See the Cast of ‘Encino Man’ Then and Now
Released in 1992, ‘Encino Man’ starred Sean Astin and Pauly Shore as two nerdy teens who unearth a frozen caveman in their backyard. The caveman, played by a young Brendan Fraser, must adapt to the 20th century, while also teaching his new modern friends a little something about what it means to really live. 22 years later, we’re revisiting the cast of this classic hit comedy to see what they’re up to these days.
Sean Astin, Dave Morgan
Then: Sean Astin, best known for his previous role in ‘The Goonies,’ played Dave, a neurotic and nerdy teen obsessed with being popular, who discovers a frozen caveman in his backyard.
Now: Astin went on to star in the classic football drama ‘Rudy,’ and is also well known for playing Samwise the Hobbit in Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. He’s also appeared in the Adam Sandler films ’50 First Dates’ and ‘Click,’ and has voiced Raphael on the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ animated series since 2012. Recently, he voiced Shazam in ‘Justice League: War,’ and appeared in ‘Moms’ Night Out.’ Up next, you can see him in the horror flick ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero,’ and in the new FX series ‘The Strain,’ created by Guillermo del Toro.
Pauly Shore, Stanley “Stony” Brown
Then: Comedian Pauly Shore played Stoney Brown, Dave’s obnoxious and hippie-ish friend who quickly becomes the role model for their new caveman pal Link. At the time, Shore was known for his show ‘Totally Pauly’ on MTV, and was cast in the hopes of drawing a younger demographic.
Now: Shore brought his specific brand of stoner New Wave hippie comedy to ’90s films like ‘Son in Law,’ ‘In the Army Now,’ ‘Jury Duty,’ and ‘Bio-Dome.’ He also played himself in the films ‘Pauly Shore Is Dead,’ ‘My Big Fat Independent Movie,’ and ‘Pauly Shore’s ‘Adopted’”. He continues to tour with his stand-up act, and is currently working on a documentary that follows him as he performs in small towns across America while also dealing with personal issues. Shore also intends to launch a podcast later this year called ‘Pauly Shore’s Interested.’
Brendan Fraser, Link AKA Linkovich Chomovsky
Then: Brendan Fraser landed his first major acting role as Link, a friendly caveman who must adjust to life in the 20th century with his new friends Dave and Stoney, who have dubbed him “Linkovich Chomovsky” to hide his true identity.
Now: Fraser’s star took off, and he appeared in ’90s films like ‘School Ties,’ ‘Airheads,’ ‘George of the Jungle,’ ‘Blast from the Past,’ and ‘The Mummy.’ He also made cameos as Link in the Pauly Shore films ‘Son in Law’ and ‘In the Army Now.’ In the aughts, he appeared in two more ‘Mummy’ films, ‘Bedazzled,’ ‘Monkeybone,’ ‘Crash,’ and ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth.’ More recently, he lent his voice to the animated films ‘Escape from Planet Earth’ and ‘The Nut Job,’ and appeared in the movies ‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’ and ‘Gimme Shelter.’
Megan Ward, Robyn Sweeney
Then: Megan Ward played the kind and popular Robyn, whose friendship with Dave and Stoney goes back to grade school. She’s dating — and growing annoyed with — obnoxious jock Matt Wilson.
Now: Ward went on to star in the films ‘Freaked,’ ‘PCU,’ ‘The Brady Bunch Movie,’ and ‘Joe’s Apartment.’ She had recurring roles on ‘Party of Five,’ ‘Melrose Place,’ and ‘Boomtown,’ and has guest-starred on shows like ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Boston Legal,’ and ‘ER.’ From 2007 to 2010, she played Kate Howard on the daytime soap ‘General Hospital,’ and more recently she’s guest-starred on episodes of ‘CSI.’
Robin Tunney, Ella
Then: A young Robin Tunney made her film debut as Ella, Robyn’s vain and selfish friend who tries and fails to get Link to fall for her.
Now: Tunney went on to star in films like ‘Empire Records,’ ‘The Craft,’ ‘End of Days,’ and ‘Supernova.’ She appeared in the pilot episode of ‘House,’ and had a recurring role in the first season of ‘Prison Break.’ Tunney has also had roles in the films ‘Hollywoodland’ and the 2012 indie ‘See Girl Run,’ and has starred on ‘The Mentalist’ since 2008.
Michael DeLuise, Matt Wilson
Then: Michael DeLuise, who also appeared in ‘Wayne’s World’ that year, played Matt Wilson, the popular jock and school bully, and Robyn’s boyfriend. The son of actor and comedian Dom DeLuise, Michael also had a recurring role on the series ’21 Jump Street.’
Now: DeLuise went on to play Andy Sipowicz Jr. on several episodes of ‘NYPD Blue,’ and starred on the series ‘seaQuest DSV.’ He also had a role on the short-lived series ‘Brooklyn South,’ and appeared in the films ‘The Man Without a Face’ and ‘Master of Disguise.’ From 2004 to 2007, he had a recurring role on ‘Gilmore Girls,’ and more recently guest-starred on an episode of ‘Bunheads.’
Richard Masur, Mr. Morgan
Then: Richard Masur, star of films like ‘The Thing’ and ‘Risky Business,’ played Mr. Morgan, Dave’s father. A year later, he reunited with Michael DeLuise for ‘The Man Without a Face.’
Now: Masur has also appeared in ‘Six Degrees of Separation,’ the ‘My Girl’ films,’ ‘Forget Paris,’ ‘Multiplicity,’ and ‘Palindromes.’ In recent years, Masur has mostly stuck to television, guest-starring on the HBO series ‘Bored to Death’ and ‘Girls,’ as well as shows like ‘All My Children,’ ‘Blue Bloods,’ and ‘Elementary.’ He can be seen next in the upcoming film ‘Tumbledown’ with Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis.
Rose McGowan, Nora
Then: Rose McGowan made her acting debut with a small role in ‘Encino Man’ as Nora, one of Dave and Stoney’s high school classmates.
Now: McGowan went on to appear in the Gregg Araki indie flicks ‘The Doom Generation’ and ‘Nowhere’ before hitting it big with her role in ‘Scream.’ She also reunited with Pauly Shore for a part in ‘Bio-Dome,’ and with Brendan Fraser for ‘Monkeybone,’ and she’s starred in movies like ‘Jawbreaker,’ ‘Phantoms,’ and ‘Planet Terror.’ From 2001 to 2006, McGowan starred on the hit WB series ‘Charmed,’ and she later had a recurring role on ‘Nip/Tuck.’ More recently, she appeared in the films ‘Machete’ and ‘Conan the Barbarian,’ and guest-starred on ‘Once Upon a Time.’ She also stars on the series ‘Chosen,’ which airs via online streaming service Crackle.