American Beauty Cast: Then and Now

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American Beauty was one of the most acclaimed films of the 90s. In the years since its release, the film's cast has enjoyed widely varying degrees of careers success.

1. Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey
Spacey won his second Oscar for American Beauty and remains one of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood. He currently stars in the Netflix series House of Cards.

2. Mena Suvari

Mena Suvari
Between Beauty and Pie, films with American in the title have been kind to Suvari. Sadly, they've been the only hits in her career.

3. Wes Bentley

Wes Bentley
Wes Bentley fell on hard times and succumbed to near-fatal drug addiction after Beauty. Fortunately, he recovered and has returned to the big screen with roles in The Hunger Games, Lovelace, and the upcoming Interstellar.

4. Thora Birch

Thora Birch
Beauty proved to be the peak of Thora's career. She played the lead in the cult favorite Ghost World, but has had few starring roles since

5. Annette Bening

Annette Bening
Annette Bening went on to rake in awards with roles in acclaimed films like Being Julia and The Kids Are Alright. Plus, she's married to Warren Beatty, so she's got that going for her.

6. Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper played Wes Bentley's neo-Nazi dad in American Beauty. He went to star in acclaimed fils such as Seabiscuit, Capote and Adaptation, for which he won an Academy Award.

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