Where are they Now? The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Part 1
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You know his name. Bueller… Ferris Bueller.
He’s the ultimate slacker kingpin in John Hughes’ seminal ’80s teen comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which inspired millions of kids to not take life too seriously. The movie was an enormous success upon release, becoming one of the most beloved comedies of the decade. Most notable was the nigh-perfect group of characters Hughes created, and of course, the actors he enlisted to play them.
It may be hard to believe, but the comedy classic is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary in June. It’s crazy to think that that much time has passed since Ferris took that fateful day off of school, but then, life does move pretty fast. As such, it’s time to stop and take a look around and see what the cast members of this classic have been up to all these years. Here are the ups and downs of the stars of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The walrus himself, Broderick brought the titular wise guy to life in what proved to be a career defining role. Ferris’ quest to have one of the most legendary days of hooky in high school history was not to be denied. He convinces his (actually sick) best friend Cameron to borrow his father’s Ferrari for a day on the town, and, weirdly enough, a car almost ended Broderick’s career just as it was taking off. Less than a year after Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released in the U.S., the actor and his co-star/secret girlfriend Jennifer Grey were involved in a controversial car crash while vacationing in Ireland. The crash killed a mother and child in the opposite car. Broderick, who fractured his leg and ribs in the accident, was nearly charged with a crime that may have led to significant jail time, but only payed a small fine in the end.
After the success of Ferris Bueller, he went on to star in the 1989 Civil War epic Glory, which won 3 Oscars. He also found a great deal of success in the ’90s as the voice of all-grown-up Simba in the Disney smash hit The Lion King. He went on to star in a series of hits and misses on the big screen, including 1998’s Godzilla, Inspector Gadget, The Stepford Wives and Deck the Halls. He’s also dabbled in Broadway musicals, having been nominated for a Tony for his performance in The Producers only to lose to his co-star, Nathan Lane.
Although he’s had a series of relationships with various actresses (Grey, Helen Hunt, and Lili Taylor), Broderick settled down with Sex in the City star Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997. The two remain together nearly two decades later, and they have three children together. Broderick may not have ever outdone his most famous role, though he’s certainly still getting steady work. He was last seen in a cameo role in last summer’s Trainwreck, and he’s attached to co-star in an as of yet untitled Howard Hughes-based film (directed by Warren Beatty)scheduled for a 2016 release.
One of the standout moments of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is when Ferris’ quiet, reserved BFF Cameron goes totally “berserk.” Thanks to Alan Ruck’s onscreen charisma and youthful looking face (he turned 30 when the film was released) he was able to embody the spirit of the character as he transforms from a tightly wound diamond creator to a confident adolescent in control of his own destiny. After the movie, Ruck took a series of backseat supporting roles, from 1990’s Young Guns II to 1996’s Twister. You might also recognize him as Annoying Tourist Guy from Speed.
He landed a lead role in the popular series Spin City alongside Michael J. Fox in the ’90s, and then later Charlie Sheen in the 2000s. Today, Ruck stays busy with a number of television roles including Medium, Persons Unknown, and various CSI incarnations. His most recent endeavors include a return to stage acting, as well as a Netflix-based feature film project alongside Brad Pitt titled War Machine.
Sara’s big break came in 1985 when she starred opposite Tom Cruise in Ridley Scott’s adventure pic Legend. With it she was able to land the role of Ferris’ girlfriend, Sloan Peterson. Since moving on from her role as the plucky high schooler, she’s somewhat been avoiding the limelight. In 1994 she starred alongside Jean Claude Van Damme in Timecop, a science fiction piece that actually won Sara a Saturn Award for best supporting actress — no small feat.
The actress has tried her hat on television, scoring numerous roles throughout the years. In 2002, she played Dr. Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn, the main antagonist in the short-lived series Birds of Prey, which focused on the years after Batman’s exile into solitude. In her personal life, Sara has a private piloting license, as well as a habit of falling for the sons of Hollywood icons. In 1996, she married Jason Connery, the son of Sean Connery, though the two divorced in 2002 and she’s now married to Ben Henson, the son of Muppets creator Jim Henson.
