61 Exciting Guest Stars Of The Good Wife

A round-up of some of the exciting guest stars we've seen on The Good Wife.

Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning

1. Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning

Louis Canning has made a name for himself over the years, sometimes as a rival for Alicia, Cary, and Diane—and sometimes as a member of an uneasy alliance.

Watch Louis Canning's first episode, "Poisoned Pill," on CBS All Access.
Michael Cerveris as James Castro

2. Michael Cerveris as James Castro

Cerveris starred as Illinois State's Attorney James "Jimmy" Castro.

Watch "A Material World," featuring Michael Cerveris, on CBS All Access.
Matthew Goode as Finn Polmar

3. Matthew Goode as Finn Polmar

Finn Polmar serves under State's Attorney James Castro. He was also the prosecuting attorney in the court case that ended in Will Gardner's tragic and untimely death.

Polmar is a key player in one of the most important episodes of the series; Watch "Dramatics, Your Honor" on CBS All Access.
Christine Lahti as Andrea Stevens

4. Christine Lahti as Andrea Stevens

The disarmingly friendly attorney represents the company Running Milk.

Watch this witty lawyer in "Lies" on CBS All Access.
Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm

5. Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm

Nyholm was another sneaky attorney opponent of Lockhart/Gardner. 

Watch her try to take down the firm with Louis Canning in "The Dream Team" on CBS All Access.
Mamie Gummer as Nancy Crozier

6. Mamie Gummer as Nancy Crozier

This tricky attorney has been known to act awkward just to charm the judge. After repeatedly facing off against Alicia we've come to understand that it's part of a calculated strategy.

Watch this worthy foe in "Bad" on CBS All Access.
Anna Camp as Caitlin D'Arcy

7. Anna Camp as Caitlin D'Arcy

We met Caitlin, who happens to be David Lee's niece, when she was a first-year associate at the firm and frequently appeared in court with Alicia.

See her first appearance in "Marthas & Caitlins" on CBS All Access.
Anika Noni Rose as Wendy Scott-Carr

8. Anika Noni Rose as Wendy Scott-Carr

A lawyer working for the Cook County State's Attorney office, Scott-Carr led the investigation into Will and was also one of Peter Florrick's rivals in the election for State's Attorney in Season 2.

See Scott-Carr face down Alicia Florrick in "Another Ham Sandwich" on CBS All Access.
Lisa Edelstein as Celeste Serrano

9. Lisa Edelstein as Celeste Serrano

Serrano is a hard-charging lawyer who locked horns with Will Gardner.

See Serrano's trickery and wit in "Get a Room" on CBS All Access.
Renée Elise Goldsberry as Geneva Pine

12. Renée Elise Goldsberry as Geneva Pine

Geneva Pine is a lawyer in the State's Attorney office.

See Pine's first appearance in "Painkiller" on CBS All Access.
Gloria Steinem as herself

14. Gloria Steinem as herself

Gloria Steinem suggested that Alicia run for State's Attorney at one of Peter's events.

Catch Gloria Steinem in "Dear God" on CBS All Access.
Democratic Political Strategist Donna Brazile as herself

15. Democratic Political Strategist Donna Brazile as herself

She has appeared on The Good Wife three times. On her latest appearance, she is brought on to give her opinion on Peter's chances on being a VP contender in the 2016 presidential race.

See the political strategist in "The Decision Tree" on CBS All Access.
Jason Biggs as Dylan Stack

16. Jason Biggs as Dylan Stack

Stack, who's an attorney himself, turned to Lockhart/Gardner for representation when he refused to provide the U.S. Treasury with the identity of "Mr. Bitcoin," who invented the digital currency. With the Treasury Department hot on the trail of their suspect, the Lockhart/Gardner lawyers scrambled to find the real mastermind. 

Watch Stack make it rain Bitcoins during "Bitcoin for Dummies" on CBS All Access.
John Benjamin Hickey as Neil Gross

17. John Benjamin Hickey as Neil Gross

This billionaire owner and founder of search engine Chumhum had been a client of Lockhart/Gardner for years. Known for his arrogant and ambitious ways, Neil Gross has been represented by many of the firm's lawyers in a variety of financial disputes. 

See the Chumhum owner in his first appearance, "Great Firewall" on CBS All Access.
Vanessa Williams as Courtney Paige

18. Vanessa Williams as Courtney Paige

The powerhouse CEO made her appearance at the beginning of Peter's campaign for national office. Looking to endorse a candidate with a strong family, naturally she leaned toward Peter and Saint Alicia. The billionaire beauty also captured Eli Gold's heart during her time—albeit short—in Illinois. 

See the beautiful and brilliant CEO in her final appearance on The Good Wife, "KSR," on CBS All Access.
Miranda Cosgrove as Sloan Burchfield

19. Miranda Cosgrove as Sloan Burchfield

After two DUIs, this tween-star-turned-bad-girl was represented by Alicia when she received her third DUI charge and was accused of an attempted murder. It was revealed that her sister was actually behind the wheel, and Sloan desperately tried to take the fall for her. 

