Published on Aug. 13, 1982, Fast Times at Ridgemont High featured a cast of almost entirely unknown young actors portraying the film’s high school-age characters.
Many notable actors were up to roles in the film but ultimately did not make the final cast. Tom Hanks, when a TV star who had not yet made the transition to film was considered for the role of Brad Hamilton. Jodie Foster was reportedly up for the role of Stacy Hamilton, but wanted to focus on her studies at Yale instead. Actress Justine Bateman was offered the role of Linda Barrett but had to turn it down in order to accept a role in the sitcom Family ties. And Jeff Spicoli, the character that made Sean Penn a star, almost went to another ’80s icon: Matthew Broderick.
Still, despite all the what-ifs in casting, there’s no doubt that the young stars of Fast Times at Ridgemont High absolutely beat their roles. The result was an impressive ensemble performance and one of the seminal coming-of-age comedies in film history.
In the decades since its publication have a striking number Fast Times‘ Actors have gone on to become mainstays of Hollywood, while others … are not. Sadly, many of the more established adult actors who portrayed the Ridgemont High faculty members have passed away, including Ray Walston (Mr. Hand), Vincent Schiavelli (Mr. Vargas) and Taylor Negron (Pizza Guy).
Here we take a look at the young actors in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and where they are now.
‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Cast: Where Are They Now?
Several members of Fast Times‘ relatively unknown cast went on to enjoy long, fruitful and occasionally stratospheric careers.