I've recognized guest-starring parts by James Caan (whose son Scott is a 5-0 regular), Ed Asner and Christine Lahti (playing Steve McGarrett's mother), among others.
James Caan and Asner brought a lot to their parts, and I especially enjoyed the banter between the Caans, the real-life father and son. I was a little irritated when the show's bosses killed off Asner's character.
There was a raggedy old woman in one episode, and I suddenly recognized her as the once-stunningly beautiful Lee Meriwether, the most beautiful of the three women who played Catwoman on the old "Batman" TV show. She was unrecognizable until she grinned. That hasn't changed.
When I was trying to remember the actress who played McGarrett's mom, I kept thinking of Christine, but I couldn't come up with a last name. So I googled "McGarrett's mom Hawaii 5-0" and got Christine Lahti.
I also recognized the man who played McGarrett's dad. William Sadler played the criminal Gino Fish in Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone TV movie series.
Today, I recognized Peter Weller, who once played Buckaroo Banzai and Robocop in movies. On H50, he played a killer who had lost his hands and was wearing prosthetic hands. That seemed ironic because of his Robocop role.
I was happy with the Wo Fat story line ended, though. It quickly got old for me. Now, if we could only get rid of the mother story line (although I like Lahti).
NOTE: I just saw a Texas Ranger on H50 who looks a lot like one of the goofy brothers on the TV show "Wings." He did a wonderful job in that role.
I also saw an episode with Carol Burnett playing McGarrett's Aunt Deb.
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