'Empire Records' Has The Most '90s Cast Imaginable And They've Gone On To Big (And Small) Things

Watching the moon landing on TV changed some people's lives; others were shaped by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. For kids growing up in the '90s, seeing Empire Records for the first time was a major cultural catalyst. Even though it wasn't a box office smash when it came out in 1995, it managed to shape a generation of young people, inspiring them to seek out jobs at record stores, proclaim their undying love for the Gin Blossoms, and even give Rex Manning the day he deserves.

On top of shedding light on musical acts that weren’t on the radio (GWAR, the Lemonheads, Daniel Johnston), Empire Records showed teens a world where weirdos could gather, shave their heads, and hold funerals for their former selves - all while working at a record store. But what has happened to the cast of Empire Records in the age of digital music?

Most of the stars went on to appear in major movies and television shows, but it's hard to match the heights they reached while rocking out to AC/DC and saving the Empire. Even so, catching up with cast members today is uplifting, as pretty much all of them have managed to do something cool in the 21st century. 

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