See the Cast of ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ Then and Now
Released in 1993, Mel Brooks’ ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ put a satirical spin on the classic tale of Robin Hood, a man who, along with his merry band of misfits, robs from the rich and gives to the poor in defiance of the cruel Prince John. The riotous spoof featured a charming ensemble cast, including Cary Elwes as Robin Hood and a young Dave Chappelle as one of his sidekicks, and although critics didn’t love the film as much as Brooks’ earlier works, it quickly gained a cult following. 21 years later, we revisit the cast of this comedy classic and see what they’re up to now.
Cary Elwes, Robin Hood
Then: Cary Elwes, best known for his roles in films like ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘Days of Thunder,’ played Robin Hood, the classic hero who returns to his home to discover that the evil prince has usurped the throne while the king is away.
Now: Elwes went on to star in ‘The Crush,’ ‘Twister,’ ‘Kiss the Girls,’ ‘Liar Liar,’ ‘Shadow of the Vampire,’ and ‘Saw.’ He’s had recurring roles on ‘The X-Files,’ and more recently on ‘Psych.’ In recent years, he reprised his role for the final ‘Saw’ film, and appeared in ‘No Strings Attached’ and ‘The Adventures of Tintin.’ He also co-starred in the Lifetime movie ‘The Anna Nicole Story,’ and recently lent his voice to an episode of ‘Cosmos.’ He can be seen next alongside Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming film ‘Reach Me.’
Richard Lewis, Prince John
Then: Comedian Richard Lewis played Prince John, the vain and neurotic man who assumes control of the throne while King Richard is away fighting in the crusades. Lewis was well known for his stand-up, and for starring on the sitcom ‘Anything But Love’ with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Now: Lewis starred in the films ‘Wagons East’ and ‘Leaving Las Vegas,’ as well as shows like ‘Rude Awakening,’ ‘Hiller and Diller,’ and ’7th Heaven,’ in which he had a recurring role as Rabbi Richard Glass. He’s also had a recurring role as a fictional version of himself on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ and recently appeared in the horror comedy ‘Vamps.’
Roger Rees, Sheriff of Rottingham
Then: Roger Rees played the Sheriff of Rottingham, who often — and hilariously — gets his attempts at clever phrases all mixed up. At the time, Rees was mainly known for his recurring role on ‘Cheers’ and his starring role on the British series ‘Singles.’
Now: Since then, Rees has appeared in films such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘The Scorpion King,’ ‘The Prestige,’ and ‘The Invasion.’ He’s guest-starred on shows like ‘My So-Called Life’ and ‘Oz,’ and had recurring roles on ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and ‘Warehouse 13.’ More recently, he’s guest-starred on ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Elementary,’ and ‘The Middle.’
Amy Yasbeck, Maid Marian
Then: Amy Yasbeck played the beautiful Maid Marian of Bagel (pronounced “Bag-elle”), who just wants to find the man of her dreams who possesses the key to her heart … and her chastity belt. Yasbeck had previously starred in the ‘Problem Child’ films, where she met her husband, actor John Ritter.
Now: Yasbeck went on to star in ‘The Mask’ and reunited with director Mel Brooks for ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It.’ She also starred on the sitcom ‘Wings,’ where John Ritter made a guest appearance, playing her estranged husband. Ritter passed away in 2003, and since then, Yasbeck has mostly stuck to television, guest-starring on shows like ‘Just Shoot Me,’ ‘That’s So Raven,’ and ‘Hot in Cleveland.’ More recently, she popped up on an episode of ‘Modern Family’ in 2013.
Dave Chappelle, Ahchoo
Then: While imprisoned, Robin Hood promises fellow inmate Asneeze (played by the late Isaac Hayes) that he will find his son Ahchoo, played by comedian Dave Chappelle in his first film role.
Now: In addition to landing some comedy specials, Chappelle appeared in films like ‘The Nutty Professor,’ ‘Con Air,’ ‘Half Baked,’ ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ and ‘Undercover Brother.’ In 2003, he created and starred in ‘Chappelle’s Show’ for Comedy Central, but left before completing the third season due to conflicts with the network. In 2006, he directed and appeared in the film ‘Dave Chappelle’s Block Party’ and then took some time out from the spotlight, though he’d occasionally resurface, appearing on ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ in 2008 to address the controversy surrounding his “disappearance.” In 2013, Chappelle returned to stand-up, touring with Flight of the Conchords.
Mark Blankfield, Blinkin
Then: Mark Blankfield played Blinkin, Robin Hood’s blind house servant and all that is left of his household after Prince John had everything and everyone taken away or destroyed. Blankfield had previously starred in the short-lived ’80s sketch show ‘Fridays,’ and had appeared in the TV movie ‘Splash, Too’ with Amy Yasbeck.
Now: Blankfield appeared on episodes of ‘Saved by the Bell,’ as well as ‘Saved by the Bell: The New Class,’ and reunited with Mel Brooks for a part in ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It.’ He guest-starred on ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ ‘The Jamie Foxx Show,’ and ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,’ and his last credited role was an appearance on ‘Arrested Development’ in 2003.
Eric Allan Kramer, Little John
Then: Eric Allan Kramer played Little John, a very large and kind of dumb guy who is good at fighting. Kramer had previously played Thor in the TV movie ‘The Incredible Hulk Returns,’ and also had a supporting role in ‘True Romance.’
Now: He appeared in the film ‘High School High’ and guest-starred on shows like ‘Dharma and Greg’ and ‘NewsRadio’ before landing a recurring role on the long-running sitcom ‘The Hughleys.’ Since then, he’s guest-starred on several more shows, including hit series like ‘Will and Grace,’ ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ and ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and he starred on the Disney channel sitcom ‘Good Luck Charlie,’ which ran from 2010 to 2014.
Tracey Ullman, Latrine
Then: Tracey Ullman played Latrine, Prince John’s kooky cook and adviser. At the time, Ullman was best known for her show on HBO, ‘The Tracey Ullman Show,’ which introduced the world to ‘The Simpsons’ and ended in 1990.
Now: Ullman went on to land another sketch show on HBO, ‘Tracey Takes On,’ which ran from 1996 to 1999, followed by yet another, ‘Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union,’ which ran from 2008 to 2010, as well as various comedy specials. She’s also appeared in the Woody Allen films ‘Bullets Over Broadway,’ ‘Everyone Says I Love You,’ and ‘Small Time Crooks,’ as well as movies like ‘I’ll Do Anything’ and John Waters’ ‘A Dirty Shame.’ More recently, she had a recurring role on the final season of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ and she can be seen next in the upcoming film ‘Into the Woods,’ based on the Tony-award winning musical.
Patrick Stewart, King Richard
Then: Patrick Stewart played King Richard, who goes away to fight the crusades, unwittingly leaving the kingdom at the disposal of Prince John. Stewart was probably best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ though he’d also appeared in films like ‘Excalibur’ and ‘Lifeforce.’
Now: Stewart played Jean-Luc Picard in four ‘Star Trek’ films, but these days he’s best known as Professor X in the ‘X-Men’ films. He’ll reprise the role for the upcoming ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ which hits theaters this month and reunites him with several of his fellow cast members from previous ‘X-Men’ films. Stewart also lends his voice to the animated series ‘American Dad,’ and has recently had voice roles on ‘Cosmos,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ and the new animated film ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.’