See the Cast of ‘Rushmore’ Then and Now
In 1998, Wes Anderson released his second film, ‘Rushmore,’ which followed the life of eccentric teenager Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), his friendship with the wealthy and lonely Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and their fight for the affection of a beautiful elementary school teacher. Co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson, ‘Rushmore’ helped further Anderson’s career and put Schwartzman on the map. Now, 16 years later, we revisit the cast of this indie favorite and see what they’re up to now.
Jason Schwartzman, Max Fischer
Then: A then-unknown Jason Schwartzman was cast as Max Fischer, a teen who is involved in the most extracurricular studies at Rushmore Academy, though his grades are terrible. He befriends the wealthy Herman Blume and the two fight over their love of a teacher.
Now: Schwartzman went on to appear in the films ‘I Heart Huckabees,’ ‘Marie Antoinette,’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.’ He’s also appeared in more Wes Anderson films, including ‘The Darjeeling Limited,’ ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ and the upcoming ‘Grand Budapest Hotel.’ He recently starred in ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ and you can see him next in the films ‘Big Eyes’ and ‘Listen Up, Phillip.’
Bill Murray, Herman Blume
Then: The legendary Bill Murray played Herman Blume, a wealthy and lonely industrialist who admires and befriends Max, only to eventually squabble with him over their mutual affection for a teacher named Rosemary Cross.
Now: ‘Rushmore’ was only the beginning of Murray’s working relationship with Wes Anderson — since then, he’s starred in ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,’ ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ and he had a cameo in ‘The Darjeeling Limited.’ He’ll also appear in Anderson’s upcoming ‘Grand Budapest Hotel.’ Murray recently reunited with Schwartzman for ‘A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,’ and starred in ‘The Monuments Men.’ He can be seen next in ‘St. Vincent de Van Nuys’ and ‘Rock the Kasbah.’
Olivia Williams, Rosemary Cross
Then: Olivia Williams played Rosemary Cross, a kind elementary school teacher at Rushmore Academy who befriends Max, but Max develops serious romantic feelings for her — as does Herman. Williams had previously made her film debut in 1997′s ‘The Postman’ with Kevin Costner.
Now: Williams has since appeared in ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (she had an uncredited role as Moira MacTaggert), ‘An Education,’ and ‘Hanna.’ More recently, she starred in ‘Anna Karenina’ and reunited with Bill Murray in ‘Hyde Park on Hudson.’ She can be seen next in the films ‘Sabotage’ and ‘Maps to the Stars.’
Seymour Cassel, Bert Fischer
Then: Seymour Cassel, best known for his work in classic John Cassevetes films like ‘Minnie and Moskowitz’ and ‘The Killing of a Chinese Bookie,’ played Max’s father, Bert Fischer, who works as a barber.
Now: Cassel went on to appear in the Anderson films ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ and ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.’ He’s also starred in ‘Stuck on You,’ ‘Postal,’ and ‘Chasing 3000.’ Cassel appears next in several low budget films, including ‘The Last Beat’ and ‘Six Gun Dead.’
Brian Cox, Dr. Nelson Guggenheim
Then: Brian Cox played Dr. Nelson Guggenheim, Rushmore Academy’s headmaster, with whom Max often feuds over his poor grades and over-commitment to extracurricular activities. Cox was known for roles in films like ‘Manhunter’ and ‘Braveheart.’
Now: Cox’s lengthy and diverse resume also includes films like ‘Super Troopers,’ ‘The Ring,’ ‘X2,’ ‘Zodiac,’ and ‘Red.’ He reunited with Wes Anderson to lend his voice talents to ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ in 2009. Since then, he’s appeared in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Campaign,’ and reprised his role for ‘Red 2.’ He also had a voice role in ‘Her.’
Mason Gamble, Dirk Calloway
Then: Mason Gamble played Dirk Calloway, Max’s sidekick — Max starts a rumor about Dirk’s mom, which Dirk later pays back by telling Max about the relationship between Rosemary and Herman. At the time, Gamble was a child actor known for playing Dennis Mitchell in the 1993 live action ‘Dennis the Menace’ movie. And this wasn’t his first time acting alongside Bill Murray — Gamble’s first acting role was a bit part in the Murray comedy ‘Groundhog Day.’
Now: Gamble went on to appear in the films ‘Arlington Road’ and ‘The Trouble with Dee Dee,’ and starred on the short-lived series ‘Kate Brasher.’ He also guest-starred on episodes of ‘Close to Home’ and ‘CSI: Miami.’ He appeared in the 2010 film ‘Golf in the Kingdom,’ though he hasn’t been seen in anything since.
Sara Tanaka, Margaret Yang
Then: Sara Tanaka played Margaret Yang, a student at the public school where Max transfers, who shares some similarities to the young Mr. Fischer. Tanaka had previously appeared in the film ‘Race the Sun.’
Now: Tanaka reunited with Schwartzman for the college comedy ‘Slackers’ in 2002, and also appeared in the films ‘Old School’ and ‘Imaginary Heroes.’ She gave up acting around 2004 to attend college at the University of Chicago, and is now a doctor in the Chicago area. Her brother, Alex Tanaka, was once an actor as well, and is now a screenwriter known for ‘The Sitter’ and the short-lived sitcom ‘Animal Practice.’
Luke Wilson, Dr. Peter Flynn
Then: Luke Wilson, who previously appeared in Wes Anderson’s debut film ‘Bottle Rocket,’ played Dr. Peter Flynn — he’s dating Rosemary at the outset of the film.
Now: Unlike his brother and frequent Anderson collaborator, Owen Wilson, Luke only appeared in one more Anderson film: ‘The Royal Tenenbaums.’ He’s also starred in the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movies, the ‘Legally Blonde’ movies, and in ‘Old School,’ which also featured his ‘Rushmore’ co-star Sara Tanaka. He’s also known for roles in films like ‘Anchorman,’ ‘Idiocracy,’ and ‘Vacancy.’ Wilson starred on the series ‘Enlightened,’ and recently appeared in the films ‘Meeting Evil’ and ‘A Many Splintered Thing.’