As seen on Miami Vice

What do Ben Stiller, Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, Julia Roberts, Benicio del Toro, Viggo Mortensen, and Michael Richards have in common? As young, mostly-unknown actors they all appeared on Miami Vice, my favorite TV cop show (except for Barney Miller). Yes, that's Ben Stiller in the above clip. "27 Actors Who Got Their Starts on Miami Vice" (Mental Floss, via Next Draft)

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  1. kpkpkp says:

    The writers could have made up any name for Stiller's character, but they chose to name him Fast Eddie Felcher

  2. Miles Davis, Leonard Cohen, and James Brown also showed their faces in MV.

  3. Not to forget Frank (weasel dust) Zappa

  4. A fairly comprehensive list of interesting folks who appeared in Miami Vice:

    John Turturro
    Pam Grier
    Chris Rock
    Ving Rhames
    Gene Simmons
    Penn Jillette
    Eartha Kitt
    Little Richard
    Frankie Valli
    Miles Davis
    G. Gordon Liddy
    Iman
    Dean Stockwell
    Jimmy Smits
    Ed O'Neill
    Bruce Willis
    Michael Madsen
    Terry O'Quinn
    Glenn Frey
    Leonard Cohen
    Haing S. Ngor (from "The Killing Fields")
    Mark Linn-Baker (Larry from "Perfect Strangers")
    Phil Collins
    Emo Phillips
    Kyra Sedgwick
    Ted Nugent
    John Heard
    Harvey Fierstein
    Michael Richards
    Frank Zappa
    Bianca Jagger
    Roberto Duran
    Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong fame)
    Gary Cole
    Richard Belzer
    John Leguizamo
    Liam Neeson
    Paul Gleason
    Laurence Fishburne
    Ron Perlman
    Charles S. Dutton
    Willie Nelson
    Steve Buscemi
    Stanley Tucci
    Bill Paxton
    Wesley Snipes
    Don King
    Willie Colon
    Helena Bonham Carter
    Brad Dourif
    Vincent D'Onofrio
    Viggo Mortensen
    Annette Bening
    Lou Diamond Phillips
    Melanie Griffith
    George Takei
    Benicio Del Toro
    Ben Stiller
    Brian Dennehy
    Isaac Hayes
    James Brown
    Sheena Easton
    R. Lee Ermey
    Harry Shearer
    Chris Cooper
    Julia Roberts
    Amanda Plummer
    Michael Chiklis
    Karen Black
    Dennis Farina
    Edward James Olmos

  5. I've just started watching The Wire myself, and frankly, every other cop show I've ever seen pales in comparison.

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