High School U.S.A. - Full Cast and Characters

Updated:16 Sep, 2022

A 1983 American made-for-television comedy film titled High School U.S.A. was directed by Rod Amateau and starred Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon, Anthony Edwards, and Todd Bridges. On October 16, 1983, NBC broadcast the film for the first time. The plot of the movie centers on the mystery at Excelsior Union High School. J.J. Manners, played by Michael J. Fox, develops feelings for Beth Franklin, Beau Middleton's girlfriend (played by Nancy McKeon). The main conflict in the narrative is between Manners and Middleton for Beth. The last showdown in this rivalry is a drag race between the two. The outcome of the race tips the scales and permanently alters the dynamics inside the institution. In the end, J.J. ends up winning Beth's affection thus reaching an IMDb rating of 5.5. 

In this article, let's get to know more about the full cast of the High School U.S.A. in detail.

Star Cast of High School U.S.A. 

Leading Cast of High School U.S.A

  • Michael J. Fox as Jay-Jay Manners
  • Nancy McKeon as Beth Franklin
  • Anthony Edwards as Beau Middleton
  • Todd Bridges as Otto Lipton

Supporting Cast of High School U.S.A

  • Angela Cartwright as Miss D'Angelo
  • Bob Denver as Milton Feld
  • Dwayne Hickman as Mr. Plaza
  • Lauri Hendler as Nadine
  • Dana Plato as Cara Ames
  • Crystal Bernard as Anne-Marie Conklin

Cast Details of High School U.S.A.

1. Michael J. Fox as Jay-Jay Manners

Portrayed by Michael J. Fox, Jay-Jay Manners is a young man who pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a popular clique and teachers who are competing for a monetary incentive that a wealthy father is offering. Micheal J. Fox, an English-born American movie star, is the son of Michael Fox. He is best known for the movies “Family Ties” and “Back to the Future”.

2. Nancy McKeon as Beth Franklin

Played by Nancy McKeon, Beth Franklin is the girlfriend of Beau Middleton. In the end, J.J. ends up winning Beth's affection. Nancy McKeon is a well-known activist, TV personality, and professional actor. Nancy McKeon, born in 1940, is mostly of Scottish and Irish origin. She has American citizenship and is of Caucasian ancestry. The excellent actress Nancy McKeon has starred in a number of well-known television programs, such as "The Twilight Zone," and "The Outer Limits." In addition, she has portrayed complex roles like Annie in "The Outer Limits" and Liz in "Have Gun, Will Travel." She has portrayed the character of Joan Crawford in 'The Jersey' and 'The Thorn Birds: A New Beginning

3. Anthony Edwards as Beau Middleton

Despite alienating the majority of the student body, Beau Middleton, played by Anthony Edwards, manages to win the election for class president. He plays quarterback for their football team. Middleton, a privileged young guy who travels in a Porsche 911 convertible, is also the richest student. An American actor, screenwriter, director, singer, and radio host by the name of Anthony Edwards. His parents, stage director Barbara Edwards and screenwriter Monte Edwards, welcomed him into the world on July 26, 1961, in Manhattan, New York. He received his diploma from The Show of Shows, a high school for the performing arts on Theatre Row in Manhattan. At Wesleyan University, he majored in American studies, and Johns Hopkins University awarded him a master's degree in writing. In 1986, he made his acting debut in the indie film Molly. In the popular 1987 picture Pretty in Pink, Edwards played her first significant cinematic role. 

4. Todd Bridges as Otto Lipton

Otto is a genius student with a 200 IQ who has invented a robot. For his part as Coach John Baxter in the sitcom Coach, Todd Bridges is a well-known actor and his works include The Big Bang Theory, Boston Legal, NCIS: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, 90210, 7th Heaven, and Desperate Housewives. He also played Papa Smurf in The Smurfs 2 in 2012. For his work in Desperate Housewives, Todd Bridges received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television. For his work on The Big Bang Theory, he was nominated in 2014 for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.


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