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Where Are These 14 'Dexter' Actors Now?

Oct. 1 marks the Showtime serial killer drama's 10th anniversary—and don't forget you can relive it all with Dexter Weeknights on our sister channel, FM!

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C.S. Lee (Vince Masuka)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15:  Actor C.S. Lee attends the "Dexter" series finale season premiere party at Milk Studios on June 15,
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C.S. Lee is best known for playing the sex-obsessed Vince Masuka on Dexter, but he also carried on his dramatic work on The Sopranos, where he played Dr. Ba. Since then, he’s been picking up roles here and there, along with some voice acting. He’s had small parts in one episode each of Family Guy, The League and True Detective and took on a recurring role of Steve Chen on Fresh Off the Boat.

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Lauren Luna Vélez (Maria LaGuerta)

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 18:  Actress Lauren Velez speaks onstage at Showtime's "Dexter" panel during Comic-Con International 201
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Lauren Vélez knows her drama. Since nailing her role as Maria LaGuerta on Dexter, which earned her a SAG nomination, she’s played smaller parts in Unforgettable and Elementary. She was in the first two episodes of How to Get Away With Murder’s third season as the president of Milford University. And as you might remember, she snuck away from Dexter to film six episodes of Ugly Betty in 2009. She’s currently prepping the release of Adrift, where she plays a mother who tackles her neighborhood heroin epidemic.

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Julie Benz (Rita Bennett)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Actress Julie Benz attends the Audi celebration for the 68th Emmys at The Catch on Septem
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Of course, Julie Benz is known for her roles as Rita Bennet on Dexter and Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but she’s also had pretty steady jobs on Defiance as Amanda Rosewater and on Hawaii Five-0 as Inspector Abby Dunn. Get that drama, lady!

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Jennifer Carpenter (Debra Morgan)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15:  Actress Jennifer Carpenter attends the "Dexter" series finale season premiere party at Milk Studios
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In 2014, the 36-year-old actress followed Dexter with a didn't-make-it-to-air ABC pilot, Sea of Fire, where she played an FBI agent. The next year she did the FBI agent thing again for the TV series Limitless, which ran for one season on CBS. She's done voice work for Robot Chicken, the video game The Evil Within and a direct-to-video Marvel anime flick where she voiced Black Widow. Carpenter has also appeared in a couple TV movies and the horror flick The Devil's Hand. She married Avett Brothers member Seth Avett in May 2016; together they have a 1-year-old son, Isaac.

Next up for Dex's little sis/Michael C. Hall's former wife? Brawl in Cell Block 99, from Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler, alongside Vince Vaughn and Don Johnson.

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John Lithgow (Arthur Mitchell)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05:  Actor John Lithgow attends the 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on Januar
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One of the most memorable characters during Dexter’s run was Lithgow’s Trinity Killer—although the actor’s Emmy and Golden Globe wins for the role still couldn’t match his multiple Emmy wins for the '90s sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun. Since Dexter, Lithgow’s decorated career has continued with film roles (his starring role alongside Alfred Molina in the 2014 drama Love is Strange, deservingly earning raves) and a return to television (he voiced Percy the White Rabbit in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland in 2013-14). Next up: a role in Netflix’s big-budget drama series The Crown, and a starring role on the NBC comedy Trial & Error.

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David Zayas (Angel Batista)

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:  Actor David Zayas attends the GOTHAM Series Premiere event on September 15, 2014 in New York Ci
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One of the busiest Dexter alums, the 54-year-old Puerto Rican has done multi-episode arcs on Saint George, Gotham, Shut Eye and Bloodline. He also appeared in the new Annie and has no less than four 2016 movies in the bank. He'll lead a sports drama, Eli Moran, in 2017.

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Colin Hanks (Travis Marshall)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28:  Actor Colin Hanks attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations for "Life In Pieces" at SAG-AFTRA F
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The Artist Formerly Known as Tom Hanks’ Son has forged an impressive career on his own following his 2002 unveiling in the mediocre comedy Orange County. On season six of Dexter, Colin Hanks played the mysterious art historian Travis Marshall, and he later used that 2011 experience to lend gravitas to extended roles in Fargo and Burning Love. Now Hanks is starring on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces along with James Brolin, Dianne Wiest and Betsy Brandt.

