Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Cast Of 'How I Met Your Mother'
It's a given that a popular series will end up making the actors starring in it famous as well. How I Met Your Mother's success has rubbed off on the cast, whose life outside of the show has become a major point of interest for fans. It's heartwarming to know that there are quite a few similarities between the actors and the characters they portray. These are the best facts about the How I Met Your Mother cast we could find that will make you love them even more.
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There's A Nine-Year Age Gap Between The Oldest And Youngest Cast Members
As far as the characters go, there was only a four-year gap from the eldest member in Barney, who was born in 1976, to Robin, who was born in 1980. In reality, the eldest actor in Neil Patrick Harris, born in 1973, is nine years older than Cobie Smulders, born in 1982.
Ted, Marshall, and Lily were all born in 1978, but both Alyson Hannigan and Josh Radnor, born in 1974, are six years older than Jason Segel, born in 1980.
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Jason Segel Did Win A Slam Dunk Contest Like Marshall
Marshall liked to brag about completing a slam dunk one time in high school. This was true for the actor as well, who used to excel at basketball at his high school and did win a slam dunk contest once.
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The Show's Creators Appeared In The Series
In Season 1, episode 21 "Milk," Barney gives Ted a birthday present by completing the greatest pickup move on a girl. During this performance, two men arrive pretending to be paramedics, who were played by the creators of the series Craig Thomas and Carter Bays.
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Three Of The Cast Members' Husbands Played Characters In The Series
Interestingly, the characters that the leads snubbed as romantic interests within the series were played by men who the actors are married to in real life. Sandy Rivers, the inappropriate and vulgar former colleague of Robin, was portrayed by Alyson Hannigan's husband Alexis Denisof. Scooter, Lily's obsessed ex-boyfriend, was played by Neil Patrick Harris's husband David Burtka. Finally, Gary Blauman, Barney's colleague, was played by Taran Killam, who is the husband of Cobie Smulders.
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Neil Patrick Harris Graduated From School With High Honors
Barney was never a great prospect as a child and worked for GNB as a guy who simply signed on legal documents. Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris excelled as a student, having attended La Cueva High School and graduating with high honors in 1991. All this despite having starred in Dougie Houser, M.D. simultaneously.
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The Actors Playing Lily's Father And Jeanette Are Real-Life Father And Daughter
Lily's father Mickey and Ted's crazy girlfriend Jeannette didn't appear alongside one another in How I Met Your Mother, but their relationship in real-life is closer than anything else. In reality, Chris Elliot is the father of Abby Elliot, meaning the father-daughter duo both had significant roles in the same show. They're also both former members of Saturday Night Live.