'Fast Times At Ridgemont High:' What Happened To The Class Of '82?
By | November 29, 2016
The Fast Times At Ridgemont High cast was a strong crew of actors that included Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, and Forest Whitaker. The adventures of Spicoli, Damone, Mr. Hand, the Pizza Guy and company set the stage for the '80s in an unforgettable coming-of-age high school movie. Some actors went on to greater successes, while others have faded from prominence. Nearly 40 years later, the film is still watchable and funny.
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. 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.
Jeff Spicoli And Mr. Hand
Sean Penn, who played the stoner Jeff Spicoli, 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.
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 My Favorite Martian, Ally McBeal, and 7th Heaven. He will always be remembered for his role of Mr. Hand.