Back to the Future. It’s one of those classic films that continues to stand the test of time and prove its greatness over and over again. This film came out in 1985, the same year teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent to the year 1955, courtesy of Doctor Emmett L. Brown’s DeLorean time machine. What makes this film even more fantastic for me, is that it is an original screenplay written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. This was before the era of film remakes and inferior sequels, and thankfully, Zemeckis and Gale say that there will be no reboot or remake as long as they are around.
This year marks a special tribute to the iconic trilogy because October 21st, 2015 is the day Doc Brown and Marty McFly go back to the future. Rewatching the films brought me nostalgia and just pure enjoyment. It also had me wondering what happened to a lot of the stars from the film. I can’t be the only one who wonders what happened to Jen from the first Back to the Future! Christopher Lloyd also ranks as #1 on my list of favorite actors so I was curious to see what he’s been up to as of late.
So without further ado, let’s see where the stars of Back to the Future really ended up in 2015:
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox)
Many of us are aware that Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 (revealed in 1998). Since then, he has written a book about his journey titled, Lucky Man and he started the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002 and received two honorary degrees in 2008 (Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Fine Arts). It looks like the “slacker” from Hill Valley High isn’t doing so bad in the future.
Since Back to the Future: The Good Wife, Annie, The Michael J. Fox Show, Rescue Me, Boston Legal, Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild, Scrubs, Stuart Little 2, Spin City, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Stuart Little, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, The American President, Coldblooded, Greedy, For Love or Money, Where the Rivers Flow North, Life with Mikey, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Doc Hollywood, The Hard Way, Back to the Future Part III, Back to the Future Part II, Family Ties, Bright Lights, Big City, The Secret of My Succe$s
Fun Fact: At the London Comic Con 2015, Fox admitted that none of his four children have seen any of the BTTF films. What?!
Doctor Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd)
Although Lloyd was initially skeptical in playing the role of Doc Brown, he is now known to stop and watch BTTF when channel surfacing from time to time. He even appeared at an outdoor screening on May 1, 2010 of Back to the Future held by the Tampa Theatre where he participated in a question-and-answer session. At the age of 76, he has won multiple awards such as Daytime and Primetime Emmys and continues to appear in movies and television shows to this day (and hopefully doesn’t quit anytime soon!)
Since BTTF: A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Michael J. Fox Show, Psych, Dorothy and the Witches of Oz, Chuck, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Call of the Wild, The Tale of Despereaux, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Masters of Horror, King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, Hey Arnold! The Movie, Convergence, Baby Geniuses, Alice in Wonderland, Spin City, My Favorite Martian, Anastasia, Quicksilver Highway, Cadillac Ranch, Rent-a-Kid, The Pagemaster, In Search of Dr. Seuss, Radioland Murders, Camp Nowhere, Angels in the Outfield, Addams Family Values, Dennis the Menace, The Addams Family, Back to the Future... The Ride, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Back to the FuturePart III, Back to the Future Part II, The Dream Team, Eight Men Out, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Dictator, Walk Like a Man , Clue
Fun Fact: Lloyd plays Max Taber in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Lorraine Baines (Lea Thompson)
The mother of Marty McFly sure has been up to a lot since 1985. Thompson lives in Los Angeles with her husband of twenty-five years. She is an activist for breast cancer, mental health, and Alzheimer's charities. Thompson is currently in pre-production on The Year of Spectacular Men, a film written by her daughter Madelyn Deutch, and is writing her first book of essays.
Since BTTF: Family Guy, Switched at Birth, Left Behind, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Robot Chicken, Thin Ice, Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer, Greek, Splinterheads, Rock Slyde, Fatal Secrets, The Christmas Clause, Exit Speed, Jane Doe, Final Approach, A Life Interrupted, California Dreaming, Come Away Home, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ed, Stealing Christmas, Haunted Lighthouse, Friends, The Beverly Hillbillies, Dennis the Menace, Stolen Babies, Article 99, Back to the Future Part III, Back to the Future Part II, Tales from the Crypt, The Wizard of Loneliness, Casual Sex?, Some Kind of Wonderful
Fun Fact: Lea Thompson partnered with international Mirrorball Trophy holder, Artem Chigvintsev, on the 19th season of "Dancing With The Stars."
