Some commercial personalities become part of pop culture history after years of trying to sell us products. When their television spots conclude, they either continue their careers or fall by the wayside once their 15 seconds of fame run out. Let’s go on a journey to see what happened to some of the most recognizable (and sometimes notorious) spokespeople in television history, and where else you might have seen them.
Beck Bennett – AT&T’s “It’s Not Complicated” Guy
You remember Bennett’s AT&T commercials where he held serious focus groups for not-so-serious little kids. Bennett has embarked on a full-blown comedy career having appeared in Zoolander No. 2 and Sing. He is now famous for his hilarious recurring performance as Vladimir Putin on Saturday Night Live. We’ll find out about another AT&T spokesperson a little later on.
Laurel Coppock – Toyota’s Jan
When Laurel Coppock isn’t giving people advice on Toyota’s annual clearance event, she appears with various sketch comedy groups across the country. She has appeared in films including Food Jam, Crazy, Stupid, Love, and Comedy Jam. Her television appearances involve various roles on Workaholics, 2 Broke Girls, and Modern Family.
Diane Amos – Pine-Sol Lady
Not only has Diane Amos been the spokesperson for Pine-Sol since 1993, the actress finds herself helping her community. She says, “The way I make a powerful difference is to spread myself around. I volunteer. I speak to students and encourage them to follow their dreams. I help out teachers at local schools. I teach my kids about service and get them involved in the community with me.”
Hallie Kate Eisenberg – The Pepsi Girl
Eisenberg was the adorable spokesperson for Pepsi in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She made her big screen debut in the 1998 film Paulie and had a supporting role with Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man. She is also the sister of Jesse Eisenberg from Zombieland who also played Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Donna Loren – Dr. Pepper Girl
Not only was Loren a prominent figure for Dr. Pepper in the company’s 1960s television commercials, but she is also a singer/songwriter who has boasted a lengthy modeling career. Donna also appeared on The Vagina Monologues in 2011 and continues to make appearances and musical performances across the country. We’ll discuss other soft drink spokespeople further on.
Jake Stone – Jake From State Farm
“What are you wearing, Jake from State Farm?”… “Uh, khakis.” Jake landed the commercial role as a late-night State Farm agent on a whim when his buddy suggested he audition for the part. He is now a bartender and his famous khakis hang on the wall for all the patrons to see.
Henry Strozier – 1st Ocean Spray Guy
After Strozier retired as one of the Ocean Spray guys, he began a steady acting career appearing in Thirteen Days and Damages. He would go on to win a Daytime Emmy for his voice-over part on the Discovery Channel show Too Cute! Let’s see what happened to his Ocean Spray counterpart next.
Justin Hagan – 2nd Ocean Spray Guy
Hagan’s film career blossomed after he left his Ocean Spray post. He is credited for Flowers in 2002, Party Monster in 2003, and Shortbus in 2006. He landed a spot on the hit television show Fringe as Neil, a mathematician who believes himself to be the Angel of Mercy.
John Hodgman – The Human Representation of a PC
John Hodgman hilariously portrayed the nerdy and out-of-touch PC on the famous Apple commercials alongside Justin Long. He had repeat appearances with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show and continues his successful and robust comedy career. Be sure to stay tuned for an update on Progressive Insurance’s Flo!
Milana Vayntrub – AT&T’s Lily Adams
When Milana Vayntrub isn’t growing her YouTube empire or appearing as Lily in the AT&T commercials, she is meeting with Syrian refugees and working on her website to promote the social media movement called #CantDoNothing in order to raise awareness for the refugee crisis that is flooding Europe.
Carly Foulkes – T-mobile Girl
Foulkes is mostly known for her pink summer dresses as the T-Mobile Girl from 2010 through 2013, though she has made a few appearances since. She is a self-proclaimed gamer and loves her PS3. You probably won’t recognize her in person due to her love of adorning black leather.
Morgan Smith Goodwin – The Wendy’s Girl
After graduating with a degree in musical theater and appearing in various stage performances in New York, Morgan Smith became the new face of Wendy’s for their “Now That’s Better” marketing campaign. Surprisingly, her hair is naturally dirty blonde and it was dyed an orange-red color for the commercials.
