The 30 Greatest “Arrested Development” Guest Stars

The Bluths have had well over 70 guest stars in their time — but 30 of them are clearly superior. Can you guess who’s number one?

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30. Andy Richter

Know what’s better than one Andy Richter? Five of ‘em. And he earned his spot because he played a set of identical quintuplets. One of whom was named “Chareth.”

Character name: Donnie Richter, Chareth Richter, Rocky Richter-Wang, Emmett Richter, and himself
Number of episodes so far: 2
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 7, “Switch Hitter”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 9, “S.O.B.s”

29. Dave Thomas

What does an Uncle Trevor consist of? Glad you asked! A dash of British charm, a pinch of secret spy gear, and a whole lot of making sure Rita doesn’t get into trouble.

Character name: Uncle Trevor
Number of episodes so far: 5
First seen in: Season 3, Episode 2, “For British Eyes Only”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 6, “The Ocean Walker”

28. Mo Collins

Off the record: Starla totally banged Quincy Jones. IT’S ALL TRUE.
As a second off the record: Starla also probably banged Gob.

Character name: Starla
Number of episodes so far: 5
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 2, “The One Where They Build a House”
Most recently seen in: Season 2, Episode 15, “Sword of Destiny”

27. Bob Einstein

Just because George Bluth’s in prison doesn’t mean he’s not watching everything and everyone. Especially since he got Larry to be his surrogate eyes and ears. He’s probably watching me type this right now… (!!!)

Character name: Larry
Number of episodes so far: 5
First seen in: Season 3, Episode 3, “Forget Me Now”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 9, “S.O.B.s”

26. Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons selling a cornballer in short shorts leaves a mark. As does the cornballer.

Character name: Himself
Number of episodes so far: 1
First and most recently seen in: Season 2, Episode 2, “The One Where They Build a House”

25. Zach Braff

In what was arguably one of the most pivotal reveals of the series, Tobias is not alone in his never-nude status. He’s got a pal in Girls with Low Self-Esteem creator Phillip Litt.

Character name: Phillip Litt
Number of episodes so far: 2
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 17, “Spring Breakout”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 9, “S.O.B.s”

24. B.W. Gonzalez

Lupe made the cut, if only because she’s cleaned up Lucille’s vodka spills for years.

Character name: Lupe
Number of episodes so far: 11
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 5, “Charity Drive”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 2, “For British Eyes Only”

23. Jeff Garlin

Hey, you can’t blame a skeezy Hollywood exec for trying, right?

Character name: Mort Meyers
Number of episodes so far: 7
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 7, “Switch Hitter”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 13, “Development Arrested”

22. John Beard

Because there’s no better way to find out that your lucrative banana stand business has gone up in flames than seeing it on the news.

Character name: Himself
Number of episodes so far: 15
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 9, “S.O.B.s”

21. Ian Roberts

Fun fact: If you go into the hospital and meet The Literal Doctor, you best not be covered in blue paint. Because it will look like you’ve turned blue from lack of oxygen. And he will tell your family you’re dead, even if you aren’t.

Character name: The Literal Doctor
Number of episodes so far: 4
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 22, “Let ‘Em Eat Cake”
Most recently seen in: Season 2, Episode 15, “Sword of Destiny”

20. Charlize Theron

Is everyone ready for lie-down kisses?! We know Rita is…

Character name: Rita Leeds
Number of episodes so far: 5
First seen in: Season 3, Episode 2, “For British Eyes Only”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 6, “The Ocean Walker”

19. Scott Baio

Try to say Bob Loblaw 10 times fast and you’ll actually see heaven.

Character name: Bob Loblaw
Number of episodes so far: 4
First seen in: Season 3, Episode 3, “Forget Me Now”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 8, “Making a Stand”

18. John Michael Higgins

Wayne’s adjective to describe himself is “professional,” but I’d venture to say he’s also “fantastic.” Especially when it comes to invoking the Patriot Act during trial.

Character name: Wayne Jarvis
Number of episodes so far: 5
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 7, “In God We Trust”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 12, “Exit Strategy”

17. Ed Begley Jr.

If you’ve ever had your fake eyebrows fall into a bowl of candy beans, then you definitely understand Stan Sitwell.

Character name: Stan Sitwell
Number of episodes so far: 5
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 7, “Switch Hitter”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 13, “Development Arrested”

16. Ben Stiller

Tony lost a nut because he kept a hungry dove in his pants. That’s commitment, and that also earned him a spot.

