Here’s a list of the ten biggest stars who missed out on the role-of-a-lifetime on television, only to end up finding fame and fortune in other star-making roles.

  1. Katie Holmes — Buffy Summers on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Lost to Sarah Michelle Gellar in 1997.
  2. Whitney Houston — Sondra Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” Lost to Sabrina Le Beauf in 1984.
  3. Friends’ Lisa Kudrow — Roz Doyle on “Frasier.” Lost to Peri Gilpin in 1993.
  4. Jason Bateman — Alex P. Keaton on “Family Ties.” Lost to Michael J. Fox in 1982.
  5. “Everybody Loves Raymond’s Patricia Heaton — Elaine on “Seinfeld.” Lost to Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 1990.
  6. Friends’ Matthew Perry — Billy Campbell on “Melrose Place.” Lost to Andrew Shue in 1992.
  7. The Pratice’s Lara Flynn Boyle — Ally McBeal on “Ally McBeal.” Lost to Calista Flockhart in 1997.
  8. Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher — Jamie Buchman on “Mad About You.” Lost to Helen Hunt in 1992.
  9. Seinfeld’s Michael Richards — Al Bundy on “Married… with Children.” Lost to Ed O’Neill in 1987.
  10. Raquel Welch — Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island.” Lost to Dawn Wells in 1964.
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