The 15 Best TV Commercials Starring A-List Hollywood Actors

  • Scarlett Johansson in a sensual Super Bowl ad for SodaStream. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio in a commercial for Suzuki. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Kevin Bacon plays off his “6 degrees of separation” fame in a well-scripted British ad for cell phone gurus EE. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Charlize Theron in a lovely recent ad for Dior. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Arnie – yes the Governator – starring in a hilarious Japanese ad for Alinamin V energy drinks. (Photo: Flickr)

  • Samuel L. Jackson, debonair noir in an ad for Virgin Media. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Rowan “Mr. Bean” Atkinson in a commercial for Snickers candy bars. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Snickers’ latest series of TV ads also stars Joe Pesci. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Paul Rudd swoons in an early ad for Super Nintendo. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Steve Carell promoting Brown’s Chicken in 1989. (Photo: YouTube)

  • A young Ben Affleck in an ad for Burger King. (Photo: YouTube)

  • Lindsay Lohan in a recent Esurance ad. (Photo: Flickr)

  • John Travolta in an early Band-Aid ad. (Photo: YouTube)

  • A match made in heaven – Matthew McConaughey and Lincoln automobiles. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Morgan Freeman in a 1975 ad for Polaroid. (Photo: YouTube)

Scarlett Johansson in a sensual Super Bowl ad for SodaStream. (Photo: YouTube)

In an episode of Mad Men, Peggy and her co-workers act out a potential TV ad featuring football hero Joe Namath for advertising genius Dick Whitman, a.k.a. Don Draper. After pulling off the script without a hitch, the crew is disappointed as Draper takes one drag of a cigarette and tells them “putting celebrities in commercials is lazy.”

Perhaps that was the standard theory in the 1960s, but it would soon pass. Over the decades, ad agencies realized that putting celebrities – especially Hollywood celebs – in commercials was a three-fold winner, appealing to fans of the actor, the most recent hit film they were in, and the product. There have also been plenty of Tinseltown A-listers who worked in commercials long before their film and TV acting reputations were etched in glory.

Here’s a list of 15 great TV commercials starring leading men and women of the silver screen.

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