A TON of actors got one of their first big breaks on "Miami Vice" back in the '80s. MentalFloss.comhas a list of 27 of them, and it's surprising how many have become fairly big actors since then.
The list includes: Jimmy Smits, Ben Stiller, Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, Julia Roberts, Dennis Farina, Kyra Sedgwick, Benicio Del Toro, Viggo Mortensen, Laurence Fishburne, John Turturro, Ed O'Neill, Oliver Platt, Teller of Penn & Teller, John Leguizamo, Ving Rhames and Chris Rock.
We double-checked, and it's true that most of these people hadn't done anything significant before their work on "Miami Vice" . . . but there are a few on the list who had a notable role or two before doing the show.
They include: Chris Cooper, Liam Neeson, Michael Richards, Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Paxton and Michael Madsen.
(They did do "Miami Vice" very early in their careers . . . and none of their previous roles were enough to question them being on this list . . . but to us, they seemed a little more significant than being on "Miami Vice".)
Still, it's amazing that all these people did "Miami Vice" so early on. You can review the whole list at MentalFloss.com.
And for the fun of it .. the Theme Song set to a video tribute to M.V.