Elisabeth Moss, Rob Lowe and Other TV Stars Reminisce About Their Most Memorable Ads

Excedrin, Pabst Blue Ribbon and AOL spots gave them an early boost

Long before Elisabeth Moss, Chris O’Donnell and Patricia Heaton were big TV stars—and they were either looking to break into the business or pay the bills until their next big part came along—they relied on commercial gigs to keep them going. As part of an recurring series, Adweek has asked TV personalities like Andy Samberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Kelly Ripa, LL Cool J and Matt LeBlanc to reflect on their most memorable ads. Now, a new group of television actors is looking back on the commercials that helped get them on their way, or, in the case of Rob Lowe, took their long-established career to surprising new heights.