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Stars You Forgot Were on Veronica Mars

Take a look back at the biggest names to appear as recurring characters, guest stars and cameos on the series

Julia Lechner
Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars
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Do you remember all these celebs on Veronica Mars?

In honor of Hulu's Veronica Mars revival starring Kristen Bell as the titular sleuth, we're looking back on the biggest names to ever appear on the show.

Most were guest stars (Adam Scott) while a few had recurring roles (Amanda Seyfried). Some were already established stars (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) while others were destined for Marvel-level fame (Tessa Thompson).

See who popped onto the series...

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Amanda Seyfried

Mean Girls star Amanda Seyfried played Lilly Kane, Veronica's dead BFF whose murder changed Veronica's life forever.

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Aaron Paul

Before Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul made a brief appearance in a Season 1 episode of Veronica Mars as a murder suspect nicknamed the Worm.

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Paul Rudd

Season 3 featured a guest appearance by Ant-Manactor Paul Rudd as washed-up rock star Desmond Fellows. And when his backup tapes go missing ahead of a crucial gig, Veronica is put on the case.

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Max Greenfield

Before New Girl, fans fell for Max Greenfield as cute deputy Leo D'Amato, who briefly dated Veronica in Season 1. Greenfield reprised the role in the film and the Hulu miniseries.

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Charisma Carpenter

Veronica Mars fans know Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Charisma Carpenter for her portrayal of Kendall Casablancas in Season 2. She was the gold-digging trophy wife of Richard Casablancas and stepmother to Dick and Cassidy Casablancas. She also briefly had an affair with Logan.

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Adam Scott

Ben Wyatt, is that you? Parks and Recreation and Big Little Liesactor Adam Scott played a world history teacher, Mr. Rooks, accused of sleeping with a student in a Season 1 episode of Veronica Mars.

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Leighton Meester

Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester was also a gossip on Veronica Mars. She appeared in two episodes as Carrie Bishop, an 09er known for spreading rumors and the student with whom Mr. Rooks was accused of sleeping. Meester was later replaced by actress Andrea Estella in the film, which focused on the mystery of who killed Carrie.

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Tessa Thompson

Avengers and Creed star Tessa Thompson played Neptune High student Jackie Cook, daughter of Neptune Sharks baseball legend Terrence Cook, in a dozen episodes in Season 2 of the series. She dated Wallace before she had to return to New York City to take care of her 2-year-old son.

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Alyson Hannigan

How I Met Your Mother and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Alyson Hannigan has three episodes of Veronica Mars under her belt as Logan's sister, Trina Echolls.

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Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer is known for his work in The Social Networkand Call Me by Your Name, but do you remember his role in Veronica Mars Season 3? Hammer portrayed a football player, Kurt Fenstermacher, who needed help retrieving his stolen playbook.

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Michael Cera

Two Arrested Development stars, Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat, dropped by in a Season 2 episode that saw Veronica first visit Hearst College. Cera played Dean, a college student and campus tour guide.

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Alia Shawkat

Alia Shawkat's storyline in the Season 2 episode was much heavier than Cera's. Her character, Stacy, was the victim of an on-campus serial rapist who shaved Stacy's head after assaulting her.

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Jessica Chastain

You can catch Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain delivering an emotional performance as Sarah, Veronica's pregnant neighbor with a sad past, in a Season 1 episode.

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Paris Hilton

Simple Life star Paris Hilton appeared in a Season 1 episode as Logan's snobby, cheating girlfriend, Caitlin Ford, who committed credit card fraud.

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Krysten Ritter

Forget Jessica Jones! Veronica Mars fans know Krysten Ritter as Gia Goodman, a classmate of Veronica's who popped up in numerous episodes of the show and met her (spoiler alert!) untimely demise in the Veronica Mars movie.

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Joss Whedon

The Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayercreator Joss Whedon can be spotted in a Season 2 episode as a rental car agent.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith, the actor and director known for movies like Clerks and Mallrats, made a guest appearance in Season 2 as a store clerk and key witness in the bus crash investigation.

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Kristin Cavallari

Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari made her scripted debut as Kylie Marker, a lesbian cheerleader who extorted another queer student into coming out in a Season 2 episode.

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Home Improvement's Jonathan Taylor Thomas went bad in a Season 1 episode as a federal agent attempting to frame a student for bomb threats.

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Matt Czuchry

Fans know Matt Czuchry from Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife, but do you remember his guest-starring role in a Season 3 episode of Veronica Mars as a reporter pretending to be Logan's half-brother?

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Melissa Leo

Before winning the Academy Award forThe Fighter, Melissa Leo guest-starred in a Season 1 episode as a transgender parent of one of Veronica's classmates.

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Rider Strong

Rider Strong, aka Shawn from Boy Meets World, appeared in a Season 3 episode as a mean guard in a mock Stanford Prison study.

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Ed Begley Jr.

Prolific actor Ed Begley Jr. is featured in six episodes of Season 3 as Cyrus O'Dell, the dean of Hearst College whose murder Veronica was tasked with solving.

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Anthony Anderson

Before he became the star of ABC's black-ish, Anthony Anderson appeared as Percy "Bone" Hamilton, a rap mogul who taps the Mars Investigations team to find his missing daughter.

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Jane Lynch

Ever the MVP of any show's guest star roster, Jane Lynch appeared in an early episode of the series as Mrs. Donaldson, the Neptune High faculty member who resists Veronica's request to have the school's election results recounted.

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Dianna Agron

A Hearst College student in Season 3, Glee actress Dianna Agron can be spotted in the recurring role of Jenny Budosh in multiple episodes of the show.

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J.D. Pardo

Mayans M.C. star JD Pardo can be spotted as Rick, a student making fake IDs, in a Season 1 episode.

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Joey Lauren Adams

Chasing Amy actress Joey Lauren Adams portrayed a new journalism teacher in one episode of Veronica Mars. Alas, her character gets fired by the end of the episode for standing by a front-page story.

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Jonathan Bennett

You know Jonathan Bennett from his role as Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls, but Bennett also plays 09er Casey Gant in two episodes of Veronica Mars. His character is involved in a cult!

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Kayla Ewell

As 09er Angie Dahl, Kayla Ewell is a sassy, smirking classmate of Veronica's who pays off doctors to diagnose her with an anxiety disorder. Ewell is known for her work on The Bold and the Beautiful, Freaks and Geeks, and The Vampire Diaries.

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Kyla Pratt

Kyla Pratt has plenty of credits to her name, and the list includes a Season 1 appearance as a Neptune High student who falls victim to a scam.

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Lucy Lawless

Hold up, Xena: Warrior Princess has been on our favorite UPN/CW series? That's right: Actress Lucy Lawless makes a guest appearance as FBI Agent Morris in a Season 2 episode of Veronica Mars.

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Monique Coleman

High School Musical actress Monique Coleman has a small role in a Season 1 episode as a girl who offers guidance to Veronica on how to find her missing friend.

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Rachelle Lefevre

Do you recognize Victoria Sutherland without her fangs? The Twilight vampire is a sorority girl in a Season 3 episode of Veronica Mars.

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Sam Huntington

Before he hit the big screen as Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns, Sam Huntington could be seen as 09er Luke Haldeman in two episodes of Season 1 of the Kristen Bell-led series.

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Theo Rossi

Theo Rossi played troubled teen Norris Clayton, who is framed in a bomb plot, but you probably know him for his role as Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz on FX's Sons of Anarchy.

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Zachery Ty Bryan

Home Improvement cutie Zachary Ty Bryan pops up in two episodes of the series as Caz Truman, an 09er and basketball player at Neptune High.