Before They Were Famous

The West Wing recently became available through Netflix streaming for the first time ever, which allowed me to fill in a major gap in my pop culture knowledge with an exhausting, exhilarating and long-overdue watching.

The show, which launched in 1999, went on to become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed of all-time, which explains why so many famous actors have a West Wing entry in their resume.

But unlike Mary-Louise Parker, Laura Dern, Christian Slater, Kristin Chenoweth and countless other notable names who appeared on Aaron Sorkin's show well into their fame, these 11 actors guest starred on The West Wing before they were famous.
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