Before They Were Stars

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Before They Were Stars
Genre Documentary
Written by Philip Gurin
Directed by Ellen Brown
Starring Cynthia Stevenson
Johnny Nicoletti
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Nash Entertainment
Scott Sternberg Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Katie Face Productions
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original channel ABC
Original run 1 February 1996 – 1 June 1996

Before They Were Stars is a 1996 30-minute American ABC television show which was hosted by Scott Baio, with John Cramer as announcer and narrator; it was preceded by four specials, each an hour long.

The term "Before They Were Stars" has since become widely used by television shows and magazines when featuring segments and articles on famous actors in their lesser-known performances (and non-entertainment jobs).


This TV series showed film clips, commercials, television clips and screen tests of celebrities before they became famous.


  • Yasmine Bleeth appeared in episode number 4, season number 1. She described the 1980 childhood film called Hey Babe! in which she starred with actor Buddy Hackett when she was 12 years old. Her character's name was Theresa O'Brian.
  • In episode number 7, season number 1, Bleeth again appeared on Before They Were Stars in clips from the popular soap opera Ryan's Hope when she was 16 years old. She starred on the soap opera from 1985-1989.


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