Q: I was just watching the movie "Cabin in the Woods" and I recognized the red-haired control-room guy. What do I know him from?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Bradley Whitford is either the great "hey-it's-that-guy!" of our time, or he's Josh Lyman from "The West Wing," no question. It depends how obsessed you were with "The West Wing."

If you weren't particularly obsessed with it, or (and there must be some of you) you've never seen it, the chameleonic Whitford has disappeared into more than 100 film and TV roles since arriving on the scene back in a 1985 episode of "The Equalizer." That was an early indication of his preference for TV.

He's done some great big-screen support work (he had roles in recent hits such as 2013's "Saving Mr. Banks" and 2017's "Get Out," among dozens of others), but he seems to do better with the intimacy of the small screen.

In terms of lead roles, he re-teamed with his "West Wing" boss, Aaron Sorkin, for the one-season drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and starred in the similarly short-lived cop comedy "The Good Guys" in 2010.

But it's his guest turns that have had the most impact. He's done loads, but most notably, and recently, he did extended runs on prestige series "Transparent" and "The Handmaid's Tale," both of which netted him Emmy nominations.


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