It’s a longstanding Hollywood tradition that actors who play teenagers in film and TV are often far older than the youngsters they’re playing, and sometimes that age discrepancy is downright ridiculous. From a Beverly Hills, 90210 star who was pushing 40 when the teen drama left the air to a middle-age actor attempting to convince incredulous viewers he was 18, check out some actors and actresses who were considerably older than the high school characters they portrayed.
Stockard Channing in ‘Grease’
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Alan Ruck In ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’s Day Off’
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Ashleigh Murray in ‘Riverdale’
Gabrielle Carteris in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’
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Trevor Donovan in ‘90210’
Henry Winkler in ‘Happy Days’
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Bianca Lawson in ‘Pretty Little Liars’
Meredith Monroe in ‘Dawson’s Creek’
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Charisma Carpenter in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
Emily Kinney in ‘The Walking Dead’
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Eric Christian Olsen in ‘Fired Up’
Gabrielle Union in ‘Bring It On’
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Keiko Agena in ‘Gilmore Girls’
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Parminder Nagra in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’
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Rachel McAdams in ‘Mean Girls’
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Sissy Spacek in ‘Carrie’
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Stacey Dash in ‘Clueless’
Tobey Maguire in ‘Spider-Man’
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Shirley Henderson in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’
Matt Damon in ‘Behind The Candelabra’
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