Main cast[ edit ] Emily Deschanel as Dr. A brilliant forensic anthropologist working at the renowned Jeffersonian Institute located in Washington, D. She is an empiricist and author of crime fiction based on her experiences. She is agnostic and a staunch believer in facts and evidence, to the exclusion of feelings; consequently, she comes off as distant and detached.
Nevertheless, she has shown empathy and compassion. Her dearth of social skills provides most of the show's lighthearted humor, primarily through her catchphrase, "I don't know what that means," whenever a pop culture reference is introduced into conversation. She is noted to have a high IQ and impressive reasoning skills.
She and her FBI partner, Seeley Booth, begin a relationship near the end of season six and have a daughter they name Christine, in honor of her late mother, in season seven. They marry in season nine. A son, Hank, named for Booth's paternal grandfather is born in season Brennan's birth name was Joy Keenan, which was changed after her parents decided to turn away from a life of crime.
David Boreanaz as Seeley Booth: FBI Special Agent Booth seeks out Brennan's professional help in his investigations involving human remains that cannot be identified without Brennan's skills and those of her colleagues. The character is often used as an audience surrogate to provide a layman's translation of the scientific jargon-filled dialog, especially in the "squints" conversations or lab scenes. He gives Brennan her nickname, "Bones", which she starts out hating but comes to accept.
He is a skilled investigator and interrogator who often relies on his "gut" and "cop instincts" a quality unknown to Brennan. A decorated veteran of the United States Army Rangers , where he was a sniper , he has a son from a previous relationship, Parker, and a younger brother, Jared. He then has two children with Brennan: Raised in the Roman Catholic church, Booth is a devout believer in God and heaven, and finds himself frequently debating spiritual issues with Brennan, who regards all religion as primitive superstition unsupported by empirical evidence.
He is purportedly a member of the well-known Booth Family and, as such, is related to John Wilkes Booth , which he does not like to discuss. Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro: A forensic artist at the Jeffersonian Institute and Brennan's best friend, Angela is Brennan's team specialist in forensic facial reconstruction —helping to identify the victims —and can generate holograms using her three-dimensional graphics program The Angelator and later The Angelatron to simulate various virtual scenarios of a crime to help determine cause of death.
Brennan are best friends and rarely ever argue. She is open, friendly, and caring and constantly tries to draw Brennan out of the lab. Angela's father is played by Billy Gibbons , guitarist of ZZ Top , guest-starring as a fictional version of himself.
Jack Hodgins , with whom she has a very on and off relationship starting from season 2, and gives birth to their son, Michael Vincent, in season six. Her birth name is Pookie Noodlin, as revealed in the tenth season. An entomologist who is also an expert on spores and minerals but whose hobby is conspiracy theories. Hodgins regularly refers to himself as the lab's "bug and slime guy". During an investigation, he primarily deals with particulates and trace evidence and, at the crime scene, will provide Booth with approximate time of death.
He is best friends with former co-worker Zack Addy and often tries to "educate" him on social norms. They often compete for the title of "King of the Lab", referring to whoever has more useful information in the investigations. His family is extremely wealthy and is major sponsor of the Jeffersonian, however, Hodgins wishes for this status to remain concealed from his colleagues.
It eventually comes out during an investigation, but nobody allowed it to significantly impact their relationship with him. He later loses all his wealth due to the scheming of serial killer Christopher Pelant, but he manages to regain a considerable portion of it eventually. Initially through the sale of a hot sauce he creates in collaboration with intern Finn Abernathy, later through a still more successful creation: He marries Angela Montenegro in season five, following an on-again-off-again romance since the second season.
She gives birth to their son, Michael Vincent, in season six. In season 11, Hodgins is left paralyzed from the waist down due to a bomb attack. At the conclusion of the series, Hodgins is promoted to temporary head of the Jeffersonian while Cam and Arastoo are on leave after their wedding. Eric Millegan as Dr. Zack Addy seasons 1—3; guest star, seasons 4—5, 11— Introduced in season one as Dr. Brennan's graduate student and intern, in season two, he receives his doctorates in Forensic Anthropology and Applied Engineering and joins the staff of the Jeffersonian as a full-fledged professional.
