6 Famous Actors Who Started In Short Films!

A short film can seem very confusing when you’re just getting started performing. Only really seen in arthouse cinemas, shorts are often more experimental than the usual popcorn fare. But actually, short films provide a proven track to stardom on both sides of the camera! Here are 6 actors who you may not have realized started in short films.


Owen Wilson


This star of Night at the Museum, Cars, and Wedding Crashers made his start working with his friend Wes Anderson on a small black-and-white short called “Bottle Rocket.” After expanding the short to feature length, both he and Anderson rocketed to indie film success, and have been working together ever since!

Sharlto Copley


When Copley and Neill Blomkamp made their sci-fi short “Alive in Joburg,” they had no idea it would become the massive hit and Oscar nominee “District 9!” Copley is now a major star in genre work, and can currently be seen on the Sony series “Powers.”

Rebel Wilson


Rebel Wilson shows that you don’t have to be American to make a short! Bryant’s rise to fame didn’t just start in “Pitch Perfect.” Her 2009 short “Bargain,” made for an Australian film festival, proves that true talent doesn’t stay hidden for long.

Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel


While these two are no strangers to the silver screen, their first independent project “Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse” was a short film about the two actors surviving, well, the apocalypse! The idea was later expanded in the hit comedy, “This is the End.”

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller auf dem RTL-Spendenmarathon 2014 in Hürth bei Köln.

Ben Stiller came up making short films in New York City during the mid-1980’s. When his film The Hustler of Money caught the attention of the producers of Saturday Night Live, Stiller’s career in comedy took off and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

These are just some of the actors who made their first steps into filmmaking with short films. Shorts are a great way to get footage for your reel, and learn what it’s like to really be on set. ClaimFame is constantly getting auditions and casting call notices for shorts, so keep your eye out! This article could be all about you someday!

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