Stars From Commercials

Ever watch the commercials during your favorite TV program and ask yourself “just who are they really?” They all have a real name! Some are actors and some are beauty queens. Here is a look at who they REALLY are!

Verizon’s “Can You Hear Me Now?” Guy

Oh, you definitely remember him – his “Can You Hear Me Now? Good!” commercials seemed to be on a continuous loop in the mid 2000s. But what is the Verizon Guy – whose real name is Paul Marcarelli – up to these days? Paul now enjoys doing most of his work behind the camera as a producer and writer.

The Pine-Sol Lady

Even if you never watch commercials, you’ve definitely seen The Pine-Sol Lady, whose real name is Diane Amos. You know…”That’s the power of Pine-Sol baby!” Most people don’t realize that Diane Amos has also made a number of appearances on tv and in the movies – she can be seen in such popular films as “Patch Adams,” “Angels in the Outfield,” and more recently, “Blue Jasmine,”stars-from-commercials-04

The Singer

You’ve heard the catchy jingle, 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 commercials. His voice was dubbed over due to his thick French-Canadian accent.stars-from-commercials-06

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.”stars-from-commercials-08

Toyota’s Jan

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.”stars-from-commercials-10

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.stars-from-commercials-12

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. Bennett 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.stars-from-commercials-14

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” and is also an established 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.stars-from-commercials-16

The Old Spice Guy

These commercials successfully made the Old Spice brand seem younger and more current. Isaiah Mustafa is the man you want your man to smell like! 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.stars-from-commercials-18

Progressive Insurance’s Flo

By now, everyone in the country has seen the antics of Flo. But who’s behind the headband? It’s Stephanie Courtney! 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.”stars-from-commercials-20

Jake From State Farm

Everyone knows the lovable Jake from State Farm, with his famous “….uhhh. Khakis” line, but not everyone knows that he used to actually work for State Farm. His real name happens to be jake Stone! His roommate jokingly told him to try out for the commercial and lo and behold, he made it. He was an instant sensation.stars-from-commercials-22

The Wendy’s Girl

Morgan Smith Goodwin plays the Wendy’s Girl but you would never recognize her! 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.stars-from-commercials-24