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10 Of The Most Popular TV Commercial Actors We All Love

Ever watch television commercials and see the same actors on screen? Over the years there have been actors who have become the face of a companies brand and appear on ads, posters and most of all countless commercials. There are some commercial actors who have been around for years and years and some may not even know their real name. Its easier to call them by their commercial name.

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Some of the commercial actors don't just limit themselves to commercials. Commercials are a way for actors to get their career going before taking a bigger step. Their television personas have garnered millions in revenue for the actor. Let's take a look at commercial actors that are always gracing the television screen in between shows.

10 Tim Williams: Trivago

Taking a weekend getaway after a long work week sounds like a dream. Many people have turned to Trivago for help in booking cheaper accommodations. It also might be because the actor in the commercials is so convincing. His name is Tim Williams and has become the face of the hotel search engine.

Williams isn't only the face of the German company commercials but is also a well-known actor in Germany on television and in film. If he still looks familiar outside of the commercials, Williams also had small roles in Valkyrie, Ninja Assassin and Labyrinth of Lies.

9 Peter Grosz & T.J. Jagodowski: Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Drive-In is one of the best places to be during the summer and the commercials are just as convincing. What made the "Two Guys" commercials a success were its two main actors, Peter Grosz and T.J. Jagodowski. The comedic duo were the stars of the fast-food companies commercials for eight years before the company decided to take a new direction.

Besides being an actor, Grosz is also a television writer having worked on The Colbert Report and Late Nigth with Seth Meyers. He also had small roles in Veep and on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Jagodowski is a comedian and improv performer who has been a part of the film Get Hard and was in the show Prison Break.

8 Jonathan Goldsmith: Dos Equis

Jonathan Goldsmith is The Most Interesting Man in the World! He also happens to be the suave and alluring spokesman for the beer Dos Equis. His role saying "Stay Thirsty My Friends" has become an internet sensation and the basis for many online memes. He starred in the campaign back in 2006 until 2018.

Goldsmith started his acting career back in the '60s and established his career in Western films like Hang 'Em High in 1968. He also took his career to television appearing in numerous works like Gunsmoke,Bonanza, CHiPs and appeared seventeen times in the series Dallas.

7 Colin Ferguson: Maytag

For sci-fi fans, seeing Colin Ferguson as the Maytag Man in the appliance commercials is a fun treat. Ferguson started the role in 2014 but has had a long and notable career outside of it. In 2003 he became the lead in the sitcom series, Coupling. He was the lead character in the popular Syfy show, Eureka.

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He has continued his career in the sci-fi/supernatural genre and was the recurring character in season six of The Vampire Diaries as Thomas Vincent 'Tripp' Cooke. He also played William in the show Haven and had a recurring role in Cedar Cove. 

6 Isaiah Amir Mustafa: Old Spice

After the end of Terry Crew's portrayal in the Old Spice commercials, actor Isaiah Mustafa took on the role. His suave and charming demeanor won over fans and he became the new face for the male grooming company. Mustafa may seem familiar outside of the commercials.

He was a former football wide receiver before pursuing a career in acting. Before taking on big roles, Mustafa played minor characters in the show Nikita and Sirens. He is known for having played the role of Luke Garroway in the show Shadowhunters. For the second installment of the horror film It, he played the grown-up version of Mike Hanlon in It Chapter Two. 

5 Paul Marcarelli: Sprint/Verizon

Before being the spokesperson for Sprint, Paul Maracarelli was first the spokesperson for the rival team, Verizon. Many would recall his famous line, "Can you hear me now?" He was part of the Verizon team for nine years before switching over to the other side. Fans were in shock to suddenly see him, adorning yellow instead of red.

This wasn't the first time Maracarelli was seen in television commercials. He also took part in commercials for Old Navy, Dasani, T-Mobile and Heineken. When it came to phone companies, he was the go-to guy.

4 Dennis Haysbert: Allstate

Dannis Haysbert is one of the most recognized commercial actors for his role in the Allstate Insurance commercials. So much so that the company decided to make comedic jokes about it in the commercials. Haysbert is also a known voice actor. In the late '80s, he portrayed the baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the film trilogy, Major League. 

