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Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

Hint: There's a 'Mighty Ducks' star in the cast!

Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars
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Empire is the first IMDb entry for some of the show's biggest stars — Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), Anika (Grace Gealey), Tiana (Serayah McNeill), and Porsha (Ta'Rhonda Jones). Pretty crazy, right?

As for the rest of the stars of the new FOX hit, you've seen them before — even if you don't know it yet. Turns out there's a Mighty Ducks star in the cast! And a Cool Runnings breakout. Find out where you've seen Lucious, Jamal, Cookie, and the rest of the Lyons (and their "friends") here:

  • 1

    Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) was in 'The Mighty Ducks':

    Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

    That's right: Smollett was just nine when he landed the role of Terry in The Mighty Ducks. He didn't star in any of the sequels, though.

    Where Else You've Seen Him: Cro, On Our Own, The Skinny, The Mindy Project, Revenge

  • 2

    Andre Lyon (Trai Byers) was in '90210':

    Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

    Byers played Alec Martin alongside Shenae Grimes and the gang on 90210 starting in 2012.

    Where Else You've Seen Him: All My Children, Jayhawkers, Selma, Americons

  • 3

    Rhonda Lyon (Katilin Doubleday) was in 'Cavemen':

    Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

    This gorgeous blonde landed the lead role in Cavemen in 2007, about five years after she got her start in Hollywood on an episode of Without a Trace.

    Where Else You've Seen Her: Catch Me If You Can, Waiting..., Brothers & Sisters, Final Sale, Hung, Witches of East End

  • 4

    Vernon Turner (Malik Yoba) was in 'Cool Runnings':

    Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

    Guys, it's Yul Brenner — the tough Cool Runnings bobsledder. Awesome, right?

    Where Else You've Seen Him:  Soul Food, New York Undercover, Bull, Kingpin (mini-series), The Days, Arrested Development, Thief, Girlfriends, Defying Gravity, Alphas, Revolution, Single Ladies

  • 5

    Michael Sanchez (Rafael de la Fuente) was in 'Every Witch Way':

    Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

    This Venezuelan star was in Nickelodeon Latin America's show Grachi, then in the show's English-language remake, Every Witch Way.

    Where Else You've Seen Him: Don't Make Me Wait, Mas Sabe el Diablo, Aurora, Grachi, The One I Wrote for You

  • 6

    Becky (Gabourey Sidibe) was in 'Precious':

    Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

    Can you believe it's been six years since Sidibe became an overnight star with her Oscar-nominated role in Precious?

    Where Else You've Seen Her: Tower Heist, Seven Psychopaths, The Big C, Gravy, American Horror Story

  • 7

    Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) was in 'Hustle and Flow':

    Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

    Howard was a veteran actor by the time he played a Memphis hustler who wants to become a rapper in the 2005 flick. He was nominated for an Oscar for the role.

    Where Else You've Seen Him: Mr. Holland's Opus, Family Matters, Sparks, Glitter, Crash, Ray, Iron Man, Law & Order: LA, Move 43, St. Vincent

  • 8

    Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) was in 'Hustle and Flow':

    Here's Where Else You've Seen the 'Empire' Stars

    Empire brought Howard and this talented gal back together again after their Hustle & Flow days. They had a complicated relationship in that movie too.

    Where Else You've Seen Her: Smart Guy, Felicity, Baby Boy, The Division, Boston Legal, Larry Crowne, Think Like a Man, Person of Interest, No Good Deed

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