Too Old For School: 30 Young Roles Played By Overage Actors


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Grease are just two of the many iconic high school movies that have earned a more permanent place in our hearts than our own graduating class. But as much as we think we know their stories inside and out, we often forget their central lie: Their stars were way older than their roles. Prepare to be amazed (or at least to laugh knowingly!) as we take a look at some hit TV shows and movies — from The Graduate to High School Musical, Beverly Hills 90210 to Buffy — starring actors who aren’t exactly age appropriate for the parts they play. Check out the full gallery of the 30 over-aged actors who managed to fool us!

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Rest In Peace Cha-Cha: The Best Dancer At St. Bernadette’s

This is truly a rough day for classic movie lovers. First we heard that Police Academy‘s Bubba Smith was found dead in his apartment, and now we have even more upsetting news to pass along to you. Annette Charles, the actress best known for playing Cha-Cha DiGregorio in Grease, has succumbed to cancer at the age of 63. Certainly y’all know Cha-Cha, the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s (although admittedly with the worst reputation). Her show-stopping dance sequence with Danny Zuko (a.k.a. John Travolta) was one of the  highlights of the 1978 film.

“Annette had recently started having difficulty breathing, a family member told TMZ, “and when she went to the doctor she learned that she had a cancerous tumor in one of her lungs.” Apparently doctor’s caught the disease too late to prevent it from spreading. You and your insane dancing shoes will be missed, Annette. Let’s hoping she’s tearin’ it up at the big malt shop in the sky.

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by (@hallekiefer)

Franco And Hathaway Channel The Ghosts Of Danny Zuko, Eva Peron

Okay, so maybe Danny Zuko wouldn’t technically have a ghost since he was never actually alive, but when James Franco And Anne Hathaway reenact Grease, you’ll feel his spirit like it was John Travolta himself thrusting in those skin-tight pants. Franco tweeted the video last night; it’s almost cheesy and cute enough to make us forget Cher’s Burlesque snub. We said almost, Academy members. Almost.

On the other hand, Eva Perón is probably spinning in her grave seeing the work over she gets in Anne Hathaway’s Evita parody. After launching into a spoof of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” the Love And Other Drugs star starts dancing while awkwardly mumbling Wreckx-N-Effect’s “Rump Shaker.” First Lady Perón may have put the zoom-zoom-zoom and a poom-poom, but at least she had the grace and dignity not to talk about it in front of her constituents. Then again, having already been portrayed by Madonna, it would probably take more than a little tentative grinding to stir Evita from her eternal slumber

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Eva, Tony And His Mistress In Grease Lip Sync? Tell Us More, Tell Us More!

What’s more embarrassing than a sex tape? An elaborately staged lip sync featuring you, your husband, and you husband’s mistress! In an unprecedented twist, this unbelievable video has surfaced featuring Eva Longoria, Tony Parker and Erin Barry acting out a musical number from the classic film Grease.

Apparently the video was made last year to encourage other fans of the San Antonio Spurs to make film parodies of their own to submit in a competition. Tony said he chose Grease because he counted it among his favorite films.

Eva dons a blonde wig to play the wholesome Sandy, while Tony busts a move in the bleachers with his leather attired pals, and together they dance through a high school. But the weirdest part occurs one minute and forty seconds in, when Tony’s alleged mistress Erin Barry appears as the ill-tempered Pink Lady Rizzo, who shoves Eva off a bench with her high heel. Who knew Grease had these kind of prophetic powers!

by (@unclegrambo)

Grease Sing-A-Long Coming Soon To A City Near You!

With Memorial Day fast approaching, our minds are naturally turning towards “Summer Nights.” Not just as a rough concept, mind you; we’re talking, of course, about Grease! The timeless film is surely one of those rare movies that you and your friends not only know all the words to, but also enjoy singing along with every time that you watch it. Well, Grease fans, you’re in luck!

This summer, a special re-release of the film will be hitting select theaters for a limited two-week run beginning on July 8. Only this time, instead of just passively sitting there and silently watching the screen in the dark, audiences will be encouraged to sing their hearts out alongside Danny Zuko, Sandy Olsson and the rest of the gang! That’s right, Grease Sing-A-Long promises to be one of this summer’s most exciting releases. You can check out the official Grease Sing-A-Long web site to see if the film is coming to your town in July. And even if it isn’t, there’s something you can do about it! You and your friends can head over to and request that the film plays in your town. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to hop in “Greased Lightning” and get this weekend started!

Grease Sing-A-Long [Official Site]