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15 Supporting Characters That Stole the Spotlight

Photo credit: AMC

Photo credit: AMC

Just call them the “Christoph Waltz” of the small screen. Of course, by this we’re referring to two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, who’s won multiple Best Supporting Actor awards for turning in some fantastic performances on the silver screen. And while Waltz is a shining example of a fine, scene-stealing supporting actor, TV has its fair share of them too, from “The Walking Dead’s” Daryl Dixon, who was supposed to be an easily disposable member of the zombie apocalypse survivors to Steve Urkel of “Family Matters,” who was originally supposed to appear in just one episode of the popular 90’s sitcom.

With that being said, here’s a look at 15 supporting TV characters who absolutely stole the show:

1) Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)

The character of Daryl Dixon doesn’t exist in The Walking Dead graphic novels that the hit AMC television drama is based off of. But producers were so impressed when Norman Reedus read for the part of Merle Dixon while casting the show that they created a new character for him. Hence, the part of Daryl Dixon, written to be Merle Dixon’s younger brother (the part of Merle, as you recall when to Michael Rooker) went to Reedus. Originally, Daryl Dixon was supposed to be just a supporting member of Rick Grime’s group who could be easily disposed of when a plot shakeup was warranted, as so many other “Walking Dead” characters would come to be. But Daryl worked his way into the hearts of “Walking Dead” fans by playing a gruff, tough redneck that quickly became a more integral part of the show. In fact, in a season two episode, the script called for Daryl to be shot at when mistaken for a zombie by a fellow group member.

“Walking Dead” fans went crazy on social media that there was even a thought of potentially killing off Daryl, to the point where Reedus and Laurie Holden had to take a picture together on-set to prove that there was no hard feelings and calm fan fears. Hardcore Daryl Dixon fans have even been donning shirts stating “If Daryl Dies, We Riot.” At this point in the show’s tenure, we’d guess that lead antagonist Rick Grimes has a better chance of being killed off in the show than the gruff, but loveable, Dixon.