Who Are They: Familiar Faces From TV Commercials
You may not have seen most of these people acting in films, but if you watch TV regularly, then you've most definitely seen them in plenty of commercials. But surely, playing commercial characters isn't all these people do for a living. See what these familiar TV faces do other than promoting products during the short breaks between your favorite shows!NEXT »
The Geico Caveman
Even if you haven't seen the many commercials starring this guy, you may have heard the iconic line, "It's so easy a caveman could do it." It must be tough to imagine this Neanderthal-like caveman without that straggly beard and head of long hair, but fret not, the man behind the makeup doesn't actually have those facial features. The difference between the two is crazy!
The Geico Caveman - John Lehr
When John Lehr isn't starring as a caveman and trying to get you to switch over to Geico insurance, he's producing and acting! Lehr is the co-creator, executive producer, and star of the Hulu original series Quick Draw. He's also the co-creator and star of the TBS series 10 Items or Less. Nowadays, Lehr is working on a new HBO show that's called The Loop.
Flo From Progressive
This spunky lady seems to be on screen almost every commercial break! In fact, as of November 2014, Flo had appeared in 100 Progressive advertisements. She's even introduced her family members, including her mom, dad, brother, sister, and grandfather, all of whom were played by the same actress. Who exactly is this mystery woman? You won't believe what else she's acted in!
Flo From Progressive - Stephanie Courtney
Flo's real name is Stephanie Courtney, and being the woman who sells Progressive insurance isn't her only feat. The actress and comedian has also appeared in a number of TV shows, including Men of a Certain Age, Mad Men, and Cavemen. Courtney has also acted in several popular films, including Blades of Glory, The Brothers Solomon, and The Heartbreak Kid.
The Pine-Sol Lady
Does anyone know what this woman does other than grace screens as the Pine-Sol Lady? If there's one thing that's for sure, it's that she knew how to sell household supplies! This wonderful woman has been the spokesperson for Pine-Sol cleaners since back in 1993. But outside of her iconic commercial role, the Pine-Sol lady does so much for herself and her community.
The Pine-Sol Lady - Diane Amos
The Pine-Sol Lady has a real name after all! Diane Amos has also taken to the screen in popular movies like Patch Adams, Sweet November, and Blue Jasmine. She's also a stand-up comedian. Off stage, Amos loves giving back to her community. "The way I make a powerful difference is to spread myself around," she said. "I volunteer. I speak to students and encourage them to follow their dreams. I help out teachers at local schools. I teach my kids about service and get them involved in the community with me."
The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
On a boat, on a horse, in the shower - this guy probably gained your attention wherever he was with his smooth looks and witty words. Old Spice commercials are so popular that they even play in movie theaters! Clearly, the Old Spice advertisements are made to target women, despite the company's products being marketed for men. This is simply because Old Spice discovered that women often make purchasing decisions when it comes to buying hygiene products.
The Man Your Man Could Smell Like - Isaiah Mustafa
Before portraying the suave character in Old Spice ads, actor Isaiah Mustafa was an NFL practice squad wide receiver. Mustafa is also known for playing Luke Garroway on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters. But his work doesn't end there. He's also appeared in several films, including The Island, Madea's Big Happy Family, Horrible Bosses, and The Three Stooges.
Verizon's "Can You Hear Me Now?" Guy
The phrase "can you hear me now?" has probably plagued you ever since this guy started appearing in Verizon commercials several years ago. He probably even heard it every night in his nightmares. What's he doing now? Well, if you've been watching TV lately, you probably know that his deal with Verizon is just a thing of the past. He is, however, working for another company.
Verizon's "Can You Hear Me Now?" Guy - Paul Marcarelli
Nowadays, you'll find actor and producer Paul Marcarelli in commercials for Sprint! What a way to slap Verizon in the face! Good ol' wireless wars. Aside from TV advertisements, Marcarelli produced and played the lead role in his production company's work titled The Adding Machine. He's the founding member of both New York's Mobius Group Productions and Table Ten Films.
The Orbit Gum Girl
"Dirty mouth? Clean it up!" This eccentric woman is best known for her catchphrase "fabulous!" on the Orbit Gum television commercials. But no, she doesn't live her life trying to sell gum all the time. In fact, you may be surprised to learn what popular films and shows this UK-born actress and model has appeared in since she first started gracing the screen.
The Orbit Gum Girl - Vanessa Branch
UK-born American actress and model Vanessa Branch made appearances in a number of shows, including the Lost episode "Fire + Water" as Karen and Gilmore Girls. She also appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series as Giselle. As you can see, Branch is a beauty. In July 2006, Maxim took notice and featured her in the magazine's "Girls of Maxim" gallery.
Portable grill explosion in the car? Flat tire in the pouring rain? Allstate's "Mayhem," pitched as "Mr. Mayhem," has given some crazy examples of what could happen with your car in his hilarious commercials. Each one of these advertisements follows the same formula, beginning with the character explaining what's happening and hinting at what's about to happen.
Allstate's Mayhem - Dean Winters
Luckily, outrageous mayhem doesn't always hit this guy. Aside from his Allstate character, Actor Dean Winters is perhaps best known for playing Ryan O'Reily in the HBO prison drama Oz. He's also appeared in 30 Rock, Rescue Me, and as a regular in the first season of the hit series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But he's not only a TV star! Winters has also appeared in several films, including P.S. I Love You and John Wick.
Lily From AT&T
The character Lily Adams has been appearing in AT&T commercials as a quirky saleswoman since back in November 2013. If anyone could sell you a new phone, it's her. But phone advertisements are just one her one of her accomplishments. In fact, this star has appeared in several films, more than a dozen TV series, a few web series, and even in a music video.
