Monday, January 20, 2020

The incredible wealth of talent behind Band of Brothers

Back in 2001, HBO screened Band of Brothers for the first time.  Recently it was picked as HBO's best original programming ever.  Created as a sort of expanded version of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's seminal Saving Private Ryan and based on the Stephen Ambrose book, Band of Brothers was created in part by Erik Jendresen (most famous in recent years for nearly creating new Star Trek movies before JJ Abrams got to them) and Graham Yost (most famous recently for the TV series Justified, but immortal as far as I'm concerned for Boomtown, a brilliant mosaic of crime). 

Here's a listing of the powerhouse acting talent to be found in Band of Brothers:
  • Damian Lewis - Later starred in Homeland.
  • Ron Livingston - Previously starred in cult classic Office Space, later featured in short-lived TV show Defying Gravity.
  • Scott Grimes - Currently featured in The Orville, previously a cast member of ER.
  • Donnie Wahlberg - Featured in Yost's Boomtown, plus a longstanding cast member of Blue Bloods.
  • Kirk Acevedo - Later featured in Fringe.
  • Michael Cudlitz - Later featured in The Walking Dead.
  • Neal McDonough - Later featured in Yost's Boomtown.
  • Colin Hanks - Later featured in the sitcom Life in Pieces.
  • David Schwimmer - Previously featured in Friends.
  • Jamie Bamber - Later featured in Battlestar Galactica.
  • Dominic Cooper - Later appeared in the MCU and starred in Preacher.
  • Jimmy Fallon - Previously featured in Saturday Night Live, later host of The Tonight Show.
  • Michael Fassbender - Later featured in Inglourious Basterds and starred as Magneto in the X-Men movies.
  • Tom Hardy - Later had his big break in Star Trek Nemesis and breakthrough role in Inception.
  • James McAvoy - Later featured as Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies.
  • Jason O'Mara - Later starred in the American version of Life on Mars.
  • Simon Pegg - Later featured in Shaun of the Dead and the Star Trek movies.


  1. I bet it was hard for Colin Hanks to get a part on that show, lol.

    I've heard of a lot of these people. Kind of interesting the sorta-reboot Magneto and Xavier were in the same show before all that. McAvoy also played a WWII soldier in Atonement. Just saying.

    I have HBO but I never watched this. I think Saving Private Ryan was enough for me on that.

    1. A lot of up-and-coming actors were in a movie, Black Hawk Down, around the same time. I guess it was the thing to do.

    2. Oh yeah, I watched that but the problem was I couldn't tell most of the white soldier guys apart.


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