ByNate Brinkley, writer at Creators.co
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Jingle All the Way may not be the best movie in the world, but you cannot say that it wasn't entertaining. Hitting our screens in November of 1996, this holiday family comedy is a considered a cult classic by many! From marital trouble and adulterous intrigue, to superheroes and an army of Santa Clauses, this movie has it all!

So what has the cast been up to since they teamed up for this holiday classic?

Officer Hummel - Robert Conrad

Left: Robert Conrad in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: 'Robert Conrad and Friends Panel' [Credit: Movie Prop Collector, YouTube].
Left: Robert Conrad in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: 'Robert Conrad and Friends Panel' [Credit: Movie Prop Collector, YouTube].

81-year-old Robert Conrad may be best known for his role as Secret Agent James West in Wild Wild West, but others know him for his role as ace pilot Pappy Boyington in Baa Baa Black Sheep, later known as Black Sheep Squadron.

Since his role as Officer Hummel, Conrad hosted Weapons at War on the History Channel, and was inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame for the work he did back in Wild Wild West. It should be noted that he is the only actor to receive this accomplishment. He appeared in a documentary about Pappy Boyington and currently hosts a weekly radio show called PM with Robert Conrad.

Johnny Maltin - E.J. De la Pena

Left: E.J. De La Pena in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Pena today [Credit: @RealEJDelaPena, Twitter]
Left: E.J. De La Pena in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Pena today [Credit: @RealEJDelaPena, Twitter]

Little Johnny Maltin is all grown up, and has grown into quite a successful man. You'll find his name attached to several projects as a creator and executive producer, including the recent sci-fi project Nobility. He also uses some of his income to support various humanitarian projects.

Liz Langston - Rita Wilson

Left: Rita Wilson in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Rita Wilson in 'It's Complicated' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
Left: Rita Wilson in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Rita Wilson in 'It's Complicated' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Rita Wilson has kept herself busy the last 20 years. The 60-year-old actress has made appearances in The Story of Us and The Runaway Bride since her role in Jingle All the Way. She has also spent a great deal of time on Broadway, and has made numerous television appearances with a few starring roles.

She had a role as producer on My Big Fat Greek Wedding which fits well for the Greek-American actress, and she produced and appeared in the sequel in 2016. Wilson is married to actor Tom Hanks and has two children and two step-children. She recently announced an ongoing battle with cancer, but that hasn't kept her from appearing on Broadway.

Ted Maltin - Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman n 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox].
Phil Hartman n 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox].

Ted Maltin may have seemed like a good guy at first in Jingle All the Way, but it didn't take us long to figure out he was trying to steal Liz away from Howard. Phil Hartman was a very talented actor, making several Saturday Night Live! appearances before appearing in Jingle All the Way. He was also well-known for voicing a couple of characters in The Simpsons, including Troy McClure. Sadly, just two years after Jingle All the Way was released, he was shot and killed by his wife, who later took her own life.

Myron Larabee - Sinbad/David Adkins

Left: David Adkins in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Adkins now [Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Left: David Adkins in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Adkins now [Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

David Adkins has had numerous great comedy roles in his life. Using the stage name Sinbad, he has made a few comedy specials. Since his turn on Jingle All the Way, he voiced an animal in Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, and had another voice role in Ready to Run. In 1997, he released a book co-written by David Ritz, and in 1998-99, he reunited with former costars in a few episodes of Cosby. You can still find him around occasionally making USO appearances and performing voice roles.

Jamie Langston - Jake Lloyd

Left: Jake Lloyd in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Lloyd in 2007 [Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Left: Jake Lloyd in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Lloyd in 2007 [Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

This child star has one of the most familiar faces in the galaxy. I'm sure he, his parents, and his agent jumped at the chance to get him a role in The Phantom Menace after he played in Jingle All the Way. Sadly, it didn't go so well for the young actor, who credits his role as a young Anakin Skywalker as the anchor that sunk his career. In 2015, Lloyd was arrested for reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest. His mother claims that he suffers from schizophrenia, citing a time when he even attacked her.

Howard Langston - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Left: Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Schwarzenegger in 'Terminator: Genisys' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
Left: Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Jingle All the Way' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]. Right: Schwarzenegger in 'Terminator: Genisys' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Now, if you want to talk about a man who has been busy the last 20 years, this guy would win the prize! After his role of Howard Langston, Arnie played the part of Dr. Victor Fries a.k.a Mr. Freeze in the critically maligned Batman & Robin. He starred in three other films before returning as the Terminator in 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Arnie went into semi-retirement (he made a few appearances) in 2003 after announcing his candidacy for office of Governor of California; he won the election and served as Governor until 2011. He has since made a comeback to film, appearing in yet another Terminator film, and is rumored to take over The Celebrity Apprentice from President-Elect Donald J. Trump!

Wrapping Up

So between acting, producing and governing California, the cast of Jingle All the Way have had a lot going on in the past 20 years! 2 decades after its release, Jingle All the Way remains an iconic Christmas movie; the prolific careers of its stars are testament to the calibre of the cast in this Christmas classic.

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