Lily From AT&T - Milana Vayntrub
Actress, comedian, writer, and producer Milana Vayntrub can do it all! Aside from AT&T commercials, you may have also seen her in the films Life Happens and Ghostbusters, as well as a guest star in several TV series, including ER, Days of Our Lives, and Other Space. Most recently, she appeared in four episodes of This Is Us. Vayntrub also appeared in CollegeHumor Originals, a web series, and in Senses Fail's music video for the song "Can't Be Saved."
The Subway Guy
We can only imagine sales at Subway skyrocketed after this man became the face of the company for about 15 years. No one made a sub look better than he did, and because of his significant weight loss that he attributed to chowing down on Subway sandwiches, the company made him its spokesperson. But after a massive sex scandal in 2015, things changed forever.
The Subway Guy - Jared Fogle
You definitely won't see Jared Fogle speaking on behalf of Subway anymore! In mid-November 2015, he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and traveling to pay for sex with minors. For his absurd actions, Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison with eligibility for release after serving a minimum 13 years of his sentence.
AT&T's It's Not Complicated Guy
Kids really do say the craziest things sometimes, and the "It's Not Complicated" guy from AT&T knows exactly how to get them to do it through interviews. "It's pretty much all improvised," the starring actor revealed to E! News. "They start with the basic questions...and each one of those principles has one or two scripts, just in case. Because you want to have a safety incase these kids don't say something fun or interesting. But they always do."
AT&T's It's Not Complicated Guy - Beck Bennett
Meet Beck Bennett. Aside from his AT&T commercials, this actor, writer, and comedian appeared in the show Arrested Development and several films, including Beside Still Waters, Zoolander No. 2, and The Late Bloomer. Bennett is currently a cast member on Saturday Night Live, in which he plays several recurring characters, including Mr. Patterson, Chuckie Chocolate, and numerous politicians.
The Most Interesting Man In The World
This bearded gentleman was the face of Dos Equis beer for years and has even become a widely popular Internet meme with the phrase "I don't always (X), but when I do, I (Y)." When trying out for the iconic role, auditioners were only given an ending line that read "...and that's how I arm-wrestled Fidel Castro." Everything else had to be improvised. This particular man improvised for a whole 30 minutes before saying the last line!
The Most Interesting Man In The World - Jonathan Goldsmith
Jonathan Goldsmith really is quite interesting! He's appeared in more than 350 shows and is an advocate for landmine victim support. He also supports the protection and preservation of Siberian tigers! He's since retired from promoting Dos Equis beer and was given a send-off to Mars in his last commercial, narrated with an unforgettable line: "His only regret is not knowing what regret feels like."
Jake From State Farm
"It's Jake. From State Farm." If you watch TV regularly, you've most likely heard that line countless times. In fact, the khakis-wearing character is so famous that there's even an entire page on the State Farm website that's dedicated to him. "Customers. Khakis. That's my jam," the site reads. "Welcome to Jake's Place. (Well, that's what my mom calls it. She thinks I'm sort of a big deal.)"
Jake From State Farm - Jake Stone
The popular State Farm character's name is, indeed, Jake - Jake Stone, to be exact. Apparently, he's even just like the commercial character - humble, calm, and unimpressed with himself. "That's how I've always been," Stone once said. And wherever he goes, people often ask him to recite his famous "uh, khakis" line. "I get asked to say that all the time," Stone said.
The FreeCreditReport.com Guy
This character, who was always dealing with difficult circumstances because of his poor credit, probably had the FreeCreditReport.com jingles stuck in your head for months! The commercials followed various themes, including living with in-laws, a pirate-themed western restaurant, a used car, and a Renaissance fair. To date, there are nine different commercials, though the ones with the particularly well-known band ended in 2010.
The FreeCreditReport.com Guy - Eric Violette
Catchy jingles persuading you to check your credit score aren't the only things this Canadian has done! Eric Violette is also known for his on Jackrabbit, Échangistes, and Un tueur si proche. Still, he's probably recognized mostly for his FreeCreditReport.com work. "People wanted to take pictures with me," he said in an interview. "It's very strange, but very funny. When some people recognized me, they'd have a big smile on their face."
The Wendy's Girl
This gorgeous redhead began appearing in Wendy's commercials back in April 2012 with the slogan "now that's better." The decision to star her was a smart one, as it targeted both men and women. But surely, stuffing her face with delicious food from Wendy's isn't something this woman does every day. And believe it or not, she's naturally a dark blonde!
The Wendy's Girl - Morgan Smith Goodwin
The "Wendy's Girl" has a name after all! Meet Morgan Smith Goodwin, a 31-year-old actress who went to Birmingham-Southern College to study musical theater. From there, she set off for New York City to put her skills to use in concerts, benefits, and readings. She's appeared in the productions Freckleface Strawberry, Sweet Charity, and Circumstance.
The Allstate Guy
Allstate Insurance's "Mayhem" isn't the only character who regularly graces screens! The company also features this man, who you may recognize more by his deep voice than his physical appearance. At the end of each of his commercials, he typically says one of two of Allstate's official slogans: "Are you in good hands?" or "That's Allstate's stand." But you won't believe what else he's appeared in.
The Allstate Guy - Dennis Haysbert
Dennis Haysbert has done quite the amount of work! He's played U.S. Senator David Palmer in the first five seasons of 24 and has guest starred in shows like Growing Pains, The A-Team, Dallas, and The Incredible Hulk. He's also known for taking on the role of baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the Major League film trilogy. Haysbert has even done voice work for video games!