"The Breakfast Club" Was Released 35 Years Ago | Where Are the Actors Now?

"The Breakfast Club" Was Released 35 Years Ago | Where Are the Actors Now?

The Brat Pack entertained us way back in 1985 and they have been up to a lot since then. If you want to know where your favorite actor from that star cast is now, read on.

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The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes came out in 1985 and managed to make an impact on all of us. We loved those teenagers and their shenanigans. The five teenagers dubbed as the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal came together on a Saturday for detention and went on to win our hearts. They were from very different backgrounds but still became friends, the Brat Pack.


The film is considered iconic even though it didn't make the cut for any awards back then. It also made the cast of the film quite famous and it's worth taking a walk down the memory lane to see what they have been up to since then. Where are Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, and Judd Nelson now?



1. Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds, the "basket Case"


Ally Sheedy played the character of an outcast who didn't talk a lot. She hated her home life and carried around a bag full of essentials so she could run away whenever she wanted to. Allison also claimed that she could write, eat, and play the piano with her feet, according to Insider.com.


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The 58-year-old actress has been busy for the past 35 years. She even reunited with The Breakfast Club co-stars Estevez and Hall in St. Elmo’s Fire in 1986 and did numerous movies and TV shows. More recently, in 2003, she was in an episode of The Dead Zone and had parts in episodes of CSI, Kyle XY, and Psych. She had a small role in SMILF and X-Men: Apocalypse. She was married to actor David Lansbury from 1992 to 2008. They have a son, Beckett.


2. Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson, the "brain"


Hall was the intelligent but nerdy factor of the Brat Pack. His character, Brian Johnson, was part of the math club, business club, and physics club. The character also possessed a fake ID not so he could visit pubs and bars but so he could vote.


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Hall went on to star as the villain on Edward Scissorhands and guest star on Psych, Murder She Wrote, Entourage, and CSI: Miami. He was also seen in The Dark Knight and Foxcatcher. His latest, Results, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders, premiered at Sundance in 2015, according to ETOnline. He also played Principal Featherhead on a Breakfast Club-inspired episode of the CW show Riverdale. His co-star from the movie, Molly Ringwald, has a recurring role in Riverdale too.


He was in the news in 2016 when he was charged with assaulting his neighbor. He was sentenced to three years of probation. The actor is engaged to actress Lucia Oskerova since 2019, as per Us Weekly.


3. Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clarke, the "athlete"


Estevez played the character of wrestler Andrew Clarke in the film. The character was afraid of disappointing his father and felt pressured to be the "athlete", a theme that has been explored in many movies and TV shows. In trying to appear cool, Clarke lands up in detention after pulling a prank on another student.

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Estevez hasn't done a lot of acting work recently but he previously hosted Saturday Night Live in 1994 and appeared in Bon Jovi's Blaze of Glory music video. He also starred as hockey coach Gordon Bombay in Disney's Mighty Ducks movies and is all set to reprise that role. He did a small role with younger brother Charlie Sheen after guest-starring on Two and a Half Men, according to Insider.com. He directed his father, Martin Sheen, in the movie The Way in 2010 and opened the Casa Dumetz winery with his wife in 2014, as per ETOnline.

4. Judd Nelson as John Bender, the "criminal"


John Bender was the typical arrogant bad boy who was so bored during detention that he tore pages out of books in the library. He also spent the entirety of the movie belittling Claire for being "the princess". His character took the lead in playing pranks during the detention. He can't believe that the movie is still well-liked by people. "I'm surprised, but pleasantly so," he told TODAY anchor and "Breakfast Club" superfan Savannah Guthrie.

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Nelson says that he's now the father of the "bad boy" he played in The Breakfast Club. Since playing that iconic role, he has written many books and starred in the 1985 movie St. Elmo's Fire. He was also in the 1990s sitcom Suddenly Susan with Brooke Shields. He has a recurring role in Empire and played Santa Claus in the Hallmark holiday movie Cancel Christmas, according to Insider.com.

5. Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish, the "princess"


Ringwald of Sixteen Candles fame had made her place in the industry with another teen drama. She played Claire, who ended up in detention because she skipped class to go shopping. These days she plays the role of Archie Andrews' mom on the CW show Riverdale.

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Since her iconic role in the teen movie, she landed a role in Not Another Teen Movie, Townies, and Psych. More recently, she was on The Secret Life of the American Teenager until 2013. She was the voice actor behind the villainous Dark Princess in 2014's Rainbow Brite and appeared in a reboot of Jem and the Holograms. She played Mrs. Flynn in the Netflix rom-com The Kissing Booth and its sequel.