Almost 30 years ago, the film industry introduced one of the most iconic serial killers of all time: Chucky. To this day, Child's Play continues to be one of my all time favorite horror movies. Even as a kid, my mother would scare us into doing things by saying that Chucky would come and get us if we didn't. Ha! Anyway, ever wondered what happened to the boy who played Andy Barclay? Or maybe you think you might've seen some of the actors in other works? Well, check out what the cast looks like today, you might be surprised!
Charles Lee Ray - Brad Dourif
Although we only see him in the beginning of the movie, actor Brad Dourif plays the Lakeshore Strangler, Charles Lee Ray, and does the voice for the Chucky doll. According to IMDb.com, while on set, Dourif "would run around the recording studio, work himself up into a real frenzy and then deliver his lines." He nearly fainted after one take from too much strain.
In addition to playing Chucky's voice throughout the Child's Play franchise, Dourif is well known for his Academy Award nominated performance in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975). He can also be seen in the second and third installments of the Lord of the Rings franchise as Grima Wormtongue. Brad Dourif has had a steady acting career since 1975 which extends beyond film. Dourif has had appearances on television with his repertoire ranging from The X-Files in 1994, to playing the Sorcerer's Apprentice on ABC's Once Upon a Time, to a one-episode appearance on ABC's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.
Maggie Peterson - Dinah Manoff
Portrayed by Dinah Manoff, Aunt Maggie is the reason why Andy's mother buys the Chucky doll from a peddler. She is also the doll's first victim, being frightened to the point she falls out the apartment's window.
The actress is most known for her role on Grease (1978) as Pinklady Marty Maraschino. Manoff has also won a Tony Award for her portrayal as Libby Tucker in both the stage and film adaptations of, I Ought to Be in Pictures. Her most recent appearance on the big screen was a small role in Brian Hecker's comedy, Bart Got A Room (2009).
Mike Norris - Chris Sarandon
Responsible for chasing down the Lakeshore Strangler, Detective Mike Norris is assigned to the case involving Aunt Maggie's accident. He is one of the main protagonists in the movie, and he assists Mrs. Barclay in stopping Chucky when he himself is attacked by the doll.
Other than his role in Child's Play, Chris Sarandon is known for his roles in The Princess Bride (1987) as Prince Humperdinck and vampire Jerry Dandridge in the 1985 horror film, Fright Night. Sarandon also provided the voice for Jack Skellington in Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). To this day, he continues to do voice work for Skellington in the Kingdom Hearts games.
Karen Barclay - Catherine Hicks
The mother of the main protagonist, Karen Barclay is portrayed by Catherine Hicks. She is a caring mother that will do anything to prove her son's innocence, even if that means proving that Chucky is indeed alive.
Following her role as Mrs. Barclay, Hicks starred in a handful of movies including a reprisal of her role in Child's Play 3. Her most notable character, however, is Annie Camden — the stay-at-home mother on WB's hit TV family drama, 7th Heaven. In addition, Hicks has starred in several made-for-TV movies with her two most recent projects being Win, Lose, or Love and A Christmas Reunion.
Andy Barclay - Alex Vincent
Andy Barclay, played by Alex Vincent, is the main protagonist of Child's Play and Chucky's human owner whose body he tries to possess. Although no one believes him, Andy continues to claim that Chucky is alive and trying to kill him.
Unlike the rest of his cast members, Alex Vincent did not have an extensive list of film and TV show appearances. Other than reprising his role as Andy in Child's Play 2 & 3 and later, in 2013, in The Curse of Chucky, Vincent has starred in a handful of movies including My Family Treasure (1993) and the horror film, House Guest (2013). His most recent role is as Ed in the comedy The N00bs (2015).
Although he doesn't need an introduction or explanation of his character, Chucky is the infamous killer doll of the Child's Play franchise.
Chucky has undergone a number of transformations throughout the films, including his now signature stapled-face. He's gone from the crazy evil serial killer to the comedic menace he his is today. Unfortunately, the final installment of the franchise, The Curse of Chucky, took away the use of the animatronic doll and replaced it with a CGI version of the doll. He doesn't look or feel quite the same.
Well, there you have it! The cast of the first installment of Child's Play, who would have thought they were so talented!