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<p class="mt-05e mb-15e ta-right c-ccc">Published by Dan on Sep 1, 2015</p>
<h1 class="center of-yh mb-0"><a href="/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni.html">Gilmore Girls Alumni</a></h1>
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<p><img class="full-width" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/cast-e3222261d1e69b9994779681f2552798.jpg" alt="Cast"></p>
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<p class="alert bg-white"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238784/">Gilmore Girls</a> was an early stop for many who later found notoriety in more visible roles. Below lists actors with more than one appearance, which excludes the quick appearances of Mad Men’s <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0358316/">Jon Hamm</a> and New Girl’s <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0339011/">Max Greenfield</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0565250/">Melissa McCarthy</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1608180/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/mike-and-molly-f47848ca6e7b3b870f51768ead5b4ed2.jpg" alt="Mike and molly"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3079380/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/spy-04e9120e818ea7117c3dc840c3ea6469.jpg" alt="Spy"></a></p>
<p><strong>153 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Appearing in all but one episode of the Gilmore Girls, Melissa went on to win an Emmy in 2011 for <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1608180/">Mike & Molly</a> and was <a href="http://www.etonline.com/news/170344_jennifer_lawrence_scarlett_johansson_melissa_mccarthy_top_world_highest_paid_actresses_list/">the third highest paid actress of 2015</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0565250/">Jared Padalecki</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460681/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/supernatural-f38cb9100b11de3809d0eab6480a0dd3.jpg" alt="Supernatural"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758746/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/friday-the-13th-38f898ca5bff9f9f61e28aa6bb86d8fd.jpg" alt="Friday the 13th"></a></p>
<p><strong>63 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Rory's first boyfriend left the show to star in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460681/">Supernatural</a> which is entering its 11th season as well as the lead role in 2009's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758746/">Friday the 13th</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0194516/">Matt Czuchry</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442462/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/the-good-wife-5fbef40e967fb01a07876e2be57791da.jpg" alt="The good wife"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220628/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/i-hope-they-serve-beer-in-hell-b563c001f02ec609ee0c5b6f2d5a0bcd.jpg" alt="I hope they serve beer in hell"></a></p>
<p><strong>59 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>After playing Logan Huntzberger, Matt starred in the raunchy comedy <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220628/">I Hope They Server Beer in Hell</a> before landing a starring role in CBS's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442462/">The Good Wife</a> which is in its 7th season.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0523067/">Todd Lowe</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844441/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/true-blood-94a4fd81971acfa29c8550382633d513.jpg" alt="True blood"></a></p>
<p><strong>42 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Lane's bandmate and eventual husband went south to Louisiana to play Sookie's co-worker and friend in 66 of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844441/">True Blood's</a> 80 episodes.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0893257/">Milo Ventimiglia</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0813715/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/heroes-3efeae352ae0684090769b698b5b6cec.jpg" alt="Heroes"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479143/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/rocky-balboa-2ebd83940f532f185ad9275a05805d3f.jpg" alt="Rocky balboa"></a></p>
<p><strong>37 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Luke's moody nephew went on to star in the hugely popular <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0813715/">Heroes</a> and Sylvester Stallone's son in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479143/">Rocky Balboa</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1404825/">Vanessa Marano</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758772/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/switched-at-birth-33ba4768a1208b276fb4b94fff0a3d79.jpg" alt="Switched at birth"></a></p>
<p><strong>13 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Luke's daughter currently stars in ABC Family's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758772/">Switched at Birth</a> appearing in all 85 episodes.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0614877/">Chad Michael Murray</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368530/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/one-tree-hill-6c3ff0828d4433eb13bb203b3049b032.jpg" alt="One tree hill"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0356470/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/a-cinderella-story-8256214cc9a48a2d416a3cbcb64e34e1.jpg" alt="A cinderella story"></a></p>
<p><strong>11 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Chad abruptly left Gilmore Girls when he received the lead role in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368530/">One Tree Hill</a> lasting 9 seasons.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0111013/">Adam Brody</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362359/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/the-oc-cc926abd2e0f65b713a02dbec405d7ed.jpg" alt="The oc"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0356910/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/mr-and-mrs-smith-d48871053d851dc6700ae1176d910ada.jpg" alt="Mr and mrs smith"></a></p>
<p><strong>9 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Lane's love interest also left after receiving a starring role in another TV show: <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362359/">The OC</a> which aired 92 episodes.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0444223/">Arielle Kebbel</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2891574/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/ballers-69105fff9ffdd303c401a44e062a3522.jpg" alt="Ballers"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0815245/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/the-uninvited-9654e13476d800e847d1139bb43707b3.jpg" alt="The uninvited"></a></p>
<p><strong>9 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Dean's rebound and eventual wife went on to star in several movies including <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455967/">John Tucker Must Die</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0815245/">The Uninvited</a> before starring as The Rock's girlfriend in HBO's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2891574/">Ballers</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1269983/">Krysten Ritter</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903747/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/breaking-bad-553582e188d7aa3c3ee8285f1badb4ef.jpg" alt="Breaking bad"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1819509/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/dont-trust-the-b-in-apartment-23-54a0922336ec9f52e6bffe79b80dd85c.jpg" alt="Dont trust the b in apartment 23"></a></p>
