A few years after the The Last Crusade, a new plan came into fruition to give fans of the whipping Archaeologist's Origins and it is one of the most underrated shows of the 90's. The series started out as The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles that featured three stages of Indy's life; when he was a young lad getting into mischief while learning everything under the sun in the countless countries he traveled in to this war years as a teen and as an old man talking to two boys that thought the old man didn't know a damn thing. For me as a fan it was amazing to see Indy meet all these people that became world famous in their own period and I feel without question if you want to see bad ass history unfold where you get to see characters that were part of one of the greatest eras this is it.
Now as far guest stars were concerned what you may not have known was that some of the biggest names today played a part in the plethora of Adventures Indy displayed in his travels. I can't mention every Guest Star on Indy but here are some names you may know
That's right folks Batman's beloved Butler was also in Indiana Jones as world famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy (War & Peace). It was in an episode where pre-teen Indy runs away after getting heat from both parents that involved an incident at a Socialist Russian Wedding. When he runs off he becomes acquainted with an old man that he accidentally shoots in the ass with his sling shot. Not knowing who the old man was, Indy didn't quite get along with him at first but little by little things warm up but Tolstoy is a bit of a traveler after de-nouncing his fame as a writer and walked the Russian countryside but was beloved by those who knew him and admired his writing. After exchanging Baseball Cards for a Bible Tolstoy and Indy say goodbye after families of both sides come together. Very interesting and dramatic episode with a few laughs in the process, gives you a glimpse of who this author was in that period.
Who would've thunk it that the first James Bond and the most recent one were both part of the Indiana Jones Saga. This was Craig's 4th role on Television back in the early-mid 90's and his character in Indy wasn't a huge role but it made a small impact on Indy's life during his time in World War 1. Danny boy played a character name Schiller that was a member of I believe the French army fighting alongside Indy and company against the enemy Germans.
In one of her early roles, the woman that became famous as Vanessa Kensington in the first Austin Powers film was also the "love" of Indy's life when he first joins the war and is in London. Her role was that of a daughter of a Suffragette named Vicky Pentriss. A woman was fighting for women's rights in the mid 1910's was a big part of history during that time and she even had a small battle of words with Indy's childhood Tutor Helen Seymour and even makes a fool of herself in front of England's General Winston Churchill. Safe to say she played a huge part in how Indy was took in girlfriends in his constant traveling throughout the years and to think this was before he had it out with Marion Ravenwood.
The little boy from Witness (That also starred Harrison Ford) was also part of Indy's travels as young Indy goes to Paris to learn the fine cultural Arts of the country that turned into one of the wildest moments of his life. He meets a young boy at an art gallery that turned out to be quite the artist himself; teen Norman Rockwell. Indy and Norman embark on a few streams of the night life meeting wild and wacky characters including two of the biggest names in that time frame the man who invented Cubism Pablo Piccaso & Degas. To say these 2 boys were in for the ride of their lives would be an understatement.
Keith David who's been a background actor for decades playing characters alongside some of the biggest names in the biz including Harrison Ford played a character in Indy's college days in Chicago where Jazz was the thing in music as King Oliver who played alongside the legendary Louis Armstrong in 1920. It was a small role and only lasted a few minutes but it was part of a scene where Indy goes into an all-black nightclub with musicians that decided to tag him along even though there were hesitations.
When it comes down to it Clark Gregg is probably the biggest name in TV right now as the bad ass SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson but decades prior to this role at around 30 years old he played a little role as Thomas Edison's Assistant in an episode where Indy is a bit of a rowdy teenager just before jumping on the War Bandwagon and going to prom with a lovely girl that had quite the adventure with that involved stealing parts on a car and using a little mystery and comedy in the mix. Small role but it was the early part of Gregg's career that led him to becoming the man that has become our favorite Agent Of SHIELD.
Figured I'd give you guys a little history into the Indiana Jones Era that had big names and even played alongside Harrison Ford himself in other films such as Lukas Haas in Witness, Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens and Keith David in Hollywood Homicide. Some may not be as famous now but before they hit the biggest roles of their career, they were playing a role in Indy's countless adventures from his early days as a boy to his time in the War and during his college days in Chicago.