Gilmore Girls 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 Jon Hamm and New Girl’s Max Greenfield.
Rory's first boyfriend left the show to star in Supernatural which is entering its 11th season as well as the lead role in 2009's Friday the 13th.
Lane's bandmate and eventual husband went south to Louisiana to play Sookie's co-worker and friend in 66 of True Blood's 80 episodes.
Luke's moody nephew went on to star in the hugely popular Heroes and Sylvester Stallone's son in Rocky Balboa.
Luke's daughter currently stars in ABC Family's Switched at Birth appearing in all 85 episodes.
Chad abruptly left Gilmore Girls when he received the lead role in One Tree Hill lasting 9 seasons.
Lane's love interest also left after receiving a starring role in another TV show: The OC which aired 92 episodes.
Three years after working in the newsroom at Yale with Rory, Danny was casted as Abed in NBC's Community, recently revived by Yahoo! Screen.
Playing Lorelai's love interest, Billy later starred as Bella's dad in the Twilight Series and won the lead role in NBC's Revolution and CBS's Zoo.
Four years before being cast as Ron Swanson in NBC's Parks and Recreation, Nick played Sookie's lazy brother-in-law.
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.
Lee has directed an amazing 52 of 144 episodes of ABC's The Middle, a sweet family sitcom.
Husband to Gilmore Girls' creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel is one of many connections to Family Guy including Seth McFarland's guest appearance at Lorelei's graduation.
Directing Gilmore Girls' pilot along with several more early episodes, Lesli then directed 8 episodes of The West Wing, 6 episodes of Mad Men, and 12 episodes of Homeland.
Also directing several early episodes, Gail began directing episodes of Scrubs (9 episodes), 30 Rock (8 episodes) before winning two Emmys while directing 19 episodes of Modern Family.
Gilmore Girls’ format didn’t lend itself to easily introducing new characters like Seinfeld, 7th Heaven, or Friday Night Lights, making this list even more impressive. I regularly recognize faces in movies and shows only to find out they honed their acting chops in the fast-paced dialogue of Stars Hollow.