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Way Back When: Connie Britton

Connie Britton

You know her best as Tami Taylor on ‘Friday Night Lights’ and she stars in the hit ABC series ‘Nashville,’ but in today’s Way Back When, we take a look at Connie Britton before she was famous.

‘The Brothers McMullen’

Connie Britton’s first role was in the 1995 indie flick ‘The Brothers McMullen’ about three Irish-Catholic brothers navigating life, work and love in Long Island. The film won best picture at the Sundance film festival that year — not too shabby for Britton’s first role.

‘No Looking Back’

Britton reunited with her ‘Brothers McMullen’ co-star/writer/director Edward Burns in 1998 for ‘No Looking Back,’ the story of a woman stuck in a small town with dreams of escaping, when her ex comes back to town and ignites an old, restless spark. Britton plays the woman’s sister, a single mother struggling to take care of her child and her own troubled mother. And Jon Bon Jovi is in this, so there’s that.

‘Spin City’

On the long-running sitcom hit ‘Spin City,’ Britton starred alongside Michael J. Fox. Britton plays Nikki, and in the clip below, she’s quite the object of Fox’s affection — or distraction. See why:

‘The West Wing’

In 2001, Britton starred in four episodes of political drama ‘The West Wing’ as Connie Tate, a campaign consultant working for Martin Sheen‘s President Bartlet when he was running for re-election. Watch her in the clip below with Rob Lowe:

‘Lost at Home’

Britton starred on the short-lived sitcom ‘Lost at Home,’ which ran for six episodes in 2003.  The show follows an ad executive who’s losing touch with his family — his wife, played by Britton, demands that he reconnect with them or else she’s going to leave. You can check her out in the clip below around the 4:25 mark:

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