11 Faces You Know From Commercials: Who Are They?
|As much as we might hate
commercials, there are some recurring characters that we actually love. |
But what's the story about the people behind the characters? Read on to find out.
"Can You Hear Me Now?"
Oh, you definitely remember him. Verizon's obnoxious "Can You Hear Me Now? Good!" commercials seemed to be on a continuous loop in the mid 2000s. But what is the iconic Verizon Guy, whose real name is Paul Marcarelli, up to these days?
Paul Marcarelli, The Verizon Guy
After his stint with Verizon, Paul now enjoys doing most of his work behind the camera as a producer and writer.
"That's The Power of Pine-Sol, Baby"
She's got a face you know you recognize from somewhere when you see her. And you've definitely seen The Pine-Sol Lady, whose real name is Diane Amos.
Diane Amos, The Pine Sol Lady
Actress Diane Amos has also made a number of appearances on tv and in movies. She can be seen in classics like "Patch Adams," and "Angels in the Outfield," and more recently, Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
"Free Credit Report Dot Com!"
You've been unable to shake this terrible jingle at least once, admit it. But who is this guy, really?
The guy is Eric Violette. He is French Canadian, and he is in a real band called God Against God. Even though Eric has a great voice, it's not in the freecreditreport.com commercials. His voice was dubbed over due to his thick French-Canadian accent.
Allstate's Mr. Mayhem
With a penchant for creating disaster, Mr. Mayhem (whose real name is Dean Winters) makes you wish you had Allstate's coverage. Allstate offered him the role while he was in the hospital after he died from an infection. Yes, he actually died - they were able to resuscitate him a few a few minutes later, but he lost 2 fingers and half a thumb in the ordeal.
What you might not know is that Winters has been in a variety of TV series and movies. He has had memorable roles in the sitcom "30 Rock," as well as the dramas "Rescue Me," "Law and Order: SVU," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," and most notably "Oz." He can also be seen in the upcoming CBS series "Battle Creek."
You know Laurel Coppock as the snarky Toyota receptionist, Jan.
A member of the main company of The Groundlings in L.A., Coppock has also made appearances on "Arrested Development," "The Office," and "Modern Family," as well as 2011's hit film "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Orbit Gum Girl
Vanessa Branch made her debut as the "Fabulous" Orbit girl in 2006. She was featured in advertisements with the company until 2010, when she was replaced by Farris Patton.
Prior to her Orbit gig, Branch was crowned Miss Vermont in 1994 and competed in the 1995 Miss America Pageant. She has also made appearances in a variety of TV shows and movies, most notably as the character Giselle in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
AT&T's "It's Not Complicated" Guy
Although his time with AT&T was fairly short-lived, the "guy who interviews kids" (whose real name is Beck Bennett) was certainly memorable, and was praised by commercial-haters as a bright spot.
Bennet is now a featured player on Saturday Night Live, and is one of the strongest contenders to be promoted to cast member. He has been in the sketch comedy arena for several years, and his work received praise from Louis CK and Steven Spielberg.
Ocean Spray Guys
Sorry world, but the Ocean Spray Guys are not real cranberry farmers (although the ads are filmed at an actual cranberry bog). The guys are played by actors Henry Strozier and Justin Hagan.
Prior to the Ocean Spray gig, Strozier appeared in episodes of "Sex and the City" and "Law & Order." He played the role of the minister in 1997's "Contact." He is also an accomplished stage actor.
Hagan has made several brief appearances on television, and can also be seen in a few shorts and a couple of full-length movies.
The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
These commercials successfully made the Old Spice brand seem younger and more current.
Before the Old Spice commercials, Mustafa was a football player for NFL Europe and attended practice squads for several US NFL teams. As an actor, he has made appearances on a number of TV series and had a small part in the first "Horrible Bosses" film.
Progressive Insurance's Flo
By now, everyone in the country has seen the antics of Flo. But who's behind the headband?
Courtney is an alumnus of The Groundlings in L.A. and has appeared in several TV shows and movies, such as "Blades of Glory," "The Brothers Solomon," and "For Your Consideration."
The Wendy's Girl
Love her or hate her, you definitely know the Wendy's girl (whose real name is Morgan Smith Goodwin) when you see her.
Morgan Smith Goodwin
...or do you? Morgan is actually a blonde, and only went redhead for the Wendy's role. She's still getting starting in the industry, and has only made a couple of appearances in some short films.
A more recent star to appear has been the new AT&T Girl, played by Milana Vayntrub.
An alumnus of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Vayntrub has appeared in a variety of comedy short films and has had small parts on several TV series.
No, that's not Evangeline Lily. The T-mobile girl is played by Carly Foulkes.
Foulkes is still a newcomer to the industry, but so far she has appeared in several short films.