It’s one of the most popular TV shows in America featuring one of the most scandalous actors on the planet, but most people are surprisingly not all that familiar with the rest of the people who make of the “Two and a Half Men” cast. That may surprise some since several of the cast members have had very successful careers in TV for years before this show went into production. Just look below and see what we mean.

  1. Charlie Sheen (Charlie Harper). He’s hands down the star of the “Two and a Half Men” cast and heir to an acting dynasty. Son to Emmy Award winner actor Martin Sheen, Charlie has his own legacy of success of films and TV shows that include “Red Dawn” Ferris Bueller's Day Off”, “Young Guns”, “Wall Street”, and “Spin City”. However, what Charlie is known for is his meltdown and subsequent firing from the show midway through the eight season in 2011. Sheen’s behavior and years-long battle with substance abuse finally caught up to him after he was charged in the beating of his third wife, Brooke Mueller, and for verbally attacking the show’s creator and executive producer, Chuck Lorre.

  2. Jon Cryer (Alan Harper). Like Charlie Sheen, Cryer also had a long history of success in film before joining the “Two and a Half Men” cast as Alan Harper, younger brother to Charlie. Alan is a neurotic chiropractor who is just the opposite of Charlie’s laid-back freelance jingle writer. Cryer’s acting pedigree includes such classic movies as “Pretty in Pink”, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”, “The Fabulous Teddy Z”, “Hot Shots” (where he appeared with Sheen), and “Stripperella”. The premise of the show is that Alan and his youngest son start to live with Charlie after Alan’s wife kicks him out and begins divorce proceedings.

  3. Angus T Jones (Jake Harper). For only being 18-years old, Angus Jones has already amassed a somewhat impressive list of credits to his name prior to joining the “Two and  Half Men” cast as the son of Jon Cryer’s character, Alan. He’s guest starred on “Hanana Montana” with Miley Cyrus, “Bringing Down The House” with Queen Latifa and Steve Martin, and “The Rookie” with Dennis Quaid (not to be confused with the Charlie Sheen movie of the same name).  

  4. Conchata Ferrell (Berta). Ferrell is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive character actresses in the industry. Before joining the “Two and a Half Men” cast, she had been a part of some of the most popular TV or movie projects since her start in 1974. Her ability to jump between drama and comedy has been celebrated over and over by audiences. She more or less known for her portrayal of bitchy characters in films like “Erin Brockovich” and TV shows like “ER” and “L.A. Law”. In “Two and a Half Men”, she plays Charlie’s housekeeper and one of the rare people who can lay down the law with Charlie when she needs to.

  5. Holland Taylor (Evelyn Harper). Taylor has the longest list of credits to her name in of the entire cast of “Two and Half Men”. Getting her start in soap operas in 1969, she stayed a player in soaps until her big break in the Tom Hanks’s TV debut in “Bosom Buddies”. In “Two and a Half Men”, she plays the matriarch to the Harper family and one of the only things that the Harper boys agree on (their mutual dislike of her). Evelyn’s rather boring real estate career tends to mask a sexual appetite that has already killed one of her husbands and she represents a meddling thorn in the side to her two sons, something she seems to revel in.  

  6. Marin Hinkle (Judith Harper). Rounding out the “Two and a Half Men” cast is Marin Hinkle who plays the ex-wife of Cryer’s character Alan, and mother to Jones’s character, Jake. While Hinkle doesn’t have a huge list of credits to her name (other than guest starring roles in other TV shows, her last series was 1999’s “Once and Again”). She gives it her all as Alan’s ex, torturing him one minute and seducing him the next.