See the Cast of ‘Dazed and Confused’ Then and Now
In 1993, director Richard Linklater released his seminal coming-of-age story ‘Dazed and Confused.’ Set in 1976, the film follows a group of high-school kids on the last day of school. The next year’s senior class are basking in their new authority and plotting ways to torment the incoming freshmen, while everyone is just trying to find a way to make it to the big end-of-year party. Twenty years later, we take a look back at the cast of the film and see what they’re doing now.
Jason London, Randall “Pink” Floyd
Then: Jason London played Randall “Pink” Floyd, a high-school junior and rising star football player who refused to sign a pledge promising to refrain from drug use over the summer.
Now: London has appeared in the films ’51’ and ‘Grind.’ The actor was arrested earlier this year after a bar fight, and was notoriously aggressive and disorderly with the arresting officers.
Wiley Wiggins, Mitch Kramer
Then: Wiley Wiggins, a local teen who lived in Linklater’s native Austin (where the film was shot), played Mitch Kramer, a freshman who, along with his friends, tried to escape hazing.
Now: Wiggins still lives in Austin and recently starred in the indie film ‘Computer Chess.’ He is currently the programmer of Fantastic Arcade, a video-game exposition that takes place every year during the Fantastic Fest film festival.
Rory Cochrane, Ron Slater
Then: Rory Cohrane played pothead upperclassman Ron Slater.
Now: Cochrane went on to appear as Lucas in ‘Empire Records’ and starred in the seventh season of the Fox series ‘24.’ He recently had a supporting role in ‘Argo,’ directed by and co-starring fellow former ‘Dazed and Confused’ co-star Ben Affleck.
Sasha Jenson, Don Dawson
Then: Sasha Jenson played Don Dawson, one of Randall’s friends who helped introduce Mitch to drinking beer and smoking pot. Jenson, the son of a stuntman, primarily performed stunt work early in his career.
Now: Jenson also appeared in ‘Grind’ alongside Jason London, but that was his final film credit.
Michelle Burke, Jodi Kramer
Then: Michelle Burke played Jodi Kramer, Mitch’s older sister who hangs out with some of the cooler ladies at school.
Now: Burke also played Connie Conehead in the ‘Coneheads’ movie, and has guest-starred on ‘Diagnosis: Murder’ and ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.’ She recently appeared in the film ‘LOL’ with Miley Cyrus.
Adam Goldberg, Mike Newhouse
Then: Adam Goldberg’s first big movie role was in ‘Dazed and Confused’ as Mike Newhouse, a nerdy high-school teen who decides to go to the big blowout party and let loose for once, though he’s a bit neurotic about it.
Now: Goldberg has appeared in the films ‘Zodiac’ and ‘2 Days in Paris,’ the latter of which was written, directed by and starred Julie Delpy, the star of Linklater’s ‘Before’ trilogy. He also recently starred in the Lifetime movie ‘Anna Nicole,’ based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith.
Anthony Rapp, Tony Olson
Then: Anthony Rapp, who previously starred in ‘Adventures in Babysitting,’ played Tony Olson, one of Mike’s intellectual friends.
Now: Rapp originated the role of Mark in the Broadway musical ‘Rent’ and reprised the role for the feature film in 2005. He has also appeared in the movies ‘The Other Woman’ and ‘Blackbird,’ and continues to perform in plays.
Matthew McConaughey, David Wooderson
Then: Matthew McConaughey‘s first big film role was in ‘Dazed and Confused’ as David Wooderson, a former high-school senior who’s still stuck in the laid-back high-school mindset. McConaughey’s lines in the film became instant classics, and the phrase “alright, alright, alright” is still one of the things he’s most known for.
Now: McConaughey has had a great couple of years, starring in the films ‘Killer Joe,’ ‘Mud’ and ‘Bernie,’ the latter of which saw him reunite with his ‘Dazed’ director Richard Linklater. Coming up next he appears in ‘The Dallas Buyers Club‘ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ He will also star alongside best friend and fellow actor Woody Harrelson in the HBO series ‘True Detective.’
Marissa Ribisi, Cynthia Dunn
Then: Marissa Ribisi, sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi, made her film debut in ‘Dazed and Confused’ as Cynthia Dunn, Mike and Tony’s friend with the memorable red afro.
Now: Ribisi is married to musician Beck Hansen (better known simply as Beck). Her last film credit is an appearance in the 2001 movie ‘According to Spencer,’ which also featured her ‘Dazed and Confused’ co-star Adam Goldberg. In 2012, she appeared in the documentary project ‘Lightfield’s Home Videos.’
Cole Hauser, Benny O’Donnell
Then: Cole Hauser previously made his film debut in another school movie, ‘School Ties.’ In ‘Dazed and Confused,’ he played Benny O’Donnell, a football player and class clown.
Now: Hauser recently starred in ‘A Good Day to Die Hard‘ and ‘Olympus Has Fallen‘ and will appear next in ‘Transcendence,’ the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has famously collaborated several times with Christopher Nolan.
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Burroughs
Then: Former model Milla Jovovich played spacey pothead Michelle Burroughs.
Now: Jovovich is married to director Paul W.S. Anderson and has appeared in all of his ‘Resident Evil‘ movies, as well as his ‘The Three Musketeers.’ The actress is also a singer and has released six albums.
Joey Lauren Adams, Simone Kerr
Then: Joey Lauren Adams made her big screen debut in two films in 1993: ‘Dazed and Confused,’ in which she played cheerleader Simone Kerr, and ‘Coneheads,’ in which she had a small role alongside ‘Dazed’ co-star Michelle Burke.
Now: Adams went on to reunite with ‘Dazed’ co-star Ben Affleck in Kevin Smith’s films ‘Chasing Amy’ and ‘Mallrats.’ She has appeared on the TV shows ‘United States of Tara’ and ‘Switched at Birth,’ and can be seen next in the film ‘Blue Caprice.’
Ben Affleck, Fred O’Bannion
Then: Like Cole Hauser, Ben Affleck also previously appeared in ‘School Ties.’ In ‘Dazed and Confused,’ he played Fred O’Bannion, a high-school senior who is held back and must repeat his final year. He also leads the hazing charge against the new freshmen.
Now: Affleck went on to win a best screenplay Oscar with best friend and ‘School Ties’ co-star Matt Damon for ‘Good Will Hunting,’ in which they both also starred. He also won an Oscar for best director in 2013 for his film ‘Argo’ (again, in which he also starred). It was recently announced that Affleck has signed on to play Bruce Wayne / Batman in Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ sequel.
Parker Posey, Darla Marks
Then: Parker Posey made her big-screen debut as pretty, popular senior Darla Marks.
Now: Posey is a regular in writer-director Christopher Guest’s movies, including ‘Best in Show’ and ‘A Mighty Wind.’ She has guest-starred on the TV shows ‘Louie‘ and ‘New Girl,’ and recently appeared in the film ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn.’