It’s been several years since “How I Met Your Mother” ended, but it feels like we’re still discovering exciting details. Specifically, did you know that two famous stars from “The Walking Dead” appeared on the popular CBS comedy before skyrocketing to fame on the zombie-filled AMC show?
Starring Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, and Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother” primarily followed Ted Mosby (Radnor). An everyman hero whose future self recounted how he met his wife through flashbacks. Throughout its nine seasons, “How I Met Your Mother” expanded the scope of its story to follow the highs and lows in the lives of Ted’s friends. Robin (Smulders), Barney (Harris), and longtime couple Marshall (Segel) and Lily (Hannigan).
As the show’s scope grew throughout its nine-season run. So did the number of characters who would pop in and out each episode. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that “How I Met Your Mother” filled out its cast with a plethora of up-and-coming stars who later became household names on other TV shows and films. Given that many of these up-and-comers appeared on “How I Met Your Mother” before they broke out into the stars they are today. It wasn’t until much later that we realized they appeared on the show.
TWD alum Jon Bernthal scored a How I Met Your Mother role early in his career
Rick Grimes, who only lasted for two seasons on what would become a frequently rotating cast. On “The Walking Dead,” Jon Bernthal played Shane, the best friend of the show’s hero. He would headline Marvel’s “The Punisher” on Netflix. Still, previous to his time on “The Walking Dead,” Bernthal spent the early years of his career booking more minor television roles on shows including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Boston Legal,” and — you guessed it — “How I Met Your Mother.”
TWD fan-favorite Khary Payton appeared in a minor Season 4 role
Unlike Bernthal, whose character at least had a name. Khary Payton played the very general “Guy in Booth #3” in the “How I Met Your Mother” Season 4 episode “The Fight.” The episode centers on Doug the Bartender inviting Ted and Barney. And Marshall joins his side in a fight. Although the three friends are initially game to participate, things go sideways quickly, as is often when two or more people are fighting. Payton’s character, “Guy in Booth #3,” is involved in the titular fight at the episode’s center. Unfortunately, “Guy in Booth #3” doesn’t make much of an impression as the episode unfolds.