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September 7, 2016

Who They Really Are: TV Commercial Stars Everyone Loves

Flo (Progressive Insurance)

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You know her as Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials. She’s the upbeat and lovely insurance agent who can be sarcastic at times. Since we’ve fallen in love with her, what is she up to now?

Stephanie Courtney

Stephanie Courtney
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Everyone knows Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials. But, she’s actually in the famous improv group known as “The Groundlings.” She’s also had roles in Men of a Certain Age, Adult Swim, and Mad Men.

The Verizon Guy

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“Can you hear me now?” He had us all saying it from the Verizon commercials. He walked the entire earth and made sure that there was a signal everywhere. Remember him?

Paul Marcarelli

Paul Marcarelli
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Paul is actually a well-known producer as well as an actor in movies. He recently completed a documentary called The Royal Road. A cinematic essay that won the Best LGBTQ Film in the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Mayhem (Allstate Insurance)

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You’ve seen him play Mayhem in the Allstate commercials. He can cause trouble quick and isn’t that the way life is? Good thing you have good insurance.

Dean Winters

Dean Winters
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Dean is actually big in Hollywood with recurrent roles in both Law and Order: SVU and as Liz Lemon’s boyfriend in 30 Rock. He actually goes way back to Oz and he had a big part in Rescue Me among many other things. .

Pine-Sol Lady

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You know her as the Pine-Sol Lady. She’s a fixture in most homes. That’s because she has been the spokesperson for Pine-Sol since 1993. That’s a long and solid relationship with a company.

Diane Amos

Diane Amos
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Diane is a comedian as well as an actress. You’ve seen her in Patch Adams, Copy Cat, and Sweet November. She was also in the Woody Allen hit, Blue Jasmine.

The Allstate Guy

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His voice booms in the Allstate commercials. You already know who he is. You can recognize that voice anywhere. Then, you see his face.

Dennis Haysbert

Dennis Haysbert
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This is another actor you knew before you saw him in a commercial. Beyond being the face and voice in the Allstate commercials, he had a major role in Major League. He was also the president in 24 among other roles he has played.

The Caveman (Geico Insurance)

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John Lehr is the famous caveman who got offended because, “It’s so easy, a caveman can do it.” That commercial was one of the most unique of its time. The characters were able to work their roles into a television show that lasted 6 episodes.

John Lehr

John Lehr
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But, John has worked on a series of things in Hollywood as an actor and writer. Among them, his biggest projects are Kicking and Screaming, 10 Items or Less, and Quick Draw.

The Old Spice Guy

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The Man Your Man Could Smell Like is the Old Spice commercials that made him famous. Those commercials went from television to big time on Youtube. He has a face people know. But, they may not know the rest of the story.

Isaiah Mustafa

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He actually was a wide receiver in the NFL. He played for the Tennessee Titans fresh out of college. Then, he moved to Europe where he played for the Barcelona Dragons. He signed for Seattle Seahawks in 2000. But, his career never really took off and that’s how he found himself looking to find something else to do. Acting seems to be it.

Lifecall Lady

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Edith had everyone wondering if she ever got up. She was the elderly lady in the LifeCall commercials, “Help! I’ve fallen and I cant’ get up!” Some people turned it into a joke and the line took off to grant her celebrity status. No one could forget her face.

Edith Fore

Edith Fore
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She actually went on to be the spokesperson for the medical alert systems. They call her the woman who turned a hip injury into a famous television commercial. Sadly, she died in 1997 at the age of 81.

AT&T Guy

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“It’s not complicated,” is what most people know him as in the At&t commercials. Beck keeps reassuring customers as he sits around kids and asks them simple questions. Questions that adults should know the answer because they are common sense.

Beck Bennett

Beck Bennett
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But, he’s actually a famous actor who played a role in Arrested Development and is now on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Kill Me Now and Beside Still Water are a few movies he has been in as well.

The Red M&M

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You may not know his face. But, you know his voice. He is the voice of the infamous Red M&M. The thing is, that’s not all.

Billy West

Billy West
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He’s been doing 25 years of voice work. He is also the voice of Ren and Stimpy from The Ren and Stimpy Show. Before that he was the voice of classic characters such as Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in Space Jam as well as Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, and Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

Orbit Gum Girl

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The hilarious Orbit Gum commercials are how you know Vanessa, “Got a dirty mouth? Clean it up.” “Who are you calling a cootie queen, you lint licker?” You know you’re rolling. And that’s how you know who Vanessa Branch is. She’s the one with the gum. But, who is she really?

Vanessa Branch

Vanessa Branch
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She has played roles in Lost and Gilmore Girls. She has had roles in Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, and Bones. But, you may know here as her recurring role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Receptionist in Toyota Commercials

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Laurel dominates the Toyota commercials. She’s the upbeat receptionist who makes car buying easy. People have been googling interest in her for a while wanting to know everything from whether or not she’s pregnant to where she is now.

Laurel Coppock

Laurel Coppock
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Actually, she’s great in the sitcoms. You might recognize her from her roles in The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and Workaholics. She’s also a member of the famous improv group “The Groundlings.”

AT&T Girl

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She plays the cute and funny sales girl in the At&t commercials. You can definitely relate to the awkward positions she’s put in by customers and you love the way she handles them. So, who is she for real?

Milana Vayntrub

Milana Vayntrub
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She’s actually getting big. She’s played a role in the remake of Ghostbusters as well as a recurring role in the Netflix original Love. With steady work dating back to 1995 in ER, she has producer and director credits as well as writing credits.

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