The ’80s were a great time for Jennifer Grey. After the success of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off she was reunited with Patrick Swayze (the two had previously starred together in Red Dawn) for 1987’s Dirty Dancing. The movie was a megahit that earned the actress a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Her scenes dancing with Swayze set to the song “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” still remain cinema staples in pop-culture moments.
As the ’80s drew to a close unfortunately, so too did the actress’ career. Grey acknowledges her ability to get work suffered from undergoing plastic surgery procedures. The actress even pokes fun of this fact in the 1999 sitcom It’s Like, You Know . . ., playing herself in a role with a running gag about her noticeable nose job. Although she hasn’t reached the heights she did when she appeared in Ferris Bueller and Dirty Dancing, Grey stays busy with smaller movie parts and various TV roles. In 2010 she showed off her dance moves in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, a competition which she won, and the following year, she married her husband Clark Gregg, better known as Agent Coulson from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In all of Hollywood history no star has publicly burned out and imploded more than that of Charlie Sheen. In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jennifer Grey’s Jeannie asks Sheen’s character what he’s in jail for. Sheen, whose character’s name is Boy in Police Station, quizzically responds with a straight face: “drugs.” Ironically, Sheen would run into the same problem with regularity later on in his career. After Ferris Bueller, Sheen racked up a highly successful movie career, starring in hits like Platoon, Wall Street, and Major League, and he followed it with a fruitful TV career with his hit television show Two and a Half Men. Unfortunately, heavy cocaine use coupled with offensive media rants led to Sheen’s termination from the popular CBS show.
And then Charlie kind of went berserk.
In the years following Two and a Half Men, Sheen spiraled down a twisted path of heavy drug use, public rants and strange behavior. He was able to pool his resources into getting another show on FX, Anger Management, but it was cancelled after just two seasons. His string of self-destructive behavior came to an unfortunate head this past year with the actor’s announcement that he was in fact HIV positive. Here’s hoping the former A-Lister can turn it around so he can get back to dispensing sound psychological advice to overbearing sisters in police stations.
The wacked out Dean of Students, Ed Rooney had more than an unbridled determination to catch Ferris skipping school. It was a complete and total obsession, one that eventually led Rooney to break into the Bueller family home and assault the family dog, down a twisted path he probably wasn’t going to recover from. Unfortunately, the same can be said of the actor who played him, Jeffrey Jones.
After the role that made him a cultural icon, Jones wasn’t exactly struggling to find work. He landed roles in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow, and appeared alongside Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in The Devil’s Advocate. But all of this was overshadowed by the public attention toward his arrest in 2002, in which Jones was accused of paying a 14 year old boy to allow him to take graphic photographs. He was subsequently sentenced to 5 years of probation and was forced to register himself as a sex offender. He’s had multiple arrests in the years since, as Jones has either failed to update his status as an offender or update his registration in both Florida and California.
To be continued Post #2.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), who skips school and spends the day in downtown Chicago along with his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck). He creatively avoids his school’s dean of students Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), his resentful sister Jeannie (Jennifer Grey), and his parents. During the film, Bueller regularly breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera to explain to the audience his thoughts and techniques.
Hughes wrote the screenplay in less than a week and shot the film, on a budget of $5.8 million, over three months in 1985. Featuring many famous Chicago landmarks including the then Sears Tower and the Art Institute of Chicago, the film was Hughes’ love letter to the city: “I really wanted to capture as much of Chicago as I could. Not just in the architecture and landscape, but the spirit.”
Released by Paramount Pictures on June 11, 1986, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off became one of the top-grossing films of the year and was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as per being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2016, Paramount Pictures, Turner Classic Movies, and Fathom Events will re-release the film, along with Pretty in Pink, to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.
Directed by John Hughes
Produced by John Hughes, Tom Jacobson
Written by John Hughes
Starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen.
Music by Ira Newborn, Arthur Baker, John Robie
Cinematography Tak Fujimoto
Edited by Paul Hirsch
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date: June 11, 1986
Running time: 103 minutes
Country: United States
Budget $5.8 million
Box office $70.1 million