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Criminal Minds Cast

Updated on May 11, 2017

Criminal Minds Cast Over The Years

Criminal Minds has been a favorite of mine since the very beginning and over the last twelve seasons and there have been a few cast members who have been there since the very beginning however over the years we have seen BAU agents come and go. Some seem to have just walked away from the hit show while others leaving caused panic by the faithful Criminal Minds viewers. During this particular Hubpage we are going to only look at former agents who had appeared on the show for at least ten episodes so no guest stars here. Lets get this going

Matthew Gray Gubler Spencer Reid
Matthew Gray Gubler Spencer Reid

Matthew Gray Gubler AKa Spencer Reid

Matthew Gray Gubler has been playing the role of Doctor Spencer Reid since the very beginning of season one. Dr. Spencer Reid the brilliant agent who may have had the most rocky ride of any Criminal Mind cast member over the last twelve seasons.

Matthew Gray Gubler has not only acted on Criminal Minds he has also directed ten episodes as well. The former model has not done a whole in terms of film work outside of Criminal Minds. For long term fans of the shows the real reason Spencer Reid was using a cane for almost a whole season is that he dislocated his knee while dancing which required multiple surgeries

Kirsten Vangsness Penelope Garcia
Kirsten Vangsness Penelope Garcia

Kirsten Vangsness aka Penelope Garcia

Kirsten Vangsness who has played the role of super hacker Penelope Garcia since season one is another fan favorite and original cast member. Penelope Garcia who was once a top hacker was hired by the FBI for her skills instead of sending her to prison.

Kirsten Vangsness began her acting career on the stage where she won multiple awards

thomas gibson aaron hotchner
thomas gibson aaron hotchner

Thomas Gibson AKA Aaron Hotchner

One of the series originals Thomas Gibson who played Aaron Hotchner suddenly left Criminal Minds during the twelfth season after it was alleged he attacked a writer on the show. Thomas Gibson apparently was not the easiest guy to deal with on set. The character Aaron Hotchner is in Witness Protection with his son and I doubt we will ever see him again

Thomas Gibson has spent the majority of his career on television and out side of Criminal Minds he is best known for his role on Dharma and Greg and for his role on Chicago Hope

AJ Cook aka Jennifer Jareau JJ

A.J Cook Jennifer Jareau
A.J Cook Jennifer Jareau

A.J Cook aka Jenifer "JJ" Jareau

A.J Cook plays the beautiful Jenifer "JJ" Jareau who has been around since the first season although he character has played different roles in the BAU. Jennifer Jareau whose first job was as a communication liaison before becoming a profiler in later years.

Off screen A.J Cook has had two children with her husband during the last twelve years and when she was taken off the show it was normally because of this reason. One of her sons, Mekhai has made several appearances on Criminal Minds and her youngest son Phoenix Sky has made a single appearance as JJ's youngest child

Shemar Moore aka Derek Morgan

shemar moore derek morgan
shemar moore derek morgan

Shemar Moore aka Derek Morgan

Shemar Moore has been playing the role of special agent Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds since the first season however he left the show at the end of season eleven. According to Derek Morgan he wanted to leave the BAU so he could focus on his new family however it is believed Shemar Moore left Criminal Minds due to conflict with fellow actor Thomas Gibson. It has been announced that Shemar Moore will return to Criminal Minds

Shemar Moore is another Criminal Mind agent who began as a model before finding his acting break on the soap opera The Young And The Restless

Who Is Your Favorite Criminal Minds Agent

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joe mantegna david rossi
joe mantegna david rossi

Joe Mantegna aka David Rossi

Joe Mantegna has been playing agent David Rossi since the third season of Criminal Minds. David Rossi who is a legend in the BAU may also be its wealthiest as he is an acclaimed author as well. David Rossi a Vietnam Vet is known for his attention to detail and loyalty to others

