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Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

I was thinking of how Rob Lowe has been a regular on at least one show on all of the four major broadcast networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox).

CBS - Code Black
NBC - West Wing
ABC - Brothers & Sisters
Fox - The Grinder

Can you guys think of other examples? I'm sure there's probably a lot of them that I could never think of. I would say that the actor has to at least be a full time cast member for any part of the show's run. Maybe recurring roles would be OK. I'm not taking into account the CW because there might not be anyone that fits then. (Maybe it's possible to name someone from all 5 if you count WB or UPN shows towards the CW?)
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

That's a tough one. I was thinking Patrick Duffy, but he's only been on three.

Dallas CBS
Step by Step ABC
Man from Atlantis NBC

Christina Applegate has only been on three too.

Married with Children Fox
Up All Night NBC
Samantha Who ABC

Zach Gilford is in the three club too

Friday Night Lights NBC
The Mob Doctor Fox
The Family ABC

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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

I thought Ed O'Neil was on 3 but I guess Dragnet was on ABC. I thought it aired on CBS.

Ted Danson was another thought, but looks like only 2. CBS and NBC
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

It looks like Christian Slater just needs a CBS show to complete the cycle. He was in Mind Games (ABC), Breaking In (Fox) and My Own Worst Enemy (NBC), among others.
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Originally Posted by Deftones View Post
I thought Ed O'Neil was on 3 but I guess Dragnet was on ABC. I thought it aired on CBS.

Ted Danson was another thought, but looks like only 2. CBS and NBC
Danson starred in a short lived ABC comedy called Help Me Help You in 06-07. Doesn't look like he starred in any show for FOX, but he has starred in two for FX. So, pretty close to all 4.
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

That's tricky, because it has to be someone who wasn't on any show for too long.

Hey, how about Dana Delany?
Love of Life (CBS)
As the World Turns (CBS)
China Beach (ABC)
Superman The Animated Series (Kids WB)
Sweet Surrender (NBC)
Presidio Med (CBS)
Pasadena (Fox)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Body of Proof (ABC)
Kidnapped (NBC)
Hand of God (Amazon)

Julianna Margulies
ER (NBC)
Canterbury's Law (Fox)
The Good Wife (CBS)

Adam Baldwin
Firefly (Fox)
Daybreak (ABC)
Chuck (NBC)
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Matthew Perry has been on all four

Friends NBC
The Odd Couple CBS
Mr. Sunshine ABC
Second Chance/Boys Will Be Boys (1987) FOX

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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Connie Britton:

The Fugitive (CBS): Recurring

Friday Night Lights (NBC)

Nashville/Spin City (ABC)

24 (FOX): Recurring

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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Originally Posted by lwhy? View Post
Matthew Perry has been on all four

Friends NBC
The Odd Couple CBS
Mr. Sunshine ABC
Second Chance FOX
Matthew Perry was never in Second Chance.
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

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Matthew Perry was never in Second Chance.
It's the 1987 series on Fox. Not the new recent one. It's obscure, but he's been on all four networks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second...987_TV_series)
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Originally Posted by Deftones View Post
Ted Danson was another thought, but looks like only 2. CBS and NBC
He did a short lived sitcom called Help Me Help You on ABC.
He also just did Season 2 of Fargo on FX, so that's pretty close.

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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Originally Posted by lwhy? View Post
It's the 1987 series on Fox. Not the new recent one. It's obscure, but he's been on all four networks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second...987_TV_series)
Gotcha


Another one:

Mykelti Williamson

CBS: The Fugitive

NBC: Kidnapped/Boomtown

FOX: 24

ABC: Designated Survivor (recurring)
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Here's another one that seems obvious. Though it took a bit of digging to find a show he did on CBS.

John Stamos

Full House, Jake in Progress, Thieves - ABC
The New Normal, ER - NBC
Grandfathered, Scream Queens - Fox
Dreams (1984) - CBS
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Since she is basically cursed I knew she would fit... Paula Marshall:

Wild Oates - Fox
Cupid, Spin City, Snoops, Sports Night - ABC
The Weber Show, Just Shoot Me - NBC
Out of Practice, Shark - CBS

Bonus!

Veronica Mars - CW
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Despite her first tv gig being in 1949 Cloris Leachman only has (Fox,NBC and CBS) on her resume not counting guest spots and tv movies.

If you count voice over work
John Goodman who in addition to Roseanne(ABC) has 1 season wonders in the 00's with Father Of The Pride(NBC),Center Of The Universe(CBS) and Normal,Ohio(Fox)

In the 3 club but probably 4 some day
Kyle Bornheimer(Just needs Fox)
Maggie Lawson(Just needs Fox)
Peter Krause(Just needs Fox)
Jamie Pressley(Just needs ABC)
John Francis Daley(Just needs CBS)

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Scott Wolf comes real close :
Fox : Party of Five
ABC : The Nine, V
NBC : The Night Shift
The WB : Everwood
TNT : Perception
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CBS : NCIS (3 episode story arc)
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Another near misss is Carla Gugino

ABC : Spin City, Karen Sisco
CBS : Falcon Crest, Chicago Hope, Threshold
Fox : Wayward Pines
HBO : Entourage
Showtime : Roadies, Californication.

No NBC role though.
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Re: Name an actor that's been in a show's cast on all 4 major broadcast networks

Kelsey Grammar has Fox, NBC and CBS.

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