Back to School - Where Are They Now? The Brat Pack Edition

The Brat Pack

As the children of the world start to drip back into their education after the longest summer break in history, we at /G-f delve into our school related film favourites. For Back to School weekend Steve Taylor-Bryant talks The Brat Pack (again)...

As I said in my previous Brat Pack related article there are many versions of the gang. I settled upon the one I am most comfortable with and it is from there that this article spawned. Whilst in my previous piece I had a look at who would be a member of a Brat Pack in today’s cinema, I neglected those that started all this. I know you are all very desperate to know what happened to the originals so here is my Where Are They Now? so you can rest easy at night knowing what happened to our 1980's bunch of misfits.

Emilio Estevez

Out of the public eye as an actor for quite a while, the son of Martin Sheen and brother of troubled Charlie Sheen has not stood still, reinventing himself as a top class director. On and off screen sporadically during the early part of the 21st century, it is behind the camera that sees those Sheen genes being put to good use. The Way, about a father who heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while travelling the "El Camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself, was a stunning piece of film making and Bobby, about the assassination of the younger Kennedy brother, is one of my favourite films.

Anthony Michael Hall

AMH has been a busy boy. Starring in such television shows as Warehouse 13 and Stephen King's Dead Zone, AMH has also been kept going in major films including a part as television reporter Mike Engel alongside Christian Bale in The Dark Knight, bringing the original Brat Pack and my new one full circle.

Rob Lowe

Lowe had a dip in popularity whilst he fought his own real life demons but reinvented himself as a force to be reckoned with in The West Wing. This success brought further roles in the superb Brothers and Sisters, Parks and Recreation and alongside David Duchovny in Californification.

Andrew McCarthy

Weekend at Bernie’s is enough for me to love Mr McCarthy for ever and ever but that was still 1980's. McCarthy hasn’t been quiet though, starring in the likes of White Collar and Royal Pains and turned his hand to directing with successes like Orange is the New Black, Alpha House and Gossip Girl.

Demi Moore

Marrying Bruce Willis and then Ashton Kutcher, Moore managed to keep the spotlight firmly on her with a string of box office films alongside some of Hollywood's greats. Ghost, A Few Good Men, Bobby (with Estevez again), Striptease, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, G.I.Jane and others all did quite well and the roles keep coming with Forsaken and Wild Oats more recently.

Judd Nelson

Nelson was alongside Lowe as one of my favourite stars of the 1980's and yet never seemed to garner the recognition he deserved. Despite this he has remained one of the busiest of the Pack with over 100 on-screen parts. Most recent titles of note include Nikita, Ben 10: Omniverse, and the forthcoming This Is Happening.

Molly Ringwald

One of my favourites, with Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Molly is 1980's royalty! Recently on screen with some success as Anne Juergens in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Molly also appeared in some top shows and films since those heady days of adorning my bedroom wall on posters. Medium, Psysch and The Stand (with Rob Lowe again) all brightened up my days with her involvement...sigh

Ally Sheedy

Also a veteran of Psych, as well as Kyle XY, Stephen King's Dead Zone, The Outer Limits and more pretty cool geeky shows, Ally Sheedy is still working although on screen appearances aren’t really as up there as other members of the Brat Pack.

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