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.
Six Feet Under – Nate Fisher
Parenthood – Adam Braverman
Michael C. Hall
Six Feet Under– David Fisher
Dexter – Dexter Morgan
Six Feet Under– Ruth Fisher
American Horror Story– Moira O’Hara (in season one, aka the only one I watched because I was horrified)
Six Feet Under– Nathaniel Fisher
Step Brothers– Dr. Robert Dobac (really, that’s pretty much it for this guy.)
Six Feet Under– Brenda Chenowith
Brothers & Sisters– Sarah Walker
Six Feet Under– Billy Chenowith
Suburgatory– George Altman
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.
Six Feet Under– Arthur Martin
The Office– Dwight Shrute
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.
Six Feet Under– Sarah O’Connor
The Green Mile– Melinda Moores
Okay I guess that was before, but Patricia Clarkson is a guest-star journey-woman.
Six Feet Under– Bettina
The Office– Jo Bennett
American Horror Story– Ethel Darling
Six Feet Under– George Sibley
24– Philip Bauer
American Horror Story– Dr. Arthur Arden
Boardwalk Empire– Andrew Mellon
Strangely enough, he was also the warden in The Green Mile, meaning his character was married to that of Patricia Clarkson.
Six Feet Under– Joe
The Leftovers– Kevin Garvey
This one you’ll know…
Six Feet Under– Madeline
Breaking Bad– Skylar White
Six Feet Under– Ted Fairwell
The Mindy Project– Danny Castellano
Six Feet Under– Ben Cooper
Parks & Recreation– Ben Wyatt
Six Feet Under– Credited as “Hip Student”… he was in the show for like a minute but I sniped him.
24– Adam Kaufman
American Horror Story– Dr. Oliver Thredson
Star Trek– Spock
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.
Six Feet Under– Sam Hoviak (young)
Star Trek – Captain Kirk
Six Feet Under– Sharon Kinney
The Office– Pam Beasly Halpert
Six Feet Under– Celeste
Gossip Girl– Georgina Sparks
Six Feet Under– Anita Miller
Jericho– Heather Lisinski
The Following– Carrie Cook
Six Feet Under– Edie
American Horror Story– Elizabeth Short
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.