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.

Decade’s worst movies (based on profit)

The decade’s worst movie clunkers according to The Hollywood Reporter:

1. “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” — 2002, Eddie Murphy film about a Sci-Fi gangster yarn, cost a whopping $100 million but pulled in a measly $4.4 million at the box office.

2. “Battlefield Earth” — 2000, John Travolta was an evil alien in the Sci-Fi epic based on a novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard which cost $75 million, but grossed $21 million.

3.  “Land of the Lost” — 2009, Will Ferrell was miserable in this comedy about a prehistoric world in the Earth’s core that cost $100 million and grossed $65 million.

4. “Gigli” — 2003, then lovebirds Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were known as “Bennifer” when they fizzled in this mobster romance that cost $54 million, but made only $6.1 million.

5. “Town and Country” — 2001, Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn starred in this comedy about middle age romantic high jinks that cost $90 million and returned $6.7 million.

6.  “Catwoman” — 2004, Halle Berry seemed ‘purr-fect’ as the super kitten, but the $100 million flick only grossed $40 million.

7. “The Invasion” — 2007, you’d think the $80 million remake of the body snatching classic starring Nicole Kidman and James Bond hunk Daniel Craig couldn’t miss but it did, grossing $15.1 million.

8. “Rollerball” — 2002, the remake about a brutal futuristic sport combining the violence of ice hockey, football and Roller Derby cost $70 million, but grossed just $19 million.

9. “Grindhouse” — 2007, Quentin Tarantino was behind this 1950s style double feature of a zombie thriller and a hot rod movie that cost $67 million and earned $25 million.

10. “The Spirit” — 2008, even a superhero couldn’t save this comict book based adventure which cost $60 million, but grossed $19.8 million.