Most actors have to take some pretty weird roles before they make it, and the cast members of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are no exception. Before they joined “The Gang,” Dennis, Dee, Charlie and the rest of the crew were popping up in some pretty strange and often hilarious places. From Pee-Wee’s Playhouse to Walker: Texas Ranger, these guys and gals have been all over the map. And to celebrate the 7th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, let’s look back at “The Gang” during their pre-Sunny days in alphabetical order.
Nicholas Pell and Jame Gumb contributed to this piece.
Chad Coleman plays the enigmatic “Z,” a friend of Frank who lives underneath a bridge in Philly. Before his appearance on Sunny, but after his appearance on The Wire, Coleman starred as one of the new survivors in Left 4 Dead 2, Coach. Step into the shoes of Coach next time you’re sitting down at your Xbox 360 and wondering what it feels like to be an overweight high-school coac fighting zombies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
On Sunny, Stephen Collins plays Bruce Mathis, the do-gooder biological father of Dennis and Dee. This is not unlike his role as the father on 7th Heaven. However, in 1982, he played Karl Hanke in Inside the Third Reich. Hanke was a Nazi-era governor of Lower Silesia, final Reichsführer-SS, and all around swell dude. He was known for being one of the most adamant and unquestioning supporters of the Nazi regime, which is also true of the father on 7th Heaven.
Before he played Mac’s Dad (a.k.a. Luther), Gregory Scott Cummins was acting along side the likes of Chuck Norris. How the mighty have fallen. If you’re bored, check out Cummins’ website, and take a look at the impressive array of roles he’s racked up over the years. And no, I’m not being sarcastic. This guy’s been around.