The cast of Forrest Gump has changed a lot since 1994

Forrest Gump was the biggest film of 1994, winning six Oscars, forever establishing a box of chocolates as one of the most mysterious objects in the known universe, and using cutting-edge special effects to offer audiences a new perspective on some of the most pivotal moments in modern American history. Millions of film fans hold special places in their hearts for Forrest, Jenny, Lieutenant Dan, and the rest of the movie's unforgettable characters, but what happened to the members of the ensemble cast that made Forrest Gump so famous? We've taken a look back at more than 20 years of film and TV credits to find out what these stars have been up to ever since.

Tom Hanks/Forrest Gump

Let's start with the obvious: Tom Hanks, already an Oscar-winning mega-star when he played Forrest Gump, hasn't exactly vanished from view. In addition to putting another dozen multiple-award-winning performances under his belt, Hanks executive-produced the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, played two separate middle-aged American heroes in Captain Phillips and Sully, voiced a neurotic cowboy in Pixar's Toy Story franchise, sported an abomination of a haircut in The Da Vinci Code (and then gratefully ditched it for subsequent films in the series), and became the star of Saturday Night Live's most memorable, baffling Halloween skit. (ANY QUESTIONS?)

He's also still half of one of Hollywood's most longstanding marriages along with wife Rita Wilson, who he's been married to since 1988—and pro tip, don't mess with him on that front, because the one thing the famously congenial Hanks won't tolerate is tabloid rumors about his sweetie. Need more evidence that Hanks went on from Forrest Gump to become the loveliest human being in Hollywood? Just look at how much he loves tiny cars.

Robin Wright/Jenny Curran

Robin Wright was hardly an unknown when she scored her role in Forrest Gump—at least not for the millions of fans who loved her on the daytime drama Santa Barbara or her performance in the cult fairytale favorite The Princess Bride. But for whatever reason, Wright spent the next two decades flying way under the radar for someone who'd shared a screen with Tom Hanks in a Best Picture Oscar winner.

In fact, the role that really made her a star is the one she landed at the age of 46—and the one she's still playing: the ambitious, brilliant, Lady Macbeth-esque Claire Underwood on Netflix's House of Cards. In the meantime, Wright has become an outspoken advocate and spokesperson for Pour Les Femmes, a sleepwear company that educates and employs women in conflict regions around the world. And in line with her new star status, she was also romantically linked with an appropriately handsome leading man: until 2015, Wright was involved in an on-again, off-again engagement with X-Men actor Ben Foster, 20 years her junior.

Michael Conner Humphreys/Young Forrest

Most of the main folks in Forrest Gump have gone on to have long and storied acting careers, but Michael Conner Humphreys is an exception. After what could have been a breakout performance as young Forrest, Humphreys instead quit acting entirely and took a completely different path, joining the Army and serving four years as an infantry soldier, including an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq. (According to an interview with the Daily Mail, he tried to keep his brief stint in Hollywood a secret, but it didn't take long for his fellow servicemembers to figure it out and start calling him "Gump.")

While Humphreys did make a single foray back into acting post-Forrest, playing a soldier in the 2011 indie film Pathfinders, it looks like he's since pulled the plug on a career in Hollywood. His most recent interview, dating from 2015, found him living in Independence, Mississippi, pursuing a college degree in international relations, and, ahem, still single… ladies.

Hanna Hall/Young Jenny

"Run, Forrest! Run!": that's Hanna Hall's contribution to the cultural zeitgeist. At the age of nine, she became a movie icon for shouting what ultimately became Forrest Gump's most quotable line—but she's also worked regularly ever since. As a teen, she scored roles in Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and the 2007 remake of slasher classic Halloween, and in more recent years she appeared in guest roles on Criminal Minds and Masters of Sex.

Like most actors under the age of 40, she can also be found on Twitter, where she's not a frequent poster but does like to give fans the occasional glimpse of what she's working on—or what kind of vintage undergarments she's wearing. And despite having grown up a lot since her Forrest Gump performance, Hall is still occasionally recognized on the street by sharp-eyed fans—and begged to repeat her famous catchphrase from the film by the ones who just can't let go. (Pro tip: She doesn't know how to do that Alabama accent anymore, so if you see her, don't ask.)

Hall stuck to her childhood script when it came to getting an education, earning a degree from Vancouver Film School VFS in 2005, but in recent years, she's definitely branched out. While she continues to act, she's also developed a robust presence behind the scenes in edgy, crowdfunded theater productions. Or, in her own words: "She is now committed to committing professional suicide by directing underground theater. It is her way of sweetly strangling the lame commercial world that robbed her of a childhood."

Sally Field/Momma Gump

Sally Field was already a multiple Oscar winner and longstanding A-lister when she played the tenacious matriarch of the Gump family—which is to say that her Hollywood legacy was rock solid no matter what she did after Forrest Gump. Where is she now? After spending several years as a cast regular on ER, she joined the ABC drama Brothers and Sisters, for which she won an Emmy, then turned up in the role of Aunt May in the Amazing Spider-Man movies starring Andrew Garfield.

Another Oscar-nominated performance came in 2012, when she played Mary Todd in Steven Spielberg's biopic of Abraham Lincoln. And in 2017, she'll be playing the challenging role of Amanda Wingfield in a Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. Basically, she's keeping plenty busy as she rounds the corner on her seventh decade on earth—and she still finds time to tweet under the handle @realmommagump. (Also: She's absolutely epic at Twitter.)

