The BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) of Criminal Minds is as cracking as ever and with 10 seasons under its belt, the cast of the show has surely received celebrity status. It is then natural human tendency to wonder what these people must be doing before they hit the jackpot with Criminal Minds.. were they professionals of some other field?.. did they take up acting by chance?.. was this their last shot at striking gold?.. and many other such questions. Click on the next pages to get your answers:
1. A.J Cook As Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, A.J Cook did her schooling from Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute and started her acting career with The Virgin Suicides as one of the five Lisbon sisters. She is on the BAU team as media liaison member and during the course of the show, briefly made an exit in the sixth season, only to return in the seventh as a full-time member and profiler.
2. Joe Mantegna As David Rossi
Joe Mantegna entered the show in its Season 3 as a replacement of the character Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin). He is often shown as the aggressive and a headstrong guy on the team with an opinion about everything. Joe’s childhood was spent in Chicago and he attended J. Sterling Morton East High School from where he graduated in 1965. Acting just came to him normally and he made it big with this show!