Before They Were Famous in the Nineties (and now), in the Eighties They Were..., Actors First Names Beginning with W

This is a list of actors from the little and big screen, and the small roles they had before their big break. I'm not looking for what a particular actor did outside of acting, I'm looking more for bit roles and TV commercials. I think you could just write down waiter for almost any actor if you really wanted to if that were the case.

This page currently edited by: IndyGent. Past editor: Banasy

Warwick Davis
Before playing one of the teacher's of the hogwart's school in the Harry Potter films, he was known for playing the main charcter in "Willow". He also played one the Ewoks in "Return of the Jedi". He's also known for playing the main charcter in the horror film series "Leprechaun".
Wayne Knight
Appeared in small role in the 80's movie "Dirty Dancing" (camp director at Kellerman's resort; he can be seen w/a clipboard blowing a whistle at the beginning of the movie, when the Housmans drive into the resort).
Wendi Mallick
She played Martin Tupper's (Brian Benben) wife on the HBO show "Dream On" in the 80's.
Wendie Malick
Played one of the models that loved ugly men in the comedy mockumentary "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video".
Wendy Richard
Appeared naked (she had no lines) in "A Clockwork Orange" in front of Malcolm McDowell.
Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes was one of the bad guys taunting MJ who said, "You ain't bad," in Michael Jackson's "Bad" video.
Wesley Snipes/Woody Harrellson
Wesely Snipes and Woody Harrellson were both in "Wildcats" with Goldie Hawn.
Whitney Houston
Seventeen Magazine cover model,
Whitney Houston
She was a special guest star on the T.V. show "Silver Spoons".
Will Farrell
He played Captain Carl on "Pee Wee's Playhouse".
Will Smith
Was the second half of the duo "DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince."
Willem Dafoe
Played in such 80s films as "Streets of Fire", "To Live and Die In L.A.", and "Platoon", which he received an Oscar nomination.
William Daniels
Before he played the voice of Kitt on "Knight Rider" he appeared in the 1980 film "The Blue Lagoon"
William Daniels
William Daniels played the voice of KITT The Car in the 1980's series "Knight Rider".
William H. Macy
He appears in the movie "The Last Dragon" as the producer or maybe manager for Vanity's cheesy video music box meets soul train type show. He's wearing some crazy 80's outfit as he yells at Vanity to get on the stage.
William L. Peterson
Played the detective searching for the tooth fairy in the original 'Manhunter', with Brian Cox as Hannibal Lector.
William L. Peterson
Played the vengeful cop hunting Willem Dafoe in the movie "To Live And Die In L.A." Also co-starred with Ted Danson in the comedy "Cousins".
Winona Rider
She starred in classic 80s movies Beetlejuice, Heathers, and Lucas.,
Winona Ryder
She was in "Mermaids" with Cher and a very young Chistina Ricci.
Winona Ryder
Was in the movie "Square Dance" with Rob Lowe.

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