Dead Poets Society Cast And Character Descriptions

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Carpe Diem! ‘Dead Poets Society’ Extraordinary Cast Members

The late Robin Williams was the lead actor in Dead Poets Society, which also featured a talented cast of young actors who went on to have successful careers.

Dead Poets Society Cast
Dead Poets Society Cast

The cast of Dead Poets Society, a 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir, includes:

  • Robin Williams as John Keating, an unorthodox English teacher at the Welton Academy, who inspires his students to seize the day and pursue their passions.
  • Robert Sean Leonard as Neil Perry, a promising and sensitive student, who dreams of becoming an actor against his father’s wishes.
  • Ethan Hawke as Todd Anderson, a shy and insecure student, who gradually gains confidence under Keating’s mentorship.
  • Josh Charles as Knox Overstreet, a romantic and idealistic student, who falls in love with a girl from a nearby school.
  • Gale Hansen as Charlie Dalton, a rebellious and free-spirited student, who challenges the school’s strict rules and traditions.
  • Dylan Kussman as Richard Cameron, a conformist and ambitious student, who betrays his friends to protect his own interests.
  • Allelon Ruggiero as Steven Meeks, an intelligent and curious student, who questions the value of conformity and authority.
  • James Waterston as Gerard Pitts, a reserved and loyal student, who supports his friends and stands up to Cameron’s betrayal.
  • Norman Lloyd as Mr. Nolan, the headmaster of the Welton Academy, who represents the conservative and traditional values of the school.
  • Kurtwood Smith as Mr. Perry, Neil’s strict and demanding father, who pressures his son to pursue a career in medicine instead of acting.
Dead Poets Society Cast
Dead Poets Society Cast Starring Robin Williams


The cast of Dead Poets Society was expertly cast by Howard Feuer. Feuer is a well-known casting director who has worked on many successful films, including The Sixth Sense, American Gangster, and The Pursuit of Happyness. In addition to his work in casting, Feuer has also produced several films, including The Believer and Transamerica.

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