Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Culture Lesson: Commonly Confused Pretty-Eyed Actors

I once engaged in a fierce debate with a co-worker regarding Paul Rudd. She insisted that Rudd starred in Father of the Bride, while I insisted that the actor she was thinking of someone else. I added, "But that guy and Paul Rudd were both on friends! It's just that Phoebe married Paul Rudd." She refused to budge, and I let her gloat because I wanted to stay friends.

I guess it's possible that all attractive pretty-eyed brunette actors look the same, so I thought I'd put a guide together. You know, in case you end up in this debate too!

Paul Rudd (40)
General Information: Dreamboat; part of Judd Apatow's entourage, appearing in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.
Acting Credits (roles Old People will remember): Clueless, Sisters, Wet Hot American Summer, Friends, Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Reno 911!, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Role Models, I Love You Man
Role on Friends: Mike Harrigan, Phoebe's husband. Stolen with glee from Wikipedia:
  • Michael "Mike" Hannigan (Paul Rudd) — In "The One with the Pediatrician" (Season 9, 2002), Joey forgets he promised Phoebe a double date. After pretending someone called "Mike" will be joining them, he desperately yells "Mike" in Central Perk. Mike Hannigan replies and is roped into the date. The date does not go well but they go on a second one in "The One with the Sharks" (Season 9, 2002), which is equally as bad. In "The One with the Boob Job" (Season 9, 2003), he and Phoebe decide to move in together. Phoebe suggests that one day they could get married but he tells her that, after his messy divorce, he never wants to get married again, and they break up. Unable to be apart from each other, they reconcile in "The One with the Memorial Service" (Season 9, 2003). In "The One in Barbados, Part 1", he proposes to her at the same time as David. She turns both of them down but tells David that Mike is the man she wants to be with. In "The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss" (Season 10, 2003), Mike is dumped by Precious, the girl he has been seeing since breaking up with Phoebe. In "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits" (Season 10, 2003), he proposes to her, and they are married by Joey in "The One with Phoebe's Wedding" (Season 10, 2004). In "The One with Princess Consuela" (Season 10, 2004), he changes his name to Crap Bag after Phoebe changes her to Princess Consuela Bananahammock. He makes a brief cameo in "The Last One", bringing over a "Welcome, Baby Bing" banner to Monica and Chandler's.

Gratuitous YouTube Clips:

George Newbern (47)
General Information: Newbern is best known for his work in Adventures in Babysitting, Father of the Bride, and Designing Women (if you're my mom). He does a lot of voice work for video games and cartoons.
Acting Credits (roles Old People will remember): Adventures in Babysitting, Poochinski, Father of the Bride (I-II), Designing Women, Theodore Rex (VOICE!), Chicago Hope, Friends, Providence, Saw VI, Nip/Tuck
Role on Friends: Danny, Rachel's brief boyfriend. As lifted from Wikipedia (because, please, I can't remember everything from that stupid show):
  • Daniel "Danny" (George Newbern) — A man who has been on an around-the-world trip and returns in "The One with the Yeti".[e 76] Rachel and Monica encounter the bearded man in the basement of their building and think he is a Yeti. Rachel is attracted to him but plays hard-to-get by pretending not to be interested in a housewarming party he is throwing in "The One Where Ross Moves In".[e 77] They eventually get together, but Rachel dumps him when she discovers he has a "special bond" with his sister in "The One with the Inappropriate Sister".[e 78]
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Andrew McCarthy (I can see how this mistake might happen if you're my mom; 47)
General Information: McCarthy is the heartthrob of the Brat Pack era.
Acting Credits (roles Old People will remember): St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, Less Than Zero, Weekend at Bernie's (I-II), The Joy Luck Club, Mullholland Falls, Kingdom Hospital, Lipstick Jungle
Role on Friends: NOT APPLICABLE
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Additional Resources:
Paul Rudd on IMDB
George Newbern on IMDB
Andrew McCarthy on IMDB
Characters of Friends, Wikipedia article

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