Watch The Good Wife represent the "Bad Girls" on CBS All Access.
Mike Colter as Lemond Bishop

20. Mike Colter as Lemond Bishop

Bishop was the show's iconic drug kingpin.

See his first appearance in "Fleas" on CBS All Access.
Wallace Shawn as Charles Lester

21. Wallace Shawn as Charles Lester

Charles works with Lemond Bishop and somehow convinces every single witness to change their testimony through some kind of secret magic.

Watch Charles' trickery on behalf of Bishop in "Runnin' with the Devil" on CBS All Access.
Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney

22. Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney

Colin Sweeney is always trouble, but Dylan makes the character enjoyable to watch.

See him for the first time in "Bad" on CBS All Access.
Laura Benanti as Renata Ellard

23. Laura Benanti as Renata Ellard

We met Renata as the fiancée of the notorious Colin Sweeney, and the two later tied the knot.

See the only woman who managed to tame Sweeney in "Tying the Knot" on CBS All Access.
Matthew Lillard as Rowby Canton

24. Matthew Lillard as Rowby Canton

This musician wanted help from Alicia and Cary when he was sued over ownership rights to his new single. 

Watch the rowdy Rowby in "Tracks" on CBS All Access.
Blair Underwood as Harry Dargis

25. Blair Underwood as Harry Dargis

Dargis, a hotel owner, put up a billboard blaming a local gun store for the shooting death of his daughter. He turns to Lockhart/Agos/Lee after the store owner sues him for defamation.

Watch Harry Dargis fight for his daughter's memory in "Shoot" on CBS All Access.
Oliver Platt as R.D.

26. Oliver Platt as R.D.

R.D. (a.k.a. Reese Dipple) is an extremely private and conservative client worth billions of dollars. Dipple hired Diane Lockhart to argue the liberal side of a mock case and eventually brings his business—and his lawyer, Ethan Carver—to Lockhart/Agos/Lee.

See the man behind the notorious moniker in "Red Meat" on CBS All Access.
Peter Gallagher as Ethan Carver

27. Peter Gallagher as Ethan Carver

Carver is a representative for Reese Dipple, whose conservative agenda puts Diane on cases that challenge her personal beliefs.

Watch Carver go toe-to-toe with Diane Lockhart in "Taxed" on CBS All Access.
Nathan Lane as Clarke Hayden

28. Nathan Lane as Clarke Hayden

Clarke Hayden was brought in to oversee Lockhart/Gardner during its bankruptcy and ended up joining the Florrick/Agos team later on.

See Clarke Hayden's first appearance in "I Fought the Law" on CBS All Access.
Taye Diggs as Dean Levine-Wilkins

29. Taye Diggs as Dean Levine-Wilkins

Dean Levine-Wilkins originally moved to Chicago at the behest of Diane Lockhart and, after she chose to leave Lockhart/Gardner, moved with her to Florrick/Agos.

Watch Levine-Wilkins in "Shiny Objects" on CBS All Access.
Rita Wilson as Viola Walsh

30. Rita Wilson as Viola Walsh

A lawyer and friend of Diane Lockart, Viola Walsh enjoys throwing lawyers off their game.

See the ruthless Walsh in "Net Worth" on CBS All Access.
Jason O'Mara as Damian Boyle

31. Jason O'Mara as Damian Boyle

Damian is a wild attorney with a mysterious past. Will brought him on at Lockhart/Gardner, where he clashed with the more conservative culture.

See the cheeky attorney in "Whack-a-Mole" on CBS All Access.
Jerry Adler as Howard Lyman

32. Jerry Adler as Howard Lyman

We've seen more and more of Howard Lyman over the years, and there's never a dull moment when he's around.

Watch Howard make his first appearance in "Great Firewall" on CBS All Access.
Matthew Morrison as Assistant U.S. Attorney Connor Fox

33. Matthew Morrison as Assistant U.S. Attorney Connor Fox

Fox leads the federal investigation into Peter during Season 7. 

See AUSA Fox launch his investigation into Peter Florrick during "Hearing" on CBS All Access.
Will Patton as Mike Tascioni

35. Will Patton as Mike Tascioni

Mike Tascioni, Elsbeth's estranged husband, is brought on to help defend Peter against the investigation by Assistant U.S. Attorney Fox.

See Mike Tascioni—who's equally as quirky and brilliant as Elsbeth—in "Hearing" on CBS All Access.
Jill Hennessy as Rayna Hecht

36. Jill Hennessy as Rayna Hecht

Rayna is a powerful New York lawyer who Alicia and Cary try to align with.

