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What The Cast Of Ocean's Eleven Looks Like Today

When Ocean's Eleven hit theaters in December of 2001, audiences around the world were treated to an entirely new standard for the term "ensemble cast." This remake of the 1960 heist thriller had all the elements of a great movie: an engaging plot, gorgeous sets and cinematography, a top-notch director in Steven Soderbergh, and a wonderfully witty script. However, the real treasure of Ocean's Eleven was its all-star cast and the characters they brought to life. As the late, great Roger Ebert noted in his review, "[George] Clooney and [Julia] Roberts deliberately evoke the elegance of stars like Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, [Andy] Garcia is as smooth, groomed, polished and tailored as George Raft, and the movie blessedly ends not with a shootout but with a complicated plot finesse."

The Ocean's crew is littered with actors of varying pedigrees, ranging from the uber-famous who are still relevant today to those who were then relatively unknown but would go on to enjoy major careers in Hollywood. To find out what your favorite hustlers, swindlers and two-bit cons have been doing over the years, check out what the cast of Ocean's Eleven looks like today.

George Clooney - Danny Ocean

As the charismatic leader of the pack, George Clooney's Danny Ocean recruits an elite team of thieves to help him rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. In some ways, the film's very memorability hinges upon Clooney's performance. His Ocean is charmingly strategic, hiding a multitude of alternative motives behind that effortlessly handsome face.

Although he didn't reprise his role in 2018's female-led Ocean's Eight (despite his reported begging), Clooney has obviously done quite well for himself over the past couple decades. The actor won his first Oscar for his supporting role in 2005's Syriana, which makes for a nice addition to his trophy case (along with his three Golden Globe wins). Since Ocean's 11, Clooney has headlined three films that grossed over $100 million domestically at the box office, including two Ocean's sequels and 2013's Gravity alongside Sandra Bullock. If you happen to be tweaking for a modern-day Clooney fix, you can see him chew scenery as Scheisskopf on the Hulu original miniseries Catch-22.

In 2014, he married Amal Alamuddin, and the two welcomed twins in 2017. According to what an insider told Hollywood Life, Clooney is loving the dad life. "George is happier than he's ever been... He has the perfect family he never knew he wanted." It sounds like Danny Ocean got a happy ending after all.

Julia Roberts - Tess Ocean

Before she was cast as Tess, Danny Ocean's ex-wife/love interest in Ocean's Eleven, Julia Roberts was already a megastar who had appeared in eight films that grossed over $100 million domestically at the box office. Still, Ocean's was a huge film for her, ultimately becoming the highest-grossing film she's ever starred in. As Tess, Roberts fantastically played a woman stuck in a love triangle between her convict ex-husband and her new beau, the casino-owning financial mogul Terry Benedict. Her witty exchanges with Clooney provided arguably some of the high points of the entire film.

Since 2001, Roberts has remained a pillar in Hollywood. She's starred in films of all genres, ranging from 2017's tear-inducing Wonder to 2015's dark mystery/thriller Secret in Their Eyes. In 2016, she even reunited with Clooney in the Jodie Foster-directed crime drama Money Monster. Although none of her films have topped the $183,417,150 that Ocean's Eleven put up at the domestic box office, Roberts is still yielding high paychecks for her presence. According to Forbes, she was the seventh highest-paid actress in 2018. She was even reportedly paid $3 million for a mere four days of work on 2016's Mother's Day.

Nearly seven months after Ocean's Eleven premiered, Roberts married Daniel Moder, a cameraman she'd met on the set of 2000's The Mexican. The two are still happily married with three children. 

Brad Pitt - Rusty Ryan

In Ocean's Eleven, Brad Pitt's Rusty Ryan felt like the cool guy in a group of cool guys, a true testament to Pitt's effortless swag and inherent nonchalance. As Ocean's right-hand man, Rusty is pivotal in managing all aspects of the heist. He even ends up calling some of the shots once it is revealed that Ocean has alternative motives (i.e. getting Tess back). By the end of the film, however, everything works out for Rusty, and he gets to head home with a lofty score.

Similarly, Pitt walked off the set of Ocean's Eleven with yet another credible role under his belt. He went on to star in several action blockbusters, such as 2004's Troy and 2013's World War Z (still his highest-grossing film domestically at the box office). However, some of Pitt's most notable work was in dramatic films. His roles in movies like Moneyball, The Big Short, 12 Years a Slave, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button each earned him Oscar nominations

One of Pitt's most famous roles was arguably that of the sadistic, Nazi-killing Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Thus, fans were immediately excited to see Pitt reunite with Tarantino for 2019's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which he and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio were reportedly paid $10 million to star in.

