For a majority of the year, students use schools as a way to discover knowledge and expand their understanding of the world. However, they do not use the physical school itself as the canvas for their exploration. At the Children’s Workshop School in New York, one class is digging into the 100-year-old school itself and finding hidden treasure along the way.
Miriam Sicherman just wants her third-grade students to learn something new and have a good time doing so. She never expected that her class would become so invested in a new project – digging up various coat closets in the 100-year-old building. She said, “I’m really lucky that this one student wanted to investigate.”
Bobby Scotto used to be a student of Miriam Sicherman. One day, a bored Bobby noticed a crack in the closet floor. He felt that it needed an investigation and began poking at the crack with anything he could. What started as an attempt to wiggle it loose with a finger ended as a class-wide excavation.
Over the last two years, Miriam Sicherman and her class have dug up almost every closet in the school. They do not find treasure per se in the sense of gold or jewelry, but they do find random school supplies. After Scotto began his search, other students became curious and wanted to join the fun. Now its a project for the entire team.
One student, Talula Mihalic, said, “I found three pencils and an eraser stuck to Play-Doh. I seriously did.” Another said, “Under there, it’s just black, black, mystery things, and black.”
Although the treasure itself does not teach any lessons on history, Miriam claims that their digs have had some positive effects on their learning. Now, she claims, the kids are really into archaeology and history. They feel like they are playing the part.
You Recognize Their Faces, But Do You Know Their Names?
Have you ever seen a movie star whose name you didn’t know but you thought to yourself, “Wow, that person’s in everything!”? Well, here is a list of actors/actresses whose faces you probably recognize.
Whatever you do, don’t underestimate the acting prowess of Clea DuVall. She started her professional acting career in 1996, with an appearance in the short-lived TV adaptation of the movie Dangerous Minds. Since then, DuVall hasn’t looked back, having appeared in shows such as ER, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, CSI, and Law & Order. With an equally successful career in film, DuVall was recognized for her performance in the Academy Award-winning Argo. She has also had a notable role in the hit comedy Veep.
More famous for a meme than his reputation as an actor, Larry Hankin will always be remembered for that iconic laugh he made in Adam Sandler’s Billy Madison. He has also had performances in notable movies such as Home Alone and Escape from Alcatraz. However, it’s not just the big screen that Hankin has had numerous appearances on. The veteran actor has also crossed over to TV, having had guest appearances in hit TV shows such as Friends, Seinfeld and Breaking Bad.
What makes Minka Kelly so recognizable is probably her main role as Lyla Garrity in the hit show Friday Night Lights. With 50 episodes under he belt, Kelly had a huge part to play in the show’s success. She also played the role of Eve French in the reboot of the popular show Charlie’s Angel. However, the show was canceled after less than a full season on the air. Many will also recognize Kelly as Autumn in critically acclaimed 500 Days of Summer.
There are a string of actors/actresses who seem to have minor roles in virtually every great sitcom in the last decade. One prime example is Judy Greer. She is the epitome of a star who you are bound to have seen, but could never put her face to a name. Prepare yourself for the following list of shows: Arrested Development, Two and a Half Men, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Californication, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and How I Met Your Mother. She’s been in all of them.
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
The reality is that Mary Elizabeth Ellis was originally just known because of her recurring role on the hit sitcom It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. She played a character called “The Waitress,” a love interest of Charlie Day’s character. It was this particular role that catapulted her into other projects. As a result, she won roles on other shows such as Perfect Couples, New Girl, Happy Endings, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to name a few. In film, she has made an appearance in the poorly-received comedy Masterminds.
Without a doubt, the majority of Kate Burton’s success has come from her roles on a variety of TV shows. With 17 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and 23 episodes of Scandal under her belt, she was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for her performances on both shows. The daughter of Richard Burton also starred as the mother of James Franco’s character in the critically acclaimed movie 127 Hours.
