The Brat Pack was a nickname that was coined in 1985 to describe the group of young actors who frequently appeared together in teen-oriented coming-of-age films in the 1980s. The most popular members included Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. The cast of The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire comprise the core of the group.
So where are they now?
Known for his roles in Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire, Maximum Overdrive, Repo Man, That Was Then…This Is Now, Wisdom and Young Guns in the 1980s, Estevez went on to star in The Mighty Ducks movies as well as starring roles in such films as Judgement Night, The spoof comedy Loaded Weapon 1, Freejack, Men at Work (with his brother Charlie Sheen) and Another Stakeout (sequel to the 1987 comedy Stakeout). He was briefly engaged to Demi Moore and was married to singer Paula Abdul from 1992 to 1994.
Emilio has directed a large number of films. He made his debut as a director in the film “Wisdom”, which he wrote, directed and acted in. His most recent film was ‘Public’ in 2018 in which he also acted alongside Christian Slater, Jena Malone, and Alec Baldwin.
Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony appeared in such 80s classics as National Lampoon’s Vacation, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science. at the age of 17, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1985. Hall feared being typecast and he actually turned down the roles in two other John Hughes comedies of playing Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and “Duckie” in Pretty in Pink both in 1986. Hall starred in the 1986 action-thriller “Out Of Bounds” and missed the starring role in “Full Metal Jacket after negotiations fell apart. In 1988 he starred in Johnny Be Good with Uma Thurman and Robert Downey Jr.
In The 90s he was in Edward Scissorhands alongside Johnny Depp and Six Degrees of Separation with Will Smith. In 1999 he portrayed Bill Gates in the TNT movie ‘Pirates Of Silicon Valley’ for which he received rave reviews from the critics.
From 2002-2007 he acted in the USA series “The Dead Zone” and he was in 2017’s ‘War Machine’ with Brad Pitt. He is currently set to star in the latest Halloween film called ‘Halloween Kills’ in 2020.
After appearing in The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire and About Last Night in the 80s, Rob’s career took a turn for the worse with a sex tape scandal in 1988. He had roles in movies like Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy and, The Austin Powers movies. Lowe has also been an executive producer for television and tried his hand at reality tv with a show about his own life called The Lowe Files. Rob Lowe has appeared in television roles in such high profile shows as ‘The West Wing’, ‘Brothers and Sisters’ and ‘Parks and Recreations’. In 2000 Rob was the first male spokesman for Lee National Denim Day fundraiser, which raises money for breast cancer research and education. Rob Lowe is also the founder of the Homeowner’s Defense Fund a non-profit organization. Rob is currently the lead actor on the TV show 9-1-1: Lone Star as well as executive producer.
Andrew was a regular figure in the 80s movie scene starting with a starring role in the movie ‘Class’ in 1983. He was featured prominently in such films as Pretty In Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Mannequin, Fresh Horses, and Weekend At Bernie’s. McCarthy has acted on Broadway as has starred in the television shows Lipstick Jungle and The Family as well as had guest roles on shows like Law & Order: Criminal Intent, White Collar, and The Blacklist. Andrew has also directed episodes of the TV shows Gossip Girl, White Collar, The Enemy Within, Good Girls, and The Sinner.
Demi Moore has had a long and successful career that started in the 80s and continues to this day. She started out in such films as Blame It On Rio, About Last Night, St. Elmo’s Fire, and the semi-sequel to ‘Better Off Dead’, “One Crazy Summer’.
In 1990 she starred in the movie ‘Ghost’ with Patrick Swayze which was the highest-grossing film of the year at the box office. She was a box office hit in the films A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal, and Disclosure. And in 1996 she became the highest-paid actress in film history earning $12.5 million for the movie ‘Striptease’. She provided the voice for Esmerelda in the Disney films The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. She had a profile marriage with actor Bruce Willis from 1987-2000. The pair have three children together. In 2005 she married actor Ashton Kutcher (That 70’s Show) who was 15 years younger than her. They divorced in 2013. Demi still makes guest appearances on television and has had several supporting actress roles in recent years.
Judd Nelson is most known for his role as John Bender in ‘The Breakfast Club’. Judd’s role as John Bender was the last to be cast in The Breakfast Club and director John Hughes said at the time that it was between Judd Nelson and John Cusack. Nicolas Cage read for the part of Bender as well. Judd was almost fired when he became too much like Bender and filmmakers had to remind him to be nicer so that Bender was still liked by audiences. He also appeared in several other well-known films in the ’80s like St. Elmo’s Fire, Fandango, and From The Hip. He starred in the film Blue City alongside his Breakfast Club co-star Ally Sheedy and he provided the voice for Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in The Transformers animated film.
He reappeared in the 90s in a starring role in the film ‘New Jack City’ and also had a starring role on the TV series Suddenly Susan.
Nelson has recently been involved in several TV shows and movies, like Hallmark’s Cancel Christmas and The Boondock Saints II. Nelson has appeared in well over 50 feature-length films.
Molly’s first starring role was on the TV series ‘Facts Of Life’. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her acting in her first feature film called ‘Tempest’ in 1982. Molly was the darling of the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty In Pink, which quickly made her a star and a teen idol in the 1980s. She would later go on to star in the movies The Pick-Up Artist, Fresh Horses, and For Keeps as well as a starring role in Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. Molly Ringwald has appeared in almost 40 feature films as well as guest appearances on numerous TV shows. It has been reported that Molly turned down the lead role in both the movie Ghost and Pretty Woman.
In 2013 Molly released a Jazz album called Except Sometimes.
Recently she was in the TV series The Secret Life Of An American Teenager from 2008-2013 and is now a regular on ‘Riverdale’.
Ally Sheedy was famous for her roles in the 80s hits The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, WarGames, and Short Circuit. In 2003 she was a guest star on ‘The Dead Zone’ TV series with Anthony Michael Hall. She also has appeared in several high profile TV shows like C.S.I., Kyle XY, and Psych. Most recently she made an appearance in the movie X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016.
Photo credits Emilio Estevez (Sonia Moskowitz) Molly Ringwald (Pgianopoulos) Ally Sheedy (Bridget Laudien) all others unknown. Credit to original photographers.