ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of classic Adam Sandler comedy, Billy Madison.

In that time, Sandler has become a household name, although his current films certainly divide audiences. Indeed, his last few projects were ripped apart by the critics, although he's a name that still brings home the bacon for the studios.

With this in mind, let's look at how he, and the rest of his cast, has changed over the last two decades.

Adam Sandler - Billy Madison

Fun Fact: The scene featuring the lunch lady serving sloppy joes is a reference to one of Adam Sandler's early songs, Lunch Lady Land. This appeared on his 1993 album, They're All Gonna Laugh At You.

What Else Can I See Him In?: Obviously Adam Sandler has had an extremely prolific career after Billy Madison, and now currently averages about two movies a year. The big hitters of his post-Madison career include Little Nicky, Punch-Drunk Love, 50 First Dates and Grown Ups.

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras - Veronica Vaughn

Fun Fact: At one point in the movie, one of the kids mentions Mortal Kombat. Bridgette Wilson-Sampras appeared in the terrible film adaptation of the game.

What Else Can I See Her In?: To be honest, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras hasn't appeared in a whole lot following Billy Madison, grabbing roles in I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Wedding Planner. She's also done the TV rounds, including The $treet, Frasier and CSI: Miami.

Bradley Whitford - Eric Gordon

Fun Fact: I couldn't actually find a fun fact for Bradley Whitford in Billy Madison, but I did find something kind of weird. Eric Gordon, his character name, is also the name of a New Orleans Pelicans professional basketball player. His birthday is December 25th 1988, which is exactly the same as mine. How about that! I'll leave you to decide who made the best use of the intervening 26 years.

What Else Can I See Him In?: Whitford has been a bit more active since Billy Madison, starring in Bicentennial Man, Little Manhattan and The Cabin in the Woods. He might be best known, however, for reoccurring television roles in The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Good Guys.

Josh Mostel - Principal Max Anderson

Fun Fact: Another toughy to find a fun fact for, so instead here's one about the movie itself. Apparently Billy Madison is Robert De Niro's favorite movie. Who'd have thought it?

What Else Can I See Him In? Josh Mostel has had a regular career after appearing in Billy Madison, and also appeared beside Sandler again in 1999's Big Daddy. Other than this, he also starred in Great Expectations, Beneath the Harvest Sky and State of Play.

Steve Buscemi - Danny McGrath

Fun Fact: OK, so I've actually got one for Steve Buscemi! When McGrath returns with his 'People To Kill List', all the names on the list - with the exception of Billy Madison - are those of the crew, production staff and directors.

What Else Can I See Him In?: I think it's fair to say Buscemi has had the most illustrious career after Billy Madison. He has, of course, become known for his roles with the Coen Brothers, including in The Big Lebowski, Fargo and Barton Fink, while he also appeared in late 1990s action fair such as Armageddon and Con Air. He also seems to have kept in touch with Sandler as he also appeared beside him in Mr. Deeds and the Grown Ups series.


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