Greene, now a Steelers talent scout, keeps in touch with Okon through phone calls. The last time the co-stars saw each other was a few years ago at a dinner honoring Greene. "They surprised me with a guest appearance by Tommy, and that was quite nice," he says.
David Leisure, fast-talking liar "Joe Isuzu" in Isuzu's 1987 ad.
The actor played a sleazy car salesman who made outlandish claims such as the car goes 300 miles per hour. While he spoke in the ad, disclaimers exposed his lies. While Leisure, 58, did several Isuzu ads before the Big Game spot, he says he knew he'd hit the big time when that one aired. "That was quite a feather in my cap."
The campaign ran until 1990. In a bid to boost flagging sales, Isuzu brought back his "Joe Isuzu" character in ads in 2001. It didn't stem its decline, and Isuzu has stopped selling passenger vehicles in the U.S.
For the past seven years. Leisure has been a stay-at-home dad for his teenage daughter in Valencia, Calif. In December, he returned to TV as Roger Wilkes on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless. That part isn't far from his days as Joe Isuzu, he says: "I'm a bad guy."
Lester Speight, "Terry Tate, Office Linebacker" in Reebok's 2003 ad.
Speight gained notoriety for doing what most folks only dream of: punishing office slackers. As fictional football linebacker Terry Tate, he tackles workers who goof off. "Most people wish they could do what Terry Tate does," says the 6-foot-5 actor, who has appeared on shows such as Bones and Numb3rs and in the film Norbit.
The Southern California resident's résumé also includes video game voice-overs and time as a professional wrestler competing as Rasta the Voodoo Man.
Reebok does not own the rights to the character — only licensed it for the ads. Speight recently again played Terry Tate online in a series of videos, including one in which he knocks down a worker who scoffs at voting in elections.
Fans can check out some clips at ReturnOfTerryTate.com.
Michael Black, the guy behind the sock puppet in Pets.com's 2000 ad.
Black, 37, describes himself as the "voice and hairy forearm" of the famous Pets.com sock puppet. The online pet supply retailer's ad for Super Bowl 2000 — known as the dot-com bowl because it had 18 ads for new Internet companies — showed the dog puppet singing the Chicago song If You Leave Me Now as a pet owner leaves to go shopping.
While Black was in many Pets.com ads, he says the Super Bowl shoot was particularly grueling. "It was the most ambitious one that we did," he says. "There were crane shots and singing. … What I primarily remember is how much my arm hurt."
Like most of the game's dot-coms, Pets.com was gone within a year.
Black was on NBC sit-com Ed and now performs at comedy clubs. He no longer lists Pets.com on his résumé. "Not that I have anything against it, but I don't want that on my tombstone."
McKenzie Schwefel, girl in Monster.com's "When I Grow Up" 1999 ad.
McKenzie Schwefel told viewers that when she grew up she wanted to have a "brown nose." But at age 7, she didn't know what she was saying.
"I probably didn't know what that line meant until, like, three years later," says Schwefel, now 17 and a high school senior in Minnetonka, Minn.