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Fast Times At Ridgemont High Then and Now

1. Jennifer Jason Leigh

jennifer-jason-leigh Jennifer Jason Leigh played the innocent teen in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (FTARH). To get into character, Leigh took a job at the actual Perry’s Pizza, the restaurant her character (Stacy Hamilton) worked at. She worked at the Sherman Oaks Galleria location in Los Angeles where parts of the movie were shot. Later, Leigh went on to appear in many films including Single White Female.

2. Sean Penn

Sean Penn’s role as the stoner/surfer dude Jeff Spicoli brought him to everyone’s attention and began his long career in acting. While filming FTARH, Penn stayed in character during the entire shoot and would only answer to people if they called him Spicoli.

3.Brian Backer

Brian Backer plays Mark Ratner who is in love with Stacy. This character, Mark “The Rat”, is based on an actual student Cameron Crowe knew who, although geeky, later became rich and famous for writing the “… for Dummies” books.

4. Judge Reinhold

Judge Reinhold plays Stacy’s brother, Brad, who is a popular senior who takes on many comical employment opportunities in an effort to pay his car off. Reinhold later held many acting roles. He appeared in TV shows such as Seinfeld and Arrested Development, and the movie Beverly Hills Cop.

5. Cameron Crowe

Cameron Crowe is an actor, author, director, producer, screenwriter and journalist. Before getting into the film industry, he wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, during which time he went undercover as a high school student at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California. His experience in the high school was the basis for the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

6. Lana Clarkson

Lana Clarkson had a brief role as the gorgeous wife of geeky science professor Mr. Vargas. She had a few small roles after this appearance, but her life ended abruptly when she was shot in the home of Phil Spector, a music producer. He was later convicted of her murder.

7. Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker played a high school football player in FTARH. This was his first on screen role. He now has a successful acting career and has won an Academy Award for his performance as a Ugandan dictator in The Last King of Scotland.

8. Robert Romanus

Robert Romanus played Mike Damone, a ticket scalper who considers himself to be a ladies man. Romanus is now an actor and musician. He also owns a café, Bob’s Espresso Bar, in North Hollywood in Los Angeles.

9. Amanda Wyss

Amanda Wyss plays Lisa, Brad’s girlfriend who dumps him because she wants to date other guys. Wyss also played Tina Gray in Nightmare on Elm Street who was the first person murdered by Freddy Krueger.

10. James Russo

James Russo had a small role as the robber of the convenience store Judge Reinhold’s character worked at. He has since appeared in over 156 films including Django and Beverly Hills Cop.

11. Kelli Maroney

Kelli Maroney played Cindy Carr, an enthusiastic cheerleader. Maroney is mostly known for her roles in soap operas such as One Life to Live.

12. Nicolas Cage

The famed actor had a small part as one of Brad’s (Judge Reinhold) friends. It was Cage’s very first time appearing on screen. He originally auditioned for Judge Reinhold’s part, but didn’t get it. One of the reasons was because, as a minor at just 17 years of age, it was illegal for him to work as many hours as would be needed for the part.

13. Taylor Negron

Taylor Negron was the pizza guy in FTARH. He began his journey as an actor early on by interning for Lucille Ball. He has had many roles including appearing in Seinfeld, Reno 911 and ER.

14. Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson makes a cameo in FTARH, but she is better known for her music. She is the guitarist of the band Heart. In FTARH, her short scene includes her pretending to flirt with Brad (Judge Reinhold) from her car, but she is actually laughing at his ridiculous pirate hat that he has to wear for work.

15. Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling made her debut as the director of FTARH. She later directed many well-known films, such as Clueless, the Look Who’s Talking films and National Lampoon’s European Vacation.

16. Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards plays one of Spicoli’s stoner friends. He was also in Revenge of the Nerds, and played the main role of Gilbert Lowe. He also appeared on ER for 8 years.

17. Eric Stoltz

Eric Stoltz plays another one of Spicoli’s stoner friends. He also took the role of the drug dealer in Pulp Fiction.

18. Ray Walston

Ray Walston plays the history teacher Mr. Hand. Comedy ensues as strict Mr. Hand faces off again laid back Spicoli (Sean Penn). After Mr. Hand is rude to Spicoli, Spicoli gets back at him by ordering pizza and having it delivered to his desk during class completely breaking Mr. Hand’s no eating rule. Aside from this role, Walston has appeared on Broadway and has had a successful movie career.

19. Vincent Schiavelli

Vincent Schiavelli is the science teacher Mr. Vargas. Schiavelli has often been descried as the man with the sad eyes. He had Marfan’s Syndrome, which he said contributes to his height, being 6 ft 6 in, and his unique facial appearance.

20. Phoebe Cates


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