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Beetlejuice: How The Cast Of The Original Movie Looks Today

Troubled by the living? Is death a problem and not the solution? Unhappy with eternity?

Fans of classic 1980s films know that if you're asking those questions, there's only one being to call: the ghost with the most and the afterlife's leading bio-exorcist, Betelgeuse!

The original "Beetlejuice" film was released all the way back in 1988, and it was only the second feature film from director Tim Burton. The movie helped solidify his reputation as one of Hollywood's leading visionaries, and he would go on to direct a string of hits in his unique visual style, including "Batman," "Edward Scissorhands," "Mars Attacks!" and more.

In addition to helping make Tim Burton a household name, "Beetlejuice" (that's three times we've said it now!) also featured an impressive collection of central cast members. Many of the actors who helped "Beetlejuice" withstand the test of time as a horror-comedy classic are still finding massive success today, and rumors of a sequel have been floating around Hollywood for decades at this point. Here's a look at the cast of the original film and what they're up to now.

Michael Keaton - Betelgeuse

There are a lot of big names in the cast of "Beetlejuice," but the movie was never going to work if the actor playing the title character wasn't all in. Luckily, Michael Keaton is at the top of his game in this flick, channeling every bit of sly humor, cocky attitude, and simmering menace he's got to realize one of his most memorable roles ever. The character became a massive force in pop culture on the strength of Keaton's spectacular performance.

The actor has had a bit of a renaissance in recent years. It isn't like he ever truly disappeared, but he was a massive star in the late 1980s and early 1990s compared to his substantially reduced presence in 2000s entertainment. His career resurgence really started taking off in 2014, when he starred in "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." He was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Riggan Thomson/Birdman and definitely lampooned his own past in this tale of a washed-up actor known for portraying a superhero.

Many of the "Batman" actor's biggest recent roles also come from superhero films. He played the villain Adrian Toomes, aka Vulture, in "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and he has roles in upcoming action flicks like "Morbius," "The Flash," and "The Protege." Keaton isn't all capes and comics, though: You can also catch him in prestige films like "Spotlight" or "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

Alec Baldwin - Adam Maitland

It's understandable if you didn't initially recognize Alec Baldwin in "Beetlejuice." If you only know the actor from his more recent roles, it can be tough to tell that poor Adam, one half of the couple that's killed early in the film and has to learn to cope with haunting their old home, is played by the most well-known of the Baldwin acting clan.

Baldwin has had an impressive career with a huge variety of roles, as his booming voice, charisma, and wry sense of humor allow him to play comedy and drama equally well. Some of his biggest mainstream successes have come on television: He starred as Jack Donaghy on the series "30 Rock," you may have recognized his voice as the narrator on "Thomas & Friends," and he seriously got under the skin of Donald Trump by playing him as an obnoxious buffoon on "Saturday Night Live."

Baldwin has found sizable success in films over the years, too. He's worked on multiple Martin Scorsese movies, including "The Departed," was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 2003's "The Cooler," and has appeared in some of the more recent "Mission: Impossible" films. Oh, and he's also the commanding voice behind a certain baby who's also a boss.

Geena Davis - Barbara Maitland

The Maitlands' terrible tragedy kicks off the story in "Beetlejuice," and we don't get a ton of time to really understand or get to know them before we're thrown into their crazy afterlife experience. Luckily, Geena Davis is there to keep us grounded. The actor plays the recently deceased Barbara Maitland in the film, and she's got both the emotional and comedic chops to make her character one of the film's most memorable.

Geena Davis was one of the biggest stars of the '80s and '90s. She was part of iconic films like "Thelma and Louise" and "A League of Their Own" and appeared in plenty of other noteworthy genre films as well. Davis' career took a hit in 1995 when she starred in "Cutthroat Island," a flop so notorious that it bankrupted its production studio.

However, she seems to have recovered just fine. In recent years, Davis has done some remarkable television work, including recurring roles on shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "GLOW," and "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power." She also started the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which has helped research and strive for change in the hiring practices of film and television studios.

Winona Ryder - Lydia Deetz

"I myself am strange and unusual." So says Lydia Deetz, the high school girl who befriends the ghostly Maitlands after her family moves into their former home. Lydia was a perfect role in which to cast Winona Ryder, who had made quite the name for herself playing dark, oddball characters in the heyday of her career.

