The Cast Of Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Then And Now

Culture | November 29, 2016

You can say it’s crazy how fast time flies. For the cast of Fast Times At Ridgemont High it’s especially true. Thirty-four years later people are still talking about the film and we are all wondering what these actors are up to now. 

The year was 1982 when Spicoli became a household name. A year prior the film’s writer Cameron Crowe went undercover at a high school documenting all his experiences. From this he published the book Fast Times At Ridgemont High which shortly after lead to the production of the film. The film follows the lives of high school students and their teacher. Becoming popular, maintaining popularity, virginity, friendships, and surviving senior year are all on the minds of these teens:

Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), Brad Hamilton (Judge Reinhold), Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Leigh), Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates), and Mr. Hand (Ray Walston). Each face ups and downs, the hardships that many teens go through during high school. So what are the beloved cast members of Fast Times At Ridgemont High up to now? Let’s find out.  

Two time primetime emmy award winner Ray Walston a.k.a. Mr. Hand passed away at the age of 86 in 2001. During his career Ray mostly acted in TV series such as Star Trek, Ally McBeal, and 7th Heaven. He will always be remembered for his role of Mr. Hand.

Unfortunately for the next couple of actors, Fast Times At Ridgemont High was not the start of something big. Phoebe Cates who played one of the 80s’ most fantasized women, Linda Barrett, didn’t do much acting after the movie. She can be seen in Gremlins 1 and 2 but besides that she hasn’t really starred in any movies. In a way actor Brian Backer’s career peaked with the role of Mark Ratner. He has had some small roles here and there but nothing significant.

Stacy Hamilton is one of many characters Jennifer Leigh is known for playing. This Oscar nominated actress stars in the recent movie The Hateful Eight as well as The Machinist along side Christian Bale. She’s a producer and more importantly an actress that has managed to remain relevant throughout all these years proving her talent.

Actor and producer Judge Reinhold who played Brad Hamilton can be seen in TV and film. Besides his role in Fast Times At Ridgemont High Judge is most recognizable for playing Neil Miller in The Santa Clause 1, 2, and 3.

Main character Jeff Spicoli played by Sean Penn has had quite the acting career since the film debuted. He's starred in countless films such as: Shanghai Surprise, Dead Man Walking, I am Sam, Mystic River, All The Kings Men, MILK, Gangster Squad, and The Gunman. Oscar winner and Golden Globe winner are titles that he’s added under his belt as well as producer, director and ex-husband of Madonna. Sean is considered one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors and it all started with this little film.

Lets check back in another 30 years and see what more these actors have accomplished.

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