Bruno Heller developed the characters for the American police drama television series The Mentalist. The Mentalist, a CBS television series that premiered on September 23, 2008, stars Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant for the Sacramento, California-based California Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
He has a great track record of using his honed observational skills to solve complex crimes. Jane also frequently employs his mentalist skills and his history as a semi-celebrity psychic medium, which he now acknowledges he faked. Once his attention-seeking actions attracted Red John, a serial killer who murdered Jane’s wife and daughter, he gave up his charade out of regret.
Who Is In The Mentalist Cast?
In the opening half of season six, Jane ultimately learned his identity and put an end to the Red John plot. Yet, the show lasted for a brief seventh season, which neatly brought everything to a close. After the series finale aired in 2015, we thought it would be fun to see how the cast of The Mentalist is doing now.
Xander Berkeley (Thomas McAllister)
The Napa County Sheriff Thomas McAllister was identified as Red John, the serial killer who is believed to have killed at least 28 people, including Jane’s wife and kid, in season six of the program. Red John, however, proved to be far more than your average serial killer. McAllister was the leader of the Blake Association, a covert gang of corrupt police officers in California, which explains how he evaded capture for so long. Yet in the end, he was helpless against Patrick Jane.
Despite being the major antagonist of the series, Thomas McAllister, also known as Red John, was portrayed by Xander Berkeley and only featured in five episodes. Berkeley portrayed Gregory on AMC’s The Walking Dead from 2016 to 2018. His most recent guest appearances on Supergirl and MacGyver.
Michael Gaton (Gale Bertram)
In season three of The Mentalist, CBI Director Gale Bertram makes his television debut. He first appeared to support Jane’s unconventional strategies, but once Jane began to accuse him of a murder/kidnapping, he altered his mind. Bertram emerged to be one of the top Red John suspects as both Jane and the audience had growing misgivings about him.
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Michael Gaston, known for playing cunning villains such as Governor Royce on Designated Survivor and CIA Deputy Director Carter on Blindspot, played Gale Bertram. Gaston had a guest appearance on The Man in the High Castle more recently, as one of the good guys. Other recent TV credits for Gaston include Treadstone, Power, and Law & Order: SVU, which includes some of the best plot twists.
Aunjanue Ellis (Madeline Hightower)
Lisbon had quite a few bosses, as did her staff. In season two, Madeline Hightower took over as head of the CBI Sacramento office and immediately made it clear that she wouldn’t put up with any pranks. Hightower, who was determined to follow the rules at all costs, made Rigsby and Van Pelt cease their relationship and endangered Lisbon’s career if Jane persisted in flouting them. Hightower was, despite her stern demeanor, a supporter in the fight against Red John.
You can see a tweet about the cast celebration of Mentalist’s 100 episode
The cast celebrating “100 episodes of The Mentalist”. pic.twitter.com/BanRE7YNpf
— daily the mentalist cast (@tmcastdaily) January 30, 2021
Aunjanue Ellis, who recently acted in the Netflix miniseries When They See Us and is due to appear in the upcoming HBO series Lovecraft County, as Madeline Hightower. Ellis recently made a cameo appearance as Vice President Ellenor Darby on Designated Survivor.
Pruitt Taylor Vince (J.J.LaRoche)
As the new leader of the CBI’s Professional Standards Unit, J.J. LaRoche debuted in season three and was tasked with looking into the death of a member of Red John’s network. LaRoche became one of The Mentalist’s most fascinating supporting characters because he soon established himself as Jane’s intellectual equal in addition to being eccentric and socially uncomfortable.
LaRoche also harbored a sinister secret: he kept the rapist’s tongue in a Tupperware container that was secured in a safe. Because actor Pruitt Taylor Vince has a disease that causes uncontrollable eye movements, LaRoche spoke monotonously and showed unfocused eye motions.
Grill, the brutal taskmaster of the Salvage Yard of the Lighthouse, made a recent appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as played by Pruitt Taylor Vince. He appeared as a guest on The Blacklist as well.
Joe Adler (Jason Wiley)
As a result of the breakup of CBI and Jane’s two-year exile in Venezuela, the action of the sixth season was transferred from Sacramento, California to Austin, Texas. Jane was unwillingly asked to assist the FBI with a case, but Patrick made a list of conditions before agreeing, the first of which is that he would only communicate with Teresa Lisbon. With a few new coworkers, Jane, Lisbon, and Cho soon began working for the FBI.
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Jason Wiley, better known as the Coyote, was one of the Agents on their new team; don’t ask him why. Computer guru Agent Wiley was portrayed by Joe Adler. Adler most recently made an appearance on The Good Doctor, but he also had a regular role on Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Isaac Cross. Whilst he was a great character, other characters are underrated on Grey’s Anatomy.
Owain Yeoman (Wayne Rigsby)
Owain Yeoman played Agent Wayne Rigsby, a Senior Agent on Lisbon’s team who frequently collaborated with Kimball Cho and Grace Van Pelt. Rigsby was devoted to Lisbon and consistently carried out her instructions, but he was also eager to support one of Jane’s daring schemes. He had a thing for Grace Van Pelt ever since they first met, but their connection was a little confusing. In the end, the couple did live happily ever after.
You can also see other characters who played in The Mentalist Cast
- Amanda Righetti (Grace Van Pelt)
- Tim Kang (Kimball Cho)
- Simon Baker (Patrick Jane)
- Robin Tunney (Teresa Lisbon)
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