I have been having major John Hughes film nostalgia lately and was inspired to find out what became of some of my favourite Brat Packers. I know there was a post like this for The Breakfast Club awhile ago (like two years) and also for Ferris Bueller recently, and a lot of these are common knowledge, but I tried to include everyone from the core Pack as well as some other favourites from the period.
Where are they now?: Brat Pack and Friends Edition
now with 100% more James Spader
Emilio Estévez, was 23 in The Breakfast Club, is now 46
What he's done since: A bunch of film roles, perhaps most memorably the Mighty Ducks trilogy. Was briefly engaged to fellow Brat Packer Demi Moore.
What he's done recently: Directed a bunch of TV episodes (CSI, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Numb3rs), a cameo appearance alongside Charlie Two and a Half Men.
I remember being like 12 and finding out Charlie Sheen and Emilio were brothers, and it was totally one of those "the world suddenly makes so much more sense" moments.
Anthony Michael Hall, was 17 in The Breakfast Club, is now 40
What he's done since: Briefly dated Molly Ringwald. Turned down the Cameron and Duckie roles, written specifically for him, in Ferris Bueller and Pretty in Pink in order to avoid typecasting. Joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for fifteen episodes from 1985-6. Took a two-year hiatus to overcome his drinking problem, and followed it with roles in Edward Scissorhands and Six Degrees of Separation.
What he's done recently: A five year stint acting and writing for The Dead Zone, which featured a cameo appearance from Ally Sheedy. Plus a part in The Dark Knight.
Rob Lowe, was 21 in St. Elmo's Fire, is now 44
What he's done since: A sex tape with a dude and at least two females, one of whom was underage. It was one of the first widely circulated celebrity sextapes. Rehab for alcoholism and sex addiction, followed by a four year stint on The West Wing. And his former nanny is currently suing him for, amongst other things, sexual harassment. Nice.
What he's done recently: Three seasons of Brothers & Sisters, and a guest role on Family Guy.
Andrew McCarthy, was 23 in St. Elmo's Fire, is now 46
What he's done since: Sobriety since 1992 after admitting to an alcohol problem. A bunch of failed film roles, some Broadway roles, and a supporting role in The Joy Luck Club.
What he's done recently: A guest-starring role on Law and Order: Criminal Intent from which he was initially fired because of a rumoured fight with Vincent D'Onofrio, a main role on NBC's Lipstick Jungle.
Demi Moore, was 23 in St. Elmo's Fire, is now 46
What she's done since: Married Freddy Moore, Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher, but not simultaneously. Birthed ONTD's favourite chin. Converted to Kabbalah. Had a series of successful film roles including Ghost and A Few Good Men, and a few that are probably best ignored.
What she's done recently: Flawless with Michael Caine, Mr. Brooks with Kevin Costner, and the upcoming action-fantasy-samurai-western Bunraku with Josh Hartnett and Gackt (!).
Judd Nelson, was 26 in The Breakfast Club (but looked about 35), is now 49
What he's done since: Voiced Rodimus Prime in Transformers: The Movie, earned two Razzie nominations, and then saved his career with a four-year starring role in Suddenly Susan. He also skipped out on a Breakfast Club onstage reunion at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, for unknown reasons.
What he's done recently: a guest spot on CSI and a bit part in a National Lampoon movie. He has a bunch of roles in pre- & post-production, though.
I love how all the stories say he was a total dick to Molly Ringwald on set of TBC, and John Hughes tried to fire him, but he claimed he was just being method. Also he kinda looks like a weird John Lennon/Paul McCartney mashup in other recent photos?
Molly Ringwald, was 17 in The Breakfast Club, is now 41
What she's done since: Briefly dated Anthony Michael Hall, as well as Dweezil Zappa and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys. Bitched about not wanting to be eternally associated with her 80s films and the "Brat Pack" label, although she has apparently recently reversed this stance, subscribing to ONTD's logic that she should deal with it until she does something else relevant. By way of irrelevant things she has actually done, she did French movies for awhile, and had supporting roles in a few movies. She has also done musicals, including Cabaret and the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.
What she's done recently: A guest role on Medium, and (so far) one season as Anne Juergens on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She is pregnant with twins.
Ally Sheedy, was 23 in The Breakfast Club, is now 46
What she's done since: In 1989, a group of friends (including Demi Moore) paid her ticket to Minnesota to attend the Hazelden Foundation rehabilitation clinic because of her addiction to sleeping pills. She also suffered with bulimia nervosa and relapsed continually until becoming pregnant with her daughter in 1994. She appeared in a series of television films during the 90s, and had a brief stint as the first female to play the transsexual Hedwig in an off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, although her contract was terminated early due to bad reviews.
What she's done recently: A guest spot in an episode of CSI, and a recurring role in Kyle XY.
Michael Schoeffling, was 24 in Sixteen Candles, is now 48
What he's done since: Schoeffling couldn't replicate the success of his Jake Ryan role, and earned mostly minor parts after Sixteen Candles, other than a supporting role as Joe Porretti in 1990's Mermaids. His final acting role was Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken in 1991.
What he's done recently: Nothing. He's married with two kids and owns a woodworking shop in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, producing handcrafted furniture.
Jon Cryer, was 21 in Pretty in Pink, is now 43
What he's done since: A series of small television and film roles
What he's done recently: 6 years in a leading role opposite Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men.
Matthew Broderick, was 19 in War Games, is now 46
What he's done since: Was briefly engaged to Jennifer Grey after meeting her on the set of Ferris Bueller. Was convicted of a careless driving charge after a 1987 car accident that killed two motorists in England. Went on to voice adult Simba in The Lion King and had major parts in Election and The Cable Guy in the 1990s. Returned to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony in 2001 for his role in The Producers.
What he's done recently: Minor film roles, and voice-acting parts in Bee Movie and The Tale of Despereaux.
John Cusack, was 18 in Sixteen Candles, is now 42
What he's done since: Successful roles including Grosse Pointe Plank, Con Air, Being John Malkovich and High Fidelity.
What he's done recently: He wrote as well as appeared in War, Inc. with Joan Cusack and Hilary Duff.
Joan Cusack, was 22 in Sixteen Candles, is now 46
What she's done since: Supporting roles in a number of movies.
What she's done recently: Confessions of a Shopaholic with Isla Fisher and John Goodman.
Jeffrey Jones, Principal Ed Rooney (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Paul Gleason, Richard Vernon (The Breakfast Club)
James Spader, was 26 in Pretty in Pink, is now 49
What he's done since: An acclaimed performance in sex, lies and videotape and a series of other film roles, appearing in two thirds of ONTD's alltime favourite sex scenes.
What he's done recently: Four years and three Emmys as Alan Shore on The Practice and Boston Legal.
Source: Wiki, IMDB, Google Image
ONTD: Which are your favourite Brat Pack actors/films? Least favourites? Most over/underrated? Favourite quotes and moments?