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Before They Were Famous: 'Malcolm in the Middle'
Malcolm in the Middle was a critically acclaimed and adored sitcom that ran for six years until its end in 2006. The series followed a dysfunctional family of six, starring Frankie Muniz as the lead role of Malcolm. During its seven-season run, we notice an array of future stars in small roles throughout the series, take a look!
Emma Stone (2006)
Emma Stone had a brief appearance in a season seven episode as Daisy, one of four girls relentlessly teasing Reese at school; that is, until Lois takes revenge on them. This comes just a year shy of her movie debut in Superbad.
Hayden Panettiere (2003)
Holy Hair! Hayden and her blonde mane had a recurring role in the series as Malcolm's friend Jessica.
Dakota Fanning (2001)
A seven-year-old Dakota Fanning played Malcolm's neighbor Emily in season two. Despite her adorableness, she's completely vicious and takes a bite out of Reese (literally!) whenever she can.
Ashley Tisdale (2002)
A young brunette Ashley Tisdale takes a jab at Reese in this minor season three appearance.
Jennette McCurdy (2003)
The Nickelodeon star was just 11-years-old when she played Daisy, one of three girls Lois dreams up when she wishes her sons were girls in season four. She appeared in a later episode in season six.
Ashlee Simpson (2001)
Ashlee Simpson plays a cool older high-school girl at a party that Malcolm and friends attend in season two.
Jerry Trainor (2001)
When the family is forced to evacuate their home, Jerry Trainor shows up as a very testy guardsman at the safe house.
Eric Stonestreet (2000)
The Modern Family star plays Phil in season one, an exterminator who aids in fumigating the family home.
Jim O'Heir (2001)
Jim O'Heir, best known as Jerry Gurgich on Parks and Recreation, appeared as a truck driver in season three named Roy.
Michael Welch (2001)
Twilight star Michael Welch appeared in the season two episode, "New Neighbors."
Octavia Spencer (2000)
In season two, Octavia Spencer plays a minor role as a cashier at the grocery store Lois frequents… Now she's an Oscar winner!
Sarah Wright (2005)
Sarah Wright plays the "hottest girl in school" Jessica who enters a secret relationship with Malcolm in season seven.
Busy Philipps (2000)
Busy Philipps plays high school student Meghan in the season two episode, "High School Play."
Yvette Nicole Brown (2006)
Community star Yvette Nicole Brown had a minor appearance in season seven as an airport security agent who insists on giving Lois a thorough pat-down.
Shannon Woodward (2001)
The Raising Hope star briefly appeared in season three as a cheerleader camping near the family's houseboat.