Dennis The Menace Is A Studly Marine Biologist Now

In 1992, Mason Gamble was an adorable 6-year-old with yellow hair and the ability to be innocently menacing in a pair of overalls. According to Internet lore, he beat out over 20,000 children to get cast as the mischievous and rambunctious comic strip character Dennis the Menace in a live-action adaptation starring Walter Matthau. One would assume it was the fact that he arrived at the audition with worms in his pocket that really clinched it. 

After he terrorized Mr. Wilson as Dennis Mitchell, Gamble went on to have roles in Spy Hard and Rushmore. He also made appearances on several TV shows, including Early Edition  — a '90s favorite of ours that also starred none other than Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) himself. Gamble's most recent roles were on CSI: Miami in 2006 and in a film called Golf in the Kingdom in 2010. 

Like many former child stars before him, these days Gamble has left acting behind. According to various sources, he graduated from UCLA's dentistry school. He then switched paths and became a marine biologist. In addition to admiring his academic accolades, allow us to praise Gamble superficially as well, because he turned out quite handsome. 

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We're just calling it like we see it. Mason Gamble, if you're reading this: We'd love to work with you on a cruelty-free Free Willy reboot. Will you be there?



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