52 celebrities you probably forgot were on 'Veronica Mars'

Alberto E. Rodriguez / Christopher Polk / Frazer Harrison / GettyTessa Thompson, Paul Rudd, and Leighton Meester all appeared on ‘Veronica Mars.’
  • “Veronica Mars,” the noir-style drama starring Kristen Bell as a teenage private eye, is returning to screens as a Hulu series in 2019.
  • The original series aired from 2004 to 2007, and was made into a fan-funded movie in 2014.
  • During those years, a number of A-list celebrities made guest appearances and cameos.
  • Tessa Thompson, Paul Rudd, and Leighton Meester are a few of the famous faces to find their way onto the “Veronica Mars” set.

In September 2004, “Veronica Mars” aired on the now defunct WB. Viewers immediately fell in love with the titular character (played by Kristen Bell), a teenage private investigator who uses savvy and smarts to solved crimes throughout her high school as well as her class-divided hometown of Neptune, California.

Though the show aired for only three seasons, it was a favourite among fans. So much so that when creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter to fund a film version, the fans managed to raise the required $US2 million in 12 hours. (In total, the Kickstarter raised $US5.7 million.) So it wasn’t a surprise when Hulu announced it would be creating a “Veronica Mars” mini-series in 2019.

Throughout the show’s three season (and a movie) run, many celebrities made appearances on the noir drama.

From Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Chastain to A-listers like Tessa Thompson and Paul Rudd, here are all the celebrities you probably forgot appeared on “Veronica Mars.”


“Mamma Mia” star Amanda Seyfried was crucial to the first season’s storyline.

Warner Bros. TelevisionSeyfried first appeared on season one, episode one, ‘Pilot.’

Seyfried portrayed Lily Kane, Veronica’s best friend whose murder is the focal point for season one. Veronica spends the entire first season trying to figure out who really murdered Lily. Along the way, other discoveries are made that affect the lives of many people in Neptune.


Aaron Ashmore, of “Smallville,” played one of Veronica’s (very short-term) boyfriends.

Warner Bros. TelevisionAshmore first appeared on season one, episode two, ‘Credit Where Credit’s Due.’

Ashmore took on the role of Troy Vandegraff, a love-interest of Veronica’s who, unbeknownst to her, tried to get her to smuggle steroids from Mexico into the US.

Ashmore appeared on four episodes during the first season, and a fifth on the second.


Hotel heiress and reality star Paris Hilton played a rich classmate with a scandalous secret.

Warner Bros. TelevisionHilton appeared on season one, episode two, ‘Credit Where Credit’s Due.’

The “Simple Life” star portrayed Caitlin Ford, an 09er who was dating Logan Echolls while also seeing a member of the PCH Biker Gang in secret. This side-relationship eventually leads to credit card fraud and Caitlin’s rejection from the elite group for life.


“The Fighter” star Melissa Leo played a transgender woman.

Warner Bros. TelevisionLeo appeared on season one, episode three, ‘Meet John Smith.’

On this episode, Veronica is asked to track down a classmate’s father. She eventually discovers that the father had transitioned into a woman, portrayed by Academy Award-winner Leo.


Kyla Pratt, who starred on “Proud Family” and in “Dr. Dolittle,” played a classmate who enlists Veronica’s spy skills.

Warner Bros. TelevisionPratt appeared on season one, episode four, ‘The Wrath of Con.’

Pratt appeared as Georgia, a Neptune High School student who was conned out of $US6,000. Luckily, Veronica was able to retrieve the money.


“Army Wives” and “Mad Men” alum Harry Hamlin played one of the most hated characters of the series.

Warner Bros. TelevisionHamlin first appeared on season one, episode six, ‘Return of the Kane.’

Hamlin played Aaron Echolls, an action star with a list of horrific behaviours, like cheating on his wife, physically abusing his son, and beating random people. (In one graphic scene, Aaron is seen whipping his daughter’s abusive boyfriend within an inch of his life.)

But his most disgusting action is sleeping with, and then murdering, his son’s underage girlfriend, Lily Kane.

Hamlin’s character appeared on 12 episodes throughout the first and second season, and was killed off on the season two finale.


Lisa Rinna, of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” played the on-screen wife of her real-life husband.

Warner Bros. TelevisionRinna first appeared on season one, episode six, ‘Return of the Kane.’

Rinna shined as Lynn Echolls, the Echolls family matriarch who turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with the behaviour of her abusive and misogynistic husband.

