Top 10 Guest Stars on "The Good Wife"
The Good Wife stands out from the crowd thanks to whip-smart writing and its leading lady Julianna Margulies. The show’s secret weapon, however, is its rotating roster of A-list guest stars. What follows are ten unforgettable ones. Vote your favorite in the poll then tune into THE WRITERS' ROOM: "The Good Wife," on Mon., May 19 at 11PM/10c.Photo Credit: David M. Russell/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Author: Isaiah Sherman
The Way Way Back star is a master of infusing funny roles with painful dramatic stakes. Watch her flip that around as brave military lawyer Laura Hellinger, who grimly enlists Alicia’s help in a sexual assault case before returning as Will Gardner’s most charming love interest.Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Comedian Sedaris is known for embodying hilarious high-octane lunatics such as 46-year-old high schooler Jerri Blank in Strangers With Candy, the cult after school special parody she created. In her role here as Eli Gold’s most worthy opponent -- peppy Southern lobbyist Stacie Hall -- she poaches clients with a smile.Photo Credit: CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
This hardworking actress shined on everything from Sex and the City to Lost and Desperate Housewives before landing a lead on True Blood. She's also impressive in The Good Wife, where her brilliant, ADHD-addled attorney Elizabeth Tascioni uses a scatterbrained demeanor to camouflage her ferocity.Photo Credit: David M. Russell/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
F. Murray Abraham
The legendary character actor is best known for his Oscar-winning turn in Amadeus, but he’s kept busy since then too with major parts in films by Wes Anderson and the Coen Brothers. As well-dressed Hollywood lawyer Burl Preston on The Good Wife, his bland façade hides a bully-for-hire.Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS ©2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
He made his name playing shady characters in Hustle, The Vice, and Mad Dogs so Warren is the perfect fit as Kalinda Sharma’s estranged ex-husband Nick, who shows up and disturbs just about everyone within his range with stalker-like behavior and strange criminal connections.Photo Credit: Jeffrey Neira/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The one-time child star of The Mosquito Coast overcame early typecasting as tomboy to go on to become a notable stage actress with an edge. As the Lockhart-Gardner rival Patti Nyholm, she'll do whatever it takes to win, even use her newborn at an important trial.Photo Credit: David M. Russell/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The affable Friends star plays startlingly against type as Peter’s political rival, Mike Kresteva, who makes no bones about crushing and ridiculing all those who stand in his way. Even when he’s turning on charm, this guy's just a smirk away from a vicious sneer.Photo Credit: David M. Russell/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Michael J. Fox
Fox turns in a fearless performance, playing his real-life affliction with Parkinson’s disease for laughs as the Machiavellian Louis Canning. A slimy opponent, Canning remains impossibly likable thanks to a twinkle in eye that makes it clear just how much Fox is enjoying himself.Photo Credit: Jeffrey Neira/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The two-time Tony Award winner tones it down as staid Clarke Hayden, a trustee assigned to watch over Lockhart-Gardner as they struggle to pay off crushing debt. Lane invests the role with perfect understated aloofness and then surprising warmth. He may have a no-nonsense approach to business but he's also got a heart of gold.Photo Credit: Jeff Neira/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Over 20 years after her breakout performance as tough-talking delinquent Rizzo in Grease, Channing won an Emmy as an equally outspoken First Lady of the United States in The West Wing. Channing brings her combative nature to the fore again as Alicia’s mother, Veronica Loy, the free-spirited, hard-drinking narcissist.Photo Credit: CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Vote on your favorite guest star, and don't miss the creative minds behind this series on THE WRITERS' ROOM: "The Good Wife," on Mon., May 19 at 11PM/10c.
Author: Isaiah Sherman