He became the first actor to portray the DC Comics character Kilowog from the Green Lantern comics. As a voice actor, he has narrated many documentaries like The World According to Dick Cheney. Haysbert also starred in the Netflix thriller film, Secret Obsession. 

3 Dean Winters: "Mayhem" Allstate

Dean Winters is one of those well-known television actors who is now also known for his commercial acting. Winters is known for playing tough-guy characters and his role as "Mayhem" in the Allstate auto insurance commercials was a perfect fit. His career was already a hit before taking part in the commercials.

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In Law & Order: SVU he is known for playing the role of Cassidy for multiple seasons and best known for his character Ryan O'Reilly in Oz. Winters has an extensive acting list ranging from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, John Wick, and American Gods. He also plays The Vulture on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 

2 Milana Vayntrub: AT&T

Alongside, Marcarelli, Milan Vaybntrub is also a well-know commercial actor as the spokesperson for AT&T. While she originally played her character, Lily Admas, in 2013 up until 2016, she reprised her role in 2020.

Vayntrub has been known for work outside of commercials like having a guest role for two episodes in Silicon Valley. She also appeared in This Is Us in 2016. As of now, her biggest role is voicing Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Rising franchise.

1 Stephanie Courtney: Progressive

Taking the number one spot as the most recognized commercial actor is Stephanie Courtney, or better known as Flo. Courtney is famous for portraying the insurance agent for the Progressive commercials. Who can forget her iconic red lip and bumped up hair with her blue headband? She has since made a fortune on the character alone.

Courtney has also appeared in some notable work and audiences have heard her voice somewhere else before. She is known for voicing the characters Renee the Receptionist and Joy Peters in Tom Goes to the Mayor back in 2004. In 2007, she had a small role in Mad Men and in Cavemen. For three seasons, she played Eassie Karp in The Goldbergs. 

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How Do You Find Names of Actors in TV Commercials?

By David NaarLast Updated January 11, 2021

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Whether you’re a talent scout for a commercial production company or just a curious viewer, you might’ve wondered about the actors who bring some of TV’s most recognizable characters to life. And we’re not talking about sitcom stars — we’re talking about the folks who try and sell you on car insurance and cell service providers. So, how do you find the names of actors in TV’s biggest commercials? We’ve got a few suggestions.

Top Resources for Identifying Actors in TV Commercials

The short answer? Like most other things these days, you can pretty easily find the names of actors in TV commercials through a simple online search. In particular, there are several websites and online resources that specialize in this kind of search. 

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Here are some of our top recommendations: 

  • iSpot.TV: This company is a TV advertising measurement firm, but it’s still a helpful resource, namely because you can search and browse on their database of commercials. Once you find the particular ad you have in mind, click on it to see what kind of credits are listed. Keep in mind, not every ad lists names for actors, but you can discover the title of the commercial as well as the name of the advertising agency that produced it — all of which will help you in your search attempts.
  • Ads of the World is a site that has one big advantage: You can search for particular ads by country, industries and medium used, as in film, audio, digital and print. Simply search away and the site’s database will help you find an actor in any given TV spot. 
  • IMDb: The Internet Movie Database is more than just a way to look up that actor you kind of recognize in your latest Netflix marathon. In addition to cataloguing actors' film and TV credits, IMDb also displays credits actors have in ads, short films and more. While commercials may not be the primary focus here, this resource can still come in handy in a pinch.
  • Social Media: Unsurprisingly, social media is another great tool. Not only can you ask friends and acquaintances in your network, you can also search relevant keywords for ads or brands to see if anyone else on Twitter or Facebook is talking about the ad and the actor who stars in it. Additionally, many actors promote their work with social media, which means you might just stumble upon their profile, especially if they’re well-known for playing a commercial character. 

Some of the Most Commonly Searched TV Commercial Actors

While some brands rely on animated geckos or cheese-loving cheetahs, others put stock in actors’ charms. Without a doubt, there are some actors who’ve become instantly recognizable as a result of appearing in a long-running TV ad campaign. 

