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The Quick 10: The Film Debuts of 10 Famous Actors

Stacy Conradt
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I was watching Bonnie and Clyde last night (I'm going through this gangster phase right now) and noticed a strange thing - Willy Wonka, sitting there in the backseat as a hostage in the gangsters' car. Turns out the 1967 movie was Gene Wilder's feature film debut. Not bad for a first movie, huh? Every actor has to start somewhere, of course, and some start a little higher than others. We've done quizzes on the embarrassing beginnings of thespians before; it seems only fair to talk about the pretty good beginnings as well.

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4. Cuba Gooding, Jr., can claim a small role as a barber shop customer in Coming to America as his movie debut.

5. Anjelica Huston has got to have one of the smallest film debuts ever - she provided Agent Mimi's hands in the first Casino Royale.

6. Geena Davis played April Page in Tootsie in 1982, her first time on the big screen.

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10. Kevin Bacon had a brief role in the classic frat movie Animal House as rival pledge Chip.

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