See the Cast of ‘Field of Dreams’ Then and Now
Released in 1989, ‘Field of Dreams’ starred Kevin Costner as a struggling Iowa farmer who, upon hearing voices, digs up his crops and builds a baseball field. Soon after, the ghosts of the Chicago Black Sox come to play ball, and the farmer helps inspire the people of his small town. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, and has become a beloved classic. Twenty-five years later we revisit the cast of ‘Field of Dreams’ and see what they’re doing now.
Kevin Costner, Ray Kinsella
Then: Kevin Costner played Ray Kinsella, the Iowa farmer who hears a voice urging him, “If you build it, they will come,” inspiring him to build a baseball field to replace his corn crops. Costner was among the first actors considered, but the studio felt he may not have wanted to follow-up his role in ‘Bull Durham’ with another baseball movie. Tom Hanks was also considered for the part of Ray.
Now: Costner went on to star in acclaimed films like ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ‘JFK,’ ‘Wyatt Earp’ and ’3000 Miles to Graceland.’ In the mid-aughts he had a few missteps, appearing in the films ‘Dragonfly,’ ‘Mr. Brooks’ and ‘Swing Vote.’ More recently, he’s played Clark Kent’s dad in ‘Man of Steel,’ and appeared in the TV miniseries ‘Hatfields & McCoys.’ This year he can be seen in several films, including the recently released ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ and the upcoming ’3 Days to Kill’ and ‘Draft Day.’
Amy Madigan, Annie Kinsella
Then: ‘Streets of Fire’ and ‘Uncle Buck’ star Amy Madigan played Annie Kinsella, Ray’s supportive wife. Country star Reba McEntire also auditioned for the role.
Now: Madigan went on to appear in the films ‘The Dark Half,’ ‘Pollock,’ ‘The Laramie Project’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone’ — the latter of which was directed by and starred Ben Affleck, who was one of the extras in the stands at a baseball game in ‘Field of Dreams.’ Madigan also starred on the short-lived HBO series ‘Carnivale,’ and has had recurring roles on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Fringe.’ Recently she appeared in the films ‘The Lifeguard’ and ‘Sweet Vengeance.’
James Earl Jones, Terence Mann
Then: James Earl Jones played Terence Mann, a reclusive author whose books the local PTA votes to ban. In the novel on which the film is based, this character was originally the similarly reclusive author J.D. Salinger, but Salinger’s lawyers said the author would be unhappy if his name were used in the film, so the filmmakers created a new fictional character. Jones was previously best known to audiences for roles in ‘Malcolm X’ and ‘Coming to America,’ and as the voice of Darth Vader in the classic ‘Star Wars’ trilogy.
Now: Jones went on to appear in another beloved baseball film: 1993′s ‘The Sandlot,’ and has also appeared in the films ‘Patriot Games,’ ‘The Hunt for Red October,’ and lent his voice as Mufasa, father of Simba in Disney’s ‘The Lion King.’ Though his acting appearances have been more sporadic in recent years (aside from the occasional TV guest spot or voice acting gig), he appears in the new film ‘Gimme Shelter’ with Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson, and stars in a series of Sprint commercials with Malcolm McDowell.
Ray Liotta, Shoeless Joe Jackson
Then: Ray Liotta played Shoeless Joe Jackson, the dead Chicago Black Sox player who inspires Ray to dig up his crops and build the baseball field. Liotta was still an up-and-coming actor who only had four film credits to his name, including parts in ‘Something Wild’ and ‘Dominick and Eugene.’ The following year he would land the role that audiences would forever identify him with, Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas.’
Now: Since then, Liotta has appeared in films like ‘Corrina, Corrina,’ ‘Cop Land,’ ‘Blow,’ ‘Narc,’ ‘Identity’ and ‘Smokin’ Aces,’ often preferring to take dark and gritty roles. In recent years he’s tried his hand with comedies like ‘Observe and Report,’ ‘Youth in Revolt’ and ‘Date Night.’ Recently he appeared in the indies ‘The Iceman’ and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ and he can be seen next in ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ ‘Kill the Messenger’ and ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.’
Timothy Busfield, Mark
Then: Timothy Busfield played Mark, Ray’s brother who cannot see the ghosts of the baseball players and advises him against digging up his crops. Busfield previously starred in ‘Stripes’ and ‘Revenge of the Nerds,’ and on the ’80s series ‘Thirtysomething,’ of which he also directed several episodes.
Now: Busfield went on to work with ‘Field of Dreams’ director Phil Alden Robinson again in the film ‘Sneakers,’ which also reunited him with James Earl Jones. He also appeared in another baseball film, ‘Little Big League,’ and has had recurring roles on the shows ‘Without a Trace,’ ‘The West Wing’ and ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’ (the latter two created by Aaron Sorkin). Busfield is also a television director whose credits include episodes of the shows previously mentioned, as well as ‘Damages,’ ‘Franklin and Bash,’ ‘Revolution’ and ‘Children’s Hospital.’
Gaby Hoffmann, Karin Kinsella
Then: Gaby Hoffmann played Karin Kinsella, Ray’s daughter who believes her dad and can also see the dead baseball players on the field. Hoffmann also starred in ‘Uncle Buck’ with Amy Madigan that same year, and both films marked the beginning of her acting career.
Now: Hoffmann went on to become a rather successful child actress, appearing in the films ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ ‘Now and Then,’ ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ and ‘Volcano.’ After taking some time off as a young woman, Hoffmann returned to acting with a slew of recent roles, including a memorable turn on ‘Louie,’ and as a free-spirited hippy in the indie flick ‘Crystal Fairy’ with Michael Cera. She currently has a recurring role on the third season of the HBO series ‘Girls’ as Adam Driver’s onscreen sister, and can be seen next in the upcoming films ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Obvious Child.’