A guide to the guest stars of ‘The Bear’ Season 3


The Bear‘s second season introduced us to an onslaught of guest stars: Jamie Lee Curtis! Olivia Colman! Bob Odenkirk! Sarah Paulson! John Mulaney! Gillian Jacobs! Will Poulter!

Now, with Season 3, The Bear does it again, bringing some new guest stars into the fray, as well as repeat appearances from many of the above. While this new crop of big-name cameos isn’t as sizable as those from Season 2, these appearances still pack a punch.

Here’s a guide to the new guest stars joining the cast of The Bear in Season 3.

Josh Hartnett

Between Oppenheimer, the upcoming Trap, and now The Bear, it’s clear the Hartnett-aissance is upon us. Here, he plays Frank, the fiancé of Richie’s (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) ex-wife Tiffany (Gillian Jacobs).

The first (and only) time we meet Frank is when Richie drops off his daughter Eva (Annabelle Toomey) at his house in episode 4, “Violet.” When Frank opens the door, you can hear the sound of Taylor Swift’s “Long Live” playing in the background, so he’s clearly down with Eva being a Swiftie. What are the odds of a Richie/Frank “Love Story” duet in Season 4?

John Cena

Professional wrestler turned scene-stealer John Cena joins the Fak clan in Season 3 of The Bear, appearing as Neil (Matty Matheson) and Ted Fak’s (Ricky Staffieri) brother Sammy.

Cena bursts on the scene in episode 5, “Children,” bringing with him a floor buffer, a penchant for smoking indoors, and a vendetta against Ted for stealing his SD cards. The beef with Ted prompts Sammy to “haunt” him; basically, Sammy inconveniences and spooks Ted until he relents and gives Sammy the password he so desperately craves.

So. Many. Chefs.

The Bear is no stranger to featuring stars from the culinary world. On Sydney’s (Ayo Edebiri) Season 2 food tour of Chicago, she chatted with famed restaurateurs like Rob Levitt, Dylan Patel, Donnie Madia, and David Posey.

Season 3 kicks the chef cameos up a notch throughout, featuring Daniel Boulud of New York City’s Daniel, René Redzepi of Copenhagen’s Noma, and Thomas Keller of California’s The French Laundry.

The season finale, “Forever,” is also bursting at the scenes with culinary cameos, as flocks of real-life chefs join Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) and Sydney at the funeral dinner for Ever, run by Andrea Terry (Olivia Colman). Among them are the heads of several Chicago-based restaurants: Grant Achatz, chef at Alinea; Anna Posey, pastry chef at Elske; Genie Kwon, chef at Kasama; and Kevin Boehm, head of the Boka Restaurant Group.

Other guests at Ever’s funeral dinner include Rosio Sanchez, a Chicago native who now runs Sanchez in Copenhagen; Christina Tosi, CEO of Milkbar; Malcolm Livingston II, former pastry chef at Noma; Wylie Dufresne, chef at New York’s now-closed wd~50; and Will Guidara, former co-owner of the Make It Nice hospitality group, which operates NoMad hotels and restaurants.

All episodes of The Bear Season 3 are now streaming on Hulu.

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