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Where Are They Now? The Cast of Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a defining movie for me. I was seven when it came out, but I distinctly remember it giving me my first indication that I could stick it to the man if I wanted to. I didn't have to go to school. I could live by my own rules. And if you have a few friends by your side, all you need is a hot car, a nice day, no excuses, and everything will be all right. This was John Hughes' love letter to not only the teenage years, but the city of Chicago. So today, we revisit the cast of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and see where they are now.

Ferris Bueller
Played By: Matthew Broderick
"Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in The Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off people."

If you hadn't heard of Matthew Broderick, the summer of 1986 changed all that. While Michael J. Fox had spent the previous summer making out with his mom, Broderick taught us all that having fun was really what made the world tick. Ferris defined cool. He was smart, he was clever, and he knew how to get away with almost anything. (Even if that "anything" required the assumption that you were Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago.)

These days, you can find Mr. Jessica Parker in a string of indie films and several stints on Broadway. He established the character of Leo Bloom in the Broadway hit "The Producers" and went on to star in the feature film adaptation of that same musical. And if you caught him in 1998's version of The Shawshank Redemption, Godzilla, then you know he's better off sticking to smaller films. He's been living in New York with his wife, and even made the tabloids after the always reliable Star Magazine claimed he was cheating on her.

Cameron Frye
Played By: Alan Ruck
"He'll keep calling me, he'll keep calling me until I come over. He'll make me feel guilty. This is uh... This is ridiculous, ok I'll go, I'll go, I'll go, I'll go, I'll go. What - I'LL GO. Shit. "

As much as I wanted to claim I was like Ferris, I was definitely more in tune with Cameron. Neurotic. A bit anti-social. A whole heap of parental issues. (Though, if my father drove a 1961 Ferrari GT250, I'd definitely take it out to pick up chicks. My old man would have to approve.) Cameron, a role that was originally written for Anthony Michael Hall, is the consummate best friend. (Even when he's watching your girlfriend change by the pool.) Taking a page out of the Beverly Hills 90210 playbook, Alan Ruck was almost 30 when he portrayed the high-school aged Cameron.

Alan was a supporting player in Michael J. Fox's Spin City and has continued mostly on the television trend ever since. (Though, that was him as the neighbor Bill Shenk in Cheaper By the Dozen as well as the Principal in The Happening) The next year is looking pretty good for Mr. Ruck who has four movies coming out.

For you trivia buffs, in the movie Kickin' It Old Skool, which oddly I haven't Netflixed yet, Ruck plays a character named Dr. Fry who mentions he needs to save up for a new Ferrari.

Sloane Peterson
Played By: Mia Sara
"Mr. Rooney... Ed... you're a beautiful man. I want to thank you for your warmth and compassion."

Mia Sara was born in Brooklyn, yet she falls in and out of a British accent several times throughout the movie. Not that I complained. The way she accented "warmth and compassion" was at once strangely out of place, but also so fitting for such an great scene. I was always sort of angry that Cameron got to see Sloane change during his "catatonic state" and we, the viewers, never did.

Luckily all this changed as a string of D-level movies and the need of a paycheck forced Mia into some skin exposure. (Check out her entry on Mr. Skin to see what I mean.)

You may also remember Mia as Belgium's Orson Welles, Jean-Claude Van Damme's, wife in period piece, Timecop. Lately, Mia has popped up in television in such shows as Birds of Prey and CSI:NY.

Edward Rooney
Played By: Jeffrey Jones
"I did not achieve this position in life by having some snot-nosed punk leave my cheese out in the wind. "

I almost want to marry a girl named Grace so I can scream out "Grace! GRACE!" the way Jones does to Edie McClurg's Assistant Grace in the film. Rooney was a dirtbag. A guy who would gladly break into his students' houses just to not be played for a fool. (Though, anyone wearing flip-up sunglasses has that ridicule coming.) Though, as Rooney boards that bus at the end of the film, I've got to admit I felt a tinge of sorrow for him. He needed a day off.

So let's get this out of the way, it turns out Rooney may have had some pedophilic tendencies. He pleaded "no contest" to possession of child pornography in 2002 and was order to undergo counseling. But Jones was also the father in Beetlejuice as well as the Reverend Steenwyck in Sleepy Hollow. Recently, Jones was in HBO's Deadwood as A.W. Merrick.

Jeanie Bueller
Played By: Jennifer Grey
"Look, it's real nice that you hope my brother is feeling better, but I'm in danger, okay? I am very cute, very alone and very protective of my body. I don't want it violated or killed, all right? I need help! Speaka de English? DICKHEAD! "

Nobody puts baby in... sorry, wrong flick. Jeanie hates her brother. She knows he's faking being sick, he gets away with everything, and he's the most popular kid in school. Though, she did get a car. She spends the entire movie fed up with her brother, only to find redemption at the end as she lets Ferris back into the house while covering his ass for Rooney.

Something is different about Jennifer these days. I can't put my finger on it. Maybe her hair? Different make-up? What the hell is it? Oh that's right, she had a nose job, and her one-joke sitcom, It's Like, You Know... focused heavily on that fact. Grey recently worked on the under-viewed HBO series John From Cincinnati. She was also in the David Mamet directed Redbelt.

Boy in Police Station
Played By: Charlie Sheen
"That's cool. Did you blow him away or somethin'? "

Those red worn eyes. That disaffected look. How were we to know that Charlie Sheen was channeling, well, himself? He was a creep. And he was exactly what Jeanie needed to get over her Ferris rut.

Whatever happened to little Charlie Sheen? The boy just up and disappeared. Oh, also he's currently the highest-paid actor on television for Two and a Half Men. And, I think his ex-wife was famous for something at some point.

Economics Teacher
Played By: Ben Stein
"Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?"

