The comedy teen film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was hit in the late 1980s and it’s definitely earned its title of being a classic 40 years later. After nearly four decades, The Focus looks into the where the cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are now.
Bueller’s final chance to cut glass before his high school days are over is full of chaos. Even though we follow him on his adventures for the entire day – with Principal Rooney on his tail – the cat and mouse game kept the movie in our hearts.
As we know, Life moves pretty fast, and if we don’t stop and look around once in a while, we could miss it.
What about the lives for the cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day off now? Let’s find out.
Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller)
Matthew became everyone’s favourite teenager in the ’80s, so it wasn’t surprising to see him in tons of films. Now, alhough his fame skyrocketed during his time at Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Matthew rose to stardom in his breakout cast role as a computer hacker in the drama WarGames.
The actor kept on working in television and the filming industry. His most notable works outside of the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off cast include The Freshman, The Cable Guy, Election, Inspector Gadget, and Godzilla.
Matthew also became the voice of Simba in The Lion King as well as The Lion King 2: Simba’s pride. As of today, the actor’s career varies from seeing him on stage or the big screens. Most recently, he appeared in the TV series Daybreak and Better Things.
The actor is married to popular actress and former Sex and the City star, Sarah Jessica Parker. They have two children together.
Mia Sara (Sloane Peterson)
After a successful year as Lili in Ridley Scott’s Legend, Mia’s popularity rose as soon as she joined the rest of the cast interpreting the character of Sloane Peterson.
Her character added comedy to their group’s antics, and despite the addition of Matthew Broderick in the film, Mia succeeded in making her character one to remember.
In the last two decades, the 55-year-old continued to act and bagged the roles for Shadows in the Storm, Timecop, 20,00 Leagues Under the Sea, and the TV series version of The Birds of Prey.
Mia quitted the world of Hollywood in 2010, making her last role on the big screen in Dorothy and the Witches of Oz as Princess Langwidere a memorable one. Now, the former actress writes poems.
Alan Ruck (Cameron Frye)
Just like his co-star Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck’s fame also expanded during the 1980s. Nonetheless, the star continued to carry on acting on the big and smaller screens.
Once Ferris Bueller’s Day Off cast wrapped up, Alan embarked on a new journey where he participated in various projects such as Young Guns II, Speed, and Star Trek: Generations.
However, the older generation might recognise him for his iconic role as navigator Rabbit in the 1996 film, Twister. Alan also appeared on television, where his most popular gigs are on shows like Going Places, Mad About You, and Spin City.
As of now, the actor reclaimed back the spotlight after appearing in the horror TV series adaptation of The Exorcist, interpreting the role of Hancy Rance. The 66-year-old is currently acting on the HBO family-drama series Succession, after joining the cast in 2018.
Jennifer Grey (Jeanie Bueller)
Jeanie Bueller was just as sweet as Jennifer Grey is in real life. Right after she ended her chapter as a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off cast member, the actress joined project after project until 2000. Most remarkable, in 1987, the actress became Baby in the well-acclaimed and worldwide phenomenon film, Dirty Dancing.
Though she took a break from the filming industry, she carried on appearing on television occasionally as herself or to interpret small roles for series like Red Oaks. From 2008 to 2014, the 62-year-old actress voiced various characters from Phineas and Ferb.
In 2011, the actress became the winner of season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. Most recently, the actress appeared on three episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, two of The Conners and Dollface towards the end of its second season.
Jeffrey Jones (Ed Rooney)
Ed Rooney became the villain that viewers hated but couldn’t avoid also liking. The dean of the students became a popular character, and later a Hollywood superstar.
Throughout the years, he appeared on the sitcom The People Next Door, but despite its cancellation, his status stabilized in films like Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, and Sleepy Hollow. He also interpreted the role of A.W Merrick, who was a newspaper publisher in the famous HBO series Deadwood.
Almost a decade ago, the actor was involved in a controversy. In 2003, he pleaded no contest to hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos, writes BBC. He was required to register annually as a sex offender and sentenced to five years’ probation.
In 2010, he escaped a potential three-year jail sentence after failing to update his sex offender registry information. The then 64-year-old was handed three years’ probation and ordered to complete 250 hours of community service in the form of roadside clean-up, writes TMZ.
He kept low and away from the spotlight for sometime after. However, the actor returned in 2019 to reprise his role as Maverick in a version of Deadwood: The Movie.
Lyman Ward (Tom Bueller)
Tom Bueller and Katie Bueller played the role of a married couple and parents of the film’s main protagonist, Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller).
As feelings rose on set, the couple then married in real life and had two children together. Things did not last long between the two and ended their relationship after six years together. It was also during the release of their film Sleepwalkers, where they also played the role of a married couple.
After Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, actor Lyman continued to appear on several projects for the next three decades. Most notably, his participation in Family Ties, Thirtysomething, First Monday, and Independence Day.
With a long and outstanding career, the 81-year-old began to slow down his work in 2016. His latest well-known role was for an episode of the series Transparent in 2016.
Cindy Pickett (Katie Bueller)
Her popularity binge during the 1970s with soap opera Guiding Light. Nevertheless, playing a cast mate on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off allowed her to open more doors in the Hollywood world.
And it did. After her fame expanded, she continued to appear in films like DeepStar Six as the heroic Doctor Diane, as well as in series such as Amerika and St. Elsewhere. Her recent works in several episodes of The Mentalist and The Client List.
In 2018, the 75-year-old actress starred in Age of the Living Dead, a post-apocalyptic horror series. Her upcoming projects include Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time and the film Rose, though they don’t have a confirmed release date.
Edie McClurg (Grace)
Despite having a small role as Rooney’s secretary, Edie’s character as Grace stabilised her name in the Hollywood industry as one of the biggest and most popular actors of her generation.
At the time, the actress had been working non-stop for a decade, participating in roles after roles.
The actress appeared in films like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles as well as Valerie. She also made guest appearances in the famous series CSI and NCIS.
Edie McClurg’s dementia diagnosis
Edie has now been diagnosed with dementia and is currently under a conservatorship. The 77-year-old actress’ family grew concerned for the star over the past couple of years.
NBC reports the actor’s conservator has filed court documents asking for a temporary restraining order against the man living in her home.
On Tuesday, August 2, 2022, her legal team said Michael Ramos claims to be her “long time friend”. The complaint alleges Ramos tried to take McClurg, who is under a conservatorship, out of the state of California “in order to marry her when he knew she lacked capacity.”
A 2019 court order allowed Ramos to keep living with McClurg but mandated he did not go through with the nuptials.
A caretaker of McClurg filed a criminal complaint accusing Ramos of assaulting her in the actor’s home.
Ramos’ lawyer has denied he was abusive to the caretaker or McClurg.
“These are false allegations brought about by Ms. McClurg’s conservator and her counsel who have made it their mission to overturn orders issued by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge allowing Ms. McClurg’s long-term companion/fiancé to continue to reside with her at her home,” Estelle & Kennedy said in a statement.
“Despite the seriousness of the allegations, we are not aware of any criminal charges pending against this individual, nor do we expect there to be any.”