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‘Bones’ Cast Then and Now: See Where The Stars of This Crime Series Are Today

Plus, what the actors have to say about a reboot!


For 12 years, from 2005 to 2017, viewers were glued to their TV sets as the Bones characters fell in and out of love, caught bad guys, and were challenged along the way with their own tragedies. The drama series, that verged on comedy, was based on the forensic science of an FBI file concerning the mystery behind human remains. 

The premise of the show is quite simple: handsome FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (played to hunky perfection by David Boreanaz) works alongside Temperance Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to solve federal legal cases by examining the human remains of possible murder victims. While Bones is brilliant at her work, she is socially inept and often butts heads with Booth’s emotional and intuitive personality.    

Most of the cases take place in and around Washington D.C. where the fictional Jeffersonian Institute Lab is located. Occasionally, we see our favorite characters investigate cases in other states and even out of the country (in Iran and Mexico).

The cast of Bones, 2006
The cast of Bones, 2006Mark Mainz/Getty

Writers and producers were aware of the dark undertones of the story plot. To lighten up the gravity of a show full of human bodies in various states of advanced decay, comedic lines were added. Mainly the absence of social skills by Dr. Brennan provides most of the show’s lighthearted humor, primarily through her catchphrase of “I don’t know what that means” whenever a pop culture reference is said.

Here, our favorite Bones cast members, then and now.

David Boreanaz as Special Agent Seeley Booth: Bones cast

David Boreanaz from the Bones cast. Left: 2007; Right: 2020
David Boreanaz Left: 2007; Right: 2020Noel Vasquez/Getty; Paul Archuleta/Getty

He was easy on the eyes, but tough as an agent solving murders. David Boreanaz was the first to be cast in Bones. His character, Seeley Booth, was the one that created the moniker “Bones” for the other lead, Temperance “Bones” Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel). Hence, the name of the show. In the first several seasons, the two don’t see eye to eye, but eventually the chemistry is too much and the professional partners fall in love. 

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Often recognized outside of Bones, Boreanaz played the mysterious Angel in the uber popular Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Due to the enormous success of the show, Boreanaz starred in the spin-off series, Angel. For more Boreanaz watching, tune into SEAL Team where he plays Jason Hayes. 

Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan

Emily Deschanel from the Bones cast. Left: 2005; Right: 2023
Emily Deschanel Left: 2005; Right: 2023James Devaney/WireImage/Getty; Steve Granitz/FilmMagic/Getty

Brennan’s background was a complicated one and as the series grew year by year, a little more of her life was revealed. In 2011 and 2015, Emily Deschanel’s real life pregnancies were written into Bones. “I remember thinking, Oh, this could last us three years”, she said to The Hollywood Reporter. “And then it kept going and going and it was a lot of fun, with some great people.” Last year when asked about a reboot, she said to TV Line, “David says nope, he’s not doing it. But never say never for me.”   

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Making her feature debut in 1994’s It Could Happen To You, Deschanel made a notable appearance in Rose Red in 2002. Cold Mountain, The Alamo and Glory Road came in quick succession and Deschanel was named one of “six actresses to watch” by Interview Magazine.  More recently, she played Angela on TNT’s Animal Kingdom and last year, she starred in the Netflix miniseries Devil In Ohio

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Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro: Bones cast

Michaela Conlin from the Bones cast. Left: 2007; Right: 2023
Michaela Conlin Left: 2007; Right: 2023John M. Heller/Getty; Theo Wargo/Getty

Michaela Conlin was a part of the series from day one. After relocating to Los Angeles from New York City, Conlin landed her first starring role in the show MDs. Next, she had the leading role in The D.A. as an outspoken political consultant. Joining Bones, Angela, often described as outgoing and caring, is married to Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), while her dad, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, plays a fictionalized version of himself. Her character is a specialist in forensic facial reconstruction using her own three dimensional graphics program. In 2008, Conlin was nominated for an Asian Excellence Award for her role on Bones. In 2021, she portrayed Maria Li in the feature, Bad Trip. And this year, she began doing TV ads for Hormel’s Spam products. 

John Boyd as James Aubrey

John Boyd Left: 2010; Right: 2018
John Boyd Left: 2010; Right: 2018Joe Scarnici/WireImage/Getty; Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty

John Boyd has had many memorable roles throughout his career. Audiences will remember him as Arlo Glass on the espionage thriller 24 and his co-starring role in the political thriller Argo. From 2014 to 2017, he portrayed James Aubrey on Bones and since 2019, he’s on the hit crime drama FBI as Special Agent Stuart Scola. 

