12 Actors Who Became TV HostsFrom Bill Maher to Mario Lopez, these thespians like it better on the other side of the interview table
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Even before Stephen Colbert became the poster boy for conservative-pundit caricature, it was odd to see him playing anything but exaggerated versions of political reporters (The Daily Show) and clueless educators (Strangers With Candy). In 2004, Colbert appeared on an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent in a dramatic role as a handwriting forger with mommy issues. While Vincent D'Onofrio proved a worthy adversary to Colbert’s credibly creepy counterfeiter, Colbert’s destiny lay in the political-satire arena. One year later, The Colbert Report began its humorous assault on the Bill O'Reillys and the Michele Bachmanns of the world – and judging from his recent on-air reaction to Fox & Friends' claim that Pap smears and breast exams can be obtained at Walgreens, neither has Colbert.