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What The Cast Of The Lost Boys Looks Like Today

Packed with a cast of young '80s stars, Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys all but founded the idea that vampires could be sexy—spawning a whole new breed of television shows and films, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the Twilight series. While not without its fair share of cheese, The Lost Boys has aged pretty well—but what about the cast? Sure, vampires may never age, but actors sure do. Here's what The Lost Boys cast has been up to over the past few decades.

Jason Patric — Michael

Jason Patric landed his breakout role as The Lost Boys' Michael, the handsome older brother and protagonist who—in a desperate attempt to seem cool in front of a girl—gives into peer pressure, chugs some vampire blood, and becomes a sunglasses-wearing half-vampire who sleeps all day. Oh, to be young!

After defeating his real-life friend Kiefer Sutherland on the big screen (and stealing his real-life fiancée Julia Roberts), Patric most notably played Jim Raynor in Rush, Shakes in Sleepers, Officer Alex Shaw in Speed 2: Cruise Control, Nick Tellis in Narc, James Bowie in The AlamoIn the Valley of Elah's Lt. Kirklander, and Dr. Theo Yedlin in Wayward Pines.

Patric has been back in the media spotlight in recent years, thanks to his heated custody battle with ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber. In 2009, Patric donated sperm to Schreiber, and the pair successfully conceived a child via in vitro fertilization. Since 2014, Patric's involvement with the child has been contested in various courts, with a family law court ultimately ruling that Patric, as a biological father, legally has rights as a parent. Shared custody was ordered, but Schreiber confided to Rolling Stone that Patric was physically and verbally abusive—accusations that have prompted another round of legal battle.

In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed that we get a third season of Wayward Pines.

Dianne Wiest — Lucy

Before landing the role of Lucy in The Lost BoysDianne West notably played Vi Moore in Footloose, Emma in The Purple Rose of Cairo, Holly in Hannah and Her Sisters, and Bea in Radio Days. Afterwards, she continued to work with Woody Allen, appearing in September and Bullets Over Broadway, in addition to Ron Howard's Parenthood. You also probably know her as Nora Lewin from Law & Order, though she's also appeared in Edward ScissorhandsThe Horse Whisperer, I Am Sam, and Dan in Real Life.

Despite having an extensive list of credits and pair of Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in her trophy cabinet, Wiest claims her career has been hampered by being typecast in the type of mother role we see her play in The Lost Boys. She told the New York Times that the only offers she ever gets is to play "a nice mom and that's it ... except in theater." Unfortunately, stage productions don't play the bills.

Recently, Wiest probably hasn't struggled to pay the rent, having landed a starring role as Joan on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces.

Kiefer Sutherland — David

Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland—known by most as simply Kiefer Sutherland—is easily the most famous member of The Lost Boys cast. Interestingly, it was his role as David the vampire that secured Sutherland's future success in Hollywood.

Before playing David, Sutherland made his debut alongside his father Donald and Matthew Broderick in Max Dugan Returns. He then played the bully Ace Merrill in Stand By Me, which also starred The Lost Boys' Corey Feldman. It was after Lost Boys, however, that Sutherland's career really took off.

Sutherland quickly went on to appear in a slew of major motion pictures, including Young Guns, Young Guns II, Renegades, FlatlinersTwin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, A Few Good Men, The Vanishing, The Three Musketeers, The Cowboy Way, Freeway, Eye for an Eye, A Time to Kill, and Dark City. He also starred in a little-known television series called 24, playing a character by the name of Jack Bauer. Maybe you've heard of it?

Most recently, Sutherland has voiced Big Boss in the blockbuster video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and played Tom Kirkman in 24-esque drama Designated Survivor. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to go with his many 24 award nominations.

Jami Gertz — Star

You know what they say: "once you go vampire, you never go back..." unless, of course, you're Star, David's half-vampire girlfriend who spurns the immortal life to be with a wannabe vamp who stares a lot.

Jami Gertz's breakthrough came when she landed a starring role as Muffy Tepperman on the comedic television series Square Pegs while also appearing on one episode of Diff'rent Strokes alongside the infamously foul-mouthed comedian Andrew Dice Clay. She also played Martha Spino on Dreams, had a recurring role as Boots St. Clair in The Facts of Life, played Robin in Sixteen Candles, and landed the role of Blair in Less Than Zero.

