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This Is What Happened To The Cast Of American Pie

By even the most stringent of cinematic standards, 1999 was a banner year for movies. Some might argue it ranks among the greatest movie years in the history of cinema, boasting a jaw-dropping slate of flicks from cinematic masters (e.g. Kubrick, Mann, Scorsese) and relative newcomers alike (including the Wachowskis, Sofia Coppola, and Spike Jonze).

Many of the year's best offerings were understandably steeped high drama, but there were a handful of legit classic comedies released in '99, too. And oddly enough, one of 1999's biggest comedic hits also serves as one of the year's more frequently overlooked delights. That film was a raunchy teen sex comedy by the name of American Pie, which follows the tale of four young men who make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night, with hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt hijinks ensuing.

While the film is no doubt best remembered for a certain scene involving a fresh-baked apple pie, it also featured one of the hottest young casts in Hollywood upon release. Here's a look at what the cast of American Pie has been up to since.

Jason Biggs has carved out an impressive Hollywood career

Jason Biggs was the actor tasked with bringing that infamous apple pie moment to life, and we can only imagine he had a million questions for his director before doing the deed. That's probably true of most of his scenes in American Pie because more than any other character, Jim suffers the brunt of the film's (nay, the franchise's) angsty teen indignities.

Whatever the case, one has to admire Biggs' dedication to enduring those indignities, and he leans so fully into every salacious moment that you simply can't imagine American Pie, let alone the ensuing films, without him — or without that apple pie, the super glue, that beard trimmer, or, well, you get the idea.

While American Pie indeed made the relative unknown Biggs a star, he's had trouble replicating such meteoric success in the years since. Still, the actor has more than made his mark in the entertainment biz, carving out a surprisingly solid career over the years, highlights of which include starring roles in Loser, Saving Silverman, and Who We Are Now. And just FYI, if you missed Biggs at work on Netflix's prison dramedy, Orange is the New Black, you missed him at his absolute best. Ditto for his cameo work in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob flicks.

Alyson Hannigan has gone on to bigger and better things since American Pie

While American Pie is essentially about a bunch of horny boys trying to score, it was also one of the first "horny boys" movies that fully acknowledged that horny girls exist, too. And even if it clearly objectifies some of its female characters, American Pie really did better than most teen sex flicks in depicting its female characters as fiercely intellectual human beings with desires of their own.

Alyson Hannigan's flute-playing "band geek" Michelle is one of the film's female characters most distinctly in the middle of that equation, mostly because American Pie doesn't initially paint her an object of desire. That quickly changes when she drops that shocking line about the intimate nature of her relationship with her flute. At that wholly unexpected turn, she actually becomes the adorable, band-loving sexpot that cinema didn't know it needed, and Hannigan revisited the role in three American Pie sequels.

Of course, out of all the young stars in the O.G. American Pie, Hannigan was likely the one who needed little introduction to the film's target audience because she'd already made quite a splash on the small screen as Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Willow Rosenberg. And of the film's cast, Hannigan is also the one who's scored the biggest hit after, joining another all-star comedy ensemble for the prime-time juggernaut known as How I Met Your Mother.

Chris Klein never quite lived up to his potential

Of all the young men who got their big break in American Pie, Chris Klein was the one most primed for superstardom. That's largely because he's got chiseled, leading man looks, but it helps that he's a better-than-average actor, has solid comedic timing, and can even belt out a tune with the best of them. And as it happens, 1999 was the year Klein seemed most destined for fame, with winning turns in both American Pie as Oz the hunky but sensitive jock and in critical fave Election as Paul the lovably dimwitted football player.

American Pie was clearly the more high-profile project, however, and Klein rode the initial wave of stardom to a leading role in the sci-fi action remake Rollerball, as well as notable supporting turns in We Were Soldiers (opposite Mel Gibson), The United States of Leland (with Ryan Gosling), and Just Friends (alongside Ryan Reynolds).

Soon after that Just Friends appearance, Chris Klein just sort of lost his way in Hollywood, spending much of the mid-2000s appearing in forgettable films and series too numerous to recount here. Klein finally started to turn things around with a supporting turn performance opposite Elijah Wood in the gonzo FX dramedy Wilfred, and he's since gone on to deliver equally impressive work in the CW hit The Flash, where he portrayed the villainous Cicada.

Mena Suvari has kept more than busy since her American Pie days

Mena Suvari had a fantastic 1999, as she featured prominently in one of the year's biggest box office hits (American Pieand one of its most critically adored films. That critical fave was none other than future Best Picture winner American Beauty, which was ironically released just after Suvari's other 1999 offering, American Virgin (since renamed Live Virgin).

Clearly, 1999 was an all-American year for Mena Suvari at the cinemas. And as it happens, she played a virginal teen in all three of those films, though most would agree her Michelle in American Pie was the most honorable. It was also the role that put the actor's piercing vulnerability front and center and allowed her to craft as earnest a portrait of teenaged tenderness as the screen has seen.

