Published by Dan on Sep 1, 2015

Gilmore Girls Alumni



Gilmore Girls was an early stop for many who later found notoriety in more visible roles. Below lists actors with more than one appearance, which excludes the quick appearances of Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and New Girl’s Max Greenfield.

Melissa McCarthy

Mike and molly Spy

153 episodes

Jared Padalecki

Supernatural Friday the 13th

63 episodes

Matt Czuchry

The good wife I hope they serve beer in hell

59 episodes

Todd Lowe

True blood

42 episodes

Milo Ventimiglia

Heroes Rocky balboa

37 episodes

Vanessa Marano

Switched at birth

13 episodes

Chad Michael Murray

One tree hill A cinderella story

11 episodes

Adam Brody

The oc Mr and mrs smith

9 episodes

Arielle Kebbel

Ballers The uninvited

9 episodes

Krysten Ritter

Breaking bad Dont trust the b in apartment 23

8 episodes

Riki Lindhome

Garfunkel and oates Another period

5 episodes

Danny Pudi


4 episodes

Billy Burke

Twilight Revolution

3 episodes

Nick Offerman

Parks and recreation The campaign

2 episodes


TV is more an actors or writers medium than directors who tend to work on an episode here and there. Though of the 12 people that directed 5+ episodes, half went on to bigger roles in shows highlighting strong females and family-oriented content.

Jamie Babbit

Drop dead diva Married

18 episodes

Lee Shallat Chemel

The middle

13 episodes

Kenny Ortega

High school musical High school musical 2

12 episodes

Daniel Palladino

Family guy

6 episodes

Lesli Linka Glatter

The west wing Homeland

5 episodes

Gail Mancuso

Modern family Scrubs

5 episodes

Gilmore Girls’ format didn’t lend itself to easily introducing new characters like Seinfeld, 7th Heaven, or Friday Night Lights, making this list even more impressive. I regularly recognize faces in movies and shows only to find out they honed their acting chops in the fast-paced dialogue of Stars Hollow.


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