Engaging lead of TV who has made the occasional venture into films. Benben started performing in off-off-Broadway productions at the age of 17. He moved to TV in the early 80s, debuting on the crime s...
It’s been said that lightning doesn’t strike twice. But how have the following actresses been able to star on more than two successful shows? With so many actresses cursed to star on failed TV shows, these actresses all seem to have the golden touch to make a series last. They have all been series regulars on television shows that have taken off and lasted insanely long ... in some cases unnecessarily long.
Thorne-Smith has bright blue eyes, a slightly raspy voice, and a general likable folksiness. She starred in Melrose Place from day one. Despite initial bumps in the road, the series went on to last seven seasons partly because of her on-again/off-again relationship with Andrew Shue (who was never heard from again). Ally McBeal became a huge must-see series with the insane antics of an off-beat law firm. It lasted five seasons and launched the careers of Calista Flockhart, Lucy Liu, Jane Krakowski, and Portia de Rossi. Then despite all sense of rhyme or reason, According to Jim managed to last eight seasons.
Garth managed to do the impossible. She was on both a series and its reboot and both did extremely well. She was on the wildly successful Beverly Hills 90210 and managed to star on the show for a startling ten seasons. When the series was rebooted, she was the anchor to tie the new series, 90210, to the original. She didn’t stay on the series, but it did go on to last a respectable five seasons. This is a great achievement considering the number of television channels grew exponentially since the original series hit the airwaves. She also played Amanda Bynes’ older sister for the five season run of What I Like About You.
Malick has the perfect blend of beauty, brains, and comedic genius that it’s no wonder she can help keep a series on the air. She has done a million guest spots but has helped more than a few series find their groove. She starred on HBO’s T&A comedy Dream On with Brian Benben. It lasted six seasons, which is a lot for a series on premium cable in the early '90s. She then starred in the eight seasons of NBC’s Just Shoot Me. Now, she’s currently lending her magic to Hot in Cleveland, already in its fifth season.
Holly Marie Combs
Did someone say magic? Combs is best be remembered for playing Piper, a witch that could freeze time on Charmed for eight seasons. The series held the record for the longest running series with an all-female cast until it was eclipsed by Desperate Housewives. Combs started her career playing Kimberly Brock on the David E. Kelly series Picket Fences, which lasted a respectable four seasons. She is currently starring on Pretty Little Liars. It has five seasons under its belt and shows no sign of ending anytime soon.
Cuoco is plucky, pretty, and a great addition to any television show. Cuoco starred on 8 Simple Rules which survived a notable name change and the loss of comedic genius John Ritter, and lasted a respectable three seasons. She also joined the cast for the final season of Charmed without causing a jump the shark situation. She has done voice-over work on shows like Brandy & Mr. Whiskers and 6Teen which have lasted more than one season. Most notably, she is starring on The Big Bang Theory. It’s in its seventh season and still going strong.
Sagal is the definitive actress with the magic touch. She has managed the impossible more than once. She starred in Married With Children which helped launch the Fox network. She starred on 8 Simple Rules with Cuoco, and helped the series survive. She lent her lovely voice to Futurama as the voice of one-eyed beauty Turanga Leela. The sci-fi animated series went on to last seven seasons, four movies, and multiple cancellations. She’s currently flexing her dramatic muscle in FX’s dark biker drama, Sons of Anarchy as matriarch Gemma Morrow. Not only is she great at playing a mother, she’s great at being a mother to a successful series.
Hugh Jackman has signed on to star in Madeleine Stowe's directorial debut because he's keen to saddle up and play an all-American cowboy. The movie star studied horseback riding for his roles in Kate & Leopold and Australia but now he's planning to get serious for The Last of the Mohicans star's new project Unbound Captives.
Jackman will play a frontiersman who comes to the aid of a woman kidnapped by the Comanche Indians, who kill her husband. Rachel Weisz is in talks for the female lead in the film, which Stowe has also co-written with her husband Brian Benben.
Jackman tells Cowboys & Indians magazine that his 13-year-old son can't wait for filming to start: "He knows all about this project and keeps asking me, 'When are we going to go and live with the American Indians?' He knows all the nuances - who the tribes are and where they lived. It's fascinating to me."
And the actor admits he has a very personal reason to get back on a horse, adding, "When you come to riding as an adult as I did... I really learned how to work with a horse in my 30s and was much more cautious than if I'd ridden as a boy or young man.
"But when you ride cutting horses every day for months, like I did in Australia, even falling off a few of them, I discovered that I genuinely loved being on a horse and now have to find a reason to get back out to the West and ride again."
Joined the cast of ABC medical drama "Private Practice" as unlucky in love psychiatrist Sheldon Wallace
Returned to series TV as star and co-executive producer of the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Brian Benben Show"
Cast as Mary Stuart Masterson's estranged husband in "Radioland Murders"
Co-starred in the series "Kay O'Brian" (CBS)
Co-starred in crime miniseries "Kingpin" (NBC)
Starred as NYC book editor Martin Tupper on HBO's "adult" sitcom "Dream On"
Appeared on Broadway in "Slab Boys"
TV series debut, "The Gangster Chronicles" (NBC); met future wife Madeleine Stowe during filming
First film in a leading role, "I Come in Peace"
TV-movie debut, "Lovers and Other Strangers" (ABC)
Moved to NYC at age 17
Engaging lead of TV who has made the occasional venture into films. Benben started performing in off-off-Broadway productions at the age of 17. He moved to TV in the early 80s, debuting on the crime series, "The Gangster Chronicles". He began to work regularly, appearing in TV-movies and in the Broadway production of "Slab Boys" (1983) opposite Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Val Kilmer. After co-starring and providing recurring characters in a number of short-lived series in the 80s ("Kay O'Brien" 1986, "A Year in the Life" 1988) Benben landed the lead role of Martin Tupper in HBO's "adult" sitcom "Dream On". As a baby-boomer book editor who responds to life's daily anxieties and absurdities by conjuring up hilariously apt clips from old TV and films, Benben conveyed a warmth and wit little evident in his previous efforts. The scripts often show Martin in a less than flattering light but he retains audience sympathy perhaps since we see most of his world through his eyes. "Dream On" received numerous accolades and jumpstarted Benben's feature career, beginning with a lead role opposite Dolph Lundgren in the futuristic thriller "I Come in Peace" (1990). More impressively, he starred in a George Lucas production, "The Radioland Murders" (1994). He returned to series TV briefly in the fall of 1998 as star and executive producer of "The Brian Benben Show" (CBS), which had him playing a TV newsman.