"Speed" helped establish Reeves, previously known for "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Point Break," as a force at the box office. He wisely declined to appear in the sequel, opting instead to make "The Devil's Advocate." "The Matrix" and its two sequels were even bigger hits than "Speed," but Reeves hasn't hit the same heights since. He's alternated indies like "Henry's Crime" with big-budget movies like "The Day the Earth Stood Still." He's also ventured into directing and producing. Next up: He stars as a hitman in "John Wick."
After "Speed," there was no stopping Bullock, who went from sidekick in films like "Demolition Man" to leading lady in "Hope Floats," "While You Were Sleeping" and "28 Days." Sure, "Speed 2" tanked, but she was soon producing as well, including her "Miss Congeniality" films and the George Lopez show. She won her first Oscar for 2009's "The Blind Side" and was nominated again for "Gravity," a movie she carried nearly solo to more than $700 million worldwide.
The role of mad bomber Howard Payne might be maverick actor/director Hopper's best known role in a career that dates back to the '50s in "Rebel Without a Cause." His films include "Easy Rider," "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet," and "River's Edge" (also with Keanu Reeves). Post-"Speed," he starred in "Waterworld," "EdTV," and the first season of "24." Hopper, who was also an accomplished artist and photographer, died in 2010 of prostate cancer. He was 74.
The same year he played Jack's older, wiser (but less lucky) partner, Daniels played a far dimmer Harry in "Dumb and Dumber." Now, he and Jim Carrey have reunited to film the much-anticipated sequel, which will be out this November. Along the way, he's starred in "Pleasantville," "State of Play," and "The Squid and the Whale." The third and final season of HBO's "The Newsroom" will air this fall.
Morton, memorable for his roles in "The Brother From Another Planet" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," was also terrific as the short-fused police lieutenant who advises Jack and Harry "Don't get dead." His films since include "Lone Star," "Ali," and "American Gangster." He currently stars as Rowan Pope, Olivia's father, on "Scandal." He's also had roles on "Eureka," "The Good Wife," and "Smallville."
Plummer had a brief but memorable role as "TUNEMAN," whose car Jack is forced to destroy to board the bomb-rigged bus. He was back for the sequel and it was revealed his character was named Maurice. His other films include "Showgirls" and "The Day After Tomorrow." He's also had recurring roles on "The Corner," "ER," and "Sons of Anarchy."
Lineback, the cop who warns McMahon a certain freeway isn't finished, returned in Jan de Bont's next film, "Twister." He was also in "Natural Born Killers," "Tin Cup," "Varsity Blues," and "The RIng." Recent TV appearances include "Justified'" and "NCIS."
Best known as Ferris's high-strung pal Cameron in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Ruck played the "yokel" tourist who tries to talk up Sandra Bullock. Besides "Spin City," his TV roles include "Mad About You," and "Greek," and "Bunheads." He recently appeared on "Intelligence" and "Masters of Sex."
Who could forget nervous Helen, who tragically tries to leave the bus early? Besides "Speed," she's known for her roles as a busybody teacher in "Donnie Darko," a pageant official in "Little Miss Sunshine" and an irate mother in this year's "Bad Words." She was also in "Crazy Heart," "The Artist," and reunited with Sandra Bullock for "All About Steve." She currently plays Beverly on "The Mindy Project."
Besides playing Sam the bus driver (whose injury forces Sandra Bullock to take the wheel), James was in "The Five Heartbeats," "Seven," "Amistad," and "The Doors." He also played a character named Hawthorne on "ER."
Carrasco (not to be confused with the baseball player of the same name), played the burly construction worker whom Jack Traven nicknames "Gigantor." He was also in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," the Jason Statham film "Parker" and the HBO series "Looking." He also played a bus driver in the 2011 drama "The Space Between."
You remember the passenger whose failure to sit still tips off Howard Payne that he's watching a tape, not the live action on the bus. She also starred on "Forever Knight" as Captain Cohen and appeared in "Bad Santa," "Alias" and, most recently, "The Mentalist."
Kriegel played the Baldwinesque bus rider who reacts to Jack's bomb announcement with “Yeah, some funny joke.” He went on to star in “Sleep With Me” and appear in “Leaving Las Vegas” and the TV series “The Last Frontier” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” He also played Gustavo in the plane crash drama “Alive.”
In addition to playing the small-time criminal who accidentally shoots the bus driver, Villarreal appeared in “Matchstick Men,” “American Me” and “Stand and Deliver.” He most recently appeared on the FX series “The Bridge.”
Recognize the doomed train driver? That's future "West Wing" star Richard Schiff. Since then, he's appeared on "House of Lies," "Once Upon a Time," and "NCIS." He'll next be seen on "Murder in the First."
This actor (who played the elevator passenger who gets asked: "Jesus, Bob, what button did you push?" after the first bomb blows) went on to recurring roles on "Mad Men," "Lost," and "Southland" as well as parts in "Mulholland Dr.," "Ghost World," "Old School," and "The Black Dahlia."
"Speed" was the first directorial effort from the cinematographer of "Die Hard." He also directed the poorly received sequel and the even more reviled remake of "The Haunting" (which received five Razzies) as well as "Twister" and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." He also executive-produced "The Paperboy," "Equilibrium," and "Minority Report."