Actors Who Played Teens When They Were How Old?!

'The Fonz' was actually ... 29

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 18, 2013 12:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's common knowledge that teenage characters in movies and TV shows are rarely played by actual teenagers. Fox News rounds up 62 notable cases, and reveals the ages of the actors in question. Click through for a sampling or check out the complete list. (Or click to read about one 34-year-old who's been playing a teen since 1993.)

Henry Winkler played high school dropout Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli on "Happy Days" when he was 29.   (AP Photo/File)
Anna Kendrick was 26 when she played a college freshman in "Pitch Perfect."   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)
Minka Kelly was also 26 when she played a high school cheerleader on "Friday Night Lights."   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Amanda Bynes played a high school student in "Easy A" at age 24.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Olivia Newton-John turned 29 while playing high school senior Sandy Olsson in "Grease."   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)
Natalie Portman was 26 and Scarlett Johansson was 23 when they played teen sisters in "The Other Boleyn Girl."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures/Focus Features, Alex Bailey)
Sean Penn played high schooler Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" at age 22.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, now married, met at age 26 while playing high school students in "Step Up."   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Grey was 27 when she played 17-year-old Baby in "Dirty Dancing." A year earlier, she had played Ferris Bueller's older sister.   (AP Photo/Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Tobey Maguire first started playing Spider-Man, whose real identity Peter Parker was a high school student, when he was 27.   (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)
Seth Green was 24 when he played a high school student in "Can't Hardly Wait."   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Stockard Channing was 33 when she played a high school student in "Grease."   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Scott Wolf was 26 when he played a 16-year-old in "Party of Five."   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Michael J. Fox was 24 when he started playing Marty McFly in the "Back to the Future" series.   (AP Photo/NBC, Chris Haston)
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