When you’re trying to break into Hollywood or network TV, every bit of experience and exposure is crucial, and you jump at every opportunity. So maybe you get a chance to play on a TV game show, and you jump on it. Thirty years later, when you’re a big star, someone will pull that old embarrassing clip out of the archives and show us all. Even if there is no surviving clip, we want to hear the story behind that episode. Especially whether they won!
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Check out Arnold’s Dating Game segment at YouTube. There’s also a clip from Stephen Fry’s University Challenge appearance here. When you include talent shows and modern reality-competition shows, the list can get pretty long. Read about 15 stars who had early game show appearances on their resumes at Cracked.