Saving Private Ryan Turns 20 — See the Cast of the War Classic Then and Now
Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of Steven Spielberg's most acclaimed works: Saving Private Ryan.
The intense and graphic depiction of D-Day during World War II earned a whopping 11 Oscar nominations and gained lots of traction for its gritty realism after its release.
The film brought together a cast of now extremely successful actors that have went on to other blockbusters since 1998. Let's look at where they are now.
Tom Hanks: Captain Miller
Before starring as Captain Miller in 1998, Hanks had already been nominated for three Oscars, taking home two of them for Best Actor in Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1995).
He had also already made a name for himself in Big (1988), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and Apollo 13 (1995).
His work in Saving Private Ryan then scored him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor, and his work thereafter continued his success.
The Hollywood actor, 62, starred in numerous blockbusters such as Cast Away (2000), which he also produced, You've Got Mail (1998) and the ongoing Toy Story franchise.
Hanks worked with Spielberg an additional four times, directing him in box office hits, Catch Me if You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Bridge of Spies (2015) and most recently in The Post (2017), where he worked alongside Meryl Streep.
He is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood today, and continues to both act and produce in several films. He is currently working on Toy Story 4 (2019) and worked as the executive producer for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in theaters now.
Matt Damon: Private Ryan
The man who played Private James Ryan himself already had two Oscar nominations and one win from Good Will Hunting (1997) under his belt before taking on this tough role.
Damon, 47, first got his start in Mystic Pizza (1988) and following Ryan, he continued his strong movie career. He starred in Ocean's Eleven (2001), The Departed (2006), True Grit (2010), The Martian (2015) and as the lead character in the Bourne franchise.
The actor also tried his hand at producing, which led him to another Oscar nomination for Manchester by the Sea (2016).
Recently, Damon appeared in Downsizing (2017) and cameoed in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Deadpool 2 (2018).
Vin Diesel: Private Caparzo
Diesel first began acting at age seven but didn't make his big debut until Steven Spielberg had seen some of his less recognized work and decided to cast him as Private Caparzo in Ryan.
Shortly thereafter, Diesel, 51, gained more work and was cast in the sci-fi film Pitch Black (2000), which earned him a lot of recognition and success.
Since then, he headlined several other films such as The Fast and the Furious (2001), xXx (2002), The Pacifier (2005), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Furious 7 (2015).
He also starred from behind the scenes as the voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Tom Sizemore: Sergeant Horvath
56-year-old actor Tom Sizemore had several big roles throughout the 90s before his work in Saving Private Ryan.
He was was in Guilty by Suspicion (1991), True Romance (1993), Wyatt Earp (1994), Heat (1995) and gained his first big leading role in The Relic (1997), directed by Peter Hyams.
After being cast in Ryan, Sizemore was seen as a more well-rounded actor than he had been throughout his other roles before.
However, Sizemore struggled with drug addiction and several scandals throughout his career.
More recently, he played Anthony Sinclair on the TV series Twin Peaks (2017).
Edward Burns: Private Reiben
Edward Burns got his start as a production manager at Entertainment Tonight through his father's connections.
While on staff, he wrote the screenplay for The Brothers McMullen (1995) and then gave a copy to Robert Redford when he appeared on ET. This film was then showed at Sundance and he eventually sold it to 20th Century Fox's Searchlight Pictures.
This began his career as a writer, director and actor, leading him up to Saving Private Ryan, his first film where he was not a director.
He later appeared in other films such as The Holiday (2006), 27 Dresses (2008) and Man on a Ledge (2012).
Burns, 50, recently directed and acted in Summertime (2018), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.