While Michael J. Fox had been the first choice to play Marty McFly in 'Back to the Future,' 'Family Ties' wouldn't release him from his sitcom obligations so the shooting began with Eric Stoltz in the lead role.
It's been 20 years since 'The Nanny' first hit the airwaves. Let that sink in. The sitcom, which was about a brash no-nonsense Jewish woman from Queens who becomes the nanny for a reserved British/American widower and his three children, was a hit for CBS, running six years and getting an hour-long reunion episode in 2004.
Robin Williams in drag equals comedy gold. That could've been the elevator pitch for 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' in which Williams' character dresses up like a matronly British nanny so he can see his kids, whom he had lost in a custody battle.
John Candy was John Hughes' favorite actor and appeared in eight of the late writer/director's films, although often in smaller roles. But Candy was the undisputed star of the Hughes' comedy 'Uncle Buck,' which was a box office hit in 1989.
Making a movie based on an amusement park ride doesn't necessarily seem like a recipe for success. But you can't argue with the results of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, which was spun off from the Disney parks ride of the same name. In addition to being one of the most successful franchises in movie history, the films helped turn Johnny Depp from a quirky character actor into one of the biggest superstars in the world.
A lot of that success has to do with the first movie, 2003's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl,' being really, really good. With Depp and director Gore Verbinski reuniting for 'The Lone Ranger,' we thought it was time to see what those 'Pirates' are up to now.
'Almost Famous' is a sweet and sentimental look at a teenage journalist's travels with a rock band on the rise and the groupies -- er, Band-Aids -- who love them.
Based on writer/director Cameron Crowe's own experiences as a 15-year-old music writer for Rolling Stone magazine in the early '70s, the acclaimed coming-of-age tale featured a bevy of future stars.
See what the actors who brought 'Almost Famous' to life are up to now below.
Made for less than $300,000, 'Swingers' was a surprise hit in 1996. Jon Favreau, the film's star, also wrote the movie about struggling actors looking for love after dark in Los Angeles and cast his real-life friends as his on-screen buddies.
'Swingers' ended up launching the careers of several actors as well as director Doug Liman, who went on to helm 'The Bourne Identity' and 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith.'
See what the cast of 'Swingers' is up to these days below.
1991's 'L.A. Story' was a labor of love for Steve Martin -- in addition to starring in the whimsical romantic comedy, he also wrote the hilarious script.
Mixing surreal gags with romantic misunderstandings, Martin's sun-dappled update of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is a gentle satire of its titular city and all the movers and shakers who live within its temperate confines. It was also a vehicle for a lot of fun cameos.
See what the cast of 'L.A. Story' is up to these days below.
The 2002 road movie 'Crossroads' was meant to be Britney Spears' golden ticket to big screen fame. It didn't quite work out that way. But over the years the film has earned a fan following for its cheesy plot, frequent musical performances and cast of up-and-coming young stars.
See what the cast of 'Crossroads' looks like today below.