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10 Movies & TV Shows Where You've Seen The Cast

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Jake Lacy’s turn as real-life criminal Robert Berchtold in Peacock’s A Friend of the Family has chilled audiences to the bone. Centered on the two-time kidnapping of Jan Broberg, the miniseries has received positive reviews for its strong cast, as they depict a harrowing story with the appropriate grace.

Thanks to A Friend of the Family‘s popularity, fans have become interested in the actors’ previous films and TV credits. These include everything from Lacy’s similarly outrageous The White Lotus to McKenna Grace’s star-making role in The Haunting of Hill House. With quite a lot of quality work, viewers will find further material where they can appreciate the talents of A Friend of the Family‘s cast.


Colin Hanks: Fargo (2014-Present)

Stream On Hulu

Colin Hanks played one of the best characters in Fargoappearing as the kindly officer Gus Grimly. Fargo is an anthology dark crime comedy, with Hanks playing a starring role in the first season. The story revolves around the criminal activities of hitman Lorne Malvo, who wreaks havoc after Gus is unable to arrest him.

Hanks was praised for his portrayal of the character, garnering an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. The success of the first season led to a number of follow-ups, as the strong cast and story set the platform for Fargo you continue.

Ella Jay Basco: Birds Of Prey (2020)

Stream On HBO Max

There have been several arguments over why Birds of Prey is the best DCEU movie, with the cast’s chemistry singled out as one of the strongest points. Ella Jay Basco plays Cassandra Cain, a youngster who teams with Harley Quinn when the mob goes after her after she steals prized diamonds.

Birds of Prey gave Basco her biggest platform yet, with the DCEU film giving the actress mainstream exposure. The movie didn’t set the box office on fire but received some of the best critical praise for a DCEU offering, and Basco’s dynamic with Margot Robbie was highlighted.

McKenna Grace: The Haunting Of Hill House (2018)

Stream On Netflix

The Haunting of Hill House is a show that would have been better as a movie since the episodes are spread out quite a bit. Still, the horror series brought the best out of its cast, with McKenna Grace playing Theo, the clairvoyant child in a family haunted by the ghosts in their house.

The Haunting of Hill House was praised for its chilling atmosphere and thought-provoking execution, also establishing Grace as a solid actress with incredible range.

Anna Paquin: X-Men Series (2000-20)

Stream On Disney+

For many Marvel fans, Rogue is the best member of the X-Men since she provides an emotional depth to the story. Anna Paquin played the character for over a decade, as Rogue went from a scared teenager unsure of her powers to a seasoned member of the team.

Paquin was one of the cast members during the original trilogy that followed Rogue’s identity crisis closely. The Rogue Cut was commissioned as an extension of X-Men: Days of Future Pastand he carried a larger role for Paquin, which went to show just how popular she was with audiences.

Austin Stowell: Whiplash (2014)

Stream On Paramount+

whiplash is about Miles Teller’s character Andrew, who is selected for the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory where he must contend with abusive instructor Terence Fletcher, played by JK Simmons. Austin Stowell appears as Ryan Connolly, another drummer who lives for the core position against Andrew.

Stowell does a commendable job in making Simmons’ Fletcher appear as a tyrannical instructor, as his character is heavily mistreated along with the rest of the band. The subtle rivalry between Connolly and Andrew also contributes to the tension that boils to the surface by the film’s climax.

Patrick Fischler: Happy! (2017-19)

Stream On Netflix

Happy! has the rather bizarre premise of a detective who moonlights as a hitman and befriends the imaginary friend of his daughter. Patrick Fischler plays one of the antagonists named Smoothie, who manipulated the protagonist’s daughter to hide the fact that he’s a maniacal killer.

Happy! gave Fischler his most prominent role, as the actor was featured as one of the main cast members. The series received positive reviews despite its oddball concept, with the kooky nature of the story and the surprisingly efficient twists standing out as highlights.

Lio Tipton: Two Night Stand (2014)

Stream On Amazon Prime Video

Two Night Stand is a romantic comedy about two people who hook up without knowing much about each other but have to spend another day together due to being trapped by a blizzard. Their subsequent romantic connection is the main premise of the movie.

Lio Tipton paired with Miles Teller for what is a stand rom-com that nevertheless proves to be an entertaining feature. Two Night Stand was the first major starring role for Tipton after appearing in a number of supporting roles, and her chemistry with Teller was praised for making a by-the-numbers plot charming to follow.

Philip Ettinger: First Reformed (2017)

Stream On Fubo TV

First Reformed follows Ethan Hawke’s Pastor Ernst Toller as he goes through a series of life crises after the death of his son. Philip Ettinger plays radical environmentalist Michael Mensana, whose bold attitude and subsequent demise emboldens Toller into making tough decisions.

First Reformed is a great showcase for Ettinger’s acting skills, with the film not holding back on the gray reality of people with damaged psyches. The movie might be confusing for how open-ended it is, yet the theme of moving past grievance to take responsibility for life choices should be apparent to viewers.

Hendrix Yancey: Charming The Hearts Of Men (2021)

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Set in the 1960s, Charming the Hearts of Men takes place during the Civil Rights Movement, with the protagonist teaming with a congressional ally to inspire change to the legislation around women. It also doubles as a romantic drama.

Hendrix Yancey appears as the main character’s daughter, who inspires her bid for justice as she wants a future for her child where she is free of discrimination. Charming the Hearts of Men received positive reviews overall and Yancey does an impressive job in holding screen presence next to the likes of Kelsey Grammer and Anna Friel.

Jake Lacy: The White Lotus (2021-Present)

Stream On HBO Max

Lacy’s role in The White Lotus proved to be a star-making turn, as he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series. Aim The White Lotus‘renewal meant that the former miniseries became a full-on TV show.

The story takes place over the course of one week at the idyllic White Lotus hotel, in which the cheery arrival of new guests gives way to a darker story. Lacy was lauded for his portrayal of a sadistic newlywed whose privilege takes a sinister turn.

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