Freaky Wednesday -- actors switch places on this week's familiar faces
Brett Cullen was Alan, Violet's ex-boyfriend on Private Practice. He was Goodwin on Lost, Tim's father Walt Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and Governor Ray Sullivan on The West Wing. But all this week's bonus points must go to TV Gal reader Heather who correctly remembered that D.W. Moffett played Alan in the spin-off Grey's Anatomy episode last May. Now Moffett is playing Danny on Life is Wild, the same role Brett Cullen played in the original pilot for Life is Wild. Phew! Got all that?
Gordon Clapp was the coach who pushed his star athlete too far on Private Practice. We just saw Clapp as Ellen's father on Damages and he is, of course, best known for playing Detective Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue.
Shella recognized Rocky Carroll as the man who cut off his own foot on Grey's Anatomy. He was Healy on Invasion, Carl on The Agency and Dr. Keith Wilkes on Chicago Hope. Russ recognized David Clennon was the man in need of a heart transplant whose daughter died. We saw him most recently as Dr. Martin Cole on Saved. He was also Joshua Nankin on The Agency, and I'll always remember him as Miles Drentell on both Once & Again and thirtysomething. Russ also correctly pointed out that with Elizabeth Reaser's return to Grey's last week, this created a little bit of a Saved reunion on Grey's Anatomy.
Stewart recognized Jaymna Mays as Elsita/Elsa on Pushing Daisies. Last season she was Charlie on both Ugly Betty and Heroes.
Susan was the first to be thrilled to see Amy Acker as Melinda's great-great-grandmother on Ghost Whisperer. She was Kathryn Tully on Drive, Kelly on Alias, and, of course, Fred on Angel.
Reiko Aylesworth is the new chaplain who caught Tony's eye on ER. She was Michelle Dessler on 24 and appeared last season on The Knights of Prosperity as Simone.
TV Gal readers Nathan and Lil recognized Rider Strong as Greg on Bones. He was Chick on Pepper Dennis and Shawn on Boy Meets World. Lynsey Bartilson played Sandy. She was Lily on Grounded for Life. Last week we saw Azura Skye as the woman who saw dead people on House. This week she was Amber on Bones. She was Skyler on The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, Susie on CSI Miami, and Jane on Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane. Many of you also remember Skye from her two episodes as Cassie Newton on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Jennifer recognized Austin Majors, the adorable Theo on NYPD Blue, as Brett one of Gabby's lawn boys on Desperate Housewives.
Angela recognized former American Idol contestant Mikalah Gordon (remember she was the one who sounded like Fran Drescher) as Lila Lee on The Unit.
And I think I should point out two popular familiar faces I neglected to mention last week. Maggie Siff was Ruthie, the women who over exercised and died on Grey's Anatomy (remember her boyfriend wanted her to lose the weight). Siff has a great run this season on Mad Men as Rachel Menken. Abigail Spencer was Blah-Blah, the crazy woman Ted dated on How I Met Your Mother. She was Angela on the Lifetime series Angela's Eyes and Rebecca on All My Children.
Have you seen a familiar face? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I'll post Where Have I Seen Them Before every Wednesday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal