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Before they were 'Lost'

A gallery of the castaways' pre-fame roles

By Gary Susman
Entertainment Weekly

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The cast of "Lost," trapped on an island of secrets. They have a few secrets, too.

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(Entertainment Weekly) -- "Lost's" Josh Holloway has plenty of secrets that you probably can't get him to talk about.

Some surely involve the mysteries and revelations that his character, gun-stashing con artist Sawyer, will face along with the other castaways as the show's second season winds down with a two-hour cliffhanger on May 24.

But Holloway also probably won't rush to tell you about some of his roles before Lost made him a star -- like the Old Navy commercial in which he shared face time with Fran Drescher and a chimp. Or the Aerosmith video he made ("Cryin' "), in which he got his butt kicked by a teenage Alicia Silverstone.

The stars of ABC's dramatic hit series took some strange paths on the way to the mysterious island. A couple of them were well known; Matthew Fox (who plays skeptical medic Jack) had starred for several years on Fox's "Party of Five," and Dominic Monaghan (has-been rocker and recovering addict Charlie) had costarred as the hobbit Merry in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Others, like Harold Perrineau (distraught dad Michael) and Terry O'Quinn (survival expert Locke) had done solid character work in movies and TV, but had never broken through to household-name status. And still others, like Holloway and Evangeline Lilly (fugitive hottie Kate), were all but unknown.

Now, of course, they're all famous -- and hounded wherever they go for clues to "Lost's" enigmas. What's more, they've all proven themselves on the show, forming a tight dramatic ensemble. That's no small feat on a show where there are as many as 14 major characters, not to mention a show whose chemistry may be disrupted at any moment by a character's unexpected demise, like the recent shooting of Ana-Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez).

In the gallery that followsexternal link, we've traced the career paths of nine of the "Lost" stars and singled out their most memorable roles, characters that have often provided the actors with what would prove to be relevant experience for their parts as survivors of Flight 815.

Enjoy this trip through the past, since you'll probably never see any of these stars doing cheesy commercials or thankless music video cameos again.

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