Through 15 seasons, NBC’s hit medical drama ER saw quite an extensive cast list. From starring roles to single episode parts, the show has seen a lot of big names involved in several episodes, but upon closer inspection, it seems ER was the stepping stone to a huge career for a few celebrities. In any career getting your foot in the door is key, but in Hollywood, it is even more important to get that start on a huge stage, which ER most certainly was. Now, we know these stars from many other roles, but all 13 of them began their major acting career on ER. Check it out:
13. Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes is a woman who needs no introduction to film fans. The gorgeous actress has appeared in many films including The Other Guys, Hitch and two of the Fast and the Furious films, but her career began long before then. Mendes’ first-ever acting credit is in ER‘s season four, episode 15 “Exodus” as Donna, back when she spelled her last name with a “z” still. Now, of course, she is known for her many feature film credits as well as her very low-key relationship with Ryan Gosling.