Ben Savage Will Play Young Mandy Patinkin in 'Criminal Minds' & 17 Stars Who Played The Same Character at Different Ages

Ben Savage has just been cast as a young version of Many Patinkin's character Jason Gideon in the CBS drama Criminal Minds, according to TV Guide. And yes, in case you were wondering his big brother Fred Savage did co-star with Patinkin in The Princes Bride many, many moons ago and the pop culture universe is folding in on itself. The episode starring Savage will be a series of flashbacks to the 1970s, which showrunner Erica Messer described as, " [A] love letter to fans."

The backstory will show how Gideon and David Rossi (Joe Mantengna) got their start in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), a subdivision of the FBI. Messer continued, "I've wanted to go back to how the BAU all started and now being in Season 10, it feels like it's time[.]" Though Patinkin left the show in Season 3, this flashback episode is also an opportunity to revisit the character of Gideon.

Ben Savage and Mandy Patinkin are among many actors who have played past and future versions of the same character. Let's take a look at some of Hollywood's most famous flashbacks. Enjoy.

Mandy Patinkin

What young face could fill such a beard of prominence?

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Ben Savage

This guy! I’m definitely looking forward to his big 70s hair and tacky leisure suits.

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Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis starred in sci-fi thriller Looper with an equally famous younger half.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

With the help of some prosthetics and special effects, of course.

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Demi Moore

She was the “Now” version of Samantha in Now and Then.

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Gaby Hoffmann

While she was the “Then.”

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Robin Wright

The radiant House of Cards actress started as the apple of Tom Hanks’ eye as Jenny in Forrest Gump.

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Hannah Hall

She played the younger Jenny who famously shouted, “Run Forrest, run!”

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Tom Hanks

Hanks sure has a knack for playing parts who are explored at different ages on screen, though perhaps not quite so famously as he did in Big. He perfectly portrayed a young man trying to navigate the complicated world and bodies of adulthood.

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David Moscow

If it wasn’t for Young Josh we would have never met Big Josh.

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Wil Wheaton

There are coming of age stories and then there is Stand by Me. Wheaton starred as the young, damaged and heartbreaking Gordie Lachance who goes on a journey with his three friends to find a dead body.

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Richard Dreyfuss

Dreyfuss was “The Writer” or the voice of the story, who was the tender Gordie.

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Matthew McConaughey

When you star in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

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Logan Miller

…you’ve got to have a past. Miller played the young ladies’ man Connor Mead.

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Alice Eve

When the agents of 1969 travel back to 1969, they meet the young Agent O, played by Eve.

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Emma Thompson

Agent O of 2012, quite the resemblance!

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Zac Effron

The young stud of 17 Again.

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Matthew Perry

And his older, more grumpy self.

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Christa Allen

If you haven’t seen 13 Going on 30, do yourself a favor and watch it and prepare to be utterly delighted. The young Jenna Rink is just as charming as her older self.

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Jennifer Garner

And the pair is spot on!

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Kate Winslet

She started as Rose DeWitt Bukater.

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Gloria Stuart

And she became Rose Dawson.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Carrie Bradshaw: The Sex and the City Years.

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AnnaSophia Robb

Carrie Bradshaw: The Carrie Diaries Years.

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Angelina Jolie

Jolie starred as the famous model Gia Carangi in a TV movie about her meteoric career and tragic personal life.

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Mila Kunis

Kunis played the young Gia and in case you never noticed… Angelina Jolie and Mila Kunis totally look alike!

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Reese Witherspoon

Even if you aren’t big on rom coms, it’s hard not to have a soft spot for Sweet Home Alabama.

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Dakota Fanning

Especially with the endearing younger Melanie Smooter. Reese AND an 8-year-old Dakota as the same character…it’s almost too apple pie.

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Kelly Rutherford

You need quite the pistol to play a young Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl.

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Brittany Snow

So it’s a good thing producers called in the excellent Brittany Snow.

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Ryan Gosling

I may have hated The Notebook (so sue me!)…but I still loved Gosling as Noah.

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James Garner

And Garner played the version that made everyone cry. They’re both quite suave, if you ask me.

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Britney Spears

Now if you were to cast a young version of Britney Spears as Lucy Wagner in 2002’s Crossroads

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Jamie Lynn Spears

…You’d probably go with the actual young version of Britney. Her little sister Jamie Lynn played Lucy Wagner as a child.

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