Actors Who Appear on Both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or "Angel" and on "Seinfeld"

by Miles-10 | created - 27 Aug 2017 | updated - 06 Sep 2017 | Public

Episodes of many series including “Law and Order”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “CSI”, and “The X-Files” have shared actors with each other and also with shows such as “Friends” and “Seinfeld”. For example, consider this tentative list of actors who appear on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or its spin-off, “Angel”, and also on “Seinfeld”.

1. Mark Metcalf

Actor | National Lampoon's Animal House

Mark Metcalf was born on March 11, 1946 in Findlay, Ohio, USA as Mark Howes Metcalf. He is an actor and producer, known for National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and One Crazy Summer (1986). He was previously married to Elizabeth Marie Wick.

Mark Metcalf sets a trend of sorts for some of the actors appearing on both “Seinfeld” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” by being the title character in an episode of “Seinfeld”: In “The Maestro” (and also “The Doll”), Metcalf plays a man named Bob who is so proud of being the conductor of a minor orchestra that he insists on everyone calling him “Maestro” even if they have no connection to his musical life. A coincidence here is that one of the meanings of the word “maestro” is “master”, and Metcalf plays a vampire known only as “the Master” in the very first episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. His background in comedy paid off in winning the role of the first “Big Bad”, or major villain, in the supernatural series. Creator/producer Joss Whedon has said that Metcalf was the only actor auditioning for the role who understood that the Master has one foot in comedy. Given the Master’s heavy makeup, Metcalf is visually difficult to identify in both roles, but just listen to the voice. The Maestro's explanation in the "The Doll" of why he remains pant-less until it is time to go on stage sounds especially sinister if you close your eyes and imagine him as his vampire alter-ego, the Master.

2. Armin Shimerman

Actor | Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Armin Shimerman was born on November 5, 1949 in Lakewood, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), The Hitcher (1986) and BioShock (2007). He has been married to Kitty Swink since May 16, 1981.

Armin Shimerman is “The Caddy”, in an episode of "Seinfeld" in which he plays Stan, the man who gives Kramer advice on and off the golf course—to Kramer’s ultimate legal detriment. In 19 episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” he plays “Principal Snyder”, who is the bane of Buffy’s high school existence.

3. Carlos Jacott

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

Carlos Jacott was born on July 28, 1967 in the USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Being John Malkovich (1999) and Fun with Dick and Jane (2005).

Carlos Jacott is “The Pool Guy”, in an episode in which his character, Ramon, stalks Jerry, a client at the gym where Ramon works. Jerry makes the mistake of rejecting Ramon, who makes Jerry’s life hell. The same character returns to stoke the coals in “The Finale”. On “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” he plays Ken, a demon who stalks lost teens and then pushes them into a “ritual cleansing pool” that is really a portal to an inter-dimensional hell. Ken makes the mistake of bringing Buffy into that other dimension where she promptly raises hell. Jacott also plays a demon, Richard Straley, in an episode of “Angel” entitled “The Bachelor Party”.

4. Danny Strong

Writer | Empire

Danny Strong was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, a little borough south of Los Angeles. He attended the University of Southern California, where he majored in Theater. During his tenure there, he was awarded the James Pendelton Award for Acting and was a finalist for the prestigious Irene Ryan ...

An actor's actor (though he'd probably say that Armin Shimerman is the actor's actor), Danny Strong plays Jonathan, a frustrated geek, in 40 episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". In the "Seinfeld" episode "The Comeback", he also plays a frustrated geek named Victor, although the character's voice is done by Robby Benson.

5. Nancy Lenehan

Actress | Catch Me If You Can

Most recently known for her recurring roles in the television series VEEP (ongoing), HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, MY NAME IS EARL and OLD CHRISTINE, Nancy Lenehan is a Los Angeles based actress who enjoys working in television, film and on stage.

Among her many credits, favorite projects include the films...

On "Seinfeld", Ms. Lenehan plays a charity volunteer in "The Handicap Spot". She is anything but charitable toward Buffy in an episode called "Dead Man's Party". Satisfyingly, after she spends the whole episode making insensitive remarks, she gets hers.

6. Ian Abercrombie

Actor | Army of Darkness

Ian Abercrombie began his theatrical career as a lad during the Blitz in World War II. After his footwork years during which he earned Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in dance for the stage, he performed in London, Holland, Ireland and Scotland. He made his American stage debut in 1955 in a ...

