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What the Cast of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' Is Doing 35 Years Later

Shanee Edwards is a screenwriter who earned her master's degree at UCLA Film School. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her TV pilot, Ada and the Machine, is cur...

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Tasty waves & a cool buzz

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Tasty waves & a cool buzz

We love teen movies, but the ones from the 1980s are truly the best. The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Sixteen Candles will always stay in our hearts, but there has never been another teen film as funny and iconic Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

The scene where Spicoli (Sean Penn) orders a pizza during class still cracks us up, the friendship between Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Linda (Phoebe Cates) still feels so real and relatable, and who didn’t have an insufferable teacher like Mr. Hand (Ray Walston) in high school? The film’s director, Amy Heckerling, went on to write and direct movies like Clueless and Look Who’s Talking, while screenwriter Cameron Crowe went on to write and direct other great movies, such as Say Anything, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. Let's take a look at what the cast of Fast Times is up to today.

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Eric Stoltz as Stoner Bud

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Eric Stoltz as Stoner Bud

After starring in movies like Mask, he's also become a successful director for Glee and other shows.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh as Stacy

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Jennifer Jason Leigh as Stacy

The Oscar-nominated actor's credits include The Hateful Eight, and she's in the new Twin Peaks

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Phoebe Cates as Linda

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Phoebe Cates as Linda

Cates starred in films like Gremlins and performs Shakespeare in New York.

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Anthony Edwards as Stoner Bud

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Anthony Edwards as Stoner Bud

Edwards starred in shows like Northern Exposure and ER. His next is The Menendez Murders.

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Amanda Wyss as Lisa

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Amanda Wyss as Lisa

Wyss will next appear in the film Catch a Falling Star with Mad Men's John Slattery.

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Nicolas Cage as Brad's Bud

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Nicolas Cage as Brad's Bud

Cage won an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas and is currently filming and starring in the action film Mandy. 

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Brian Backer as Rat

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Brian Backer as Rat

Backer went on to star in the soap Santa Barbara. His last film role was in Vamps.

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Forest Whitaker as Charles

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Forest Whitaker as Charles

Whitaker won an Oscar for Last King of Scotland and will next appear in Black Panther.

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Lana Clarkson as Mrs. Vargas

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Lana Clarkson as Mrs. Vargas

After starring in movies like Scarface, Clarkson was murdered by producer Phil Spector, who's currently in prison, in 2003.

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Judge Reinhold as Brad

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Judge Reinhold as Brad

After starring in movies like Beverly Hills Cop, his next film is Bad Grandmas alongside the late Florence Henderson.

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Kelli Maroney as Cindy

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Kelli Maroney as Cindy

Maroney's most recent project is the TV show Hell's Kitty.

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Robert Romanus as Mike

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Robert Romanus as Mike

Romanus will next be seen in the film Genesis: The Future of Mankind is Woman alongside Meredith Baxter.

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Ray Walston as Mr. Hand

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Ray Walston as Mr. Hand

Walston won a Primetime Emmy for his role in Picket Fences in 1995 and 1996. He died in 2001 at 86 years old.

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