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Posted Sep 15, 2007 @ 7:28 PM

You all know the game. Someone gives the name of an actor, and you have to link it back to a cast member (regular or recurring, no guest stars, please) of How I Met Your Mother in no more than six roles. (You can use less than six roles, but hey, where's the fun in that?)

Let's kick it off with the obvious choice: Kevin Bacon.

Kevin Bacon was in Footloose with John Lithgow.
Mr. Lithgow was on Twenty Good Years with Jeffrey Tambor.
Mr. Tambor was on Arrested Development with Jason Bateman.
Mr. Bateman was in Dodgeball with Alan Tudyk.
Mr. Tudyk was in Knocked Up with Seth Rogen.
Mr. Rogen was on Freaks and Geeks with Jason Segel.

Now, you try it with, oh, say, Will Farrell.

Edited by The Mad Maple, Sep 15, 2007 @ 7:29 PM.


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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 11:13 AM

Will Farrell was in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy with
Paul Rudd who was in Knocked Up with Jason Segel

Next up: Kate Winslet

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 3:46 PM

Kate Winslet was in Sense and Sensibility with Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie's show House had a guest appearence from John Cho
John Cho starred in Harold and Kumar go to White Castle with Neil Patrick Harris.


Next Up... Jessica Alba.

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 4:14 PM

Jessica Alba was in Sin City with Jamie King
Jamie King was in Kitchen Confidential with Nicholas Brendon
Nicholas Brendon was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Alyson Hannigan

Next: Gary Oldman

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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 4:27 PM

(You all could at least try to do it in six, eh? ;) )

Gary Oldman was in The Fifth Element with Milla Jovovich.
Ms. Jovovich was in Resident Evil with Michelle Rodriguez.
Ms. Rodriguez was in S.W.A.T with Colin Farrell.
Mr. Farrell was in Daredevil with Ben Affleck.
Mr. Affleck was in Jersey Girl with Jason Biggs.
Mr. Biggs was in American Pie with Alyson Hannigan!

Bruce Campbell.

Edited by The Mad Maple, Sep 16, 2007 @ 4:27 PM.


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Posted Sep 16, 2007 @ 5:53 PM

Bruce Campbell was in Army of Darkness with Embeth Davidtz.
Ms. Davidtz was in Bridget Jones' Diary with Colin Firth.
Mr. Firth was in The Importance of Being Earnest with Rupert Everett.
Mr. Everett was in The Next Best thing with Neil Patrick Harris!

Let's try Pierce Brosnan.

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 10:46 AM

Pierce Brosnan was in The Thomas Crown Affair with
Rene Russo who was in Major League with
Charlie Sheen who is in Two and a Half Men with
Jon Cryer who was in Pretty in Pink with
Molly Ringwald who had a cameo in Not Another Teen Movie
Which featured the screen debut of one Josh Radnor.

Next up - David Duchovny.

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 12:03 PM

David Duchovny was in Zoolander with
Ben Stiller who was in Dodgeball: A true under dog story with
Stephen Root who was in NewsRadio with
Andy Dick who was in Less then Perfect with
Andrea Parker who was in The Pretender with a very young
Ryan Merriman who was in Veritas: the Quest with one
Corbie Smulders

I could do it quicker this way:
David Duchovny was in Zoolander with
Ben Stiller who was in Dodgeball: A true under dog story with
Vince Vaughn who was in Be Cool with
The Rock who was in Walking Tall with
Corbie Smulders

Next up: Morgan Freeman

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 2:27 PM

Morgan Freeman was in Seven with
Kevin Spacey, who was in American Beauty with
Mena Suvari, who was in American Pie with
Alyson Hannigan

Or, if you want to go the long way (and connect it to a former not-quite-regular)...

Morgan Freeman was in Seven with
Kevin Spacey, who was in American Beauty with
Annette Benning, who was in The American President with
Michael J Fox, who had a recurring role in Boston Legal, which also stars
Julie Bowen, who was on Ed with
Tom Cavanaugh, who played Santa in the ABC Family Original Movie, Snow, which also featured
Ashley Williams, who is not the mother.

How 'bout Ed Harris...

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 @ 7:51 PM

Okay I'll try this way.

Ed Harris was in Radio with
Alfre Woodard who was in Take the Lead with
Antonio Banderas who was in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over with
Bill Paxton who was in Big Love with
Lyndsy Fonseca the daughter.

Lets try:
Sammy Davis Jr.

Edited by jpchan, Sep 17, 2007 @ 7:51 PM.


