The Cast of Aliens: Where Are They Now?
Oh, Sigourney. Where do we begin? Our beloved Ripley has continued to demonstrate both versatile action, comedic and dramatic chops, with critically lauded performances in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl. She would resume the role of Ellen Ripley in two more Alien films in the '90s, parody her own sci-fi queen image in the cult comedy Galaxy Quest and then win a Saturn Award for Avatar in 2009. Plus, we enjoyed her recent cameo in the 2016, all-female cast reboot of Ghostbusters.
Reiser, whose corporate weasel was the most despicable non-alien entity of the film, has continued to work steadily in Hollywood while also releasing a string of books. He was recently in Whiplash and The Little Hours, and he's back on TV in Netflix's Stranger Things.
Biehn has continued to work steadily after breaking out with another James Cameron film you may remember, The Terminator. Since Aliens, he appeared in other great genre fare like The Abyss in 1989, K2 in 1991, the Western Tombstone in 1993 and The Rock in 1996.
Henriksen's distinctive features have been utilized in any number of films since Aliens, in works as far-ranging as Kathryn Bigelow's vampire Western Near Dark (with Aliens costars Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein), the monster-horror flick Pumpkinhead (in 1987 and 1988, respectively) and Jim Jarmusch's Johnny Depp-starring "psychedelic Western," Dead Man, in 1995. He also had a recurring role in Fox's television series Millennium.
Arguably the most memorable of the Space Marines featured in Aliens, Jenette Goldstein's PFC Jenette Vasquez was her first film role, and it won her a Saturn Award. Goldstein would appear alongside Aliens costars Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton in Kathryn Bigelow's vampire Western Near Dark and go onto roles in Star Trek: Generations and Titanic. She is currently the proprietor of a large-cup bra specialty store called Jenette Bras.
Though Henn's portrayal of shell-shocked alien massacre survivor Newt was critically acclaimed, she declined to pursue a career in Hollywood further, opting instead to become a teacher.
Paxton, one of the only actors to have the honor of being offed by a Terminator, Aliens and Predator, maintained a busy schedule post-Aliens. He appeared with Aliens costars Lance Henriksen and Jenette Goldstein in Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark and went on to notch appearances in some of the biggest blockbusters of the '90s, including Twister, Apollo 13 and Tombstone, with Alien costar Michael Biehn. Sadly, he passed away on Feb. 25 following a stroke he suffered during heart surgery.