See the Cast of ‘Rudy’ Then and Now
In ‘Rudy,’ Sean Astin plays real life character Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, a guy who aspires to play football at the University of Notre Dame despite his limitations. The film also features Vince Vaughn‘s big screen debut. 10 years later, and with Vaughn’s latest, ‘The Internship,’ hitting theaters this week, let’s take a look back at the cast of ‘Rudy’ and see what they’re up to these days.
Sean Astin, Daniel E. “Rudy” Ruettiger
Then: Known for roles in ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Toy Soldiers,’ actor Sean Astin earned acclaim for his portrayal of real-life Notre Dame star Daniel E. “Rudy” Ruettiger, a young man always told he was too small to play football.
Now: Astin went on to star in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy for Peter Jackson, playing Sam, Frodo’s best friend and fellow Hobbit. He’s also starred in a couple of Adam Sandler movies: ’50 First Dates’ and ‘Click.’ Astin does a lot of voice work, notably voicing Raphael in the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ animated series.
Jon Favreau, D-Bob
Then: Jon Favreau made his big screen debut as fellow football player D-Bob in ‘Rudy.’ It was also the first time he appeared on screen with friend and future collaborator Vince Vaughn.
Now: Favreau went on to write and co-star with Vince Vaughn in ‘Swingers,’ solidifying both of their careers. The pair teamed up again for Favreau’s directorial debut, ‘Made.’ These days, Favreau has been keeping busy as a director — he directed the first two ‘Iron Man’ films and had a supporting role in all three. Up next he’ll direct the dark comedy ‘Chef,’ starring his ‘Iron Man 2′ stars Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.
Ned Beatty, Daniel Ruettiger, Sr.
Then: Legendary character actor Ned Beatty, who had starred in such classic films as ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Nashville,’ played the role of Rudy’s dad.
Now: Beatty continues to enjoy plenty of work, appearing in ‘The Killer Inside Me’ with Casey Affleck and providing his voice talents to such animated characters as Tortoise John in ‘Rango’ and the evil Lots-O’-Huggin’-Bear in ‘Toy Story 3.’
Charles S. Dutton, Fortune
Then: Dutton never graduated high school and wound up in prison for manslaughter at the age of 17 — it was there that he discovered his true passion: acting. Upon his release he received a college degree and studied professional acting, landing roles in ‘Alien 3′ and ‘Rudy,’ his first notable role. We’re also fans of his short-lived FOX dramedy ‘Roc.’
Now: Dutton continued to enjoy success as an actor, landing parts in films like ‘Nick of Time’ and ‘Mimic.’ Recently he appeared in the ‘Fame’ remake and ‘Legion,’ and has also found success on various television series.
Lili Taylor, Sherry
Then: Lili Taylor garnered attention for parts in ‘Mystic Pizza’ and ‘Say Anything’ (remember her song ‘Joe Lies’?) before landing the role of love interest Sherry in ‘Rudy.’
Now: The offbeat actress reunited with her ‘Say Anything’ co-star John Cusack for the film ‘High Fidelity,’ and has a long resume that includes parts in ‘The Notorious Bettie Page’ and ‘Being Flynn.’ You can see her next in the horror film ‘The Conjuring’ when it hits theaters this summer.
Vince Vaughn, Jamie O’Hare
Then: Vince Vaughn made his big screen debut with ‘Rudy,’ where he met future collaborator and friend Jon Favreau. Back then he was credited as Vincent Vaughn. Vaughn used his real-life background in high school football for his role in the film.
Now: Vaughn reunited with Favreau for ‘Swingers’ and ‘Made,’ and went on to star in ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ and as Norman Bates in the ‘Psycho’ remake. He’s collaborated with Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson many times with movies like ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ ‘Wedding Crashers’ and ‘Old School.’ You can catch him as he stars with Owen Wilson again this summer in ‘The Internship.’