The ensemble cast of HIMYM included big names in comedy like Alyson Hannigan from American Pie and Bob Saget from Modern Family, as well as future stars like Cobie Smulders from Marvel and rom-com star Jason Segel. But this sitcom about best friends and falling in love also had so many celebrity guest stars that it’s hard to track.
Many big names in Hollywood wanted to be on HIMYM, from the cast’s friends and partners to three famous game show hosts and two karate kids.
Bob Barker as Himself
The question of who Barney’s father was was a big part of the early seasons of How I Met Your Mother. Barney thought his birth father was Bob Barker his whole life. When he asked his mother who his father was, she pointed at The Price Is Right and said, “That guy.”
Kim Kardashian as Herself
Kim Kardashian spent most of the early 2000s on reality TV. She was on Keeping Up with the Kardashians for hundreds of episodes and competed in Season 7 of Dancing With The Stars.
As James Stinson, Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady is best known for his improvised comedy on Whose Line Is It Anyway? But he is also an experienced actor with a recurring role on HIMYM.
Scooter, played by David Burtka.
Scooter was Lily’s high school friend who became her boyfriend. After they broke up before college, he tried to get her back for a long time. He even got a job in the school cafeteria, where Lily worked as a teacher.
Taran Killam as Gary Blauman
Taran Killam, who used to be on Saturday Night Live, played Gary Blauman. In six episodes of How I Met Your Mother, a Goblin National Bank employee worked intently with Marshall and BarneyHow I Met Your Mother.
As Himself: Dave Coulier
This Modern Family alum is known for his comedic guest spots, like Grandfathered and The Even Stevens Movie. In 2013, the comedian appeared in Season 8 of How I Met Your Mother.
Bryan Cranston plays Hammond Druthers.
Bryan Cranston was in charge of Ted Mosby at his architecture firm on How I Met Your Mother at some point between raising five boys on Malcolm in the Middle and getting a Primetime Emmy prize for his work on Breaking Bad.
Regis Philbin as Himself
The famous host of Live with Regis and Kelly and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was often a guest on other TV shows. In 2008, he was a guest on an episode of How I Met Your Mother from Season 4.
Alex Trebek as Himself
During his long career, the late, great Jeopardy host Alex Trebek made many guest appearances on TV. Including two on How I Met Your Mother.
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka played themselves.
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in The Karate Kid are often seen together since they played the same roles in Cobra Kai’s spin-off. In 2013, How I Met Your Mother didn’t give them a break when they unexpectedly got back together.