Like many of her castmates in "Beetlejuice," Winona Ryder was a huge deal in the '80s and '90s. She was a part of several films that would go on to become classics, like the dark comedy "Heathers" and another beloved Tim Burton film, "Edward Scissorhands." She also showed off that she can succeed in drama just as well in comedy, earning Oscar nods for both "Little Women" and "The Age of Innocence."

Her career slowed down significantly after an arrest for shoplifting, but Ryder has earned — or regained — plenty of fans through her more recent roles. Some of her best work has come in the world of streaming television: look for her as Joyce Byers on "Stranger Things" or as Evelyn Finkle on "The Plot Against America."

Catherine O'Hara - Delia Deetz

Catherine O'Hara has long been a star of film and television, and she's been one of the best comedic actresses around for decades running. Her take on the bizarre artist Delia Deetz in "Beetlejuice" even seems like a bit of a precursor to one of her most notable recent roles.

O'Hara is a huge reason why so many classic comedies, "Beetlejuice" and otherwise, are as quotable and memorable as they are. You might also know her as the exasperated but caring mother, Kate, in "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York." O'Hara has a long history of playing oddballs in Christopher Guest's absurdist comedies as well, like "A Mighty Wind" and "Best in Show."

Television is where the actress has made her biggest marks in more recent years, and she's moved between both live-action and voice work with ease. She played Dr. Orwell, the optometrist near the Miserable Mill, in the Netflix version of "A Series of Unfortunate Events," and she enjoyed recurring roles on the animated series "The Last Kids on Earth" and "Skylanders Academy." She also won an acting Emmy in 2020 (finally!) for her role as Moira Rose on "Schitt's Creek."

Jeffrey Jones - Charles Deetz

Jeffrey Jones is one of those actors who was in tons of '80s comedies but was always better known by his characters' names than his own. In "Beetlejuice," he plays Charles Deetz, the stereotypical dorky '80s dad who just wants some peace and quiet.

Jones' impressive career moved through both comedies and dramas, and he was known for several huge films throughout the 1980s and '90s. He played the Emperor in "Amadeus" and also appeared in films like "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Devil's Advocate." On the comedy front, Jones is probably best known for playing Dean of Students Ed Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and he reunited with Tim Burton to appear in "Ed Wood" in 1994.

However, Jones' acting career was derailed by serious criminal charges. In 2002, he was arrested for possession of child pornography and several related allegations. Jones has also gotten in trouble with the law over the years for not updating his offender status in the federal database. He still acts on occasion, such as portraying A.W. Merrick in the HBO series "Deadwood" and the 2019 film, but it's rarely in anything too notable — and understandably so.

Dick Cavett - Bernard

Among the guests at the dinner party in one of the horror-comedy's most memorable scenes is a man named Bernard: He's the shorter man in the suit with the white shirt and red tie. Bernard is played by Dick Cavett, who would have been instantly recognizable to most people in the 1988 audience.

Cavett is best known for being a comedian and talk show host. He got his start writing and scouting for new talent on "The Tonight Show," first with host Jack Paar and later with Johnny Carson. He eventually branched off to start his own talk show, "The Dick Cavett Show," which never quite achieved the mainstream success of similar programs but still had plenty of fans. The show ran until the mid-1980s.

Because of his fame as a media personality, Cavett frequently played himself in his film appearances. He pops up in movies like "Annie Hall," "Forrest Gump," and "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors" in this fashion. He also regularly appears in documentaries about media and pop culture. "Beetlejuice" is actually one of his only notable appearances as a character rather than as himself.

Susan Kellermann - Grace

Another of the party guests in the Deetz household when Betelgeuse finally starts wreaking havoc, Grace is the woman wearing the shiny gold dress. She is played by Susan Kellermann, who made appearances in a number of '80s and '90s comedies, though rarely as a featured actor.

Kellermann got started in comedy by playing small television roles on shows like "Laverne & Shirley" and "Starsky and Hutch." She also had a recurring role on "Taxi" as the mother to Andy Kaufman's character. As Kellermann's career continued, she seemed to pick up roles in comedy films in the same dark and quirky vein as "Beetlejuice." She shows up as Patty in "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" and as a doctor in "Death Becomes Her." She also voiced a variety of characters across several episodes of the animated series "Courage the Cowardly Dog."

