Nostalgia Actors You Forgot Were in The Outsiders  

Ann Casano
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Anyone who came of age in the 1980s remembers the movie The Outsiders. But now that decades have passed since its release, it's possible that we forgot just how many huge stars were in this classic movie. Audiences would ultimately watch the cast of The Outsiders movie grow up and take on other career-defining roles, but most of these guys (and a gal!) can thank The Outsiders for their big Hollywood break.

The Outsiders hit theaters in 1983 and became an instant hit among the American youth. The classic coming of age story was directed by renowned auteur Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) and based on S.E. Hinton’s 1967 novel of the same name. We know the story well. It was the Greasers, the bad boys who smoked cigarettes and came from working class families, against the Socs, the well-to-do, cool rich kid Socials from the other side of the tracks. There were rumbles, heroics, sacrifices, deaths, and life lessons within the narrative that continues to speak to generations of film fans, even today. 

The movie was not just a seminal piece of cinema in the 1980s, it also spawned the origins of the Brat Pack. Without The Outsiders, perhaps films like The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire would never have been made, and who wants to live a world like that?

This is a list to remind us of the great actors who were in The Outsiders. Maybe we forgot some of them were in the movie, maybe we didn't. Perhaps their roles were secondary, or perhaps so much time has slipped by that we just needed to be reminded. Not all of them went on to have big Hollywood careers, some just flashed on the silver screen for a moment or two, while some would go on to become Hollywood royalty. One even became a bassist in one of the biggest bands of the 90s!

So take a look below and see vote up the members of The Outsiders cast who you totally forget were in the film and reminisce about your memories watching this great movie in the comments section.

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Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors You Forgot Were in The Outsiders
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Estevez played a Greaser named Keith "Two-Bit" Matthews, known as an 18-year-old junior in high school. You may remember Two-Bit as the wise-cracker who always had a smile and liked wearing his token Mickey Mouse shirt.

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Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors You Forgot Were in The Outsiders
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Swayze played the eldest Curtis brother, Darrel, and took it upon himself to raise Ponyboy and Sodapop after their parents died. He was stern, but fair, and had a good head on his shoulders. The Outsiders was the late actor's feature film debut.

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Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors You Forgot Were in The Outsiders
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It would be hard to forget Dallas's crying plea at his friend's hospital bedside to, "Do it for Johnny." But just in case you did, Dillon played Dallas Winston, AKA Dally, the most experienced and toughest member of the Greasers. Dallas feels the need for revenge and ultimately pays a steep price for retribution.

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Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors You Forgot Were in The Outsiders
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You may or not remember that Rob Lowe played 17-year-old Greaser Sodapop Curtis, the middle brother of Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) and Darrel (Patrick Swayze). The movie was Lowe's feature film debut.

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