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John Francis Daley as Lance Sweets: Bones cast

John Francis Daley Left: 2005; Right: 2023
John Francis Daley Left: 2005; Right: 2023Scott Wintrow/Getty; Dave J Hogan/Getty

John Francis Daley has done quite well for himself post Bones. He is a successful director, producer, musician and writer behind films like Horrible Bosses, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Game Night. Probably best known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir on Freaks and Geeks, it was as the FBI criminal profiler Dr. Lance Sweets that brought him a 2014 PRISM nomination. In 2023 Daley and his writing partner stepped away from script writing to direct the reboot of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Away from the bright lights, Daley plays keyboards and sings with the band, Dayplayer.

Tamara Taylor as Camille Saroyan

Tamara Taylor Left: 2005; Right: 2023
Tamara Taylor Left: 2005; Right: 2023Albert L. Ortega/WireImage/Getty; Frazer Harrison/Getty

The Canadian native appeared in the role of Dr. Camille Saroyan, head of the Forensic Division on Bones. Tamara Taylor also appeared in season seven of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as one of the two main antagonists. 

Her Bones beginning was in the first episode of the second season and for the first six episodes, she was credited as a guest star. Her character was supposed to be killed after episode 12 when she was poisoned, but the response to her character was so popular that the writers offered her a position as a recurring regular. After Bones, she joined the final season of the FX series, Snowfall

Eric Millegan as Dr. Zack Addy: Bones cast

Eric Millegan Left: 2006; Right: 2017
Eric Millegan Left: 2006; Right: 2017Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty; Frazer Harrison/Getty

While Eric Millegan appeared in over 64 episodes of Bones throughout the series, he stepped away from acting and has not had any other roles. He was introduced in season one as Brennan’s grad student and intern. Like Bones, he is unable to grasp pop culture references and it became a running gag on the series. Ultimately, Zack is removed from his position on Brennan’s team in the season three finale when he is revealed to be the apprentice of the serial killer, Gormogon. 

T.J. Thyne as Jack Hodgins 

 T.J Thyne as Jack Hodgins Bones cast)
 T.J Thyne Left:2005;Right: 2017

Actor, writer and producer T.J Thyne started acting in 1997, guest-starring in one episode of City Guys. From there, he starred in a single Friends show in 1998, four episodes of Walker Texas Ranger and How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000. Then, in 2005, he booked the role of Jack Hodguns in Bones and stayed there until 2017, appearing in 245 episodes all told. Afterward, Thyne could be found in NCIS, Grey’s AnatomyAmerican Crime Story and more. 

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Jonathan Adams as Dr. Goodman: Bones cast

Jonathan Adams as Dr. Goodman (Bones cast)
Jonathan Adams Left:2005 ; Right: 2021Kevin Winter / Staff/Getty; Emma McIntyre / Staff/Getty

Jonathan Adams starred in 22 episodes of Bones from 2005 to 2006. Before then, he could be seen in shows like Frasier and Felicity. After the series Adams had small roles in Hellcats (2010 to 2011), Burn Notice (2011), voicing the character of Kang in the animated The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010 to 2012) and Castle (2011 to 2014). Most recently, he could be heard voicing The Monitor in Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two (2024). 

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7 Fun Facts About “Bones”

The series was very loosely based on the life and novels of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who also produced the show. 

Brennan writes successful mystery novels featuring a fictional forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs. 

Deschanel is best friends with her Bones co-star Michaela Conlin, who played her best friend Angela Montenegro on the show.

The Boston Bruins hockey photo behind Booth’s desk is that of Bobby Orr scoring his 100th goal in 1970. Now, that’s a photo that any true hockey fan would have.

Boreanaz is a real-life fan of Philadelphia sports teams: Eagles, Phillies and the Flyers. In the show, Agent Booth is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Angela’s father is played by ZZ Top member, Billy Gibbons. Although Angel’s dad has never been given a name, before his first appearance, Angela told her friends that her dad is famous enough that they might recognize him. During Gibbons’ appearances, there were several references to the ZZ Top music. 

In a ruling made public in 2019, 21st Century Fox was found guilty of using Hollywood account practices to defraud the producers and stars of the series , and were ordered to pay $179 million in missing profits.

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