The '90s had some killer sports movies: The Mighty Ducks, The Sandlot, and Angels in the Outfield, just to name a few. But for soccer fans, no other flick compared to 1995's The Big Green. The plot was familiar: a scrappy team of misfits has to overcome their shortcomings to become champions in their sport. Even if you didn't wear out the VHS tape back in the day, the film is definitely worth a re-watch today for the nostalgia factor. But it makes you wonder: what happened to the cast of The Big Green, and what are they up to these days?
Whether you wanted to grow up to be an inspiring leader like Miss Anna Montgomery or you just nursed a serious crush on Nick Anderssen, it's fun to catch up with the team twenty years after their winning game. Who is still an active actor, and who's still involved in soccer? Their futures just might surprise you.
So dig out that VCR and share this intensely '90s film with your friends or kids. You can point out who's been in Law & Order, Gilmore Girls, or Killer School Girls From Outer Space. No joke: these updates may be more exciting than you might imagine.
1. Yareli Arizmendi
Arizmendi has worked continuously since her role as Marbelly Morales in The Big Green. According to IMDB, she has had roles in A Day Without a Mexican, 24, Six Feet Under, 7th Heaven, House, State of Mind, Heroes, and many other films and TV shows.
2. Jordan Brower
After portraying Nick Anderssen, Brower went on to appear in Teen Angel and Speedway Junky. And in 2011, he appeared in Killer School Girls from Outer Space. He and his wife Whitney Taylor have one child.
3. Olivia d'Abo
After her role as Miss Anna Montgomery, d'Abo has become a mother, actor, songstress, and humanitarian, according to her Twitter page. She has had roles in Party of Five, Batman Beyond, Spin City, The Legend of Tarzan, Invader ZIM, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Psych, among many other parts.
4. Anthony Esquivel
After playing Juan Morales in The Big Green, Esquivel has worked as a soccer player and coach in Texas, according to his IMBD page. He attended and played soccer for Furman University from 1999 to 2002, and he has also worked as their assistant soccer coach.
5. Steve Guttenberg
After his stint as Deputy Sheriff Tom Palmer, Guttenberg has been in just about every movie and show in the past 20 years. OK, that may be an exaggeration, but he's been in everything from Veronica Mars and Party Down to Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens.
6. Bug Hall
Sure, he was Newt Shaw in The Big Green, but you might remember him as Alfalfa from 1994's The Little Rascals. Since that time, he has appeared in Kelly Kelly, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Arachnoquake, CSI, and Castle, according to IMBD.
7. Jimmy Higa
After acting as Tak in The Big Green, Higa appeared in the 1995 video You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Sleepover Party. After graduating from UCSD in 2006, he attended graduate school at Columbia University, according to IMBD.
8. Haley Kolb
After her turn as Polly Neilson, she appeared in the film Bottle Rocket.
9. Chauncey Leopardi
After his role as Evan Schiff, Leopardi appeared in Freaks and Geeks, Gilmore Girls, and Coldwater. Oh, and he was Squints in The Sandlot.