Maybe he thought he was on fire.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The long-running TV series "ER" will go bye-bye at the end of this, its 15th season. Here's a list of some of the series' most notable guest stars over the last 15 years. I'd forgotten how many great actors did guest bits on ER -- probably because I stopped watching the show several years ago. For many years, though, I thought it was the best drama on TV.
Memorable ER guest appearances:
- Bradley Whitford in 1995, as the husband of a woman who dies at the hands of Dr. Mark Greene in a complicated emergency delivery and files a malpractice suit.
- Lucy Liu in 1995, as an Asian Immigrant whose son suffers from AIDS; (credited as "Lucy Alexis Liu").
- Kristin Davis in 1995, as Leslie, the mother of a patient.
- Jorja Fox in 1996-1999, as Dr. Maggie Doyle, a gay resident who eventually tried to bring a sexual harassment lawsuit against Dr. Robert Romano.
- Sanford Meisner in 1995, as Joseph Klein, a terminally ill patient inadvertently given a reprieve by Dr. John Carter.
- Ron Rifkin in 1995-1996, as Dr. Carl Vucelich, an antagonist of Benton's.
- Marg Helgenberger in 1996, as Karen Hines, one of Dr. Doug Ross's many flings.
- George Eads in 1996, as a paramedic.
- David Schwimmer in 1996, as Dr. Karubian (voice only).
- Kirsten Dunst in 1996-1997, as Charlie Chiemingoas, a troubled teenager.
- Omar Epps in 1996-1997, as Dr. Dennis Gant, a surgical intern who jumps in front of a train.
- Matthew Glave in 1996-2002, as Dr. Dale Edson, surgeon and rival to Carter.
- Ewan McGregor in 1997, as a convenience store gunman.
- Mariska Hargitay in 1997, as Cynthia Hooper, a desk clerk that Dr. Mark Greene dates.
- Clea DuVall in 1997, as a troubled teenager.
- John Cullum in 1997 and 2000, as Dr. Mark Greene's father.
- Rebecca De Mornay in 1999, as a breast cancer survivor.
- Emile Hirsch in 1999, as a teenage alcoholic.
- Vincent Kartheiser in 1999, as Jesse Keenan a drug addicted teen.
- Djimon Hounsou in 1999, as a Nigerian caretaker.
- David Krumholtz in 2000 and 2002, as a schizophrenic who stabs Dr. Lucy Knight and Dr. John Carter, with Liza Weil playing his wife.
- Dakota Fanning in 2000, as Delia Chadsey
- Shia LaBeouf in 2000, as Darnel Smith, a child with muscular dystrophy.
- Lea Salonga in 2001, as Amparo, a lymphoma-stricken mother of a young boy who fell while putting up Christmas lights.
- Jared Padalecki in 2001, as Paul Harris, a car crash survivor. His father, also a patient, is played by James Belushi.
- Julie Delpy, in 2001, as Nicole, a French woman with whom Luka Kovac becomes involved.
- Conchata Ferrell in 2001, as Mrs. Jenkins, the mother of a girl injured in a talkshow brawl.
- Michael Gross in 2001-2004, as Dr. John Carter's father, John "Jack" Carter, Jr.
- Zac Efron in 2002, as Bobby Neville, an injured teen.
- Ed Asner in 2003, as a con artist pretending to run a store-front clinic.
- Patrick Fugit in 2003, as Sean Simmons, a teenager suffering from testicular cancer.
- Thandie Newton in 2003-2005, as Kem, Dr. John Carter's love interest from Africa and mother of his stillborn son.
- Richard Kline in 2004, as a human resources professional.
- Cynthia Nixon in 2005, as a stroke victim.
- Danny Glover in 2005, as Charlie Pratt, Sr., the father whom Gregory Pratt had never known.
- Kristen Johnston in 2005, as Eve Peyton, a zealous nurse manager.
- John Leguizamo in 2005, as Dr. Victor Clemente, a zealous but troubled attending physician.
- James Woods in 2006, as an ALS-stricken biochemistry professor.
- Stanley Tucci in 2007-2008, as Dr. Kevin Moretti, a brilliant ICU doctor turned troubled ER Chief.
- Reiko Aylesworth in 2007-2008, as Julia Dupree, the hospital chaplin.
- Kari Matchett in 2007-2008, as Skye Wexler, the Acting Chief of Emergency Medicine.
- Annabella Sciorra in 2007, as Diana Moore, a cancer patient who wishes to spend her last days in South America.
- Professional baseball player Derrek Lee in 2007, as himself.