Joe Mantegna has had quite the career in Hollywood before appearing on Criminal Minds. From his voice work on The Simpsons to countless television and movie roles starting way back in 1976

paget brewster emily prentiss
paget brewster emily prentiss

Paget Brewster AKA Emily Prentiss

Paget Brewster brought special agent Emily Prientiss to life in season two of Criminal Minds. Prentiss who would disappear at the end of season seven as she was transferred to Interpol's London office. Emily Prentiss would return in season twelve to run the BAU

Paget Brewster has had quite the career in Hollywood over the years. From her voice work on American Dad to work on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to her role on Friends Paget has been active for the last two decades. Paget Brewster married Steve Damstra in a ceremony conducted by fellow Criminal Minds actor Matthew Gray Gubler

Jeanne Triplehorn Alex Blake
Jeanne Triplehorn Alex Blake

Jeanne Tripplehorn aka Alex Blake

Jeanne Tripplehorn played special agent Alex Blake on Criminal Minds starting in season eight and would leave at the end of season nine. Alex Blake who is actually Dr Alex Blake had great chemistry with Spencer Reid. At the end of season nine Spencer Reid pushes Blake out of the way and is shot, the experience makes Blake rethink her profession and she chooses to leave the BAU

Jeanne Tripplehorn is best known for her roles in movies such as The Firm, Waterworld and Basic Instinct as well as her television role in the HBO hit Big Love

mandy patinkin jason gideon
mandy patinkin jason gideon

Mandy Patinkin aka Jason Gideon

One of the original characters of Criminal Minds was Jason Gideon played by seasoned actor Mandy Patinkin during the first two seasons. Jason Gideon who played a major role in the Behavioral Analysis Unit would have a crisis of faith at the beginning of season three and would walk away from the BAU. We would learn in a later season that Gideon was murdered by a serial killer.

Mandy Patinkin has a habit of walking away from hit shows over his long career in Hollywood. Over the years he has had starring roles in Chicago Hope and Homeland

Aisha Tyler Tara Lewis
Aisha Tyler Tara Lewis

Aisha Tyler aka Tara Lewis

Dr. Tara Lewis appeared on Criminal Minds during season eleven to replace Jennifer Jareau as she left on maternity leave. Aisha Tyler who plays the doctor who specializes in interviewing criminals and has become a main cast member in season twelve although her future is up in the air with the return of Derek Morgan

Aisha Tyler who was on Archer for seven seasons plus her voice work on BoJack Horseman is another Criminal Minds cast member who had a recurring role on Friends

lola glaudini ella greenaway
lola glaudini ella greenaway

Lola Glaudini aka Ella Greenaway

Lola Glaudini the woman behind the original cast member Ella Greenaway was a popular character in the beginning. Unfortunately for fans Ella Greenaway would leave during the second season after she shot an unarmed suspect and being confronted by unit chief Aaron Hotchner. Ella chose to walk away from the BAU and admitted having no regret in killing the suspect.

Lola Glaudini reportedly left Criminal Minds as she was unhappy living in the Los Angeles area and wanted to return back to the East Coast. Lola spent a number of years working on The Sopranos and NYPD Blues

jennifer love hewitt kate callahan
jennifer love hewitt kate callahan

Jennifer Love Hewitt aka Kate Callahan

Kate Callahan played by actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was a special agent on Criminal Minds during season ten. Kate Callahan a former FBI undercover agent was the legal guardian over her niece after her sister was killed during the 911 attacks. Towards the end of the season the niece was kidnapped and though they would find her safe Callahan decided to leave the BAU to spend more time with her niece.

Jennifer Love Hewitt whose pregnancy was written into Criminal Minds decided to spend more time with her family and not return to the series. Jennifer Love Hewitt whose career began on Party of Five had huge success with The Ghost Whisperer

Adam Rodriguez aka Luke Alvez

adam rodriguez luke alvez
adam rodriguez luke alvez

Adam Rodriguez aka Luke Alvez

Adam Rodriguez who plays newcomer Luke Alvez is a newcomer to Criminal Minds appeared at the beginning of the twelfth season. Luke Alvez who was part of the FBI fugitive task force is also a former Army Ranger who really loves his dog.

Adam Rodriguez spent ten years on CSI: Miani playing the role of Eric Delko and began his career on Brooklyn South

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