Teen movies and TV shows are notorious for casting actors who haven’t set foot inside of a high school in years. It’s easy to imagine why they might do it: older actors have more experience and spare us from watching the awkward adolescent phase, but sometimes these casting choices still push the limits of our suspension of disbelief. This list is nowhere near complete, but it does include some of the most egregiously over-aged actors from the 1970s to today.
Patrick Swayze in ‘The Outsiders’
The teen gang drama “The Outsiders” was chock full of some of the hottest actors of the 80’s (and today), and most of them were actually close to age-appropriate. The notable exception was Patrick Swayze as Ponyboy’s older brother and guardian, Darry. At 30, Swayze was a full ten years older than S. E. Hinton’s novel called for, and almost old enough to be the 14-year-old Ponyboy’s father.