See the Cast of ‘Near Dark’ Then and Now
Forget ‘Twilight‘ — the 1987 film ‘Near Dark’ is leaps and bounds a better vampire film with a romantic twist. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the Western-flavored film followed a young man in a small Midwestern town who gets mixed up with a group of vampire drifters when one of them, a beautiful woman, bites him on the neck. ‘Near Dark’ wasn’t a huge hit in its time, but has subsequently found a cult following over the years, and Bigelow has certainly proved herself since then, nabbing an Oscar for ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’
Twenty-six years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see where they are now.
Adrian Pasdar, Caleb Colton
Then: Adrian Pasdar, who had previously appeared in ‘Solarbabies,’ played the protagonist, Caleb Colton, who is turned into a vampire by a beautiful woman named Mae. Johnny Depp and D.B. Sweeney also auditioned for the role.
Now: Pasdar starred in the film ‘Carlito’s Way,’ and was one of the leads on the NBC series ‘Heroes.’ He voices Tony Stark/Iron Man in several Marvel animated films, and had a recurring guest spot on ‘Burn Notice’ this year. You can see him next in the Amazon pilot ‘The After,’ in which he plays a successful businessman when the apocalypse hits. Pasdar is married to Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks.
Jenny Wright, Mae
Then: ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ star Jenny Wright played the beautiful vampire Mae, who turns Caleb into a creature of the night and tries to help him acclimate to his new life — or lack thereof — and protect him.
Now: Wright appeared in ‘Young Guns II,’ ‘The Lawnmower Man’ and an episode of ‘NYPD Blue.’ Her last role was in a 1998 movie titled ‘Enchanted.’ She sometimes appears at horror conventions to sign autographs for fans.
Lance Henriksen, Jesse Hooker
Then: Michael Biehn was offered the role of vampire Jesse Hooker, but didn’t like the script. Kathryn Bigelow’s then-boyfriend, James Cameron, suggested casting Lance Henriksen, along with Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein, who had all starred in Cameron’s ‘Aliens.’
Now: Henriksen’s other memorable roles include ‘Pumpkinhead,’ ‘Alien 3,’ ‘Jennifer 8′ and ‘Dead Man.’ Recently, he guest starred on an episode of the NBC series ‘Hannibal,’ and appeared in the films ‘Jennifer’s Body’ and ‘Cyrus.’
Bill Paxton, Severen
Then: Paxton, who also starred in ‘Aliens,’ played the role of the dangerous vampire Severen. He previously had small roles in ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Commando.’
Now: Paxton went on to star in ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘Twister’ and ‘Titanic.’ He played lead character Bill Henrickson on the HBO original series ‘Big Love,’ as well as in the award-winning miniseries ‘Hatfields & McCoys.’ Paxton recently starred in ‘Haywire’ and ’2 Guns,’ and can be seen next in ‘Edge of Tomorrow‘ with Tom Cruise.
Jenette Goldstein, Diamondback
Then: Jenette Goldstein, like Paxton and Henriksen, also appeared in James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’ before starring in ‘Near Dark.’ In the latter, she plays Diamondback, one of the vampire drifters and only her second film role. She was nominated for a Saturn Award for her performance.
Now: Goldstein appeared in ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ and ‘Titanic’ (both also directed by Cameron). She also had small parts in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and ‘Duplex.’ She stopped acting in 2008, and now owns a store specializing in large-sized bras.
Joshua Miller, Homer
Then: Joshua Miller played Homer, a young vampire who wishes for Colton’s sister to be turned into his mate. Miller’s brother, Jason Patric, also starred in a vampire movie in 1987 — ‘The Lost Boys.’
Now: Miller, who now goes by the name Joshua John Miller, appeared in episodes of ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘Growing Pains’ and ‘The Wonder Years.’ In 1999, Miller released ‘The Mao Game,’ a film written, directed by, and starring Miller with Kirstie Alley and Piper Laurie. Miller has written two novels and was set to work on a TV series for Fox called ‘Howl.’ He made an appearance in the remake of ‘The Wizard of Gore’ with Crispin Glover.