John Hughes defined a generation of young people with his films that are now iconic classics such as Sixteen Candles, Mr. Mom, Home Alone, Ferris Bueller and The Breakfast Club (which is celebrating it’s 30th year) and being released on Blu-Ray this week.
Who can forget that infamous scream of Macauley Calkin in Home Alone or how Ally Sheedy made grunge/goth look cool or how adorable Matthew Broderick was driving everyone crazy in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
I don’t know about you, but I remember these films with a fondness in my heart and could still watch them today as if they had just been released. That’s the stuff classics are made of.
Here a brief synopsis of what some the films stars are up to today
-Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller) won a Tony Award twice for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Brighton Beach Memoirs ( As of 2013, Broderick is the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play). He can be heard as the voice of Adult Simba in the award winning Disney Animated Feature The Lion King. He’s currently back on Broadway in It’s Only a Play.
-Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles) has dabbled on Broadway and headlined a national tour of Sweet Charity. Fans can now catch her on The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family or in concert during one her live jazz dates around the country.
-Macauley Culkin (Home Alone) reprised his role of Kevin McAllister in in one of three Home Alone sequels, dabbled on Broadway and does occasional work as a voice over artist on the animated series Robot Chicken
-Michael Keaton (Mr. Mom) was recently the frontrunner for the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in Birdman. He also did a little stint as Batman back in the day.
As for the Breakfast Club…
Sheedy went on to star opposite Broderick in War Games and was part of another iconic little film called St. Elmo’s Fire with Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Mare Winninhgam and her Breakfast Clyb buddies Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy who were affectionately dubbed the “Brat Pack”
Emilio Estevez, also in St. Elmo’s Fire, went on to direct the critically acclaimed “Bobby” about slain brother of President John F. Kennedy -Robert F. Kennedy.
Judd Nelson transitioned nicely into a character actor with such films as New Jack City and can now be seen on Fox Tv’s red hot hit Empire.
Anthony Michael Hall filled out of the skinny, geek comedy dude into a stellar dramatic actor headlining a hit Stephen King series for USA networks called Dead Zone.
Take a look back at The Breakfast Club