Old School may not have the most original story (or even the least bit of subtlety), but it’s one of the most well-known frat-house comedies of all time. We think it’s right up there with the classic Animal House, which created the genre. Even though Old School hit the silver screen back in early 2003, it’s still well-loved.
The plot centers on main character Mitch Martin, played by Luke Wilson, who discovers that his girlfriend has been cheating on him and in attempt to change his life, he and his adult friends start a fraternity at the local college, the fictional Harrison State.
From Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn to the legendary performance of 84-year-old Patrick Cranshaw, check out what the cast members of this wacky comedy are up to now.
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After playing high school student and Mitch’s one-night stand Darcie, Elisha Cuthbert went on to appear in several well-known films, including Love Actually, The Girl Next Door and House of Wax. She’s gained fame on TV, playing Jack Bauer’s daughter on all eight seasons of 24, which started two years before Old School and continued through 2010. Cuthbert is lately known best for playing the happy-go-lucky Alex Kerkovich on ABC’s Happy Endings, which was unfortunately canceled after last season.
Frank the Tank is one of the fictional characters we’d most love to grab a drink with—we’ll just make sure there are no tranquilizer guns around. Will Ferrell has, of course, gone on to star in a host of hit low-brow comedies (which earned him the MTV Movie Awards’ inaugural lifetime-achievement Comedic Genius Award in 2013), including Elf, Anchorman, Wedding Crashers, Talladega Nights, The Campaign and, most recently, Anchorman 2. He’s also had guest roles on hit television shows The Office and 30 Rock. Next up for Ferrell? Voicing President Business in the forthcoming The Lego Movie.
While most TV fans associate Ellen Pompeo with her starring role as Dr. Meredith Grey on ABC’s long-running Grey’s Anatomy, she also played Mitch’s high school crush and love interest Nicole. It was a rare movie role, since she’s been in just three feature films since Old School: Undermind, Art Heist and Life of the Party.
Since starring as down-on-his-luck attorney Mitch Martin, Luke Wilson has appeared in a huge range of movies and television. He even appeared alongside Old School co-star Will Ferrell in Anchorman and Blades of Glory. He’s also had recurring TV roles on That ‘70s Show and Enlightened. To our delight, he appeared alongside his famous brother Owen in an episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History as the cereal-inventing Kellogg brothers. One of his several upcoming projects is The Skeleton Twins, a drama (yes, really) also starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
Vince Vaughn’s portrayal of the fast-talking dad and owner of Speaker City Bernard Campbell led the way to even more goofball comedies for the actor. Within just two years of Old School, he appeared in Starsky & Hutch, Dodgeball, Anchorman and Wedding Crashers. He’s teaming up with Will Ferrell again in the forthcoming Daddy’s Home, currently in pre-production.
Since playing the uptight Dean Pritchard, Jeremy Piven has appeared in an array of films, like Scary Movie 3, Runaway Jury, Chasing Liberty and Smokin’ Aces. He’s perhaps best known for TV work: Piven’s recurring role in HBO’s Entourage won him a Golden Globe and three Emmys, and he’s currently starring as department-store founder Harry Gordon Selfridge in ITV’s Mr. Selfridge.
Serious fare like Cape Fear and Natural Born Killers put Juliette Lewis on the star map, but she was still up for playing Mitch’s sexually experimental (soon-to-be-ex-) girlfriend Heidi in Old School. Lewis has continued to win roles in movies of all genres, including Starsky & Hutch, Whip It, Due Date and August: Osage County. She’s also appeared on a few television shows, including IFC’s hipster hit Portlandia and NBC’s The Firm.
Who could forget Patrick Cranshaw’s portrayal of plucky 84-year-old fraternity brother “Blue”? After Old School, he went on to appear in six more films, including Herbie Fully Loaded and a couple direct-to-video Air Bud sequels, as well as guest roles on TV’s Monk and 7th Heaven. Sadly, Cranshaw passed away in 2005 at the age of 86.