Jack McBrayer, Waiter to the Rich and Snooty
Arrested Development helped many actors grow their fame, including but not limited to people like Amy Poehler, Rob Corddry, and even stars like Michael Cera. But what about the funny folks who were lucky enough to snag a not-so memorable role before their stars began to shine? Take McBrayer: before he was bending to Tracy Jordan's every whim on 30 Rock Jack McBrayer was being harassed by the Bluths at the country club restaurant.
Why So Blue, Andy Samberg?
Samberg's probably a little down because his speechless role simply called for him to stand next to Tobias and Kitty backstage at a Blue Man Group show. But it's fine. It wouldn't be long before he was putting his d**k in a box with Justin Timberlake... that sounds worse than it is.
Armie Hammer, The Douche Who Cried "Star Dork!"
He may be leading man material now, but even as he rides into his Summer blockbuster crying "Hi-Ho, Silver!" we'll still remember the tiny sliver of a moment when he strolled by George Michael in a letterman jacket, yelling "Hey, Star dork!" after G.O.B. exposed the student body to George Michael's Star Wars kid impression.
Better Call Saul... For Marriage Counseling?
Bob Odenkirk has been in comedy for years. I mean eons. But before he played Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad, he wasn't exactly a household name. The average viewer likely had no idea how many hilarious things this man had written before he tried to help Lindsay and Tobias work out their differences.
The Big Bang Attempt
Simon Helberg was apparently always destined to play a nerd on television. Before he nabbed a role on gangbusters CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, he was pining after Maeby, who he thought was a high-powered studio executive.
Craig Robinson, Security to the Stars
He may be funny and famous enough to star in flicks like Hot Tub Time Machine with fellow Arrested alum Rob Corddry and get his own story lines on The Office, but he was once he was doing security on Maeby's movie lot and competing with Tobias for roles like "Confidence Man #2."
No Hangover For Ed Helms Just Yet...
...Just an uncomfortable encounter with Lindsay Bluth, in which she mistakes his questions about the Bluths' model home as invitations for flirtation.
Once an 'Office' mate, Always an Office Mate
Phyllis Smith may have become one of our favorite coworkers on The Office, but before she made a name for herself in Scranton, she was playing a similar role (albeit without lines) in Arrested Development's Orange County.
Basically, 'Arrested' Was One Big Audition for 'The Office'
Even The Office's Kevin, a.k.a. Brian Baumgartner, was on the show in a cutaway scene in which Tobias is attempting to buy a gun from him.