A graduate of Yale University, Noah Emmerich has a face that many will recognize from numerous movies and shows. With a recurring role as Dr. Edwin Jenner in The Walking Dead, Emmerich’s career has been steady for a few decades now. One of his most memorable roles came in the late 90s when he portrayed the friend of Truman Burbank in the critically acclaimed The Truman Show. He also had a successful role in J.J. Abrams’ Sci-Fi callback Super 8.
Many casual fans will remember Giovanni Ribisi for his brief role as Phoebe Buffay’s half-brother Frank Buffay Jr. in Friends. However, the actor has achieved so much in his career and he is still only in his mid-40s! Remembered for having one of the most tear-jerking deaths in cinematic history in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Ribisi has also starred in movies such as Lost in Translation, Avatar, and Ted. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his guest role in the sitcom My Name Is Earl.
With a career stretching back to the late 70s, Beth Grant is a classic example of an actress who seems to have been in virtually everything. Since her first role in B.J. and the Bear, Grant has had guest appearances in shows such as Murder, She Wrote, Friends, and The X-Files. Since the turn of the millennium, her opportunities have become both more lucrative and frequent. She was part of the main cast of The Mindy Project for five seasons.
Believe it or not, Mare Winningham has been nominated seven times for an Emmy Award, having won two for her roles in the TV films Amber Waves and George Wallace. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1996 for her role in the movie Georgia. Although her career in cinema hasn’t been particularly interesting, Winningham has starred in many notable TV shows. Most recently, ones such as The Affair and American Horror Story: Hotel.
Believe it or not, one of Elizabeth Reaser’s first roles was in what many regard to be the greatest TV show of all time – The Sopranos. Although it was for just one episode, Reaser would go on to have guest appearances in numerous shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective, and Mad Men, to name a few. Not only has she had a fruitful career in theater, but she has also starred in the Twilight film saga.
Arguably the most successful performer on this list, Dianne Wiest has won not one, but two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress. Also, both movies were directed by Woody Allen. Her first was in 1986 for her role in Hannah and Her Sisters, with her second coming eight years later in the black comedy Bullets over Broadway. Other notable movies she has been involved with include Edward Scissorhands, Footloose, and Synecdoche, New York. She received much attention for her role in the HBO drama In Treatment.
Unfortunately, Amy Smart is probably best remembered for nearly breaking up a happy couple in the hilarious comedy Road Trip. Since then, the actress has had quiet success, having starred in movies such as The Butterfly Effect, Starsky & Hutch, and the Jason Statham-led Crank and it’s sequel, Crank: High Voltage. One of her most notable roles came in 2005 when she starred alongside Ryan Reynolds in the charming rom-com Just Friends. She has also starred on TV shows such as Scrubs and Shameless.
In recent times, Kathryn Hahn has been at the forefront of some of Hollywood’s finest comedies. It seems like the actress has had something of a late bloom in her career, having starred in comedies such as How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers, to name a few. One of her most recent roles saw her as one of the main characters alongside Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell in the hit flick Bad Moms.
Since the mid-90s, Kim Dickens has had a steady career in both film and television. She starred alongside Kevin Bacon in the Academy Award-nominated horror Hollow Man and was part of the cast of David Fincher’s gripping thriller Gone Girl, which also starred Ben Affleck. Some of her most notable roles have come in TV shows such as Deadwood and House of Cards. Her most recent role has been as the protagonist Madison Clark in Fear the Walking Dead.
Julie Ann Emery
Despite the only movie role worth noting in her career so far was 2005’s Hitch, Julie Ann Emery has had a fruitful time in TV since her debut on the Sci-Fi miniseries Taken in 2002. Emery has an incredible list of appearances in respected TV shows under her belt. These include guest appearances on shows such as Bones, Dexter, Suits, NCIS, Fargo, and Better Call Saul. Her most recent role came in 2017 when she joined the cast of Preacher in a recurring role.
