Remember the Titans Cast: Where Are They Now?
Ever wonder what happened to the stars of the movie “Remember the Titans?” Based on a true story, the film depicted a newly integrated high school football team struggling to get along with each other. Eventually the team overcame their personal conflicts and built strong relationships with each other. Many of the football players in the film are based on real people, except for a few made up roles (such as Ryan Gosling's character, Alan Bosley). In addition, some of the events in the movie are also fictionalized.
Some of the film’s actors and actresses went on to land major roles, including Ryan Gosling, Hayden Panettiere and Denzel Washington. Let’s revisit this classic and see what the cast members have been up to since the film’s premiere in 2000.
Denzel Washington (Coach Herman Boone)
Coach Boone character was based on T.C. Williams High School’s head football coach in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1971, Boone’s became the head coach of the school’s football team. His past experience made him the ideal candidate. Boone helped the team achieve a 13–0 season, win the state championship, and take second place at the national championship. Boone was responsible for integrating the football team's busses. "I forced them to learn each other's culture. I forced them to be a part of each other's lives,” said Boone.
Denzel Washington After the Film
Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Coach Herman Boone won him a BET Award, a Black Reel Award, and an Image Award. After “Remember the Titans,” Washington went on to star in many successful films including “Training Day,” “American Gangster” and “Flight.” In addition to acting, Washington directed a few films such as “Antwone Fisher,” “The Great Debaters” and “Fences.”
Will Patton (Assistant Coach Bill Yoast)
Bill Yoast coached in Alexandria, Virginia, for many years. He was expecting the head coach position at T.C. Williams High School, but the school instead offered Boone the position due to racial tensions in the community. At first, Yoast refused the assistant coach job.
Will Patton After the Film
Following “Remember the Titans,” Will Patton continued acting in films such as “Gone in Sixty Seconds” (2000) and “The Punisher” (2004). In 2018, Patton starred in the popular thriller “Halloween” as Frank Hawkins, the Deputy of Haddonfield. Patton also took on supporting roles in TV shows like “Numb3rs,” “24” and “The Good Wife.” On the TV show “Falling Skies,” Patton’s character, Captain Dan Weaver, appears in over 50 episodes.
Wood Harris (Defensive End Julius Campbell)
Wood Harris played Julius Campbell, the football team’s captain. The real Coach Boone spoke highly of Campbell, telling the Washington Post, “Julius was very, very instrumental on that team at simply getting kids to just talk to one another, kids who never talked to kids from another race their entire lives. By doing so, they learned many things about each other that were not passed down to them and for that, the world owes Julius a debt of gratitude.”
Wood Harris After the Film
After starring in “Remember the Titans” as Julius Campbell, Wood Harris landed a role as a cocaine dealer in the film “Paid in Full.” He also appeared in big-screen blockbusters, including 2015’s “Ant-man,” 2015’s “Creed,” and its 2018 sequel.
Ryan Hurst (Linebacker Gerry Bertier)
Gerry Bertier was the team’s most valuable defensive player. He was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. The mishap took place after Bertier attended a celebration banquet for winning the state championship. The accident was caused by a mechanical failure in his car’s engine mount. Bertier later passed away at the age of 27 on March 20, 1981, after a second tragic car accident that involved a drunk driver.
Ryan Hurst After the Film
Ryan Hurst portrayed Gerry Bertier in “Remember the Titans.” Hurst went on to play Sergeant Ernie Savage in the 2002 film “We Were Soldiers.” He also played Tom Clarke in the TV series “Taken” in 2002.
Ryan Gosling (Linebacker Alan Bosley)
In the film, Bosley was a made up character. Bosley struggled to sprint on the football field. As a result, Coach Yoast yanked him out of a game. He came back to play during the state semi-finals, but relinquished his position to Petey Jones, who ultimately took home the championship title.
Ryan Gosling After the Film
Other than Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling is currently one of the most notable celebrities in Hollywood from “Remember the Titans.” Gosling’s role was small in the football movie, but he reached superstardom after starring in the romance film “The Notebook” with Rachel McAdams in 2004.
Ethan Suplee (Offensive Lineman Louie Lastik)
“Remember the Titans” depicts Louie Lastik as a social butterfly who has trouble keeping his grades up. Lastik’s most memorable scene in the film involves him singing in the school’s cafeteria. Eventually, the character gets his happy ending after his grades improve enough for him to attend college.
Ethan Suplee After the Film
In 2002, Ethan Suplee teamed up with Denzel Washington again in the film “John Q,” which was praised by critics. From 2005-2009 Suplee starred in “My Name Is Earl” as Randy Hickey. In 2011, Suplee discussed his 200-plus pound weight-loss journey with TMZ, crediting his weight loss to bicycling. He had to regain some weight for his role in the 2013 film “Wolf of Wall Street.”