George McFly (Crispin Glover)
Surprisingly, the father of Marty McFly is actually three years younger than his movie son played by Michael J. Fox. Another piece of information that may not be well known is that Glover did not reach a financial agreement with the producers for BTTF Part II and did not return to any of the other films. This is why George McFly (played by Jeffrey Weissman) appears in only a handful of scenes, and also why the plot of Back to the Future Part II (1989) revolves around him being assassinated.
Since BTTF: Texas Rising, Freaky Deaky, Open Season 3, Hot Tub Time Machine, Drunk History, Funny or Die Presents..., Alice in Wonderland, Open Season 2, Beowulf, Epic Movie, Simon Says, Drop Dead Sexy, What Is It?, Incident at Loch Ness, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Willard, Like Mike, Crime and Punishment, Fast Sofa, Bartleby, Charlie's Angels, Nurse Betty, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Dead Man, Chasers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Little Noises, 30 Door Key, Rubin and Ed, The Doors, Wild at Heart, Where the Heart Is, Twister, River's Edge, Family Ties, At Close Range, The Orkly Kid
Fun Fact: Glover actually did go on to be a writer like his character George McFly, having written between 15 to 20 books (Rat Catching, Oak-Mot).
Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson)
Despite his less-than-friendly character, Biff Tannen, Thomas Wilson is actually a pretty great guy in real life! Not only that, but his professional career has excelled in almost every imaginable artistic field over the past 30 years. Wilson has appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, and is a regular performer at the Improv and Comedy store. As a writer and producer, he's written for several prestigious literary magazines, as well as for Universal Studios, Disney, Fox and Film Roman studios, and produced a groundbreaking series of debates for Canadian television called "The Seven Deadly Sins.”
Since BTTF: DreamWorks Dragons, The Heat, Mad, Epic, SpongeBob SquarePants, Franklin & Bash, Melissa & Joey, Rio, True Jackson, VP, Family Guy, Psych, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Ghost Whisperer, Bones, Boston Legal, House M.D., American Body Shop, Cold Case, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Still Standing, George Lopez, Reba, Zoey 101, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Life on Parole, Ed, Two and a Half Men, Boston Public, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Freaks and Geeks, Pepper Ann, Timon & Pumbaa, Maggie, The Angry Beavers, Men in White, The New Batman Adventures, Pinky and the Brain, Fired Up, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Superman, Get Serious: Seven Deadly Sins, Gargoyles, Born to Be Wild, Turner & Hooch, Back to the Future Part III, Back to the Future Part II, Action Jackson
Fun Fact: Wilson was able to bring his character Biff to life through personal experiences of being bullied as a child.
Jennifer Parker #1 (Claudia Wells)
Claudia Wells, the original love interest of Marty McFly. Her replacement in the BTTF sequels did not go unnoticed. So why did Wells leave the franchise that went on to be an Academy Award winner? After finishing the first film, Wells mother was diagnosed with cancer so she gave up her role as Jennifer Parker to take care of her. She was replaced by Elisabeth Shoe, but Wells has accomplished a lot on her own since her BTTF days. She took time off from acting when she had her son, Sebastian, but returned along with Llyod and Fox to lend her voice to the BTTF video games.
Since BTTF: The Comeback Kids, Starship: Rising, Zero Impact Home, Max, You Are Not Alone, The Mentalist, Alien Armageddon, Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 4 Double Visions, Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 3 Citizen Brown, Still Waters Burn, Brothers, Fast Times, CBS Schoolbreak Special, Able to Do, Off the Rack, Simon & Simon
Fun Fact: She has a trained operatic voice.
High School Band Audition Judge (Huey Lewis)
Surprise cameo! Huey Lewis is the judge who tells Marty that his band is "just too darn loud” when they audition to play at the school dance. Lewis wrote two popular songs for the movie, “Back in Time” and “The Power of Love” performed by Huey Lewis and the News. Lewis and the band still perform (their next venture being Cruise Back to the 80's) and Lewis' most recent cameo was in July 2015, playing the part of Rahad Coulter-Stevenson in the TV show Ray Donovan S03 E02.