The "Six Feet Under" is considered one of the best series in TV history, so not surprisingly, there are at least 10 facts about “Six Feet Under.” From how they cast the show’s stars to where they got all those caskets, read on to learn some little known behind the scenes tidbits about the series.
Whose idea was it to create “Six Feet Under”? There are several stories about who came up with the idea for the show and they all need to be included in the facts about “Six Feet Under.” Some say Alan Ball thought of the idea after losing his sister and his father. Other reports indicate that an HBO executive came to Ball with the concept. In a 2002 lawsuit, writer Gwen O’Donnell claimed that the show was based on her screenplay “Funk Parlor,” but she ultimately lost her copyright infringement suit.
Who painted Claire’s self-portrait? Before Claire Fisher became an art student, an eye-catching painting, known as the Medusa Self-Portrait, hung on her bedroom wall. Actress Lauren Ambrose did not create the work. The mixed medium piece was done my Margot Lovinger, who deserves credit on the list of facts about “Six Feet Under.”
Caskets by ABC. Many of the caskets used in "Six Feet Under" were supplied by A Better Casket in Los Angeles. ABC Caskets explains, “Because of our proximity to the studio and our ability to make custom caskets, we were often called upon to make caskets required for the stories.”
Peter Krause could have been David. Peter Krause was hot off the short-lived but critically acclaimed sitcom “Sports Night” when “Six Feet Under” was casting. He went in to read for the part of David. But series creator Ball felt he already had good candidates for the role and asked Krause to audition for Nate instead. The rest is TV history.
Fisher & Sons Funeral Home is a historic landmark. The exterior of the Fisher & Sons Funeral Home was located in the West Adams area of Los Angeles. The structure was once the private home of a Filipino general and presidential hopeful named Hilario Camino. Declared a historic landmark in 1994, the funeral home ultimately became the headquarters of Camino’s organization–The Filipino Federation of America.
James Dean filled his tank at Ruth’s flower shop. The Blossom d'Amour flower shop, where Ruth worked, is an actual flower shop located in Sherman Oaks, California called A Touch of Romance. Ironically, the real life shop used to be a gas station and it’s where James Dean filled his tank on the day of his fatal car crash.
Michael C. Hall was a Broadway star. Before “Six Feet Under,” Michael C. Hall was a Broadway actor best known as the Emcee in the 1999 revival of “Cabaret.” The production was directed by Sam Mendes, who brought Alan Ball’s screenplay “American Beauty” to the big screen. It was Mendes who recommended Hall to Ball when he was casting the HBO series.
Juliette Lewis auditioned for Brenda. Movie star Juliette Lewis auditioned for the role of Nate’s girlfriend, Brenda. The part went to Australian actress Rachel Griffiths after she proved to the production team that she could do a convincing American accent.
Freddy Rodriguez’s son was part of the show. Freddy Rodriguez, who played Fisher & Sons employee Julio Diaz, has a son named Giannoccaro. Giannoccaro played his TV kid Julio on the show. It wasn’t their only on-screen connection. Giannoccaro played a younger version of dad Freddy’s “Ugly Betty” character, Gio as well.
“Six Feet Under” had one of the best finales ever. The show’s final episode cannot be overlooked on the rundown of facts about “Six Feet Under.” It has made many lists of the greatest TV series finales of all time including those by E! Online, MSN.com, and Ugo.com. In this poignant episode, the show flashed forward viewers saw how each of the characters met their ultimate ends.