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Here are some of the most commonly searched TV actors: 

  • Paul Marcarelli: You’ll likely recognize this glasses-wearing actor from Verizon Wireless’ 13-year TV advertising campaign “Can You Hear Me Now?” In 2016, Marcarelli shocked the industry when he jumped to competitor Sprint, becoming the longtime star of their commercials.
  • Stephanie Courtney: This actor plays the infamous Flo in Progressive Insurance commercials. Courtney first appeared as the character in early 2008, and, in the decade since, revenues for the insurance giant grew from $13 billion in 2008 to a whopping $36 billion in 2019. 
  • Jonathan Goldsmith: This actor was the face of “The Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign for Dos Equis from 2007 to 2015. He was replaced in 2016 by a French actor, and in 2018, Dos Equis shut down that particular campaign altogether. Interesting… 

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10 popular commercial actors and where you've seen them before

What else you know her from — Since exploding onto the scene in 2013 as a bubbly AT&T employee named Lily, Vayntrub has become a recognizable actor. In addition to the 40-plus AT&T ads she's appeared in, she's had regular roles on critically acclaimed shows like NBC's "This Is Us" and HBO's "Silicon Valley." Vayntrub was born in the former USSR and, before acting, was a high-school dropout who earned her GED.Joe Scarnici

What else you know him from — Grosz has been one half of Sonic's "two guys" duo in a series of ads that has run since at least 2006. In addition to those commercials, he's worked as a writer for "The Colbert Report" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Since 2012, he's had a recurring role in HBO's "Veep," playing lobbyist Sidney Purcell. This year, he started co-starring in Comedy Central's "The President Show," in which he plays Vice President Mike Pence.Astrid Stawiarz

What else you know her from — Since 2012, Smith-Goodwin has played Red in ads for Wendy's restaurants. Before that, she had a role in an episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Recently, she's had a regular role in HBO's "Veep," as Candi Caruso. She also recently did voiceover work in the popular video game "Mass Effect: Andromeda."Mike Windle

What else you know her from — Before playing Progressive's unflappable spokesperson Flo in a long-running series of ads, Courtney had a regular role in the first season of AMC's "Mad Men." Before that, she was a co-star of Adult Swim's "Tom Goes to the Mayor," playing Renee the receptionist. She also worked as a comedian, appearing in acclaimed offbeat shows like HBO's "Mr. Show with Bob and David" and Comedy Central's "The Man Show."Rich Polk

What else you know him from — Winters has played Mayhem since 2010 but before that, he co-starred in HBO's "Oz" and appeared regularly on popular shows like "30 Rock" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Since gaining fame for his Allstate ads, Winters has acted in TV series including CBS's "Battle Creek" and Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."Dimitrios Kambouris

What else you know him from — Bennett is best known for being a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" since 2013, on which he's played Vladimir Putin, Jake Tapper, Mike Pence and others. He's also appeared in movies like "Zoolander No. 2" and "Sing," in which he voiced Lance the porcupine. The series of AT&T ads in which he interviewed kids was critically acclaimed.Nicholas Hunt

What else you know her from — Crown has appeared as one half of the upbeat DriveTime Girls in a series of recent ads but before that, she was a comedian and writer, working on shows like "Nathan For You" and "The Nerdist." She's also an accomplished voice actor, lending her talents to "Adventure Time," "Bob's Burgers" and the 2016 film "Storks," in which she voiced Tulip, a teen who wanted to find her family.Matt Winkelmeyer

What else you know him from — Before playing the latest version of the Maytag Man, Ferguson, a Canadian actor, was an improv comic and acted in dozens of TV shows. His most famous role was as star of SyFy's five-season series "Eureka." In the early 2000s, he had regular roles on ABC's "Then Came You" and NBC's "Coupling." More recently, he had a recurring role in Hallmark Channel's first-ever original scripted show "Cedar Cove."Joshua Blanchard

What else you know him from — Before playing the fictional founder of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast food restaurants in a series of ads this year, Esten had a long career in television and music. In the 1990s, he was best known for being a regular player on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" More recently, he's been a co-star of TV's "Nashville," also contributing original music to the show's soundtracks.Jason Davis

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