‘Six Feet Under’ Was A Farm For Actors

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What do all of these actors have in common? All of them, in some capacity, were in the HBO series Six Feet Under. Some a lot more than others, but nevertheless they still had some sort of role. I noticed how many actors or actresses that had gone on to become well-known that were in this series in season three, but I had to wait until the end before I could do this post in case there were more. And there were.

Let’s start with the major characters.

Peter Krause

Six Feet Under – Nate Fisher

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Parenthood – Adam Braverman

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Michael C. Hall

Six Feet Under– David Fisher

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Dexter – Dexter Morgan

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Frances Conroy

Six Feet Under– Ruth Fisher

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American Horror Story– Moira O’Hara (in season one, aka the only one I watched because I was horrified)

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Richard Jenkins

Six Feet Under– Nathaniel Fisher

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Step Brothers– Dr. Robert Dobac (really, that’s pretty much it for this guy.)

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Rachel Griffiths

Six Feet Under– Brenda Chenowith

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Brothers & Sisters– Sarah Walker

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Jeremy Sisto

Six Feet Under– Billy Chenowith

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Suburgatory– George Altman

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That’s most of the main cast right there. Lauren Ambrose (Claire) was the voice of KW in Where The Wild Things Are, but mainly sticks around on Broadway…coincidentally. Freddy Rodríguez (Rico) just got started on The Night Shift on NBC, and Mathew St. Patrick (Keith) plays Moses Cartwright on Sons of Anarchy.

Now here’s some of the recurring and/or guest characters.

Rainn Wilson

Six Feet Under– Arthur Martin

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The Office– Dwight Shrute

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I started laughing hysterically when I saw him walk into the funeral home in season three. I’m convinced Greg Daniels watched Six Feet Underand was like, “There’s my Dwight.” I shit you not, Arthur Martin is a watered-down version of Dwight Shrute.

Patricia Clarkson

Six Feet Under– Sarah O’Connor

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The Green Mile– Melinda Moores

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Okay I guess that was before, but Patricia Clarkson is a guest-star journey-woman.

Kathy Bates

Six Feet Under– Bettina

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The Office– Jo Bennett

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American Horror Story– Ethel Darling

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James Cromwell

Six Feet Under– George Sibley

SIX FEET UNDER: Frances Conroy, James Cromwell. CR: John P. Johnson/HBO

24– Philip Bauer

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American Horror Story– Dr. Arthur Arden

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Boardwalk Empire– Andrew Mellon

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Strangely enough, he was also the warden in The Green Mile, meaning his character was married to that of Patricia Clarkson.

Justin Theroux

Six Feet Under– Joe

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The Leftovers– Kevin Garvey

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This one you’ll know…

Anna Gunn

Six Feet Under– Madeline

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Breaking Bad– Skylar White

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Chris Messina

Six Feet Under– Ted Fairwell

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The Mindy Project– Danny Castellano

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Adam Scott

Six Feet Under– Ben Cooper

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Parks & Recreation– Ben Wyatt

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Zachary Quinto

Six Feet Under– Credited as “Hip Student”… he was in the show for like a minute but I sniped him.

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24– Adam Kaufman

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Heroes– Sylar

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American Horror Story– Dr. Oliver Thredson

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Star Trek– Spock

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I forgot how much he’s done. Mr. and Mrs. Quinto were probably stoked when they pumped out a baby that looked like Spock. As long as you can get him into acting, you know he’ll be employed.

Chris Pine

Six Feet Under– Sam Hoviak (young)

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Star Trek – Captain Kirk

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Jenna Fischer

Six Feet Under– Sharon Kinney

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The Office– Pam Beasly Halpert

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Michelle Trachtenberg

Six Feet Under– Celeste

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Gossip Girl– Georgina Sparks

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Sprague Grayden

Six Feet Under– Anita Miller

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Jericho– Heather Lisinski

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The Following– Carrie Cook

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Mena Suvari

Six Feet Under– Edie

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American Horror Story– Elizabeth Short

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I know, I know, she was Heather in American Pie and Angela in American Beauty. Basically anything with “American” in the title, she was in it.

Now I’m sure I missed some (the Lawyer from the fifth season is Camille from Bones), but that’s the bulk of it right there. It’s amazing how all these big name actors were all in one show, many of them rising to fame because of it. It’s also strange how most of them ended up in American Horror Story.

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