Like Sam Rockwell or Guy Pearce, actor Garrett Dillahunt has often been overlooked in Hollywood. The 54-year-old actor with the familiar face is best known for HBO’s Deadwood, No Country For Old Men, and Raising Hope. Soon, he’ll be in Fear the Walking Dead but we also have a suspicion he could be on both of AMC’s zombie dramas.
With Morgan going from The Walking Dead to Fear, the question of “how” the two shows will mix things up is on everyone’s mind. Basically, we think that some of these new Fear heroes will show up on the original series and then escort Morgan to Texas for Fear.
The newbies include Jenna Elfman, (Dharma & Greg), Maggie Grace (Lost), and Garrett Dillahunt. Fingers crossed Morgan’s switch will mean more collaboration in the future between the two hit shows. But for now, let’s discuss where else you might have seen the mysterious Garrett Dillahunt.
Garret Dillahunt Stars On Raising Hope
Raising Hope could be considered the modern Roseanne (they’re making that spinoff as well). The show follows the unlikely story of a young man named Jimmy who impregnates a woman going to the electric chair for murder. He and his quirky, low-income family must then raise the baby.
Dillahunt stars as new grandpa Burt Chance. When he’s not working his lawn business, he’s coming up with crazy ideas for his son and wife. “I don’t care what those guys running for president say, this is the best country in the world,” said the proud American.
Wendell From No Country For Old Men
Aside from his comedic work, Garrett Dillahunt landed a semi-serious role in the Coen Brothers film, No Country For Old Men. As Wendell, the actor played a deputy next to Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell. The movie has some gruesome moments, like the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, but Dillahunt provides some much-needed comic relief.
In many ways, Wendell is the comic relief for Ed Tom Bell to play off of in each scene. They appear to be moments behind the action but that’s likely the safest place in this world (hence the title). Basically, the best lines in the film are bounced off Wendell.
Jesse, The Shooter From Looper
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Before Rian Johnson landed the gig to direct the latest Star Wars, he made a little film called Looper. Thanks to the success of Brick and The Brothers Bloom, his third film got a little more coverage and a major action star named Bruce Willis. The film deals with the uber-complicated time travel story but it’s an amazing movie.
Basically, “In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits – someone like Joe – who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.” The film also stars Emily Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Garrett Dillahunt starred as John Henry on the television series, Terminator SCC. Based on the storyline from James Cameron’s series, the show brought the killer robots to television for fans. The story took place after the events of Terminator 2, ignoring the later films.
Lena Headey starred as Sarah Connor and Thomas Dekker played John Connor. The simple description is listed as, “After the sacrifices of Dr. Miles Dyson and T-800 Model 101 Terminator, the Connors find themselves once again being stalked by Skynet’s agents from the future.”
The Assassination Of Jesse James
Back in 2007, an indie movie called The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford surprised audiences. Brad Pitt landed the role of gunslinger Jesse James, but Casey Affleck shocked fans that didn’t realize his talents. The movie also starred Mary-Louise Parker, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, and Garret Dillahunt.
Again, the actor’s role was small but significant. The movie showcased the unusual life of Jesse James between his robberies and murders. The story showcased the man who wanted to kill him and explored why they might have happened to begin with. The story is really about the problems of meeting your heroes.
HBO’s Drama Series Deadwood
Deadwood was the first western from HBO. Before Timothy Olyphant landed on FX’s Justified, he led the series Deadwood. In addition, the show also starred “certain kind of men,” like Ian McShane, John Hawkes, and Titus Welliver, among others. Dillahunt played two roles as Francis Wolcott and Jack McCall.
Ironically, this was at a time when fandom was somewhat less popular. The actor was actually brought back to play a different character on the same show. The series wasn’t that long ago, but that’s typically unheard of today, but it happened with other actors on The X-Files, Law & Order, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Oscar Winner, 12 Years A Slave
Finally, there’s 12 Years A Slave. From Director Steve McQueen, the movie about racial injustice during slave times won the Oscar for best picture. In the film, Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York was captured and tossed back into slavery, despite his high-class status upstate.
Dillahunt landed the small role of Armsby in the film. The character was formerly an overseer, but his drinking got out of hand so he actually sold himself into slavery, despite being a white man. But in reality, he couldn’t handle how cruel he had to be to keep his job, so this was a better option for his moral stance in life.
If you haven’t seen the seven movies and series above, there are another 80+ credits that feature the remarkable Garrett Dillahunt. For now, he’s only listed for Fear the Walking Dead, but that could change as we enter The Walking Dead Season 8B.
Basically, Morgan needs to somehow make the decision to head to Texas so he could be on the other show. Based on the images, it looks like he first gets up with Maggie Grace. But he could meet the other new stars as they head down South. In fact, these newbies could even somehow help Rick Grimes defeat Negan.
How many of the movies and television shows above have you seen?