Monday, March 12, 2012

Where Are They Now: Cast of The 'Burbs

When Entertainment Weekly recently released their "Where Are They Now?" list of great former casts, it struck us that a rather large omission was made. Despite a paltry 46% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a slightly higher 6.2 on IMDB, The 'Burbs and it's fantastic cast rank right up there with our favorite comedies.

Yes, yes. Everyone knows that Tom Hanks (Ray Peterson) traded in his pajamas and paranoia for two Oscar wins and several more nominations...probably worth it. But what about the others? What are they up to? Have they continued to live the good life since Mayfield Place?

Carrie Fisher:

Playing Ray's not-so understanding wife Carol, Carrie was hot off the heels of her long-time relationship with Paul Simon and role as Princess Leia. However, the years to come would lead Fisher into a world of drug abuse, as well as a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Hmm, we're not off to a good start.

Memorable 'Burbs Quote: "You were up at the crack of dawn watching a dog poop."

Bruce Dern: 

The paramilitaric neighbor with the hot wife, Lt. Mark Rumsfield may in fact be one of the greatest characters ever to hit the big screen. The father of actress Laura Dern, Bruce has had a number of small roles/projects over the past years, and we are ecstatic to hear that he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Memorable 'Burbs Quote: "In Southeast Asia we'd call this kind of thing bad karma"

Rick Ducommun:

The 6'5" Canadian actor and comedian has since appeared in The Hunt for Red October, Jury Duty, and Scary Movie but, unlike his portrayal of Art Weingartner, has stayed pretty quiet since 2004. He lives with his wife and 3 kids in Ontario. Clearly he would have been available had EW even bothered to call.

Memorable 'Burbs Quote: "You know what the deal is? We gotta go down to the religious supply store. We gotta get a couple of gallons of holy water. My cousin Gary is a priest. He can get us a deal!"

Corey Feldman:

Your wife's favorite 80's heartthrob played Ricky Butler, a neighbor who evidently was house sitting for his parents? We're still not sure.  Corey is now the lead singer of the band The Truth Movement, testified against Michael Jackson in 2005, and in 2012 joined the UK skating show Dancing on Ice. Not a bad 23 years Corey. Not bad indeed...

Memorable 'Burbs Quote: "Hey Mrs. Rumsfield, no tan lines. Looks nice."

Henry Gibson:

Unfortunately, Henry died in 2009, which is probably why a cast reunion never took place. You may recognize Henry from his role as Father O'Neil in Wedding Crashers. He died a week before his 74th birthday. Rest in peace Dr. Klopek.

Memorable 'Burbs Quote: "We took the house from them. I offered to buy it, but you know how old people are. They grow so attached to things."

Courtney Gains:

Although Hans Klopek didn't say much, he was an integral part of the plot: tipping off the neighbors that something was wrong by driving the trash to the end of the driveway, and just looking creepy in general. Courtney has since appeared on Seinfeld and My Name is Earl, as well as Sweet Home Alabama. Gains has also worked on an acting coach (*oh the irony*).

Memorable 'Burbs Quote:
Mark Rumsfield: Rumsfield's the name. Don't believe I caught yours, sonny?
Hans Klopek: H-H-Hans.
Mark Rumsfield: Oh-ho! Hans! A fine Christian name. Hans Christian Anderson! What are you, Catholic?

There you have it folks. Who needs EW anyway?

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