See the Cast of ‘Armageddon’ Then and Now
Released in 1998, Michael Bay’s ‘Armageddon’ follows a rag-tag group of misfit drillers sent to space to destroy an asteroid the size of Texas before it hits Earth and destroys our planet. Now 15 years later, we take a look back at the cast of the film and see what they’re up to these days.
Bruce Willis, Harry Stamper
Then: ‘Die Hard’ star Bruce Willis played Harry Stamper, the best deep sea oil driller in the world, whom NASA hires to lead a team to space to destroy a giant asteroid.
Now: Willis recently starred in the fifth ‘Die Hard’ movie, ‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’ as well as ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ and ‘Red 2.’ He can be seen next reprising his role as Hartigan in ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.’
Ben Affleck, A.J. Frost
Then: Coming off his Academy Award win for best screenplay for the 1997 film ‘Good Will Hunting’ (an honor he shared with co-writer and co-star Matt Damon), Affleck landed the role of A.J., one of Harry’s employees and boyfriend of Harry’s daughter, Grace.
Now: In addition to acting, Affleck also directs — he won the 2012 Best Picture Oscar for ‘Argo,’ a film in which he also starred. Up next he will direct and star in ‘Live by Night,’ and has been cast as one of the leads in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl.’ Affleck is married to actress Jennifer Garner.
Billy Bob Thornton, Dan Truman
Then: ‘Sling Blade’ star Billy Bob Thornton played Dan Truman, the NASA guy who develops the drilling idea and hires Harry and his crew.
Now: Thornton recently wrote, directed, and starred in the film ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car,’ and stars in the upcoming films ‘Cut Bank’ and ‘The Judge.’
Liv Tyler, Grace Stamper
Then: Liv Tyler had starred in ‘That Thing You Do’ and ‘Empire Records’ before joining the cast of ‘Armageddon’ as Grace, Harry’s daughter and A.J.’s girlfriend. Tyler’s father Steven and his band, Aerosmith, recorded the song ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ for the film.
Now: Tyler is well known for her role in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, and recently appeared in the indie flick ‘Robot and Frank.’ Up next, it’s Tyler’s turn to travel to space for the film ‘Space Station 76.’
Will Patton, Charles “Chick” Chappel
Then: Will Patton previously starred in ‘Inventing the Abbotts’ with his ‘Armageddon’ co-star Liv Tyler. In ‘Armageddon,’ Patton plays Charles “Chick” Chappel, one of Harry’s guys.
Now: Patton has appeared in the films ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ and ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ and currently stars as Captain Weaver on the TNT series ‘Falling Skies,’ produced by Steven Spielberg.
Steve Buscemi, “Rockhound”
Then: ‘Armageddon’ was just one of five films in which Steve Buscemi starred in 1998 — the others include ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘The Impostors,’ ‘The Wedding Singer’ and ‘Divine Trash.’
Now: Buscemi stars on the critically-acclaimed HBO drama series ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ He’s also recently appeared on ‘Portlandia’ and in the films ‘Monsters University’ and ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.’
Owen Wilson, Oscar Choice
Then: Owen Wilson previously co-wrote and starred in Wes Anderson’s ‘Bottle Rocket,’ and appeared in ‘Anaconda’ before landing the role of Oscar Choice in ‘Armageddon.’
Now: Wilson went on to appear in many Wes Anderson films, including ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ and ‘The Darjeeling Limited.’ He’ll appear in Anderson’s next film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ and in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice.’
Peter Stormare, Lev Andropov
Then: Peter Stormare had previously worked with Steve Buscemi in the Coen Brothers’ films ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘Fargo.’ Stormare plays Russian astronaut Lev Andropov in ‘Armageddon.’
Now: Stormare has a very diverse career, and recently appeared in ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,’ and stars in the upcoming films ‘Bad Milo’ and Terry Gilliam’s ‘Zero Theorem.’
William Fichtner, Colonel Willie Sharp
Then: William Fichtner previously appeared in ‘Heat’ and ‘Contact’ before signing on to play Colonel Willie Sharp in ‘Armageddon.’ Fichtner began his career acting on the soap ‘As the World Turns.’
Now: Fichtner has two films out this summer: ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘Elysium,’ and is currently filming ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ which is produced by ‘Armageddon’ director Michael Bay.