBO's "Silicon Valley," and John starred on "Bones" for years while carving out a successful screenwriting career. He's the co-writer behind successful films including "Horrible Bosses," "Vacation" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming."
Tom Hanks in 'Bosom Buddies'
Long before Oscar-winning actor, producer, writer and director Tom Hanks became one of the most iconic stars of our time, he was a fresh face on our TV screens on the hilarious sitcom "Bosom Buddies," which ran from 1980 to 1982. Tom starred as Kip "Buffy" Wilson, a young guy who, along with his friend Henry (aka Hildegard), disguises himself as a woman in order to live in a more affordable apartment in a female-only building. After the series was canceled, Tom spent a year on another sitcom, "Family Ties," before landing the role of Allen Bauer in the big-screen romantic comedy "Splash."
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Tom Hanks in 'Bosom Buddies' and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher in 'That '70s Show' Collected
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher in 'That '70s Show'
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher both starred on the beloved comedy series "That '70s Show." The duo starred as high school sweethearts Jackie and Kelso, who fall in and out of love throughout the show's eight-year run. After wrapping the series in 2006, the two remained friends and six years later, began dating in real life. They got married in 2015 and now share two kids. While "That '70s Show" was Ashton's first foray onto the small screen, Mila had previously starred on the sitcom "Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher" from 1996 to 1997.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in '3rd Rock From the Sun'
From 1996 to 2001, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a total '90s teen on the sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun." On the show, Joseph played Tommy Solomon, a member of an alien convoy sent to Earth in human disguise to see what life is like for a family on the strangest planet in the universe. The series wasn't his first turn in the world of sitcoms. He previously had roles on "Roseanne" and "The Powers That Be."
Jim Carrey in 'The Duck Factory'
Famous actor Jim Carrey was on the 1990 sketch comedy series "In Living Color," but in 1984, the Canadian comedian with a penchant for making funny faces had a starring role on the sitcom "The Duck Factory." The series was about a young animator named Skip who has low self-esteem and is responsible for drawing a popular cartoon called "The Dippy Duck Show." It only lasted one season before getting canceled.
Shia LaBeouf in 'Even Stevens'
Once upon a time, troubled film star Shia LaBeouf was a young, earnest TV actor starring on the family comedy "Even Stevens." On the sitcom about a family's misadventures while living in Sacramento, Shia played Louis Stevens alongside Christy Carlson Romano, who played his sister, Ren. Although the show was canceled in 2003, Shia had already proven himself to be a talented performer, which led to his first starring film role in "Holes" that same year.
Robin Williams in 'Mork & Mindy'
Known as one of America's funniest stars, Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams only managed to land bit roles in TV and film before he was cast as quirky alien Mork on the hit sitcom "Mork & Mindy" in 1978. The show was about a woman named Mindy who befriends kooky Mork and allows him to live with her while he studies humankind. The series ended in 1982 but by then, Robin had already established himself as a top comedic actor with roles in films like "Popeye" and "The World According to Garp."
Ryan Reynolds in 'Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place'
Ryan Reynolds played Berg on the TV comedy "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" back in 1998. The hilarious show about three friends who lived and worked together at a pizza joint wasn't the first TV series Ryan starred in, but it was his first sitcom, which gave him a chance to prove his comedic chops and launch an amazing big screen career. The series lasted four seasons before it was canceled in 2001.
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George Clooney was once a series regular on 'ER' Collected
George Clooney in 'ER' and 'Roseanne'
George Clooney was once a series regular on "ER" but only his truest fans know he was also a cast member from 1988 to 1991 on "Roseanne." George played Booker Brooks, Roseanne's sister Jackie's on-and-off again boyfriend. George was also on another '80s sitcom, "The Facts of Life," from 1985 to 1987, where he played George Burnett, a hunky handyman hired by a Mrs. Garrett.