Stars Of The Walking Dead Before They Were Famous

By February 4, 2013

The Walking Dead is back this Sunday for the second half of season 3 and to celebrate we wanted to bring you a week long celebration of all things Walking Dead.

Of course now it would be hard to think of them as anything other than the vivid characters they play on The Walking Dead, but this talented cast had careers in non-zombie infested fictional worlds long before they were fighting walkers. ALSO: Spoiler-y things may be referenced. You’ve been warned!

Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes)

Okay, this one totally surprised me. Who could forget the moment in Love Actually when the character Lincoln played professed his love to his best friend’s girl, played by Kiera Knightley. I guess he shouldn’t have been so judgmental about his best friend hooking up with his girl on The Walking Dead.

Jeffrey Demunn (Dale Horvath)

Obviously, Demunn has had a very long career, but his most shocking early role is also his most un-Dale like, Russia’s most infamous serial killer Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X. Confession: I was happy when Dale died. I know.. I feel like a horrible person because of that.

Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon)

Reedus got his big break when he was cast as Murphy McManus in The Boondock Saints, a movie about two fraternal twin brothers who go all vigilante justice on the Russin mob. So I guess he has a history of portraying complicated sibling relationships. Side note: Daryl Dixon is the only redneck I’ve ever been attracted to.

Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes)

She actually got her first taste of fame on Prison Break as Michael Scofield’s lovah, Dr. Sara Tancredi. But before that she was Jane of ‘Me Tarzan. You Jane.’ fame on the terribly cheesy WB show Tarzan. Another side note: WHY DID SHE SO STUPIDLY GET PREGNANT!?!

Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh)

Did you know Bernthal went to Harvard? Wow. I gues he was very convincing as emotionally-damaged kind of meathead-y Shane. It’s nice to see him playing a goofy Al Capone in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. It kind of takes the sting away from witnessing his tragic downfall on The Walking Dead.

Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier)

Oh Carol…could your life get any worse? Sheesh. I’m glad she finally got to sink her teeth into a meatier role than a cougar being picked up in a bar on Dawson’s Creek (cut to about 2:40 in the video to see Melissa in action). Okay, one more side note: When does Carol have time to trim her hair?

Laurie Holden (Andrea)

She played Marita Covarrubias on The X-Files!? This makes her immediately 100 times cooler for me. Though I still think Andrea’s a dummy for getting into bed with The Governor. Literally and figuratively.

Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee)

It’s actually not that surprising to find out that Yeun would have appeared on The Big Bang Theory. However, it is kind of surprising that he’s turned out to be kind of a Walking Dead sex symbol though. I did not see that coming. Go Glenn!

IronE Singleton (Theodore ‘T-Dog’ Douglas)

Before The Walking Dead, Singleton was best know for his role as the very scary, Alton, in The Blind Side. Now I’m getting all bummed about T-Dog again. DAMN YOU WALKING DEAD FOR MAKING ME CARE!

Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene)

Cohan’s big break came when she was cast in the raunchy comedy Van Wilder. Her big scene involved an awkward topless moment with Kal Penn. Way funnier than the topless scene she had with The Governor on The Walking Dead. That was just straight-up creepy as f*ck.

Which one were you most surprised by? Let me know @desijedeikin or in the comments below!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: And here too: She likes being followed.
  • gracey riffle

    if Daryl died I do not think anyone would watch

  • gracey riffle

    I love Daryl