See the Cast of ‘Raising Arizona’ Then and Now
In 1987 the Coen brothers released their third film, ‘Raising Arizona,’ which followed repeat criminal Hi McDunnough (Nicolas Cage) and his cop wife Edwina (Holly Hunter), who discover they are unable to have children, so they kidnap one of the newborn quintuplets belonging to a wealthy furniture magnate. While it wasn’t a big success upon initial release, ‘Raising Arizona’ went on to gain a huge cult following in the years since, and is now considered a classic. 27 years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see what they’re up to these days.
Nicolas Cage, Herbert I. “Hi” McDunnough
Then: Best known for his roles in ’80s films ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and ‘Valley Girl,’ Nicolas Cage was cast as Hi McDunnough, a repeat criminal who falls for a female police officer, marries her, and kidnaps a baby for her when she cannot conceive.
Now: Cage’s resume is long and varied, and includes roles in classic ’90s action flicks like ‘Con Air,’ ‘Face/Off,’ and ‘The Rock,’ as well as romantic fare like ‘It Could Happen to You’ and ‘City of Angels,’ and darker films like ’8MM,’ ‘Leaving Las Vegas,’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘Bringing Out the Dead.’ You could probably write a book about the seemingly indiscriminate yet deliberate approach Cage takes to choosing roles: in the ’00s, his dramatic work in indies ‘Adaptation and ‘Matchstick Men’ was fantastic, and he gave solid performances in films like ‘Lord of War’ and ‘The Family Man.’ And then Cage went ultra camp with ‘The Wicker Man’ and the ‘Ghost Rider’ films — but the less said about those, the better. In 2009 and 2010, he gave back to back greatness with ‘The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’ and ‘Kick-Ass,’ but slipped again with roles in ‘Drive Angry,’ ‘A Thousand Words,’ and ‘Stolen,’ seeming like he was just collecting paychecks. More recently, Cage lent his voice to the animated film ‘The Croods,’ and stars in David Gordon Green’s new film ‘Joe,’ giving one of the best performances he has in years. Unfortunately, later this year he also appears in the new adaptation of popular Christian book series ‘Left Behind.’
Holly Hunter, Edwina “Ed” McDunnough
Then: Holly Hunter played Edwina, AKA “Ed,” Hi’s police officer wife who discovers she is infertile, so she and Hi kidnap a baby together. At the time, Hunter was still an up and coming actress — she previously had an uncredited voice-only part in the Coen brothers’ ‘Blood Simple,’ and she also starred in the classic film ‘Broadcast News,’ released the same year as ‘Raising Arizona.’
Now: Hunter went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in ‘The Piano,’ and starred in films like ‘Copycat,’ ‘Crash’ (the David Cronenberg film), and reunited with the Coens for ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. She then appeared in the films ‘Thirteen’ and ‘Little Black Book,’ and lent her voice to the role of supermom Helen Parr/Elastigirl in Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles.’ She took some time off from film to star in the television series ‘Saving Grace,’ which ran from 2007 to 2012, and then returned to star in the films ‘Won’t Back Down’ and Diablo Cody’s recent directorial debut, ‘Paradise.’ She also recently appeared in the Sundance channel miniseries ‘Top of the Lake,’ and next she’ll star in Zack Snyder’s ‘Batman vs. Superman’ film.
John Goodman, Gale Snoats
Then: John Goodman played Gale Snoats, one of two criminal brothers who are friends with Hi and who try to convince him to go back to his felonious ways. Goodman had previously appeared in the films ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ and ‘True Stories,’ and it would be another year before he landed the role of Dan Conner on the long-running and highly acclaimed sitcom ‘Roseanne.’
Now: Goodman played Dan Conner on ‘Roseanne’ until 1997, also starring in films like ‘King Ralph,’ ‘The Flintstones,’ and several more Coen brothers films: ‘Barton Fink,’ ‘The Hudsucker Proxy,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ and ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?,’ which reunited him with Holly Hunter. He also teamed up with Nicolas Cage again in 1999 for Martin Scorsese’s ‘Bringing Out the Dead,’ and lent his voice to Pixar’s ‘Monsters, Inc.’ In recent years, he’s kept very busy, appearing in ‘The Artist,’ ‘Red State,’ ‘The Campaign,’ ‘Argo,’ and reprising his voice role for ‘Monsters University.’ He had a supporting role in the Coen brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ and also recently co-starred in George Clooney’s ensemble film ‘The Monuments Men.’ Currently, Goodman stars on the new Amazon series ‘Alpha House,’ and can be seen next in the films ‘Spring Break ’83′ and ‘The Gambler.’
William Forsythe, Evelle Snoats
Then: William Forsythe, known for his roles in ‘Cloak & Dagger’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in America,’ played Gale’s criminal brother and cohort, Evelle.
Now: Forsythe has since appeared in films like ‘Dick Tracy’ and ‘American Me,’ and reunited with Nicolas Cage for ‘The Rock’ in 1996. He’s also appeared in ‘Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,’ ‘The Devil’s Rejects,’ and ‘Freedomland,’ and had recurring roles on ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘The Mob Doctor.’ Most recently, he appeared in the films ‘Infected’ and ‘Road to Juarez,’ and guest-starred on an episode of ‘Justified.’
Sam McMurray, Glen
Then: Sam McMurray played Glen, Hi’s supervisor who suggests that Hi and Glen swap wives. McMurray had previously starred in ‘C.H.U.D.’ with John Goodman and was appearing on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show,’ which premiered in 1987.
Now: McMurray also starred in the films ‘The Wizard,’ ‘Christmas Vacation,’ ‘Addams Family Values,’ ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous,’ and ‘Baby Geniuses.’ He’s had recurring roles on the shows ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘The King of Queens,’ and ‘Breaking Bad,’ and has voiced characters on ‘The Boondocks’ animated series. More recently, McMurray has had recurring roles on ‘Scandal’ and ‘The Fosters’ (pictured above right).
Frances McDormand, Dot
Then: Frances McDormand played Dot, Glen’s wife. McDormand, who has been married to filmmaker Joel Coen since 1984, previously appeared in the Coen brothers’ films ‘Blood Simple’ and ‘Crimewave.’
Now: McDormand has appeared in many of the Coen brothers’ films, including ‘Barton Fink,’ ‘Miller’s Crossing,’ and ‘Fargo,’ for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She didn’t appear in a Coen film after ‘Fargo’ until 2008, when she starred in ‘Burn After Reading,’ but she’s also made a career for herself independent of her husband’s work, starring in movies like ‘Wonder Boys,’ ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Friends with Money,’ and more recently, Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom.’ Next, she stars in the upcoming HBO miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge,’ and lends her voice to Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur.’
Randall “Tex” Cobb, Leonard Smalls
Then: Renowned boxer Randall “Tex” Cobb played Leonard Smalls, AKA the Lone Biker of the Apocalypse, a bounty hunter who offers to find the kidnapped child. Cobb had begun his boxing career in 1975, but had also appeared in films like ‘The Golden Child’ and guest-starred on ‘Moonlighting’ and ‘Miami Vice.’
Now: Cobb went on to appear in the movies ‘Fletch Lives,’ ‘Blind Fury,’ ‘Ernest Goes to Jail,’ ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,’ ‘The Naked Gun 33 1/3,’ and ‘Liar Liar.’ He also guest-starred on ‘In the Heat of the Night,’ ‘Married… with Children,’ ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ and ‘The X-Files.’ He stopped boxing in 1993, but still attends matches often, as pictured above.