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19 Celebrities Who Started As Extras

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In 1971, Sylvester Stallone was an extra in the Woody Allen comedy
In 1971, Sylvester Stallone was an extra in the Woody Allen comedy "Bananas."

Although it isn't a written rule, an "extra" -- a background player in a movie or TV show -- usually has no spoken lines.

If a line, or a few lines, are spoken, the person is often referred to as a "bit player" instead of an extra. (If a major star or a "known" actor is an extra in a movie, their non-speaking appearance is called a "cameo.")

Many famous people such as Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt and Marilyn Monroe made one or more appearances as movie extras before they went on to bigger and better things.

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