Have you ever lazily watched a rerun of an old show and suddenly recognized the face of an actor whose career has since grown worlds beyond that little television series? Acting on TV is nothing to be ashamed of now, but back in the ’90s, TV was still known as a secondary art to film.
But famous actors today shouldn’t be ashamed of appearing on “The X-Files,” one of the best television shows to ever grace the end of the last millennium. Thanks to this video from BuzzfeedPop, we’re able to look back on the careers of Emmy and Oscar-winning actors before they made it big as they try to help Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) solve the mysteries of the universe.
Included in this video roundup are Octavia Spencer, Lucy Liu, Jack Black, Giovanni RIbisi and more. Considering that Vince Gilligan, creator of “Breaking Bad,” was a writer on “The X-Files,” it’s also not surprising that Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris and Aaron Paul all popped up too. Particularly hilarious is Paul’s character’s dig at the Fox network. Check out the video below: