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! 

39 Comments

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39 responses to “5 Things the Mailman Hears

  1. Dusty

    I handed my mailman a letter the other day.
    We’ve spoken many times. He’s a Marine. It’s been a long time since he wore that uniform, but he’s still proud.
    He’s an author. He has a book about his years coaching football in one of the highest risk areas of our city. He is extremely proud that he has coached kids that have gone on to the NFL. His name is Gene.

  2. Mary

    What a great part you played. Your grief was so touching. I hope you get a regular role cause you clearly have personality!

  3. Thanks Mary! I’ll be sharing some thoughts on grief here soon.

  4. I’m from Ireland and will definitely be sending a postcard to the creator as you have been the thing that broke my emotional barrier. I suffer from depression and the past few weeks have been going through the ‘don’t feel anything’ phase, which I hate more than the “everything is unbearably sad” phase. When you came on the screen something in my came loose and I started sobbing. Now I can get on with getting better. Thank you for that . Really, thank you. I hope they ask you back for my sake of anything lol you are exceptionally gifted. Much love, from your Irish Fan ❤

  5. Amanda Josey

    I sincerely hope they have you in future episodes. Your scene with Sterling was amazing and had me in tears. You definitely have the talent to match the rest of the cast. Best of luck.

  6. Kat

    Hi Bill,

    You fit right in with the amazing cast of TIU. I was so moved by your performance. I cried along with you, and the rest of the bazillion viewers. Bravo!
    Thanks for reminding us to take the time to get to know our neighbors, our postal workers, bank tellers, pharmacists, etc. If we all took example from the mailman and William, this country might have a big, bright, shining spot amongst the darkness that seems to be taking over. 😡
    Now, I attempt to reach out every day. I’m still trying to find out my mail carrier’s name, she moves so fast I can’t catch her! Haha!
    I’m looking forward to your posts regarding grief.
    Again, bravo! I hope we see you again. ~Kat

  7. That was a great scene and you were so genuine, It made alot of people start talking to their mail men/women on wednesday!

  8. Sharon

    You were fabulous on the show, and I hope we all get to see you talking to Randall on his morning “walks” very soon!!!

  9. We have Ritenour in common. I am class of 75. My mother knew her mailman. When she passed away, the mailman cried. You brought back memories in a wonderful way. I sobbed for you. I thought that mailman relationship was just a Breckenridge Hills thing!

  10. dana

    Beautiful scene. So very touching. Reminded me of my grandfather’s mailman. We knew him as PeeWee the Postman. A very sweet man. He actually saved my grandpaw’s life! He noticed the mail had piled up for 2-3 days in the mailbox which was unlike my grandfather. He was usually “Johnny on the Spot” at the ready to pick up the mail. So, PeeWee knocked at the door to check on grandpaw. When he didn’t answer, he found a way to get into the house to check on him. He found my grandfather on the floor having had a stroke and he could not get up. PeeWee raced into action, tending to grandpaw and calling for an ambulance. He was rushed to the hospital and miraculously survived! PeeWee became like family after that. He was so attentive and present in his everyday life. Very special. Your performance reminded me of that time and the power of human connection, a constant theme in This Is Us. 💜

  11. Pamela L

    Loved your scene….I hope now that Randall claims he will walk not run, I hope we will see you again.

  12. Hillary Mains

    Bill as I’ve already said on fb I absolutely loved you in this role. You immediately touched me as the unsung unexpected friend of Williams. Making it clear that he touched everyone he came across…. and your performance really was breath taking and heart breaking. I sincerely hope you continue to pop up on this show

  13. RHonda

    YOU made the scene so real !! “The neighborhood will miss him “, not many will say that these days … it was a very touching scene and so unexpected ! Here’s to you ! 🍾

  14. That would be awesome! Whatever happens, I hope there’s a lot more William flashbacks.

  15. Thanks for the good wishes. It’ll be fun to see where Randall takes it.

  16. Colleen

    Our mailman is Todd. He loves our dog and always pets her before leaving the yard. I
    Can’t wait to get a post card and send it in. I will be sure to show it to Todd.

  17. Thanks Colleen. Tell Todd hi from me!

  18. Thanks so much. I’m glad you found it uplifting. That means a lot.

  19. Sharon G

    Bill this scene really flooded me with emotions. My husband passed 7 years ago and at his “celebration” of life, over 360 people came through our house that day to pay their respects. The clerks at 7/11, the clerks from Albertsons grocery, our dog Groomers, gas station clerks! Restaurant owners and our MAILMAN! I sure hope to see you in the future!! You rock!!

  20. That’s wonderful. These connections are really out there!

  21. Love this show, you were amazing in the short time you were on it .. I so hope the use you more in the next season.. Thanks for tuggin at our hearts

  22. Stacey Palmer

    A very touching scene with Randall and The Mailman!! I’m hoping to see a relationship form between the two of you now and then start giving us a peek into The Mailman’s life story.

  23. Franni

    My mail lady ended up being a friend I simply reached out and said ty and conversations with her tuened into friendship

  24. Donna Dixon

    I talk to my Mailman often; since the scene in “This Is Us”, I now respect him so much more. I asked myself, what would he say to my daughter, if he brought the mail, saw the wreath on the porch, asked her how I was doing and was told I was gone..Not sure if he would openly show his emotions, and then again maybe he would…😢 Cool dude tho’..I thank him regularly and I plan to start honoring him, not just during regular holidays, but, just Because…💕

  25. THAT would be amazing!

  26. P

    My father’s mailman came to see him in the hospital when Dad was gravely ill. When Dad died, the mailman came to his funeral. They had a wonderful relationship and were good friends.

  27. Carrie Peters

    I wish I had a mailman like you!!

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