The 1985 John Hughes teen comedy classic The Breakfast Club celebrates its 30th anniversary on February 15. That’s right, it’s been thirty years since the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal walked into detention as strangers and left as something else. The beloved coming-of-age film — which was a critical and box office success upon its release — featured some of the biggest stars of the ’80s, who all graduated to various levels of success after The Breakfast Club.
As we celebrate the film being a staple of pop culture and cinema, we wanted to check in on the cast and see where they are now. So what are Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Judd Nelson — who were all members of the iconic Brat Pack — up to since they spent that fateful Saturday afternoon together in Shermer High School? We check in on the cast, who all appeared together (with the exception of Estevez) at the Oscar tribute to John Hughes in 2010.
The ultimate ’80s It Girl played the popular rich girl Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club. Something of a Hughes muse, Ringwald also appeared in Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. While she’ll forever be known as an ’80s teen icon, she’s stayed in showbiz over the past three decades, taking on roles on the big screen (Betsy’s Wedding, Teaching Mrs. Tingle) and the small screen alike (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Stand). Ringwald will next be seen in the highly anticipated, nostalgia-friendly Jem and the Holograms movie.
Nelson (and his nostrils) sent hearts fluttering as the bad boy John Bender. The actor is still primarily known as an ’80s star, though he has worked steadily since his Brat Pack days, including hitting the small screen for shows like Suddenly Susan. Nelson can currently be seen on the smash drama Empire as Lucious Lyon’s villainous rival Baretti.
Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall was no stranger to playing geeks in Hughes movies (see: Sixteen Candles, Weird Science), but his performance as the brainy, picked-on Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club gave him some extra depth. While Hall may forever known as an ’80s star, but he’s worked steadily (primarily in supporting roles) since his Brat Pack days, even breaking out of his nerd typecasting, thanks to roles in movies like Edward Scissorhands, Six Degrees of Separation, The Dark Knight, and TV’s Dead Zone. The actor (who also had a short-lived stint as a cast member on Saturday Night Live) can currently be seen in the Oscar-nominated drama Foxcatcher.
Estevez — better known as the sensitive jock Andrew Clark — hasn’t been seen on screen since the little-seen 2010 comedy The Way. But before his hiatus from the Hollywood scene, Estevez worked steadily throughout the ’80s and ’90s, appearing in some of his most career-defining movies, including St. Elmo’s Fire, Young Guns, and The Mighty Ducks franchise. Estevez worked alongside his family in the 2000s, guesting on his father Martin Sheen’s The West Wing, and brother Charlie Sheen’s series Two and a Half Men.
Sheedy starred in some of the most beloved movies of the ’80s, including St. Elmo’s Fire, War Games, Short Circuit, and of course, The Breakfast Club, in which she played the reclusive “goth” kid Allison Reynolds. Sheedy has mostly done supporting work in movies and on television since then, but she also branched out to the stage. The actress was last seen in the 2014 indie comedy Fugly!.
We asked Michelle Buteau and Jade Catta-Preta which Breakfast Club characters they would be. Check out what they said in the clip below and tell us, which character(s) would YOU pick?