Richard Brooks' character in Drive was named Detective Ehrle, pronounced like Early, His character name in Firefly: Objects in Space (2002) was named Jubal Early. Tim Minear, one of the creators of Drive also had writing, directing and producing credits for the series Firefly, both of which also starred Nathan Fillion as a lead character.
Dylan Baker was in every episode of the series. He was credited as a guest star for 5 of those. In the episode that became the series finale he was added to the opening credits, but this episode mostly went unseen, except online.