Monthly Archives: March 2017

Honored by U.S. Postal Service

I’m honored to be featured in LINK, the official newsletter of the U.S. Postal Service. I knew from the comments in my original blog post that I had really connected with a lot of postal workers and the families they serve. I was absolutely blown away when I was contacted by the online newsletter’s editor to interview me about the part I played on This Is Us.

Some friends of mine have joked that This Is Us should have a spinoff titled This Is U.S.P.S.!!! No matter what happens as a result of this role, I’m highly honored to be recognized by the federal government in a way that didn’t result in an audit!

If you haven’t seen the clip of me on the show yet, or in case you’d like to help raise my online profile, click on my IMDb link HERE. On that site, you can see other projects I’ve done, including my upcoming episode of Trial and Error this week on NBC March 28th opposite John Lithgow.

Thanks, and I hope you’ll share your thoughts and opinions below.

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My Softer Side

Hi friends! If you’d like to know more about another dramatic role I was in – Marshall’s Miracle – click HERE to read a fun new interview. 

Me and co-star Lauren Holly


I grew a beard for the role and I’ve lost some weight since then. If you like tear-jerkers you’ll enjoy this story about a brave boy and his dog Marshall. For this and other projects I was in, (and to help raise my online profile) click HERE

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This is Your Comedy Throwback

You can watch of one of my very first network TV appearances. I was a cast member and writer on the Dana Carvey Show. My first appearance on the show was as Senator Phil Graham losing his family election to his son Terry, and I may post that as a Thursday Comedy Throwback in the future. But for now, this popped up on YouTube, and while it’s still there…take a gander. Click HERE to see the comedy!

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5 Things the Mailman Hears

Since my appearance on the show with Sterling K. Brown, I’ve heard from a LOT of fans of This is Us lately! Some of them are in a fan group on Facebook called This is Us and This is Us Fans, some of them are friends of my friends and friends of my family. Some of them have said that I made them cry. Some admitted to “almost crying” and some have been downright humbling.

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Randall Learns  of William’s connections. The mailman learns William is dead.

1. “You made me ugly cry!”

I’ve never heard this phrase before, but the words “ugly”, “tomato red” and “power cry” are some of the top things people have said about my performance. I’ve been lucky to make people laugh many times in my career. But this is only one of my few opportunities on screen to make someone cry. I was honored to hear many people say of my appearance in an all-around tear-jerker episode, “This was my first cry of the night.”

2. “I hope to see ‘the mailman’ again.”

I hope so, too. I swear that even if I was going to be on another episode, I couldn’t say anything about it without clearance of the social media marketing director for NBC. The only way that’s going to happen is if NBC hears from you and other fans.

Make your mailman happy! Write it on a postcard so he can read it, and send it “snail mail” to

Jennifer Salke, President   |   Stephen B. Burke CEO  | Robert Greenblatt, Chairman

c/o NBCUniversal 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA – 90036.

You can also send to Dan Fogelman, the show’s creator at the same address. 

3. “Emmy-Winning Performance!”

My scene was just a co-star, not a guest star performance, so I don’t think I can even be considered for this category, but I’m glad so many people think so. Even some top Hollywood casting directors have said so about this role. If that’s the case, how do I go about lobbying for the nominating committee? Do you know anybody on the nominating committee?

4. “I have a mailman like that.”

This unnamed character is for many people an everyman. He represents a mail-carrier, custodian, fireman, substitute teacher or passing acquaintance that has gotten to know them on a much deeper level. I’ve heard stories about mail carriers showing up at funerals and hospitals to pay last respects. I’ve also heard from some people that “the mailman” should have been at the “FUN”-eral. Many people have pointed out that only family was present at the celebration of William’s life. If it’s meant to be, you’ll see the mailman again. If not, his singular appearance will speak volumes.

5. “Going to have to talk to my mailman.”

I hear from so many people that they’ve realized they need to connect with the people who are in their lives everyday. They resolve to live fuller lives and get to know the most important people…the people who serve them every day. Do yourself a favor. If you decide to write in to the address above, give the letter to your mail carrier and tell them why you’re sending it.

Is there anything else you have to say to the mailman? Leave a comment or question below! 

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See What’s Next for The Mailman 

Me with John Lithgow on Trial and Error

Yesterday’s article made HuffPost. Let’s see if we can get more shares on Katherine’s article, which you can read HERE

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About The Mailman 

Last night’s episode of This Is Us has gotten a lot of attention from Twitter and Instagram and Facebook. Looks like NBC and This is Us got the message. 

The story below is very touching, and I got permission to link to a fantastic blog post that sums up why the scene was so impactful. 

Enjoy this story by Katherine Hansen”Why the mailman on ‘This is Us’ brought me to tears”

Read about it HERE. The article is also on HuffPost!

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I’m on This Is Us 

You can see me this Tuesday on This Is Us, opposite Sterling K. Brown.  Read all about it in Entertainment Weekly. Click HERE to read more! 

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