11. Jackson Pace, who plays the Brody son in Homeland, got his start on Barney and Friends. I’d prove that to you with a screenshot, but that would require watching Barney and Friends, and it’s not worth it.
12. Morgan Saylor, who plays the daughter in Homeland, also played Young Meadow in The Sopranos
Here’s her audition reel for Homeland.
13. Mandy Patinkin was the villain in Elmo in Grouchland. Uh. What?
14. Most probably already know this, but Patinkin is one of the best singers on the godamn planet.
15. Mandy Patinkin’s all-time favorite role was that of Inigo Montoya And The Princess Bride. He speaks so incredibly passionately about the role, and how he thought by nailing the part, he could bring back his dead father, that you may actually choke up hearing him discuss the part.
16. Diego Klattenhoff, who plays Mike Faber on Homeland, was also Shane Omen in Mean Girls.
17. Rupert Friend, who plays Peter Quinn on Homeland, dated Keira Knightley from 2005-2010.
18. F. Murray Abraham, who plays Dar Adal on Homeland, and who won an Oscar for Amadeus, was also one of the original Fruit of the Loom guys. He played the Grapes.
19. Tracy Letts, who plays Senator Andrew Lockhart, is also a playwright. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his play August: Osage County, which is being turned into a film starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts out later this year.
20. Talia Balsam, who plays Cyntha Walden, is married to John Slattery, and plays his ex-wife on Mad Men.
21. Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who run Homeland, were also the men behind 24, and as a result, there have so far been 12 actors who previously appeared on 24 that have now appeared on Homeland, including Nazanin Boniadi, who not only plays Fara Sherazi in Homeland, but she was also Barney’s girlfriend, Nora, in How I Met Your Mother.
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