However, Gertz's career really took off after playing Star in The Lost Boys. She immediately went on to play Monica Tomanski in Listen to Me, Toby in Jersey Girl, and Lily Ruscio in the television series Sibs. Seinfeld fans will recognize Gertz as one of Jerry's girlfriends, Jane, the phone sex operator who can't "spare a square." She appeared as Dr. Melissa Reeves in the blockbuster tornado drama Twister before landing the recurring roles of Dr. Nina Pomerantz in ER and Kimmy Bishop in Ally McBeal.

Most recently, Gertz has played Judy Miller in Still Standing—her longest-running television role to date—as well as Marlo Klein in Entourage and Debbie Weaver in The Neighbors.

Corey Feldman — Edgar Frog

In some ways, Corey Feldman never had a childhood. Known for his roles in Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand by Me, and The 'Burbs, Feldman—like his Lost Boys co-star and real-life friend Corey Haim—endured tumultuous early years, and ultimately had little say in the path his life would take. "Most people in society are all given equal rights to decide what their future should be," he told the Chicago Tribune. "I never had that opportunity."

That's been reflected in the tabloid reports that have dogged Feldman as an adult. In 2013, Vice published a now-infamous firsthand account of a shindig at his crib, dubbed "The Feldmansion," describing a raucous affair where scantily clad women wearing only lingerie attend for free, while men can pay $250 for a ticket, $500 for an hour in the hot tub and $2,500 for a private poolside cabana with "private angel service."

Feldman continues to surround himself with women, whom he dubs Corey's Angels, and it's also part of his musical stage act. He adamantly claims he's giving his Angels "another chance in life" and claims "there's one company in particular" that's been paying to promote "disgusting stories on me and my company, that has tried to make it sound like a whorehouse, they've tried to make it sound dirty."

Jamison Newlander — Alan Frog

Jamison Newlander is known for one thing, and one thing only: playing Alan Frog in The Lost Boys.

Compared to the rest of The Lost Boys' cast, Newlander doesn't have much star power. "People don't necessarily recognize me right away 'cause I look a little different," he told Collider, "so when they realize that I'm a Frog brother and I was in The Lost Boys, it's exciting." When asked about his favorite sequence, he recalled the film's bathroom scene, in which both he and Edgar chicken out. "That scene is also one of my most annoying memories," he also remembered, "because, between takes, we were in about six inches of slime on that bathroom floor and we just had to sit there, freezing while they checked all the lights. So, it's both my favorite scene and my least favorite scene as well."

In addition to playing the less famous Frog brother in the first installment of the series, Newlander also reprised the role of Alan Frog for The Lost Boys: The Tribe, though his scenes were deleted, and The Lost Boys: The Thirst—both of which currently hold a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

You can follow the "Frog Brother, a dad, husband, loser, winner," and "political numbnut" on Twitter @JamisonNewland. And you should, because he has less than 2,000 followers. But be warned—he'll block you if you're deemed a fascist.

Billy Wirth — Dwayne

Much like fellow vampire Brooke McCarter, Billy Wirth started his career as a model. He then moved to California and landed a gig in the 1985 teen film Seven Minutes in Heaven, most widely known for marking one of Jennifer Connelly's earliest roles. After a few one-off appearances on TV shows The Equalizer, The Ellen Burstyn Show, and Nothing in Common, Wirth joined the cast of The Lost Boys—presumably to lend even more teenage sex appeal to what was originally supposed to be a much younger, Goonies-esque cast. (You get a gold star if you can recall a single line of spoken dialogue coming from Dwayne's mouth.)

After playing the tall, dark and handsome vampire who takes an arrow to the chest and gets fried by a stereo, Wirth kept busy, appearing in a list of films that includes War Party, Crow's Nest, Who Killed the Baby Jesus, Body Snatchers, The Fence, Judicial Consent, Boys on the Side, and Powder Blue, while also making appearances on Martial Law, Charmed, Sex and the City, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Summerland, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Major Crimes.

Alex Winter — Marko

After playing Marko, arguably the most devious-looking member of The Lost Boys' vampire gang, Alex Winter went on to play one of the most iconic roles of the '80s: the one and only Bill S. Preston, Esq., from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the animated Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. It's also worth mentioning that Winter also co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the black comedy Freaked.

