See the Cast of ‘Airheads’ Then and Now
The 1994 film ‘Airheads’ followed a trio of wannabe hard-rockers played by Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler, and Steve Buscemi, who take a local radio station hostage in a bid to become famous … of course, things don’t quite turn out the way they planned, and when the cops get involved, their hostage demands get a little out of hand. 19 years later, we revisit the cast of this cult comedy classic and see what they’re up to now.
Brendan Fraser, Chazz Darby
Then: Brendan Fraser played Chazz Darby (aka Chester Ogilvie), a brooding wannabe rockstar struggling to make it big with his band, the Lone Rangers. He leads his bandmates to hold a radio station in hostage in exchange for playing their demo.
Now: Fraser recently appeared in ‘Furry Vengeance’ and ‘Escape from Planet Earth’ (or his voice did, anyway). He also has roles in recent indie releases ‘The Pawn Shop Chronicles’ and ‘A Case of You.’
Steve Buscemi, Rex
Then: Quirky character actor Steve Buscemi played the hotheaded Rex, one of Chazz’s bandmates. Buscemi had previously appeared in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘The Hudsucker Proxy.’
Now: Buscemi stars on HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ which is currently wrapping up its fourth season and was recently contracted for a fifth. He has appeared in several films with his ‘Airheads’ co-star Adam Sandler, including ‘Billy Madison,’ ‘The Wedding Singer,’ and the ‘Grown Ups’ movies.
Adam Sandler, Pip
Then: Former ‘SNL’ star Adam Sandler played the soft-spoken and sensitive Pip, not your typical hard-rocker, and hardly the kind of guy who would take a radio station hostage.
Now: Sandler went on to launch a very successful and lucrative film career, producing and writing his own films under the Happy Madison banner, like the recent releases ‘That’s My Boy’ and ‘Grown Ups 2.’ Next he’ll reunite with his ‘Wedding Singer’ and ’50 First Dates’ co-star Drew Barrymore for the rom-com ‘Blended.’
Joe Mantegna, Ian “The Shark”
Then: Joe Mantegna played Ian “The Shark,” the radio DJ who tries to help the Lone Rangers get their demo tape played. He had previously appeared in the films ‘Bugsy’ and ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer.’
Now: Mantegna voices Fat Tony on ‘The Simpsons’ and currently plays David Rossi on the drama series ‘Criminal Minds.’ He also provided the voice of Grem in Pixar’s ‘Cars 2.’
Michael McKean, Milo Jackson
Then: Michael McKean was no stranger to rock, having written and starred in Christopher Guest’s 1984 comedy classic ‘This is Spinal Tap.’ In ‘Airheads,’ he played station manager Milo Jackson.
Now: McKean has appeared in many Christopher Guest films, including ‘Best in Show’ and ‘A Mighty Wind,’ and recently starred in his BBC/HBO series ‘Family Tree.’
Judd Nelson, Jimmie Wing
Then: ‘Breakfast Club’ star Judd Nelson played record executive Jimmie Wing, who sports some particularly horrendous facial hair.
Now: Nelson has recently guest-starred on ‘Psych’ and ‘Two and a Half Men,’ and will play a pivotal role in the final season of the CW series ‘Nikita.’
Amy Locane, Kayla
Then: Amy Locane played Kayla, Chazz’s exasperated girlfriend who’s fed up with the deadbeat, wannabe rockstar. Locane had previously played Brendan Fraser’s love interest in ‘School Ties.’
Now: Locane had a recurring role in the 90s on ‘Melrose Place,’ and appeared in the films ‘Bongwater’ and ‘Secretary.’ In 2010, Locane was driving drunk when she collided with another vehicle, killing a 60 year old woman and injuring the woman’s husband. Earlier this year, Locane was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime.
Nina Siemaszko, Suzzi
Then: Nina Siemaszko played Suzzi (spelled like Jacuzzi), the ditsy radio station worker who catches Pip’s eye. She had previously appeared in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ with Steve Buscemi, though her scene was deleted.
Now: Siemaszko went on to star in TV shows like ‘Sports Night,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘CSI,’ and ‘Private Practice,’ and she recently had small supporting roles in ‘The Artist’ and ‘The Bling Ring.’