Kellermann never quite became a famous name like many other actors in "Beetlejuice," but she clearly found plenty of success over the years. Her work has slowed down recently, and her last credited role came in 2016; it might be safe to say she's retired.

Adelle Lutz - Beryl

Yet another of the unfortunate guests at the "Beetlejuice" dinner party gone wrong is Beryl: She's the woman wearing the green dress and the bow on top of her head. Beryl is played by artist Adelle Lutz, who may actually have been an inspiration for some of Delia's more esoteric pieces.

Lutz appeared in a handful of films in her short acting career, and actually put together an impressive résumé even though her primary career is as an artist. In the '80s, she appeared in films like "Wall Street" and "Something Wild," and she played a TV anchor in 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs." Her last role came in 1995 in the film "Beyond Rangoon."

As an artist, Lutz is known to combine elements of fashion and sculpture to create her work. She's appeared in a number of magazines and worked on several promotional campaigns over several decades, and her work has appeared around the world, including being displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sylvia Sidney - Juno

It's hard to think of "Beetlejuice" and not remember Tim Burton's classic design of the afterlife: a massive, bureaucratic infrastructure full of receptionists and case workers. The afterlife is forever, so it makes sense you'd have to wait. The Maitlands' case worker is a woman named Juno, who greets them with a smoker's rasp (and a slit throat) to lay out the rules now that they're dead. Juno is played by classic film actor Sylvia Sidney.

Sidney's first credited role came all the way back in 1926, so she'd already been in the game for a number of years when Tim Burton came calling. She rose to fame during the 1930s under renowned directors, appearing in films like "Sabotage" from Alfred Hitchcock and "Fury" from Fritz Lang. In the 1950s, she played Fantine in a film version of "Les Miserables," and she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" in 1973.

Unfortunately, Sidney died in 1999 at 88 years old, but she continued to act in the last years of her life: She appeared in a recurring role on the late-'90s reboot of "Fantasy Island," and she reunited with Tim Burton one last time for "Mars Attacks!" where she played Grandma Norris.

Glenn Shadix - Otho

In the crew of lovable weirdos who populate Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice," few stand taller than Otho. Delia's interior designer is full of smug '80s confidence, and he's played by well-loved character actor Glenn Shadix.

Burton loves to find actors who fit his style and cast them again and again, and Shadix is a great example (see also: Depp, Johnny). Besides playing Otho, Shadix also appeared in Burton's "Planet of the Apes" as Senator Nado, and he graced many of our childhoods by voicing the Mayor of Halloweentown in "The Nightmare Before Christmas," which Burton helped create. He also had memorable bit parts in films like "Heathers," "Demolition Man," and "Multiplicity," among others.

Shadix was also known for voice acting, and he put together an impressive résumé of work in that regard. In addition to "Nightmare," Shadix voiced characters in "Teen Titans," "The Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor," and "Jackie Chan Adventures." The voice work was essential, as Shadix's physical health rapidly declined later in his career, and he used a wheelchair for mobility. Sadly, the actor died in 2010 at only 58 years old after falling in his home.

Robert Goulet - Maxie Dean

When the Deetz family realizes that their house is haunted, they decide to turn it into a tourist destination rather than fleeing in terror. Charles' big plan involves inviting his old boss to the house as a potential investor. That boss, Maxie Dean, is played by none other than Robert Goulet.

Goulet got his start and made his living for most of his life as a singer. His acting career actually kicked off because of his Broadway notoriety, as Goulet won both Tony and Grammy awards during his impressive career. He was known for a deep, velvety voice and had a number of stage standards and lounge hits as a singer.

Due to his celebrity, Goulet regularly played himself in film and on television. He appeared multiple times on "Mr. Belvedere," and you can also catch him in "Scrooged" and other titles. In roles other than Robert Goulet, his most notable probably came from "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear." With a voice like his, it's no surprise that Goulet's work can be heard in animated projects, too. He played Mikey on the series "Recess" and also voiced Wheezy the penguin in "Toy Story 2." Goulet died in 2007 at the age of 73.