Kate Bosworth (Emma Hoyt)
In real life, Gerry Bertier didn’t have a girlfriend named Emma. The film’s producers cast her as an antagonist in the movie. Emma broke up with Gerry when he started bonding with his black teammate Julius, but she slowly came around later on in the film. Emma eventually warms up to Julius.
Kate Bosworth After the Film
Kate Bosworth had a small supporting role in the film, but her acting career was just getting started. She gained wider recognition after landing a lead part in “Blue Crush” as a teenage surfer named Anne Marie in 2002. In 2006, Bosworth starred as journalist Lois Lane in “Superman Returns” with Brandon Routh.
Hayden Panettiere (Sheryl Yoast)
In the film, Sheryl Yoast loved watching movies with Coach Boone rather than playing with dolls. The movie also depicted Sheryl Yoast as an only child living with her father. However, in reality, Sheryl Yoast had three sisters and lived with her mother. Sheryl Yoast’s oldest sister, Bonnie, attended college in 1971. Angela, the second oldest sister, went to another high school. Deidre, the youngest sister, was only three years old in 1971. The film’s "where are they now" closing credits also didn’t mention that Sheryl Yoast died when she was 34 years old in 1996.
Hayden Panettiere After the Film
Following “Remember the Titans,” Panettiere starred in many films such as “Ice Princess,” “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” and “Scream 4.” She also had major roles in the shows “Heroes” from 2006 to 2010 and “Nashville” from 2012 to 2018.
Donald Faison (Running Back Petey Jones)
In the film, Petey Jones struggles as an offensive lineman. As a result, he attempts to leave the team after one game. Coach Yoast encourages Jones to play in a defensive role, but Jones quits after the position becomes challenging. Eventually, Jones returns to the team and receives his spot back on the field for the state championship game.
Donald Faison After the Film
After starring in “Remember the Titans,” Donald Faison landed the role of Dr. Chris Turk in the medical comedy “Scrubs” from 2001–2010. He also appeared in the films “Uptown Girls” in 2003, “Something New” in 2006, and “Next Day Air” in 2009. Besides starring in films, Faison has appeared in music videos, including Gavin Degraw's “Chariot.” Most recently, Faison’s signature dance on Scrubs was added as a dance move option on the video game Fortnite.
Gregory Alan Williams (Coach Paul Doc Hines)
Coach Paul Doc Hines worked at T.C. Williams High School for a few decades as an assistant and head coach. He motivated the football players by saying, “If you don’t mind, then it don’t matter.” Hines was also known as a sociable person with a great laugh.
Burgess Jenkins (Tight End Ray Budds)
Ray Budds’s character is fictional. In the film, Ray Budds opposed the idea of an integrated team. He was also Gerry Bertier’s best friend. The racist tight end player purposely made a violent move on the field, which caused Rev’s injury. Sunshine and the rest of team condemned Budds’s behavior, kicking him off the team.
Brett Rice (Coach Herb Tyrell)
Herb Tyrell, portrayed by Brett Rice, ended his friendship with Coach Yoast because Yoast allowed his daughter, Sheryl, to play with Coach Boone’s daughter in the movie. Tyrell told Yoast, “Sooner or later, a man's got to pick sides.” Tyrell’s character reflected the racial tensions that troubled the 1970s.
Nicole Ari Parker (Carol Boone)
Parker had a small role in “Remember the Titans” as Carol Boone, Herman Boone’s wife. She continued to act in films such as “Brown Sugar” (2002), “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” (2008), “Black Dynamite” (2009), and “Almost Christmas” (2016).
Craig Kirkwood (Quarterback Jerry Rev Harris)
Jerry Rev Harris was the best quarterback on the team until he injured his wrist during the season. However, the team didn’t have to worry, because Harris had taught his backups everything he knew. Harris eventually recovers and plays again at the state championship game.
Kip Pardue (Quarterback Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass)
“Sunshine” gets his big opportunity within the team after Jerry Rev Harris’ injury. In the film, Sunshine is portrayed with long, blonde hair. The real Ronnie Bass stated that his hair was never long, but that most of the other players on the team did have long hair. The film also includes a scene where Sunshine kisses his teammate Gerry Bertier. However, Bass revealed in the film’s DVD commentary that the kiss never really happened.
Earl C. Poitier (Offensive Lineman Darryl “Blue” Stanton)
In the film, Blue (portrayed by Earl C. Poitier) was the character who consistently motivated his fellow team members. Poitier took on many acting roles after starring in “Remember the Titans.” In 2001, he was cast for a small role in the alien sci-fi TV series, “Roswell.”