'Six Feet Under' Gave These 10 Famous Stars a Guest Starring Role Before They Were Huge
From 2001 - 2005, Six Feet Under was the Breaking Bad of the TV world: ambitious, dark, compelling. The show centered around an independent funeral home and the family that runs it. Beyond the impeccable script and superb acting (just watch a video of Jeremy Sisto as Billy if you're skeptical), the beginning of each episode uniformly portrayed death in the most shocking ways.
In this prolific series, a multitude of current high-profile stars pop up. Here are 10 current TV stars who have appeared in Six Feet Under:
Best known for her role as Skyler White on Breaking Bad, Gunn did a 2004 episode of Six Feet Under in between her roles in The Practice and Deadwood. She also got to roll around naked with Peter Krause.
Before Radnor was Ted Mosby, the lovable dork looking for love in How I Met Your Mother, he was featured in a 2003 episode of Six Feet Under. Playing a dead person that is alive in Nate Fisher’s (Peter Krause) imagination, Radnor dons a mustache and acts as a foil for Fisher. You can watch the clip here if you don’t mind the cursing.
Is that you, Dr. Cristina Yang? Oh played a friend of Viveca St. John, a porn star who was accidentally electrocuted in her bathtub back in 2001, way before her securing her acclaimed role on Grey’s Anatomy.
Before Dwight Shrute there was Arthur Martin, an intern at the funeral home. Wilson has a talent for playing the odd, and has a bunch of great lines as a reoccurring character. He’s basically a mellowed-out version of Dwight, way before The Office was on NBC.
Speaking of The Office, Fischer had a two-episode arc as the date of Fisher & Sons’ embalmer, Rico (Freddy Rodriguez) in 2005. That year Fischer went on to star as Pam Halpert (née Beesly) in the nine-year-long sitcom.
It’s already been proven that Messina is the most hardworking actor in the industry. In 2005, Messina played Ted, the soon-to-be husband of rebel daughter Claire Fisher (Lauren Ambrose). He’s the total opposite, of say, Danny Castellano, and the six-episode arc showcases his range as an actor.
Michelle Trachtenberg and Bobby Cannavale
Harriet the Spy grew up to be pop star Celeste with Cannavale as her body guard. The two are featured in a four-episode arc that acts to separate couple David Fisher (Michael C. Hall) and Keith (Mathew St. Patrick).
The Glee star once played babysitter Donna, a young woman who takes in a homeless man while babysitting and is obsessed with becoming a participant on Survivor .
Ben Wyatt and Dexter Morgan making out. Watch and obsess.