As fans know, Remember the Titans follows the real-life tale of an African-American football coach as he tries to integrate a high school team back in the early ’70s. And the film was a hit, grossing more than four times its modest $30m budget at the box office after its release at the turn of the century. But how have its principal cast fared since the movie’s success? Well, let’s find out.
20. Denzel Washington (Herman Boone)
Denzel Washington was already a megastar at the time of Remember the Titans’s 2000 release, and he has gone on to even greater things since playing revolutionary coach Herman Boone. There’s been a Best Actor Oscar for Training Day, for instance, as well as a Tony Award for his performance in Fences and not just one but three acclaimed directorial efforts to boot.
19. Will Patton (Bill Yoast)
Will Patton played Bill Yoast, the coach demoted to make way for Boone and the man who ultimately helps his successor keep his job by threatening to expose the racism within the game. The two-time Obie Award winner has since played Colonel Dan Weaver in the sci-fi drama Falling Skies and Jackson Haisley in The Agency.
18. Wood Harris (Julius Campbell)
Wood Harris’ career has gone from strength to strength since he played the Titans’ defensive end Julius Campbell. For instance, he’s subsequently appeared as a drug dealer in both The Wire and Paid in Full, portrayed manager Brooke Payne in BET’s New Edition biopic and also starred in a Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
17. Ryan Hurst (Gerry Bertier)
Ryan Hurst is certainly no longer the fresh-faced actor we saw playing the Titans’ confrontational captain Gerry Bertier. And Hurst – who now sports long hair and a gray beard – has since used his grizzly looks to play wayward characters in the likes of Sons of Anarchy, Bates Motel and Outsiders.
16. Donald Faison (Petey Jones)
Donald Faison was one of Remember the Titans’ more familiar younger cast members, having played Murray in both the film and TV versions of Clueless during the ’90s. And after portraying running back Petey Jones in Remember the Titans, the actor landed the career-defining role of Dr. Chris Turk in Scrubs. Then, in 2011, he joined the cast of another hit sitcom in The Exes.
15. Ethan Suplee (Louie Lastik)
Like Faison, Ethan Suplee also found regular work in a hit comedy after Remember the Titans: specifically, as Randy Hickey in My Name is Earl. However, the actor, who played offensive lineman Louie Lastik, has actually garnered the most headlines for what he’s done off screen. That’s because it was revealed in 2011 that Suplee had lost an astonishing 200 pounds; he’s since put most of the weight back on, however.
14. Kip Pardue (Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass)
Kip Pardue had more football experience than most of his castmates – he’d played the sport at Yale University before deciding to pursue a film career. And the actor and model, who portrayed quarterback Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass, would later go on to appear in the likes of The Rules of Attraction, Driven and Thirteen.
13. Craig Kirkwood (Jerry “Rev” Harris)
It’s fair to say that Craig Kirkwood has undergone the most dramatic career transformation out of all of the Remember the Titans cast members. Indeed, the actor, who portrayed Jerry “Rev” Harris in the movie, eventually gave up his Hollywood ambitions altogether and instead attended law school. As a result, he now serves as a criminal defense attorney.
12. Nicole Ari Parker (Carol Boone)
Before playing Coach Boone’s wife Carol in Remember the Titans, Nicole Ari Parker was perhaps best known for her performance as Becky Barnett in Boogie Nights. And following the movie’s release, she has enjoyed recurring roles in Soul Food, Rosewood and Time After Time. Parker also appeared in big-screen comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins in 2008.
11. Ryan Gosling (Alan Bosley)
So who would have guessed that the guy who played linebacker Alan Bosley would become the most famous of the younger cast? Yes, Ryan Gosling may have only had a small role in Remember the Titans, but he’s since become a bona fide Hollywood A-lister. Indeed, the actor has gone on to receive two Oscar nominations and star in box-office hits The Notebook, La La Land and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
10. Hayden Panettiere (Sheryl Yoast)
Hayden Panettiere has also achieved much greater things after playing Bill Yoast’s ten-year-old daughter Sheryl. She famously starred as cheerleader Claire Bennet in the sci-fi phenomenon Heroes, for instance, before landing the recurring role of Juliette Barnes in country music drama Nashville. Panettiere also played Amanda Knox in the controversial biopic of the now-exonerated murder suspect.
9. Gregory Alan Williams (Paul “Doc” Hines)
Gregory Alan Williams was arguably best remembered for playing Garner Ellerbee in Baywatch before he took on the part of offensive line coach Paul “Doc” Hines in Remember the Titans. A decade later, meanwhile, he would land a similar role in USA Network drama Necessary Roughness. And, most recently, he’s been seen in Secrets and Lies and Greenleaf.
8. Burgess Jenkins (Ray Budds)
But, as it turns out, Hayden Panettiere wasn’t the only future Nashville star to grace Remember the Titans with their presence. Indeed, Burgess Jenkins, who plays music producer Randy Roberts in the hit ABC show, actually made one of his first on-screen appearances portraying tight end Ray Budds. In 2014, however, he clinched the recurring role of Billy Abbott in The Young and the Restless.
7. Andrew Masset (Colonel William G. Bass)
And Jenkins’ castmate Andrew Masset also enjoyed a long stint in a daytime soap opera institution. The actor, who portrayed Colonel William G. Bass in Remember the Titans, played Larry Welch in Days of Our Lives on and off over a period of 20 years.
6. Stuart Greer (Assistant Coach Marshall)
What’s more, Jenkins ended up sharing the screen with another Titans co-star when he and Stuart Greer, a.k.a. Assistant Coach Marshall, showed up in horror movie The Reaping. Rectify, Forty Shades of Blue and Homefront are just some of the other films and TV shows that the star and dad of actress Raeden Greer has appeared in since.
5. Kate Bosworth (Emma Hoyt)
Two years after her small role as Gerry’s girlfriend Emma Hoyt in Titans, Kate Bosworth shot to fame as the lead in surfing movie Blue Crush. She’s since portrayed real-life figures Dawn Schiller and Sandra Dee as well as famously playing Lois Lane in Superman Returns.
4. Earl C. Poitier (Darryl “Blue” Stanton)
Earl C. Poitier initially pursued a music career and even graduated from the University of Tampa with a music education degree before playing offensive lineman Darryl “Blue” Stanton. He’s since appeared in the likes of Drumline and The Singing Detective. And, in 2017, Poitier also showed up in a small role in the big-screen adaptation of Baywatch.
3. Brett Rice (Coach Herb Tyrell)
Brett Rice’s career since playing Coach Herb Tyrell has been varied to say the least. There’s been roles in the Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster, teen comedy Sex Drive and Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Choice, for example. Additionally, Rice has shown off his acting chops in the likes of Frankenstein and the Chuck Norris action film The President’s Man: A Line in the Sand.
2. Jim Grimshaw (Coach Taber)
Jim Grimshaw was a prolific character actor before playing Coach Taber in Remember the Titans, but he has kept relatively quiet following the film’s release. Indeed, a one-off part in Dawson’s Creek and supporting roles in The Work and the Glory and Company M: A Mob of Soldiers are the only credits he’s added to his resume since.
1. Tim Ware (Fred Bosley)
In contrast, Tim Ware has barely paused for breath since taking on the part of Fred Bosley. The actor has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films over the past 17 years, including recurring roles in Reckless and the critically acclaimed drama Rectify.