12 of the most unexpected Supernatural guest stars
1. Dee Wallace as Mildred Baker
Scream queen Wallace (The Stepford Wives, Cujo, E.T.) played the worldly and wise Mildred, who was savvy enough to see right through the Winchesters’ cover (“You two are too cute to be FBI agents”). She helped them defeat the banshee haunting her home.
2. Rick Springfield as Vince Vincenter/Lucifer
Lucifer entered another vessel in season 12: musician and actor Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”). Springfield rocked a guitar in his multi-episode arc, parodying himself as a washed-up star reuniting his band Ladyheart. (That’s when we learned Dean is not a fan of ’80s hair metal.)
3. Gary Cole as Brad Redding
The Office Space and Veep star showed up on a movie set as the boys looked into a murder. The hotshot studio executive was short-lived (death by ghost), but at least one element of the character was grounded in truth: Every note he gave the film’s director was something The CW told the Supernatural makers at some point. (Why are ghosts afraid of salt?)
4. Barry Bostwick as Jay
Bostwick (Spin City, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) starred as a has-been magician who suddenly got his groove back in the season 4 episode “Criss Angel Is a Douchebag.”
5. Julie Benz as Layla Rourke
Benz was the first Buffy veteran to appear on Supernatural. The memorable season 1 episode “Faith” also introduced the monstrous Reapers — and included a pitch-perfect moment featuring Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper.”
6. Paris Hilton as Leshii
It had been a while since 2005’s House of Wax, but when Hilton reunited with her former costar Padalecki in a 2009 episode, it was worth the wait. She played a Leshii, a shape-shifting god that takes on the form of any object of worship.
7-8. James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter as Don and Maggie Stark
Buffy alums Marsters and Carpenter shared the screen as a married (but feuding) pair of witches. Naturally the boys got stuck in the middle.
9. Linda Blair as Detective Diana Ballard
When Sam and Dean were rounded up as suspects in a homicide investigation, the detective on the case, played by film legend Blair (The Exorcist), started to think they weren't actually the killers. When she was proven right — and the Winchesters saved her life — she let them go. “Did she look familiar to you?” asked Dean. “For some reason, I could really go for some pea soup.”
10. Mercedes McNab as Lucy
Poor, doomed Lucy. McNab (yet another Buffy actor) riffed on her former role on Joss Whedon’s series, playing a woman who had been unknowingly turned into a vampire.
11. Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi as Demon
“What’s a Snooki?” asked Sam in season 6. The MTV reality star nonchalantly appeared after the boys summonsed a crossroads demon. Actually, she said, "It’s Nicole now.”
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