By Ruth Kinane
March 30, 2018 at 02:00 PM EDT

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

  • Movie

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Audiences might know Anthony Edwards best for his eight seasons as Dr. Mark Greene on medical drama ER and that tragic exit from the series (sob!), but he had quite the colorful career before that role.

The actor stopped by PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing to delve into some past parts, including his first role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a 1982 coming-of-age comedy written by Cameron Crowe and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sean Penn.

Watching a clip of a much younger and long-haired version of himself in the movie, Edwards found something familiar in his former appearance. “I have a son who’s 24 years old and I feel like I’m watching him,” he says.

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Besides the luscious locks of hair, the movie was a special experience for Edwards for other reasons too. “Eric Stoltz and I grew up together in Santa Barbara,” he explains. “We were best friends growing up and it was our first movie.”

Watch the clip above to find out what people shout at Edwards when they recognize him from the ’80s flick.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

  • Movie
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  • 90 minutes