Seann William Scott has graced movie and television screens for almost three decades, and his name has become synonymous with the bro in teen sex comedies of the 2000s. You may know him as the unforgettable Stifler in American Pie, but where has he gone since?
The future actor was born on October 3, 1976 in Cottage Grove, Minnesota to parents William Frank Scott and Patricia Anne Simons. One of seven siblings, Seann stood out thanks to his athletic ability, and he believed he would pursue basketball or football professionally after high school. However, inspired by his older brother Dan, who founded the satirical publication The Onion, Seann decided to follow his own compass. So, he began auditioning for acting roles!
Early acting roles
After redirecting his career path from sports to acting, Scott moved to LA. He landed roles in commercials for businesses like Sunny Delight and American Express as well as the music video for Aerosmith’s “Hole in my Soul.” During the course of these experiences, Scott made ends meet by working at Home Depot and selling churros at the Los Angeles Zoo.
As he continued to work, he snagged his first sitcom role in an episode of Unhappily Ever After and had a small part in the 1997 TV movie Born Into Exile.
After losing out on a role in Baywatch, Scott was eager to take on any work he could find. Needless to say, he was thrilled to be offered what was supposed to be a bit character in American Pie.
Released in 1999, American Pie came to define the teen sex comedies of the 2000s, inspiring dozens of knock-offs, sequels, prequels, and spin-offs. The movie follows the story of a group of high school friends at East Great Falls High School who make an agreement to lose their virginities before graduating. The movie features bombastic and hilarious performances by a gifted cast including Jason Biggs, Tara Reid, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge, and Shannon Elizabeth.
In the film, Scott portrays Steve Stifler aka Stifler aka Stifmeister, a wild and horny lacrosse player who teases the main group of friends for being virgins. The Stifmeister’s antics and pranks lead the friends into awkward, comedic, and sometimes disturbing situations. One of these famously involved the protagonist sleeping with Jennifer Coolidge’s character, forever immortalized as the iconic Stifler’s Mom!
Scott admits that he was initially worried about some of his character’s unpleasant qualities and made the choice to fully realize Stifler by giving him a more sensitive nature. This creative decision definitely paid off! Scott’s performance was so memorable and beloved that fandom and entertainment culture alike have made Stifler a character that audiences are not likely to forget.
Even though he was only paid $8,000 for the first film, the comedy’s overnight success launched Seann William Scott into international stardom.
How many American Pie movies was he in?
Following the impressive success of the first movie, Scott went on to reprise Steve Stifler in American Pie 2, American Wedding, and American Reunion. By expanding his screen time, Scott was able to explore Stifler’s character even further, and he slowly evolved from antagonist to anti-hero to protagonist by the end of the franchise.
He was riding high on his early accomplishments, but Scott was craving more from his acting career. With subsequence appearances playing Stifler-like characters in Dude, Where’s My Car?, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back!, Old School, Final Destination, Evolution, and Road Trip, Scott began to worry about being typecast. So, he sought out roles that would demonstrate his dramatic chops!
What did he do after American Pie?
In the past twenty years, Scott has worked hard to expand his portfolio to roles that highlight his dynamism. As such he has made appearances in comedy, horror, romance, drama, and thriller films alike. He acted opposite Chow Yun-Fat in Bulletproof Monk, recreated Bo Duke for The Dukes of Hazzard, and starred alongside the likes of Billy Bob Thornton, Sarah Michele Gellar, Dwayne Johnson, and Bruce Willis in Mr. Woodcock, Southland Tales, and Cop Out. Crash seven times Ice Age
Scott has also played several recurring television characters such as Wesley Cole in the final season of Lethal Weapon the series and Father Joe in the Office-esque mockumentary series Welcome to Flatch. The series follows the exploits of the unique residents of a small Midwestern town.
In 2011, Seann starred in the hockey comedy Goon, which met critical acclaim and inspired a 2017 called Goon: The Last Enforcers. There are currently talks about a potential third installment!
What is Seann William Scott Doing Now?
Scott is still very active as an actor and has most recently starred in the movie The Wrath of Becky and he is set to appear in the movie Grand Death Lotto, alongside Awkwafina, Simo Liu and John Cena.
He also has a recurring role in the Fox television show, Welcome to Flatch. In 2018 he was brought in to replace costar, Clayne Crawford in the Lethal Weapons series. He had a 15 episode run, before the series was ultimately canceled.
Although he likes to keep his personal life mostly private, Seann has been romantically linked to fashion models in the past. In 2019, he married interior designer Olivia Korenberg, and together they have a dog named Dude.