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Posted Sep 18, 2007 @ 7:57 AM

Sammy Davis Jr. was in Cannonball Run with Burt Reynolds.
Mr. Reynolds was in Dukes of Hazzard with Seann William Scott.
Mr. Scott was in The Rundown with Christopher Walken.
Mr. Walken was in Pennies from Heaven with Steve Martin.
Mr. Martin was in Bringing Down the House with Eugene Levy.
Mr. Levy was in American Wedding with Alyson Hannigan!

Kirk Cameron.

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Posted Sep 18, 2007 @ 10:55 AM

Kirk Cameron was in Growing Pains with
Leo DiCaprio, who was in Catch Me If You Can with
Jennifer Garner, who was in Catch and Release with
Timothy Olyphant (yum!), who was in Scream 2 with
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was in Buffy with
Alyson Hannigan.

Since we're workin' the '80s TV teens...
Nancy McKeon

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Posted Sep 18, 2007 @ 10:59 AM

Fast way...

Kirk Cameron guest-starred on Full House (which starred his sister, Candace) which also starred FutureTed's voice aka Bob Saget.

Slower way... (did I do this correctly?)

Kirk Cameron was in Growing Pains with Tracey Gold
Tracey Gold was in a TV moive called Captive Hearts with Greg Evigan
Greg Evigan was in My Two Dads with Chad Allen
Chad Allen was in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour guest-starred in HIMYM with Neil Patrick Harris (as the cougar who injured his hip)

Damn, I took too long...

Nancy McKeon was in Facts of Life with Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman was in Malcom in the Middle with Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston was Ted's boss on HIMYM with Josh Radnor.

OK, Micheal J. Fox.

Edited by cagewench, Sep 18, 2007 @ 11:09 AM.


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Posted Sep 18, 2007 @ 6:29 PM

Micahel J. Fox was in Mars Attacks with
Annette Benning who was in American Beauty with
Mena Suvari who was in American Pie with
Alyson Hannigan

Lets try Harvey Keitel

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Posted Sep 18, 2007 @ 10:22 PM

Harvey Keitel was in National Treasure with
Nicholas Cage, who was in Christmas Carol: The Movie with
Kate Winslet, who was in Titanic with
Leo DiCaprio, who was in Romeo + Juliet with
Paul Rudd, who, as was stated earlier, was in Knocked Up with
Jason Segel

now, Heather Matarazzo

Edited by NoWorkAllPlay, Sep 18, 2007 @ 10:25 PM.


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Posted Sep 19, 2007 @ 9:48 AM

Heather Matarazzo was in Sorority Boys with Michael Rosenbaum
Michael Rosenbaum was in Urban Legend with Tara Reid
Tara Reid was in American pie with
Alyson Hannigan

now, Martin Donovan

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Posted Sep 19, 2007 @ 11:56 AM

Martin Donovan was in Saved! with
Mandy Moore who is a guest start on the Season 3 Premier of . . .
How I Met Your Mother

How about - Helen Mirren

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Posted Sep 19, 2007 @ 1:33 PM

Well Mandy Moore is a guest star so until we see her on a second episode she does not really count. So I'll do Martin Donovan again to:

Martin Donovan was in Agent Cody Banks with
Hilary Duff who was in Lizze McGuire with
Adam Lamberg who was in Cory in the House with
Kyle Massey who was in Thats so Raven with
David Henrie the son
(And if you didn't think I suffered a lot with that traverse through pre-teen TV I have the scars and the therapist bills to prove otherwise)

Helen Mirren was in Raising Helen with
Felicity Huffman who is in Desperate Housewives where
Nathan Fillion ,who guest starred, is also on Serenity with
Gina Torres who was in Cleopatra 2525 with
Victoria Pratt who was in Daybreak with
Joe Nieves or other wise known as Carl.

How about a foreign actor? Toshirô Mifune

Can I propose an addendum to the rules? If someone links to on of the main actors that that same person can't be used on the very next link. So if the previous chain linked to Alyson Hannigan then you can't link to her again in the next chain.

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Posted Sep 19, 2007 @ 4:44 PM

Can I propose an addendum to the rules? If someone links to on of the main actors that that same person can't be used on the very next link. So if the previous chain linked to Alyson Hannigan then you can't link to her again in the next chain.

Sounds good. And how about we say that you can't end on the same movie or TV show twice on the same page. (F'r instance, since cagewench already ended with Alyson in American Pie, we can't end with that movie again 'til we hit page 3. (Good thing for her there were two sequels.) ) I figure the cast has had enough experience that we can get away with it.

Anyhoo....

