Saving Private Ryan cast two decades after the gruesome D-Day landing recreation

Darcy Rafter November 25, 2022
Saving Private Ryan cast two decades after the gruesome D-Day landing recreation
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Over two decades since its theatrical release, Saving Private Ryan remains one of the most celebrated war movies ever made and it’s not hard to see why with such a stellar cast.

Saving Private Ryan is one of the most acclaimed films by director Steven Spielberg and the shockingly realistic depictions of World War II are what makes the film stand out. More specifically, the opening sequence of the 1944 Omaha beach landing is often regarded as one of the most realistic recreations of D-Day.

Saving Private Ryan tells the story of a group of soldiers during World War II. When Army officials discover three of a family of four brothers have been killed, they request Miller and his team to find the last brother and send him home.

Let’s take a look at what the original cast of Spielberg’s 1998 epic is up to nowadays.

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Tom Hanks as Captain Miller

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Hanks’ character of Captain Miller is the leader of the pack but he has demons of his own. Miller has post-traumatic stress disorder, hence his uncontrollable shaking hands, yet he must launch himself into battle regardless.

Since his appearance as Captain Miller, Hanks has continued to flourish as an award-winning actor. His latest movie Elvis, where he played Colonel Tom Parker was a box office hit.

Not to mention his successful career as a producer. His credits include My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia! and the HBO series Big Love and John Adams.

Hanks also released his first book in October titled Uncommon Type: Some Stories.

Matt Damon as Private Ryan

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Damon plays Private Ryan who initially refuses to accept the request for him to withdraw from service due to the unfortunate deaths of his three brothers.

Spielberg specifically cast a young Damon as Private Ryan because he wanted an unknown actor. Little did he know that Damon was already an upcoming star and won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting while filming Saving Private Ryan.

Since his role in Saving Private Ryan he has appeared in The Talented Mr. Ripley, True Grit, and The Martian.

Tom Sizemore as Sergeant Horvath

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Portraying Sergeant Horvath, Tom Sizemore’s character is second-in-command to Captain Miller. Sizemore has since made appearances in other popular war films such as Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor. 

However, it hasn’t been a smooth journey for Sizemore as he has battled a long drug addiction. Over the years Tom has been in and out of rehab multiple times. He was arrested in 2007 and 2009 for drug-related charges. The actor spent 16 months in total in prison for misdemeanor possession, as per Daily Mail.

However, in May 2017 he told Daily Mail that he was “fit, healthy, and approaching four years sober.” 

Vin Diesel as Private Caparzo

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Vin Diesel plays Private Caparzo who is part of Captain Miller’s team. Spielberg originally noticed Diesel from his short film, Multi Facial, three years prior.

Unfortunately, his character is doomed as he is shot in the chest and killed by a German sniper whilst trying to save a little girl from a bombed building.

Diesel is now best known for his roles in the Fast and Furious franchise, as well as voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers. Diesel is currently living the high life as he was among the top 10 highest-earning actors of 2022.

Edward Burns as Private Reiben

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Edward Burns starred as Private First Class Richard Reiben, the cigar-smoking soldier who appears alongside Miller and Horvath during the D-Day invasion. His role brings comedy to the film as he tells stories of his past romantic encounters.

Since Saving Private Ryan, Burns’ acting career has stayed pretty quiet aside from small appearances in The Holiday and Alex Cross.

However, Burns has been busy working behind the camera. In fact, he has written and directed 14 films and TV projects since Saving Private Ryan. Some of which include Nice Guy Johnny, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Beneath The Blue Suburban Skies, and Purple Violets.

Barry Pepper as Private Jackson

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Barry Pepper played Private Daniel Jackson, another member of Company C, who dies at the hands of a German soldier. He made his acting breakthrough in the film but already had an inspiring life. From the age of five, he sailed the south Pacific with his family for five years in a homemade ship.

Following Private Ryan, Pepper went on to appear in The Green Mile alongside his Saving Private Ryan co-star Tom Hanks. He then went on to do the Maze Runner movies, 25th Hour, We Were Soldiers, True Grit, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

Jeremy Davies as Corporal Upham

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Davies plays Corporal Upham who is brought into the squad for his language skills but in the end, we see his transformation into an unheroic fighter.

Following Saving Private Ryan, Davies went on to star in several films, including CQ, Secretary, and Solaris. In 2004, he portrayed Charles Manson in CBS’s adaptation of Helter Skelter. He also appeared as a main cast member in Lost during its fourth and fifth seasons. Before guest starring in three episodes of Lost’s sixth season.

In 2014, Davies appeared in two episodes of Hannibal. He was also featured in the 2018 video game God of War, as he provided the voice for Baldur.

Adam Goldberg as Private Mellish

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In Saving Private Ryan, actor Adam Goldberg plays Private Stanley Mellish, a young Jewish soldier who is part of Mellor’s crew. Goldberg’s death at the hands of an enemy soldier is absolutely heartbreaking, but Goldberg said it could have been a lot more graphic.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Goldberg told the newspaper in 2018: “It was so graphic that Steven’s projectionist — who projected the dailies in Los Angeles — told him he can’t leave the scene in the movie. It’s too painful to watch.”

Following Spielberg’s biopic, Goldberg continued his acting career and joined the cast of NBC’s Taken. He also had a supporting role in the cast of CBS’s God Friended Me as Simon Hayes.

Goldberg has had three children with his wife, Roxanne Daner. Their first child, a son, was stillborn and the couple has spoken publicly about the sad experience.

Goldberg and Daner married on Halloween 2014 and their next son, Bud, was born shortly after in November 2014. They later had another son, Sonny, in September 2018.

Giovanni Ribisi as T-4 Medic wade

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Ribisi plays T-4 Medic Wade in Saving Private Ryan but is killed early in the mission to find Ryan. Following his appearance, he forged a successful acting career for himself. Ribisi appeared in 2003’s Lost in Translation, Cold Mountain and Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow.

Ribisi is an active Scientologist and has spoken publicly about his beliefs. He took part in the gala opening of Scientology’s Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum in December 2005.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.