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Old 04-19-2012, 12:52 AM   #1
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Former cast members who made it big

Do you know any celebritiy or famous people who was once a cast member? I just found out that Kevin Richardson from the Backstreet Boys was a backstage tour guide at Hollywood Studios, and also a character for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Aladdin, Tigger, and Sweetums. He also referred to his time in WDW as one of the best memories of his life, and if he didn't work at Disney he wouldn't have met the person who asked him to join the Backstreet Boys. That's awesome! Do you know any other famous people?

Here's a video of him talking about it http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...mz8pgus#t=256s
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:56 AM   #2
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Jennifer Hudson was a performer on the Disney Wonder
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Steve Martin work in the Magic Shop on Main Street at Disneyland

Jennifer Hudson worked for DCL in the stage shows
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:06 AM   #4
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Eden Espinossa was Pocohantas in Disneyland she went on play Elpheba on Broadway in Wicked and she was the lead in Brooklyn the musical.
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:36 AM   #5
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John Lasseter did pretty good for himself.
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:27 AM   #6
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Kevin Costner was a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:59 AM   #7
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Joey Fatone was a CM in Spectromagic.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:24 AM   #8
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Robin Williams was a DL Jungle Cruise Skipper

I've heard actress Traylor Howard used to work in Fantasyland. She is from Orlando and went to FSU but there is no info on WDW employment. I was a CM in the late 90's and people talked about it then.

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:29 AM   #9
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Not Disney, but Blair Underwood got his start in one of the musical stage shows at Busch Gardens VA.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:22 AM   #10
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Not Disney, but I know some of the band members from which ever one Justin Timberlake was in (sorry, I always get NSync and Backstreet Boys confused) worked at Universal Studios.

OP, sounds like you were watching the Biography channel. I watched a bio on both NSync and Backstreet Boys and how the bands formed.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:12 AM   #11
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:21 PM   #12
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Wayne Brady was Tigger.
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #13
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Wayne Brady and Joey Fatone were performers in Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios Florida.

Ashley Eckstein was a performer in Disney World.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:33 PM   #14
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John Lasseter did pretty good for himself.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #15
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Although they're not known names, there are several musicians on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "American Idol" who got their start as performers in the Disneyland All-American College Band.
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