It's hard to believe that #Predator is officially 30 years old this week. Released on June 12th, 1987, the film has gone to become a cult classic and favorite among #horror and science-fiction fans. It is constantly featured on "Greatest Films of All Time" lists and has since spawned two sequels, two spin-off sequels, countless comic books and video games and the upcoming 2018 reboot-sequel #ThePredator.
We've all followed Arnold Schwarzenegger's legendary career since then, but have you ever wondered where the rest of the cast of this iconic film are now?
Before I begin, I just wanted to take a moment to pay tribute to the two men behind the Predator, who are no longer with us: Kevin Peter Hall and Stan Winston. Hall portrayed the titular character in both Predator and Predator 2 (and Harry in Harry and The Hendersons). Winston was the legendary special effects creator, known for his work on the Predator, Terminator and Jurassic Park franchises. Their contributions will never be forgotten.
To celebrate this legendary film's 30th anniversary, let's take a look back at the cast of Predator, and see what they are up to now:
Hollywood royalty and cinema icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger has carved out one of the most incredible acting careers of all time. The action hero starred as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer in Predator, coming face to face with ominous creature in an epic final battle. Since then he has starred in countless films. These include: Twins, The Running Man, Kindergarten Cop, the Terminator sequels, True Lies and The Expendables trilogy.
With an acting career spanning four decades, as well as an eight-year stint as governor of California, "Arnie" shows no signs of slowing down. He recently highlighted his acting chops in drama film #Aftermath and announced that he will return to the #Terminator franchise in a James Cameron-produced Terminator 6.
George Dillon may have been the "son of a bitch" who lured Dutch's team into the rainforest, but in real life, Carl Weathers is, without a doubt, a legend of the industry. Renowned for his role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise, Weathers has starred in many films since Predator, including Action Jackson, Dangerous Passion and both Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky in which he played the role of Chubbs Peterson.
In recent years Weathers has turned to television, starring as a fictionalized version of himself on Arrested Development. This year, he was a series regular on Chicago Justice (a spin-off of Chicago P.D.) before it was cancelled by NBC.
In Predator, Bill Duke portrayed the intense and focused Mac Eliot, who becomes obsessed with tracking the Predator down after the group is attacked by the creature. The actor has had a long, prosperous career in both film and TV. In fact, before Predator, he even starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando. Since 1987, Duke has starred in a number of movies and TV shows, including: No Man's Land, Action Jackson, Never Again, Fastlane and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Duke has also directed films and TV episodes too, including Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit. He recently guest-starred in two episodes of Law & Order: SVU and appears in the film Restored Me.
Jesse Ventura portrayed the powerhouse Blain Cooper, who "ain't got time to bleed." Initially a professional wrestler, Ventura turned to acting towards the end of his wrestling career. Alongside Predator, Ventura has appeared in two other Arnold Schwarzenegger films: The Running Man and Batman & Robin. He also appeared in Thunderground, Demolition Man, Repossessed, Ricochet and The Master of Disguise. Ventura famously served as the governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.
He has also made returns to WWE to serve as a commentator as well as a special guest referee on occasion too. In 2010, his wrestling career was immortalized as he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Known for his role of Jorge "Poncho" Ramirez in Predator, Richard Chaves followed Predator up with the role of Lt. Colonel Ironhorse in the War Of The Worlds TV series. Despite praise and overwhelming fan support, the Season 2 showrunners didn't think his character worked with the format they wanted for the show, and thus killed him off. The show was canceled soon after.
While he hasn't appeared in a lot since, Chaves did sporadically appear in films and TV over the years, including: L.A. Takedown, Night Eyes 2, Lost Warrior: Left Behind and Dark House.
Known for his stoic role as Billy Sole in Predator, Landham has since appeared in various films, including Action Jackson (the Predator cast must have loved this film!), Lock Up, Best of the Best 2 and Savage Land. After that, he ventured into the world of conservative politics, though his efforts were considerably less successful than Schwarzenegger's and Ventura's.
Playing the silent Anna Gonsalves, who was the first to see the "jungle come alive" in the form of the Predator, Elpidia Carrillo reprised her role briefly via videotape in Predator 2. She starred in the films Bread and Roses and Nine Lives, both of which earned her ALMA Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
She has also appeared in My Family, The Brave, Kingpin, Nine Lives and Mother and Child. She took a hiatus from acting after giving birth of her children, but she recently returned to TV with a recurring arc on ABC's Nashville in 2014 and starred in the film Relentless.
Shane Black portrayed the witty Rick Hawkins in Predator. He has since appeared in Dark Justice, RoboCop 3, As Good As It Gets and his voice was used in the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter. However, he had an even more successful career as both a screenwriter and director. He wrote the first two Lethal Weapon films, The Last Action Hero and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Moreover, he also wrote and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys.
In a fitting twist, Black will return to the Predator franchise as he wrote and directed the upcoming sequel The Predator which is due for release in Summer 2018. He will also be writing and directing both The Destroyer and the upcoming Doc Savage film.
It's great to see that the vast majority of the Predator cast are still very much on our screens. The film has aged incredibly well and has left behind an amazing legacy, with many fans still calling it the superior film in the franchise. And I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic film than to "get to the choppah" and revisit this masterpiece.
Happy 30th Anniversary, Predator!
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