later directed "Original Diner Guys" (1999), a documentary about the lives of the actual individuals upon whom he loosely based the Diner characters.
reminds us that he used to be cool, and could act as well: For a while, Mickey "Raging Bull" Rourke decided it would be good if he became a boxer... Thankfully the man has since returned to movies.
found fame in 80s sitcom "My Two Dads" and appeared as 'Jeffery' in both "Beverly Hills Cop" movies.
Diner is loosely based on Barry Levinson's life in his hometown of Baltimore.
Ayre Gross was a guest star in an episode of "Friends" where he's set up with Rachael (who gets drunk as the evening progresses) when asked if he's bored Ayre replies "...no, but thatís only because I've been playing the move 'Diner' in my head for the past 2 hours" --Ayre Gross has a brief (blink-and-you-miss-him) cameo in the opening prom scene.
There was a pilot episode made a year later for an intended spin-off series, which would show how their lives changed after they became more responsible; Paul Reiser returned as Modell, whilst a very young James Spader
took over Kevin Bacon's role as Fenwick.
Contributed by: Phil Martyn
Modell (Paul Reiser) whilst talking to Boogie at one stage says 'You know what word I'm not comfortable with, Nuance,...' Paul Reiser's production company (the company behind 'Mad about You') is called Nuance Productions...
Mickey Rourke's part Boogie, is based on Levinson's childhood friend Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, who became the Chairman of the once successful and ultimately failing Hip Hop clothing chain "Merry-Go-Round."