5 Popular Actors You Might Remember From The X Files. Or Not

If you’d ask me what is my number one TV show of all times, I would say “The X Files” without blinking or thinking that I managed to grow up a lot since then. I would say “The X Files” not only because it shaped the way I see television shows even today, but because it still confirms a theory I’ve been willing to share with anybody willing to listen: everybody played in the X Files, everybody had at least one guest appearance and a lot of them started out their TV or silver screen careers with an X Files episode. What am I talking about? I am talking about some very popular actors who made an appearance in the X Files you might remember seeing there and who are now famous, or at least on their way to stardom.

Compiling lists of such actors is not a world – premiere, as others have done it as well, and the waters have been stirred again with the fabulous Breaking Bad series which turned Bryan Cranston into a god. Did you know that Vince Gilligan chose Cranston because he was impressed with his performance back in 1998 in the X Files Season 6, Episode 2 – Drive? Of course you knew, everybody does! Seeing how so many contemporary stars seem to have been related one way or the other with the iconic nineties show, I will present you with my favorite five actors you might remember from the X files, just to remind everybody that this particular show rocked the ages back then and if you didn’t see it, you should give it a try.

1. Tony Shalhoub – Mr. Monk as a Paranoid Scientist

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Mr. Monk is heavily disregarded when people start making lists about popular actors who started out in the X Files or guest – starred in some episode or blessed the series with their already famous presence (see Burt Reynolds). But even if Tony didn’t actually begin his career in the X Files, I am sure many people who saw him starting with the 2000s screamed, just like me, pointing out at the TV: I told you everybody played in the X Files. I very much like him now, but I will never forget his paranoid and quirky character in Season 2, Episode 23 – Soft Light.

2. James Franco – So young then, so famous now

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Now this one you know, if not for 127 Hours, at least for the more recent This is the End. But did you pay attention to Cop Number 2 in Season 8, Episode 8 – Surekill? He was there, alright and I swear to God I recognized him years after when I saw 127 Hours.

3. Mark Pellegrino – One of the actors you might remember from the X Files? Probably not

Mark Pellegrino

Admit it, you love him! If not because he confused the soul out of you with his character in Lost (Jacob, the mighty and powerful), at least because he is the world’s favorite Lucifer (in Supernatural, evidently). But this intriguing Lucifer also starred in Season 7, Episode 3 – Hungry in 1999, as a freak of nature who fed on human brains. I am not sure this part shaped his future career as a charming villain, but this X Files episode is considered as one of the very best in the entire Season 7. Mark might have helped a lot.

4. Ryan Reynolds – Turbo-ing his career since 1996

Ryan Reynolds

Of course you know him! Who doesn’t? Other people making a similar list of actors you might remember from the X Files made an interesting point: Ryan may be the biggest name on the list. Before his short appearance in Season 3, Episode 13 – Syzygy, Ryan had a few parts, but boy did he bloom in the years to come! OK, the Green Lantern thing may have not been his smartest career choice, but Deadpool, people! In the X Files, however, she lived shortly, as the two main characters female psychos ended his life brutally, but Reynolds legacy is still powerful in the minds of the X Files obsessed fans. Me, for instance.

5. Shia LaBeouf – The child who turned into a sex symbol

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Season 7, Episode 6 - The Goldberg Variation. Shia plays a dying boy who, unknowingly, sets the main character on an impossible quest. Shia’s short appearance may have not been so spectacular to remember, but it still proves my theory that everybody played in the X Files and jumped from there.

Of course there are many other actors you might remember from the X Files: Seth Green, Danny Trejo, Terry O’Quinn, (who showed up in the show and in the first X Files movie playing different characters each time), the immortal Al Bundy, Michael Emerson and so on and so forth. Actually, they are so many, you might want to consider setting up a 9 Seasons X Files marathon to see them all. Which I do once in two years, but again, I’m with the obsessed crowd.

5 Interesting Facts You Probably Did not Know about ‘The Hobbit’

To say that Tolkien’s literary creations are a work of genius, would be an understatement. It is not every day that we encounter successful fantasy, but once we do, we never forget it. For those of you who have cherished every moment of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Hobbit” will definitely keep you at the edge of your seats. Just a few days ago, the second part of the Hobbit, “The Desolation of Smaug” was released. The movie may have been nearly three hours long, but to me it seemed like an adrenaline-filled, fascinating and magical adventure that melted into an oh-to-short moment in time.

It is actually incredible how Peter Jackson managed to produce such a complex movie from only one book, and considering that there are only a few dozen pages left to leverage in the creation of movie number three, we might expect a few scenes from Lord of the Rings to unfold in it, to the delight of its fandom. For those of you who have already seen it, the ending was probably not what you had in mind, and the wait might feel like too much to endure, so we have decided to present you with 5 little known things about the Hobbit and LOTR, to pass the time faster.