Jeffrey Wright has an instantly recognizable face. However, the name “Jeffrey Wright” simply doesn’t ring a bell for many casual movie fans. His most iconic role was probably as Jean-Michel Basquiat in the biographical drama Basquiat. One of his most high profile roles came in 2006 when he portrayed Felix Leiter in the James Bond reboot Casino Royale. He also was a key character in The Hunger Games film series. In TV, he has had roles in hit shows such as Boardwalk Empire and Westworld.
Milana Vayntrub is a unique addition to this list in that she is best recognized for her work in advertisements, particularly her role as Lily Adams in the AT&T TV commercials. However, she has since made a steady transition to the big time, having made appearances on shows such as House of Lies, Californication, and The League. In fact, her debut TV appearance came in 1995 when she starred as a recurring character by the name of Tatiana in three episodes of ER.
You may remember her from Baywatch, back in the day. At 16 she appeared in a daytime soap opera, and she accepted a role in the short-lived Titans. She was also in One Life To Live and other Soap Opera Favorite.
Barry Shabaka Henley
Let’s face it, “Shabaka” is a pretty unique name. Nevertheless, many fail to put the name to this recognizable face. What makes Barry Shabaka Henley stand out is the fact that he has collaborated frequently with director Michael Mann. With projects under their belt such as Miami Vince, Collateral and HBO’s Luck, it seems like the two are inseparable. Other movies that he has been involved with include The Terminal and Rush Hour, while also starring in shows such as Better Call Saul.
Although both his name and face aren’t particularly well-recognized, it’s amazing how many blockbuster movies and hit TV shows Neal McDonough has been involved with. Since the early 90s, the actor has starred in flicks such as Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. In recent times though, McDonough has become a major player in TV, portraying the role of Damien Darhk in shows such as Arrow and The Flash.
Starring alongside his brother George as on-screen brothers Ben and Kevin Kinkirk on the show 7th Heaven was just the start for Geoff Stults. The actor has become even more successful than George, despite the latter having a more notable role on the aforementioned show. With shows such as The Finder, October Road, and Enlisted under his belt, Stults has also made a healthy transition to Hollywood, having also starred in films such as J.Edgar and Wedding Crashers.
Although Beth Grant has been working in the acting industry since the late 70s with her debut role being in B.J. and the Bear, she has been on a serious roll in recent times. In the last decade alone, Grant has been involved with numerous TV shows, including Bones, The Office, Dexter, The Mindy Project, and Grey’s Anatomy, to name a few. She has also had roles in hit movies such as No Country for Old Men, Rango, and The Artist.
When it comes to handsome, cocky and confident actors, Gary Cole is right up there with the best of them. Although he is renowned being a straight-up, down-to-earth guy in real life, he has portrayed some pretty obnoxious characters. He starred alongside Stephen Root in the hit flick Office Space. He has also starred in many TV shows such as Veep, Archer, and 30 Rock, as well as movies like The Brady Bunch Movie and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
For the last three decades, Dylan Baker has consistently been in the biggest movies and TV shows; you just didn’t realize it. His first role in a Hollywood movie came in 1987 in the hit comedy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Since then, Baker has had minor roles in movies such as Requiem for a Dream, Road to Perdition, and Spider-Man 2 (and 3). One of his most recent notables roles came in 2014, as J. Edgar Hoover in the Academy Award-nominated Selma.
Blink, and you’ll miss William Fichtner’s brief appearance in the excellent Batman movie, The Dark Knight. There is so much more though to this actor’s career than just fooling around with the Joker. Fichtner was part of the great ensemble cast that contributed towards 2004’s Academy Award for Best Picture, Crash. Many will remember him for his standout role as Alexander Mahone in the hit crime drama Prison Break, while one of his most recent film credits came in Independence Day: Resurgence.
