How Do You Find Names of Actors in TV Commercials?

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If you’re a talent scout for a commercial production company or just a casual TV watcher, how can you find the name of the actor in a TV commercial? The short answer is through an online search. There are several websites and other methods that can help you find the names of an actor in a TV commercial. Start by checking some of the sites listed below.



- This company is a TV advertising measurement firm, but you can search or browse on their site for a commercial. Once you find the particular ad, click on it to see more information. Not every ad lists names for actors, but you can learn the title of the commercial or find out the name of the advertising agency that produced the ad. This information will help you continue your search for an actor’s name.

- This site covers TV commercials and can identify a particular actor in a commercial. Under the tab ‘Commercials,’ there are four dropdown options: Actors by Commercials, Commercials by Actor, Who’s in that Commercial and Annoying Commercials. Each one of these offers commercials that have aired in the past, with any available information. 

The AdWhois site depends on actors or agencies adding information to its database, and the main site is infrequently updated. Instead, follow AdWhois on Twitter for more frequent updates on more recent commercials or actors.

Ads of the World is a site that you can search for particular ads by country, industries and types of medium used (film, audio, digital, print, etc.). Searching here will help you to find out the name of the actor in a particular TV spot. 

Social Media

Social media offers many search opportunities to find out a particular actor in a TV commercial. You can ask friends on your feed or search in the Facebook or Twitter search bars with the information you have. Many actors use social media to promote their work, so if you search with relevant keywords for the ads or brands, you might find a link to the actor’s information or a story about the commercial.

There are some actors who’ve become recognizable as a result of appearing in a long-running TV ad campaign. Examples include:

Paul Marcarelli 

Paul Marcarelli is the glasses-wearing actor you’d recognize from the 13-year TV advertising campaign “Can You Hear Me Now?” for Verizon Wireless. In 2016, Paul shocked the industry when he jumped to competitor Sprint as a character in their commercials. 

Stephanie Courtney 

Stephanie Courtney plays the ubiquitous Flo in Progressive Insurance TV commercials. She first appeared in early 2008 as Flo, and in the decade since, revenues for the insurance giant grew from $13 billion in 2008 to $36 billion in 2019. 

Jonathan Goldsmith 

Jonathan Goldsmith is the actor who was the face of “The Most Interesting Man in the World” for the long-running Dos Equis advertising campaign from 2007 to 2015. He was replaced in 2016 by a French actor, and in 2018, Dos Equis shut down that particular campaign.