23 Movie Stars Who Started on TV

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TV can be a breeding ground for talent for studios looking to cast their movies. Some of the biggest names on the big screen got their start on the small screen. 

From Tom Hanks to John Travolta to Bruce Willis, some of the top A-list movie stars commenced their career on a much smaller level.

Click through and see our top 23 TV stars that have become blockbuster movie stars.

1. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp loathed his time on 21 Jump Street. But, thanks to that introduction, he has had a Hollywood movie career that is unrivaled.

2. John Travolta

John Travolta
John Travolta may have made it big with Saturday Night Fever and Grease, but the enormous movie star had more humble beginnings on the 1970s hit Welcome Back, Kotter.

3. Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis went from Moonlighting to one of the biggest action stars on the planet.

4. Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington first drew our attention as a doctor on St. Elsewhere. Now, he is easily considered one of the most talented and bankable movie stars... in history.

5. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is a national treasure, that much is true. But, if it wasn't for a little TV show called Bosom Buddies, we might never have heard of this icon.

6. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio didn't suffer Growing Pains too badly. He just came off another Oscar nod for The Wolf of Wall Street!

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