Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, ... Read More
Keaton, then 36, was already a top comedy star when he landed the role of the ghoulish "bio-exorcist" whose name is phonetically pronounced in the title. After "Beetlejuice," Keaton and director Tim Burton reteamed on the first two "Batman" movies. For years, he alternated between dramatic and comic hits ("Pacific Heights," "Multiplicity.") Over the last 15 years or so, his career has waned, though he's shone in small supporting roles in such films as "Out of Sight," "Jackie Brown," "Cars," "The Other Guys," and "Toy Story 3." In 2011, screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (who worked with Burton on "Dark Shadows" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") said he and Burton were crafting a "Beetlejuice" sequel for Keaton (now 61) to star in.
Before playing sardonic goth teen Lydia Deetz in "Beetlejuice," Ryder, then 16, was best known for her supporting role in teen drama "Lucas" (1986). Afterward, she became typecast in iconoclastic teen roles in "Heathers," "Mermaids," and "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael." She reteamed with Burton for 1990's "Edward Scissorhands." Her career peaked in the mid-'90s with starring roles in "The Age of Innocence," "Reality Bites," "Little Women," and "The Crucible." It derailed after her 2001 shoplifting scandal, but she's re-emerged in recent years in supporting roles in such prominent movies as "Star Trek," "The Dilemma," and "Black Swan." The 41-year-old most recently reunited with Burton as a voice performer in 2012's "Frankenweenie." She stars opposite Jason Statham and James Franco in the action thriller "Homefront," due in 2014.
Baldwin, then 29, had enjoyed supporting roles in TV soaps and movies before "Beetlejuice," but his role as house-haunter Adam Maitland was the first sign that he was a deadpan comic trapped in a leading man's body. (He appeared in three other movies in 1988: "Married to the Mob," "Working Girl," and "Talk Radio.") He was soon starring as action hero Jack Ryan in 1990's "The Hunt for Red October," but he ceded the part to Harrison Ford in order to perform on Broadway. He began a long association with David Mamet with his brief but unforgettable role as a scary motivational speaker in "Glengarry Glen Ross." Baldwin also starred opposite future ex-wife Kim Basinger in "The Marrying Man" and "The Getaway." In the 2000s, he began to reinvent himself as a character actor, earning a Supporting Actor Oscar nod as a sadistic casino boss in 2003's "The Cooler." His seven-year run as ambitious executive Jack Donaghy on TV's "30 Rock" (2006-13) made his transformation into a reliable comic actor complete. The 54-year-old will be seen later this year in Woody Allen's latest movie, "Blue Jasmine."
Davis had become a leading lady with the 1986 horror hit "The Fly." In 1988, the same year she played the undead Barbara Maitland in "Beetlejuice," the 31-year-old enjoyed a Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winning role as an eccentric dog-walker in "The Accidental Tourist." She was nominated again three years later as road-tripper-turned-outlaw Thelma in "Thelma & Louise," which remains her best-known role. She and Michael Keaton reunited for the romantic comedy "Speechless" in 1994. Her film career floundered after the 1996 pirate flop "Cutthroat Island" (directed by her then-husband, Renny Harlin), and she's scarcely been seen on screen since, except as the mom in the "Stuart Little" movies. She starred as the first female U.S. president on the short-lived (2005-06) TV drama "Commander in Chief." Now 57, Davis most recently appeared in the 2012 TV mini-series "Coma."
Jones was 41 when he took the role of frazzled homebuyer Charles Deetz in "Beetlejuice," shortly after playing what's still his best-known role, vindictive high school principal Ed Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." He remained a reliable comic presence in such films as "Mom and Dad Save the World," "Houseguest," and "Stuart Little" (which reunited him with Geena Davis). He reteamed with Burton when he played the role of TV horror personality Criswell in 1994's "Ed Wood" and as Reverend Steenwyck in 1999's "Sleepy Hollow." His career collapsed after a 2002 arrest on a charge that he'd solicited a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit snapshots, a charge that was dropped after he pleaded no contest. Now 66, Jones was last seen in the 2007 movie "Who's Your Caddy?"
"SCTV" alumna O'Hara was 33 when she earned the plum role of sculptor/socialite Delia Deetz in "Beetlejuice." After playing Winona Ryder's mother, she landed many comic-mom roles, most memorably in the first two "Home Alone" movies, "Home Fries" (1998), and "Orange County" (2002). As a member of Christopher Guest's stock company, she was a standout in the improv comedies "Waiting for Guffman" (1996), "Best in Show" (2000), "A Mighty Wind" (2003), and "For Your Consideration" (2006). She reteamed with Burton as a voice actress in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) and "Frankenweenie" (2012). Now 59, she was most recently seen in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival comedy "A.C.O.D."
Shadix was 35 when he played Otho, the interior decorator/exorcist, in "Beetlejuice." It was his first big break in Hollywood, and it remained his best-known role. He worked again with Burton as a voice performer in 1993's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and as a simian politician in 2001's "Planet of the Apes." He had small roles opposite "Beetlejuice" co-stars Winona Ryder in "Heathers" (1989) and "Multiplicity" (1996), respectively. He was 58 when he died in 2010 of a head injury sustained in a fall at his home in Birmingham, Alabama.
Sidney was already a six-decade movie veteran -- known for such classics as "Fury" (1936), "Sabotage" (1936), and "Dead End" (1937) -- when Burton cast the 77-year-old as afterlife bureaucrat Juno in "Beetlejuice." Afterward, she continued to play comic roles, including the senile grandma in Burton's "Mars Attacks" in 1996. Her final gig was a recurring role as a supernatural travel agent on the revived "Fantasy Island" in 1998, the year before she died at age 88.
"Beetlejuice" was just the second feature (after "Pee-wee's Big Adventure") for director Burton, then 29. Its success allowed him to work on his first blockbuster, launching the "Batman" franchise in 1989 with his "Beetlejuice" star Keaton. Such successes as "Batman," 1990's "Edward Scissorhands," and 1992's "Batman Returns" proved the cornerstone of one of Hollywood's most storied careers. The next two decades would see such visually imaginative, whimsical, and occasionally macabre hits as "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). His career came full circle in 2012, when he expanded his first film, the animated short "Frankenweenie," into a full-length feature (co-starring Ryder and O'Hara). He was rewarded with an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. As his next project, the 54-year-old is reportedly developing a script based on the manga "Mai, the Psychic Girl."
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