1. Alexis Denisof is an American actor who is primarily known for playing Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.
2. Denisof was born in Salisbury, Maryland, the son of Dr. Christiana Taylor and Gerald Denisof. He moved to Seattle, Washington, when he was three years old.
3. He attended Highline College, where his mother was head of the drama department.
4. One of his first known works in television was on the arcade version of the video for “Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison.
5. As a result, he later showed up in season one, episode 10 of Angel, and was an official main cast member from episode 11 , appearing in 100 out of the 110 episodes of the series.
6. The character was heavily endeared to fans due to the transformation from goofy and lovable, to dark, depressed and moody as a result of events that occur over the course of the series.
7. Save for appearing in three episodes of the hit series How I Met Your Mother, as the goofy philandering Sandy Rivers, Denisof would not work as much as he used to for the next several years.
8. Most likely due to his time playing an English character on Angel, Denisof was among 200 actors considered for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale, but lost out to Daniel Craig.
9. Later, in 2008, he would appear in Season 2 of Private Practice as a man named Daniel, who has two pregnant wives giving birth on the same day.
10. In 2011, Denisof reprised his recurring role in How I Met Your Mother, as Sandy Rivers; he appeared in 10 episodes, his last being the March 17, 2014 episode “Gary Blauman”.
11. In a season 1 commentary, creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays speculated that Denisof was initially reluctant to take the role back in 2006 because he feared it was just charity work on account of his wife, Hannigan, playing a main character on the show.
12. They went on to state that he was not aware, until they actually told him, that they were huge fans of his work dating back to his time on Angel.