1. Characters that Appear in Both Trilogies


The depth of connection between the characters of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit is incredible. Here is some fun trivia for you. Do you remember the scenes from the “Mines of Moria”? It is in that faithful place that the Fellowship of the Ring comes across Balin’s tomb. The same Balin that appears in the Hobbit (white haired, big nose). There is one more character that we see in both LOTR and the Hobbit. We are talking about Ori, the child-faced dwarf, and scribe, who wrote the book from which Gandalf reads in the mines. Thranduil, the high-elf who betrayes the dwarfs in the Hobit, is the same Thranduil who rides the giant Moose* in Lord of the Rings. Oh, and he is also Legolas’s father. Last on our list is Gimli, or more exactly his axe, which he inherits from his father, Gloin. He also has the same eyes… and eyebrows.


*We just found out that Thranduil’s Moose is not actually a moose. According to “Middle Earth’s Biology as Shown in the Hobbit”, it is a different species of deer. 

2. The Corruption of Gollum

Tolkien decided to rewrite certain passages of “The Hobbit” to better fit his legendary “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Initially, Gollum was a sweet and lovely creature which willingly offers to give up the ring on condition that Bilbo wins the Guessing Game. He was given a darker side, more suitable for the story, to flesh out the evil of the ring’s corruption. Poor, little Smeagol.


3. The First Hobbit, and his Anemic Dwarf Companions

In 1969 Tolkien decided to sell the screen rights to “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”, because he had some money issues. This lead to the ecranization of a pathetic Hobbit story, where the elves had German accents, Gollum looked like some new species of toad, suspicious gnomes and a big eyed Bilbo.


4. In case you Were Wondering about the Eagles…

Several times during the movie, I could hear people asking why the pretty birdies did not swopp in to rescue the squad. Truth be told, it would have been a lot easier to pass the corrupted forest on their backs. For those of you who were wondering where Gandalf’s eagles were during the Hobbit movie, here is a little info for you: they did not get involved because our most beloved wizard did not have them at their beck and call. Also, they’re not bloody taxis. And they’re not even eagles for that matter, because they’re anatomy is unlike any eagles, they are Aquila.


5. Bilbo, the Dragon Slayer

Initially, Tolkien considered handing the task of killing Smaug to the leaf-smoking hobbit. He quickly changed his mind, and decided to leave the matter to more capable hands. And to be frank, Bilbo doesn’t really look like much of a dragon slayer. 


Best of the Horror Movie Killers

In the world of Horror, you will probably be faced with tripping and falling, screaming, hiding and getting caught, seeing a mouse, being chased by a mutated figure that won’t talk even though you are asking them why they are doing this, meeting friends at a secluded part of the woods at a cabin owned by one of the groups parents who are out of town, and finally, certain death.

Horror movie killers have many different backgrounds. From supernatural beings to just a regular human being who wants revenge on those who he considers wronged him. These killers also have distinct personalities from the other. One may be a stalking mute (Jason Vorhees), while the other may be an outgoing playboy (American Psycho). One thing is for sure, the killing style and body count are what draws people in to their world. No one will invest their time into a killer who doesn’t want to kill. The more brutal death scene the better. Blood is what the spectator wants and with this list of killers, they will surely get what they want.


Horror Movie Killers and Carrie White

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Human Horror Movie Killers

When you think of the horror movie genre, you think about the unnatural, the beastly, the morbid and grotesque. What about the everyday creatures? The living are far worse than the dead. If you think about the news and all the murder and damage that humans do to one another, what better way to scare people than to use a normal human being as the antagonist. Some of the most recognizable horror movie characters in the genre are human. Here are some of the baddest of the bad.

Psycho – Norman Bates

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More Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger Horror Movies

Elm Street was a quiet little space nestled in the heart of Springfield, until Fred Krueger showed up. Krueger was a known child molester and killer who turned the town into a legend. The parents of the slain children gathered to destroy Krueger. The tortured and set him on fire, killing him in the process, but he returned. Not from the dead, he returned in the dreams of the kids in the town. He haunts and teases them, always controlling what they do as long as they are asleep. The kids in the neighborhood try to keep one another awake, whether it be coffee, staying with one another, or more sadistic was such as cutting themselves, their goal is to stay awake as much as possible. Freddy will get them in their sleep. His unique ways of murder is inventive yet effective. We are delving into the series and the most creative ways Freddy disposes of the teens living on Elm Street.

This is part two of two of “Sweet Dreams: Best of Nightmare on Elm Street”. The final five of the anthology featured Alice Cooper, Rosanne Barr, Iggy Pop, Kelly Leak from “The Bad News Bears” and kids being killed in video games. Only in the horror genre is this acceptable…or maybe professional wrestling.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Nightmare on Elmstreet, Freddy Krueger Horror Movies

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