See the Cast of ‘Swingers’ Then and Now
Made for less than $300,000, ‘Swingers’ was a surprise hit in 1996. Jon Favreau, the film’s star, also wrote the movie about struggling actors looking for love after dark in Los Angeles and cast his real-life friends as his on-screen buddies.
‘Swingers’ ended up launching the careers of several actors as well as director Doug Liman, who went on to helm ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith.’
See what the cast of ‘Swingers’ is up to these days below.
Jon Favreau, Mike
Then: Jon Favreau was already somewhat well known when ‘Swingers’ came out, thanks to roles in ‘PCU,’ ‘Rudy‘ and ‘Seinfeld.’ But it was the character of sad sack comedian Mike that Favreau wrote for himself that would put him on the map. Roles in ‘Rocky Marciano’ and ‘Very Bad Things’ followed, as did a high profile arc on ‘Friends.’
Now: It’s more “director Jon Favreau” these days, as he was behind the camera for the first two ‘Iron Man’ films and ‘Cowboys and Aliens.’ He does still act, and recently reprised his Happy Hogan character in ‘Iron Man 3.’ You can also see Favreau playing a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’
Vince Vaughn, Trent
Then: Vince Vaughn was at his fast-talking best as charismatic ladies man Trent. Vaughn had been in ‘Rudy’ with Favreau and among his earlier roles were a trio of after-school specials. (In ‘Swingers,’ Trent tells a tale about losing out on a role in an after-school special because he was comically too old for the part.)
Now: Vaughn reunited with “frat pack” bro and fellow wedding crasher Owen Wilson in the 2013 comedy ‘The Internship.’
Ron Livingston, Rob
Then: The role of Rob, a struggling actor and Mike’s friend from back East, went to Ron Livingston. It was his biggest role to date and soon after he achieved cult movie immortality by starring in ‘Office Space.’
Now: Recent Livingston movies include ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ and ‘Touchy Feely,’ which starred his wife Rosemarie DeWitt. He will also be in the summer horror flick ‘The Conjuring.’
Patrick Van Horn, Sue
Then: With all the violent gusto befitting the name, Patrick Van Horn played Sue in ‘Swingers.’ A real life buddy of Favreau and Vaughn’s, Van Horn had previously played small roles in ‘Encino Man’ and ‘The Dead Pool.’
Now: Van Horn’s last film was ‘Four Christmases’ opposite Vaughn. Most would agree the best part of the movie was when you noticed Van Horn and thought to yourself, “Hey that’s Sue!” Although that probably has more to do with that movie’s overall quality than with the excitement of realizing Van Horn was still acting.
Alex Desert, Charles
Then: Desert popped up as Charles in ‘Swingers.’ During that time period he was also playing recurring character Eli Williams on ‘Boy Meets World‘ and one of the struggling musicians on the short-lived Fox series ‘The Heights.’ In 1998, he started his six season run as Jake on the Ted Danson sitcom ‘Becker.’
Now: Desert was the voice of Nick Fury on the animated TV series ‘The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.’ He is one of the founders of the ska band Hepcat, which plays gigs in the Los Angeles area and occasionally tours.
Heather Graham, Lorraine
Then: Things finally started to turn around for Mike when he met Lorraine, who was portrayed by Heather Graham. As a teenager, Graham had high profile turns in ‘Drugstore Cowboy’ and ‘License to Drive.’ In 1997 she snagged what is probably her signature role as Rollergirl in ‘Boogie Nights.’
Now: Graham’s last big starring role was in 2011’s ‘Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer.’ She also reprised her stripper character Jade in ‘The Hangover Part III’ after sitting out the comedy franchise’s second outing.
Katherine Kendall, Lisa
Then: That was Katherine Kendall as understanding Dorothy impersonator Lisa in ‘Swingers.’ That same year she played a wild and crazy Walsh family friend who had a one-night-stand with Brandon on an episode of ‘Beverly Hills 90210.’
Now: Kendall’s last role was a small one on ‘General Hospital.’ In addition to acting, she teaches dance to children.
Brooke Langton, Nikki
Then: You surely remember Brooke Langton as Nikki, the barfly that Mike meets and then just can’t wait to call on the phone. That same year Langton began playing Samantha Reilly on ‘Melrose Place.’
Now: Langton has been a recurring character on ‘Friday Night Lights’ and starred on the TV series ‘Life.’ Her last screen appearance was on an episode of ‘Supernatural.’
Rio Hackford, Skully
Then: You might remember the wool-hatted fellow who has beef with Sue in ‘Swingers’ as either “House of Pain” or “Hip Hop,” which is what his eventual buddy Trent calls him. But actually the character’s name was Skully, and he was played by Rio Hackford, who previously had small roles in movies like ‘Strange Days’ and ‘Double Dragon.’
Now: Hackford was Toby on the series ‘Treme.’ He is the son of director Taylor Hackford and stepson of actress Helen Mirren. In addition to acting, he runs the Monty Bar in Los Angeles.
Blake Lindsley, Girl with cigar
Then: Blake Lindsley was featured in ‘Swingers’ as a cigar-smoking partygoer who catches Trent’s eye. She also had a small role in ‘Swingers’ director Doug Liman’s first movie, ‘Getting In.’
Now: The Yale graduate was recently in ‘The Sessions,’ and will be in the drag racing movie ‘The Snake and The Mongoose.’