Rinna appeared on two other episodes during the first season, “An Echolls Family Christmas” and “Clash of the Tritons,” the latter of which ended with her character committing suicide.


“Glee” lead Jane Lynch had a small role as a high school teacher.

Warner Bros. TelevisionLynch appeared on season one, episode six, ‘Return of the Kane.’

Lynch portrayed Mrs. Donaldson, a teacher who becomes frustrated when Veronica questions the results of a student body election.


Academy Award-winner Jessica Chastain had a guest role on the first season.

Warner Bros. TelevisionChastain appeared on season one, episode seven, ‘The Girl Next Door.’

The “Zero Dark 30” star played Sarah, a pregnant neighbour who enlists Veronica’s help to recover a stolen journal before going missing. Veronica eventually finds Sarah and the diary, which holds a shocking revelation about the father of Sarah’s child.


“Mean Girls” star Jonathan Bennett returned to high school for his role on “Veronica Mars.”

Warner Bros. TelevisionBennett first appeared on season one, episode nine, ‘Drinking the Kool-Aid.’

Bennet played Casey Gant, a stereotypical 09er who Veronica and her dad are asked to retrieve from the Moon Calf Collective cult. Upon investigating, however, the two discover that the “cult” is not as harmless as everyone believes.

Bennett would later appear again on episode 21, “A Trip to the Dentist.”


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“New Girl” star Max Greenfield made appearances on all three seasons and the movie.

Warner Bros. TelevisionGreenfield first appeared on season one, episode 11, ‘Silence of the Lamb.’

The “New Girl” star had a recurring role as Detective Leo D’Amato, a one-time colleague of Keith Mars and a one-time boyfriend of Veronica.

Greenfield would go on to appear on 10 more episodes throughout the series and reprise his role in the movie. Additionally, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Greenfield will appear on several episodes of the “Veronica Mars” Hulu series.


Before “Breaking Bad,” Aaron Paul made an appearance on “Veronica Mars.”

Warner Bros. TelevisionPaul appeared on season one, episode 11, ‘Silence of the Lamb.’

Paul took on the role of “The Worm,” a man who is wrongfully accused of kidnapping and strangling various young girls throughout Neptune.


“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson showed his skills as a dramatic actor on the first season.

Warner Bros. TelevisionAnderson appeared on season one, episode 13, ‘Lord of the Bling.’

Known for his comedic roles, Anderson played Percy “Bone” Hamilton, a record company owner who enlists Veronica and her dad to help find his missing daughter, Yolanda.


“High School Musical” alum Monique Coleman had a small role on the same episode as Anderson.

Warner Bros.Coleman appeared on season one, episode 13, ‘Lord of the Bling.’

Coleman played Gabrielle Pollard, a friend of Yolanda’s who offers Veronica some guidance for finding the missing girl.


Adam Scott, of “Parks and Rec” fame, strayed from his typical “good guy” roles to play a darker character.

Warner Bros. TelevisionScott appeared on season one, episode 14, ‘Mars vs. Mars.’

The “Big Little Lies” actor portrayed Mr. Rooks, a history teacher who’s accused – and later found guilty – of sexually assaulting a student.


“Gossip Girl” alum Leighton Meester appeared on the same episode as Scott.

Warner Bros. TelevisionMeester first appeared on season one, episode 14, ‘Mars vs. Mars.’

Meester played Carrie Bishop, the student who initially accused Mr. Rook of sexual assault. It was eventually revealed that Carrie was making the accusation on behalf of her friend who was too scared to come forward.

Meester also appeared on episode 21, “A Trip to the Dentist.” Though her character had a major part on the “Veronica Mars” movie, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Meester was unable to reprise her role and was replaced by Andrea Estella.


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Christine Lakin, of “Step by Step” and “Hollywood Darlings,” had a small appearance on the first season.

Warner Bros.Lakin appeared on season one, episode 14, ‘Mars vs. Mars.’

Although she didn’t have as much screen time as Scott and Meester, Lakin appeared in “Mars vs. Mars” as Susan Knight, the student who was actually assaulted by Mr. Rook.


“How I Met Your Mother’s” Alyson Hannigan played Logan’s sister throughout the series.

Warner Bros.Hannigan first appeared on season one, episode 15, ‘Ruskie Business.’

Hannigan made several appearances as Logan’s half-sister Trina. Although she was first seen on the 15th episode, she was mentioned on two prior episodes: “Clash of the Tritons” and “Lord of the Bling.”