Toshirô Mifune was in Shogun with Richard Chamberlain.
Mr. Chamberlain was in The Towering Inferno with Paul Newman.
Mr. Newman was in The Color of Money with Tom Cruise.
Mr. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.
Mr. Bacon was in Wild Things with Denise Richards.
Ms. Richards was in Undercover Brother with Neil Patrick Harris.

Patrick McKenna. :)

Edited by The Mad Maple, Sep 19, 2007 @ 4:45 PM.


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Posted Sep 19, 2007 @ 5:25 PM

Patrick McKenna was in The Outer Limits with
Yvonne Myers, who was in Supernatural with
Jensen Ackles, who was in Dawson's Creek with
Eric Balfour, who was in Veritas: The Quest with
Cobie Smulders

(Thank heaven Veritas wasn't used on page 2 yet!)

Now...Tom Selleck

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Posted Sep 20, 2007 @ 8:59 AM

D'oh! Foiled by the guest star . . .

Let me try to redeem myself

Tom Selleck was in Three Men and a Baby with
Nancy Travis, who was in So I Married an Axe Murderer with
Mike Myers, who was in Austin Powers with
Seth Green, who was in Buffy with
Alyson Hannigan

Now Jim Broadbent

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Posted Sep 20, 2007 @ 12:41 PM

Jim Broadbent was in The Avengers with
Ralph Fiennes, who was in Maid in Manhattan with
Stanley Tucci, who was in A Midsummer Night's Dream with
Rupert Everett, who was in The Next Best Thing with
Neil Patrick Harris

Hmmm. How about Cate Blanchett?

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Posted Sep 22, 2007 @ 10:37 PM

Cate Blanchett was in Pushing Tin with

Billy Bob Thorton who was in Mr Woodcock with

Seann William Scott who was in American Wedding with

Alyson Hannigan


is that one allowed?

If not Seann William Scott who was in Road Trip with

Breckin Meyer who stars in Robot Chicken with

Seth Green who was in My Stepmother is an alien with

Alyson Hannigan


Ed Norton

Edited by AngleMan, Sep 22, 2007 @ 10:38 PM.


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Posted Sep 23, 2007 @ 1:10 AM

Ed Norton was in Keeping the Faith with
Ben Stiller who was in The Royal Tenenbaums with
Owen Wilson who was in Wedding Crashers with
Rachel McAdams who was in Mean Girls with
Amanda Seyfried who was in Veronica Mars with Alyson Hannigon

oops forgot to put up a new actor
Rob Lowe

Edited by chris313, Sep 23, 2007 @ 1:08 AM.


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Posted Sep 23, 2007 @ 8:02 PM

Rob Lowe's voice was in Family Guy with the voice of
Patrick Warburton, who was the Tick in The Tick which featured
Armin Shimerman, who was in Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus with
Steve Guttenberg, who was in the TV remake of The Poseidon Adventure with
Alex Kingston, who was on ER with
Josh Radnor

Now it's Gene Hackman's turn.

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Posted Sep 24, 2007 @ 12:40 PM

Gene Hackman was in Wyatt Earp with
Bill Pullman who was in Newsies with
Max Casella who was on Doogie Howser, M.D. with
Neil Patrick Harris

Next: Martha Plimpton

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Posted Sep 24, 2007 @ 1:01 PM

Martha Plimpton was in Beautiful Girls with
Natalie Portman who was in Closer with
Julia Roberts who was in Runaway Bride with
Christopher Meloni was in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle with
Neil Patrick Harris

Russel Crowe

Edited by chris313, Sep 24, 2007 @ 1:03 PM.


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Posted Sep 24, 2007 @ 1:40 PM

Russell Crowe was in LA Confidential with
Kim Basinger who was in My Stepmother is an Alien
with Alyson Hannigan

or the long way...
Russell Crowe was in A Beautiful Mind with
Josh Lucas who was in Sweet Home Alabama with
Reese Witherspoon who was in Legally Bonde with
Ali Larter who was in Final Destination with with
Devon Sawa who was in Slackers with
Jason Segal


George Clooney

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Posted Sep 24, 2007 @ 1:51 PM

George Clooney was in Sisters with
Paul Rudd who was in Knocked Up
with Jason Segel

Zooey Deschanel

Edited by uncommonwoman, Sep 24, 2007 @ 2:01 PM.


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Posted Sep 24, 2007 @ 2:02 PM

Zooey Deschanel was in Big Trouble with
Ben Foster who was in Six Feet Under with
Lauren Ambrose who was in Psycho Beach Party with
Nicholas Brendan who was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer with
Alyson Hannigan


Now - Melissa Gilbert