Its easy to get caught up in all the media attention that A-List celebrities are showered with, but sometimes its nice to take a step back and appreciate all the other great actors and actresses out there too.

Here’s a list of five TV and movie stars from our childhoods who helped to make it feel special, and while we may have forgotten about them .. they certainly didn’t disappear.

1. Mae Whitman

This young star made one of her first on-screen appearances as the daughter of President Whitmore in the 1996 Hollywood blockbuster Independence Day. She was also known for playing Sarah Tuttle, the young girl scout who’s legs are broken by Ross Gellar in 90s sitcom Friends. Here’s a refresher:

But what you probably didn’t know, was that she’s since played starring roles in popular movies such as..

..Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010), where she played an angry, gothic ex-girlfriend-turned-ninja, Roxie Ritcher.

She also played a leading role in the 2012 indie hit The Perks of Being a Wallflower, where she dawned the role of Mary Elizabeth, the racy, expressive teen who’s love advances are rejected by protagonist Charlie.

And for all the cartoon fanatics out there, you will be surprised to know that Whitman played the voice for Katara in the Nickelodeon cartoon hit Avatar: The Last Airbender and of Little Suzy in Cartoon Network classic Johnny Bravo:

But wait .. whats that? You’re still craving more useless and irrelevant screen trivia on Whitman? I’m here for you.

There’s an episode of Johnny Bravo where Little Suzy vehemently persuades Johnny to buy her girl scout cookies .. does this sound familiar? It should, because Whitman’s role in Friends with Ross Gellar revolves around the exact same plot line. There’s even a reference to Courtney Cox (Monica Gellar) in there – check the scene out for yourself.

2. Nancy Cartwright


You might not recognise her to look at, but Cartwright is the voice actress of the infamous Bart Simpson from The Simpsons. She also plays the voices of Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders and Kearney. But hey, maybe you’re a massive fan of the show and know all this already.

What you may not know, however, was that she also played the voices of major characters from other millennial childhood cartoons, such as..

Chuckie Finster (Rugrats),

..and Rufus (Kim Possible).

She even appeared in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Season 5, episode 21 to be exact). This woman has been around!

3. Phil LaMarr

This guy is mostly a voice actor, so you may not recognise him either. He’s most well known for playing the voice of Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack, but he was also responsible for the voices of..

..Hermes Conrad (Futurama),

Wilt (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends),

and Green Lantern (Justice League).

LaMarr was also one of the original nine cast members of MADtv back in the 90s, and he even had a minor role in Pulp Fiction as Marvin, the guy who was accidentally shot by Vincent Vega (John Travolta) in the back of Jules Winnfield’s (Samuel L. Jackson’s) car. Watch the scene here.

4. Matthew Lillard

We’re quick to associate Lillard with the role of Shaggy Rogers from Scooby Doo the Movie (released in back 2002, which was more than 14 years ago.. WHAT) but his first big role actually came two years earlier, when he played Stu Macher in the first Scream movie. However, Lillard has since had more recent and equally as compelling appearances, such as..

..The Descendants (2011), where he played Brian Speer, the not-so-charming real estate agent who was having an affair with the wife of Matthew King (George Clooney),

The Bridge (2013-2014), as Daniel Frye, a once well respected reporter trying to restore his career to its former glory,

and he even appeared in an episode of House (2004-2012) as Jack, a musician who contracts chicken pox.

5. Angus T. Jones (Elizabeth Daily)


Okay I’m cheating a bit on this one. Angus technically didn’t voice anything, but the woman who dubbed over him in the Two and a Half Men opening song (Elizabeth Daily) is also responsible for voicing other popular childhood classics, like..

Tommy Pickles (Rugrats),

Babe (Babe: Pig in the Big City),

Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls)

and Bamm-Bamm Flinstone (Flinstones).

She’s also had a cameo appearance in Friends as the ex-singing partner of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), as well as in the Rob Zombie horror film The Devil’s Rejects (2005), and had various other miscellaneous voice roles in Recess, Happy Feet, Wreck-it-Ralph, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

So the next time you’re watching Two and a Half Men, and you hear Jake singing in the opening theme, just remember that you’re technically being serenaded by Tommy Pickles, Buttercup, Bamm Bamm and a whole buttload of other characters who are giving you some MAJOR childhood nostalgia right now.

Hopefully this useless celebrity trivia has cleansed your soul, brought life to your crops, cleansed your skin and restored order to your life. Its time to impress your friends with some seriously worthless information.

James Lavery

James Lavery

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