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A Million Ways To Die In The West Cast & Cameo Guide

Summary

  • Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West boasts a talented ensemble cast and numerous celebrity cameos.
  • Seth MacFarlane directs, writes, and stars in the film, playing the lead role of a wimpy sheep farmer who gains courage thanks to a mysterious newcomer played by Charlize Theron.
  • Celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Jamie Foxx, and Ewan McGregor make brief appearances in A Million Ways to Die in the West.



Seth MacFarlane’s 2014 Western rom-com A Million Ways to Die in the West features a stacked ensemble cast and a number of fun, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos. A Million Ways to Die in the West is directed by Seth MacFarlane, who also co-wrote the screenplay with his frequent collaborators, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and stars in the lead role of Albert Stark, a wimpy frontiersman and incompetent sheep herder who hates the deadly existence and subsequently miserable lifestyle inherent to the Old West.

Although the reviews for A Million Ways to Die in the West are not great, it still has some redeeming qualities. All the Western references in A Million Ways to Die in the West add to the appeal, but it’s the comedic performances from the talented ensemble cast that really carry the Seth MacFarlane movie. A Million Ways is also punctuated by a ton of notable celebrity cameos from A-list movie stars, iconic character actors, and a few of MacFarlane’s frequent collaborators. Some of these cameos involve a few lines of dialogue, while others last only a split-second.


A Million Ways to Die in the West Main Cast

Actor

Role

Seth MacFarlane

Albert Stark

Charlize Theron

Anna Barnes-Leatherwood

Amanda Seyfried

Louise

Liam Neeson

Clinch Leatherwood

Neil Patrick Harris

Foy

Giovanni Ribisi

Edward

Sarah Silverman

Ruth



Seth MacFarlane As Albert Stark

Date Of Birth: October 26, 1973

Actor: Born in Kent, Connecticut, Seth MacFarlane is best known as the creator and lead voice actor of Family Guy. MacFarlane also co-created and voices characters on the animated series American Dad! and the Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show. In 2012, MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut with Ted, in which he voiced the titular foul-mouthed teddy bear. A sequel, Ted 2, was released in 2015, followed by a prequel series in 2024. In 2017, MacFarlane created his first live-action series, The Orville, in which he also played the protagonist, Ed Mercer.

Notable Movies & TV Shows:


Title

Type

Role(s)

Family Guy (1999-present)

TV Show

Creator, Writer, Executive Producer Voice Roles: Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire, Various Voices

American Dad! (2005-present)

TV Show

Co-creator, Writer, Executive Producer Voice Roles: Stan Smith, Roger, Various Voices

The Cleveland Show (2009-2013)

TV Show

Co-creator, Writer, Executive Producer Voice Roles: Tim the Bear, Various Voices

Ted (2012)

Movie

Director, Writer, Producer Character: Ted

Ted 2 (2015)

Movie

Director, Writer, Producer Character: Ted

The Orville (2017-2022)

TV Show

Creator, Writer, Director (7 episodes), Executive Producer Character: Ed Mercer

Ted (2024-present)

TV Show

Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer Character: Ted

Character: In A Million Ways to Die in the West, MacFarlane plays the protagonist, Albert Stark, a cowardly but sweet sheep farmer who despises life on the American frontier.

In
A Million Ways to Die in the West,
Mike Salazar plays 6-year-old Albert Stark and Preston Bailey plays 12-year-old Albert Stark.


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Charlize Theron as Anna Barnes-Leatherwood

Date Of Birth: August 7, 1975

Actor: Born in Benoni, Transvaal, South Africa, Charlize Theron broke big as an actress in the ’90s before receiving widespread critical acclaim for her performance as real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), which earned Theron her first Oscar win. Theron went on to receive two more Best Actress Oscar nominations for North Country (2006) and Bombshell (2020). Theron is also well known for her action movie roles, most notably as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and Cipher in several Fast & Furious movies.


Notable Movies & TV Shows:

Title

Type

Role

Monster (2003)

Movie

Aileen Wuornos

North Country (2006)

Movie

Josey Aimes

Hancock (2008)

Movie

Mary Embrey

Young Adult (2011)

Movie

Mavis Gary

Prometheus (2012)

Movie

Meredith Vickers

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Movie

Queen Ravenna

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Movie

Imperator Furiosa Jabassa

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Movie

Queen Ravenna

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Movie

Lorraine Broughton

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Movie

Cipher

Bombshell (2019)

Movie

Megyn Kelly

F9 (2021)

Movie

Cipher

Fast X (2023)

Movie

Cipher


Character: In A Million Ways to Die in the West, Theron plays skilled gunslinger Anna Barnes-Leatherwood, a mysterious newcomer who befriends Albert Stark. Anna offers to teach Albert how to shoot while failing to mention that she’s the notorious Clinch Leatherwood’s wife.

Theron made a cameo as Clea in
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
(2022)’s post-credits scene.

