10 Future Stars Who Appeared on Arrested Development
While Arrested Development helped launch (or re-launch) the careers of Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, and Will Arnett, those stars weren't alone. The cult series also featured several actors in small roles who would eventually find success in TV and movies.
1. Craig Robinson
In season two's "Switch Hitter," Craig Robinson played a security guard at Tantamount Studios who was up against Tobias for the role of "Confidence Man 2." After Arrested Development, Robinson would later star in This Is The End, Pineapple Express, and, most notably The Office on NBC.
2. Jack McBrayer
In the episodes "Burning Love" from season two and "S.O.B.s" from season three, 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer played one of the country club's waiters.
3. Armie Hammer
Before he played the Winklevii in The Social Network and starred in Disney's The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer had a single line in "The Immaculate Election" from season two. After G.O.B. mistakenly exposes his nephew's "Star Wars kid" video, Armie Hammer yells, "Hey, Star Dork!" at George Michael in passing.
4. Andy Samberg
At the end of the season two finale, Andy Samberg appears as the stage manager for the Blue Man Group. Samberg went on to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live and one of the stars of the Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
5. Simon Helberg
In the episode "Meat the Veals" from season two, The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg plays Maeby's assistant Jeff when she was posing as a movie studio executive.
6. Phyllis Smith
Phyllis Smith is best known as Phyllis Vance on The Office, but before becoming a member of Dunder Mifflin's sales team, Smith appeared on Arrested Development as a Bluth Company employee. She appeared in "The Immaculate Election" from season two.
7. Brian Baumgartner
Brian Baumgartner played a gun vendor who sells Tobias a rifle in season two's "Burning Love." Brian Baumgartner is best known as Phyllis Smith's eventual coworker — the dimwitted Kevin Malone on The Office.
8. Beck Bennett
Before landing a featured role on Saturday Night Live, Beck Bennett played the straight role in a "straightbait" adult film in season four's "A New Start."
9 and 10. Kenny & Keith Lucas
Kenny & Keith Lucas appeared on Arrested Development during the season four finale episode "Blockheads." The Lucas Brothers were one of the sets of twins who voted against George Michael during his dispute with his dorm roommate P-Hound. Kenny & Keith Lucas would later create the animated series Lucas Bros. Moving Co. on Comedy Central and also became standout performers in 22 Jump Street.