In Season 4 (2008-2009) of How I Met Your Mother (includes actors Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Alysson Hannigan and Jason Segel), Eric Braeden was casted as the father of Cobie Smulders' character, Robin Scherbatsky, Jr. (just for that season).
The character was not seen again until Season 6 (2010-2011). How I Met Your Mother producers wanted Braeden back as the father, but he declined the offer. Right after this, they casted Ray Wise to portray Robin Scherbatsky, Sr. He has portrayed the character from Season 6 to Season 8 (2012-2013), and is due to make another appearence in the current Season (Season 9) as Smulders' character is going to get married.
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