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Who's Who in Hulu's Catch-22

Your guide to identifying (and objectifying) the boys of Hulu’s new miniseries adaptation.
  • Jon Rudnitsky, Christopher Abbott, Austin Stowell, Pico Alexander and Graham Patrick Martin in Catch-22 (Hulu)
    Jon Rudnitsky, Christopher Abbott, Austin Stowell, Pico Alexander and Graham Patrick Martin in Catch-22 (Hulu)

    Our parents (or grandparents) had their adaptation of Joseph Heller’s World War II satire Catch-22: a feature film version, released in 1970, starring the likes of Alan Arkin, Art Garfunkel, Bob Newhart, Bob Balaban, Anthony Perkins, and Jon Voight, among others. (It’s newly added on Prime, if you want to stream it.) But now we are getting a Catch-22 of our very own: George Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov have adapted it as a miniseries for Hulu, premiering this Friday. Alongside hot-dad types like Clooney himself and Kyle Chandler  who are cast's biggest names, it's the young pilots who occupy the bulk of this story. And although this cast may not boast  a snack on the level of a Balaban (just kidding!), these boys are very cute. And since you might not remember offhand where you've seen their (very cute) faces before, we've compiled this handy guide.

    Christopher Abbott

    Christopher Abbott in Catch-22 (Photo: Philipe Antonello/Hulu)

    Plays? Yossarian

    Who's that? He's your protagonist, an Army bombardier stationed in Italy; he's trying to get through his missions without getting killed; sometimes, he's trying to get out of doing his missions through various schemes.

    Where have you seen him?

    • On Girls, as Marnie's boyfriend Charlie.
    • Opposite Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot as Fahim, an Afghan fixer for an American journalist on assignment
    • In Season 1 of The Sinner as Mason, husband to the titular sinner

    Rafi Gavron

    Rafi Gavron in Catch-22 (Photo:Philipe Antonello/Hulu)

    Plays? Aarfy

    Who's that? He's a navigator on Yossarian's crew; his mellow attitude and pipe habit conceal dark impulses.

    Where have you seen him?

    • In Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, as Nick's bandmate Dev
    • In the Parenthood TV series as Troy, father to a baby Julia is trying to adopt from a young mother
    • In A Star Is Born as Rez, Ally's producer and foe to her husband Jackson

    Austin Stowell

    Austin Stowell in Catch-22 (Photo:Philipe Antonello/Hulu)

    Plays? Nately

    Who's that? A full-time pilot on Yossarian's crew and part-time romantic, strongly drawn to a lady he meets in Rome.

    Where have you seen him?

    • In The Secret Life Of The American Teenager as Jesse, love interest to a couple of secondary female characters
    • In Bridge Of Spies as Francis Gary Powers, an Air Force pilot captured behind Soviet lines
    • In Battle Of The Sexes as Larry King, husband to tennis star Billie Jean

    Jay Paulson
    Jay Paulson in Catch-22 (Photo:Philipe Antonello/Hulu)

    Plays? Chaplain Tappman

    Who's that? Gentle and understanding chaplain to Yossarian's squad

    Where have you seen him?

    • In Mad Men as Adam Whitman, kid brother to Dick Whitman, aka Don Draper
    • In the TNT miniseries I Am The Night as Ohls, cop friend to Chris Pine's Jay Singletary

    Jon Rudnitsky
    Jon Rudnitsky in Catch-22 (Photo:Philipe Antonello/Hulu)

    Plays? McWatt

    Who's that? A pilot on Yossarian's crew.

    Where have you seen him?

    • In Season 41 of Saturday Night Live
    • In Home Again, opposite Reese Witherspoon, as aspiring filmmaker George
    • In the short-lived NBC sitcom Champions as Dana's crappy boyfriend Asher

    Pico Alexander

    Pico Alexander in Catch-22 (Photo:Philipe Antonello/Hulu)

    Plays? Clevinger

    Who's that? Pilot, idealist, apple polisher, and one of Yossarian's closest friends from training.

    Where have you seen him?

    • In various small roles in A Most Violent Year, Orange Is The New Black, and War Machine
    • Much more notably… in Home Again as Harry, filmmaking collaborator to Rudnitsky's George (and love interest to Reese Witherspoon's Alice)

    Lewis Pullman
    Lewis Pullman in Catch-22 (Photo:Philipe Antonello/Hulu)


    Plays? Major Major Major

    Who's that? A captain, though he is soon promoted to a higher rank. (Guess which.)

    Where have you seen him?

    • Also in Battle Of The Sexes as Larry Riggs, Bobby's son
    • In Bad Times At The El Royale as timid desk clerk Miles Miller
    • And soon you will have seen him in Top Gun: Maverick, currently filming

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    Writer, editor, and snack enthusiast Tara Ariano is the co-founder of Television Without Pity and Fametracker (RIP). She co-hosts the podcasts Extra Hot Great and Again With This (a compulsively detailed episode-by-episode breakdown of Beverly Hills, 90210), and has contributed to New York, the New York Times magazine, Vulture, Decider, Salon, and Slate, among many others. She lives in Austin.

    TOPICS: Catch-22, Hulu, Austin Stowell, Christopher Abbott, George Clooney, Jay Paulson, Jon Rudnitsky, Kyle Chandler, Lewis Pullman, Pico Alexander, Rafi Gavron