Before They Were Famous: Check Out These Early Celebrity Food Commercials

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Before They Were Famous: Check Out These Early Celebrity Food Commercials

Nobody ever said the path to fame was easy. For many A-list actors and actresses, the first credits on their résumés were commercials, and we tracked down 20 food commercials starring celebrities before they made it big. 

Ben Affleck

At the very beginning of his rocky career, Ben Affleck delivered Burger King to the dulcet tones of John Sebastian.

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Jason Alexander

Alexander was actually a song-and-dance man before striking it big on Seinfeld, and he shows off his skills in this very dated commercial for McDonald’s McDLT.

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Drew Barrymore

Four-year-old Drew Barrymore co-starred with the Pillsbury Doughboy in her first taste of childhood fame.

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Steve Carrell

No, this isn’t a parody video of Michael Scott’s job before Dunder-Mifflin; it’s actually Steve Carrell shilling for Chicago-based chain Brown’s Chicken.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo starred in several commercials before he hit it big, including blowing big bubbles for Bubble Yum.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

And just for fun, here’s another DiCaprio greatest hit: desperately trying to enjoy a slice of delicious fat-free Kraft cheese, but it’s reserved solely “for daddy.” There’s something really unsettling about this commercial.

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Corey Feldman

Long before starring in The Goonies, Corey Feldman left a McDonald’s gift certificate worth a whopping 50 cents for Santa.

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John Goodman and Megan Mullally

This commercial for the 99-cent Egg McMuffin is notable for three reasons: It stars both John Goodman and Megan Mullally, and features a forgotten jingle celebrating the famed breakfast sandwich.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

A young JGL made sure his dad had a sugary breakfast pastry before leaving for work in this 1991 commercial for Pop-Tarts.

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Seth Green

Little Seth Green makes a cameo at the end of this Burger King commercial introducing its bacon double cheeseburger. 

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Matt LeBlanc

We’re not quite sure why Matt LeBlanc rigs up a bottle of ketchup on a rooftop in this Heinz commercial, but if it helped him land his role on Friends, more power to him.

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Lindsay Lohan

Yes, that’s a little Lindsay Lohan dancing around with Bill Cosby in this very purple commercial for grape Jell-O.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar

Back in 1981, a young Sarah Michelle Gellar talked some serious smack about McDonald’s in this commercial for competitor Burger King.

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Demi Moore

In perhaps the most ‘80s commercial of all time, Demi Moore falls off a ledge in her quest for a can of Diet Coke, only to land safely and meet a handsome guy, of course.

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Aaron Paul

Before breaking out on Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul just wanted some Corn Pops in what’s perhaps the most ‘90s commercial of all time.

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Brad Pitt

All a shirtless Brad Pitt wants is a can of Pringles in this slightly bizarre commercial from the ‘80s.

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Keanu Reeves

Keanu has a great time setting out boxes of Corn Flakes on three very long tables, and sneaking a bowl for himself, in this 1987 commercial.

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Meg Ryan

Before Sally met Harry, Meg Ryan told us all about the “Aren’t You Hungry for a Whopper Game” at Burger King in this 1982 commercial.

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Raven-Symoné

A little Raven-Symoné is all about the Cool Whip in this 1990 commercial.

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Elijah Wood

Young Elijah Wood flings a mound of mashed potatoes into a girl’s face in this very depressing take on summer doubling as a Burger King commercial.

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