Remember Judd Nelson from 'The Breakfast Club' and 'St. Elmo's Fire'? He looks way different today

'The Breakfast Club': Teen Movie Turns 30

The '80s were a great time for TV, movies and music, and to say otherwise is just crazy. We're going to leave out fashion for obvious reasons.

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There wasn't a time during the '80s when you went to see a movie and didn't see John Hughes' leading lady, Molly Ringwald. "Pretty in Pink," "Sixteen Candles," and of course "The Breakfast Club" were huge favorites.

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Aside from those amazing movies, there was also a male counterpart that you'd see in all '80s movies, remember he male counterpart in "The Breakfast Club," one Judd Nelson?

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Have you been curious what John Bender looks like? Because we certainly do. Judd Nelson starred in many '80s hits like "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire" and has gone on to have quite the career.

FEB 1 1987; Actor Judd Nelson;Photo cred: Getty

We did some digging, and the 2016 Judd Nelson looks totally different from the pensive, 1987 Judd Nelson we see above.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 26:  Judd Nelson attends a screening Of Heroica Films' "Equal Means Equal" at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 on August 26, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
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A bit different, no? The 57-year-old actor has stayed really busy since his time as a '80s heartthrob, having starred in a variety of TV shows and movies like "Suddenly Susan," "CSI," and "Psych." You probably also recognize him from his role as Billy Beretti in Fox's smash hit, "Empire."

EMPIRE: Anika (Grace Gealey, L) reaches out to Billy Beretti (guest star Judd Nelson, R) in the "Unto the Breach" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, March 4 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)Photo cred: Getty

To say he's changed would be an understatement, but he'll always be the fist thrusting John Bender from "The Breakfast Club" to us.

Check out more the cast of "The Breakfast Club" in the gallery below!

The Breakfast Club 30 years later with captions
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The Breakfast Club 30 years later with captions
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. 

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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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