Netflix’s mockumentary series American Vandal came to an end in 2018. Here’s what some of the cast got up to after the ‘Turd Burglar’ was caught.
American Vandal first premiered on Netflix back in September 2017. As the brainchild of Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, the series satirised the growing true crime documentary format by focusing on juvenile crimes – drawing phallic images and excrement-related pranks. However, rather than lean heavily into comedy, these scenarios were mostly played with complete seriousness.
Tyler Alvarez (Orange Is The New Black) and Griffin Gluck (Red Band Society) were the only actors to star in both seasons of American Vandal. They played Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund respectively, friends and filmmakers from Oceanside, California. The duo are also the main investigators in both instances; initially in Hanover High School (where they attend) and later at St Bernardine, a Catholic school in Washington.
In season 1 of American Vandal, Peter and Sam attempt to exonerate Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro), a schoolmate who was expelled for spray painting phallic imagery on cars. Likewise in the second season, the investigative pair assist Kevin McClain (Travis Tope). This character was put under house arrest after confessing to an excrement-related prank – which he may not have committed at all.
What have Alvarez, Gluck and Tatro been up to since American Vandal was cancelled? That was in 2018 — quite a while ago. Read on to find out more.
Since leaving Peter Maldonado behind, Tyler Alvarez has appeared in various films and television series. In 2018, he had a role in The Pretenders, directed by James Franco. Alvarez also starred in John Henry, starring Terry Crews and released in 2020.
On the television side, Alvarez has guest-starred in episodes of Fresh Off the Boat and The Fosters. Furthermore, in 2019, he starred in the Hulu reboot of Veronica Mars, a reviving the popular 2004-2007 series led by Kristen Bell. However, in November 2019, the revival was cancelled after only one season.
Alvarez has yet to star in a long-term television role since playing Peter although with an already impressive career at 22, this would be easy to attain if Alvarez wanted to.
Likewise, Griffin Gluck has also kept busy since his run on American Vandal came to an end. To an extent, Gluck has stayed in the Netflix family – co-starring alongside Ava Michelle and Sabrina Carpenter in the streamer’s film, Tall Girl. As of February 2020, Gluck also stars in the series regular role of Gabe on Locke & Key, another Netflix series.
Moving into other roles, Gluck appeared opposite Pete Davidson of SNL and The King of Staten Island in Big Time Adolescence, a coming of age comedy for Hulu. Machine Gun Kelly and Jon Cryer also had featured roles.
Additionally in 2020, the young actor starred in Dinner In America. This was a dark-comedy featured film which also featured Back To The Future’s Lea Thompson and former 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub, among others.
Despite the character’s popularity, Jimmy Tatro only starred as Dylan Maxwell in Season 1 of American Vandal. As the story (and the filmmakers) moved out of the character’s locale, it would not have made sense for Tatro to have a major role. Nonetheless, the actor has managed to stay busy.
Tatro had a multi-episode arc as “Bill” on Modern Family between 2018 and 2019. His other television appearances include main roles in The Real Bros of Simi Valley (on which he’s also Executive Producer) and The Guest Book.
In the relatively short time since playing Dylan Maxwell, Tatro has starred in multiple film roles. He appeared in Stuber (opposite Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan), Bad Education (Hugh Jackman, Alison Janney among others) and the aformentioned King of Staten Island.
Both seasons of American Vandal are streaming on Netflix.
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