Matt Damon - Linus Caldwell

When Ocean's Eleven landed Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell, the crew's pickpocketing "new kid on the block," he was already an Oscar-winning actor for his work on Good Will Hunting. However, that didn't mean that he was the first choice for the role, which was reportedly offered to Mark Wahlberg, who turned it down. Still, Damon's take on the character was memorable and only added yet another prestigious credit to his blossoming acting resume.

Of all the big-time actors in the Ocean's universe, you could actually make the argument that Damon has experienced the most successful career of them all. He has starred in a whopping twelve films that grossed nine figures at the domestic box office. His portrayal of stranded astronaut Mark Watney in 2015's The Martian won him a Golden Globe and got him nominated for another Oscar, in addition to topping the box office with an impressive $630,161,890 worldwide. His 2019 film Ford v Ferrari started gathering Oscar buzz early. Not a bad career for a kid from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Damon's contributions to the world are not limited to the entertainment industry. In 2009, the actor co-founded Water.org, a campaign with a mission to clean water and improve sanitation in countries that need help. In 2014, the World Economic Forum awarded Damon with a Crystal Award for his work through the foundation.

Andy Garcia - Terry Benedict

A movie is only as good as its antagonist; fortunately for Ocean's Eleven, Andy Garcia was more than up to the challenge. As the casino-owning Terry Benedict, Garcia created a capable adversary for Clooney's Ocean. Throw in the fact that he was also dating Ocean's old flame, and you get a real confrontation brewing. In an interview with Film Monthly, Garcia noted that although the cast stayed in the Bellagio during production, he never sat down and gambled, quipping, "I guess I was delusional enough to know that it was MY casino." Talk about commitment to the character!

Since 2001, Garcia has been a busy man. He has appeared in comedies like The Pink Panther 2 and Let's Be Cops, as well as dramatic thrillers like Kill the Messenger and Passengers. In 2016, he joined the cast of HBO's Ballers as the extremely rich Andre Allen. 

Although he has had his fair share of successes over the past two decades, Garcia noted that 2018 was a big year for him in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "It's been a real bucket list year for me," he enthused. "I got to work with Cher and Diane Keaton." He sang a duet with Cher in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and got to cozy up with Keaton in the romantic film Book Club. Add to the list a role alongside Clint Eastwood in The Mule, and it's safe to say that Garcia kept great company in 2018.

Don Cheadle - Basher Tarr

A lot of people might forget that Don Cheadle played explosives expert Basher Tarr in Ocean's Eleven. It was apparently a role that even Cheadle felt was too good to be true. In an interview with The Guardian, Cheadle went as far as to say that he felt embarrassed getting paid to work on a film that was so much fun to shoot. "It's true, it is fun. George [Clooney] bought everybody these beach cruiser bikes and we were riding around in our bikes and playing basketball at every break and we were in Las Vegas. It was crazy. It was ridiculous. I mean, I'm not giving the money back, but..." Not a bad way to earn a living.

Since his time blowing up buildings in Vegas, Cheadle's career has been largely dominated by role of James Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine in the MCU. Including 2019's Avengers: Endgame, Cheadle has played Rhodes six times since taking up the mantle for Terrence Howard in 2010. He also earned an Oscar nod for his work in 2004's Hotel Rwanda prior to his time playing a superhero.

In the TV world, Cheadle is perhaps best known for the lead role of consultant Marty Kaan in Showtime's House of Lies. He appeared in all 58 episodes in the series' five seasons, even winning a Golden Globe for his performance in 2013.

Casey Affleck - Virgil Malloy

If you're trying to make it in Hollywood, it probably doesn't hurt to share a last name with a well-known star. Such is the advantage that Casey Affleck, who played Virgil Malloy in Ocean's Eleven, has most likely experienced throughout his career. That being said, it wouldn't be fair to claim that Casey hasn't proven his own value in without the help of brother Ben.

Since 2001, Affleck has enjoyed a highly prestigious career. In 2008, he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Robert Ford in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and then, nearly a decade later, he took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for 2016's Manchester by the Sea.

Although he has appeared in a few big-budget flicks, such as Ben Stiller's comedy Tower Heist and the Christopher Nolan sci-fi adventure Interstellar, Affleck has really excelled in smaller, indie films. One of his more recent works, 2017's A Ghost Story, earned a Tomatometer score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is no small feat.