Hannigan would go on to appear on two more episodes: one on the first season and one on the second.

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Zachery Ty Bryan, of “Home Improvement” fame, had a small role on two episodes.

Warner Bros. TelevisionBryan first appeared on season one, episode 15, ‘Ruskie Business.’

The ’90s star played Caz Truman, a basketball player who is described as someone who would “flirt with a trash can if it had boobs.”

Bryan also appeared on episode 17, “Kanes and Abel’s.”


“Wet Hot American Summer” star Ken Marino played a rival PI throughout the series.

Warner Bros. TelevisionMarino first appeared on season one, episode 17 ‘Kanes and Abel’s.’

Marino took on the role of Vincent “Vinnie” Van Low, the rivaling private investigator that most viewers loved to hate.

Marino’s character would appear on 10 episodes throughout the series, as well as the movie. It’s unclear if he will appear on the Hulu series but, let’s be honest, the show wouldn’t be the same without Van Low’s questionable morals and clever one-liners.


Another “Home Improvement” alum, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, had a small role on the first season.

Warner Bros. TelevisionThomas appeared on season one, episode 18, ‘Weapons of Class Destruction.’

The ’90s heartthrob returned to TV screens when he was cast as Ben, an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who goes undercover at Neptune High School to investigate a string on bomb threats.

Sadly, he never got to appear alongside his on-screen brother, Bryan.


“Sons of Anarchy” star Theo Rossi appeared on the same episode as Thomas.

Warner Bros.Rossi appeared on season one, episode 18, ‘Weapons of Class Destruction.’

The actor took on the role of Norris, a student who’s accused of developing plans to plant a bomb in the school.


Michael McMillian, who’s appeared on “True Blood” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” played a student who framed Norris.

Warner Bros. TelevisionMcMillian appeared on season one, episode 18, ‘Weapons of Class Destruction.’

McMillian played Pete, a classmate who worked with Ben to falsely implicate Norris. His actions, Veronica discovered, were the result of being bullied by Norris in middle school.


Charisma Carpenter, who starred on “Buffy” and “Angel,” played a not-so-standard trophy wife.

Warner Bros. TelevisionCarpenter first appeared on season two, episode one, ‘Normal Is the Watchword.’

Carpenter took on the multi-episode role of Kendall Casablancas, Dick and Cassidy’s stepmom who just so happens to hook up with Logan on the side.

But, as the season progressed, Kendall proved she’s more than a “dumb trophy wife.” In fact, she’s a brilliant con artist working with a notorious crime family.

Carpenter’s character appeared on 11 episodes through the series before being killed off on the season three premiere.


“Creed’s” Tessa Thompson made her television debut as Jackie Cook.

Warner Bros. TelevisionThomspon first appeared on season two, episode one, ‘Normal Is the Watchword.’

Thompson played the daughter of a famous baseball player who makes many waves during her time at Neptune High School. She develops a romantic relationship with Wallace, which frustrates Veronica given Jackie’s manipulative behaviour. Over time, the tension between Veronica and Jackie dissolves and the two become friendly.

Thompson appeared on all 22 episodes of the second season. Her character’s storyline ended when she returned to New York City to raise the son she’d left behind.


“Jessica Jones” star Krysten Ritter played a the ditzy daughter of a mayor.

Warner Bros. TelevisionRitter first appeared on season two, episode one, ‘Normal is the Watchword.’

Ritter has viewers laughing as Gia Goodman, a sweet, and slightly peer. Goodman provided some humorous lines and, unknowingly, played a role in helping Veronica solve a few side-crimes.

Ritter‘s character appeared on eight episodes during the second season, as well as the movie.


Steve Guttenberg, of “Police Academy,” had a pivotal role on the second season storyline.

Warner Bros. TelevisionGuttenberg first appeared on season two, episode one, ‘Normal is the Watchword.’

Known for his comedic roles, Guttenberg switched gears to play the charismatic but sleazy Mayor Woody Goodman. The season revolved around a mysterious bus crash that killed multiple Neptune High Students. As Veronica and Keith dug into the mystery, they eventually discovered that Woody is a serial child molester and many of his victims were killed in the crash.

Guttenberg appeared on eight episodes throughout the series.


Star of “For a Good Time Call…,” Ari Graynor had a minor role on one episode.

Warner Bros. TelevisionGraynor appeared on season two, episode two, ‘Driver Ed.’