- Hal Holbrook in 2008, as Walter Perkins, a hospice patient who inspires Luka to make a difficult life decision.
- Steve Buscemi in 2008, as Mr. Masterson,a patient who was secretly in witness protection.
- Courtney B. Vance in 2008, as Russell Banfield, Cate Banfield's husband.
- Louis Gossett Jr. in 2009, as Leo Malcolm, an elderly patient who initially refuses treatment.
- Susan Sarandon in 2009, as Nora, the grandmother of a juvenile brain-dead patient in Seattle who provides organ donations, including a kidney for Dr. Carter.
- Ernest Borgnine in 2009, as Paul Manning, an elderly man who wishes to end his wife's life.
Guest stars whose performances won Emmys are:
- Sally Field in 2001, as Maggie Wyczenski, Abby Lockhart's mother.
- Ray Liotta in 2005, as Charlie Metcalf, a regret-ridden, dying alcoholic.
Guest stars whose performances earned Emmy nominations include:
- Rosemary Clooney in 1995, as "Madame X", an Alzheimer's patient.
- Vondie Curtis-Hall in 1995, as Rena.
- Alan Rosenberg in 1995, as Sam Gasner.
- Colleen Flynn in 1995, as Jodi O'Brien, the pregnant patient in "Love's Labor Lost."
- Penny Fuller in 1996, as Mrs. Constantine.
- William H. Macy in 1997, Dr. Morgenstern.
- Ewan McGregor in 1997, as Duncan Stewart, a convenience store gunman.
- Veronica Cartwright in 1997, as Norma.
- Swoosie Kurtz in 1998, as Tina-Marie Chambliss.
- Alan Alda in 2000, as Dr. Gabriel Lawrence, an Alzheimer's-stricken doctor and one-time teacher of Dr. Kerry Weaver.
- James Cromwell in 2001, as an ailing Roman Catholic Bishop who coaxes a confession from Dr. Luka Kovač, before dying.
- Mary McDonnell in 2002, as Eleanor Carter, the mother of Dr. John Carter.
- Don Cheadle in 2003, as Paul Nathan, a medical student with Parkinson's Disease.
- Sally Field in 2003, as Maggie Wyczenski, the role for which she won in 2001.
- Bob Newhart in 2004, as Ben Hollander, an architecture model maker losing his sight.
- Red Buttons in 2005, as Mr. Rubadoux.
- James Woods in 2006.
- Forest Whitaker in 2007, as Curtis Ames, a patient filing a lawsuit against Dr. Luka Kovač.
- Stanley Tucci in 2008, as Dr. Kevin Moretti.
There's so much wrong with this list (from Moviefone/AOL), I'm not even sure where I would start. So I will ask only two questions:
1) What do you have to smoke to rank Groundhog Day and Titanic above Saving Private Ryan, Unforgiven, Boyz In The Hood, Boogie Nights and The Usual Suspects? Whatever it is, that's some goooooood shit.
2) Looking for Braveheart? Se7en? Fight Club? Casino? Jurassic Park? Yeah, me too.
1. Goodfellas (1990)
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
3. Fargo (1996)
4. Schindler's List (1991)
5. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
6. L.A. Confidential (1997)
7. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
8. Groundhog Day (1993)
9. Hoop Dreams (1994)
10. The Matrix (1999)
11. Titanic (1997)
12. Toy Story (1995)
13. The Sixth Sense (1999)
14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
15. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
16. Trainspotting (1996)
17. American Beauty (1999)
18. Cinema Paradiso (1990)
19. Forrest Gump (1994)
20. Unforgiven (1992)
21. Office Space (1999)
22. Boyz In The Hood (1991)
23. The Lion King (1994)
24. There's Something About Mary (1998)
25. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
26. Dazed And Confused (1993)
27. Boogie Nights (1997)
28. Jerry Maguire (1996)
29. The Usual Suspects (1994)
30. The Fugitive (1993)
31. Out Of Sight (1998)
32. Rushmore (1998)
33. The Grifters (1990)
34. Clueless (1995)
35. Philadelphia (1993)
36. Swingers (1996)
37. Three Kings (1999)
38. The Big Lebowski (1998)
39. Pretty Woman (1990)
40. Speed (1994)
"Crazy Mean Baby" was an internet phenomenon a couple of years ago. Much like the Tourist Of Death, one funny photo launched an online frenzy of even funnier variations like the ones that follow. See the vid at the end of the post for even more.
Thanks, Rebecca, for the idea.
Link to video on YTMND.com