Character name: Tony Wonder
Number of episodes so far: 2
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 15, “Sword of Destiny”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 9, “S.O.B.s”

15. Martin Short

Just when you thought your uncle was the creepiest, along came Jack — and his handler, Dragon. Just try not to shake him too hard, otherwise he might barf on you.

Character name: Uncle Jack
Number of episodes so far: 1
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 10, “Ready, Aim, Marry Me”
Most recently seen in:

14. Franklin Delano Bluth

Every family has their own racially insensitive and morally reprehensible hand puppet…right?

Character name: Himself
Number of episodes so far: 7
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 16, “Meat the Veals”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 11, “Family Ties”

13. Patricia Velasquez

My love of Marta is one of El Amor Prohibido. That’s Spanish for brother, or something.

Character name: Marta Estrella
Number of episodes so far: 5
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 7, “In God We Trust”
Most recently seen in: Season 1, Episode 13, “Beef Consomme”

12. Martin Mull

This private investigator has gone undercover as a janitor, fireman, balloon-wielding bear, doctor, and a Mexican. Is there nothing he can’t do?! (The answer is “no,” btw.)

Character name: Gene Parmesan
Number of episodes so far: 3
First seen in: Season 2, Episode 3, “Amigos”
Most recently seen in: Season 2, Episode 12, “Hand to God”

11. Steve Ryan

Thanks to this one armed teacher of lessons, I always leave notes, don’t yell, and make sure to close the door if the air conditioner is on. Oh, and I also don’t use people with prosthetics to teach lessons.

Character name: J. Walter Weatherman
Number of episodes so far: 2
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 2, “Pier Pressure”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 8, “Making a Stand”

10. Justin Grant Wade

STEVE HOLT! Hey, remember how he’s Gob’s son, and Maeby’s cousin? So, like, two cousins have kissed Maeby? Yeah…Les Cousins Dangereux!

Character name: Steve Holt
Number of episodes so far: 10
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 3, “Bringing Up Buster”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 8, “Making a Stand”

9. Jane Lynch

Who can forget this government agent–turned–tweaking victim? That’s one mighty redwood of a whore.

Character name: Cindi Lightballoon
Number of episodes so far: 2
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 14, “Shock and Aww”
Most recently seen in: Season 1, Episode 16, “Altar Egos”

8. Carl Weathers

If not for Carl Weathers, Tobias wouldn’t have someone to not teach him how to be an actor, and I’d be throwing out leftover chicken bones.

Character name: Carl Weathers
Number of episodes so far: 3
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 11, “Public Relations”
Most recently seen in: Season 2, Episode 13, “Motherboy XXX”

7. Amy Poehler

Gob may not know his wife’s name, and neither do I, but she’s a damn fine — wait, what does she do for a living again? Sells seals? Well, why didn’t anyone tell me that?!

Character name: Wife of Gob
Number of episodes so far: 5
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 16, “Altar Egos”
Most recently seen in: Season 2, Episode 13, “Motherboy XXX”

6. Justin Lee

Annyong!

Character name: Annyong Bluth
Number of episodes so far: 11
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 14, “Shock and Aww”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 13, “Development Arrested”

5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Maggie Lizer. As in “Maggie lies her ass off.”

Character name: Maggie Lizer
Number of episodes so far: 4
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 16, “Altar Egos”
Most recently seen in: Season 2, Episode 11, “Out on a Limb”

4. Liza Minnelli

Lucille Two will date your son, his brother, and Carl Weathers, and do it all while battling vertigo!

Character name: Lucille Austero
Number of episodes so far: 10
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 4, “Key Decisions”
Most recently seen in: Season 2, Episode 10, “Ready, Aim, Marry Me”

3. Judy Greer

Don’t look now, but Kitty’s about to flash you her ta-tas so you can say good-bye to ‘em!

Character name: Kitty Sanchez
Number of episodes so far: 9
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 5, “Charity Drive”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 1, “The Cabin Show”

2. Henry Winkler

We don’t know much about Barry’s personal life, other than his love of prison and silly men who dress like women. But, then again, do you really want to know about it?

Character name: Barry Zuckerkorn
Number of episodes so far: 15
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 7, “In God We Trust”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 1, “The Cabin Show”

1. Mae Whitman

Her? Yes, her. Really. It’s Plain Egg Annhog for the win.

Character name: Ann Veal
Number of episodes so far: 13
First seen in: Season 1, Episode 22, “Let ‘Em Eat Cake”
Most recently seen in: Season 3, Episode 13, “Development Arrested”

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