Desperate Men or Mad Housewives

Has anyone else ever noticed that there seem to be a lot of shared actors between Desperate Housewives and Mad Men? This has bugged me for a while so I actually sat down over the weekend and did a little research on the matter.  As far as I could find there are no shared casting directors and seven shared cast members as of this season. I’m sorta a self described TV junkie and I can’t say I have ever noticed this much cross over between other shows in the past.

So wondering who the seven are – well, I have listed them out for you below:

Mark Moses – Mark probably had the biggest shared roles on both shows having appeared in multiple seasons. He was the creepy Paul Young on DH and the on-again, off-again alcoholic account man Duck on MM. I have to say I was a little bummed to see Duck phased out of MM – I loved that drunken fist fight he had with Don last season and the general shared hatred he and Don had for each other.

John Slattery – Yes Mr. Sterling was a short lived regular on DH. He played politician Victor Lang and was married to Gabby (while she was not with Carlos). Interesting that John played a shady politician on DH because he also played one in a couple episodes of Sex and the City.

Kevin Rahm – I love Kevin Rahm in everything he does so I was very excited to see him appear last season on MM as Ted Chaough, the competitive, dare I say snaky ad man from the agency Cutler Gleason and Chaough. Kevin has been on DH for years as Lee, one half of the gay couple that lives on Wisteria Lane.

Sam Page – This one I actually did not know and found in my dorky research. Sam plays Greg Harris (Joan’s husband). He has had appearances on MM since season two. It’s not looking too good for his character as of late – Looks like he is headed back to Vietnam a single man. Sam played Sam Allen on season 6 of DH. Sam was the estranged son of Bree’s late husband Rex and there was the usual DH drama filled storyline to follow.

Christine Estabrook – Joan is just surrounded by DH cast members. A nice addition this season, Christine Estabrook plays Joan’s opinionated and overbearing mother Gail. Christine played the noisy neighbor Martha Huber on season one of DH that Paul Yong murdered.

Mason Vale Cotton – Also a new addition to MM, but not a new character, Mason is the recent incarnation of Bobby Draper, Don’s son. Mason has played MJ, the son of Susan and Mike for the last few seasons on DH. He is not my favorite Bobby, but maybe I just need to warm up to him in the role.

Ann Dudek – Ann had supporting roles on both DH and MM. On season one of DH she played Brandi, the younger woman that Susan’s ex-husband Karl was seeing. On MM she played Francine, Betty’s friend and neighbor. I don’t think she has made an appearance since Betty married Henry.

So what is up with all the in-common cast members? Just coincidence? Is the casting director at DH best friends with the casting director at MM? The answer lives offline whatever it may be . . . I would love any leads though.

7 Responses to “Desperate Men or Mad Housewives”
  1. kent elliott says:

    I don’t watch a lot of TV – and don’t even have a TV – but I watch Mad Men and Desperate Housewives online. I have also been amazed at how many actors have been in both. You answered my question, because I was wondering if the shows shared a director or something. I guess not…

  2. Kaylyn says:

    Also, the woman who played Anna Draper
    played Sister Mary, the nun who helped Carlos get out of jail early. I don’t know her real name.

  3. Audra says:

    I am catching up just now on Season 2, and I noticed a lot of familiar faces from DH. I love both shows, have seen each DH season about ten times each. I personally enjoy seeing actors from a favorite show brought back in a different favorite show.

  4. Tal says:

    Also that woman don was cheating on Betty with .. She was married to that actor guy. She played Tom’s ex in DH. I forget her name

  5. sally susan says:

    you forgot ann draper in mm is sister mary in dd!!

  6. Ted says:

    Thank you for pointing this out. I watched all of the DH episodes when they were on and I am now binge watching Mad Men. It was driving me crazy about the same cast members so I had to look it up and your investigation came up. Thanks!

  7. Melissa says:

    Yes – Melinda McGraw plays Bobbie Barrett, Jimmy Barrett’s wife on Mad Men and Annabel Foster, Tom Scavo’s ex girlfriend and coworker in Desperate Housewives. I’m so happy/relieved to find out there are several others who noticed this! This was fun 🙂

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