See the Cast of ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ Then and Now
Released in 1985, ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ was one of the prominent Brat Pack coming-of-age films, featuring stars like Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and Judd Nelson in a story of a group of friends who’ve just graduated from college and are trying to come to terms with the responsibilities of adulthood. Directed by Joel Schumacher and with a hit theme song on the film’s soundtrack, the movie was a smashing success with audiences and became an instant — and enduring — classic. Almost 30 years later, we revisit the cast of this beloved flick and see what they’re up to now.
Emilio Estevez, Kirby Keager
Then: Emilio Estevez, son of Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen, played Kirby “Kirbo” Keager, a waiter at St. Elmo’s bar. Estevez previously entered the Brat Pack with the films ‘The Outsiders’ and ‘The Breakfast Club.’
Now: Estevez went on to appear in the ‘Young Guns,’ ‘Mighty Ducks’ and ‘Stakeout’ films, and he appeared on an episode of ‘The West Wing’ as a younger version of the character played by his father, Martin Sheen. He also appeared on ‘Cold Case’ and ‘Criminal Minds,’ as well as an episode of ‘Two and a Half Men’ with brother Charlie Sheen. Estevez began his directing career in 1986 with the film ‘Wisdom,’ and directed ‘Men at Work,’ ‘The War at Home’ and ‘Bobby.’ More recently, he directed the 2010 film ‘The Way,’ in which he co-starred with his father.
Andrew McCarthy, Kevin Dolenz
Then: Andrew McCarthy played Kevin Dolenz, a writer who is down about his romantic life. This was McCarthy’s first Brat Pack role, and he followed it up the next year with John Hughes’ ‘Pretty in Pink.’
Now: McCarthy went on to appear in ‘Mannequin,’ ‘Less Than Zero’ and the ‘Weekend at Bernie’s.’ He starred in several made-for-TV movies and in the 2004 miniseries ‘Kingdom Hospital,’ the latter of which was developed by Stephen King and based on Lars von Trier’s original Danish miniseries, as well as the short-lived TV series ‘Lipstick Jungle.’ In recent years, he appeared in the films ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ and ‘Main Street,’ and guest starred on ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Royal Pains’ and ‘White Collar.’
Rob Lowe, Billy Hicks
Then: Rob Lowe played Billy Hicks, a frat boy type who is reluctant about his duties as a husband and father. Lowe previously appeared with Estevez in ‘The Outsiders,’ and he reunited with Demi Moore a year later for ‘About Last Night…’
Now: Lowe went on to use his yuppie bad-boy persona in films like ‘Bad Influence,’ ‘Wayne’s World’ and ‘Tommy Boy,’ and appeared in the ‘Austin Powers’ films. He also appeared in the TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand,’ as well as the TV movie version of King’s novel ‘Salem’s Lot.’ From 1999 to 2006, Lowe starred on ‘The West Wing,’ which he followed up by starring on the series ‘Brothers and Sisters’ until 2010. In recent years, he embraced a certain self-awareness about his roles, playing the chronically upbeat Chris Traeger on ‘Parks and Recreation’ and a hilariously terrifying plastic surgeon in ‘Behind the Candelabra.’ He also played wife-killer Drew Peterson in the Lifetime movie ‘Drew Peterson: Untouchable’ and John F. Kennedy in ‘Killing Kennedy.’ Though we won’t be seeing him on ‘Parks and Rec’ anymore, at least for a while, you can see him next in the Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel comedy ‘Sex Tape.’
Judd Nelson, Alec Newbury
Then: Judd Nelson, who previously appeared with Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy in ‘The Breakfast Club,’ played Alec Newbury, a yuppie with political aspirations.
Now: Nelson also starred in ‘New Jack City’ and ‘Airheads,’ as well as the sitcom ‘Suddenly Susan,’ which ran from 1996 to 2000. Since then, he appeared in the films ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ and ‘The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,’ but mostly he starred in made-for-TV movies. He recently guest starred on ‘Nikita’ and appeared in the schlocky B-movie thriller ‘Nurse 3D.’
Ally Sheedy, Leslie Hunter
Then: Ally Sheedy, who also previously appeared in ‘The Breakfast Club,’ starred as Leslie, Alec’s yuppie girlfriend who is pursuing a career as an architect.
Now: Sheedy went on to appear in the ‘Short Circuit’ films and had a cameo in ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,’ which was written and produced by her old pal John Hughes. In the late ’90s, she appeared in films like ‘One Night Stand’ and ‘Macon County Jail,’ and went on to guest star on ‘Oz,’ ‘Once and Again’ and ‘The Dead Zone.’ In recent years she appeared in the indies ‘Life During Wartime’ and ‘Welcome to the Rileys,’ and had a recurring role on the show ‘Psych.’
Demi Moore, Jules Van Patten
Then: Demi Moore entered the Brat Pack with her role as Jules, the party girl of the group who is frivolous with her spending and is also having an affair with her boss. Moore reunited with Rob Lowe a year later in ‘About Last Night…’
Now: Moore enjoyed a highly successful run all through the ’90s, with roles in ‘Ghost,’ ‘Indecent Proposal,’ ‘A Few Good Men,’ ‘Now and Then,’ ‘The Juror,’ ‘Striptease’ and ‘G.I. Jane.’ In the aughts, she appeared in ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ and reunited with Emilio Estevez for a role in ‘Bobby,’ a film he also directed. More recently, she appeared in the films ‘Margin Call,’ ‘LOL’ and ‘Very Good Girls.’ She famously married Ashton Kutcher, though the two divorced after eight years.
Mare Winningham, Wendy Beamish
Then: ‘Thorn Birds’ star Mare Winningham played Wendy Beamish, a privileged girl from a wealthy family who is kind and devotes herself to helping others.
Now: Winningham went on to appear in ‘Nobody’s Fool,’ ‘Turner and Hooch’ and ‘Wyatt Earp.’ She guest starred on ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ’24,’ and had a supporting role on Todd Haynes’ HBO miniseries version of ‘Mildred Pierce’ with Kate Winslet. She also had a supporting role in the History Channel miniseries ‘Hatfields & McCoys.’ In recent years, she appeared in the films ‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘Philomena,’ and guest starred on ‘Under the Dome’ and ‘American Horror Story: Coven.’
Andie MacDowell, Dale Biberman
Then: Andie MacDowell played Dale Biberman, an intern at a local hospital and the object of Kirby’s affections. MacDowell’s only previous role had been as Jane in ‘Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.’
Now: MacDowell’s breakout role came in 1989 with her part in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape.’ She went on to star in the films ‘Groundhog Day,’ ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘Michael’ and ‘Multiplicity.’ She guest starred on ‘The Practice,’ the short-lived series ‘Lone Star’ and ’30 Rock.’ In recent years, she appeared in the films ‘Daydream Nation,’ ‘Monte Carlo’ and the remake of ‘Footloose,’ and she’s been starring on the Hallmark television series ‘Cedar Cove’ since 2013. But you probably see her on TV fairly often anyway: MacDowell has been appearing in commercials for L’Oreal products since 1986.