Aside from marquee names of Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and the rest, you might have seen a few more familiar faces playing bit parts in "Marvel's The Avengers." Here's a list of some of those "Where do I know them from?" actors who appear in the blockbuster comic book flick, including a SPOILERY description of their role and a list of credits that might answer that question.
Powers Boothe, World Security Council Member
An Emmy Award winning actor with over 60 credits to his name, Boothe appears in "The Avengers" addressing Jackson's Nick Fury as a member of the World Security Council. You might know him from shows such as "24" and "Deadwood" and movies such as "MacGruber" and "Sin City." If you don't know his face, you might know his voice as Gorilla Grodd from the "Justice League" animated series.
Jenny Agutter, World Security Council
British actress Agutter also appears as a member of the council, arguing with Fury over the "stupid ass decision" they've made. Perhaps best known as the female lead in the horror classic "An American Werewolf in London," I'll always remember her as the doomed foster mother in "Child's Play 2."
Warren Kole, Carrier Bridge Tech
One of the stars of USA's upcoming drama series "Common Law," Kole has a bit part in "The Avengers" as a tech on the bridge of the SHIELD helicarrier, assessing the damage after Hawkeye's attack. He's also appeared on three different series on Fox: "The Chicago Code," "Mental," and "24."
Jesse Garcia, Carrier Bridge Tech
Playing another tech on the bridge, a clean-shaven Garcia suffers the fury of Fury after informing him the damaged helicarrier's navigation system is down. (Fury's reaction: "Is the sun still up? Then point it to the left!") You probably know Garcia from "Sons of Anarchy," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," or the gay-themed movie "Quincenera."
Walter Perez, Young Shield Pilot
You don't get to see all of Perez's face in "The Avengers," as it's hidden by a helmet, but he does get to appear in one of the funniest scenes of the movie as a pilot who's given the unfortunate task of getting The Hulk's attention while he tears apart the SHIELD helicarrier. Out of the helmet, Perez has done guest spots on shows such as "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy," and "The Closer," and has appeared in the films "Detention" and the 2009 remake of "Fame."
Harry Dean Stanton, Security Guard
Prolific character actor Stanton gets some of the movie's best laughs as a security guard who discovers Bruce Banner "buck ass naked" after falling from the sky as The Hulk. Just a few of his credits: the original "Alien," the John Hughes classic "Pretty in Pink," and the HBO series "Big Love."
Ashley Johnson, Waitress
A child actress who starred on the 1980s television sitcom "Growing Pains" as the Seaver's youngest daughter Chrissy, Johnson will now be forever known as the random waitress who gets way too much screen time in "The Avengers'" action-packed finale. Since her TV acting debut at the age of 7, Johnson has worked steadily through the years, including appearing in 2000's "What Women Want" as the rebellious daughter of Mel Gibson's character, and doing voiceover work in cartoons such as "Recess" (Gretchen), "Teen Titans" (Terra), and "Ben 10: Alien Force" (Gwen). She'll reunite once again with "Avengers" director Joss Whedon (she also did a stint on Whedon's Fox series "Dollhouse") in his next directorial project, where she'll play Margaret in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."
Enver Gjokaj, Young Cop
A series regular on Whedon's 2009-2010 series "Dollhouse," Gjokaj plays a young cop who's not quite sure how to deal the Chitauri's invasion of Earth...at least until Captain America gives him some direction. Gjokaj recently guested on the NBC sitcom "Community" and CBS's "Hawaii Five-0."
Romy Rosemont, Shawna Lynde
Rosemont appears in the television news montage at the end of the film as a mother being interviewed with her husband and son. A prolific television actress since the 1990s, she's probably best known for her current role as Finn Hudson's mother on Fox's "Glee." Rosemont also has a role in Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing."
James Eckhouse, Senator Boynton
After seeing all positive feedback from the citizens of New York in the news montage, Eckhouse's character is kind of a Debbie Downer, appearing as a senator calling for government regulation of super-powered individuals. It's a far cry from his role as Brandon and Brenda's "cool dad" Jim Walsh in the original "Beverly Hills, 90210."
And edited to add...
Alexis Denisof, The Other
I left him out because I thought most people already knew who he was/who he played, but I guess not. Another Whedon regular best known for his role as Watcher/Rogue Demon Slayer Wesley Wyndham-Price on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," Denisof lends his voice to the alien figure addressing Loki in the film's creepy outer-space scenes.
Source: IMDB, my own personal knowledge of movies and television, & the 4 viewings of "Avengers" that I've already sat through this week