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28th Oct '17 1:22:26 PM Premonition45
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** Within the show, Captain Picard was pushing 60 at the time the series started. Creator/PatrickStewart, on the other hand, [[YoungerThanTheyLook was 47 at the time TNG premiered]].
23rd Aug '17 2:17:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Creator/SeanConnery plays Dr. Henry Jones, Sr., father of Henry Jones, Jr., or Indiana Jones, who is played by Creator/HarrisonFord. However, Connery is only 12 years older than Ford (Connery was born in 1930, Ford in 1942).

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* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'':
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Creator/SeanConnery plays Dr. Henry Jones, Sr., father of Henry Jones, Jr., or Indiana Jones, who is played by Creator/HarrisonFord. However, Connery is only 12 years older than Ford (Connery was born in 1930, Ford in 1942).



* In ''Film/TheBourneSeries'', Julia Stiles played Nicky Parsons, one of Jason Bourne's field handlers on an extremely sensitive mission and apparently has beyond Top Secret clearance given what she is involved in (monitoring all of the Treadstone field agents). In other words, significantly more dangerous to the Agency than Bourne is if she screws up, or if something was missed in her vetting and she is less than 100% loyal. When ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'' was released, Stiles was a very young looking ''21''. There's an attempted HandWave in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' when Nicky explains her cover was an exchange student studying in Paris.

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* In ''Film/TheBourneSeries'', Julia Stiles ''Film/TheBourneSeries'':
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played Nicky Parsons, one of Jason Bourne's field handlers on an extremely sensitive mission and apparently has beyond Top Secret clearance given what she is involved in (monitoring all of the Treadstone field agents). In other words, significantly more dangerous to the Agency than Bourne is if she screws up, or if something was missed in her vetting and she is less than 100% loyal. When ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'' was released, Stiles was a very young looking ''21''. There's an attempted HandWave in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' when Nicky explains [[OlderThanSheLooks her cover was an exchange student studying in Paris.Paris]].
6th Aug '17 7:59:33 AM ClintEastwood
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', episode [[Recap/StarTrekS3E14WhomGodsDestroy "Whom Gods Destroy"]]: Fleet Captain Garth of Izar, whose exploits've been studied by Kirk at the academy's played by a 34-year-old actor. Steve Ihnat was in fact younger than William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', episode [[Recap/StarTrekS3E14WhomGodsDestroy "Whom Gods Destroy"]]: Fleet Captain Garth of Izar, whose exploits've been studied by Kirk at the academy's played by a 34-year-old actor. Steve Ihnat was in fact younger than William Shatner Creator/WilliamShatner and Leonard Nimoy.Creator/LeonardNimoy.
23rd Jun '17 2:03:57 PM MikeW
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* Played with on the drama ''Famous in Love'' as Rainer is told that, as 20, he's legally forbidden from doing a stunt. However, he says he's really 23 as his mom, Nina, insisted on having him be younger when he started out in the business.
** Nina gets this in a bad way as she had been sleeping with Jordan, Rainer's best friend, for years, ever since his star-making role on a TV show. Jordan tells the truth to his girlfriend, Tangey who then blackmails Nina by revealing Jordan was actually only sixteen at the time and lied about his age. Meaning Nina slept with an underage man which will get her arrested unless she makes Tangey a star.
21st Apr '17 6:02:39 AM CosmicFerret
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* When she was cast on ''LawAndOrder'', Jill Hennessy was twenty-four. The minimum age at which a normal person can graduate from law school is twenty-five.

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* When she was cast on ''LawAndOrder'', ''Series/LawAndOrder'', Jill Hennessy was twenty-four. The minimum age at which a normal person can graduate from law school is twenty-five.
12th Mar '17 7:32:47 PM marbehraglaim
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* In ''Film/{{Willow}}'', then 17-year-old Warwick Davis played a married man with small children.
21st Nov '16 10:23:10 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* The majority of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams are high school students (played by 20-somethings), but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. Dana Mitchell of ''Series/PowerLightspeedRescue'' was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison [=McInnis=], who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of ''Dino Thunder,'' Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Creator/JasonDavidFrank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through ''Turbo.''

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* The majority of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams are high school students (played by 20-somethings), but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. Dana Mitchell of ''Series/PowerLightspeedRescue'' ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison [=McInnis=], who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of ''Dino Thunder,'' Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Creator/JasonDavidFrank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, Palaeontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through ''Turbo.''
21st Nov '16 10:22:27 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* In an example where a PlayingGertrude causes this, Angela Lansbury was only three years older than the actor playing her son in the original ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''.
* Sally Field played Creator/TomHanks' mother in ''Film/ForrestGump'', though she's only ten years older than him. Granted, the two didn't share the screen together much since many of her scenes are flashbacks to when he was younger. Once it came time for them to act off one another, Field was in old-lady makeup while Hanks was invoking DawsonCasting by playing a man in his 20's.
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', Lois Lane is played by Kate Bosworth, who was only 23 years old and looked it. She was supposed to be an experienced reporter with a Pulitzer or two under her belt, not to mention a kindergarten-age son. Brandon Routh (Clark Kent) was 26 during production. The most problematic part of all this is that the movie is supposed to take place five years after the events of ''Film/SupermanII'', which makes these characters 35 at the very minimum.
* Katie Holmes played an assistant district attorney in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' despite being 26 years old and looking to be about 23. If she'd gone to law school straight out of college, she'd have graduated at 24 or 25. It's unlikely given her youth and inexperience that she'd be handling cases--especially major, high-profile ones--on her own.

