Before they were famous: Stars on game shows

Kirstie Alley, left, Aaron Paul, middle, and Jon Hamm were all contestants on TV shows before they...

Kirstie Alley, left, Aaron Paul, middle, and Jon Hamm were all contestants on TV shows before they were famous.

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What do you do if you’re a young, fresh-faced actor trying to make a name in Hollywood? You hit the game show circuit and hope to make a few bucks. Here’s 10 clips of celebrities on game shows before they were famous.

Jon Hamm on The Big Date (1996):

He may play a sophisticated creative director at an ad agency, but eleven years ago, Hamm’s romantic pitch to a potential suitor on TV was a flop. His idea of a good first date: “fabulous food, fabulous conversation with a fabulous foot massage." Seriously, is that all you’ve got?

Arnold Schwarzenegger on The New Dating Game (1973):

Then just a body builder, Arnie showed that he's got quite a sense of humour when it comes to wooing the ladies.

Aaron Paul on The Price is Right (2000):

An energetic Aaron Paul seemed like he had the time of his life when he got the call to “come on down.”

Kirstie Alley on Match Game (1979):

Then just an interior designer from Wichita, Kansas, Alley appeared as a repeat contestant on the show Match Game and got to kiss actor Robert Pine. She walked away $6,000 richer.

Vanna White on The Price Is Right (1980):

While White didn’t have much luck on the show, she did make an impression on host Bob Barker with her "Get Serious" T-shirt.

William Shatner on What’s My Line? (1965):

Then a star of a short-lived TV series called “For the People,” Shatner made an appearance on the show a year before he became Captain Kirk.

Joey Fatone on Nick Arcade (1990s):

A skinny Fatone, who went by "Joseph", lost the game because he didn’t know Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.

Sally Field on The Dating Game (1965):

A sweet-faced Field was on the dating show a year before landing the part of Sister Bertrille on The Flying Nun. This compilation video also includes clips of David Letterman, Cynthia Nixon and Billy Crystal before they were famous.

Farrah Fawcett on The Dating Game (1969):

The late actress had beautiful hair even before she became an Angel.

Pee-Wee Herman on The Dating Game (1979):

Years before he became a star, Paul Reubens took his Pee Wee Herman persona to The Dating Game.


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