‘The Breakfast Club’ Cast: Then and Now
It’s been more than 30 years since the teenage drama film “The Breakfast Club” was released, becoming one of the most iconic movies of the ‘80s. The cast members are still working in the entertainment industry; here’s how they look now.
In “The Breakfast Club” director John Hughes reunited one representative of the most prominent student stereotypes: the bad boy, the bookworm, the outcast, the jock, and the princess, in a Saturday morning detention.
The film, released in February 15, 1985, starred Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, and Anthony Michael Hall.
Original poster for the Breakfast Club at the Paris Theatre on September 20, 2010. | Photo: GettyImages
They are all still part of the entertainment industry, some as actors, some behind the camera. Find out what they’re doing now.
MOLLY RINGWALD AS CLAIRE STANDISH, THE POPULAR GIRL
Molly’s breakout role was in the film “Sixteen Candles.” She was just 16 when she starred in “The Breakfast Club,” and afterward, she starred in another John Hughes’ film, “Pretty in Pink,” which turned her into a teen icon.
In the early ‘90s, Ringwald allegedly rejected the leading roles in the films “Pretty Woman” and “Ghost.”
Then, she moved to Paris to make several French movies but keep flying back to the U.S intermittently to make appearances on series and TV films.
Molly Ringwalks as Claire Standish in "The Breakfast Club" | Source: YouTube/MovieClips
Molly also starred in the film “Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story” and ABC’s series “Townies.”
In 2000, she made a special appearance on “Not Another Teen Movie” and did some off-Broadway work in theater before landing the role of Anne Juergens on the series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” alongside Shailene Woodley.
Molly has been playing a recurring role on CW’s “Riverdale” since 2016.
She has been married twice and is a mother of three, a daughter from her first marriage, and boy-girl twins from her second and current marriage to Panio Gianopoulos.
Molly Ringwald attends the Family Equality Council's "Night At The Pier" Gala at Chelsea Piers on May 06, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages
JUDD NELSON AS JOHN BENDER, THE BAD BOY
After “The Breakfast Club,” Judd Nelson reunited with co-stars Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy in "St. Elmo's Fire” and starred in the ‘90s sitcom “Suddenly Susan.”
He has also made some voice-work, providing the voice of Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in “The Transformers: The Movie” and sequels of the film and videogames. He also worked on animated series such as “Family Guy,” “Phineas and Ferb,” and “Ben 10: Omniverse.”
Judd Nelson as John Bender in "The Breakfast Club" | Source: YouTube/MovieClips
Judd has appeared on dozens of films and series, including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: NY,” “Eleventh Hour,” “Psych,” and a recurring role in “Two and a Half Men.”
Most recently, he had a recurring role on “Empire” as Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) nemesis Billy Beretti; and starred in the film “Billionaire Boys Club,” based on a real club of rick boys from Southern California that got involved in fraud and eventual murder back in the ‘80s.
Judd Nelson at the premier of "David Crosby: Remember My Name" on July 18, 2019. | Photo: GettyImages
EMILIO ESTEVEZ AS ANDREW CLARK, THE JOCK
Estevez is the only member of the cast who has branched to other aspects of the entertainment industry like writing, producing, and directing.
After “The Breakfast Club” he co-wrote and starred in the films “That Was Then, This Is Now” and “Wisdom.” He also got leading roles in the comedy “Stakeout” and the westerns “Young Guns” and “Young Guns II.”
In the early ‘90s, Estevez shared the screen with his brother Charlie Sheen in “Men at Work,” a film he also wrote and directed. Later, he brought coach Gordon Bombay to life on Disney’s “The Mighty Ducks.”
Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clark in "The Breakfast Club" | Source: YouTube/MovieClips
He has directed episodes of TV series like “Cold Case,” “The Guardian,” “CSI: NY,” and “Numb3rs.”
His most recent work was the 2018 film “The Public” which he wrote, directed and starred in.
Estevez has two children from his relationship to model Carey Salley and was married for two years with singer Paula Abdul in the early ‘90s.
He’s currently engaged to writer and winemaker Sonja Magdevski.
Emilio Estevez attends WE Day California at The Forum on April 25, 2019. | Photo: GettyImages
ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL AS BRIAN JOHNSON, THE BOOKWORM
Hall, like the rest of his co-stars, had a prolific career through the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
At one point, he had to take a two-year break to deal with alcohol addiction, but at his return, he starred alongside Johnny Deep and Wynona Ryder on the Tim Burton film “Edward Scissorhands.”
He also starred in the critically acclaimed “Six Degrees of Separation” alongside Will Smith. There, Hall had to bring a gay man to life, and he referred to the film as “the hardest role [he] ever had.”
Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson in "The Breakfast Club" | Source: YouTube/MovieClips
After a series of low budget films, Hall gained prominence once again with his performance as Bill Gates on TNT’s original movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley.”
In 2002, Hall earned the starring role as Johnny Smith in the supernatural drama “The Dead Zone,” which ran for six seasons until 2007.
He also had recurring roles on series like “Warehouse 13,” “Awkward,” “Psych,” and “Murder in the First.” He recently made an appearance on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" and is set to appear on the upcoming "Halloween Kills."
Anthony Michael Hall attends Rockwell Table & Stage Presents "Edward Scissorhands: A Musical Parody" at Rockwell Table and Stage on December 16, 2018. | Photo: GettyImages
ALLY SHEEDY AS ALLISON REYNOLDS, THE OUTCAST
Through the ‘80s, Shelly had prominent roles in films such as “WarGames,” “St. Elmo's Fire,” “Short Circuit,” and “Maid to Order.”
In 1998, she starred alongside Radha Mitchell in the film “High Art” which followed the romantic relationship between two women and the importance of art. The film earned Sheedy several accolades and recognition from the media.
Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds in "The Breakfast Club" | Photo: GettyImages
Sheedy was the first woman to take the leading role in the off-Broadway production of the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” although her performance gained mixed reviews.
She reunited with Anthony Michael Hall in an episode of “The Dead Zone,” and also appeared in series like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Kyle XY” and “Psych.”
In 1992, Sheedy married actor David Lansbury, with whom she shares a son who is transgender. Sheedy and Lansbury divorced in 2008.
Ally Sheedy attends "The Breakfast Club" 30th Anniversary Restoration world premiere on March 16, 2015. | Photo: GettyImages
In 2018, Sheedy caused controversy when she tweeted the hashtag #MeToo after complaining about the presence of James Franco and Christian Slater at the Golden Globe Awards. She deleted the tweets soon after.
Sheedy’s most recent work was in an episode of the series “SMILF.”