What Ever Happened To… the cast of The Breakfast Club?

‘The Breakfast Club’ was one of those films loads of us were force-fed in school because it’s all about acceptance and learning to appreciate the humans behind stereotypes – and because teachers fancied a free two hours of staring into space.

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The 1985 film follows five teenagers (half of whom look 30 years old) as they spend their Saturday in detention.

Half-way through the day the group get stoned which leads to this harrowing and entirely realistic account of what happens when you smoke marijuana.  (Go to 1 min 24)

What happened to those teens?  Find out after the jump!

Emilio Estevez – Andy Clark

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Emilio is Martin Sheen’s oldest child and when he was eleven he and his brother Charlie made short films with their friends Sean Penn and Rob Lowe.

He was a leading Brat Pack star in the 80′s with films like ‘The Outsiders’, ‘St Elmo’s Fire’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’.   He also appeared in the comedy ‘Stakeout’, and the ‘Young Guns’ films.

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During the 90′s he appeared in ‘The Mighty Ducks’ and ‘Another Stakeout’.  He was a member of the original spy team at the start of ‘Mission Impossible’ and has since popped up in an episode of ‘The West Wing’ (playing a young version of his dad) and Charlie’s sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’.  He has also produced the film ‘Bobby’ and directed ‘The Way’ which starred his dad Martin.

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Emilio has two children from a relationship with model Carey Salley back in the 80′s.  He was briefly engaged to Demi Moore, was married to Paula Abdul (above) from 1992-1994 and is now married to writer Sonja Magdevski.

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Anthony Michael Hall – Brian Johnson

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Anthony had a big career in the 80′s with films like ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’, ‘Sixteen Candles’, and ‘Weird Science’  He actually dated his co-star Molly Ringwald for a short time after filming ‘The Breakfast Club’.  He was also the youngest ‘Saturday Night Live’ member ever – Anthony was just 17 when he was on the show from 1985-1986.

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Changing from the ‘geek’ roles, Anthony played a bully in ‘Edward Scissorhands’ but through the 90′s big roles were rare.  He appeared with Will Smith in ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ and played Bill Gates opposite Noah Wyle’s Steve Jobs in ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’.

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In the 2000′s he made a few TV movies and appeared in the Stephen King adaptation ‘The Dead Zone’ alongside the huge flop ‘Freddie Got Fingered’.  He had a brief role as a reporter in ‘The Dark Knight’.

anthony michael hall the dark knight

Anthony has been sober since giving up drink all together in 1990 and formed his own band called ‘Hall of Mirrors’ in 1998.

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Judd Nelson – John Bender

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Did you know Bender from ‘Futurama’ is named after his character in this film?

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Well you do now.

Like Emilio and Anthony, Judd Nelson was a member of ‘The Brat Pack’ with movies like ‘St Elmo’s Fire’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’.  During the 80′s he also appeared in ‘From The Hip’, ‘Never On Tuesday’ and ‘Relentless’.

During the 90′s he had parts in ‘New Jack City’, ‘Airheads’ and the sitcom ‘Suddenly Susan’.

Since 2000 he has popped up on ‘CSI’, ‘CSI: NY’, ‘Two and a Half Men’, ‘Pysch’ and ‘Cabin By The Lake’.

He was once engaged to ‘Beverly Hills 90210′ star Shannen Doherty.

judd nelson 2013

Molly Ringwald – Claire Standish

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Molly was one of the biggest teen stars of the 80′s with huge hit John Hughes films like ‘Sixteen Candles’, ‘Pretty in Pink’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’.

During the 90′s she turned down roles in ‘Ghost’ and ‘Pretty Woman’ and instead appeared in a TV adaptation of ‘Stephen King’s The Stand’ and moved to Paris to appear in French films.

She had a cameo in ‘Not Another Teen Movie’, played the mum in ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and in 2014 she joined the cast of the film adaptation of 80s cartoon ‘Jem and the Holograms’. 

Molly released a jazz album in April 2013.  She has three children with her second husband, the writer Panio Gianopoulos.

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Ally Sheedy – Allison Reynolds

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At the age of 12 Ally wrote a bestselling children’s book called ‘She Was Nice To Mice’.  During the 80′s she starred in big hits like ‘WarGames’, ‘Short Circuit’, ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘St Elmo’s Fire’ and ‘Maid To Order’.

Since then she has appeared in the TV movie ‘High Art’ and shows like ‘CSI’, ‘Psych’, ‘Kyle XY’ and ‘The Dead Zone’.

Ally developed drug problems in the 80′s and went to rehab, she then had a problem with prescription medication in the 90′s.   She has one daughter with her ex-husband David Lansbury (‘Murder She Wrote’ star Angela Lansbury’s nephew).

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Paul Gleason – Dick Vernon

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Paul was a baseball player for the Cleveland Indians but he played just two minor league seasons from 1959-1960.

He acted on the soap ‘All My Children’ during the 70′s and during the 80′s he played assholes in films like ‘Trading Places’ and ‘Die Hard’.

Like Molly Ringwald he spoofed his ‘The Breakfast Club’ role in ‘Not Another Teen Movie’.

Paul died in 2006 aged 67.  It’s thought his death from lung cancer was related to asbestos which he encountered while working on building sites with his dad as a teenager.

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John Kapelos – Carl Reed

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John had minor roles in other John Hughes 80′s classic ‘Weird Science’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’.

He has since had guest roles on TV shows like ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘CSI’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘One Tree Hill’.

John also teaches acting and has his own independent record label.

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The cast of ‘The Breakfast Club’, we salute you!

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