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Amanda Seyfried as Louise

Date Of Birth: December 3, 1985


Actor: Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Amanda Seyfried broke big in her feature film debut as Karen Smith in Mean Girls (2004). Seyfried gained further prominence as Sophie in the film adaptation of Mamma Mia! (2008) and the sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018). She also starred in films like Jennifer’s Body (2009), Dear John (2010), Letters to Juliet (2010), Les Misérables (2012), and reunited with MacFarlane for Ted 2 (2025). She received her first Oscar nomination for Mank in 2021 and won several major awards for her performance as Elizabeth Holmes in the Hulu miniseries The Dropout (2022).

Notable Movies & TV Shows:


Title

Type

Role

Mean Girls (2004)

Movie

Karen Smith

Big Love (2006-2011)

TV Show

Sarah Henrickson

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Movie

Sophie Sheridan

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Movie

Anita “Needy” Lesnicki

Dear John (2010)

Movie

Savannah Lynn Curtis

Letters to Juliet (2010)

Movie

Sophie Hall

Les Misérables (2012)

Movie

Cosette

Ted 2 (2015)

Movie

Samantha Leslie Jackson

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Movie

Sophie Sheridan

Mank (2020)

Movie

Marion Davies

The Dropout (2022)

Miniseries

Elizabeth Holmes

The Crowded Room (2023)

Miniseries

Rya Goodwin

Character: In A Million Ways to Die in the West, Seyfried plays Albert Stark’s ex-girlfriend, Louise, who breaks up with him at the beginning of the movie.


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Liam Neeson as Clinch Leatherwood

Date Of Birth: June 7, 1952

Actor: Born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, Liam Neeson first rose to prominence for his Oscar-nominated performance in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993). Neeson went on to play Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), returning for cameos and voice roles in later installments of the Star Wars franchise. Neeson is also known for playing Henri Ducard / Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins (2005), Bryan Mills in the Taken movies (2008-2014), and Zeus in Clash of the Titans (2010) and the sequel, Wrath of the Titans (2012).


Notable Movies & TV Shows:

Title

Type

Role

Schindler’s List (1993)

Movie

Oskar Schindler

Michael Collins (1996)

Movie

Michael Collins

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Movie

Qui-Gon Jinn

Love Actually (2003)

Movie

Daniel

Kinsey (2004)

Movie

Alfred Kinsey

Batman Begins (2005)

Movie

Henri Ducard / Ra’s al Ghul

Taken (2008)

Movie

Bryan Mills

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Movie

Zeus

Taken 2 (2012)

Movie

Bryan Mills

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

Movie

Zeus

Taken 3 (2014)

Movie

Bryan Mills


Character: In A Million Ways to Die in the West, Neeson plays ruthless outlaw Clinch Leatherwood, Anna’s abusive husband and “the most vicious gunfighter in the territory.”

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Neil Patrick Harris as Foy

Date Of Birth: June 15, 1973


Actor: Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Neil Patrick Harris broke big as the titular teen doctor in Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993). As an adult, NPH is best known for his role as Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother (2005-2013) and for playing Count Olaf on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017–2019). He is also known for playing a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar movies and Patrick Winslow in the Smurf movies. NPH has also starred in films like Starship Troopers (1997), Gone Girl (2014), and The Matrix Resurrections (2021).

Notable Movies & TV Shows:

Title

Type

Role

Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993)

TV Show

Doogie Howser

Starship Troopers (1997)

Movie

Carl Jenkins

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

Movie

Neil Patrick Harris

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2013)

TV Show

Barney Stinson

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

Movie

Neil Patrick Harris

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

Movie

Neil Patrick Harris

The Smurfs (2011)

Movie

Patrick Winslow

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

Movie

Patrick Winslow

Gone Girl (2014)

Movie

Desi Collings

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017–2019)

TV Show

Count Olaf

The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Movie

The Analyst


Character: In A Million Ways to Die in the West, NPH plays Moustachery owner Foy, the smug and wealthy man Louise left Albert for.

Giovanni Ribisi as Edward

Date Of Birth: December 17, 1974

Actor: Born in Los Angeles, California, Giovanni Ribisi got his start as a child actor before landing his breakout role as Phoebe’s half-brother Frank Jr. on Friends. He went on to star in films like Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Gift (2000), Lost in Translation (2003), and Avatar (2009). Ribisi played Donny in both Ted and Ted 2 and starred in the sitcom Dads, created by A Million Ways to Die in the West and Ted co-writers (and MacFarlane’s frequent collaborators), Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin. He also played the titular role in the crime drama series Sneaky Pete (2015-2019).


Notable Movies & TV Shows:

Title

Type

Role

Friends (1994-2004)

TV Show

Frank Buffay Jr. (10 episodes, 1995-2003)

SubUrbia (1998)

Movie

Jeff

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Movie

T-4 Medic Irwin Wade

The Gift (2000)

Movie

Buddy Cole

Lost in Translation (2003)

Movie

John

Avatar (2009)

Movie

Parker Selfridge

Ted (2012)

Movie

Donny

Ted 2 (2015)

Movie

Donny

Sneaky Pete (2015-2019)

TV Show

Pete Murphy/Marius Josipovic

Character: In A Million Ways to Die in the West, Ribisi plays Albert Stark’s best friend, Edward.