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Erik King (James Doakes)

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 18:  Actor Erik King participates in Showtime's "Dexter" panel on Day 1 of the 2013 Comic-Con Internatio
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Sergeant James Doakes may be no more, but Erik King is still here. However’, he hasn’t done much acting in the years since his character left Dexter in 2007. He’s gotten some roles here and there, including his recurring gigs on the cancelled Cinemax show Banshee and ABC’s cancelled Mistresses. Next year he's got a movie called The Tank.

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Yvonne Strahovski (Hannah McKay)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16:  Actress Yvonne Strahovski attends the "Manhattan Night" New York Screening at Regal Cinemas Union Squ
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After leaving her mark on Dexter's final two seasons, Strahovski did I, Frankenstein, a memorable episode of Louie, the 24 resurrection Live Another Day and The Astronaut Wives Club. This year she showed up in the films Manhattan Night and All I See Is You; next year she'll be in Hulu's much-anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic novel The Handmaid's Tale, appearing alongside Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and Orange Is the New Black's Samira Wiley.

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James Remar (Harry Morgan)

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Actor James Remar attends the premiere of MTV and Sonar Entertainment's "The Shannara Chronic
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Dexter's onscreen dad was an absurdly busy character actor before the Showtime series, and nothing's changed since. The 62-year-old has been low-key on the TV scene, only doing arcs on The Shannara Chronicles and the canceled State of Affairs, but his post-Dexter movie credits include Persecuted, Lap Dance, Eden, Unnatural and Papa Hemingway in Cuba. This year he's already done The Dog Lover and Decommissioned, while he'll show up in the Nicolas Cage–starring USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage in October. Oh, and he's got four more movies in the can.

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​Jimmy Smits (Miguel Prado)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26:  Jimmy Smits attends Moving Families Forward 2015 Gala benefiting Ackerman Institute For The Famil
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Fresh off The West Wing and the Star Wars prequels, the L.A. Law and NYPD Blue all-star played Miami's assistant district attorney for Dexter Season 3. He went on for a handful of Outlaw episodes and a heaping handful of Sons of Anarchy eps. This summer's Baz Luhrmann Netflix series The Get Down had him as Francisco "Papa Fuerte" Cruz. Later this year he'll cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; 2017 will see him playing a presidential candidate in the spinoff series 24: Legacy.

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Christina Robinson (Astor Bennett)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 13: Christina Robinson attends a screening of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's 'Emma's Chance' on June
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It seems Christina Robinson hasn’t been too busy since Dexter wrapped in 2012, but she’s been picking up roles left and right in 2016 with shorts and small films.

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Desmond Harrington (Joey Quinn)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 14:  Actor Desmond Harrington attends the premiere of Amazon's "The Neon Demon"  at ArcLight Cinemas Cin
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TV is the name of the game for Desmond Harrington, who pretty much stuck to the medium after Dexter ended. Although he played Jack Bass in Gossip Girl around the same time as Dexter, he’s gone one to nab a spot on Those Who Kill (as Bronte), The Astronaut Wives Club (he’s Alan Shepard) and Limitless (as FBI Agent Casey Rooks—nice!). Oh, and if you were really paying attention, he made a cameo in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises as Police Officer on Bridge.

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Michael C. Hall (Dexter Morgan)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05:  Michael C. Hall attends the "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde" after party at Joh
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In late 2015 and early 2016, Dexter's now-45-year-old star played the lead in an NYC production of the new musical Lazarus, a sequel to the 1976 film starring David Bowie. Hall played Bowie's character, Thomas Jerome Newton, and performed a slew of Bowie classics throughout the show. Lazarus will head to London from Oct. 25, 2016 to Jan. 22, 2017.

Prior to that, he did Broadway's The Realistic Joneses and Hedwig and the Angry Inch and lent his voice to Disney Channel's Star vs. the Forces of Evil and an upcoming Gettysburg Address documentary. Movie-wise, he's only done Jim Mickle's 2014 crime thriller Cold in July. He'll next appear in October's Christine and 2017's Felt, both about true stories from the 1970s. Hall entered his third marriage, to Morgan Macgregor, in February 2016.


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