On September 22, 2005, Criminal Minds aired its very first episode, and no one knew just how popular it was going to become. More than a decade later the series is still going strong with millions of fans around the world. As is common with immensely successful and popular shows, a lot of celebrities are also fans of the series and end up getting a guest spot on the series or making an appearance for one episode while others were on the show before they were really famous, making them easily forgettable. With so many seasons already concluded, there have been countless well known stars who have made their way on the show, many of which fans probably don’t even remember seeing! Here are 10 celebrities you forgot made an appearance on Criminal Minds:
10. Robert Englund
Criminal Minds isn’t a slasher/horror series, but there is no denying that it is often scary and thrilling, so it isn’t surprising that one of the most iconic horror movie actors of all time made an appearance on the show — even if he wasn’t recognizable! In season seven, Robert Englund, who is of course best known as Freddy Kreuger in the infamous Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise, appeared in the episode “Heathridge Manor” as Detective Gassner. It wasn’t a big role, but with the episode focusing on a creepy/ritualistic murder, it was the perfect one for “Freddy Kreuger” to appear in.
9. Michelle Trachtenberg
Michelle Trachtenberg has landed some amazing roles in her career including the part of Dawn Summers in 66 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl, and back in 2013 she had another fantastic, but smaller guest starring role. The actress appeared on Criminal Minds in season eight’s “Zugzwang” as Diane Turner, the stalker of Reid’s girlfriend. Trachtenberg was terrifying as a stalker/killer and the reason for one of Criminal Minds’ most haunting episode conclusions.
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