For seven episodes of "Seinfeld" (including "The Finale") Ian Abercrombie plays an eccentric publishing figure named Mr. Pitt, who hires Elaine to be his personal assistant and then runs (ruins?) her life. In the "BtVS" episode "Homecoming", he plays a criminal mastermind who tries to kill Buffy by remote control.

7. Rance Howard

Actor | Nebraska

Rance Howard was born on November 17, 1928 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA as Harold Engle Beckenholdt. He was an actor and writer, known for Nebraska (2013), Universal Soldier (1992) and Small Soldiers (1998). He was married to Judy Howard and Jean Speegle Howard. He died on November 25, 2017 in Los ...

Rance Howard appears in an episode of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spin-off, “Angel” entitled “Carpe Noctem”, in which he switches bodies with Angel. He thus gets to play the hero for part of the episode. Not bad for guest work. He also is in two episodes of “Seinfeld”, playing a blind man in “The Glasses” and a farmer in “The Bottle Deposit”. Rance is the father of actor/director Ron Howard, who seems to be one of the few family members who does not appear in either “Seinfeld” or “Buffy/Angel”. Rance’s late wife, Jean Speegle Howard, appears in “Teacher’s Pet”, an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, as the "Real Miss French", a confused retired teacher whose identity has been stolen by a monster disguised as a human. The Howards' other son, Clint, also appears in a “Seinfeld” episode, “The Trip: Part 2”, as an escaped criminal.

8. Kathryn Joosten

Actress | Desperate Housewives

Kathryn is best known for her portrayals of "Karen McCluskey" on Desperate Housewives (2004) on ABC and of "Mrs. Landingham", secretary to the President (Martin Sheen), on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing (1999). She has also recurred on Dharma & Greg (1997), and guest-starred ...

On "Seinfeld", Kathryn Joosten plays Betsy, the warden of a women's prison, in an episode called "The Little Jerry". On "BtVS", in the episode "Where the Wild Things Are", she is Genevive Holt, a crazy lady who once ran an orphanage and tormented her charges.

9. Ivana Milicevic

Actress | Just Like Heaven

Ivana Milicevic (pronounced Ee-vah-nah Mee-lee-cheh-veech) was born on April 26, 1974, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (part of Yugoslavia at the time), into a Croat family. She is the daughter of Tonka and Damir Milicevic, and has a younger brother, Tomo. The family emigrated to the United ...

Ivana Milicevic appears on "Seinfeld" in the episode, "The Comeback", as Patty (billed as Ivana Milavich). Patty is the overly obedient wife & partner of insecure and fraudulent tennis player, Milos (see Mark Harelik, below). On "BtVS", Ms. Milicevic plays Sam Finn, wife and partner of daring anti-demonic commando Riley Finn, making Buffy feel insecure and fraudulent in the episode "As You Were".

10. Mark Harelik

Actor | 42

Mr. Harelik, a native Texan, grew up in the only Jewish family in the small town of Hamilton in central Texas, where his two biographical plays, The Immigrant and The Legacy, take place.

With Randal Myler, he co-wrote Hank Williams: Lost Highway, a biographical musical about the life of the country ...

Mark Harelik is Milos in the "Seinfeld" episode "The Comeback". Milos pretends to be a great tennis player in order to sell Jerry an expensive racket, but he proves anything but graceful on the court. Speaking of graceful, Harelik plays Count Kurushu in the "Angel" episode "Waiting in the Wings", about an evening at the ballet.

11. Victor Raider-Wexler

Actor | Minority Report

Victor Raider-Wexler was born on December 31, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio, USA. He is known for his work on Minority Report (2002), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) and Secret Santa (2003).

Victor Raider-Wexler memorably plays a doctor in four episodes of “Seinfeld”, including "The Invitations", the one where he gives George the fateful news about Susan. In "The Finale", he is given a name, Dr. Wexler—his own name. On an episode of “Angel” entitled “Just Rewards”, he plays Magnus Hainsley, an evil necromancer who has lines like, “I'll put you back in the driver's seat of your afterlife”, and “I eat the dead for breakfast, son, and you’re just another plate of bacon and eggs”.

12. Danny Woodburn

Actor | Seinfeld

Danny Woodburn is an entertainer on stage, film, television, and the comedy club circuit.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, he is the son of a nurse and a professional golfer. He is a graduate of Philadelphia's Temple University's School of Film and Theater and recipient of their Outstanding...

