young gary

So I just realized something today. You know how we always rant about the (old, too old) age of the actors playing Harry Potter’s parents in the movies?

Severus Snape, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin were (more or less) 31 years old when Harry started to attend Hogwarts.


Still, in the movies, they were interpreted by a 55 year old (Alan Rickman), a 43 year old (Gary Oldman) and a 38 year old (David Thewlis) respectively. (These are the ages they were when the first movie was released.)

And you know Ben Barnes, who is often fancasted as teenage Sirius Black? He is 35 years old, only a year younger than Sirius was when he died. So Ben Barnes is in fact a good fancast for old Sirius! And Andrew Garfield, who is often fancasted as teenage Remus? 33. Yep. You get my point here.

wondermanrules  asked:

RE: Murder She Wrote. I had the same experience with the Magnum P.I., Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Simon & Simon and A-Team box sets. It's amazing how many actors pop up in them that were either huge stars before the 80s in movies or people who became hugely famous afterwards.

The absolute king of the surprising guest star series would have to be Gunsmoke, a Western that was only recently overtaken as the longest-running drama series on television. 

You turn it on, and you might see…hey, Leonard Nimoy as an Indian: 

And…whoa, is that a young Harrison Ford?

And…Gary Busey? 

Richard Dryfuss? 

The late, lamented Adam West: 

Deforest Kelley, with an Abe Lincoln beard: 

Ricardo Montalban: 

Charles Bronson:

Burt Reynolds: 

Jon Voight: 

Jodie Foster: 

And Kurt Russell: 

And many more. 

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