Then & Now: The Cast of 'Dazed and Confused'

As the 1993 cult classic celebrates its 20th anniversary, we recap what the cast members have done since the film's premiere

The day was May 28, 1976. The school was Lee High School. And the film was Dazed and Confused, a 1993 comedy that went on to become one of pop culture's biggest cult classics -- even as it hits its 20th anniversary on Sept. 24.

So what's given Dazed and Confused its longevity? Perhaps it's the star-filled cast, featuring such A-listers as Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Renee Zellweger. Or maybe it's the film's simple plot, which follows a group of soon-to-be high school freshmen and seniors on their last day of school, and all the debauchery that summer vacation brings. Regardless of why Richard Linklater's coming-of-age film has become so iconic, something tells us it won't be leaving the pop culture stratosphere anytime soon.

What has the cast of Dazed and Confused been up to in the 20 years since the movie debuted? Let's find out...

Jason London

Jason London Dazed and Confused

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Once on top of the world as star football player Randall "Pink" Floyd, Jason London hasn't been in the public eye much since the days of Dazed -- at least, not for many positive reasons. Last January, the actor was arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct, after getting beaten badly during a bar fight. (He also reportedly, um, defecated in a patrol car on the way to jail. Ick.) But despite his not-so-perfect police record (and a strange relationship with brother Jeremy), London has sustained a modest career in television, appearing throughout the years on shows like Wildfire, Grey's Anatomy and NCIS.

Adam Goldberg

Adam Goldberg Dazed and Confused

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Even after he portrayed intellectual Mike Newhouse in the cult classic, chances are you've seen Adam Goldberg in something throughout the years. Whether it's a small part in How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days (where he reunited with Dazed co-star Matthew McConaughey!) or a leading role in the short-lived cop drama NYC 22, Goldberg has done a little bit of everything in the last 20 years. (Everything except investing in tweezers. Harsh, but true!)

Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp Dazed and Confused

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Fans of Anthony Rapp might actually know him more for his stage work than screen work. After appearing in quite a few Broadway shows, Rapp is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in Rent, a character he reprised in the 2005 film adaptation of the musical. But Rapp has still dabbled in television some, including small guest roles on shows like The X-Files and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey Dazed and Confused

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One of the most successful Dazed and Confused cast members, Matthew McConaughey is working harder than ever -- and looking better than ever, too! He's no stranger to the romantic comedy (see: The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, etc.), nor is he afraid to strut his stuff in front of the camera (Magic Mike, anyone?). But McConaughey's got a serious side, too. From playing a mysterious homeless man in the critically acclaimed Mud -- arguably the performance of his career -- to raising three children with wife Camila Alves, McConaughey has proven he's a little bit of work, little bit of play.

Marissa Ribisi

Marissa Ribisi Dazed and Confused

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Aside from a leading role in the short-lived 1999 sitcom Grown Ups, Marissa Ribisi hasn't amassed too many film or TV roles since Dazed and Confused. Instead, the actress (and twin sister of Giovanni Ribisi) has turned her focus to fashion: Since 2008, she has co-designed the Whitley Kros fashion line, which targets musical and artistic urban girls.

Cole Hauser

Cole Hauser Dazed and Confused

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He might not be playing football on screen anymore (like Dazed's Benny O'Donnell), but Cole Hauser has filled his resume with both big-screen and small-screen credits in the last 20 years. Where has he appeared? Oh, just alongside the likes of Morgan Freeman (Olympus Has Fallen), Bruce Willis (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Jennifer Aniston (The Break-Up). TV credits include ER, as well as the abbreviated dramas Chase and K-Ville. Not too shabby for a high school athlete!

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich Dazed and Confused

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If your first memory of Milla Jovovich is her role as Michelle Burroughs in Dazed and Confused, chances are your second memory is her turn as the badass, butt-kicking Alice in the Resident Evil series. But wait, there's more! In the last 20 years since the film's release, Jovovich has also worn the hats of recording artist and fashion designer. Not every creative endeavor has worked out in the actress' favor, but after the launch of her production company, Creature Entertainment, in 2000, it's clear Jovovich is far from out of the biz.

Joey Lauren Adams

Joey Lauren Adams Dazed and Confused

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Although Dazed and Confused was the end of some acting careers, it was just the beginning for Joey Lauren Adams. Her turn as Alyssa Jones in the 1997 comedy Chasing Amy earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and though she didn't win, Adams channeled the positive buzz into a fruitful career. Best known for Amy and the Adam Sandler flick Big Daddy, Adams has appeared in more than a dozen other films and TV shows. She currently has five (!) films lined up, all of which will be released before the end of 2014. As for that tiny detail about getting arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in 2003.... we can all just forget about that.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck Dazed and Confused

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If you don't know what Ben Affleck's been up to in the last 20 years, we encourage you to finally move out from that rock you've been living under. Arguably the biggest name to come out of Dazed and Confused, Affleck has had quite the career. To name just a few accomplishments, Affleck has received two Academy Awards (for Good Will Hunting and Argo), appeared in countless movies (among them Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and -- dare we say it? -- Gigli) and has three adorable kids with wife Jennifer Garner. We wouldn't blame Affleck for considering retirement, but that's not in the cards for the A-lister. He's got four films on tap through 2015, including his biggest role yet: Batman.

Parker Posey

Parker Posey Dazed and Confused

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Once famous for acting in a constant stream of independent films, Posey has since turned her attention back to the small screen. In recent years, she's landed recurring roles on a number of high-rated TV shows, including The Big C, The Good Wife and, most recently, Louie. But Posey hasn't left the movies for good. She'll be starring in a number of films in 2013 and 2014, including Grace of Monaco, which stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.

Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger Dazed and Confused

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An A-list Hollywood star in her own right, Renee Zellweger has come a long way from her uncredited Dazed and Confused role as "girl in blue pickup truck" (seriously, check IMDb!). She's had leading role after leading role in films like Bridget Jones's Diary, Cold Mountain (for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar) and Miss Potter. But it was in 2002 when all eyes were on Zellweger, after her captivating turn as Roxie Hart in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago. The challenging role earned her a Best Actress Oscar nod, and likely led to the stream of films she landed in the following years. Zellweger hasn't starred in a film since 2010's My Own Love Song, but we can't wait to see what she -- and all her fellow Dazed co-stars -- will do next.

Rebecca Iannucci is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Pinterest, Twitter and
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