ByTrevor Norkey, writer at
Writer, filmmaker, actor and film enthusiast.
Trevor Norkey

Stephen King's Stand by Me turned 29 this weekend. It is one of America's most beloved films that centers around four young boys who go out looking for a dead body, and end up finding themselves...and also a dead body.

But what ever happened to those kids? Let's take a look:

Wil Wheaton - Gordie Lachance

Wil Wheaton's most crowned achievement since Stand by Me would be his role as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. During that time, he also appeared in Flubber and Toy Soldiers. After the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wheaton decided to explore voice acting, earning himself roles in Grand Theft Auto, Teen Titans, Naruto, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Ben 10.

Recently, he has been known for appearing in The Big Bang Theory as himself. He also made a cameo in Sharknado 2: The Second One. Currently, he stars in his own television show titled Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, where he and other celebrities play the role playing game of the same title. He is currently 43 and married to his wife of 16 years.

River Phoenix - Chris Chambers

As many already know, River Phoenix sadly passed away in 1993, 7 years after the release of Stand by Me, due to a drug overdose. He was in the middle of filming Dark Blood when it happened. He was with his brother Joaquin and sister Rain. Unfortunately, they could not save him.

Before his death, but after Stand by Me, River Phoenix had roles in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, My Own Private Idaho and Running on Empty, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

His most recent appearance, though, was in 2012. After his tragic death, the production of Dark Blood was cancelled as he was the lead actor. However, in 2012, the director of the film crowd-funded enough money to complete the film without River. It was the final touch and was a respectable ending of River's phenomenal career.

Corey Feldman - Teddy Duchamp

Corey Feldman's other most notable films (The Goonies and Gremlins) had occurred before Stand by Me. However, his most notable work since has been his role as Edgar Frog in The Lost Boys, Lost Boys: The Tribe and Lost Boys: The Thirst.

He has also had a fair music career, releasing four different albums, the most popular being the ironically titled Former Child Star. In 2009, he starred in the TV series Splatter which only lasted 10 episodes. He held a supporting role in Zero Dark Thirty and even made a cameo in Katy Perry's music video for 'Last Friday Night.' He is set to voice a character in the upcoming video game Minecraft: Story Mode. He is currently 44, has been divorced twice and is a strong advocate for animal rights.

Jerry O'Connell - Vern Tessio

Jerry O'Connell may actually have had the best career of the four main characters since the movie's release. He starred in the popular, sci-fi, TV series Sliders from 1995 until 2000, played a supporting role in Jerry Maguire, played a recurring role in the TV series Las Vegas, held a supporting role in Mission to Mars, and will be playing a sheriff in the Veronica Mars movie.

Though he hasn't had the most popular career, O'Connell's career has remained very consistent. He always finds new work. He will soon begin filming a one-episode role in the TV series Significant Mother. He was married to model and X-Men star Rebecca Romjin, with whom he has two twin girls.

Kiefer Sutherland - Ace Merrill

The tough, older boy from Stand by Me has had a phenomenal career since the 1986 movie. He, like Cory Feldman, was in The Lost Boys the next year, which was probably his biggest kick-start to his career. His most notable role since then has been his portrayal of Jack, the main character in 24 from 2001 to 2010. He has also had roles in The Wild, Mirrors, Phone Booth, Marmaduke, L.A. Confidential and also voiced Snake in the Metal Gear Solid video games.

He and his father Donald are set to star in this year's western drama, Forsaken, alongside Demi Moore. He has been married and divorced twice and has a daughter named Sarah. And at 48 years old, he stills tirelessly works as the co-owner of Ironworks, an independent record label.

Kent Luttrell - Ray Brower a.k.a. the Dead Body

The dead guy in Stand by Me actually had a great career after the movie ended, not in acting, but in stunt work. He has done stunts in MacGyver, The Little Rascals, Black Sheep, Jingle All the Way, Titanic, Alien: Resurrection, Drowning Mona, Jurassic Park III, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Catch That Kid, Veronica Mars, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Gone, 21 & Over and Grimm. These stunts include his own acrobatic routines, choreographing other physical scenes, driving, rigging, and being a stunt double.

Stand by Me certainly started the careers for many amazing actors and stunt people in the industry, in addition to being a terrific movie. What are your thoughts, though? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!

Sources:, New York Times


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