In July 1994, I booked a couple of days of TV commercial work in Los Angeles. I flew out from New York and the commercial company put me up in a hotel near the Beverly Center. I love early morning walks, especially in California. I took a walk and found a nearby Starbucks. That's where I'd sit for awhile, have coffee and read The L.A. Times. I remember looking at my watch (yes, we still wore watches then) and saw that it was exactly 7:45 as I took my place in the short line of customers. The tall, slim dude in front of me turned around to look out the window and I did a double-take. A month earlier, I'd seen him in a movie. A sorta kinda modern werewolf movie, it was WOLF (1994) starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer. This guy had a bit part -- one scene and no more than 5 short lines. But that unknown actor playing a New York cop on night duty at the zoo made an impression on me with his look and his line delivery. Before I could tap him on the shoulder and say, "Good work in WOLF," he was motioned over by the barista to step up and place his order.
Come September 1994, I was watching NBC one night and said, "Hey! There's the guy I saw at Starbucks in L.A."
He was David Schwimmer, now one of the lead actors on a new sitcom called FRIENDS. Within 6 months, he went from bit part unknown actor in a sci-fi horror movie to TV star on a new sitcom that ran for 10 seasons. Schwimmer. There's a guy who surely understands what Stanislavski meant when he said "There are no small parts, only small actors."
Have you seen the FRIENDS reunion special that's gotten an abundance of publicity?