Mindhole Blowers: 10 Television Characters You May Not Have Realized Had Been Recast

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Mindhole Blowers: 10 Television Characters You May Not Have Realized Had Been Recast

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 23, 2012 | Comments ()


Marta, Arrested Development —Patricia Velasquez, Leonor Varela, and Uncredited Actress.


Ann, Arrested Development — Alessandra Torresani and Mae Whitman



Frank Costanza, Seinfeld — John Randolph and Jerry Stiller



Lloyd Braun, Seinfeld — Peter Keleghan and Matt McCoy


Trey Atwood, The O.C. — Bradley Stryker and Logan Marshall Greene



Sylar, Heroes — Stunt Doubles in Shadows and then Zachary Quinto



Helene Beesly, The Office — Shannon Cochran and Linda Purl



Gregor Clegane, Game of Thrones, Conan Stevens and Ian Whyte



Gordon, Sesame Street — Matt Robinson, Hal Miller, and of course Roscoe Orman

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Backup, Veronica Mars — Gordo and Lefty



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  • Guest

    Yeah, I didn't really watch any of these shows.

  • Grammbly

    I seriously thought it was a list of characters who had been racist until Ann...

  • Katylalala

    But Marta being replaced was part of the joke about her character! The character was on some kind of Latin American soap opera, and people are continually being replaced on those kinds of shows, so they kept replacing the actresses playing Marta on AD as a joke about that kind of show.

  • Well I always found it really weird how Ross' lesbian ex-wife was recast in the subsequent episodes from the pilot because I'd be like...They're the same person...but different...

  • PerpetualIntern

    I noticed Ann and Marta the first time I watched AD. I really liked the first Marta and was bummed when she was replaced.

    Comment edited to add how much I love the actress who plays Bland and am happy she ended up on AD....and Parenthood :)

  • biggest

    Congrats Kim on the

    When was your cougarKISSing-'/com se -x tape
    released? I'm going to send you a greetings on that, because that's the only
    thing i really like about u ;)

    Sorry, just kidding

  • I hate that they replaced Gregor Clegane. That guy isn't The Mountain! He's barely a mole hill! a very SKINNY mole hill! Bah! BAH I SAY.

  • He's the Pile of Earth That Shuffles*

    *I thought way too long about that.

  • Even Stevens

    I re-watched the pilot episode of Revenge on Hulu during the winter break, and Amanda's dad was played by Marc Blucas, aka Riley Finn. I'm not sure if it ever aired on the network, but it was weird as hell to watch.

  • Salad_Is_Murder

    Everything Marc Blucas is in is weird as hell to watch.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Just reminds me that I hope Gob and Bland are married in the new movie.

  • MillionsV


  • zeke_the_pig

    Well, the first Ann/Plant/Egg/Anne-hog/Church Thing aged well.

  • Frank Berrodin

    You forgot Morty Seinfeld in Seinfeld. The original was weird as fuck but he did have a good plan for Jerry in the Stakeout episode.

  • ERM

    The only one I noticed at the time was Backup.

  • Arran

    The changing Frank Costanza thing could be especially confusing for some, because at one point they actually re-shot Randolph's scenes with Stiller in his place. So if you see reruns in syndication, it's as if Randolph was never there. (Though I think he's still on the DVD.)

  • Mr_Zito

    I think I saw it the other way around: I have the DVDs and I just recently found out there was another actor when I caught a rerun on TV. SO I'm guessing they replaced him on the DVDs, or I just didn't realize it.

  • Arran

    You could be right; replacing him on the DVDs makes more sense. I remembered the fun fact but not all the details. FUN FACT FAIL.

  • Slash

    Yeah, I think you have the first two women mixed up there. Varela is first, then Velasquez, then the poor anonymous actress. Which is kind of amusing, given the headline.

  • Kronos

    This is obscure, but I still remember being disappointed when they replaced James Marsden (playing Neve Campbell's on-and-off boyfriend Griffin) in Party of Five's first season finale with Jeremy London for subsequent episodes.

  • Crystal O.

    This whole Ann from Arrested Development thing is even more mindblowing to me because I thought Ann was played by Allison Pill this whole time.

  • Holy crap, how many times have I watched Veronica Mars and never once noticed the dog changed??

  • Really? That always bothered me, I had to tell myself the characters got a new dog and were to broken up about the original Backup dying they NEVER spoke of it.

  • Arran

    Seriously. I've watched the whole series a couple of times and completely failed to notice that Backup completely changed breed, size and colour.

  • Wembley

    I have some news about the dog you had as a child...

    But it's good news. He's living on a farm upstate...

  • Arran


  • Maguita NYC

    If you think @kateatjune:disqus knows details on dog handling in Neptune, wait for L.O.V.E to give you specific details. I believe that dude actually lived there!

    I am however relieved that the Sylars in shadows were not hallucinations of mine; For so long I kept on thinking Quinto's character in Heroes is able to also wear other people's skins... Like some Stark descendant.

  • Kate at June

    The original dog apparently would not do the stunts needed because the trainer didn't have him ready in the pilot to attack or jump out of the car. Its ok...I like pit bull Backup better. ;)

  • JenVegas

    Wait....when did current Gordon join the Seasame St cast because I swore to myself that he was the OG Gordon from when I was little...but maybe I ate too much acid in college? I don't remember EITHER of those other guys and I watched A LOT of that show growing up.

  • ed newman

    That show has been on for decades. I think they've recast more than just Gordon.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I loved Pam's mom #1 on the office. It was a bummer they replaced the actress, but even more so when the character totally flipped from super nice lady to bitter and cynical (granted, she was busy glaring at her ex-husband and his young girlfriend, but still - did the writers forget we'd already met her?).

  • La-Cockroach

    My mind would be be blown about Egg*, if I could remember her.

    *I mean Ann

  • PerpetualIntern

    She calls it a mayonegg!

  • dizzylucy

    The instantly nauseous look on Michael's face was one of the best reaction shots ever.

  • Xtacle Steve

    Her name's Ann, Dad, and he's not "going" on her, okay?

  • dizzylucy

    Way to plant, Ann.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Anne-hog's coming?!

  • alright, just load her up in the truck

  • Arran

    What are you talking about, it's as Ann as the nose on Plain's face.

  • anikitty


  • Bert_McGurt

    Is she funny or something?

  • lowercase_ryan


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