Danny Woodburn, as Kramer’s sometime partner in schemes, is in seven episodes of “Seinfeld”. (It seems like more.) He also plays a sinister creature that Fred meets in the woods in the “Angel” episode “The Magic Bullet”.

13. Joel Polis

Actor | The Thing

Joel Polis was a competitive athlete in high school and earned a full scholarship in gymnastics to the University of Southern California. He caught the acting bug his Freshman year when he was cast in the school's production of "West Side Story." He then received a scholarship to join the Summer ...

Joel Polis plays Reilly in the "Seinfeld" episode "The Comeback" in which he is definitely not killed by George’s "snappy" comeback. But, as Captain Franklin, his is a relatively thankless role in an episode of "Angel" called "Why We Fight".

14. Gwen McGee

Actress | Days of Our Lives

Gwen McGee is an actress and director, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), New Jersey Drive (1995) and Coach Carter (2005). She has been married to Anthony Coleman since June 10, 1988.

Gwen McGee is in the "Seinfeld" episode "The Fatigues" as Janine. She is in the "Angel" episode "Billy" as a Detective.

15. Greg Collins

Actor | The Rock

Greg Collins was born on December 8, 1952 in Troy, Michigan, USA as Gregory Vincent Collins. He is known for his work on The Rock (1996), Coyote Ugly (2000) and Armageddon (1998). He has been married to Amanda Collins since 2001. They have three children.

Greg Collins plays a cop in the Seinfeld episode “The Calzone”, and he plays Keith in an episode of “Angel” entitled “Rm w/ a Vu”.

16. Richard Livingston

Actor | Cocktail

Richard Livingston was born on September 18, 1959 in the USA as Richard Burke Livingston. He is an actor, known for Cocktail (1988), Indecent Proposal (1993) and Primary Colors (1998).

Richard Livingston appears in the "Seinfeld" episode "The Comeback" as Bill, and in the "Angel" episode "Billy" as a Congressman.

17. Mik Scriba

Actor | The Negotiator

Mik Scriba was born on December 1, 1947 in Illinois, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for The Negotiator (1998), Wild Wild West (1999) and Conspiracy Theory (1997). He died on June 15, 2018 in Burbank, California, USA.

Mik (sometimes credited as Mike) Scriba has been on "Seinfeld" twice. He appears in "The Parking Spot" as Cop #1, and in "The Nap" he plays the Bomb Squad Guy. In the "Angel" episode "Dead End", he plays a Parole Officer. I sense a law enforcement related theme.

18. Tom Bailey

Actor | Beverly Hills Ninja

Tom Bailey is an actor, known for Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Pay It Forward (2000) and Providence (1999).

Sometimes credited as Tom Michael Bailey, he appears in the “Seinfeld” episode “The Summer of George” as Cop #2 (Cop #1 being Neil Flynn). Bailey plays the Christmas tree salesman in the “BtVS” episode “Amends”.

19. Jarrad Paul

Actor | The Grinder

Comedic actor Jarrad Paul was already an experienced actor by the time he moved to Los Angeles after his high school graduation. Jarrad got an early start in television, appearing in the ultra sappy Made-for-TV movie A Family for Joe (1990), in which he played an orphaned adolescent in search of a ...

On "Seinfeld" he plays Darin in "The Voice". On "BtVS" he is Diego in "Lie to Me". Diego is a memorably funny, pretentious character.

20. Brian J. Williams

Stunts | Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Brian J. Williams was born as Brian John Williams. He is known for his work on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Minority Report (2002) and Strange Days (1995).

Sometimes an actor, more often a stuntman, Brian J. Williams doesn’t get credit half the time, But he appears as Glenn in two episodes of Seinfeld, including “The Butter Shave” and “The Voice”, and on “BtVS” as Vampire #1 in “Teacher’s Pet”. (He also did uncredited stunt work on one of the top ten “BtVS” episodes, “Hush”.)

21. Spice Williams-Crosby

Actress | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Born on a ranch in North Hollywood, California, Spice rode her horse to kindergarten, grew up playing in her father's medical offices, eventually hitting the road as a musician, singer, and dancer under contract to 20th Century-Fox Records.

Overcoming a seven-year drug and alcohol problem, at the ...

Sometimes credited as Spice Williams, she appears on “Seinfeld” in an uncredited but memorable scene as she carries George down the hall at work in the episode “The Butter Shave”. She appears on “Angel” in “Salvage” as Debbie and "BtVS" as Patrice in “What’s My Line?: Part 2”.

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