Demi Moore, who played the drug-addicted Jules in "St. Elmo's Fire," is the most successful in the group. She made the Hollywood A-list in 1990, when she starred in the box-office smash "Ghost," and followed that up with hits such as "Indecent Proposal" and "A Few Good Men.” But even when she’s not acting, Moore's personal life has remained in the spotlight. There was her 1987 marriage to hunky action star Bruce Willis; the controversial nude-while-pregnant cover she shot for Vanity Fair in 1991; her 2005 marriage to the 16-years-younger actor Ashton Kutcher; her split with Kutcher after he reportedly cheated on their anniversary!; and her stint in rehab for what her rep called "exhaustion" that followed. Whew! Maybe we didn't need an update on Demi ...
Then again, if all the cast members of "The Breakfast Club" turned out to be like their characters, Judd Nelson, who played the iconic rebel John Bender in the film, would probably be in jail. His Alec Newbary from "St. Elmo's Fire" would undoubtedly be a politician. However, the real Nelson, now 52, has continued acting, starring in the Brooke Shields’ 1990s sitcom "Suddenly Susan" and in movies such as 1994's "Airheads.” He’s also taken on smaller projects, including a role in the 1994 TV movie "Blindfold," where Nelson shared a rocky romance and brief engagement with his bad girl co-star Shannen Doherty. Nelson resurfaced for the masses at the 2010 Oscars, when he appeared as part of a tribute to the late Brat Pack filmmaker John Hughes, sporting a beard and spectacles that made him look drastically different than fans remembered. Among his upcoming movies is a thriller called "Nurse 3-D" and an action-comedy called "Buds."
Molly Ringwald made us cry ("Pretty in Pink"), laugh ("Sixteen Candles"), and want to be as popular as her ("The Breakfast Club") with a trifecta of teen hits in the '80s. But after those movies, the redheaded actress never quite regained her star status. In 1994, she starred with fellow Brat Packer Rob Lowe in the Stephen King miniseries "The Stand," and she currently plays the mom of a teenage girl with a baby of her own in ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." Off screen, Ringwald lived in Paris for a while, and has now settled down with hubby of five years Panio Gianopoulous, their three kids, and ... a laptop. The 44-year-old authored the 2010 non-fiction book, Getting the Pretty Back, and this year's fictional When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories. She often revisits her days as a teen queen in interviews, where she caused a controversy by claiming "Pretty in Pink's" Duckie was gay (gasp!), and in cameos like the one she made in the 2001 spoof "Not Another Teen Movie."
After starring as the bad boy in "St. Elmo's Fire," Rob Lowe, 48, has literally acted on every show and movie ever produced. Well, not actually literally, but that's how his "Parks and Recreation" character Chris Traeger would say it. And anyway, Lowe has been busy! Even while dealing with the fallout from his 1988 sex tape scandal, in which he was videotaped with an underage woman while attending the Democratic National Convention, he found time to star in movies such as "Wayne's World," the highly-acclaimed series "The West Wing," the soapy drama "Brothers and Sisters," and a Lifetime movie about convicted wife killer Drew Peterson. And last year, he wrote about his Brat Pack days, as well as his picturesque home life with Sheryl, his wife of 21 years, and their two sons, in his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.
Who would've thought Farmer Ted from "Sixteen Candles" would turn out to be such a hunk?! Anthony Michael Hall – who played a more bookish nerd in "The Breakfast Club" – was just 16 and scrawny when "Sixteen Candles" came out, but by the time he appeared in 1990's "Edward Scissorhands," he had really bulked up! Hall, who battled alcoholism before that comeback role, went on to star in his own USA series "Dead Zone," from 2002 to 2007. However, even as a geeky lad, Hall had a way with at least one woman – Molly Ringwald, his co-star in two films that he briefly dated. Unfortunately, the ladies have found Hall, who is now 44, to be less charming lately. Ex-girlfriend Diana Falzone was granted a temporary restraining order against him in 2009 after she said Hall had stalked her and attacked her in her apartment. At the time, Hall's rep called the claims "erroneous."
Emilio Estevez, who was engaged to Moore in the mid-80s, has been more under the radar when it comes to his personal life, with the notable exception of when he married former pop star Paula Abdul in 1992, who he divorced two years later. He continued acting in movies like "Stakeout," "Young Guns," and "The Mighty Ducks," although more recently he's started directing and writing films. In 2006, he and Moore even reunited in one his projects, "Bobby," a drama about the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. While Estevez and Moore are still friends, he's made another woman, writer Sonja Magdevski, his fiancée. To top things off, the 50-year-old Estevez is also dabbling in something that we can’t ever imagine the jock character that he played in "The Breakfast Club" doing – he and Magdevski have their own vineyard in California, where they make Casa Dumetz wine.
Whether or not Jon Cryer's "Pretty in Pink" character Duckie was gay is still a matter of debate, but it's an indisputable fact that Cryer, 47, is one of the highest-paid actors working in TV today. Thanks to his hit "Two and a Half Men," Cryer earned $13 million between May 2011 and May 2012, according to Forbes' list of highest paid TV actors, which was released last month. Besides the big bucks, his job's also helped him to land two Emmys. His love life is going well, too, since he seems to have found someone who would appreciate him riding his bike past her house anytime! Married to Lisa Joyner for five years, the couple adopted a baby girl named Daisy in 2011.
Andrew McCarthy, the guy with the oh-so-intense stare, who broke Andie's heart in "Pretty in Pink," and longed for Ally Sheedy in "St. Elmo's Fire," went on to star in hit (albeit ridiculous) comedies like 1987's "Mannequin" and 1989's "Weekend at Bernie's." But while he continues to act, McCarthy's main focus now is his travel writing. The married father of two has racked up bylines in publications such as the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and National Geographic Traveler, where he's an editor-at-large. The former heartthrob, 49, has proven that he's a legit writer by picking up four awards, including the grand prize at the important-sounding 2011 North American Travel Journalist Awards, and by releasing a well-reviewed memoir, The Longest Way Home, in September. Even the cynical Kevin of "St. Elmo's Fire" would be impressed!
What is it about the Brat Pack and writing? Ally Sheedy, 50, who played the eccentric Allison in "The Breakfast Club" and perfect Leslie in "St. Elmo's Fire," authored a children's book before her '80s heyday and then a book of poems, Yesterday I Saw the Sun, in 1991. Sheedy, who struggled with bulimia and a drug addiction after her Brat Pack days, has an acting resume that's mostly filled with TV guest spots, indie movies, and off-Broadway plays, as well as flicks like "Short Circuit" and "Only the Lonely." When asked if she still keeps in touch with her fellow Brat Packers, the divorced mom of one said yes. "The person I've been in regular touch with is Judd," Sheedy revealed to More in 2009. "Everybody else gets kind of scattered. Our paths will cross and it’s funny, I share something with them that's unique. It's actually kind of like having been in high school, and there were people you were really close to and then you’re not – except when you see them again, and then it’s like no time has passed."
Boyish Matthew Broderick also crossed the half-century mark this year! The "Ferris Beuller's Day Off" star, who turned 50 in March, has grown up to be a big-time actor, starring in movies like "Glory," "The Cable Guy," and "Election," as well as many Broadway shows, for which he's won two Tony Awards. Still, Broderick's most high-profile role has been as husband to stylish actress Sarah Jessica Parker for the past 15 years. The couple has a 10-year-old son James Wilkie and 3-year-old twin daughters Marion and Tabitha. Do you think that when James Wilkie's in high he'll ever try to skip school? He probably shouldn't, since his dad knows every trick in the book!
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