Now and then, actors are lucky enough to find their big break in the beginning stages of their career. Here we take a look at some actors who started out on the small screen.

Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio’s first role was as an uncredited role in an episode of Roseanne, in 1991. Later on, he took up the role of Luke Brower as the main character in the TV sitcom Growing Pains. The character was about a homeless boy who the Seaver family took in.

DiCaprio left after Season 7. He was also nominated for the “Young Artist Award” For Best Young Actor in a Television Series.

Bruce Willis

Mostly known for his roles in big-budget action movies, Bruce Willis started out as a TV actor. In 1984 he was a guest actor in an episode of the 1980 remake of The Twilight Zone, called ‘Shatterday’.

He then auditioned and got the role of David Addison Jr against 3000 other actors in the television series Moonlighting, which ran from 1985 to 1989. This helped to see him as a comedic actor in a show and saw him win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx took on the role of Wanda in the sitcom Living in Color in 1991. After then also joining in on the Comedy drama sitcom Roc, Foxx starred in his show, The Jamie Foxx Show.

Jim Carrey

In 1983 Jim Carrey starred in The Duck Factory, in the main role. The sitcom was developed by NBC, and he still got to do his impressionist act on The Tonight Show. Meanwhile, he was also cast for the supporting role in the comedy Finders Keepers. The Duck Factory aired in 1984 and had a slot between Hill Street Blues and Cheers.

Will Smith

In 1996 Will Smith starred in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, an American sitcom, created by Andy and Susan Borowitz. The show aired from 1990 to 1996 and starred Will Smith as a fictional version of himself. The character was a street-smart teenager born in West Philadelphia and sent to live with his uncle and aunt in Bel Air.

The show ran for a good 148 episodes.

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