5. IronE Singleton’s (T-Dog) real name is Robert. He gave himself the name IronE to mark the irony of escaping his impoverished upbringing; IronE’s mother died of HIV/AIDs when he was a teenager. Before The Walking Dead, his most recognizable part was in Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side.
6. Melissa McBride (Carol) was primarily a Georgia-based casting director when she was unexpectedly hired onto The Walking Dead (she has also acted, briefly, in Frank Darabount’s The Mist). McBride was also in three episodes of Dawson’s Creek, as two different characters.
7. Jon Bernthal (Shane) studied theater in Moscow, and was a professional baseball player in Europe. In 2008, he also was in an episode of How I Met Your Mother. He had one line: “Carlos.”
8. Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) has been in all four of Frank Darabount’s films. He was also in the 1988 horror flick, The Blob.