Meet 'Porky's' Cast 40 Years after Cult Teen Comedy Was Released
Bob Clark's 1981 classic "Porky's" helped carve out the teen comedy film genre and outrage many parents. But what happened to the cast since then?
The controversial film spawned three sequels -- "Porky's II: The Next Day," "Porky's Revenge!" and "Pimpin' Pee Wee" -- which even featured future A-lister Kim Cattrall.
So where did the rest of the "Porky's" cast end up four decades after the classic and original film's release? Let's have a look.
Roger Wilson graduated from Woodbury Forest School alongside Marvin Bush, George W.'s brother. He went on to star in a couple of roles before landing his big role as Mickey in "Porky's."
Mickey was the innocent redneck of the bunch, a role that gained him recognition, and he also appeared in the first "Porky's" sequel.
Weirdly, he is best known for suing Leonardo DiCaprio for $45 million in 1998. This after he got into a fight with members of the actor's entourage. Wilson also played in the band "Born Again Baldwins" until 2009.
Knight had a short career in television before turning all his attention to the film world. This was where he earned the role of Tommy in "Porky's" and its sequels.
The actor went on to work on "Family Ties," "Pacific Blue," and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." He made a few appearances in TV movies as well but seemingly stopped acting around 2003. Tragically, he passed away in 2011.
Before playing Sheriff Wallace, Alex Karras was a first-round draft pick for the Detroit Lions, playing with the team until 1970.
In fact, he's a professional football hall of fame inductee! Memorably, he played Mongo in the hilarious "Blazing Saddles" before being cast in "Porky's."
Shortly after "Porky's," Karras went on to his most memorable role -- adoptive father, George Papadolpolis on "Webster."
The show starred Emmanuel Lewis and Karras' real-life wife, Susan Clark. In 2011, Karras began suffering serious health complications and passed away in 2012.
Canadian actor Doug McGrath earned himself a Canadian Academy Award for his role in the 1970 film "Goin' Down the Road."
His role in "Porky's" was not quite so profound, but it was definitely fun. And the role introduced society to McGrath's infectious and hilarious laughter.
The Coach didn't make appearances in the "Porky's" sequels, but McGrath did go on to become quite successful in film and television.
He can be seen in "Falcon Crest," "Little House on the Prairie," "Twilight Zone: The Movie," and many more. Today, he works mainly out of his native Canada.
After gaining some attention for his role in "Fame," Boyd Gaines went on to play Coach Brackett, the lovesick coach who fell hard for the beautiful Ms. Honeywell.
This role was only his second film or television role ever and basically launched his acting career. Gaines went on to work in film and television for many years.
He's also found success on Broadway, appearing in "She Loves Me," "Cabaret," and "Anything Goes," among others.
He has received many accolades for his stage work. In 2019, he had a small role in the Ansel Elgort film, "The Goldfinch."
The beautiful bombshell Kim Cattrall played Ms. Honeywell, the overly enthusiastic cheerleading coach. Before "Porky's," she was born in England but was raised in Canada.
This was where she had a lengthy list of television credits, appearing on "Columbo," "Charlie's Angels," and "Qunicy M.E."
Cattrall experienced a fair degree of success in the '80s, with parts in "Police Academy," "Big Trouble in Little China," and "Mannequin."
In the '90s, she played Samantha Jones on "Sex and the City," a part for which she won a Golden Globe. Since 2011, the theatre world has grabbed her attention.
Following a breakout role in "The Wanderers," actor Tony Ganios played the 'biggest guy on the campus" and the resident ladies' man.
He was called Meat in "Porky's." His role emphasized the actor's physique and established him as a teenage heartthrob.
Like many of his castmates, his role in "Porky's" would be his most famous. He also starred in "Die Hard 2" and showed up in "Rising Sun."
Prior to appearing on "Porky's," O'Reilly's acting experience were two roles in comedy cult classic "Airplane!" and the tv show, "Skag." 1981 would turn out to be a break out year for O'Reilly.
O'Reilly has been rather busy since "Porky's." He reprised his role for only one sequel and went on to appear in "Navy Seals," "T.N.T.," and "Black Dog."
His television appearances after "Porky's" have included "Murder, She Wrote," "Silk Stalkings," and "Desire." He recently produced "Alien Rising."
The prank-pulling voice of reason in "Porky's" was Billy. It was Herrier's first film role. In no time at all, Herrier found himself in the world's number one movie as well as the number one show in New York, "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You."
Along with reprising his role for the sequels, Herrier appeared in several hit shows and films such as "M*A*S*H," "Freddy's Nightmare," and "Murder, She Wrote." Today, he's turned to directing and was behind the movies "Popcorn" and "I Like Mike."
The part of Edward 'Pee Wee' Morris would be the biggest role Dan Monahan ever played. Before the film, he worked on stage alongside Al Pacino in "Richard III." He also appeared in 'Eight is Enough," "How the West Was Won," and starred in a few after-school specials.
After "Porky's," Monahan reprised his Pee Wee role in "Porky's II" and "Porky's Revenge." He made a few appearances in the '80s and '90s but retired from acting in 2000.
CRAZY IN CANADA
Although the film did well in America, the split studio production did extremely well in Canada. Porky’s was the highest ever grossing film at the Canadian box office.
An accolade held by the production for a very long time, "Porky’s: remained the highest-grossing film in Canada for 24 years!
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