Emmy nominees before they were famous for #WayBackWednesday

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On August 25th, celebrities will gather for the 66th Annual Emmy Awards to recognize excellence in the television industry, but before they suit up, we wanted to share where some of the nominees got their start in honor of Way Back Wednesday.

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It's John Hamm!
This man selling Preparation H is also up for an Emmy ...
and he played a bisexual man in counseling on 'Crisis Counselor'
It's 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston!
This funny Juicy Fruit ad features someone who might look familiar ... 
It's Aaron Paul!
Aaron Paul was also on 'The Price is Right' where he introduced audiences to what would be his signature move ...
... on 'Breaking Bad'
This star got his start playing a subway thief in Paramount Pictures' 'Heartburn'
It's Kevin Spacey!
Can you guess who this crying victim on 'Law and Order' is?
It's Kate Mara!
The flopped TV show 'Sorority' featured a cameo from one of the nominees this year.
It's Christina Hendricks! You may know her from 'Mad Men.'
Woody Harrelson got his start on the right foot with 'Cheers.'
Woody Harrelson has gotten acclaim for the series 'True Detective,' in which he co-starred with Matthew McConaughey.
Bonus: Bryan Cranston once played 'Snizzard' on the kids show 'Power Rangers'
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Like Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, who's nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: In the early 1980's, long before his days of selling blue crystal meth, he was selling hemorrhoidal cream Preparation H. Around that same time Cranston also starred in an episode of the TV show "Crisis Counselor," where he played a bisexual man who admittedly cheated on his wife.

Another "Breaking Bad" star who got his start in commercials is Aaron Paul, who's nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. You might remember a Juicy Fruit commercial from 2000 featuring a teen using telekinesis to retrieve a pack of gum from a man's shirt pocket. That was Paul. He also appeared on the popular day-time game show "The Price Is Right," and while he didn't win, the world was introduced to what would become one of his signature trademarks -- the look of utter shock and heartbreak.

Before taking over Washington as Frank Underwood, Kevin Spacey, who's nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work in House of Cards, was practicing his negotiating skills in the NBC legal drama "LA Law." Well before that appearance, Spacey made his feature film debut in the 1986 film "Heartburn" starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. In the move, he's completely unrecognizable playing a subway thief.

Speaking of subway ... Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nominee Kate Mara's first television experience was in a 1997 episode of "Law & Order." That next year she would star in an AT&T commercial that demonstrated how the internet connects the world.

Christina Hendricks, who's nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in "Mad Men," once had a featured role in the failed MTV pilot "Sorority" ... it was pretty bad.

To recap, every actor nominated for an Emmy didn't have great luck right off the bat (except Woody Harrelson, whose first credited acting role is Woody Boyd on "Cheers")

To any struggling actors out there who are patiently waiting for their big break, just remember Bryan Cranston played Snizzard on the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."

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