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Hey, It's That Guy!
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"Hi! I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such films as The Boatjacking of Supership 79 and Hydro, the Man With the Hydraulic Arms."
Troy McClure, The Simpsons

Most actors appear in more than one work. Often, this means that you don't know their name, but are forced to just exclaim "hey, it's that guy!" when you see one of these.

If you're watching Law & Order or other Clueless Mystery, it might result in Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize.

Voice actors in Animated Shows, as well as live-action voice dubs for foreign language shows, have a similar syndrome.

If you can't quite remember which show the actor was in, it can result in much time spent on IMDB, trying to narrow down where else the viewer has seen that actor. If you get stuck, try You Know That Guy—someone might help you.

Compare Actor Allusion, You Look Familiar, You Might Remember Me from..., Hey, It's That Voice! and Plays Great Ethnics. Inverse of Retroactive Recognition. Parent trope of WTH, Casting Agency?. Retroactive Recognition happens when a That Guy later becomes a big-name star. The Cameo is when you're meant to recognize That Guy because he's already famous elsewhere.

Hey It's That Guy!, now in (slightly outdated) book and docu mentary form.

Not to be confused with the television program That Girl.

In General Examples:

  • Cracked: Once made a list with 20 of those actors, and listed which actors they might be a Poor Man's Substitute for. The top entry was James Cromwell (whose best known role is the farmer in Babe, or, if you're a Trekkie, the man who invented warp drive).
    • The article includes what may be the perfect description of what makes an actor That Guy: "[He] can play any role well enough to get the job done, but just poorly enough to avoid becoming famous."
  • There are only a handful of stage actors who do musical theater in Hungary. If they're doing a musical that features a brooding, dark character, a young male lead, a slightly wacky sidekick guy (or an Ax-Crazy), a stern and mature woman, and an innocent heroine, it's safe to say that they'll be played by Szilveszter Szabo, Attila Dolhai, Zoltan Bereckzy, Kata Janza and Dora Szinetar, respectively. Szilveszter Szabo is an interesting case, as he also has a way of inheriting roles created in German by the very-different-in-both-acting-and-vocals Uwe Kroger (Colloredo in Mozart!, Der Tod in Elisabeth, and [it's been suggested many times] Maxim de Winter in Rebecca).
  • Tokusatsu casting is starting to become this way, with the increasing impression that the only other work that toku actors can get are in Live Action Adaptations of Anime, J-dramas or other tokusatsu shows. Kamen Rider Kabuto practically made "Spot the toku guest star" a part of the show.
  • A Progressive Insurance Commercial does a literal Shout-Out to this trope in a "Flo The Progressive Girl" commercial. Flo and a customer break into an "'80s Montage", and in the middle of it, Booger from Revenge of the Nerds appears, and the music actually sings, "Hey, it's that guy!"
  • Much has been made of the fact that Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley played siblings in Divergent and lovers in The Fault in Our Stars, two Young Adult-novel based movies produced almost back-to-back during 2013 and released 2014.
  • In Charlie Brooker's various -Wipe spinoffs, this is constantly used for comedy with his two astonishingly brainless talking head characters, Barry Shitpeas and Philemena Cunk, who constantly misidentify shows they're watching based on who's in it.
  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, President Nixon is portrayed by Mark Camacho, who does the voice of Gantlos, the Season 4 antagonist of the RAI version of Winx Club.
  • The Secret Garden:
    • The 1987 version is rife with this, featuring Julian Glover as Colonel McGraw, Colin Firth as the grown-up version of Colin, and Derek Jacobi as Archibald Craven.
    • Dame Maggie Smith plays Mrs. Medlock in the 1993 version.
    • Andrew Knott, who plays Dickon in the 1993 version, showed up a year later as Joe in the 1994 adaptation of Black Beauty.

Notable "That Guy"s (and "That Girl"s; we're equal opportunity):

Alternative Title(s): Only So Many Equity Members, Hey Its That Girl, Hay Its That Guy