Look Who Guest-Starred on The X-Files Before They Were Famous

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Over the course of its nine seasons, The X-Files had a lot of talent pass through. Though the series, which returns for a six-episode arc this Sunday, generally obeyed a rule to stick with unknowns and avoid recognizable guest stars, a rewatch will show just how many future A-listers crossed paths with Mulder and Scully. Below, a list of not-yet-famous X-Files guest stars and the weirdos they played.

Guest star: Seth Green
Episode:
“Emil” (1.2)
Character:
Emil, a man who has experienced a UFO sighting.

Guest Star: Donal Logue
Episode:
“Squeeze” (1.3)
Character:
Special Agent Tom Colton, a colleague of Scully’s who thinks Mulder is weird as hell.

Guest star: Felicity Huffman
Episode:
“Ice” (1.8)
Character:
Nancy Da Silva, a scientist trapped in an Arctic research station à la The Thing.

Guest star: Titus Welliver
Episode:
“Darkness Falls” (1.20)
Character:
Doug Spinney, a logger menaced by bugs that only come out at night.

Guest star: Željko Ivanek
Episode:
“Roland” (1.23)
Character:
Roland Fuller, the mentally disabled twin brother of a genius aerospace engineer.

Guest star: C.C.H. Pounder
Episode:
“Duane Barry” (2.5)
Character:
Lucy Kazdin, an FBI agent charged with resolving the hostage situation that Mulder wanders into.

Guest star: Bradley Whitford
Episode:
“Firewalker” (2.9)
Character:
Daniel Trepkos, a volcanologist who exposes his entire research team to dangerous spores and goes mad as a result.

Guest star: Terry O’Quinn
Episode:
“Aubrey” (2.12)
Character:
Brian Tillman, a police officer having an affair with his colleague.

Guest star: Dean Norris
Episode:
“F. Emasculata” (2.22)
Character:
A U.S. Marshal of little consequence.

Guest Star: Jack Black
Episode:
“D.P.O.” (3.3)
Character:
Bart Liquori, an arcade employee electrocuted by his friend Darin.

Guest star: Giovanni Ribisi
Episode:
“D.P.O.” (3.3)
Character:
Darin Peter Oswald, a teenager who could control lightning and other electrical devices.

Guest star: Peter Boyle
Episode:
“Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose” (3.4)
Character:
Clyde Bruckman, an insurance salesman who could see when and how a person would die (Boyle won an Emmy for this role).

Guest star: Bokeem Woodbine
Episode:
“The List” (3.5)
Character:
Sammon Roque, a prisoner.

Guest star: Ryan Reynolds
Episode:
“Syzygy” (3.13)
Character:
Jay DeBoom, a high-school jock murdered by teen satanists.

Guest star: Kurtwood Smith
Episode:
“Grotesque” (3.14)
Character:
Bill Patterson, an FBI profiler and Mulder’s former mentor, who later became a murderer himself.

Guest star: Lucy Liu
Episode:
“Hell Money” (3.19)
Character:
Kim Hsin, the sick daughter of a Chinese immigrant.

Guest stars: Alex Trebek, Jesse Ventura
Episode:
“Jose Chung's From Outer Space” (3.20)
Character:
Not unknowns, but definitely unusual guest stars, the two played subjective recollections of the Man in Black.

Guest star: Richard Belzer
Episode:
“Unusual Suspects” (5.3)
Character:
Detective John Munch, tying the X-Files into the ever-expanding Munchverse.

Guest star: Luke Wilson
Episode:
“Bad Blood” (5.12)
Character:
Lucius Hartwell, a vampire posing as town sheriff. He is either charming or a bucktoothed yokel, depending on whether you ask Scully or Mulder.

Guest star: Bryan Cranston
Episode:
“Drive” (6.2)
Character:
Patrick Crump, a man tormented by radio waves, the pain of which can only be relieved by driving westward at high speed.

Guest star: John Hawkes
Episode:
“Milagro” (6.18)
Character:
Phillip Padgett, an author whose murderous characters have come to life.

Guest star: Jesse L. Martin
Episode:
“The Unnatural” (6.19)
Character:
Josh Exley, an alien who loves playing baseball so much that he assumes human form and is later killed by the KKK.

Guest star: Octavia Spencer
Episode:
“Millennium” (7.4)
Character:
A nurse named Octavia.

Guest star: Willie Garson
Episode:
“The Goldberg Variation” (7.6)
Character:
Henry Weems, a man with extraordinary good luck, often as the result of a slapstick, Rube Goldberg–esque series of events.

Guest star: Shia LaBeouf
Episode:
“The Goldberg Variation” (7.6)
Character:
Richie Lupone, a sick child.

Guest star: Kathy Griffin
Episode:
“Fight Club” (7.20)
Character:
Betty Templeton and Lulu Pfeiffer, twins who, when in close proximity, cause everyone around them to become enraged.

Guest Star: Joe Morton
Episode:
“Redrum” (8.6)
Character:
Martin Wells, an old friend of Doggett’s wrongfully arrested for murder, moving backwards in time.

Guest star: Jane Lynch
Episode:
“Lord of the Flies” (9.5)
Character:
Anne Lokensgard, a mutant insect that has assumed the form of a human high-school principal.

Guest star: Aaron Paul
Episode:
“Lord of the Flies” (9.5)
Character:
David Winkle, a high-school student filming a Jackass-like stunt video.

Guest star: Kathryn Joosten
Episode:
“Trust No 1” (9.6)
Character:
FBI Agent Edie Boal.

Guest star: Terry O’Quinn
Episode:
“Trust No 1” (9.6)
Character:
Shadow Man, an NSA Super Soldier with a gross mustache.

Guest Star: Michael Emerson
Episode:
“Sunshine Days” (9.18)
Character:
Oliver Martin, a man with strong telekinetic powers and an unhealthy obsession with The Brady Bunch.