Ever find yourself wondering what the cast of Napoleon Dynamite has been up to recently? I find it's very interesting to see actors careers after a low budget smash hit film like Napoleon Dynamite, and the cast has not disappointed. From staring in big budget Hollywood films to running children's fashion lines, lets catch up with the cast of Napoleon Dynamite!
John Heder (Napoleon) - IMDb
Since his portrayal of one of the most iconic characters in recent decades, Jon Heder has had a rollercoaster ride through Hollywood. Heder starred in Benchwarmers (2006), then co-starred with Will Ferrel in Blades of Glory (2006).
It's been a hot decade since appearing in a big way in a major motion picture. Recently John has been working on a lot of voice acting projects, such as the animated children's show Star vs. The Forces of Evil.
Efren Ramirez (Pedro) - IMDb
The former class president has kept himself very busy over the last decade and a half. Efren Ramirez has appeared in East Bound and Down, Casa De Ma Padre, and each Crank movie. Remember Crank?
The artist formally known as Pedro also spends his time as a pretty high profile DJ. Maybe Pedro's cousins got him into the scene with their sweet hookups?
Tina Majorino (Deb) - IMDb
Wondering if Deb every saved up enough to go to college? Well, maybe not - but by now she should have. Tina Majorino has continued to work as an actor, appearing tv shows like True Blood, Castle, Bones and Greys Anatomy.
Majorino has also graced the silver screen, appearing in recent films like Should've Been Romeo and Veronica Mars.
Diedrich Bader (Rex) - IMDb
Bow to your sensei! I for one, didn't even realize that Rex was played by Diedrich Bader. You may be familiar with his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm or Veep.
Bader has leant his vocal talents to the animated series Bojack Horseman. Grab my arm. The other arm. No, my other arm.
Break the wrist, walk away.
Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) - IMDb
Did you know that Rico was in the Taken movies with Liam Neeson? Yeah, well we didn't. Jon Gries also appeared in Lost, and many other tv shows including the animated adaption of Napoleon Dynamite.
Do you think he could still throw a football a quarter mile? He could throw it over those mountains, that's for damn sure.
Haylie Duff (Summer) - IMDb
For a kid that sort of grew up with Napoleon Dynamite, and was under the general pop culture influence sphere of Hillary Duff, I really had no clue her sister Haylie Duff played Summer.
Haylie has had a few appearances on tv shows recently, but she has been very busy with her own entrepreneurial endeavours. She started a blog called Real Girl's Kitchen in 2012, before The Cooking Channel turned it into a show of their own. Recently she has been working on her own children's fashion line, Little Moon Society.
Sandy Martin (Grandma) - IMDb
Sandy Martin only had a small part in Napoleon Dynamite, so it feels just to give her only a small section. Recently she has appeared in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the HBO series Big Love.
Aaron Ruell (Kip) - IMDb
Yes he loves technology, not as much as you, you see - but he does still love technology. Aaron Ruell (Kip) didn't continue as a professional actor for too much longer after his hit performance as Napoleon's brother.
Instead, Ruell is a talented commercial director, as well as dabbling in small films. So talented in fact, he was named one of the rising directors to watch in 2009 by Shoot Magazine.
Shondrella Avery (Lafawnduh) - IMDb
Shondrella Avery stole our hearts as Lafawnduh, and she never really stopped off screen either. Avery is straight up funny as hell, you should check out some of her older performances as a comic. Recently, she is a sitting board member on the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, a cause dear to her heart.