The Breakfast Club actors — Where are they now?

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Can you believe it’s been nearly 40 years since “The Breakfast Club” opened in theaters back in 1985?! The John Hughes-directed coming-of-age dramedy centered around five disparate students at Shermer High School (played by Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald) who are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention. How far they’ve come since then! In honor of Ally’s 60th birthday on June 13, 2022, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars of one of our all-time favorite films and how they’ve changed over the years.

Keep reading to catch up with Ally and her fellow former Brat Pack members…

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Ally Sheedy starred as introverted social outcast Allison Reynolds — “the basket case” — in 1985’s “The Breakfast Club.”

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Around the time that Ally Sheedy starred in “The Breakfast Club,” she also headlined “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Short Circuit.” (She also spent much of that time struggling with depression, an eating disorder and addiction to tranquilizers — until “St. Elmo’s Fire” co-star Demi Moore staged an intervention that ultimately helped her get clean.) Though she’s appeared in countless films since then, her biggest hits — aside from 1998’s “High Art,” for which she won an Independent Spirit Award — came early in her career. She had brief stints on “Kyle XY” and “Psych,” popped up in 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and currently stars on the Freeform comedy “Single Drunk Female” — her biggest gig in decades! In 1992, Ally married Angela Lansbury’s nephew, “Michael Clayton” actor David Lansbury. They welcomed son Beckett in 1994 but called it quits in 2008.

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Molly Ringwald starred as popular Claire Standish — “the princess” — in 1985’s “The Breakfast Club.”

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Molly Ringwald went on to star in “Pretty in Pink” and countless other films after “The Breakfast Club,” though she had better luck on the small screen after her teen idol days came to an end. After starring in the 1994 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand,” she headlined the short-lived ABC sitcom “Townies” and had lengthy stints on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Raising Expectations” and, more recently, “Riverdale.” She also starred in the “Kissing Booth” trilogy, released a jazz album, published two books and portrayed Sally Bowles in the 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret.” Molly married French writer Valéry Lameignère in 1999, but it wasn’t meant to be: They called it quits just three years later. She married another writer, Panio Gianopoulos, in 2007. They welcomed daughter Mathilda in 2003 and twins Adele and Roman in 2009.

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Emilio Estevez starred as champion wrestler Andrew Clark — “the athlete” — in 1985’s “The Breakfast Club.”

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Emilio Estevez went on to star in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Mission: Impossible,” the “Mighty Ducks” trilogy and a handful of movies with younger brother Charlie Sheen including “Young Guns” and “Men at Work,” which Emilio wrote and directed. The former teen idol has also shared the screen with his father, Martin Sheen, several times over the years: Emilio directed his dad and co-starred with him in “The War at Home,” “The Way” and “Bobby,” which scored a SAG Award nomination for best ensemble in a feature film in 2007. He took a lengthy break from acting and filmmaking between his 2010 dramedy “The Way” and his 2018 drama “The Public” and then scored his biggest gig in years when he returned to the role of Gordon Bombay on the first season of the Disney+ series “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” in 2021. The actor-filmmaker — who turned 60 in May 2022 and has become increasingly private over the years — is currently in pre-production on the third installment in the “Young Guns” franchise, which he plans to direct. During the mid-’80s — while he was engaged to Demi Moore — Emilio welcomed a son and a daughter with model Carey Salley. (Their son, stuntman Taylor Estevez, co-produced “The Public” and also served as the film’s stunt coordinator while daughter Paloma, a percussionist, contributed to the score.) Emilio was then briefly married to Paula Abdul from 1992 to 1994. In 2006, he reportedly got engaged to Sonja Magdevski — with whom he ran a wine label — but they’ve since gone their separate ways.

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Judd Nelson starred as rebellious bad boy John Bender — “the criminal” — in 1985’s “The Breakfast Club.”

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After “The Breakfast Club,” Judd Nelson starred in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “New Jack City,” “Airheads,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and more. He also scored a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the 1987 miniseries “Billionaire Boys Club,” appeared in countless made-for-TV movies, had a lengthy stint on “Suddenly Susan,” branched into voice acting and popped up on four episodes of “Empire” between 2015 and 2019. In recent years, he’s appeared in a handful of smaller independent films including 2021’s “Girl in the Basement,” which Elisabeth Röhm directed for Lifetime. Judd, who’s never married, previously romanced Shannen Doherty and jewelry designer Loree Rodkin.

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Anthony Michael Hall starred as straight-A student Brian Johnson — “the brain” — in 1985’s “The Breakfast Club.”

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After “The Breakfast Club,” Anthony Michael Hall starred in “Weird Science,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “The Dark Knight,” “Foxcatcher,” “Live by Night,” “Halloween Kills” and more. He made his directorial debut with the 1994 comedy “Hail Caesar” — in which he starred alongside longtime pal Robert Downey Jr., “The Breakfast Club” co-star Judd Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson. He also headlined “The Dead Zone” from 2002 to 2007 and had stints on “Warehouse 13,” “Awkward,” “Psych,” “Murder in the First,” “The Blacklist” and, more recently, “The Goldbergs.” In 2019, he got engaged to actress Lucia Oskerova. They were first publicly linked in 2016.

 

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Don’t mess with the bull — you’ll get the horns! Paul Gleason starred as Vice Principal Richard Vernon in 1985’s “The Breakfast Club.”

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Paul Gleason appeared in countless films after “The Breakfast Club” — most notably, he had a small role in 1988’s “Die Hard,” parodied his “The Breakfast Club” alter ego in the 2001 spoof comedy “Not Another Teen Movie” and channeled Principal Vernon as Professor McDoogle in 2002’s “Van Wilder.” He also popped up on episodes of everything from “Friends” and “Seinfeld” to “Melrose Place” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” and had stints on “Dallas,” “Boy Meets World,” “Veronica’s Closet,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” He married his second wife, Susan Kehl, in 1995. They had one daughter and were still married when he died from pleural mesothelioma — a form of lung cancer — at 67 in 2006. (He also had an older daughter from his first marriage.)















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