Anyone remember Masterminds, the 1997 movie starring Patrick Stewart that was “Die Hard in a prep school”? It could probably never be made now because of school shootings, but I remember seeing it a theater partly because I liked Die Hard, and partly because I was really really good at that board game, Mastermind. (We all had weird reasons for seeing movies in the ’90s.) Anyway, I was staring at the earlier roles on Mad Men‘s Vincent Kartheiser’s IMDB page and noticed that before he played the smarmy kissass Pete Campbell, Vincent played the skateboarding, long-haired “resident bad boy” who hijacked the prep school in Masterminds. He may be the cool kid in this trailer, but Mad Men fans would recognize that voice anywhere:


Vincent must be such a good actor to be able to play both roles. Jon Hamm better watch his #1 Mad Men Supercrush back, is all I’m saying.

Comments (5)
  1. duh, I remember Vincent from Masterminds. We’re talking about a movie I watched every weekend, and a big poster I had sprawled across my wall all through middle school.

  2. AJ  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 0

    Yeah, I’ve loved Vincent Kartheiser since like, “Alaska.” I sort of lost track of him when he got involved in that Angel show, but I’m glad to have him back in my life now!

  3. It’s really weird that you just brought him up because I recently saw him in Dandelion (shitty movie) and thought, holy shit that’s the kid from Masterminds!

  4. ET  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 +1

    The genious thing about Pete Campbell is that he’s more robot than human, like a 1960s American Psycho. Just look at that prep-school hair do, that flawless skin, those steely blue eyes and you get the feeling he’s about to pull out that shot gun he brought to the office in the first season and kill everyone.

  5. Buffy/Vampires/Adolescence Rules!  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2008 +2

    Yeah, he also played Angel’s son Conner on ANGEL. He was a super vampire hybrid. Does that make you love him less?

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