15 Actors You Didn’t Know Were In Band of Brothers

In the wonderful vacation I just finished I enjoyed watching Band of Brothers during two typhoon days.  It was Clair’s first time seeing it and perhaps my fifth.  In this most recent viewing I was amazed how much of the cast has gone on to great success after that show.  I made mental notes during that viewing and snapped screenshots yesterday.  I’ve been having fun sharing these with people so might as well put them here for posterity. Below are 15 great actors you may not have known were in Band of Brothers.

Jamie Bamber

Jamie BamberShortly after Band of Brothers, Bamber played Lee Adama in Battlestar Gallactica.

Michael Cudlitz

Michael CudlitzCudlitz starred in TNT’s Southland and currently appears in The Walking Dead.

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy FallonJimmy Fallon was a comedian on Saturday Night Live at the time Band of Brothers was filmed. Now he is instantly recognizable as the host of a late night talk show.

Michael Fassbender

Michael FassbenderFassbender (to the right of Damian Lewis) has had incredible success as a movie star. He appeared in 300, Prometheus, Inglorious Basterds, the X-men series, and 12 Years a Slave.

Stephen Graham

Stephen GrahamStephen Graham is perhaps not as well known as the other actors are now. But I recognized him in Snatch and more recently as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire.

Colin Hanks

Colin HanksColin Hanks possibly got the role for being the son of Band of Brothers producer Tom Hanks. But he’s gone on to success in his own right as was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work in Fargo.

Tom Hardy

Tom HardyTom Hardy’s career is on fire of late. I loved him in Bronson years ago. But he had roles in two Christopher Nolan films that earned over $200 million in the US market alone: Inception and Dark Knight Rises. He’s about ready to bring Mad Max Rockatansky back to the screen.

Damian Lewis

Damian LewisDamian Lewis is probably more recognizable to most for the other role in which he played an American soldier: Homeland.

Ron Livingston

Ron LivingstonMany saw Livingston in Office Space and Swingers. He pops up every now and again in pleasant supporting roles.

James McAvoy

James McAvoyJames McAvoy was briefly in Band of Brothers. He’s starring in the X-men series (with other Band of Brothers alum Michael Fassbender).

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonoughNeal McDonough followed Band of Brothers with roles in Minority Report and Captain America. As a friend on Facebook pointed out, he’s also “that guy in the Cadillac commercials.”

Simon Pegg

Simon PeggMost people met Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead, a hilarious zombie film he co-wrote. But now he’s banking big checks with recurring roles in the Star Trek and Mission Impossible series.

David Schwimmer

David SchwimmerDavid Schwimmer was the most recognizable actor in the series at the time it aired. Since Band of Brothers aired around the end of the Friends run one could say his career peaked with Band of Brothers. But, then again, no one ever called him “that guy from Band of Brothers.”

Andrew Scott

Andrew ScottAndrew Scott is perhaps not terribly well-known today. But he is starring as Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, one of the best shows currently airing.

Donnie Wahlberg

Donnie WahlbergAt the time Donnie was probably thought of as “Mark Wahlberg’s big brother.” But he’s since appeared in the Saw series and is currently in Blue Bloods.


Duplicity or Simplicity

ChessI just finished A Thousand Pieces of Gold by Adeline Yen Mah.  It tells the story of the first few emperors of China and the Chinese proverbs those stories spawned.  The book was fantastic, both informative and engaging.  But its tales of history were framed with the author’s twisted and sad reflections on her family life.  Despite loving the book, those family stories made me dislike the author.

Mah gives an account of the duplicitous actions of her step mother, her oldest sister, and her older brother.  She explains that everyone schemed against her.  And in presenting her own sad tale in the backdrop of Chinese history, she asserts that life is a series of machinations and betrayal.  I emphatically disagree.  In fact, I think the people that imagine enemies and ulterior motives are the very ones that create a toxic atmosphere.

The real question I am today asking myself is if our future is better by acknowledging the games people play and becoming better at them.  Or are these games self-defeating?  Would our lives and ambitions be more fulfilled if we spoke directly and honestly and assumed others were doing the same?  Certainly our lives would be simpler if this were true.

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