"Transparent" Cast Flashback Tourby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 10 Dec 2015
Which nominee appeared on "The Love Boat"? Which one starred in Field of Dreams? With the awards season already in full swing, take a walk back in time with the cast of the nominated series "Transparent."
With the awards season already in full swing, take a walk back in time with the cast of the nominated series "Transparent."
Tambor's Range: Three Roles in "Three's Company" Back in the late '70s, Jeffrey Tambor, nominated again for his role as Maura in "Transparent," scored a leading role on "The Ropers" as snobby neighbor Jeffrey P. Brookes III. He pulled it off so well that he was brought back for three separate roles in "Three’s Company": a wealthy businessman, a madman dentist, and a psychiatrist whom Janet and Jack confuse for a psychiatric patient. No one was the wiser that the series tapped the same actor to play three different parts (including Jack and Janet, apparently).
Judith Light's Breakout Role: "One Life to Live" She plays beleaguered Jewish mother Shelly Pfefferman on "Transparent" (a role she seems born to play!), but Tony-winning Broadway star Judith Light got her big break on the ABC soap "One Life to Live" in the late '70s. Her role as Karen Wolek earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Not bad for a rookie!
Tambor's Recurring Role in "Hill Street Blues" Back in the '80s, Jeffrey Tambor was a regular on "Hill Street Blues," where he played a judge who preferred to dress as a woman. "It was truly one of the luckiest [roles] ... and a big moment for TV," he told EmmyTVLegends.org. "I like eccentrics. I am eccentric in my head, and I like that role. I like roles that have degrees of difficulty."
Bradley Whitford's Comedic Role in Billy Madison Brad guest stars as Mark/Marcie, an early confidante to Maura Pfefferman (Tambor). Long before this role, Bradley Whitford earned two Emmys for his role as presidential adviser Josh Lyman on "The West Wing." Whitford is also known for his comedic chops — most notably co-starring alongside Adam Sandler in 1995's Billy Madison.
Melora Hardin as Michael Scott's Boss-Turned-Girlfriend-Turned-Ex on "The Office" Remember Steve Carrell's Type A boss and girlfriend, Jan Levinson, in "The Office"? You may not recognize Melora Hardin with her shorter 'do in "Transparent," but the veteran actress plays Tammy, Sarah's girlfriend. Hardin has been acting since she was a kid, earning roles on "The Love Boat" and "Little House on the Prairie," where she acted along with her father, Jerry Hardin.
Judith Light's '80s Reign on "Who's the Boss" Comedy comes naturally for Light, who earned an Emmy nod for her role as Claire Meade in "Ugly Betty." But the actress who plays Mort/Maura Pfefferman's ex-wife is probably most recognized for playing successful ad exec Angela Bower in the '80s hit "Who’s the Boss." (Spoiler alert: She ends up marrying her housekeeper, played by Tony Danza, as you can probably figure out from the photo.)
Kathryn Hahn's Art-Imitating-Personal-Life Role in "Crossing Jordan" Hahn plays Rabbi Raquel, one of Josh Pfefferman's more significant love interests in "Transparent," but you might recognize the Yale grad from her roles in movies including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and recent shows "Happyish" and "Parks and Recreation." One of Hahn's longest-running roles was as Lily in "Crossing Jordan," where she starred opposite her husband Ethan Sandler, who played her fiancé on the show.
Jay Duplass With His Brother Mark in Jeff, Who Lives at Home Before he made his acting debut as Josh, the lost brother in "Transparent," Jay Duplass, right, spent most of his career behind the camera as a writer and director, most often partnering with his brother, Mark Duplass. The Duplass brothers are best known for creating HBO's "Togetherness" and for writing and directing the movie Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
Michaela Watkins as a Morning Show Host on "Saturday Night Live" Watkins had a memorable turn in a "Transparent" flashback episode, where she plays the very accepting wife of a cross-dressing husband who leaves Maura in awe. You probably recognize Michaela Watkins from a host of roles in series ranging from "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" to "New Girl." She also stood out for her spot-on Saturday Night Live impressions of everyone from Barbara Walters to Anne Coulter.
Lawrence Pressman as the Grown-Up Doc in "Doogie Howser, M.D." His career dates back to episodes of "Mary Tyler Moore" and "Kojak," but the actor who plays Shelly Pfefferman's second husband Ed Paskowitz in "Transparent" is probably most recognizable for playing a doctor. Lawrence Pressman played the boss to child prodigy doc Doogie, played by Neil Patrick Harris on the late '80s and early '90s hit show "Doogie Howser, M.D."
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