Evan Arnold Television Crisscross

Last night I was binge-watching some episodes of Aquarius after a long day in Boston.  I was in the middle of this scene at Charles Manson’s house in the wooded area of California.  A record producer named Elliott Hillman walked up to the property, asking Manson to play some songs on his guitar.  After a few quick glances, I started to recognize the actor who played Elliott Hillman.  It took me a mere few minutes to realize…he was the guy who delivered that final monologue in the series finale of Mad Men!


The actor, Evan Arnold, has a cameo as the record producer in Aquarius and as Leonard in the series finale of Mad Men. Evan Arnold had various roles in the silver screen and a few cameos in some films.  He started in famous TV series such as Growing Pains, Suburgatory, Just the Ten of Us, and Masters of Sex.  His most recent role was in AMC’s Mad Men as Leonard, the guy who shared his powerful monologue with the Esalen therapy group.  Leonard shared his metaphoric dream of being on a shelf in the refrigerator.

Mad Men is considered one of the best television dramas of all time.  Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper, a creative director for Sterling Cooper advertising agency in New York City.  The series starts from March 1960 on season 1 and moves to through November 1970 by season 7.  He meets Leonard at the Esalen therapy group in Big Sur, California.

Aquarius is a period crime drama that premiered on May 28th, 2015 for the NBC network.  The show stars David Duchovny as Samson Benedictus “Sam” Hodiak, a detective for the LAPD in 1967.  Sam Hodiak investigates the case of a missing teenage girl named Emma Karn.  He later discovers that Emma has been living with Charles Manson and his “family” in a deserted area.  Charles Manson’s “family” were a group of hippies who followed Manson in the wild life of sex, drugs, and rock & roll.  This fictional drama is releasing its second season on June 16th.

This was such a cool and random discovery!  Evan Arnold starred as two similar characters but with different story lines attached to them.  He was a hippie record producer and he was also a hippie who shared his monumental story at the Esalen Institute.  I was not too familiar with Evan Arnold, but I was interested in his work he has done for television and movies.  Earlier I spotted the Alfred Rosenheim mansion on season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which was the murder house used for American Horror Story: Murder House!).  Television crisscrosses are always fun to discover and it’s always exciting to see what actors or actresses have done after their famous rolls.



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