With the third Bill & Ted film apparently in the works, it seems we haven't seen the last of Winter and Keanu Reeves' duo. "It's exciting to come back to the characters," Winter told The Next Web. "The fun thing about them is that they're ageless. You play them in terms of who they are spiritually. Their mannerism and physicality are not tied to age. We played them like 9-year-old kids. ... It will be funnier because they're older."

You can follow the "card-carrying showbiz professional," who describes himself as "crusty but benign," on Twitter @alxwinter. (Yes, without the 'e.')

Corey Haim — Sam

A teen idol who also starred in Lucas, Silver Bullet, License to Drive, and Dream a Little Dream, Corey Haim rocketed to early fame before falling prey to a variety of afflictions that ultimately turned his career into a cautionary tale.

Surrounded by dangerous temptations, Haim experimented with substance abuse, triggering a lifelong struggle with addiction that included multiple attempts to get sober through rehab—and sent him spiraling from an A-list talent to a series of direct-to-video productions. By the early '90s, his latest release was far more likely to be spotted at a local Blockbuster than the cineplex.

Although Haim continued to work consistently, he sought a comeback; in 2007, he teamed up with his old friend Corey Feldman for The Two Coreys, a reality series that detailed the actors' efforts to rebound with the belated Lost Boys sequel The Tribe. Although the series (and the film, which was released to video in 2008) brought the former child stars increased attention, it wasn't enough to save Haim, who sadly passed away on March 10, 2010 at the age of 38.

Though support flooded in following his friend's tragic death, Feldman wasn't impressed. "At the end of the day," he asked on Larry King Live, "where were all these people the last 10 years, the last 15 years of Corey's life? Where were all these people to lend a hand out, to reach out to him and say ... you're an amazingly talented, wonderful person who's really never gone out of his way to hurt anybody other than himself?"

Edward Herrmann — Max

American actor Edward Herrmann was a giant in the acting business, appearing in well over 100 movies and television shows.

Before playing the secret vampire boss Max in The Lost Boys, Herrmann notably played Klipspringer in The Great Gatsby. However, he was most famous early on for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the television films Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, a role he also reprised in the musical Annie.

Though you couldn't escape Herrmann on the big and small screens during his extensive career, he is undoubtedly most widely known among younger generations as Richard Gilmore, the adoring and high-class grandfather in the long-running television series Gilmore Girls. Herrmann was, without a doubt, perfect for the role, having regularly played a rich guy, while also being a real-life Connecticut resident.

Herrmann died of brain cancer on December 31, 2014, in Manhattan. He was 71.

Brooke McCarter — Paul

Brooke McCarter is definitely best known for playing Paul, the Lost Boy with the flowing blonde mane who pours on the peer pressure with his chant of "Michael, Michael, Michael," while the protagonist questions whether or not to have a swig of David's blood... er, wine. Aside from that, his only other notable role was that of Tyler in the 1986 skateboarding movie Thrashin', which starred Josh Brolin and featured appearances from Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Not long after playing Paul in The Lost Boys, McCarter called it quits, choosing to move to Florida and focus on raising his daughter as a single dad. For fun, he'd often make appearances at various venues around Tampa Bay, where he'd show off his hand-drumming skills on the djembes, bongos, congas and tambourines.

McCarter passed away on December 22, 2015, after a long battle with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a rare genetic liver disorder. He was 52.

Barnard Hughes — Grandpa

Playing the role of Grandpa in The Lost Boys was merely a side note on Barnard Hughes' extensive résumé. The actor enjoyed a long career in show business, beginning in 1934, when he was 19.

Before playing The Lost Boys' marijuana-smoking hippie grandfather, Hughes played the second Dr. Bruce Banning in The Guiding Light, Mr. Barton in As the World Turns, Dr. Joe 'Doc' Bogert in Doc, Max Merlin in Mr. Merlin, and Dr. Walter Gibbs / Dumont in TRON. After delivering The Lost Boys' closing line, Hughes went on to play the title character in Da, Francis 'Pop' Cavanaugh in The Cavanaughs, Dr. Hogue in Doc Hollywood, Father Maurice in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Buzz Richman in Blossom, Beaumont in The Odd Couple II, and Frank Marvel in Cradle Will Rock. He also appeared in more made-for-TV movies than you can shake a stuffed pet dog at.

Hughes passed away in New York on July 11, 2006, at the age of 90.