'The Breakfast Club': 30 years later

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'The Breakfast Club': 30 Years Later

It may be hard to believe, but Sunday marked thirty years since Principal Vernon supervised a group of five teenagers in the John Hughes classic "The Breakfast Club." So, thirty years later, where are those teens now?

"The Breakfast Club" opened in theatres on February 15th 1985, introducing the world to "the brain," "the princess," 'the jock," "the rebel," and "the basketcase."

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The Brain:

Anthony Michael Hall, who played brainy Brian Ralph, found success prior to “The Breakfast Club,” co-starring in “Sixteen Candles” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” but “The Breakfast Club” truly launched his career.

Months after the film’s release, Hall joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” at the age of just 17. He was and still remains the youngest cast member in the show’s forty year history.

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The now 46-year-old was featured in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” as reporter Mike Engel, and was recently seen in the Oscar-nominated film “Foxcatcher.”

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The Princess:

Molly Ringwald became a household name after John Hughes’ 1984 film “Sixteen Candles,” playing a girl struggling to get through her sixteenth birthday. Her star continued to rise with the release of “The Breakfast Club” where she played high school beauty Claire Standish.

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Today, the 46-year-old mother of three is still acting, recently playing the mom in ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of an American Teenager.”  It was perfect casting; Ringwald was ranked number one on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Teen Stars. 

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The Jock:

Emilio Estevez, the oldest son of actor Martin Sheen, first popped on the scene in the early 80s, appearing in the screen adaptations of S.E. Hinton’s bestselling books “Tex” and “The Outsiders.” However, it was his performance as the athletic Andy Clarke that put him on the map.

In subsequent years, he starred in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Young Guns,”and my personal favorite “The Mighty Ducks” trilogy.

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Lately, the 52-year-old has been flexing his directing muscles, helming the 2006 film “Bobby” and currently directing “The Public,” starring “Parks and Rec” star Aubrey Plaza.

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The Rebel:

Judd Nelson was the oldest member of “The Breakfast Club” and the 55-year-old has been keeping busy ever since his breakout role as rebel John Bender.

He starred alongside Emilio Estevez in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” co-starred in the sitcom “Suddenly Susan,” he even parodied the role that got him famous in an episode of “Family Guy.”
 

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Nelson is currently starring in the new FOX show “Empire” alongside Terrence Howard.

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The Basketcase:

Ally Sheedy portrayed Allison Reynolds, the misunderstood, oddball of “The Breakfast Club.”
 

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After the film’s release, she too appeared in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” then in “Short Circuit,” TV shows “Kyle XY” and “Psyche,” and John Leguizamo’s 2014 film “Fugly!”

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The Principal:

Sadly, Paul Gleason, who played Principal Vernon, died in 2006 of lung cancer.

The cast may have come a long way since since their days in Shermer High, but even after thirty years “The Breakfast Club” remains one of the most important and timeless high school films ever made.
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