21 Actors Who Were Guest Stars In “Gilmore Girls” And Have Notable Careers  

21 Actors Who Were Guest Stars In “Gilmore Girls” And Have Notable Careers  

The 2000s popular drama “Gilmore Girls” stars Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Milo Ventimiglia, Melisssa McCarthy, Jared Padalecki and more actors. Some of the main cast went on to make a name for themselves in Hollywood.

But do you remember the guest stars in the drama who created a name for themselves in the industry? Some of the guest stars in the drama made it big in Hollywood after appearing in the show. In this article we have talked about all the guest stars that appeared on the drama and made a name for themselves in the industry.

21 Actors Who Were Guest Stars In “Gilmore Girls” And Have Notable Careers

Here are all the guest stars in the drama that went on to make a name for themselves in Hollywood.

Chad Michael Murray

Remember the good looking guys in Rory’s private high school who called Rory ‘Mary’? Yes, Chad Murray guest starred in the drama as Tristan Durgray. Murray went on to become the lead actor in popular drama, One tree Hill, Freaky Friday and A Cinderella story.

Adam Brody

Adam Brody appeared in Gilmore Girls Season 3 as Dave Rygalski who played in the band with Lane. Lane was Rory’s Korean-American best friend in the drama. While going through her musician phase Lane met the character Dave Rygalski.Adam Brody went on to star in The O.C as Seth Cohen, his breakout role.

Max Greenfield

Max Greenfield guest starred in an episode in Gilmore Girls as one of Dean’s friends, Lucas who attended his bachelor party. Later he went on to star in New Girl as Schmidt in 2011.

Nasim Pedrad

Nasim Pedrad started her acting career as a waitress in Gilmore Girls in an episode in 2006. She was the waitress who tried taking away Rory’s napkins while she was drunk in a bar. After some years pedrad became part of Saturday Night Live cast members.

Rami Malek

I know what you are thinking Bohemian Rhapsody and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek guest starred in Gilmore Girls? Yes he did remember Lane’s study group in Season 4, Malek was a part of that group as Andy. Several appearances in movies thereafter he became an award winning actor.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm made a guest appearance in Gilmore girls Season 3 as Peyton Sanders. He was the guy who Lorelai meets in the auction. He also made appearances in several other movies and shows before landing a leading role in Five Men as Don Draper.

Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter made a guest appearance as Lucy in Gilmore Girls. She was one of Rory’s friends from Yale. She made another appearance in Veronica Mars in the Warner Bros. series after Gilmore Girls. Her breakthrough role came two years later on popular tv show, Breaking Bad as Jane.

Danny Pudi

Danny Pudi had a small role in Gilmore Girls as Raj. He was a student in Yale who worked at Yale Daily News along with Paris and Rory. He got his break three years later on the sitcom, Community as Abed.

Leslie Odom Jr.  

Leslie Odom Jr. has an appearance in the Gilmore Girls as Quentin Walsh who was a student journalist in Rory’s panel in an episode in 2006. He went on to act in many projects before getting his breakthrough role as Aaron Burr in 2015 in Hamilton. He also had a recurring role in the show CSI: Miami.

Seth MacFarlane  

Seth MacFarlane made a guest appearance in Gilmore Girls as Zach in Season 2. He acted as a student who graduated with Lorelai and this role was his first acting job. Before joining acting he worked as writer and voice actor for shows like Johnny Bravo, and Family Guy.

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman made two appearances in Season 4 and 6 of Gilmore Girls as Beau, who was Jackson’s (Sookie’s husband) brother. He made several other appearances in shows like Will & Grace and The West Wing.

He went on to land a leading role in Parks and Rec as Ron Swanson.

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch made an appearance as a nurse in Gilmore Girls Season 1 with several other appearance in other movies and shows in the 90s and 20s. Then she became a famous character in the musical show Glee as Sue Sylvester nine years later.

Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer started her career in the soap opera ‘All My Children’ before making a guest appearance in Gilmore Girls as one of Rory’s boyfriend, Logan’s sister bridesmaid. Then she went on to play major roles in Suits, Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy and Timeless.

Monique Coleman

Monique Coleman starred in High School Musical before appearing in Gilmore Girls as Andy who worked at Yale Daily News. At the same time she had a recurring role in Boston Public.

Arielle Kebbel

Arielle Kebbel had several small roles in tv shows before she made a guest appearance in Gilmore Girls. She played the role of Dean’s wife, Lindsay Lister. After the appearance she landed acting roles in Aquamarine and John Tucker Must Die. You might also know her as Lexi Branson, Stefan’s best friend in season 1 of Vampire Diaries.

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh made an appearance in Gilmore Girls as Jess who partied with Louise and Madeline in the Bangles concert. Jump to 2006 he lands his biggest role in the DC Universe as SuperMan or Clark Kent in Superman Returns.

Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice appeared as a girl whose birthday party was catered by Lorelia and Sookie. Two years later, Justice lands a leading role in Zoey 101 as Lola Martinez.

Kendall Schmidt

Kendall Schmidt made an appearance as part of Taylor’s boy scouts before he landed the leading role eight years later in Big Time Rush.

Masi Oka

Masi Oka made a guest appearance in the shows as a Harvard philosophy student before landing his breakthrough role on Heroes.

Ben Falcone

Ben Falcone acted as Fran’s lawyer in Season 3 of Gilmore Girls with his wife Melissa McCarthy. After the show they appeared in many movies and shows together.

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein acted in a small role in Gilmore Girls Season 1 as Drella before landing a role in the movie, The Lizzie McGuire. She went on to become an Emmy Award winner for her role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.


Gilmore Girls have several other already famous actors in the show as well. Which of these popular actors do you remember seeing in other projects in Hollywood?

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