The 25 Best American Horror Story Guest Stars
American Horror Story is known for its ability to transform an ensemble cast from season to season — the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel is no exception — but there are a handful of guest stars who have only made brief appearances. We're going back and remembering the 25 best guest spots on the show, from the first season all the way up to Hotel!
Ashley Rickards as Chloe Stapleton
During the first season, Rickards, now known for MTV's Awkward, portrayed Chloe, one of Tate's victims in the Westfield High Massacre who comes back to haunt him on Halloween.
Eric Stonestreet as Derek
In one of the more notable guest appearances from the first season, Modern Family's Stonestreet played Derrick. He's deathly afraid of urban legends, and as part of his therapy, Ben (Dylan McDermott) tells him to go home and face his fear of Piggyman. He does — and then is promptly murdered by a burglar hiding in his shower.
Mena Suvari as Elizabeth Short/The Black Dahlia
Suvari appeared on the show as the infamous murder victim Elizabeth Short, known as The Black Dahlia, in a flashback. She visits the dentist, who practices at his home. Can you guess where he lives? Yep, it's the Murder House.
Josh Malina as Dr. Curran
And who played that sadistic dentist? None other than Scandal's Josh Malina!
Rosa Salazar as Nurse Maria
Best known for her stint on Parenthood, Salazar also appeared on American Horror Story as Maria, a nurse who is stabbed to death inside the Murder House.
Clea DuVall as Wendy Peyser
Asylum also has its fair share of guest stars, beginning with Argo's DuVall. She played Wendy, Lana Winters's (Sarah Paulson) girlfriend.
Ian McShane as Leigh Emerson
McShane gave American Horror Story fans some festive nightmares as a patient who escapes and goes on a murder spree inside the asylum while dressed as Santa Claus.
Franka Potente as Anne Frank/Charlotte Brown
Potente (The Bourne Identity) showed up as Charlotte, who is committed to Briarcliff by her husband. He can't handle her claims that she is actually Anne Frank . . . but she might be telling the truth.
Mark Consuelos as Spivey
The normally dashing Consuelos had a small role on Asylum as Spivey, a bully with a compulsive masturbation issue.
Adam Levine as Leo Morrison
Levine played one half of a couple exploring Briarcliff Asylum in the modern day . . .
Jenna Dewan as Teresa Morrison
. . . While Dewan played the other half. Spoiler alert: things don't turn out very well for the honeymooners.
Patti Lupone as Joan Ramsey
On the third season, Coven, we get even more guest stars. Lupone's arc gets really twisted, really quickly. At first, she just appears to be a little overprotective of her son, but then there's that Clorox enema incident.
Grace Gummer as Millie
Though she essentially became a regular as Penny on Freak Show, Gummer first appeared on Coven as Millie, a student at Miss Robichaux's Academy who helps kill the Axeman in 1919.
Lance Reddick as Papa Legba
Yes, that's Reddick (The Wire) as Papa Legba, the gatekeeper of the spirit world who terrorizes Marie and Fiona on Coven.
Stevie Nicks as Herself
And of course, that's Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks as Stevie Nicks, Misty Day's hero from Coven.
Patti LaBelle as Dora
Moving on to Freak Show, legendary singer LaBelle appeared in five episodes as Dora, Gloria's maid who is murdered by Dandy.
Wes Bentley as Edward Mordrake
Who could forget Bentley as Edward Mordrake, the man with an evil face on the back of his head? Mordrake, who is based on a real person, visits the freak show before killing Twisty and taking him under his wing as a ghost. Thankfully, we'll get to see a whole lot more of Bentley next season!
Matt Bomer as Andrew
Another future American Horror Story: Hotel cast member! Poor Bomer. He played Andrew, a prostitute with whom Freak Show's Dell is in love. Unfortunately, he is killed off within one episode by Dandy. At least we get to see him shirtless.
Neil Patrick Harris as Chester Creb
Harris wins the title of American Horror Story: Freak Show's flashiest guest star. He played Chester, a chameleon salesman with a weird puppet. There's really no role that Harris can't play, but he really nailed this one.
David Burtka as Michael Beck
Harris's real-life husband Burtka also made a (more subtle) cameo on Freak Show. He played Elsa's TV producer/husband in the finale.
Lily Rabe as Aileen Wuornos
Rabe didn't join the cast in a full-time role for Hotel, but she does turn up as serial killer Aileen Wuornos on the first Halloween episode.
Darren Criss and Jessica Lu as Justin and His Babe
Lu and the Glee star play horrible hipsters on Hotel.
Naomi Campbell as Claudia
The supermodel turns up on Hotel as a fashionable New Yorker who visits the Cortez and ends up dead.
John Carroll Lynch as John Wayne Gacy
Lynch, who played Freak Show's main antagonist, Twisty, donned clown paint once again as the famous killer Gacy.
Max Greenfield as Gabriel
New Girl's Schmidt has a recurring role as a junkie on Hotel.