Stephanie Courtney – Progressive Insurance’s Flo
Stephanie Courtney studied in New York and moved to Los Angeles with her sister Jennifer Courtney, where they earned themselves spots with various improv groups. Her television resume is quite lengthy, but her facial recognition comes from her role as Flo on nearly every television commercial for the company since 2008.
Jerry Lambert – Kevin Butler, The PS3 Executive
Jerry Lambert’s acting career began years before he became the executive of a fictional departments within the Sony Company. He has over 80 shows and movies in his portfolio since his career began in 1989. He performed a comedy routine for Sony’s E3 2010 conference and has appeared in a few films since such as Bad Teacher and Horrible Bosses 2.
Eric Violette – FreeCreditReport.com Singer
When Eric Violette started his band God Against God, he never expected he would be featured in a television commercial. The surprising thing about these television spots is the voice does not belong to the singer. It was dubbed over because of his thick French-Canadian accent. Keep reading and we’ll tell you about the Dell Dude in a bit.
Demetri Gorsitas – Slim Jim Guy
Gorsitas earned himself a place in television commercial history with the controversial Slim Jim slogan “Eat me!” His career skyrocketed when he earned himself the role of Parker in the Academy Award Winning film Saving Private Ryan. He hasn’t stopped since and was most recently in the Oliver Stone film Snowden.
Wendy Kaufman – Snapple Lady
There is not one Generation X’er who doesn’t pop open a Snapple bottle without thinking of Wendy Kaufman. The Snapple Lady is almost a television institution and appeared on two seasons of Celebrity Fit Club. She currently runs her own company selling Wendy Wear, an outlet that sells clothes for plus-sized women.
Orlando Jones – 7Up Guy
Orlando Jones was one of the original cast members of MadTV before he became the face of 7up. His personality became so popular he was given his own talk show in 2003 called The Orlando Jones Show on FX. You can catch him in the role of Mr. Nancy in the upcoming show American Gods to be released late 2017.
Ben Curtis – Dell Dude
Curtis’ “Dude, you’re getting a Dell” line was repeated countless times by television viewers through his stint as Dell’s spokesman until his arrest for possession of marijuana in 2003. Since then, he has appeared Off-Broadway and has a regular guest spot on Adult Swim’s The Jack and Triumph Show as the “Dell Dude.”
Jesse Heiman – GoDaddy ‘Make Out’ Guy
Jesse Heiman has had a lengthy and recognizable career although he seems to only land background roles. For example, he played a guy drinking from a water fountain on Parks and Recreation and an uncredited role as a student in The Social Network. Luckily, he keeps landing roles where he gets to make out with beautiful women.
Isaiah Mustafa – Old Spice’s The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
Before Mustafa became “a man” he was a practice squad wide receiver for the Tennessee Oilers, Oakland Raiders, and Cleveland Browns. After he left the Seattle Seahawks he started to pursue his acting career. Sci-fi fans will recognize him as Lucian “Luke” Garroway on Shadowhunters. We’re almost to the Most Interesting Man In The World, so keep going!
Vanessa Branch – Orbit Gum Girl
The English-born actress/model is notorious for her upbeat performances in Orbit Gum commercials and has brought new meaning to the catchphrase “Fabulous!” After she was replaced as the Orbit spokeswoman, Branch performed a voice role for the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and had a part in the Syfy original movie 51.
Dean Winters – Allstate’s Mr. Mayhem
Fans of Mr. Mayhem will also recognize Winters as Ryan O’Reily from Oz. He has also had roles on Rescue Me, 30 Rock, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. You can currently catch Winters reprising his hilarious role as The Vulture on the Emmy Award-winning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Paul Marcarelli – Verizon’s “Can You Hear Me Now?” Guy Switches To Sprint
Becoming a television icon for two of the most successful advertising campaigns to date might land some people more prominent acting roles. There was a bit of telecommunication turmoil when Marcarelli abandoned Verizon to become the spokesman for Sprint. He is also working behind the camera as a writer, producer, and director.
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