After the Hollywood Romances, Sex and Drugs — What Happened to the Brat Pack?
We're taking the opportunity to catch up with all of the former '80s teen phenoms
With a multi-generational reunion of sorts between Brat Pack alum Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy’s son in the works, we’re taking the opportunity to catch up with all of the former ’80s teen phenoms — and their offspring — over 30 years after they first earned their iconic nickname.
During a recent appearance on The MOMS, McCarthy revealed that his 15-year-old son, Sam, will appear in an upcoming movie called All These Small Moments alongside the famous red-head.
“She emailed me on the first day and she said, ‘Your son just did a scene and when he walked away, it was just like watching you walk away from me 30 years ago,’ ” he recalled.
McCarthy, 54, starred alongside Ringwald, 49, in popular ’80s movies like Pretty in Pink and Fresh Horses. The young actors, along with other budding stars like Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall, were collectively dubbed the Brat Pack — a play on Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack from the ’60s.
Using Photoshop wizardry, we’ve brought Ringwald and the rest of the gang together with their ’80s selves, as we catch up with their lives since the gang disbanded:
The undisputed ’80s teen queen, Ringwald cemented her icon status as the centerpiece to John Hughe’s classics like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. In addition to continuing her work in film and TV, Ringwald has appeared as a columnist for The Guardian and has worked as a recording artist, releasing a jazz record in 2013.
After a three-year marriage, she and French author Valéry Lameignère divorced in 2002. She went on to marry Panio Gianopoulos, a Greek-American writer and editor, in 2007. They had their daughter Mathilda in 2003, and twins, Adele and Roman in 2009.
Anthony Michael Hall:
Perhaps best-known as the nervous, bookworm Brian Ralph Johnson in The Breakfast Club, Hall, 48, no longer looks like a kid who’d get trapped in his locker. After his breakout role as Rusty Griswold in 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation, Hall went on to star in three Hughes’ classics — Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science — before turning away from the genre in fear of being typecast.
He became the youngest cast member ever on Saturday Night Live at 17, before leaving the show due to his struggles with substance abuse. Clean and sober since 1990, Hall resurrected his career appearing in TV shows like Psych and films like 2014’s Foxcatcher and Brad Pitt’s upcoming War Machine. Currently, the actor has been embroiled in legal troubles over an altercation with his neighbor.
Moore, 54, enjoyed a string of hits throughout the ’90s, including Ghost, A Few Good Men and Indecent Proposal. She also caused a stir in 1991 by posing pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair. After a hiatus from Hollywood, Moore returned in 2003 with Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. She split from Bruce Willis in 2000 and from Ashton Kutcher in 2013.
Estevez, 54, found continued success with movies like Stakeout, Young Guns, The Mighty Ducks and their respective sequels. He married Paula Abdul in April 1992, but the couple divorced just over two years later. In 2010, Estevez wrote, directed and acted in The Way, which starred his father Martin Sheen. Nowadays he operates a vineyard in Malibu with his partner, writer Sonja Magdevski.
Sheedy, 54, starred in Short Circuit and High Art, among other films, as well as being featured in recurring roles on Kyle XY and Psych. In 1992, she married David Lansbury, nephew to Angela Lansbury, but they split in 2008. Sheedy reunited with Breakfast Club costar Molly Ringwald for the 30th anniversary of that film.
Lowe, 53, started off the ’80s in relationships with both Melissa Gilbert and Princess Stephanie. He also reteamed with Moore in 1986’s About Last Night. In 1988, Lowe’s public image took a hit with his infamous sex tape scandal, but he eventually returned to the public eye with roles in Wayne’s World, The West Wing, Brothers and Sisters and Parks and Recreation. He’s been married to Sheryl Berkoff since 1991.
Nelson, 57, followed his work with the Brat Pack on St. Elmo’s Fire with From the Hip, New Jack City and Billionaire Boys Club. He acted opposite Brooke Shields for three seasons of the must-see TV sitcom Suddenly Susan and has recently starred in a recurring role as a villain on Empire.
McCarthy, 54, became an ’80s movie all-star acting in Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, Less Than Zero and Weekend at Bernie’s. More recently, he’s been directing episodes of Orange Is the New Black and The Blacklist. He married his second wife, Dolores Rice, in 2011, and the couple now have two children.