If you were a fan of the Disney Channel during a certain era, you probably saw 2013’s “Teen Beach Movie,” a Disney Channel Original Movie that parodied — and paid tribute to — the beach movies of the ’60s spurred by the American International Pictures projects (think Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello). In the musical film, the surfers clash with a group of bikers called “the Rodents” because they all hang out at Big Momma’s but are otherwise very different. Heading up the biker gang is Butchy (John DeLuca), brother of Lela (Grace Phipps), one of the four main characters in the film and the female lead in “Wet Side Story,” the movie within the movie that Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell) accidentally drop in on.
John DeLuca was a relative unknown prior to playing Butchy in “Teen Beach Movie.” He had guest-starred in episodes of “30 Rock,” “Ugly Betty” and “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and even starred in an unsold Disney pilot called “Zombies and Cheerleaders” prior to his casting in “Teen Beach Movie.” The two films in the “Teen Beach” franchise constituted his big break, and he’s continued to act. But, six years out from that supporting role in the exuberant Disney musical and its 2015 sequel, “Teen Beach 2,” he’s grown and matured, and he looks totally different now.