Sonic Youth in Stars Hollow

List of popular actors and musicians who appeared as themselves or in minor roles in Gilmore Girls episodes.


  • Mad Men's Jon Hamm played Lorelai's crush Payton Sanders.[1]
  • Former adult films actress Traci Lords played interior designer Natalie Zimmerman.[2]
  • "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane appeared as Zach in a season 2 episode[3] and voiced an unseen lawyer in season 3.[4]
  • Mr. Robot's Rami Malek was Lane's classmate from the Seventh-day Adventist college.[5]
  • Community's Danny Pudi appeared as Raj, a writer for the Yale Daily News.[6]


  • Paul Anka appeared in Lorelai's dream sequence together with Paul Anka the dog.[7]
  • Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, together with their daughter Coco were among the bands that invaded Stars Hollow after the town troubadour signed a major label deal.[8]
  • Yo La Tengo was another one of those bands.[8]


  • Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appeared as herself (and Rory's mother) in Rory's dream sequence.[9]


  • Christiane Amanpour appeared as herself as a guest at the Dragonfly Inn.[10]
  • Norman Mailer appeared as himself. He was the first person Sookie told she was pregnant.[11]


  1. Eight O'Clock at the Oasis
  2. The Fundamental Things Apply
  3. Lorelai's Graduation Day
  4. I Solemnly Swear
  5. In the Clamor and the Clangor
  6. French Twist
  7. The Real Paul Anka
  8. 8.0 8.1 Partings
  9. Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number
  10. Bon Voyage
  11. Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant!

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