Everybody had to start somewhere—even the cast of Lost. Before the series, which begins its sixth and final season Tuesday, propelled its cast to mega-stardom, the actors and actresses put in their share of grunt work doing cameos, walk-ons, bit parts and those always-embarrassing commercials.
Check out the castaways back when they parked cars, sold Subarus and chatted up singles hotlines.
Matthew Fox in Wings (1992)
How young was Matthew Fox on this episode of Wings? So young that the 17-year-old high school student he portrayed stirred up thoughts of The Graduate in his blond co-star.
Josh Holloway in CSI (2003)
As an old pal of series regular George Eads on CSI's fourth-season premiere, Josh Holloway eventually messes up a case. Would you expect anything different from the guy who went on to play Sawyer?
Evangeline Lilly for Live Links (2002)
Hey, Evangeline—if the "best place to meet local singles" really was a cheesy telephone chat room, maybe you wouldn't have needed to go to the island to hook up!
Terry O'Quinn in Stephen King's Silver Bullet (1985)
If you were amazed when Locke regained the use of his legs, then check out 4:34 in the clip above, when he regains the use of his hair!
Jorge Garcia on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2004)
Right before Hurley hit it big with those cursed numbers, he took part in one of the most inept drug deals ever.
Dominic Monaghan in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1998)
In an episode of the lighthearted British crime series, the future member of DriveSHAFT got in some snogging, perhaps preparing for all those groupies to come.
Naveen Andrews in Wild West (1992)
Who knew that torturers could sing? And who knew that when they sang, they sang country music?
Daniel Dae Kim in Crusade (1999)
Before crashing on the island, the future Jin-Soo Kwon struggled to save Earth from a nanovirus plague as Lt. John Matheson in the short-lived Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade.
Michael Emerson in The Practice (2001)
The only thing creeper than Emerson as Benjamin Linus is Emerson as the serial killer William Hinks in The Practice, a role that won him an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
Harold Perrineau in Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Before betraying his friends on the island, Perrineau came to a bad end as the loyal Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.
Yunjin Kim in Yesterday (2002)
On Lost, Sun hopes to be reunited with her husband, but in this Korean sci-fi flick about a serial killer of the future, Yunjin Kim portrays a criminal psychologist hoping to be reunited with her father.
Emilie de Ravin in Beastmaster (2000)
De Ravin had a recurring role in the cheesefest that was Beastmaster as Curupira, guardian for all the animals of the forest. But evidently not polar bears or smoke monsters.
Elizabeth Mitchell in JAG (1997)
Poor Mitchell, always cast as the other woman, whether as Juliet in Lost or as Lt. Sandra Gilbert in JAG.
Jeremy Davies in a Subaru commercial (1992)
At last we know the real reason physicist Daniel Faraday's mother didn't want him wasting his time on music—she just didn't like punk rock!
Henry Ian Cusick in Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (2001)
Poor Desmond was being put in his place by the upper classes long before Penny's father disapproved of him.