Mykelti Williamson/Bubba Blue

After his memorable turn as Forrest Gump's BFF Bubba Blue, Mykelti Williamson has been a very, very busy bee in Hollywood, leaping from big screens to small and back again in a career that's been downright unstoppable (although you may not have recognized him without the prosthetic bumper in his lower lip.) Among his more prominent appearances: a regular role on Justified that spanned three seasons, another in the political thriller series 24, and yet another on the NBC drama Boomtown.

Williamson seems to particularly specialize in playing police officers and military men, although he did run afoul of the law when he played Baby-O in the Michael Bay cult favorite Con Air. And don't think he's given up serious award-season fare, either: in 2016, he was part of the cast in Oscar contender Fences. When not in front of a camera, Williamson is super-engaged with fans on Twitter, where he's got an astonishingly low profile considering his long run in Hollywood. (You should follow him!) And unlike some of the other members of the Forrest Gump cast, Williamson has fully embraced his legacy more than 20 years after he played Bubba. Every week on Instagram, he celebrates his character's signature seafood obsession with #shrimpsaturday, a holiday of his own invention in which he posts shrimp-related selfies and solicits pictures of shrimp from fans around the globe.

Gary Sinise/Lieutenant Dan

Gary Sinise has had no shortage of high-profile projects since Forrest Gump, including repeated onscreen reunions with Hanks; the two appeared together in Apollo 13 in 1996, and again in The Green Mile in 1999. In recent years, Sinise has found a comfortable home in primetime procedural drama, playing Detective Mac Taylor on multiple versions of the CSI franchise from 2004 through 2013, then taking over in a lead role on Criminal Minds beginning in 2016. And as a result of his military "experience" in Forrest Gump, Sinise has become a prominent supporter of American servicemembers—lending his talents as a narrator to various military documentaries, entertaining troops with the Lt. Dan Band, and creating his own philanthropic organization, the Gary Sinise Foundation, to support servicemembers once they're back home on U.S. soil.

Sinise has also been one of the few openly Republican celebrities in Hollywood, founding a group for conservative actors known as "Friends of Abe" in 2004 and supporting John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. However, he disassociated himself from the organization prior to the 2016 election, and his online presence makes it clear that apart from acting, his real priority is supporting our troops.

Sam Anderson/The Principal

The sleazy principal who admitted Forrest to the public school system in exchange for a roll in the hay with Mrs. Gump will be forever remembered for his hee-hawing vocalization while in the throes of ecstasy (an event which gratefully transpired off camera.) But when it comes to the actor who played him, you're more likely to recognize Sam Anderson from his post-Forrest Gump television performances.

From 2005 through 2010, Anderson was a series regular on Lost in the role of the kind-hearted Bernard—and if you didn't catch him in that, you might know him as the cold-hearted Lee Paxton on Justified, because the one thing Sam Anderson won't do is be confined to just one type of role. Meanwhile, as ubiquitous as he is onscreen, the actor keeps a low profile off camera. The only readily available information about his personal life is that he's been married to the same woman since 1985 and is the father of (now presumably grown) twins, and that in his spare time, he likes to write mysteries. In short, Anderson has gone on from Forrest Gump to become your average retired dad… except that he's also one of the hardest-working character actors of his generation.

Afemo Omilami/Drill Sergeant

If you've seen Forrest Gump, you'll recognize Alfemo Omilami as the frothing drill sergeant who told Forrest that he must be a genius with an IQ of 160. (It would have been a great compliment if not for the fact that it was delivered in a full-throated, spittle-flecked howl of rage!) It was only a bit part, but Omilami, already a Hollywood veteran when Forrest Gump was made, knew exactly how to play it for maximum impact—which is a skill that's kept him in regular business as an actor ever since. (The man's only attributed quote on IMDb also appears to be his professional motto: "Never be too big to do the little things.")

Omilami has appeared in multiple projects every year dating all the way back to 1990. Most recently, he held down a major role in True Detective and appeared as the Mayor of the benighted District 11 in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; that's him introducing Katniss and Peeta to the crowd on their victory tour (and watching in bewilderment as the Peacekeepers slaughter one of his constituents.) And despite his intense schedule—which is impressive on its own for a guy approaching 70—Omilami still finds time to tweet (albeit sporadically), and also helps to run Hosea Feed the Hungry, an Atlanta-based charitable organization designed to combat homelessness and food scarcity, with his wife.

Haley Joel Osment/Forrest, Jr.

It's practically the end of the movie before he appears onscreen, but he's there: before he saw dead people, Haley Joel Osment made his big-screen debut in this itty-bitty role as Forrest, Jr. Needless to say, it was a good jumping-off point for Osment's career; he went on to become a Hollywood icon at the tender age of nine thanks to his breakout performance in The Sixth Sense. But since then, between taking a break to attend college and growing into adulthood, he's become one of those actors Hollywood tends to overlook—and his current slate of projects suggests he's not especially interested in award-grabbing prestige fare like Forrest Gump anymore (although if Robert Zemeckis called him up about shooting a sequel, we're guessing he wouldn't say no.)