Time is a crazy thing. It makes good-looking people less good-looking and all sorts of crazy things like that. It literally never stops. Some say it heals all wounds, but in the case of movies... the passing of time is what turns big time films into world renowned classics. The [Terminator](series:1196463) franchise, especially the first and second movies, will go down in history as some of the most revolutionary science fiction ever. All thanks to time. Can you believe it's been 30 YEARS?
Kind of a side-note here but I think it's worth pointing out that the "modern day" world in this movie is in the year 2029. The part that stands out about that to me is, now that we're pretty close to 2015, I'm not really sure we're on track to build this type of technology. Like, we need to get some engineers to start figuring this shit out... and fast.
Anyway, I digress.
Terminator - Played by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't even close to lying when he famously uttered the two phrases, "I'll be back" in the first Terminator and "Hasta la vista, baby" (it means, "See you later" for those of you who never took Beginning Spanish) from [Terminator 2](movie:2255913). In fact, he was so back that he quickly became a household name, huge star and leading actor of multiple blockbuster hits, and of course, most importantly and miraculously, the governor of California... all while never truly mastering the English language.
But, it's not just Arnold who made this series what it was! There were several others who are not to be forgotten, and never will be.
Sarah Connor - Played by Linda Hamilton
There was Linda Hamilton who played Sarah Connor, the mother of John Connor, and our protagonist in the first two films. She was easily most known, for this role but she did take multiple parts on the big and small screen throughout the rest of her career. She was on Beauty and the Beast (TV Series) from 1987-1990 and more recently she appeared in a recurring role on the hit NBC show [Chuck](series:200683) as Mary Bartowski.
Kyle Reese - Played by Michael Biehn
Michael Biehn played Kyle Reese in the first Terminator movie. He's now 58 years old and still looking pretty good! He continues to act and has delved into directing as well, recently directing The Victim (2011).
John Connor - Played by Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong played John Connor in the second movie, just a kid at the time. He's 37 years old now and sadly, he has had a tough time recently. Battling alcoholism and drug addiction, and subsequently getting into some pretty serious legal trouble due to his bad habits. Tragically, it's sort of become all too common to watch young child actors grow into troubled adults. Still, it pains me to see such an iconic character go down such an unfortunately iconic road.
T-1000 - Played by Robert Patrick
Robert Patrick played the creepy and intense T-1000 from the second movie. Patrick still typically plays corrupt, homicidal or unfriendly characters due to his naturally intense presence on camera. You just can't escape his cold blue eyes.
Fun factoid: He's still happily married to his wife (also an actor), Barbara, who he married while filming Terminator 2, and the two of them have two children.
Dr. Silberman - Earl Boen
Earl Boen was the only character besides Arnold to appear in all of the first three Terminator movies, as criminal psychologist, Dr. Silberman. He has had a very long and successful career doing voice work for animated projects.
Cool fact: He's most recently done a ton of narration and character voice work for World of Warcraft.
The first Terminator was the definition of a classic in my mind, but I think 7 years later, the second one was able to do a little bit more, special-effects wise. And I can't even try to lie... the story line was arguably better. The third and fourth left a bit to be desired for me, and by a "bit" - I mean a heck ton of a huge amount, but vote for your favorite below!