Meet the Unknowns Who Play the Younger Versions of 23 Favorite TV Characters
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Meet the Unknowns Who Play the Younger Versions of 23 Favorite TV Characters

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | March 25, 2014 | Comments ()


Meet the Unknowns Who Play the Younger Versions of 23 Favorite TV Characters

While watching last Friday’s Raising Hope (R.I.P.), I was taken aback when I realized the show had changed the actor who plays teenage Burt Chance. It wasn’t that big of a switch — he still had luxurious hair — but it did get me thinking about the actors and actresses who play the younger versions of our favorite TV characters. Such as…

Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Played by Alice Richmond (her actual daughter)

Michael Bluth, Arrested Development
Played by Michael Bartel

Ben & Kate Fox, Ben & Kate
Played by Henry Shotwell & Olivia Moss

Jeff Winger, Shirley Bennett, & Pierce Hawthorne, Community
Played by Jacob Bertrand, Taylar Hollomon, & Max Charles

Dexter Morgan, Dexter
Played by Devon Graye & Maxwell Huckabee

Amy Pond, Doctor Who
Played by Caitlin Blackwood

Kurt Hummel & Blaine Anderson, Glee
Played by Adam Kolkin & Ravi Sinha Smith

Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother
Played by Tanner Maguire & Riley Thomas Stewart

Louie, Louie
Played by Max Behren

Don Draper/Dick Whitman, Mad Men
Played by Brandon Killham (who also played young Brian/Rudy from Dexter and Michael Bluth from Arrested Development for one episode)

Malcolm, Reese, & Dewey, Malcolm in the Middle
Played by Cody Estes, Dillon John, & Matthew Dunn

Earl Hickey, My Name is Earl
Played by Noah Crawford

Snow White, Once Upon a Time
Played by Bailee Madison

Leslie Knope, Parks & Recreation
Played by Audrey P. Scott

Shawn Spencer & Burton “Gus” Guster, Psych
Played by Liam James (who also played Linden’s kid from The Killing), & Carlos McCullers II

Ned & Chuck, Pushing Daisies
Played by Field Cate & Sammi Hanratty

Burt & Virginia Chance, Raising Hope
Played by Cameron Moulene, and then Corey Eid; & Kelly Heyer

Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke, Revenge
Played by Emily Alyn Lind

Olivia Pope, Scandal
Played by Yara Shahidi

J.D., Scrubs
Played by Cody Estes (see also Malcolm in the Middle)

Tony Soprano, The Sopranos
Played by Danny Petrillo

Sam Winchester, Supernatural
Played by Colin Ford

Fox Mulder, The X-Files
Played by Marcus Turner

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  • Alicia

    Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke, Revenge

    I've never seen that show, but did she really not change her hairstyle from the time she was 10?

  • Nadiney

    Yo, Bailee Madison is NOT an unknown. Well, I know her. And some others do. We love her, she's adorable and always plays awesome kids that take no shit.

  • Haystacks

    You do Supernatural casting a disfavor with the young Sam. They killed it on the young Dean in season 9. He had the mannerisms down pat.

  • TacoBellRey

    That was definitely an impressive performance. He even did the jaw thing.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Please tell me Field Cate is an unfortunate transposition of first name/last name... because otherwise... oy.

  • colinc

    Amelia Pond is Amy Pond's cousin

  • BWeaves

    RE Revenge: Who has the exact same hair style as an adult as they had as a child?

    Raise your hand.
    That's what I thought.

  • e jerry powell

    I adore Yara Shahidi.

    Too bad Poehler only has boys, right?

  • TacoBellRey

    Liam James was also in my favorite movie of the summer, "The Way, Way, Back". (Don't be mad if I added too many commas, I was hesitant with the second one.)

  • DeistBrawler

    Caitlin Blackwood is Karen Gillan's cousin. Figured I should point that out considering you mentioned that Alice Richmond is Tina Fey's daughter.

  • Blake

    Where are the young Jimmy's from Raising Hope?

    Greyson Chance / Mason Cook / Trace Garcia

    Trace being the best for this alone:

    *Again: Fvck You Fox for cancelling Raising Hope.

  • FireLizardQueen

    I hate to talk bad about kids, but the little girl who played the young version of Snow White in Once Upon a Time is the WORST actress. I'm not one to notice acting all that much (usually pay attention to stories more) but this poor girl was so awful it made me cringe.

  • She gives a pretty great performance on Trophy Wife as basically a mini version of Marcia Gay Harden, though. Bert is the best but I like all of the kids on that show.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    All I got from this article is how much I miss 'Pushing Daisies'...

  • PDamian

    Wow, Noah Crawford looks eerily like Jason Lee.

  • prince_of_montagu

    I don't even watch Glee and i know that the casting for little Kurt was so flawless, it was basically veering into sci-fi.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    The Barney Stinson child actor is a problem. We all know exactly what Barney looked like as a child:

  • Alicia

    I feel the same way whenever a former child actor has someone play a younger version of himself - Batman Begins, for example. Christian Bale has always been fairly skinny, and the chubby-faced kid they found to play young Bruce doesn't look like he did at all (in "Empire of the Sun).

  • e jerry powell

    I mean. Couldn't they have just CGI-ed him in from Doogie outtakes?

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