Watch Alicia and Cary approach Hecht in "A Few Words" on CBS All Access.
Amanda Peet as Laura Hellinger

37. Amanda Peet as Laura Hellinger

Peter Florrick hired the former Army captain to the Cook County State's Attorney Office on Alicia's recommendation. She briefly dated Will Gardner—who was still in love with Alicia.

See Alicia Florrick argue for Hellinger in "The Art of War" on CBS All Access.
Mo Rocca as Ted Willoughby

39. Mo Rocca as Ted Willoughby

Journalist Ted Willoughby joined the Florrick campaign bus as it raced against the clock to visit every single voting district in Iowa before the Caucus. 

See Willoughby follow the Florricks in "Iowa" on CBS All Access.
Zach Woods as Jeff Dellinger

41. Zach Woods as Jeff Dellinger

Dellinger is one of the unconventional employees at the NSA who has wiretapped Alicia over the seasons—before fleeing the country. Aside from eavesdropping, Dellinger enjoys sending goofy videos to his coworkers.

See Jeff Dellinger and his co-workers' goat videos in "All Tapped Out" on CBS All Access.
Linda Lavin as Joy Grubick

42. Linda Lavin as Joy Grubick

This seemingly scattered yet no-nonsense pretrial service officer ensured that Cary Agos fulfilled the conditions of his bail.

See Joy Grubick keep a close eye on Cary Agos in "Dear God" on CBS All Access.
Margo Martindale as Ruth Eastman

43. Margo Martindale as Ruth Eastman

Ruth Eastman, a highly regarded political operative, was hired by Peter Florrick to guide what was ostensibly a presidential campaign toward another prize: his party's vice-president nomination. Eastman unseated Eli Gold as Peter's chief of staff, which created bad blood and a lot of drama between the two.

See the ruthless Ruth Eastman in "Bond" on CBS All Access.
Connie Nielsen as Ramona Lytton

45. Connie Nielsen as Ramona Lytton

While going through her own dirty laundry in preparation for her State's Attorney run, Alicia realized that her old friend Ramona may be sleeping with Peter.

See how Ramona impacts Peter's campaign in "Oppo Research" on CBS All Access.
Steven Pasquale as Johnny Elfman

46. Steven Pasquale as Johnny Elfman

Elfman serves as Alicia's campaign manager during her run for State's Attorney.

Watch Elfman air Alicia's dirty laundry in "Oppo Research" on CBS All Access.
Ed Asner as Guy Redmayne

48. Ed Asner as Guy Redmayne

Guy Redmayne has the deep pockets that lawyers appreciate in a client—but he's also homophobic and sexist. While vying for his "dark money" during her run for State's Attorney, Alicia was subject to his crude physical and verbal sexual harassment. 

See Alicia shut down Redmayne in "Undisclosed Recipients" on CBS All Access.
David Hyde Pierce as Frank Prady

49. David Hyde Pierce as Frank Prady

Frank Prady is a political commentator who turned into Alicia's opponent during the race for State's Attorney.

See Prady's first appearance in "Red Meat" on CBS All Access.
Joe Morton as Daniel Golden

51. Joe Morton as Daniel Golden

Before he took a scandalous turn, Joe Morton was Peter Florrick's attorney.

See Peter's defender in action during "Fixed" on CBS All Access.
Mike Pniewski and T.R. Knight as Frank Landau and Jordan Karahalios

52. Mike Pniewski and T.R. Knight as Frank Landau and Jordan Karahalios

Mike's character, Frank Landau, is a Democratic strategist who never brings good news to Peter and Eli. T.R. Knight was Peter's campaign manager in Season 4.

See Frank Landau's first appearance in "Bad Girls" on CBS All Access.
America Ferrera as Natalie Flores

53. America Ferrera as Natalie Flores

Natalie Flores caught the eye of Eli Gold during her time on The Good Wife.

Catch her first appearance in "Silver Bullet" on CBS All Access.
Dreama Walker as Becca

54. Dreama Walker as Becca

Zach's friend-turned-girlfriend was nothing but trouble after she first appeared in Season 1 of The Good Wife. She proved to be quite manipulative when Eli discovered that she was the person leaking insider information about the Florricks' personal lives on Twitter. 

See Becca toy with Twitter—and Zach's—feelings in "Threesome" on CBS All Access.
Gary Cole as Kurt McVeigh

58. Gary Cole as Kurt McVeigh

Kurt started as Diane's love interest, now the two are married.

Catch Kurt's first appearance as an expert witness in "Bang" on CBS All Access.
Denis O'Hare as Judge Charles Abernathy

60. Denis O'Hare as Judge Charles Abernathy

Abernathy was one of the many great judges seen on this show.

See Judge Abernathy's first ruling in "Stripped" on CBS All Access.
David Fonteno as Judge Robert Parks

61. David Fonteno as Judge Robert Parks

Judge Parks stood out as one of the judges involved in Will’s corruption case.

See Judge Parks in a whole new light during "Another Ham Sandwich" on CBS All Access.