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To help phase out star Steve Carell, Will Ferrell came on "The Office" for four episodes as DeAngelo Vickers in 2011.

Notable guest stars on 'The Office'

Many celebrities have dropped by "The Office," either for a one-time cameo or across a story arc. Here are some notable guest-star turns.

As Charles Miner, Idris Elba (
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As Charles Miner, Idris Elba ("Luther," "The Wire") was Michael Scott's boss for seven episodes in 2009.

Amy Adams starred as
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Amy Adams starred as "hot girl" Katy, who first appeared in the season one finale. Adams was on "The Office" three times.

To help phase out star Steve Carell, Will
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To help phase out star Steve Carell, Will Ferrell came on "The Office" for four episodes as DeAngelo Vickers in 2011.

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Jim Carrey was among many guest stars on
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Jim Carrey was among many guest stars on the "Search Committee" episode in 2011. As "The Fingerlakes Guy," Carrey joined other applicants for the Michael Scott (Steve Carell) position.

Another applicant for the Michael Scott position: Will
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Another applicant for the Michael Scott position: Will Arnett, as Fred Henry.

Ray Romano popped up as another potential replacement
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Ray Romano popped up as another potential replacement for Michael Scott (Steve Carell) in the "Search Committee" episode.

Kathy Bates first appeared as Jo Bennett, CEO
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Kathy Bates first appeared as Jo Bennett, CEO of Sabre, which bought Dunder Mifflin, on "The Office" in 2010. The role saw her on the show across eight episodes.

Timothy Olyphant (
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Timothy Olyphant ("Justified," "Deadwood") played smooth-talking salesman Danny Cordray in two episodes in 2010.

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Late comedian Patrice O'Neal appeared as Lonny on
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Late comedian Patrice O'Neal appeared as Lonny on three episodes of "The Office" from 2005 to 2007.

As state Sen. Rob Lipton, Jack Coleman (
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As state Sen. Rob Lipton, Jack Coleman ("Heroes") has ventured to "The Office" seven times from 2010 to 2012.

Rich Sommer (
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Rich Sommer ("Mad Men") dropped by "The Office" twice in 2008 as Alex.

Georgia Engel, left, who played Georgette opposite Mary
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Georgia Engel, left, who played Georgette opposite Mary Tyler Moore on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," popped up in two "Office" episodes this year.

Captain Jack of
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Captain Jack of "The Booze Cruise" episode in 2006 was played by comedian Rob Riggle.

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