In fact, Suvari has spent much of her career since trying to shed that innocent persona, a task made more difficult given her own fragile features. She's often succeeded in that endeavor, though, with edgier turns in films like Sugar & Spice, Edmond, and Factory Girl. And while Suvari has a trove of movies on the horizon, she's appeared frequently on the small screen over the years, playing in Six Feet Under, Chicago Fire, American Woman, and American Horror Story since her American Pie breakout.

Thomas Ian Nicholas went from child star to movie star with American Pie

If Alyson Hannigan was the female cast member of American Pie who needed little introduction to fans, it's safe to say Thomas Ian Nicholas was her male counterpart. And of all the up-and-coming talent in American Pie, he was the only one who could count himself a full-on child star, having already spent a decade in front of the camera before appearing as Kevin in the film.

And Nicholas' pre-Pie oeuvre is fairly impressive, with the actor earning credits on Who's the Boss?, Baywatch, and Married... with Children before he was even 10 years old. He'd also scooped a big screen credit in Radio Flyer before fronting Rookie of the Year and Disney's A Kid in King Arthur's Court. As it was, American Pie was really the first "adult" role in Thomas Ian Nicholas' career, and the actor made the most of the moment, crafting one of the more amiable horny screen teens in modern cinema.

Once he got a taste of more adult fare, Nicholas has never looked back to his family-friendly beginnings, scoring more complex roles in the likes of Party of Five, The Rules of Attraction, Stealing Sinatra, and notable indies like Please Give. Most recently, he's even portrayed a pair of Hollywood icons in Walt Disney (Walt Before Disney) and Martin Scorsese (James Franco's star-studded indie Zeroville).

Tara Reid has had her share of B-movie kicks since her American Pie breakout

Tara Reid's pre-Pie resume wasn't super impressive, but she'd still scored scene-stealing turns in Urban Legend, Cruel Intentions, and the Coen Brothers' immortal classic, The Big Lebowski.

Still, her work as Vicky displayed a depth many hadn't seen from Reid before, one which both male and female fans of American Pie could easily relate to. Reid seemed destined for stardom after the film's release, and she quickly cashed in on that promise behind solid work in Dr. T and the Women, Josie and the Pussycats, Van Wilder, and even a deliriously funny arc on Scrubs.

Like many of her American Pie co-stars, Reid had some trouble in the mid-2000s, but she's become a regular fixture of the B-movie (e.g. the Sharknado franchise) and schmaltzy Christmas flick scenes of late, though she also made a brilliant appearance as herself in Amazon's hyper-violent superhero satire, The Boys.

In case you can't tell, Reid has had more fun than most in her adventurous post-Pie career, and she seems fit for even more with no more than 16 upcoming projects in various degrees of production ahead. Sadly, there will be no more Sharknado silliness in the mix as the franchise finally wrapped with 2018's The Last Sharknado: It's About Time. And what a wrap that movie was.

Natasha Lyonne has found success with streaming hits

Natasha Lyonne positively stole the show as American Pie's gloriously quippy intellectual, Jessica, projecting attitude, wit, and genuine warmth well beyond her years. Of course, those who'd been tracking the actor's career prior to American Pie were already familiar with her sardonic charm, thanks largely to her breakout turn the year prior in the classic indie comedy Slums of Beverly Hills.

Things have gotten a little bit complicated career wise for Lyonne in the years since American Pie, however, with the actor's personal and professional lives seeing plenty of ups and downs. But even in spite of the struggles, Natasha Lyonne is the Pie star who's most consistently delivered the goods when the camera's rolling, stealing scenes in indie flicks (But I'm a Cheerleader, Die Mommy Die!, Honey Boy), television series (New Girl, Weeds), and all manner of projects in between.

These days, Lyonne is probably best known for her heartbreaking work on Netflix's prison dramedy, Orange is the New Black, but it's another Netflix series that truly breathed new life into her career. We're talking about her bravura turn in the serio-comic masterpiece that is Russian Doll, a miniseries that all but ensures she'll be gainfully employed for the foreseeable future.

Sean William Scott will forever be known as Stifler, and that's okay with us

Did somebody say "actors who've seen their share of ups and downs since their American Pie breakthrough?" Because Sean William Scott has certainly seen his. Scott actually made his big-screen debut in the film, turning what might've been little more than a supporting turn as the token "teen movie jerk" into a career-defining triumph of cinematic smarm.

And in Scotts' hands, Stifler is a teen movie jerk for the ages, with the actor indulging in enough stilted attitude, boorish entitlement, and vulgar language to make a mean girl blush. So good is Scott in the role (and in ensuing sequels) that it's safe to assume he'll never fully break free from Stifler's surprisingly long shadow.

That hasn't stopped him from trying, though. And in truth, the actor spent much of the 2000s on the verge of superstardom, sharing the screen with the likes of Will Ferrell (Old School), Dwayne Johnson (The Rundown), and Paul Rudd (Role Models), while tearing up the screen in offbeat comedies like Dude, Where's My Car? and Road Trip.