Scott Caan - Turk Malloy

Reportedly, Steven Soderbergh originally wanted Owen and Luke Wilson to play the bickering Malloy brothers in Ocean's Eleven. However, Luke and Owen decided to star in The Royal Tenenbaums instead, leaving the roles open for Casey Affleck and Scott Caan. As Turk Malloy, Caan, the son of legendary actor James Caan, gained his most reputable role, a part he went on to reprise in two additional Ocean's sequels.

That being said, Caan has gone on to gain more notoriety over the years for roles in various television shows. In 2009, he played E's coworker/frenemy Scott Lavin in Entourage. In 2010, he was cast as the co-lead, detective Danny Williams, on Hawaii Five-0. Only Caan and Alex O'Loughlin have appeared in all episodes of the show.

Over the past decade, Caan has also taken up photography. Speaking with LAist, Caan shrugged, "I kind of just shoot — I don't know if there's a style, if it's called documentarian style of photography or street photography or a day-in-the-life photography. My stuff is pretty scattered... My style is when I'm shooting I run around and shoot whatever that's interesting to me."

Carl Reiner - Saul Bloom

Unlike most of the Ocean's cast, you could argue that the brunt of Carl Reiner's most notable work took place prior to his role of Saul Bloom in 2001's Ocean's Eleven. In the '60s, Reiner was a writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show, ; continuing his acclaimed writing career after that series ended, Reiner branched out into acting, going on to appear in a couple of Steve Martin movies, including 1979's The Jerk and 1982's Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.

For the past decade, Reiner has seemingly put movies on the back burner, focusing more on television. He played Marty Pepper in Two and a Half Men, Max in Hot in Cleveland, and even made a brief appearance on Young & Hungry in 2017. He has also lent his voice to numerous animated works, including The Cleveland Show, Bob's Burgers, American Dad!, Family Guy, and Toy Story 4, in which he plays Carl Reineroceros.

Elliott Gould - Reuben Tishkoff

In Ocean's Eleven, Elliott Gould played Reuben Tishkoff, a onetime casino owner who was muscled out of Vegas by Terry Benedict. Gould, who went on to play the character in both Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, was also one of only two of the main cast's actors to appear in 2018's Ocean's Eight (the other being Shaobo Qin's Amazing Yen).

Although Reuben was a big role for Gould, he's enjoyed an extremely successful career in Hollywood, appearing consistently in both television and movies. You might recognize him as Monica and Ross's father, Jack Geller, on the TV megahit Friends. If you're a bit more seasoned, you probably know him as Trapper John McIntyre in M*A*S*H. More recently, Gould portrayed Ezra Goodman in Showtime's Ray Donovan, and Isaiah Roth in CBS's Doubt.

In a 2018 interview with The Know, Gould reflected on his incredibly long career and its various achievements. "I'm very experienced," he agreed. "I've been up and I've been down. I know the proper definition of several words. Not many, but I know the word 'career.'" 

Eddie Jemison - Livingston Dell

Believe it or not, when Eddie Jemison was cast as the fidgety computer wiz Livingston Dell in Ocean's Eleven, he only had four acting credits under his belt. As fortune would have it, however, one of those four roles was for a project called Schizopolis, which just so happened to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. 

In an interview with AV Club, Jemison dished details on how he got cast in the blockbuster hit. "Debra Zane, the casting director, had me come in and she's like, 'Wait. You're Eddie Jemison. Yeah, I've been looking for you. Your agent has just folded and I didn't know where to contact you. I want to cast you in a movie. You're already cast in a movie. I have a script for you. It's Ocean's Eleven.' And I was like, "Whaaaat?" And she was like, "Yeah, Steven Soderbergh, you worked with him in a movie called Schizopolis."

Since then, Jemison has gone on to appear in several prominent TV shows. He played Ronnie Haxon in HBO's Hung and Stanley Stohl in Chicago Med, as well as the villainous Stacey Boss in the CW's iZombie.

Bernie Mac - Frank Catton

When Bernie Mac earned the role of card-dealing Frank Catton in Ocean's Eleven, his career took a big step. Suddenly, the actor who was best known for playing Uncle Bernie in Moesha and Pastor Clever in Friday was in one of the top-grossing pictures of 2001. The same year, he started The Bernie Mac Show, which ran for five seasons and was nominated for two Golden Globes.

After Ocean's, Mac became a household name. In 2003, he appeared in comedies Head of State and Bad Santa, as well as the action sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. The success didn't stop there: Mac went on to star in movies including Mr. 3000Guess Who, Transformers, and even Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Sadly, on August 9, 2008, Mac, who was ailed by sarcoidosis, passed away due to complications of pneumonia. He was only 50 years old. His final performance came in Disney's 2009 comedy Old Dogs, alongside John Travolta and Robin Williams.