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Better known as "The Mermaid DCOM," The Thirteenth Year follows a young boy on the cusp of growing up , who finds out his birth mother is actually a mermaid when he begins growing scales and fins. He also starts conducting electricity, because magnets? I'm not exactly sure, but that power led to this amazing scene.

Let's see how the cast of The Thirteenth Year has made a splash since they starred in one of the earliest Disney Channel Original Movies.

Cody Griffin - Chez Starbuck

Aside from having the most unbelievable name I've ever seen, Chez Starbuck hasn't done much acting work since his debut in The Thirteenth Year. In the early 2000s, he appeared in Undressed, You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's School Dance, and the TV Movie Recipe for Disaster.

These days, Chez has turned his attention to reality TV. He appeared on The Real L Word making a mold of his penis (seriously), and more recently did a segment about getting healthy on Live Big with Ali Vincent.

Jess Wheatley - Justin Jon Ross

After his turn as the painfully nerdy Jess Wheatley in The Thirteenth Year, most of the Justin Jon Ross's credits have involved voice acting. These projects include Recess, Orphen: Scion of Sorcery, and Lloyd in Space.

Not much else in known about what Justin Jon Ross is doing these days, and I can't find any social media accounts. So, if you're reading this, Justin, please know I will always appreciate you playing a young Rick Moranis in Little Giants.

Sam - Courtnee Draper

Following The Thirteenth Year, Courtnee Draper stuck around Disney studios, starring in The Jersey, a Disney channel show about body-hopping into different famous athletes, and the DCOM Stepsister from Planet Weird. Later, she guest starred in shows like Veronica Mars, CSI: Miami, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as the potential slayer, Annabelle).

Lately, Draper has made a name for herself voicing video game characters in games like Kingdom Hearts II, Alien Rage, and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. Most notably, she lends her voice to the praised character Elizabeth in BioShock Infinite and its expansion Burial at Sea.

Big John Wheatley - Brent Briscoe

Brent Briscoe is one of those guys who has a face you recognize but a name you've never seen before. After playing an overzealous fisherman determined to catch a mermaid, Briscoe went on to appear in major movies like The Green Mile, Mulholland Drive, and Spider-Man 2. He's also made appearances in a bunch of noteworthy shows including 24, House M.D., Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Scandal.

These days, you probably recognize him as a veteran cop in The Dark Knight Rises or diner owner JJ on Parks and Recreation.

Whit Griffin - Dave Coulier

After playing the father of a merman, Dave Coulier has mostly focused on voice work in animated projects like Teen Titans, Dexter's Laboratory, Robot Chicken, and China, IL. He also starred as Lance LeBow in The Even Stevens Movie

We're still waiting on official confirmation from Coulier on whether or not he's joining John Stamos, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber for Netflix's Full House sequel.

Girl in Fountain Line - Kristen Stewart

In what is certainly her breakthrough role, Kristen Stewart was rudely uncredited when she starred as "Girl in Fountain Line" in The Thirteenth Year. Her raw emotion as she waited for the tiniest sip catapulted her to fame in movies like The Panic Room, Adventure Land, and, of course, The Twilight Saga.

Nowadays, Stewart is pushing for permanent A-list status, after starring in Still Alice and winning awards for her dramatic turn in Clouds of Sils Maria. Still, nothing will ever compare to her most captivating performance: waiting in line for the water fountain.


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