The Dirty Grandpa cast features Robert De Niro, Zac Efron and Zoey Deutch. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Dan Mazer’s 2016 movie on Netflix. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Dirty Grandpa centers on a widower and military veteran. When Dick’s wife passes away, he vows to have sex with younger women. The narrative follows Dick as he bonds and clashes with his conservative nephew. Here’s every main actor and character in Dirty Grandpa.
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Dirty Grandpa Cast: Robert De Niro as Dick Kelly
Character Profile: A former Green Beret. He is a horny man who pursues younger women after his wife’s death. Dick travels to Florida with his nephew.
De Niro’s Resume: Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976), Michael in The Deer Hunter (1978), Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Neil McCauley in Heat (1995)
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Dirty Grandpa Cast: Zac Efron as Jason Kelly
Character Profile: Dick’s nephew. He is a corporate lawyer who plans to get married. Jason forms a genuine bond with a female college student.
Efron’s Resume: Troy Bolton in High School Musical (2006), Link Larkin in Hairspray (2007), Mike O’Donnell in 17 Again (2009), Logan in The Lucky One (2012), Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
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Dirty Grandpa Cast: Zoey Deutch as Shadia
Character Profile: Jason’s former photography classmate. She graduated from the University of Florida. Shadia parties with Jason and Dick in Boca Raton.
Deutch’s Resume: Juliet Martin in Ringer (2011-12), Samantha Kingston in Before I Fall (2017), Harper in Set It Up (2018), Infinity Jackson in The Politician (2019-20), Madison in Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
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Dirty Grandpa Cast: Aubrey Plaza as Lenore
Character Profile: Shadia’s friend. She parties with Jason in Florida. Lenore pursues a sexual fling with Dick.
Plaza’s Resume: April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation (2009-15), Brandy Klark in The To Do List (2013), Lenny Busker in Legion (2017-19), Ingrid Thorburn in Ingrid Goes West (2017), Harper Spiller in The White Lotus (2022)
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Dirty Grandpa Cast: Julianne Hough as Meredith
Character Profile: Jason’s fiancée. She is an anxious Jewish woman. Meredith seeks attention while Jason travels to Florida.
Hough’s Resume: A Professional Dancer — Also, Ariel in Footloose (2011), Sherrie Christian in Rock of Ages (2012), Katie in Safe Haven (2013), Sandy Young in Grease Live! (2016)
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The Dirty Grandpa cast also includes:
- Dermot Mulroney as David Kelly
- Jason Mantzoukas as Tan Pam
- Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman as Bradley
- Brandon Mychal Smith as Tyrone
- Jake Picking as Cody
- Michael Hudson as Brah
- Adam Pally as Cousin Nick
- Mo Collins as Officer Finch
- Henry Zebrowski as Officer Reiter
- Danny Glover as Stinky
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