The “Sopranos” alum played Jessie Doyle, a Neptune High School student whose father was driving the bus that crashed and lead to the death of several students. Doyle enlisted Veronica’s help to prove that her father didn’t intentionally crash the bus. Veronica was able to prove the man’s innocence but, in the process, discovered he was having an affair.


“Clerks” star Kevin Smith had a quick cameo as, well, a clerk.

Warner Bros. TelevisionSmith appeared on season two, episode two, ‘Driver Ed.’

Smith’s character unknowingly gave Veronica some insight that would help her prove the bus driver didn’t cause the crash.


Cress Williams of “Black Lightning” played Wallace’s long-lost father.

Warner Bros. TelevisionWilliams first appeared on season two, episode three, ‘Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang.’

Williams, whose credits also include “Friday Night Lights,” took on the role of Nathan Woods. At first, viewers believe Nathan is Alicia Fennel’s stalker. But we soon discover that he is, in fact, Wallace’s biological father and is attempting to get close to his son.

Williams appeared on four episodes during the second season.


“Buffy” creator Joss Whedon had a minor cameo.

Warner Bros. TelevisionWhedon appeared on season two, episode six, ‘Rat Saw God.’

The director made a brief cameo as Douglas, the manager of a car rental service who Veronica tries to manipulate for details regarding a case.


Lucas Grabeel, best known for his role in the “High School Musical” movies, had a small part in two episodes.

Warner Bros.Gabreel first appeared on season two, episode eight, ‘Ahoy, Mateys!’

Gabreel played Kelly Kuzzio, a closeted 09er who would appear on two episodes throughout the series.


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Lucy Lawless, who you may recognise from “Parks and Recreation,” had a small role.

Warner Bros. TelevisionLawless appeared on season two, episode 11, ‘Doughnut Run.’

The “Xena: Warrior Princess” star played FBI Agent Morris who takes over the investigation of Duncan Kane’s disappearance.


“Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” alum Kristin Cavallari played a cheerleader.

Warner Bros. TelevisionCavallari appeared on season two, episode 14, ‘Versatile Toppings.’

The reality star made her scripted series debut as Kylie Marker, a Neptune High School cheerleader who concocts a blackmail scam in an effort to be out with her girlfriend and also make a few bucks on the side.


“Arrested Development” star Michael Cera played a slightly-awkward tour guide.

Warner Bros. TelevisionCera appeared on season 2, episode 16, ‘The Rapes of Graff.’

Cera played Dean Rudolph, a student at Hearst College who happens to be Veronica and Wallace’s tour guide during prospective students day.

But Cera wasn’t the only member of the Bluth family to appear on the show…


Cera’s co-star Alia Shawkat appeared on the same episode, but had a much larger role.

Warner Bros. TelevisionShawkat appeared on season two, episode 16, ‘The Rapes of Graff.’

Shawkat played Stacy Wells, a Hearst student who flirts and hooks up with Veronica’s ex-boyfriend Troy (Ashmore). The morning after the hookup, Stacy wakes up to find her hair has been shaved off and that she’s been raped. She accuses Troy, who then enlists the help of Veronica to clear his name.

Though Veronica is able to prove Troy’s innocence, she’s unable to identify the real rapist. This unsolved mystery reopens during the third season of the show.


“Boy Meets World” alum Rider Strong played a college student on the third season.

Warner Bros. TelevisionStrong appeared on season three, episode two, ‘My Big Fat Greek Rush Week.’

Strong played Rafe, a Hearst student who participates in a Stanford prison experiment-like study alongside Logan and Wallace.


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“Twilight’s” Rachelle Lefèvre played a sorority girl who tries to befriend Veronica.

Warner Bros. TelevisionLefèvre appeared on season three, episode two, ‘My Big Fat Greek Rush Week.’

Lefèvre’s character, Marjorie, is a member of the sorority Veronica is investigating as part of the Hearst College rapes.


Ed Begley Jr., known for roles on “Better Call Saul” and “Arrested Development,” guest-starred on several episodes during the third season.

Warner Bros. TelevisionBegley Jr. first appeared on season three, episode three, ‘Wichita Linebackers.’

The actor played Cyrus O’Dell, the dean of Hearst College and an enemy-turned-ally of Veronica.

Begley Jr.’s character appeared on six episodes of the final season.


Ryan Devlin, who has appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Cougar Town,” played a serial rapist.

Warner Bros. TelevisionDevlin first appeared on season three, episode three, ‘Wichita Linebackers.’