<p><strong>8 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>After leaving Yale and the Gilmore Girls, Krysten become Jesse Pinkman's girlfriend on <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903747/">Breaking Bad</a> before landing the starring role in ABC's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1819509/">Don't Trust the B in Apt 23</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1641251/">Riki Lindhome</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2276413/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/garfunkel-and-oates-20120fa1a1fa08d557dd3735135df674.jpg" alt="Garfunkel and oates"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3593432/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/another-period-8bb85ed73063181bbc1ed2015a3e5f14.jpg" alt="Another period"></a></p>
<p><strong>5 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Playing a classmate of Rory's at Yale, Riki went to co-create and star in IFC's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2276413/">Garfunkel & Oates</a> and Comedy Central's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3593432/">Another Period</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2209821/">Danny Pudi</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1439629/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/community-023971e0c38de1feb4a5290172e04abc.jpg" alt="Community"></a></p>
<p><strong>4 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Three years after working in the newsroom at Yale with Rory, Danny was casted as Abed in NBC's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1439629/">Community</a>, recently revived by Yahoo! Screen.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0121605/">Billy Burke</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1099212/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/twilight-7db02c75a496f34c031779a9df5f1a03.jpg" alt="Twilight"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2070791/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/revolution-eb43d302a5702e959664db9104abaead.jpg" alt="Revolution"></a></p>
<p><strong>3 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Playing Lorelai's love interest, Billy later starred as Bella's dad in the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1099212/">Twilight Series</a> and won the lead role in NBC's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2070791/">Revolution</a> and CBS's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3250026/">Zoo</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0644406/">Nick Offerman</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1266020/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/parks-and-recreation-3b0f230586674f021000e85423bdb920.jpg" alt="Parks and recreation"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790886/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/the-campaign-92175e8347fb2e1926b2946253e391d2.jpg" alt="The campaign"></a></p>
<p><strong>2 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Four years before being cast as Ron Swanson in NBC's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1266020/">Parks and Recreation</a>, Nick played Sookie's lazy brother-in-law.</p>
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<h2 id="directors" class="mt-1e center">Directors</h2>
<p class="alert bg-white">TV is more an actors or writers medium than directors who tend to work on an episode here and there. Though of the 12 people that directed 5+ episodes, half went on to bigger roles in shows highlighting strong females and family-oriented content.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0044803/">Jamie Babbit</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1280822/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/drop-dead-diva-368bb3299a84804fe9e53c5ab5c5e4e8.jpg" alt="Drop dead diva"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2786956/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/married-e60d6137582302a4abbc05196f971009.jpg" alt="Married"></a></p>
<p><strong>18 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Jamie went on to direct 9 episodes of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1280822/">Drop Dead Diva</a> and co-executive produce/direct FX's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2786956/">Married</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0155117/">Lee Shallat Chemel</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442464/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/the-middle-5b3df2559b5d8149e46c3eb29039247f.jpg" alt="The middle"></a></p>
<p><strong>13 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Lee has directed an amazing 52 of 144 episodes of ABC's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442464/">The Middle</a>, a sweet family sitcom.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0650905/">Kenny Ortega</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475293/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/high-school-musical-2b93142caa4740c0b6fadc212f822579.jpg" alt="High school musical"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810900/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/high-school-musical-2-7167cd2e10665fd2b3b7227b44a29642.jpg" alt="High school musical 2"></a></p>
<p><strong>12 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Kenny is now a Disney Channel favorite, directing <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475293/">High School Musical</a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810900/">High School Musical 2</a>, and the recently aired <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3440298/">The Descendants</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0657763/">Daniel Palladino</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182576/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/family-guy-ed2b82f925b26624c7c3073ae57360fd.jpg" alt="Family guy"></a></p>
<p><strong>6 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Husband to Gilmore Girls' creator <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792371/">Amy Sherman-Palladino</a>, Daniel is one of many connections to <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182576/">Family Guy</a> including Seth McFarland's guest appearance at Lorelei's graduation.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0322128/">Lesli Linka Glatter</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200276/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/the-west-wing-51651d7ca089032654070b6d46e792c7.jpg" alt="The west wing"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1796960/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/homeland-d633fa6db547cb928a69d07c992a4baa.jpg" alt="Homeland"></a></p>
<p><strong>5 episodes</strong></p>
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<p>Directing Gilmore Girls' pilot along with several more early episodes, Lesli then directed 8 episodes of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200276/">The West Wing</a>, 6 episodes of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804503/">Mad Men</a>, and 12 episodes of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1796960/">Homeland</a>.</p>
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<h3><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0541562/">Gail Mancuso</a></h3>
<p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442437/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/modern-family-120511ca68676da87b44c148afb6cd7d.jpg" alt="Modern family"></a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285403/"><img class="b-ccc" src="/assets/entertainment/gilmore-girl-alumni/scrubs-51a4149f71b316a0dc9712a80b957943.jpg" alt="Scrubs"></a></p>
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<p>Also directing several early episodes, Gail began directing episodes of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285403/">Scrubs</a> (9 episodes), <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0496424/">30 Rock</a> (8 episodes) before winning two Emmys while directing 19 episodes of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442437/">Modern Family</a>.</p>
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