In the 80s, the Brat Pack was everywhere. John Hughes films were successful in theaters and the actors were stars, in the true sense of the term.
However, the 80s didn’t last forever and some of the stars have fallen out of public view.
Ever wonder what they’re up to these days?
Here is a peak into what happened to the stars of Sixteen Candles after the 80s was through.
Sam (Played by Molly Ringwald)
Famous redhead Molly Ringwald played the main character of Sam in the classic teen flick from 1984. Her struggle to get through her sixteenth birthday (which is forgotten by her family due to her older sister’s wedding) is the main plot of the film and her painful infatuation with senior Jake Ryan was a plot point that resonated with teens at the time and today. After Ringwald’s 80s boom, a string of poor career choices occurred, most notably turning down the female leads in both Pretty Woman and Ghost, and the 90s and early 00s proved to be a slump in her career. However, Ringwald has found some more recent success with various Broadway appearances and with the television show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which is shown on the ABC Family network.
Jake Ryan (Played by Michael Schoeffling)
Jake Ryan was the ultimate dish in the 1984 film. Michael, who played Sam’s senior infatuation, is still remembered for being the soft and sensitive jock. While he did have a few other minor successes in films like Vision Quest and Mermaids, he was never able to duplicate the success he reached in Sixteen Candles. He now lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children where he produces handcrafted furniture and is the owner of a woodworking shop.
Farmer Ted (Played by Anthony Michael Hall)
Anthony Michael Hall played a character simply known as “The Geek,” also referenced as “Ted” and “Farmer Ted” at different points in the film. Throughout the movie, he unsuccessfully tried to let Sam know of his love for her to level a bet he has made with his friends, which eventually leads to one of the most iconic scenes in the film where Sam loans him her panties to help him win a dozen floppy discs. Since his success in 80s teen films, Hall’s career has been a busy affair. He was in several high grossing films such as Edward Scissorhands, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Dark Knight. He’s also been a hit on the small screen, joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 85-86 season, starred as Bill Gates in the 1999 made for TV movie The Pirates of Silicon Valley, and from 2002 to 2007, starred in the USA drama The Dead Zone, which was one of the highest rated cable shows in its time slot.
Long Duk Dong (Played by Gedde Watanabe)
Gedde Watanabe very famously played the bizarre exchange student staying at the Baker house named Long Duk Dong (The Donger). Sam is forced to take him around with her and his bastardization of the English language and notable hijinks remain ingrained in the minds of many as the comic relief in the film. Since then he continued to work steadily in television, on shows such as ER, Seinfeld, and Home Improvement, and doing voice over work for shows American Dad!, The Simpsons, Scooby Doo, and Family Guy, as well as many others. Watanabe also had small roles in features films, such as That Thing You Do!, Armageddon and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Mike (Played by Justin Henry)
Justin Henry played Sam’s smart-alec younger brother Mike Baker, who provided us with some memorable one-liners. It’s important to note that he was the only (and one of the youngest in history) Oscar-nominated actor in the cast: in 1979, he was nominated for his role in the film Kramer vs. Kramer. Since Sixteen Candles, he had some small television roles in shows such as ER, but has mostly stepped away from the acting scene. As of 2009, Henry is a Regional Director of Sales at Veoh, an internet television company located in San Diego, California.
This article was put together by writer Maribeth Curley of T-Shirts.com, which has a great selection of vintage t-shirts from the 80s.