See the Cast of ‘Father of the Bride’ Then and Now
Released in 1992, ‘Father of the Bride’ starred comedic icon Steve Martin as a conservative father who disapproves of his daughter’s hasty decision to get married upon returning from a vacation. Co-starring Diane Keaton and Martin Short, the charming comedy went on to spawn a sequel and is listed as one Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies.” 22 years later, we revisit the cast of this modern classic and see what they’re up to now.
Steve Martin, George Banks
Then: Comedy icon Steve Martin played George Banks, the patriarch of the Banks family and the owner of a shoe company — he disapproves of his daughter’s new fiance, Bryan, and doesn’t give him a chance. Martin was known for roles in classic films like ‘The Three Amigos’ and ‘The Jerk.’
Now: Martin reprised his role for the sequel, and appeared in the films ‘Leap of Faith,’ ‘A Simple Twist of Fate,’ ‘Bowfinger,’ the ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ and ‘Pink Panther’ films, and ‘Baby Mama’ with Tina Fey. He’s hosted the Academy Awards three times (including once with Alec Baldwin) and guest-starred on ’30 Rock.’ He’s recently appeared in the films ‘It’s Complicated’ and ‘The Big Year,’ and has a voice role in the upcoming Dreamworks animated film ‘Home’ with Jim Parsons and Rihanna.
Diane Keaton, Nina Banks
Then: Diane Keaton played Nina Banks, George’s wife, who is more receptive of her daughter’s fiance than her husband. Keaton was known for roles in classic films like ‘The Godfather’ and her frequent roles in Woody Allen films, including ‘Annie Hall.’
Now: Keaton reprised her role in the sequel, and has appeared in the films ‘The First Wives’ Club,’ ‘Marvin’s Room,’ ‘Something’s Gotta Give,’ ‘The Family Stone,’ and ‘Morning Glory.’ More recently you may have seen her in the films ‘Darling Companion’ or ‘The Big Wedding,’ the latter of which reunited her with her ‘Godfather’ co-star Robert De Niro (though the pair never shared a scene together in the classic film). Next, you can see her in the new rom-com from Rob Reiner, ‘And So It Goes,’ co-starring Michael Douglas, and she’ll lend her voice talents to Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory.’
Kimberly Williams, Annie Banks
Then: Kimberly Williams made her big screen debut as Annie Banks, the daughter of George and Nina who goes off to Europe for a vacation and returns with a fiance, much to her father’s chagrin.
Now: Williams also appeared in the sequel, and in the films ‘Porco Rosso,’ ‘Indian Summer,’ ‘Simpatico,’ and ‘We Are Marshall.’ She starred on the Jim Belushi sitcom ‘According to Jim,’ which ran from 2001 to 2009, and has since guest-starred on ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘Royal Pains.’ In 2003, she married country star Brad Paisley and changed her name to Kimberly Williams-Paisley. She recently had a recurring role on the hit series ‘Nashville,’ and just joined the cash of ‘Two and a Half Men.’
George Newbern, Bryan McKenzie
Then: George Newbern played Bryan McKenzie, a young man from an upper-class family whom Annie meets on vacation — the pair become engaged after just three months together. Newbern had previously appeared in the film ‘Adventures in Babysitting.’
Now: Newbern also appeared in the sequel, but found more success on television than in film. He guest-starred on tons of shows, including ‘Friends,’ ‘Boston Legal,’ ‘CSI,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and ‘Nip/Tuck,’ just to name a few. He’s appeared in a handful of films, including ‘The Evening Star,’ ‘Friends and Lovers,’ and ‘Saw VI,’ and he currently stars on the hit series ‘Scandal.’ Newbern is also the voice of Clark Kent/Superman in the DC animated film ‘Justice League: War.’
Kieran Culkin, Matty Banks
Then: Kieran Culkin, younger brother of Macaulay Culkin, played Matty Banks, the younger brother of Annie Banks and child of George and Nina. Culkin had previously appeared with his older brother in ‘Home Alone.’
Now: Culkin also starred in ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ and ‘Father of the Bride II,’ as well as ‘She’s All That’ and ‘The Cider House Rules.’ He finally landed a leading role of his own in 2002 with ‘Igby Goes Down,’ co-starring Claire Danes and Jeff Goldblum. Since then, he’s appeared in ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ and ‘Margaret,’ and in 2012 he starred in the play ‘This Is Our Youth’ at the Sidney Opera House. More recently he appeared in ‘Movie 43,’ and can be seen next in ‘Quitters’ with Mira Sorvino.
Martin Short, Franck Eggelhoffer
Then: Martin Short played eccentric European wedding designer Franck Eggelhoffer, who gets on George’s nerves and causes even more commotion in the Banks household. Short and Martin were longtime friends who had both previously starred in ‘The Three Amigos’ together.
Now: Short has since appeared in ‘Clifford,’ Tim Burton’s ‘Mars Attacks,’ ‘Mumford,’ ‘Jiminy Glick in Lalawood’ (based on his short-lived ‘Primetime Glick’ TV character), and ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles.’ He’s guest-starred on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Arrested Development,’ and had recurring roles on ‘Weeds’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ Short also starred on the highly-acclaimed third season of the FX series ‘Damages.’ More recently, he lent his voice to ‘The Wind Rises’ and Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie,’ and can be seen next in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice,’ which hits theaters this December.
BD Wong, Howard Weinstein
Then: BD Wong played Howard Weinstein, Franck Eggelhoffer’s assistant. Wong was a then little-known actor who had previously appeared in the films ‘The Freshman’ and ‘Mystery Date.’
Now: Wong went on to star in ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘The Ref,’ ‘Seven Years in Tibet,’ and played Father Ray Mukada on the HBO series ‘Oz’ from 1997 to 2003. But audiences probably know him best as Dr. George Huang from ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,’ a role he played from 2001 to 2013. Wong was also a regular on the short-lived series ‘Awake,’ and can be seen next in the film ‘Focus’ with Will Smith and Margot Robbie.