1. Josh Holloway
Fans of J.J Abram’s meandering 2004 tale, “Lost”, may remember him as Sawyer, aka James Ford — the bully-with-a-heart-of-gold who probably should have inherited the island.
Somewhere along the way he ended up with the creepy obgyn instead, but that didn’t stop fans of The-Little-Show-With the-Big-Unanswered-Questions from catching their collective breath every time actor Josh Holloway rose from the ocean wet, manly and naked from the waist up.
Thankfully, Holloway survived the island, the Others and his romance with Nurse Ratched and went on to die heroically in the first 10 minutes of 2011’s” Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”.
From there it was a short leap to “Battle of the Year” and this season’s highly anticipated CBS television series, “Intelligence” which finds our hero working as a cyber security agent who conveniently happens to have a super computer microchip implanted in his brain.
2. Matthew Fox
Jack Shepherd, Lost’s resident spinal surgeon, did inherit the island — at least we think he did — it sort of looked that way. Apparently he kicked that responsibility to the curb, or maybe he just island-rules in his spare time, in between starring as a Brigadier General in 2012s “Emperor” and as a buff psychopathic killer in 2013s “Alex Cross”.
Despite all the negative press our favorite surgeon has generated in the past nine years, there’s no argument that he’s come out ahead of the naysayers and in startling attractive physical condition. Sorry yet, Kate?
3. Evangeline Lilly
Kate the fickle, Kate the coy, Kate can’t decide to love which boy. So she loved them all — Jack, Sawyer, possibly Sayid — the world may never know. But nobody ever played a more lovable murderer-slash-pixie than Evangeline Lilly. After the trauma of life and love on the island, Lilly went on to star opposite Hugh Jackman in Real Steel in 2011, and in both installments of The Hobbit movies as the elf, Tauriel.
4. Jorge Garcia
“Dude. It’s Hurley.”
If this was your reaction when Dr. Diego Soto first surfaced in 2012s short-lived television series, Alcatraz, know that the rest of the world was rejoicing with you. Possibly the most beloved cast member on the troubled island, Hurley almost found love with Libby until the evil Michael shot her at point-blank range.
Hurley could have turned to his good friend Charlie for support but, dude, Charley drowned. So went the life of Hugo Hurley Reyes — forever cursed by one unfortunate choice of lotto numbers.
Unfortunately, the curse seems to have followed Garcia off the island as the 4-month run of Alcatraz is the most stable gig he’s had since “Lost” wrapped up — a totally unfair bit of Karma for a decidedly talented guy. Not to fear, the string of guest appearances in shows like “Once Upon a Time”, “Fringe” and “Hawaii 5-0” are only harbingers of good things to come to the lovable Garcia.
5. Terry O’Quinn
You know, we were never really sure about the Emmy-winning John Locke from the get-go. Sure enough, the smoke monster changed him into something evil. The question remains — was he evil from the start?
Thanks to foggy offerings from the “Lost” writers, we can only surmise. Veteran Actor Terry O’Quinn, however, is a horse of a different color. As he has in the past, O’Quinn landed on his feet as the island imploded or exploded or did whatever the hell it did. Most recently, O’Quinn stars in the soon-to-be-released Television series, “Gang Related”.
6. Daniel Dae Kim
We were sure Jin Kwon was shaping up to be a wife-beater, but thankfully, first impressions aren’t always spot-on. Jin surprised us throughout those successive seasons he spent on the island, and by the end, we wanted to strangle writers in frustration. But, Daniel Dae Kim, talented actor extraordinaire, took drowning in stride and came out the better for it.
Currently filming the comedy, Ktown Cowboys, Kim drowned his island sorrows in regular roles in Hawaii 5-0, The Legend of Korra and G.I.Joe: Renegades, as well as lending his voice to video game character Johnny Gat in Saint’s Row: The Third, and Saint’s Row IV.
7. Yunjin Kim
Jin’s wife, Sun Kim, shocked us all with her mastery of the English language, but she was smart enough and sexy enough that we couldn’t be angry for long. That heart of gold helped too. Unfortunately, her many assets didn’t save her from a watery death in the end.
Thankfully, we didn’t have to mourn for long as beautiful and talented actress Yunjin Kim was soon back to visit us weekly on the ABC series, Mistresses, where she’s happily ensconced for the 2014 season.