See the Cast of 'The Monster Squad' Then and NowBritt Hayes |
Long before he wrote 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' and 'Iron Man 3,' Shane Black helped write the script for the 1987 horror-comedy 'The Monster Squad' -- which was released the same year as Black's first big film, 'Lethal Weapon.' Co-written with director Fred Dekker, 'The Monster Squad' finds a group of kids going toe to toe with the classic Universal monsters, led by Count Dracula. Twenty-six years after its initial release, and now that the film has become a cult classic, we take a look back at some of your favorite cast members and see where they are now.
Andre Gower, Sean Crenshaw
Then: Andre Gower played Sean Crenshaw, the film's main protagonist, and the brave leader of his group of friends, whom he calls "the monster squad."
Now: Gower went on to guest star on several shows, including 'Knight Rider,' 'Night Court' and 'My Two Dads.' He didn't appear in another film until 2006's 'Sweet Deadly Dreams.' He is currently an acting coach.
Robby Kiger, Patrick
Then: Robby Kiger played Patrick, Sean's best friend. Patrick is a skateboard enthusiast and Sean's righthand man. Prior to starring in the film, Kiger played Job in 'Children of the Corn.'
Now: Kiger went on to star in 'Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael' in 1990, which ended up being his last movie. He now sometimes appears at horror conventions to sign autographs for fans.
Ryan Lambert, Rudy
Then: Ryan Lambert played Rudy, the oldest kid of the group who has an affinity for cigarettes and is super tough. Lambert also starred on the '80s musical TV show 'Kids Incorporated.'
Now: Lambert, now 41, left acting and committed himself to singing. He was the lead singer in the band Elephone, but he is now the frontman for the band Kill Moi.
Michael Faustino, Eugene
Then: Michael Faustino played Eugene, the younger member of the squad and the owner of an adorable pet beagle namd Pete.
Now: Faustino made several appearances on older brother David Faustino's TV sitcom 'Married...With Children,' and starred in the films 'Blank Check' and 'Suburban Commando.' Faustino left acting in 1996.
Ashley Bank, Phoebe Crenshaw
Then: Ashley Bank played Phoebe, Sean's younger sister who just wants to be part of the squad. Ashley befriends Frankenstein and is later allowed to join the group after proving she's just as tough as the boys.
Now: After making guest appearances on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and 'Frasier,' Bank took a break from acting for several years. She starred on the short-lived series 'Paranormal, Burbank,' and recently appeared in the film 'Monsterpiece Theatre Volume One.'
Tom Noonan, Frankenstein
Then: Tom Noonan, star of 'Easy Money' and 'Manhunter,' played Frankenstein's monster, aka Frankenstein.
Now: Noonan has appeared in the films 'Last Action Hero,' 'Synecdoche, New York' and 'House of the Devil.' He guest starred on 'Louie,' and currently appears on the shows 'Hell on Wheels' and 'The Blacklist.'
Jason Hervey, E.J.
Then: Jason Hervey played E.J., a school bully. Hervey previously starred on 'Diff'rent Strokes' and appeared in 'Back to the Future' and 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure.'
Now: Just one year after 'The Monster Squad,' Hervey took his most memorable role as Wayne Arnold on 'The Wonder Years.' The actor went on to become an executive producer for the WCW until the federation ended in 2001. Hervey is now a producer with credits that include the shows 'See Dad Run' and 'Hardcore Pawn: Chicago.'