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!

  • Beverly-Hills

    [Photo Credit: 90210 Productions]
  • Beverly-Hills_Steve

    [Photo Credit: 90210 Productions]
  • Breakfast-at-Tiffany’s

    [Photo Credit: Jurow-Shepherd]
  • Clueless

    [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Cruel-Intentions

    [Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures Corporation]
  • Ferris-Bueller

    [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Flicka

    [Photo Credit: Fox 2000 Pictures]
  • Friday-Night-Lights-as-Tim

    [Photo Credit: NBC Universal Television]
  • Friday-Night-Lights-Lyla

    [Photo Credit: NBC Universal Television]
  • Friday-Night-Lights-Matt

    [Photo Credit: NBC Universal Television]
  • Gilmore-Girls

    [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Television]
  • Glee-Mercedes

    [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Television]
  • Finn

    [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Television]
  • Grease,-Rizzo

    [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Grease

    [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Hannah-Montana-The-Movie

    [Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]
  • Harry-Potter,-Snape

    [Photo Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Harry-Potter-Moaning-Myrtle

    [Photo Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Karate-Kid

    [Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures Corporation]
  • Mean-Girls

    [Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Modern-Family

    [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Television]
  • Remember-The-Titans

    [Photo Credit: Jerry Bruckheimer Films]
  • Sense-And-Sensibility

    [Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures Corporation]
  • Spider-Man

    [Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment]
  • Teen-Wolf

    [Photo Credit: Wolfkill]
  • The-Graduate

    [Photo Credit: Embassy Pictures]
  • Vampire-Slayer

    [Photo Credit: The WB Television Network]
  • Yentl

    [Photo Credit: United Artists]
  • The-Lovely-Bones

    [Photo Credit: DreamWorks SKG]
  • high-school-musical

    [Photo Credit: Disney Channel]