John Hughes told Ben Stein, who had a degree in Economics, to present an actual Economics lecture in his scenes. Hence nothing Ben Stein says (aside from the roll call) is scripted. As was often the case for me in high school, I would have been asleep during roll call as well.

Ben Stein went on to many rolls in such places as The Wonder Years and The Mask as well as his own game show Win Ben Stein's Money. Recently, Stein, who was a speech writer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, has been promoting his new movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
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Every once & a while I spot Alan Ruck on the Brooklyn bound N train. Either Spin City didn't pay off that well, he couldn't cash in on his bit part in Speed, or he just likes mixes it up with the people.

said Baierman on August 5, 2008 9:07 AM.

Ben Stein turned into a total right-wing nutbag. I suppose he always was one. He's just showing it a lot more now.

said ttrentham on August 5, 2008 9:21 AM.

damn the years haven't been kind to Mia Sara.

i used to like Stein until he went all crazy now he just seems creepy.

said etantao on August 5, 2008 9:53 AM.

Shit. I'm getting old...

said ConservaLiberCrat_08 on August 5, 2008 11:57 AM.

Don't forget Alan Ruck was Hendry William French in the classic Young Guns II.

Yoo hoo, I'll make you famous...

said Johnny Wright on August 5, 2008 12:21 PM.

Too bad Ben Stein squandered his cred and came out publicly as of today's leading douchebags.

said owl on August 5, 2008 3:10 PM.

Agree about Ben Stein: it's really weird when someone you like, who seems to have a great sense of humor, etc., turns out to be all bizarrely right-wing and scary. Perceptual dissonance, or something.

said myrtle on August 5, 2008 5:26 PM.

He's being right wing in the movie too. Listen a bit harder next time you watch it.

said Oliver T. on August 5, 2008 10:52 PM.

Don't forget, Ben Stein also took to peddling Alaskan Seafood.

said Florida on August 6, 2008 9:22 AM.

Matthew Broderick was not in Shawshank Redemption.

said John on August 6, 2008 10:28 AM.

This is true, he wasn't in Shawshank Redemption. But he was in 1998's version of Shawshank Redemption, the highly rated Godzilla.

said Echowood on August 6, 2008 10:36 AM.

Word is Brodrick will star in the Broadway version of the film. In theaters March 2010.

said Baierman on August 6, 2008 11:12 AM.

About time they sent Godzilla to Broadway.

said etantao on August 6, 2008 11:22 AM.

I can't wait for the song, "His Head is as Big as this Bus!"

said Echowood on August 6, 2008 1:30 PM.

That would be a barn burner.

said Johnny Wright on August 6, 2008 3:59 PM.

Mat, Charlie and Alan aged well. I'd do 'em.

said Jeni Gump on August 13, 2008 2:00 PM.

Get off of Ben Stein already. If Tom Cruise, Madonna, and Oprah can have their whacked out ideas out there for the world to hear, why not allow someone to tell the other side of the story? Why is it when God is mentioned, everyone freaks out? They must be scared that there's truth in it, hmmm.....?

said beautyandbrains on November 16, 2008 3:03 AM.

The cast in general aged well. The one buddy to Ferris looked like and still does look like a scaled down version of heartthrob and fellow actor Ed Norton.

said tee on June 7, 2009 3:55 AM.

We freak out when god is mentioned because we know trying to include intelligent design in science class is farcical. Anyone who actually believes in that BS is bordering on lunacy. And Tom Cruise, Madonna, and Oprah all have whacked out ideas, but none of them want them taught to a third grader in Omaha.

...and Save Ferris.

said Rob on June 26, 2009 9:48 AM.

I thought I saw Mia Sara in the Viagra commercial where her "hubby" is watching a game on TV then realizes he can record it and go upstairs and bang her. Did anyone else see that commercial with Mia (or a hotter facsimilie)?

said Fred on June 30, 2009 1:04 PM.

I thought I saw Mia Sara in the Viagra commercial where her "hubby" is watching a game on TV then realizes he can record it and go upstairs and bang her. Did anyone else see that commercial with Mia (or a hotter facsimilie)?

said Fred on June 30, 2009 1:39 PM.

It amazes me how you write Ben Stein off because he is flirting with ID, all of you could not win in an intelligent debate, not being snotty just honest you all have allowed yourself to be brain washed , the evidences of evolution are not there simply not there,..you come up with a small minded theory that has holes in it you can drive a truck thru, and because it allows you to run from the creator which it does not matter if you ignore him ...you still came from him not a monkey,ape or rock or mineral after being peed on for so called "millions of years"
just like you have ignored the socialist agenda with Obama and Acorn and the Environmentalist movement and how the evidence for global warming has been challenged increasingly ..yet the same attitude exist ..don't bother me with facts I made my mind up ..
which is ok when you admit without scientific evidence it is really nothing but faith..so evolution is your religion!
good day Monkey people

said Bud on July 1, 2009 5:54 PM.

Echo, your dad is getting more and more incoherent by the week.

said Johnny Wright on July 1, 2009 6:51 PM.

Care to explain how Godzilla was a version of shawshank redemption. Just curious, I'm not seeing the similarity.

said Bobby on July 6, 2009 2:41 AM.

Religion is simply one group of fanatics insisting everyone else believe in their imaginary friends. Get over your superstitious BS, admit the world is round and read a science book.

Jennifer Gray is MUCH hotter with the nose job.. tho the religious nuts would probably tell you that it is evil to mess with "god's work"

said James on July 7, 2009 7:46 PM.

Both Broderick and Ruck have been active in Broadway since Bueller. Ruck doesn't get the same attention because he isn't married to a Sex and The City cast member.

said MsMsBurning on July 15, 2009 1:49 PM.
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