Like Brennan, his inability to pick up on Booth's, Hodgins', or Angela's pop culture jokes and references is a running gag and a source of humorously awkward moments in the lab, though he has shown he has other "normal" interests such as being a basketball fan and being a trained singer. A recurring element in the show involves Zack and Hodgins amicably but resolutely competing to be "King of the Lab. Saroyan, recognizing Zack as "King of the Lab", is revealed. Zack is removed from his position on Brennan's team in the season three finale, "The Pain in the Heart", when he is revealed to be the apprentice of the serial killer Gormogon.
He was residing in a psychiatric facility after pleading insanity to avoid a prison term, as Hodgins told him he "would not do well" in the general prison population, but in the season 11 finale he temporarily escapes. In the course of the twelfth season, he is cleared of his initial charge as the Gormogon's apprentice, although he is still required to serve some time in the asylum for his role in assisting the killer in the first place.
Jonathan Adams as Dr. Daniel Goodman season 1: An archaeologist turned administrator, who is the director of the Jeffersonian Institute. He is a loving husband and father to a pair of five-year-old twin girls. His way of working leads Hodgins to think of him as subjective , long-winded, and lacking the qualities of a pure scientist, although the antagonism between the two develops into a friendly rivalry as the season progresses.
He has not made any appearances beyond season one. As of episode 23, "The Titan on the Tracks", he is said to be on sabbatical , and is never seen for the rest of the series. Tamara Taylor as Dr.
Camille Saroyan seasons 2— Goodman as the head of the Forensic Division at Jeffersonian Institute and is a pathologist. She was a coroner in New York City. Saroyan had a romantic relationship with Booth prior to her joining the Jeffersonian and a brief relationship during the show. At first, she and Dr. Brennan have an uneasy working relationship, but she grows to be an integral member of the Jeffersonian team.
Since season four, she has had a teenage adopted daughter, Michelle, because of her prior relationship with Michelle's murdered father. Later in the series, she becomes romantically involved with intern Arastoo Vaziri and they get married in series' penultimate episode "The Day in the Life", taking a sabbatical after the final case is concluded.
John Francis Daley as Dr. Lance Sweets seasons 3— He is frequently consulted to provide a profile on the suspects and victims involved and to give a more "humanized" perspective on the case. Due to his age, he is initially treated by Booth and the Jeffersonian team in a condescending manner, but eventually earns their respect, and their friendship.
He is even accepted by Brennan, who notably dismisses psychology as a "soft science", and he is often sought out for advice by the team. In the season ten premiere, it is revealed that he and Daisy are expecting a baby.
Soon after, he is fatally assaulted while serving a warrant. He dies with Booth and Brennan by his side. Originally, Aubrey tries to win Booth's approval and trust, as Booth is reluctant due to Aubrey's inexperience, however he is eventually accepted by Booth and the rest of the team.
Aubrey gets along with everyone and his love of food is often joked about. When he was a child, his father was an investment broker who cheated his clients and fled the country, abandoning Aubrey and his mother and leaving them with nothing. In season 11, it is found out that Aubrey's father is back in the country. In season 12, Aubrey is finally approached by his father who asks him for money and even reveals he has another wife and young son back in the country he had fled too, so as to persuade Aubrey in to giving him financial aid.
However, Aubrey realises it is all a lie and eventually calls the Feds on his father. Recurring cast[ edit ] Patricia Belcher as Caroline Julian seasons 1— Caroline is the acerbic, witty, and often meddlesome Assistant U. She is a friend of Booth and is always willing, if not eager, to help him and his partner in their cases. Ryan O'Neal as Max Brennan seasons 2— Max Brennan, is the father of Russ and Temperance Brennan.
He and his wife were nonviolent bank robbers who became involved with gangs in the s. They changed identities to lead an honest life with their children. Booth arrests Max on murder charges in season two, and he is tried in season three.
The jury finds him not guilty on all counts and he is released, finally able to reconnect openly with his children. During season 12, he passes away while protecting his grandchildren. Loren Dean as Russ Brennan seasons 1—3: Kyle Keenan, is the older brother of Temperance Brennan, a. Joy Keenan, and the son of Max Keenan. Russ has a troubled past and has spent some time in prison. He is involved with a woman named Amy Hollister and loves her two daughters, Emma and Hayley.
After he and Temperance were abandoned by their parents, he also abandoned his sister, which led to long-held animosity from her. He first appears in the season one finale, where he patches things up with his sister and also re-unites with his father in season two. His last appearance is in season three, although he is mentioned in later seasons. Eugene Byrd as Dr.