Many don’t realize that Toby Jones actually plays the voice of Dobby in the Harry Potter franchise. He has been as a big hit overseas as he has been in his home country of England. He first caught fans’ attention with his role as Truman Capote in 2006’s biopic Infamous. He has been in numerous big movies since then, such as The Mist, Frost/Nixon, The Hunger Games, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Recent shows he has been in include Wayward Pines and Sherlock.
Not only is Margo Martindale one of those faces that you struggle to name, but you might have ignored a presence completely. It seems like most of her movie roles have either been brief or not major. She has been in movies such as The Hours, Million Dollar Baby and Hannah Montana: The Movie. However, she has had much more fortune in TV, having won an Emmy for her role in the crime drama Justified. She struck gold again for her role in the period drama The Americans.
Probably best known for her work on TNT’s Dallas, Buenos Aires-born Julie Gonzalo has had a respectful career even prior to her role as Pamela Rebecca Barnes. She was one of the series regulars in the short-lived show Eli Stone and has also made appearances on shows such as Veronica Mars, NCIS, and Drake and Josh. Gonzalo has also had a handful of roles in notable movies, one of those being alongside Ben Stiller in the classic comedy DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.
It seems amazing that it has taken Michelle Hurst so long to finally get some mainstream recognition for her acting abilities. For most of her career, she had minor roles in movies that include Born on the Fourth of July, Choke, and Frances Ha. She also had numerous cameos as different characters on Law & Order. Then, in 2013, Hurst got a major role as inmate Claudette Pelage in the hit Netflix drama Orange Is The New Black. She was one of the main characters during the first season.
Harry Dean Stanton
Another famous face who was never exactly a household name was the late, great Harry Dean Stanton. Although he remained a supporting actor in most of the movies he starred in during a career that spanned half a century, many of them were huge hits. These included cinematic classics such as Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Green Mile, and The Avengers.
Bob Balaban is arguably the most prolific actor of all time (with a name that most casual movies fans don’t know, that is.) Regarded as one of the kings of deadpan comedy, Balaban has starred in an incredible amount of material that can be traced all the way back to the 60s. The actor has movies such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Howl, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind under his belt, as well as a notable guest role in Seinfeld.
Laura San Giacomo
There is no denying that Laura San Giacomo’s breakthrough role came in 1989 when she played the role of Cynthia in the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Although she was nominated for numerous awards for her role, she still remained under the radar. She also had a notable role as Kit DeLuca in the iconic Pretty Woman. She also was a big TV sensation, playing the lead character on the hit TV show Just Shoot Me!, starring in a staggering 149 episodes.
Some actors’ success can be traced back to one period of time. For Erick Avari, it was most certainly the 90s. This was the decade that saw him star in a variety of Sci-Fi movies such as Stargate, Independence Day, and The Mummy. That’s not to say that he hasn’t had success since the turn of the Millenium. Avari’s career has remained steady, with a long string of high-profile appearances under his belt, including roles in shows like The X-Files, Star Trek, and Alias, to name a few.
Believe it or not, but Billy Zane was actually in both the first and second installments of Back to the Future. Probably one of the most recognizable faces on this list, Zane will be best remembered for his role as Caledon Hockley in James Cameron’s romantic epic Titanic. Another interesting detail that many overlook is that Zane had a role in the hit TV show Twin Peaks, starring in five episodes. In recent decades though, he hasn’t had too many memorable roles.
This particular actor has an instantly recognizable face, but an easily forgettable name. Stephen Root has worked as a theater actor and has developed a reputation for being a quirky character in a lot of his roles. Many will recognize him for his voice in the hit animated sitcom King of the Hill, as well as his role as Gordon in the hit comedy DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. He also made an appearance in the critically acclaimed horror-comedy Get Out.
