See the Cast of ‘It’ Then and Now
Released in 1990 and based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, ‘It’ was a special three-part TV miniseries event. The story follows a group of outcast kids and self-proclaimed losers who fight an evil demon posing as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, the evil demon clown has returned to seek vengeance, bringing these former friends back together again under unfortunate circumstances. Twenty-three years after the series’ initial debut, we take a look back at this awesome ensemble cast and see what they’re up to now.
Tim Curry, Pennywise the Clown/It
Then: Tim Curry was intially hesitant to play the role of Pennywise, the sinister demon posing as an even more sinister clown in ‘It.’ Curry had previously starred in ‘Legend,’ which required hours of makeup and prosthetic application. But he signed on for the role anyway, and ended up not requiring much makeup thanks to his incredible performance.
Now: Curry, who is also known for his roles in ‘Clue’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ mostly does voice work these days, and has lent his talents to the upcoming films ‘Saving Santa’ and ‘Ribbit,’ and to the television series ‘Regular Show,’ ‘Young Justice’ and ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars.’
Richard Thomas, Bill Denbrough
Then: Richard Thomas, best known as Jon-Boy on the TV show ‘The Waltons,’ played Bill Denbrough. Bill witnessed his brother being murdered by Pennywise when they were kids, and that event served as the catalyst for Bill joining up with the other outcast kids in The Losers Club.
Now: Thomas has appeared in the films ‘Taking Woodstock’ and ‘The Beaver,’ and has guest starred on ‘Rizzoli and Isles.’ He is a supporting cast member on the FX drama ‘The Americans.’
Tim Reid, Mike Hanlon
Then: Tim Reid, star of ‘WKRP in Cincinnatti’ and ‘Simon and Simon,’ played Mike Hanlon, a new student in town who is often tormented by the racist Henry Bowers.
Now: Reid went on to star in ‘Sister, Sister,’ and had a recurring role on ‘That ’70s Show.’ He was the lead in the short-lived CBS series ‘Frank’s Place,’ which inspired David Simon to cast him in an episode of ‘Treme.’
John Ritter, Ben Hanscom
Then: John Ritter played Ben Hanscom, a former overweight kid who becomes an architect, just like he always wanted. Ritter had previously been the star of ‘Three’s Company,’ and had a recurring role alongside Richard Thomas on ‘The Waltons’ as a preacher.
Now: Ritter went on to star in the films ‘Problem Child,’ ‘Stay Tuned,’ ‘Sling Blade’ and ‘Bad Santa.’ He also appeared on the shows ‘Felicity’ and ‘Scrubs.’ Ritter was married to actress Amy Yasbeck, who played his love interest in the ‘Problem Child’ movies. His son is actor Jason Ritter. John tragically passed away in 2003.
Dennis Christopher, Eddie Kaspbrak
Then: Dennis Christopher played Eddie Kaspbrak, a former asthmatic and hypochondriac who grows up to be a successful limousine company owner. Christopher previously starred in the film ‘Breaking Away.’
Now: Christopher had a recurring role on the short-lived Fox sci-fi show ‘FreakyLinks’ alongside Ethan Embry. He has appeared in ‘Star Trek: Enterprise,’ ‘Six Feet Under’ and ‘Deadwood,’ and recently had a small role in ‘Django Unchained.’
Annette O’Toole, Beverly Marsh
Then: Annette O’Toole played Beverly Marsh, the one female member of The Losers Club. As an adult, Beverly becomes a fashion designer. The actress previously starred in ’48 Hours’ and ‘Superman III.’
Now: O’Toole is married to actor Michael McKean, with whom she starred in the Lifetime movie ‘Final Justice,’ though the two met decades before when he worked on ‘Laverne and Shirley.’ The pair also appeared together on ‘Boy Meets World’ as Topanga’s parents. The actress portrayed Martha Kent, Clark’s mom on the CW series ‘Smallville,’ and she co-wrote three songs for Christopher Guest’s ‘A Mighty Wind’ (in which her husband starred), including the Oscar-nominated “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow.”
Harry Anderson, Richie Tozier
Then: Harry Anderson played Richie Tozier, at whom Pennywise menacingly chants the phrase, “Beep beep, Richie.” As an adult, Richie is a late-night TV comedian. Anderson was the star of the long-running sitcom ‘Night Court.’
Now: Anderson starred in the series ‘Dave’s World’ from 1993 to 1997, but now he no longer acts and instead focuses on his magician career. In 2008, he guest starred on ‘30 Rock‘ with several ‘Night Court’ cast members.
Richard Masur, Stanley Uris
Then: Richard Masur played Stanley — as a young Jewish kid, he loved to watch birds, and as an adult, he’s become a real estate broker. Masur previously appeared in ‘The Thing,’ ‘Risky Business’ and ‘License to Drive.’
Now: Masur guest starred on the first season of the HBO series ‘Girls,’ and has appeared in the films ‘Six Degrees of Separation,’ ‘Multiplicity’ and ‘Palindromes.’
Jonathan Brandis, Young Bill Denbrough
Then: Child actor Jonathan Brandis played young Bill Denbrough. Brandis had starred in ‘Stepfather II’ and ‘The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter,’ and guest starred on the shows ‘Full House’ and ‘Who’s the Boss?’
Now: Following his part in ‘It,’ Brandis starred in the films ‘Ladybugs,’ ‘Sidekicks’ and ‘Ride with the Devil.’ He was the star of ‘SeaQuest DSV’ and appeared in a handful of television movies. In a grim coincidence, like his ‘It’ co-star John Ritter, Brandis also died in 2003.
Brandon Crane, Young Ben Hanscom
Then: Brandon Crane played the younger version of John Ritter’s character, Ben Hanscom. A child actor who got his start in commercials, Crane also previously guest starred on ‘Full House’ and ‘Mr. Belvedere,’ and had a recurring role on ‘The Wonder Years.’
Now: After ‘It,’ Crane appeared on an episode of ‘Step by Step’ and in the TV movie ‘Backfield in Motion.’ Since 1991, he has only appeared in two short films. In 2004, he went to school to study musical acting.
Emily Perkins, Young Beverly Marsh
Then: Emily Perkins played the younger version of Annette O’Toole’s character, Beverly Marsh, the sole female member of The Losers Club.
Now: Perkins starred in the ‘Ginger Snaps’ movies and had a small role in ‘Juno’ as the receptionist at the women’s clinic. In 2009, she guest starred on ‘Supernatural‘ as Becky Rosen, and reprised the role in a 2011 episode.
Seth Green, Young Richie Tozier
Then: A young Seth Green played the younger version of Richie Tozier, played in adulthood by Harry Anderson.
Now: In ‘It,’ Richie is terrified of the Wolfman, but Green would go on to play Oz the werewolf in the television series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ The actor has appeared in the films ‘Can’t Hardly Wait,’ ‘Party Monster’ and the ‘Austin Powers’ series. Green also provides the voice of Chris Griffin on ‘Family Guy,’ is the co-creator of the Adult Swim series ‘Robot Chicken,’ and stars in the new sitcom ‘Dads.’
Adam Faraizl, Young Eddie Kaspbrak
Then: Adam Faraizl played the young version of Eddie Kaspbrak. He previously appeared on ‘Lonesome Dove,’ and in 1990 — the same year as ‘It’ — he had a small role in ‘RoboCop 2.’
Now: Faraizl starred in the direct-to-video sequel ‘Where the Red Fern Grows: Part Two,’ and his last acting credit is the 1992 TV movie ‘Woman with a Past.’ He is now the beverage director for Kenichi restaurant in Austin, and is recognized across the state of Texas for his expertise in sake.