10 celebrities whose first big TV appearance was on a game show.

10 celebrities whose first big TV appearance was on a game show.
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It's no surprise that aspiring, struggling actors often appear on game shows. Most of those shows tape in L.A., and they'll use anyone who knows how to appear engaging on TV. But the actors on this list probably didn't expect that these daytime TV appearances would live forever thanks to YouTube. Oops.

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Pictured: Not Chris Hardwick somehow.

1. On Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul played a character who put his hands on top of his head when he got frustrated. On a 2000 appearance on The Price is Right, Aaron Paul put his hands on top of his head when he got frustrated.


2. Don Draper was the definitive '60s douche. His portrayer, Jon Hamm, came off as the ultimate '90s douche on this gross dating show called The Big Date.


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3. Arnold Schwarzenegger has defeated predators, time-traveling robots, and divorce attorneys. And in 1973, he won the heart of a lady on The Dating Game.


4. Before he went on to host something like 5,000 game shows, and before he was in NSYNC, Joey Fatone was on Nick Arcade.

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5. Not only was Billy Crystal on The $20,000 Pyramid in the late '70s, but he set a record for finishing the pyramid the fastest.


6. Vanna White has had the same job, turning letters on Wheel of Fortune, for more than 30 years. It is a world from which she cannot escape, as evidenced by this 1980 clip of her coming on down to The Price is Right.

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7. Simon Cowell, who is usually the decider of fates, was himself at the whims of the machinations of a game when he was on Sale of the Century in 1990.


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8. Stephen Fry seems like a smartypants (except when he's saying stupid things), and here he is proving it on the British game show University Challenge.


9. Kirstie Alley won a few thousand bucks on Match Game in 1979, and also appeared on Password. She said her profession was "interior decorator," but she quit that, as well as the game show circuit, when she was cast in Star Trek II.

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10. And spea…KING of Star Trek, here's William…SHATNER on What's…My…LINE?

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