In the career of every TV actor there comes a time when you have to ask the hard question: am I okay with living in this small pond or should I take a risk and swim into the ocean? Just like that small screen actors can become major players in an instant!
Here are 7 TV stars who outgrew their show.
1. George Clooney “ER” (1994-2009)
Remember the days when young Clooney rocked his ER scrubs and flirted with the nurses? Me either, I was only 7 and didn’t care for all that medical mumbo-jumbo. ER was Clooney’s big break and opened a lot of doors for him, like “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, and, like it or not, “Batman and Robin”.
2. Will Smith “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” (1990-96)
Today you know Smith for his music, acting, directing, producing, and probably a line of sneakers… He’s a very busy boy! And, apparently, he’s always been the go-getter, ever since he blew up on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” While doing that show he managed to release three albums! So it’s no surprise that using his charisma and good looks, Will Smith easily entered the top tier with “Hancock”, “Independence Day” and “Men in Black”.
3. Jennifer Aniston “Friends” (1994-2004)
Did you know that if it wasn’t for a couple of romcoms (namely “Office Space” and “The Break-Up”), Rachel from Friends would probably still be a B-list actress? Talk about luck. Out of all 6 friends she’s the only one still actively taking roles in movies. That has to stand for something.