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A guest appearance by someone with a prior professional relationship with one of the cast members of the show, such as Rhea Perlman appearing on Becker, Christopher Lloyd appearing on Spin City, or Helen Hunt appearing on The Simpsons. More often than not the guest actor will be playing an Old Friend of the relevant character, whom they haven't seen in years.

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Subtrope of Casting Gag. Liable to be a Large Ham. Expect numerous Actor Allusions. Compare Real-Life Relative. Not to be confused with Old Friend, Remember the New Guy? or Beleaguered Childhood Friend, but can overlap with any of them. Compare Relationship Voice Actor.


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  • Catherine Tate and David Tennant of Doctor Who fame were reunited for an onstage production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. They are both prominently featured in its advertising. (The two are also close friends in real life.)
  • Camelot was written and originally produced by much of the same team responsible for My Fair Lady (including director Moss Hart in the last Broadway show of his life). Not only did Julie Andrews have the starring role in both productions, but Robert Coote, who was Pickering in My Fair Lady, returned as Sir Pellinore in Camelot.

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  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: In the Japanese dub, Snake is voiced by Akio Ōtsuka. When the older Big Boss, who Snake was cloned from, appears at the very end of the game, he was voiced by Akio's real-life father Chikao Ohtsuka.
  • In the Mass Effect series Female Shepard and Ashley Williams are voiced by Jennifer Hale and Kimberly Brooks. The two have worked together as partners before... specifically band-mates Thorn and Luna from the various Scooby-Doo movies and shows. This makes it funnier if you have a female Shepard and always include Ashley in your squad and then turn the Hex Girls song on while playing.

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