One of the 1980s celebrated movies, Weird Science had mashed the screwball teen comedy genre with B-grade science fiction and told the story of 2 computer nerds who create the perfect woman and a storm of chaos. Written by John Hughes, the movie, which inspired a TV adaptation in the ’90s has become a classic that has maintained its presence for 30 years.
The cast of the movie has been busy, too. From sitcoms to horror movies and here is what they have been up to.
Anthony Michael Hall — Gary Wallace
After Sixteen Candles in 1984 and The Breakfast Club a year later, Hall’s streak as the go-to nerd in the Brat Pack came to an end with Weird Science. He then followed it up with a one-season stint on Saturday Night Live. He later showed up in Edward Scissorhands and Six Degrees of Separation. By the late 1990s, he turned up in many TV shows based on movies like Poltergeist: The Legacy and The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. He landed the lead role in 2002’s TV adaptation of The Dead Zone, which ran for 5 seasons.
Ilan Mitchell-Smith — Wyatt Donnelly
Mitchell went to a lengthy arc in TV’s Superboy and an adventure movie, Journey to the Center of the Earth. His last on-screen credit was in an episode of USA’s Silk Stalkings in 1991. He received his doctorate at Texas A&M in 2005, and he works as an associate professor at California State University-Long Beach.
Kelly LeBrock — Lisa
Born in New York and raised in London, LeBrock has worked on-screen since Weird Science. Her follow-up role was 5 years later in Hard to Kill with her husband, Steven Seagal. She has worked occasionally on low-profile productions. A notable part is Lauren Goodhue with Leslie Nielsen in Wrongfully Accused.
Bill Paxton — Chet Donnelly
Paxton went from Weird Science to big-budget blockbusters like Commando, Aliens, and Titanic. He gained high praise as Bill Henrickson in HBO’s Big Love, and he completed an arc as the bad guy in Marvel’s Agents of Shield’s first season.
Robert Downey, Jr. — Ian
Downey followed up Weird Science as a Saturday Night Live cast member with Anthony Michael Hall. In 1993, he was nominated for an Oscar for playing the title role in Chaplin. After a well-publicized slide into addiction, his career rebounded beyond expectation with roles in Tropic Thunder, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Zodiac, and 2008’s Iron Man, which snowballed into the multi-billion dollar MCU.
Robert Rusler — Max
After popping up in A Nightmare on Elm Street: Part 2 the same year as Weird Science, Rusler had recurring roles in The Outsiders TV adaptation, Babylon 5, Medium, and Bones. Lately, he’s done some work on the soap opera General Hospital as Blake, possibly the most soap opera of names.
Suzanne Snyder — Deb
A staple of early ’80s TV in shows like CHiPs and T.J. Hooker, Snyder went on to book guest spots on shows like Family Ties, Silver Spoons, and Seinfeld along with schlock horror classics like Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Her most recent role was a bit part in Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake in 2013.
Judie Aronson — Hilly
Like her on-screen best friend, Aronson continued to pop up in a string of bit parts after Weird Science, including Full House, Charles in Charge, and a lengthy stretch on Beverly Hills 90210. She had been last seen on screen in 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang beside Robert Downey, Jr.
Vernon Wells — Lord General
Another actor with no shortage of credits, Wells is currently king of the mockbusters, appearing in movies like Jurassic City, Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs, and 100,000 Zombie Heads, all of which I really want to see now. He also has a staggering amount of work, either filming or in post-production right now, ranging from TV to movies to voice work for video games. Though he’ll always be Bennett from Commando to us.
Michael Berryman — Mutant Biker
One of the very recognizable faces in the world of cinema, Berryman has popped up in TV and film incarnations of the Star Trek franchise, The X-Files, and Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects. He remains a mainstay in the horror genre who, like his mutant bike gang leader Vernon Wells, has continued to work prolifically throughout his career.