See the Cast of ‘Angus’ Then and Now
The eponymous character in the 1995 film ‘Angus’ is a big, strong high school football player with a quick temper — not usually the type to get bullied. But because Angus is also sweet and sensitive and shares his name with a breed of cattle, he is cruelly victimized by the jocks and popular kids.
All of which makes for a somewhat unconventional (and cultishly adored) teen movie. See what the cast of ‘Angus’ is up to these days below.
Charlie Talbert, Angus Bethune
Then: ‘Angus’ director Patrick Read Johnson discovered Charlie Talbert at a Chicago-area Wendy’s and then cast the 16-year old acting novice as his film’s title character. Talbert followed that up with supporting roles in ‘Last Resort’ and ‘The Lovemaster.’
Now: Look out for Talbert in the films ‘Retreat!’ and ‘One Night Alone.’ The actor/comedian is also known to make videos for ‘Funny or Die.’
Chris Owen, Troy Wedberg
Then: Before becoming ‘The Sherminator’ in the ‘American Pie‘ franchise, Owen played an equally socially inept character — Angus’s sidekick Troy. That same year he had made his film debut in ‘Major Payne.’
Now: Owen is good buddies with Talbert in real life too, and they have appeared in five films together, including ‘Van Wilder’ and ‘The Life of Lucky Cucumber.’ Besides ‘American Reunion,’ look for Owen in the upcoming films ‘Stalker’ and ‘Off-Time.’
Ariana Richards, Melissa Lefevre
Then: Ariana Richards was known as the girl from ‘Jurassic Park‘ when she played Angus’ crush Melissa. In 1998, she stopped acting to go college.
Now:Richards is an award winning watercolor painter. She recently announced she was getting back into acting and has since appeared in the TV movie ‘Battledogs.’
James Van Der Beek, Rick Sanford
Then: Before getting all sensitive as the weepy Dawson Leery on ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ James Van Der Beek played heartless bully Rick in ‘Angus.’ It was his screen debut.
Now: Van Der Beek’s return to TV playing himself on ‘Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23′ recently came to a halt with the show’s cancellation after two seasons. He will star alongside Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet and Tobey Maguire in the upcoming drama ‘Labor Day.’
George C. Scott, Grandpa Ivan
Then: The Oscar-winning cinema legend — known for films like ‘Dr. Strangelove’ and ‘Patton’ — played the main character’s grandfather in ‘Angus.’
Now: Scott died in 1999 at the age of 71. Among his last films in a career that spanned nearly five decades were ‘Rocky Marciano’ and ‘Inherit the Wind.’
Kathy Bates, Meg Bethune
Then: Angus’ truck driving mother Meg was portrayed by Kathy Bates. Five years earlier, Bates had burst into the public’s consciousness with her terrifying Oscar-winning turn as an obsessed fan in ‘Misery.’
Now: These days Bates is better known for her TV acting. She starred on ‘Harry’s Law’ for two seasons and also had a memorable arc as corporate boss Jo Bennett on ‘The Office.’ She will appear in the next season of ‘American Horror Story.’
Kevin Connolly, Andy
Then: That was Kevin Connolly as Andy, one of Rick’s jock flunkies, in ‘Angus.’ At the time, Connolly was also starring on the WB sitcom ‘Unhappily Ever After.’
Now: Of course you know Connolly from his eight season run as E on ‘Entourage.’ He has been cast in the Sylvester Stallone movie ‘Reach Me,’ so expect to see a new side of everyone’s favorite short redheaded actor who isn’t Seth Green.
Salim Grant, Mike
Then: If you recognized Rick’s other flunky buddy Mike it’s probably because actor Salim Grant was also playing R.J. Collins on ‘Saved By The Bell: The New Class’ at the time of the comedy’s release. Collins had also starred in the Bill Cosby flop ‘Ghostdad.’
Now: Although Grant hasn’t had many big acting appearances in the last ten years, he’s been busy producing music for Snoop Dogg and performs hip hop under the name Autobotic. Follow him on Twitter.
Rita Moreno, Madame Rulenska
Then: Rita Moreno, an Oscar winner for ‘West Side Story,’ had a small role in ‘Angus’ as dance instructor Madame Rulenska, who tries to teach the big fellow to be light on his feet.
Now: Moreno, who’s also won an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy (and dated Marlon Brando), stars on the Fran Drescher sitcom ‘Happily Divorced.’ She will be part of the voice cast for ‘Rio 2.’
Lindsay Price, Recycling Girl
Then: Lindsay Price played the “recycling girl,” who later makes eyes with Troy. In 1998, Price joined the cast of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′ and was a series regular as Steve’s girlfriend-turned-wife for the show’s last two seasons.
Now: Price was last seen as recurring character Leilina on ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ having previously starred on ‘Pepper Dennis,’ ‘Lipstick Jungle’ and ‘Eastwick.’ She’s been in so many canceled shows, she’s seen as a bit of a TV “kiss of death,” but we’re still rooting for you Lindsay!