Personal demons eventually caught up with Scott, however, and save for 2011's misfit hockey marvel Goon, the 2010s were a bit sparse for the actor. He's certainly on the rebound of late, though, with a return to the animated wilds of the Ice Age franchise, a killer Goon sequel, and a new series in the works with Aya Cash of You're the Worst and The Boys.

Shannon Elizabeth never got a real break in Hollywood after American Pie

While American Pie broke a little ground in the teen sex comedy genre by giving the ladies their due, it's still very much a film focused on the male characters. That means there's lots of objectification going on, and Shannon Elizabeth's foreign exchange student, Nadia, is ground zero for most of it. So much so that she doesn't have much dialogue in the film, and what she does have leans heavily into the realm of male fantasy.

As it is, if American Pie were made today, it's possible Nadia wouldn't even be in it. But she is, and if we're being completely honest, Shannon Elizabeth does her best to make her more of an actual human being than the script ever bothers to. She almost succeeds, ensuring even today's viewers won't spend the entirety of her screen time cringing at the embarrassing shallowness of Nadia's arc. They might even realize how genuinely funny Elizabeth is in the role.

Unfortunately, not many filmmakers (save for Kevin Smith) have seen past the actor's looks over the years, which means there aren't many standout roles on her post-Pie resume. She was, however, brilliant in Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and its recent sequel. She was also pretty good in a nine-episode That '70s Show gig, and she scored some big laughs in Scary Movie. Plus, she got to give Nadia some much-needed refining in the 2012 misfire American Reunion.

Eddie Kaye Thomas is American Pie's one that got away

It's a little known fact that virtually every ensemble teen comedy ever produced features one actor whose promising career just never quite came together. American Pie wasn't immune to this conundrum, with Eddie Kaye Thomas easily earning the title of the film's "one that got away." That's a shame as the actor showed legit chops as Paul Finch (aka the wisdom-seeking know-it-all in the land of horny boy tomfoolery). But as great as Thomas is as Finch, the actor never really found a way to capitalize on his American Pie breakthrough.

That's not for lack of trying. And Thomas has more than kept himself busy in the years since Finch infamously did the pool table mambo with Stifler's mom (Jennifer Coolidge) in the waning moments of American Pie.

Like virtually all of his Pie costars, Thomas returned for three American Pie sequels (2001's American Pie 2, 2003's American Wedding, and 2012's American Reunion). He's also landed a steady gig voicing Barry in Seth MacFarlane's long-running animated farce American Dad!, and he's even featured prominently in the Harold & Kumar franchise. But aside from those projects, there are a few near misses ('Til Death) and a couple of real head-scratchers (Tom Green's disastrous Freddy Got Fingered) spotting his resume. Somewhere in the middle, Paul Finch fandom can only imagine the career that might've been for Eddie Kaye Thomas.

Eugene Levy is American Pie's true breakout star

When one thinks of the so-called "breakout stars" of American Pie, it's usually in reference to one of the many fresh-faced up-and-comers who found themselves in all manner of cringeworthy situations throughout. But in reality, one of the films' biggest breakouts came from an actor who already had a couple of decades of comedic work under his belt, including memorable appearances in '80s and '90s classics like Splash (opposite Tom Hanks), Armed and Dangerous (with John Candy), and Waiting for Guffman (alongside the esteemed Christopher Guest players).

It's still safe to assume many moviegoers were only casually aware of Eugene Levy prior to his appearance as Jim's riotously understanding father in American Pie, a man any horny teen boy would've been lucky to call "Dad" if we don't say so ourselves. To be clear, Levy's work in American Pie is about as scene-stealing as it gets, and it helped kick his post-Pie career into overdrive with the actor riding a wave of notoriety to dozens of standout comedic performances since (including several more American Pie appearances and loads of voice work). 

And while Levy has continued to steal scenes in comedies big and small over the years, these days he's probably best known as the Emmy-winning star of the critically lauded, distinctly Canadian comedy Schitt's Creek, which you can stream on Netflix. And in case there was any question, you really, really should.

We totally forgot John Cho was in America Pie, and we're betting you did, too

Admit it — you totally forgot John Cho was in American Pie. We did, too. And if not for a recent re-watch of the film, we likely never would've remembered his role, mostly because it's such a brief appearance. But whether you realize it or not, he's probably one of the reasons you know what a MILF is.

Yep, John Cho was indeed one of the so-called "MILF guys" in American Pie, though he also popped up in a couple of "vocal jazz group" scenes. And while Cho would go on to a bigger role and actually be credited as John in subsequent American Pie sequels, his "MILF" chanting moment in the original flick is likely the first time most moviegoers took note of the actor.

His career has shifted dramatically in the years since, with Cho scoring a co-lead opposite Kal Penn in the stoner cult-classic Harold & Kumar franchise. He also featured prominently in a Hollywood blockbuster machine (he's Sulu in the new Star Trek movies) and landed charming one-off turns in TV hits like 30 Rock, New Girl, and How I Met Your Mother. Most recently, however, Cho has made a name for himself on the indie scene via lauded films like Columbus, Gemini, and Searching. And if you haven't seen him in any of those titles, all come highly recommended.