The former “Are You the One?” host played Mercer Hayes. Viewers are first introduced to Mercer as Logan’s charming friend who hosts a radio show and an underground casino. Throughout the series, however, it is revealed that Mercer has drugged and raped a string of female Hearst students. Upon discovering that Veronica knows his identity, Mercer tries to murder her.

Devlin appeared on five episodes of the show.


“Call Me by Your Name” star Armie Hammer played a jock.

Warner Bros. TelevisionHammer appeared on season three, episode three, ‘Wichita Linebackers.’

Hammer’s character enlists Veronica’s help to find a missing playbook.


“Gilmore Girls” alum Matt Czuchry played Logan’s brother… or so we thought.

Warner Bros. TelevisionCzuchry appeared on season three, episode four, ‘Charlie Don’t Surf.’

Czuchry played Norman Phipps, a reporter who poses as Logan’s half-brother in order to get a scoop on a story.


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“The Blacklist’s” Ryan Eggold played Logan’s brother, for real.

Warner Bros. TelevisionEggold appeared on season three, episode four, ‘Charlie Don’t Surf.’

Eggold played Charlie Stone, Logan’s actual half-brother.


Laura San Giacomo reunited with her “Just Shoot Me” co-star during her run on “Veronica Mars.”

Warner Bros. TelevisionSan Giacomo first appeared on season three, episode four, ‘Charlie Don’t Surf.’

San Giacomo had a three-episode arc as Harmony Chase, a woman who hires Keith to prove her husband is cheating and falls in love with the PI in the process.


“Glee’s” Dianna Agron played a student trying to pull a con at Hearst.

Warner Bros. TelevisionAgron first appeared on season three, episode five, ‘President Evil.’

Agron took on the role of Jenny Budosh, a trust fund baby whose plan to cheat Hearst out of thousands in a campus card scam backfires.

Agron appeared on two other episodes during the season.


Charles Shaughnessy of “The Nanny” played a lying, cheating husband.

Warner Bros.Shaughnessy appeared on season three, episode eight, ‘Lord of the Pi’s.’

Shaughnessy played Budd Rose, the husband of a Hearst benefactor who is caught having an affair and blackmailing his wife in the process.


“Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd played a washed up musician.

Warner Bros. TelevisionRudd appeared on season three, episode 17, ‘Debasement Tapes.’

Rudd made a cameo as Desmond Fellows, a former rock star who is trying to make a comeback by touring college campuses.


“True Blood’s” Nelsan Ellis played a Heart student who authored a successful memoir.

Warner Bros. TelevisionEllis appeared on season three, episode 18, ‘I Know What You’ll Do Next Summer.’

Ellis portrayed Apollo Bukenya, a Hearst student who quickly rises to fame by writing a book about his time as a child soldier in Uganda. He enlists Veronica’s help when a man comes forward claiming to be his father.


“Halloween” star Jamie Lee Curtis had a minor role in the movie.

YouTube screencapCurtis appeared in the ‘Veronica Mars’ movie.

The iconic actress had a small role as Gayle Buckley, a lawyer at the firm Veronica is hoping to work for.


“Stand by Me” star Jerry O’Connell became the Neptune sheriff in the film version.

Warner Bros. TelevisionO’Connell appeared in the ‘Veronica Mars’ movie.

O’Connell took on the role of Sheriff Daniel Lamb, the brother of deceased Sheriff Don Lamb. Like Don, Daniel is just as slimy and has just as many issues with the Mars family.

It is not yet confirmed if O’Connell will appear in the Hulu series, but give what we know about the show, there is a good chance.


“Parenthood” alum Dax Shepard showed off his moves in the movie.

Warner Bros.Shepard appeared in the ‘Veronica Mars’ movie.

Kristen Bell’s husband scored small cameo in the “Veronica Mars” movie as a guy who tries to hit on Veronica as a club with over the top dance moves.


“Silicon Valley’s” Martin Starr had a pivotal role in the “Veronica Mars” movie.

Warner Bros.Starr appeared in the ‘Veronica Mars’ movie.

Starr played Stu “Cobb” Cobbler, a former Neptune High student who was known for dealing drugs. (It’s worth noting this character never appeared or was mentioned on the show’s three-season run.) In the movie, he is invited by Gia Goodman and her friends to attend a boat party, provided he brings supplies. The party ends in the death, which Stu then uses to blackmail the group for several years. We won’t give away too much, but needless to say, Veronica has her eye on him.

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