21 Actors Who Were On ‘Sex And The City’ Before You Knew Who They Were

This is not a post where I attempt to convince anyone that Sex and the City was a good show. The truth of the matter is, whatever affection many people may have had for the series has been largely tarnished by two increasingly terrible movies based on the series and a prequel series on The CW. Honestly, however, if you can remember back that far, the first few seasons were actually pretty good. I mean, the show was nominated for 54 Emmy nominations during its run, and in a way, it did for comedy on premium cable what The Sopranos did for drama: It made HBO a legitimate player.

But again, I’m not trying to sell you on Sex and the City. I’d have a hard time selling myself on it. However, it did run for six seasons and over 90 episodes from 1998 – 2004, which meant that it aired during the formative period for a lot of up-and-coming Hollywood and television stars. Most of them are men (they played love interests) and most had brief runs. But like seeing a famous person before they were famous on Law & Order, it is always fun to what those actors and actresses looked like back in the day. Some have changed a little, while some have changed quite a bit.

Let’s take a look.

Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Deadwood)

Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbood)

Vince Vaughn (Swingers, Old School)

John Slattery (Mad Men, Ed)

Will Arnett (Up All Night, Arrested Development)

Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Station Agents)

Gabriel Macht (Suits, The Spirit)

Craig Bierko (Cinderella Man, Boston Legal)

Clark Gregg (The Avengers, New Adventures of the Old Christine)

Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock, The Hunger Games)

Dean Winters (30 Rock, Oz)

Kat Dennings

Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development)

Justin Theroux (Jennifer Aniston’s Fiance, Writer Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder)

Daniel Sunjata (Graceland, Rescue Me)

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, The L Word)

Mark Fuerstein (Royal Pains, Good Morning Miami)

Matthew Morrison (Glee)

Mirielle Enos (The Killing, World War Z)

Jim Gaffigan (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Portlandia)

Seth Gabel (Fringe)