John Lithgow Cast on How I Met Your Mother as...

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No, he won't be the mother.

But How I Met Your Mother has cast Emmy Award winner John Lithgow in a key role: he'll appear on the sitcom as Barney's father!

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Rumors about Jerome Whitaker have run rampant throughout this show's run. While there's no word yet on how or when he will enter his son's world, Michael Ausiello confirms that Lithgow has landed the part.

The veteran actor last recurred on Dexter, portraying The Trinity Killer on what most considered to be that drama's best season.

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Definitely interested to see the dichotomy between Barney and him.

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HIMYM Quotes

Barney: Ladies and gentlemen, I have in my hand a copy of tonight's Top Ten list. The category: top ten things I would've called my truck...
Ted: It was never your truck.
Barney: if Ted hadn't been a jerk and given it back.
Ted: It was a rental.
Barney: Number ten, "The Winne-Bango." Number nine, "The Pick-Up Truck." Number eight, "The Ford Explore Her." Number seven, "The You Scream Truck." You Scream. (they all laugh) Number six, "Feels on Wheels!" Hello! Number five, "The Ride Her Truck." Number four, "The 18-Squeeler." Number three, "The Esca-Laid." Number two, "The Slam-Boney." and... the number one thing I would've called my truck if Ted hadn't been a jerk and given it back... "The '69 Chevy."

Sometimes things have to fall apart to make way for better things...we're done here.