On the 26 October, 1984 a sci-fi action film called The Terminator was released. Directed by the relatively unknown James Cameron, no one expected this film to be memorable. However, The Terminator (1984) blew everyone away and was a massive commercial (it grossed $78.4 million on a $6.4 million million budget) and critical success, catapulting the careers of Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger to stardom.
With the film nearing its 31st anniversary, I have decided to celebrate its success and awesomeness by sharing how much the cast has changed since its release. Without further ado, here it is:
Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator (T-800)
The Terminator (1984) was the film that turned Schwarzennegger into an international superstar. He played T-800, a cybernetic android disguised as a human being, who was sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor.
Further appearances in the sequels to the film and movies such as Commando (1985), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), Twins (1988), Total Recall (1990), Kindergarten Cop (1990), True Lies (1994) and many more further solidified his status as a Hollywood heavyweight. In addition, he also served as the Governor of California from 2003 until 2011 and he continues to be a prolific actor.
Proof of this fact is that earlier in the summer he starred in Terminator Genisys (2015), the fifth installment of the franchise.
Michael Biehn - Kyle Reese
In The Terminator (1984) Michael Biehn starred as Kyle Reese, a human Resistance fighter sent back in time to protect Sarah.
After The Terminator (1984), Michael Biehn had roles in many other sci-fi and action films such as Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), The Rock (1996), Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001) and Planet Terror (2007). On TV, Biehn has appeared on Hill Street Blues and Adventure Inc.
Linda Hamilton - Sarah Connor
Linda Hamilton's performance of Sarah Conner (the Terminator's target) became the epitome of a female action heroine. Apart from the Terminator franchise, she has also starred in films such as: Black Moon Rising (1986), Mr. Destiny (1990), A Mother's Prayer (1995), Shadow Conspiracy (1997), Dante's Peak (1997) and Missing in America (2005).
She has also appeared on many TV shows including Beauty and the Beast, Frasier, According to Jim, Chuck, Weeds, Lost Girl and Defiance.
Paul Winfield - Ed Traxler
Academy Award nominated actor Paul Winfield had a diverse career in cinema, TV and theater. Some of his most famous performances include roles in Sounder (1972), Huckleberry Finn (1974), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) , The Terminator (1984) (in which he played a police Lieutenant named Ed Traxler), Cliffhanger (1993) and Mars Attacks! (1996).
Unfortunately, Winfield passed away in 2004, but his legacy as one of the first African-American actors who managed to become a star in Hollywood lives on.
Lance Henriksen - Hal Vukovich
Lance Henriksen established himself as a sci-fi, action, and horror films icon with the huge amount of performances that he has delivered. Some of his most famous roles include appearances in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Damien: Omen II (1978), Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), Aliens (1986) and Hard Target (1993).
An interesting fact about Henriksen is that when James Cameron was writing The Terminator (1984), he had originally envisioned him playing the title role. Instead, he ended up playing Hal Vukovich, who is a police Sergeant.
Earl Boen - Dr. Peter Silberman
Boen is the only actor besides Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in the first three Terminator films as the same character, in his case the criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman. Apart from the Terminator franchise, he is also known for his voice acting. Boen has played Mr. Bleakman in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Simon Stagg on Justice League, Police Chief Kanifky in Bonkers, and many more characters on a plethora of films and animated shows.
Bess Motta - Ginger Ventura
Apart from The Terminator (1984), in which she played Sarah Connor's roommate - Ginger Ventura and New Monkees (1987), Bess Motta has not done much acting. However, she is more famous for being responsible for making TV aerobics popular and has been dubbed the "aerobics queen of the 1980s". She became a fitness advocate after returning from England 30 pounds overweight.
Rick Rossovich - Matt Buchanan
Rick Rossovich is most famous for his role as Ginger's boyfriend in The Terminator (1984), as well as for his appearances in Top Gun (1986), Roxanne (1987) and Navy SEALs (1990), as well as the TV series Pacific Blue, ER, Black Scorpion and Sons and Daughters. However, it appears that he has retired from acting, as his last acting credit is from over 10 years ago.