He is one of those faces who has stolen scenes with the subtlest of glares. Yet many forget the name, Richard Jenkins. This talented actor has had some incredible performances in movies such as God’s Pocket, The Visitor, and The Cabin in the Woods, to name a few. Equally skilled at taking on comedic and dramatic roles, the veteran actor doesn’t look like retiring anytime soon. One of his most recent movies, The Shape Of Water, has been a huge critical success.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Eugene Levy will be best remembered for his role as Jim’s quirky Dad in the American Pie film series. Not many people realize though that his name in the movie is credited as “Noah Levenstein.” Most people refer to him as “Jim’s Dad.” However, this isn’t the only thing that Levy has made a living out of. He has also starred in movies such as Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Not only is it Jon Lovitz’ face that usually precedes his name, it’s also his voice that has become iconic over time. With many voice roles under his belt in movies such as An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, Cats & Dogs, and Hotel Transylvania, people often say to themselves, “I know that voice from somewhere!” He has also made numerous movie appearances in the flesh, in hit flicks such as Big, Coneheads and The Wedding Singer, to name a few.
Best known for his role as Dr. Phillip Watters in the hit medical drama Chicago Hope, Hector Elizondo made the role his own for 141 episodes. However, that’s not the only role that the actor will be remembered for. Elizondo has had appearances in movies such as Pretty Woman, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Runaway Bride, to name a few. His most recent high-profile role came in 2017 with a voice role as Commissioner James Gordon in The Lego Batman Movie.
Another fine example of an actor who has truly hit his stride in his later years, John Slattery seems to be in everything these days. Ever since being cast as Roger Sterling in the AMC drama Mad Men, the sky has been the limit for Slattery. The actor made the gradual transition to Hollywood blockbusters after starring in Marvel hits such as Iron Man 2, Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War. Even his four Primetime Emmy Award nominations haven’t made him a household name.
Without a doubt, Jenna Elfman will be best remembered for her role as Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery in the hit sitcom Dharma & Gregg. However, she also had roles in successful movies such as Dr. Dolittle, EDtv, and Friends with Benefits. She has recently been involved with The Walking Dead prequel, Fear the Walking Dead.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Brooke Smith is best known for her role as Dr. Erica Hahn on the long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. However, people do forget that she had a notable role as Catherine Martin in 1991’s classic horror The Silence of the Lambs. Since Grey’s, Smith has had roles in shows such as American Horror Story: Asylum, Ray Donovan, and most recently, the Psycho-prequel series Bates Motel. She even had a cameo in the sci-fi hit Interstellar.
John Caroll Lynch
At one point, John Caroll Lynch played the prime suspect in the chilling murder mystery Zodiac, which also starred Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Jake Gyllenhaal. However, it was his role as Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story that most will remember him for. With other notable roles in movies such as Shutter Island and Gran Torino, Lynch is one of those actors who completely immerses himself into the role, no matter what it may be.
Bursting onto the acting scene as Dawn Wiener in 1995’s Welcome to the Dollhouse, Heather Matarazzo has had a steady career ever since. The actress has had notable roles in movies such as The Prince Diaries (as well as its sequel), The Devil’s Advocate, and Scream 3. Matarazzo has also had appearances on some of TV’s biggest shows. These include ER, Law & Order, and Grey’s Anatomy. She recently starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, and Rooney Mara in the movie Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot.
Arguably one of the most famous faces on this list, Fred Willard has had a long career that can be traced all the way back to the 60s. Although he has a long list of low-profile movies to his name, Willard’s made a brief appearance on the second installment of the Austin Powers franchise. He has rarely been considered for award nomination, but despite this, Willard has appeared in numerous hit movies such as Anchorman, WALL-E, and American Wedding.
This is one particular actor that has been able to portray both heroes and villains in equal measure. Garret Dillahunt may not be the most iconic name in the world of acting, but he has starred in numerous hits that have had both critical and commercial success. Some of his finest moments have come in the flicks such as the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave, No Country For Old Men, and sci-fi hit Looper, to name a few.
Although it might not be apparent by her frequent use of an American accent, Melanie Lynskey actually hails from New Zealand! The actress has had roles in many high-profile movies such as Coyote Ugly and Up In The Air. She also had a recurring role on Two and a Half Men.