"Sixteen Candles" was Ringwald's breakout role: John Hughes wrote the film for her in one weekend after seeing her headshot. She then became his muse, starring in Hughes's next films, "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink." After the '80s, her star waned, especially after she turned down roles in "Ghost" and "Pretty Woman," but she's focused on Broadway, starring in revivals of "Sweet Charity" and "Cabaret." Last year, she released her first jazz record, which includes a cover of "Don't You Forget About Me."
Hughes nearly cast Viggo Mortensen as dreamy Jake, but instead the role went to Schoeffling, who had been a GQ model. He also starred in "Vision Quest," "Mermaids," and "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken," before retiring from acting in 1991. He's now a woodworker in Pennsylvania. GQ tried to locate him in 2002 and gave up, calling him "the Salinger of male model/actors."
Although he'd already played Rusty Griswold in "National Lampoon's Vacation," this teen comedy put Hall on the map. He was reunited with Hughes and Ringwald the next year in "The Breakfast Club." After playing the geek again in "Weird Science," he became the youngest member of "SNL" ever at age 17. He turned down other geeky roles in "Pretty in Pink," re-emerging as a buff jock in "Johnny Be Good," a villain in "Edward Scissorhands" and Bill Gates in the 1999 TV movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley." From 2002-07, he starred in "The Dead Zone." Recent TV credits include "Community" and "Warehouse 13."
Watanabe's role of a pervy foreign exchange student whose favorite line is "What's happening, hot stuff?" was always accompanied by the sound of a gong: Nope, not racist at all. Watanabe was also the first friend bitten in "Vamp," and starred in both the movie and the short-lived TV series "Gung Ho." You may also remember him in "Gremlins 2," "Boys on the Side," and "EdTV." He played Nurse Yosh Takata on "ER" for several seasons and appeared in last year's "47 Ronin."
When he was just 8, Henry was Oscar-nominated for his debut role in 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer." After appearing in "Sixteen Candles" and "Sweet Hearts Dance," he took time off to attend college, earning a B.A. in psychology in 1993. He returned to acting with the TV movie "Andersonville" and a guest spot on "ER." Since 2009, he is a Regional Director of Sales at Veoh, according to Wikipedia and was honored at the CARE awards in 2010.
Who can forget Caroline's drunken drive with Ted or her accidental haircut? She later appeared in "Who's That Girl," "Gremlins 2," "Home Alone 3" and starred in "One Life to Live" from 2001-2003. In 2012, she played Riley Keough's mother in "Jack & Diane," guest-starred on "The Good Wife," and was profiled in the NY Times for her other job: Real estate broker.
Dooley's many films include "A Wedding" (where he also played the father of the bride), "Breaking Away," "Waiting for Guffman," "Hairspray" (2007), and "Sunshine Cleaning." He also provided the voice of Sarge in "Cars" and "Cars 2." He has guest starred on TV shows, from "Bewitched" to "Parenthood" and was Emmy-nominated for a guest spot on "The Practice." He and his wife wrote the play "Assisted Living," which debuted last year in Los Angeles.
Before co-starring as Sam's best friend, Curtis made her feature film debut in the 1983 John Sayles film "Baby, It's You." Her other films include "Brother From Another Planet," "Critters 2," and "Benny & Joon." She's guested on "21 Jump Street," "ER," and, most recently, "Sons of Anarchy."
It's a small, small John Hughes world: Glynn is the mother of Mary Stuart Masterson, who would star in Hughes's "Some Kind of Wonderful." A Tony-winning actress, her movies include "Three Days of the Condor," "The Trip to Bountiful," and "Gardens of Stone." She is now retired.
After co-starring as Sam's drunken bride of a sister, Baker appeared in "Raw Deal," "The Handmaid's Tale," and the 2012 horror film "Hypothermia." She won an Emmy for the 1978 miniseries "Holocaust."
Billie Bird was a favorite of Hughes, who also cast her in "Home Alone" and "Dennis the Menace." She also starred as Mrs. Lois Feldman in "Police Academy 4." Her last film was 1995's "Jury Duty," with Pauly Shore. She died in 2002 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Edward Andrews's many films include "The Absent-Minded Professor," "Elmer Gantry," and "Advise and Consent." He guest starred on a memorable episode of "The Twilight Zone," where his car forces him to answer for a hit-and-run. Just a year after "Sixteen Candles, he died at age 70 of a heart attack. "Gremlins" was his final film.
Max Showalter's last film appearance was as Sam's bad joke-cracking grandpa. The actor, whose films include "Elmer Gantry" and "The Music Man," retired from acting and moved to Connecticut in 1984. He died in 2000 of cancer at age 83.
(Carole Cook's bio is on the next slide!)
Cook played the grandma who "feels up" her own granddaughter, to Sam's undying horror. A protege of Lucille Ball, Cook was a regular on "The Lucy Show." She's still acting, with an upcoming web series "Break a Hip." Other credits include "Grey's Anatomy," "Cagney & Lacey," and "Dynasty."
We can't imagine the '80s without Hughes's movies, those lovable characters, and those amazing soundtracks. "Sixteen Candles" was his first film as a director and he continued to churn out the hits with "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club," and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." The last film he directed was 1991's "Curly Sue" and the last film he wrote was 2008's "Drillbit Taylor." Sadly, he died of a heart attack in 2009 at the far-too-young age of 59.