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29 Notable “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Guest Stars

Think you spy a familiar face lurking in the background of a “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” episode? That’s probably because you do. More than a few future stars grace the Buffyverse.

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6. Julie Benz

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Cast as Darla, the first vampire to appear on "BTVS" in "Welcome to the Hellmouth," Benz became a recurring guest star on "Angel," and has been a regular on "Dexter," "No Ordinary Family," and "Defiance."

17. John Hawkes

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Custodian and unwilling ghost whisperer George in "Only Have Eyes for You" (Season 2, Episode 19), John Hawkes is better known for roles in "Perfect Storm," "Winter’s Bone," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Contagion," "The Sessions," "Lincoln," and "Deadwood."

18. Bianca Lawson

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Activated after Buffy died in "Prophecy Girl," Kendra the Vampire Slayer was played by Bianca Lawson, later star of "Save the Last Dance," "Pretty Little Liars," "Dawson’s Creek," "Vampire Diaries," and "Teen Wolf."

21. Kal Penn

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Cast as obnoxious college student Hunt in "Beer Bad" (Season 4, Episode 5), Penn continued on to "House," the "Harold and Kumar" movies, "24," "How I Met Your Mother," and as Associate Director of the Obama Administration's White House Office of Public Engagement.

23. John Ritter

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Joyce's evil robot beau "Ted" (Season 2, Episode 11) was played by the late veteran actor John Ritter, star of "Three's Company, "Slingblade," Bad Santa," and "8 Simple Rules."

24. Robin Sachs

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Cast as Giles' turncoat pal Ethan Rayne in seasons 2-4 (and who also appears in the canonical graphic novels), the late Sachs also appeared in "Torchwood," "Resident Evil," "Babylon 5," and "Lost World."

25. Vincent Andrew Schiavelli

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High"'s creepy science teacher Mr. Vargas was also Jenny Calendar's Uncle Enyos Kalderdadh in Season 2's "Surprise" and "Innocence."

27. Danny Strong

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Strong played affable geek Jonathan Levinson in all seven seasons of "Buffy," and has since become an award-winning screenwriter, inking scripts for "Game Change," "The Butler," and the third Hunger Games installment "Mockingjay."

28. D. B. Woodside

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Woodside played Robin Wood, son of Slayer Nikki Wood, enemy of Spike, and the last principal of Sunnydale High, and has also starred in "24," "Parenthood," "the Practice," "Single Ladies," and "Once and Again."

29. Harris Yulin

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The late Harris Yulin enjoyed a distinguished 40-year acting career, and is best remembered by "Buffy" fans as Quentin Travers, head of the Watchers' Council and Buffy's uneasy ally.

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