It’s been over 15 years since the first American Pie movie came out, but there are some things the cast will forever be associated with. Jennifer Coolidge will always be known as the original MILF, for example, and Alyson Hannigan will never escape the shadow of band camp. As for Jason Biggs… well, you know. But what else have the much-loved cast been up to, now that they’re all a little too old for youthful hijinks?
20. Jason Biggs – Jim Levenstein
Jason Biggs has appeared in all three American Pie sequels, and he’s still instantly recognizable as dorky Jim. But Biggs has been branching out since the franchise, too; for example, he has since spent a couple of seasons playing Larry in the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black. And, rather curiously, he also tends to be cast as Jewish a lot these days, despite actually being Catholic.
19. Chris Klein – Chris “Oz” Ostreicher
Apart from appearing in American Pie, the other high-profile thing Chris Klein did in the early noughties was propose to Katie Holmes, future Mrs. Tom Cruise and then ex-Mrs. Tom Cruise. The couple didn’t make it up the aisle, however, and Klein later married a travel agent named Laina Rose Thyfault.
18. Thomas Ian Nicholas – Kevin Myers
Thomas Ian Nicholas played pretty boy Kevin Myers in the franchise, and he grew up to be scruffily good-looking. The actor’s post-American Pie career, however, didn’t age quite so well. Nicholas’ 2015 Walt Disney biopic Walt Before Mickey was a critical flop, for example, but he’s since found greater success as a singer.
17. Eddie Kaye Thomas – Paul Finch
Eddie Kaye Thomas appeared in two big comedy franchises during the ’90s and early ’00s: one being Harold and Kumar, while the other was, of course, American Pie. And while both films gave him a lot of exposure, it was his role as Paul Finch that put him on the map as a MILF-conqueror. These days, however, Thomas plays a more serious character in the long-running drama Scorpion.
16. Jennifer Coolidge – Stifler’s Mom
Jennifer Coolidge played possibly the most iconic character in American Pie – she was Stifler’s Mom, the woman who introduced the word “MILF” to a whole new generation of boys. And Coolidge is still a popular comedienne and actress over a decade later. She appears frequently in comedies such as A Cinderella Story, and while these films might not do well critically, Coolridge is still adored by her audiences.
15. Mena Suvari – Heather Gardner
In 1999 Mena Suvari appeared in two high-profile films with “American” in the title: American Beauty and American Pie. The petite actress was keen to avoid typecasting, though, and so she opted for meatier roles in lesser-seen movies like Spun as the decade went on.
14. Tara Reid – Vicky Lathum
Tara Reid’s role as Vicky in American Pie propelled her to fame – and, arguably, that fame was her undoing. Throughout the noughties, in fact, a procession of marriages, plastic surgery disasters and rehab admissions followed in the wake of her box office success. As of late, however, the actress seems much happier, and she’s currently enjoying a role in the Sharknado franchise.
13. Sean William Scott – Steve Stifler
After an iconic turn as American Pie’s Stifler, Seann William Scott seemed to be everywhere. And then, quite suddenly, he disappeared from the limelight. Perhaps he simply aged out of the high-schooler roles he was famous for? Scott has, however, lent his voice to the very successful animated franchise Ice Age, so at the moment he’s at least being heard if not seen.
12. Eugene Levy – Noah Levenstein
Eugene Levy is one of the most recognizable faces of the American Pie franchise. In fact, he’s the only actor to have reprised his role as embarrassing dad Noah Levenstein in all eight instalments. Plus, Levy still looks more or less the same as he did back in the first movie, too, so perhaps he’s got a couple more sequels in him yet.
11. Natasha Lyonne – Jessica
Like Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne is another American Pie alum who joined the cast of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. And so while Lyonne is still remembered for her American Pie role as Jessica, these days most people know her now as drug-addicted jailbird Nicky Nichols.
10. Alyson Hannigan – Michelle Flaherty
Alyson Hannigan has been in three big productions – American Pie, How I Met Your Mother and Buffy the Vampire Slayer – but only one involved a filthy anecdote about a flute. These days, the actress is raising two daughters with her husband and Buffy co-star Alexis Denisof and – we assume – thoroughly enjoying her complete lack of aging.
9. Shannon Elizabeth – Nadia
Shannon Elizabeth and her character Nadia almost certainly stirred some feelings among American Pie’s teen audience back in 1999. And these days the actress still looks fantastic, although she doesn’t act quite so much anymore. Instead, Elizabeth plays a mean game of poker, and she takes it pretty seriously, too, as a “second career.”
8. Molly Cheek – Jim’s Mom
Molly Cheek, who played Jim’s mother, is one of those familiar-faced actresses who shows up in a lot of things. Maybe you’ve seen her in Family Ties, or in the horror flick Drag Me To Hell? Either way, you probably won’t be seeing her in the American Pie franchise anymore – in American Reunion it was revealed that her character had died.
7. Chris Owen – Chuck “Sherminator” Sherman
Chris Owen made a splash as The Sherminator in American Pie, but sadly his fortunes didn’t last. Owens turned into a good-looking guy – not a bad thing in itself, of course, but then unfortunately Hollywood is full of good-looking guys. And so the last anyone heard of the actor, he was working at a sushi restaurant.
6. Eric Lively – Albert
Did you know Blake Lively’s brother Eric was in American Pie? He played Albert, and although the role was small, as he got older and hotter his career took off. He’s since been in The L Word, 24 and The Butterfly Effect 2 to name just a few. And naturally he’s also done a bit of modeling too, having inherited the same wholesome good looks as his sister.
5. Lawrence Pressman – Coach Marshall
Lawrence Pressman already had a long list of films under his belt before he was cast as American Pie’s Coach Marshall, having starred in shows like Doogie Howser, M.D and Mulligan’s Stew. Now the actor is 77 years old and he still hasn’t stopped working – most recently, he made an appearance on Transparent.
4. Eden Riegel – Sarah
Eden Riegel’s American Pie role as Sarah was a small one, but it propelled her on to bigger things. After American Pie, in fact, she played Bianca Montgomery on the TV show All My Children – and became an instant soap opera icon as a result.
3. Sasha Barrese – Courtney
Sasha Barrese played Courtney in the first American Pie, but as it turned out it was a different comedy franchise that made her famous. She’s now best known for her role in The Hangover movies and, like fellow American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth, she also competes in championship poker games.
2. Eli Marienthal – Matt Stifler
Eli Marienthal was only 13 when he played Stifler’s brother Matt in American Pie. That wasn’t the only role the young actor bagged in 1999, either – he also voiced Hogarth in The Iron Giant that same year. But Marienthal took a step back from acting in 2004, enrolled in a “Wilderness Education School” and became an environmental activist.
1. John Cho – John (MILF Guy No 2)
Korean actor John Cho is better known today as Sulu from the Star Trek reboot, but in his younger American Pie days he was the guy who helped coin the term “MILF.” In fact, in a Reddit AMA he admitted that he realised he’d found fame the moment people started shouting “MILF!” at him in public. What a thing to be able to boast about, eh?