Sarah Silverman as Ruth

Date Of Birth: December 1, 1970

Actor: Born in Bedford, New Hampshire, Sarah Silverman got her start as a stand-up comedian and had a brief stint as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live for the 1993-1994 season. Silverman co-created her own eponymous Comedy Central sitcom, The Sarah Silverman Program, in 2007. She has appeared in films like School of Rock (2003), Rent (2005), Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Battle of the Sexes (2017), and Maestro (2023). Silverman is also known for voicing Vanellope von Schweetz in Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).

Notable Movies & TV Shows:


Title

Type

Role

Saturday Night Live (1975-present)

TV Show

Writer/Various Roles (1 season, 1993-1994)

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Movie

Brenda

School of Rock (2003)

Movie

Patty Di Marco

Monk (2002-2009)

TV Show

Maci Maven (3 episodes, 2004-2008)

Rent (2005)

Movie

Alexi Darling

The Sarah Silverman Program (2007-2010)

TV Show

Sarah Silverman

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Movie

Vanellope von Schweetz (voice)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

Movie

Paula

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Movie

Gladys Heldman

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Movie

Vanellope von Schweetz (voice)

Maestro (2023)

Movie

Shirley Bernstein


Character: In A Million Ways to Die in the West, Silverman plays Edward’s girlfriend, Ruth, who is also a sex worker at the local brothel.

A Million Ways To Die In The West Cameos In Order Of Appearance

John Michael Higgins has a cameo as “Dandy #1,” who waves his handkerchief at Albert in the saloon and says, “Well, hello to you, too!” He then says to “Dandy #2” (played by comedy writer and MacFarlane collaborator Julius Sharpe), “James, I found the friendly locals.” Higgins is best known for his roles in Christopher Guest mockumentaries like Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003).


Rupert Boneham appears as one of the extras during the bar fight that breaks out in the saloon after Lewis kills the pastor’s son. Boneham got famous as a contestant on multiple seasons of Survivor.

Dennis Haskins makes a few cameos as Dr. Von Plume, the snake oil salesman at the County Fair who tries to sell Albert and Anna an elixir with concerning ingredients. Haskins is best known for his role as Principal Richard Belding in Saved by the Bell (1989-1993) and the spinoff, Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993-2000).

Alec Sulkin has a cameo as one of the attendees at the County Fair who is awestruck by the dollar bill Foy fives Albert. Sulkin and his writing partner Wellesley Wild co-wrote and executive produced A Million Ways to Die in the West with Macfarlane, along with Ted (2012), Ted 2 (2015), and Family Guy. Sulkin also voices Jesus Christ and various other characters on Family Guy and The Cleveland Show.


Ewan McGregor has a cameo as one of the cowboys who mocks Albert at the fair by laughing at Foy’s “how-do-you-do” joke. When Albert asks him specifically why he finds the joke funny, McGregor says he only laughed because the man next to him did. McGregor is best known for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and later installments.

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Bill Maher has a cameo as a traveling comedian who hosts the Barn Dance. Maher is best known as the host of his political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher.


Mike Henry is the man smiling in the photograph that Albert gives Anna to thank her for helping him learn to shoot in A Million Ways to Die in the West. Like Sulkin, Henry is a frequent collaborator of MacFarlane’s. Henry voiced the role of Cleveland Brown on Family Guy until 2021 and on The Cleveland Show (2009-2013) during its run, the latter of which he also co-created with MacFarlane and Richard Appel. Henry also voiced characters on American Dad! and played Dan on The Orville (2017-2022).

Christopher Lloyd makes a cameo as his Back to the Future character, Doc Brown, in A Million Ways to Die in the West. When Albert stumbles upon Doc working on the DeLorean time machine in a barn, he claims it’s just “a weather experiment” and proceeds to utter his signature catchphrase “Great Scott!” when Albert leaves. Lloyd is also known for playing Jim Ignatowski in Taxi and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (1991) and the sequel, Addams Family Values (1993).


Ryan Reynolds has an uncredited cameo as the man Clinch Leatherwood shoots and kills in the saloon while trying to find the man who kissed his wife Anna. Reynolds is best known for playing the titular character in the Deadpool movies from the X-Men franchise.

Gilbert Gottfried plays Abraham Lincoln in the flashback to Albert’s graduation during his drug trip. Due to his distinctive, shrill voice, the late stand-up comedian is well-known for his voice work, particularly his role as Iago the parrot in all animated installments of the Aladdin franchise.

Patrick Stewart has an uncredited voice cameo as the super tall, long-legged sheep Albert hallucinates during his drug trip. Stewart is best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek franchise.

Jamie Foxx makes a cameo as his Django Unchained character, Django Freeman, in A Million Ways to Die in the West’s mid-credits scene. Django who shoots the owner of the “Runaway Slave” game at the County Fair, reiterating Albert’s point that “people die at the fair.” Fox is also well-known for playing Ray Charles in Ray (2004).


Kaley Cuoco also makes an uncredited cameo as a woman Albert flirts with in a shop in the unrated version of

A Million Ways to Die in the West.

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