Buffy Xander

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In any good TV show, there are those stand-out performances which force you to tune in, week after week. When those shows end, you look forward to seeing those actors in exciting new role. Yet surprisingly, they just disappear.

It doesn’t always happen of course. Allison Janney’s CJ Cregg in The West Wing, Alyson Hannigan’s Willow in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Victor Garber’s Jack Bristow in Alias. Given the strength of these performances, the associated actors have gone on to star in other shows. But other performances are just as fantastic and these actors should have had tons of shows (of films) lined up for them to star in. Yet they just vanish into the ether, never to be seen again.

Here at WhatCulture, we recently looked at 10 awesome movie actors that seemed to have vanished. Now let’s look at some incredible TV actors (I use the term collectively for both male and female) that have followed a similar fate…

Warning, old SPOILERS if you haven’t watched the shows that I discuss.

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This article was first posted on January 11, 2014