Wheel of Fortune icon Vanna White played herself on “The Test,” an episode that sees D.J. freaking out over the upcoming S.A.T. exam. In a dream sequence, White grades the tests, using her Wheel of Fortune board to spell out the names of universities that correspond with the students’ results.
Full House kept it in the family while casting for its first season, as Candace Cameron’s brother, Kirk Cameron, played the role of Cousin Steve in the episode “Just One of the Guys.” Kirk went on to receive two Golden Globe nominations for his performance in Growing Pains.
Prolific television actor Ernie Hudson first appeared in a 1987 episode of Full House titled “Knock Yourself Out.” Since then, Hudson has worked on films and series including Ghostbusters, Miss Congeniality, Scandal, and Modern Family.
The Beach Boys
Full House’s second season featured a cameo appearance by The Beach Boys. The men of the music group play themselves in an episode that sees D.J. being forced to choose which family member will get to use her extra ticket to the Beach Boys concert.
Ed Alonzo is a professional magician, but he also played one on a 1991 episode of “Full House,” titled “The Magic Store.” Alonzo acted in episodes of Saved by the Bell throughout the ’90s, and has performed nightly shows as part of the annual Halloween event at the Los Angeles area amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm.
Comedian Phyllis Diller played herself during the first season of Full House. In the episode titled “But Seriously, Folks,” Diller takes the stage at a comedy show moments before a set by Joey (Dave Coulier), who ultimately bombs in front of the laughed-out audience.
Ed McMahon and Steve Oedekerk
Before writing screenplays for movies like Bruce Almighty and Kung Pow, Steve Oedekerk appeared alongside Ed McMahon on the Full House episode “Star Search,” which featured Joey performing stand-up on McMahon’s real-life show of the same name.
Scott Baio followed up his notable roles on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi with a guest spot on Full House, playing Pete Bianco, a former friend of Jesse’s in the 1989 episode “Dr. Dare Rides Again.”
In “Viva Las Joey,” Joey is invited to perform a stand-up routine as the opening act for Wayne Newton, who appears as himself in this 1990 episode.
Three’s Company actress Suzanne Somers joined the likes of Frankie Valli, Ed McMahon, and Vanna White as celebrities who’ve played themselves on Full House when she made a cameo appearance in “Love on the Rocks.” In the seventh season episode, Somers approaches D.J.’s boyfriend, Steve (Scott Weinger), to ask if she can make a call on the payphone he’s using.
Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon
Full House hosted a Beach Party reunion when both Annette Funicello (or “Funny Jello,” as Michelle says) and Frankie Avalon appeared as themselves on the 1991 episode “Joey Goes Hollywood.”
From 1991 to 1995, Smart Guy actor and former child star Tahj Mowry, younger brother of actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry, played the recurring role of Teddy on Full House.
Frankie Valli, the lead singer of The Four Seasons, found himself caught between D.J. and two potential suitors in the 1995 episode “D.J.’s Choice.” In an attempt to woo the eldest Tanner daughter, Nelson (Jason Marsden) hires Valli to serenade her.
Everybody Loves Raymond’s Doris Roberts guest-starred on the episode “Granny Tanny” during Full House‘s third season. She played Danny’s mother, Claire, who visits the Tanner home in the hopes of convincing the family to let her move in.
Little Richard plays himself in the episode “Too Little Richard, Too Late.” The singer lends his celebrity status to Joey’s campaign for PTA president, later performing at an election rally.
Prior to her days of playing Topanga on Boy Meets World, Danielle Fishel appeared in two Full House episodes in 1992 and 1993. She guest-starred as one of “The Jennifers,” a pair of popular girls from Stephanie’s class who convince the middle Tanner daughter to pierce her ears.
In the crossover episode “Stephanie Gets Framed,” Jaleel White brings his Family Matters character, Steve Urkel, to Full House. After dancing with Uncle Jesse in the living room, Urkel gives Stephanie a shoulder to cry on after she gets an unsightly pair of new glasses.
Known for his film roles in 10 Things I Hate About You, O, and Independence Day, actor Andrew Keegan played Ryan on the final season of Full House before hitting the big screen.
Actor, writer, and political panelist Ben Stein sported a ponytail to play the role of food critic Elliott Warner in the season seven episode “Another Opening, Another No Show.”
The Practice series regular Marla Sokoloff had an eight-episode role as Gia, a mean girl at Stephanie’s school, on Full House from 1993 to 1995.
Basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shows up during “Air Jesse” to teach Uncle Jesse how to shoot some hoops.
During a special holiday episode of Full House‘s eigth season, silent film and Broadway actor Mickey Rooney plays a novelty store owner who sells Michelle an ugly tie to give to Danny as a Christmas gift.
Before her stint on HBO’s True Blood, Jurnee Smollett-Bell had the recurring role of Denise Frazer, a close friend of Michelle’s, across 13 Full House episodes between 1992 and 1994.
One of the founding members of En Vogue, Cindy Herron played a backup singer for Jesse’s band on the third season episode “Joey & Stacy and…Oh, yeah, Jesse.”
Season four of Full House saw three-time Emmy nominee Lois Nettleton playing the mother of Becky (Lori Loughlin) across a two-part episode called “The Wedding.”