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* In an example where a PlayingGertrude causes this, Angela Lansbury Creator/AngelaLansbury was only three years older than the actor playing her son in the original ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''.
* Sally Field Creator/SallyField played Creator/TomHanks' mother in ''Film/ForrestGump'', though she's only ten years older than him. Granted, the two didn't share the screen together much since many of her scenes are flashbacks to when he was younger. Once it came time for them to act off one another, Field was in old-lady makeup while Hanks was invoking DawsonCasting by playing a man in his 20's.
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', Lois Lane is played by Kate Bosworth, Creator/KateBosworth, who was only 23 years old and looked it. She was supposed to be an experienced reporter with a Pulitzer or two under her belt, not to mention a kindergarten-age son. Brandon Routh (Clark Kent) was 26 during production. The most problematic part of all this is that the movie is supposed to take place five years after the events of ''Film/SupermanII'', which makes these characters 35 at the very minimum.
* Katie Holmes Creator/KatieHolmes played an assistant district attorney in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' despite being 26 years old and looking to be about 23. If she'd gone to law school straight out of college, she'd have graduated at 24 or 25. It's unlikely given her youth and inexperience that she'd be handling cases--especially major, high-profile ones--on her own.



* Wilfred Brimley was only 50 when he played senior citizen Ben Luckett in ''Film/{{Cocoon}}'', whereas his costars were all in their 70s.

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* Wilfred Brimley Creator/WilfredBrimley was only 50 when he played senior citizen Ben Luckett in ''Film/{{Cocoon}}'', whereas his costars were all in their 70s.



* ''Series/{{House}}'': Real doctors (not including ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'') usually graduate from medical school in their mid-20s, and at that point they've still got years of residency ahead before they can do the kinds of jobs the characters on the show do. When their respective characters joined the cast, OliviaWilde was 23, Jesse Spencer and Charlyne Yi were 25, and Odette Annable was 26.
** Interestingly, Amber Tamblyn, who was cast as TeenGenius Martha Masters at twenty-seven, is an example of DawsonCasting.

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* ''Series/{{House}}'': Real doctors (not including ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'') usually graduate from medical school in their mid-20s, and at that point they've still got years of residency ahead before they can do the kinds of jobs the characters on the show do. When their respective characters joined the cast, OliviaWilde Creator/OliviaWilde was 23, Jesse Spencer and Charlyne Yi were 25, and Odette Annable was 26.
** Interestingly, Amber Tamblyn, Creator/AmberTamblyn, who was cast as TeenGenius Martha Masters at twenty-seven, is an example of DawsonCasting.



* The majority of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams are high school students (played by 20-somethings), but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. Dana Mitchell of ''Lightspeed Rescue'' was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison [=McInnis=], who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of ''Dino Thunder,'' Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Jason David Frank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through ''Turbo.''

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* The majority of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams are high school students (played by 20-somethings), but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. Dana Mitchell of ''Lightspeed Rescue'' ''Series/PowerLightspeedRescue'' was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison [=McInnis=], who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of ''Dino Thunder,'' Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Jason David Frank) (then-31-year-old-Creator/JasonDavidFrank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through ''Turbo.''
8th Nov '16 12:11:21 PM Kid
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* Similar to Wilfred Brimley as mentioned above, Rue [=McClahan=] was only 51 when she was first played retiree Blanche on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', whereas her castmates were all in their 60s (however, in an early episode, Blanche does first encounter menopause, so early fifties might have been right.) Her costar Estelle Getty was 62 when she started playing Sophia, the 80-year-old mother of Dorothy, [[PlayingGertrude despite being a year younger than her onscreen daughter Bea Arthur]].

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* Similar to Wilfred Brimley as mentioned above, Rue [=McClahan=] was only 51 when she was first played retiree Blanche on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', whereas her castmates were all in their 60s (however, in an early episode, Blanche does first encounter menopause, so early fifties might have been right.) right). Her costar Estelle Getty was 62 when she started playing Sophia, the 80-year-old mother of Dorothy, [[PlayingGertrude despite being a year younger than her onscreen daughter Bea Arthur]].
26th Sep '16 3:15:40 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' was much mocked for having its main Bond Girl, Christmas Jones, played by the twenty-nine-year-old Creator/DeniseRichards, be supposedly a world-renowned nuclear physicist.
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