See the Cast of ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ Then and Now
In 1991, James Cameron unleashed ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day,’ his follow-up to ‘The Terminator,’ in which Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor and her son John teamed up with a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to fight off an advanced machine sent back in time to kill them because they were society’s only hope for salvation. The film was a massive success and even won four Academy Awards, including statues for Best Visual Effects and Makeup. Twenty-three years later, we revisit the cast of this action-packed sci-fi classic and see what they’re up to now.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator
Then: Arnold Schwarzenegger reprised his role as the T-800, a cybernetic organism reprogrammed and sent back to protect a young John Connor. Schwarzenegger was also famous for roles in films like ‘Commando,’ ‘Predator’ and ‘Total Recall.’
Now: Schwarzenegger also appeared in the 1994 James Cameron film ‘True Lies,’ and took on comedic roles in films like ‘Batman and Robin’ and ‘Jingle All the Way.’ He reprised the role of the Terminator in 2003′s ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,’ and then retired from acting for a while to serve as the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. He recently returned in full force, appearing in the films ‘The Last Stand,’ ‘The Expendables 2,’ and ‘Escape Plan.’ He can be seen next in ‘The Expendables 3′ and ‘Sabotage,’ and has planned appearances in a brand-new ‘Terminator’ trilogy starring Emilia Clarke as the new Sarah Connor, as well as a new ‘Conan The Barbarian’ installment.
Linda Hamilton, Sarah Connor
Then: Linda Hamilton returned as Sarah Connor, but this time around she was a total badass as a mother who trained her son for the coming resistance and the forces who wanted him dead. Hamilton trained extensive for 13 weeks for the action-heavy role. While filming ‘Terminator 2,’ Hamilton began a relationship with director James Cameron — the two later married in 1997 and divorced in ’99.
Now: Hamilton appeared in the films ‘Dante’s Peak’ and ‘Silent Fall,’ as well as episodes of ‘Frasier.’ She also appeared in a ton of TV movies throughout the ’90s and the ’00s, including ‘A Mother’s Prayer’ and ‘Home By Christmas.’ She guest starred on ‘According to Jim’ and ‘Weeds,’ and had recurring roles on ‘Chuck’ and ‘The Line.’ More recently, she appeared in an episode of ‘Lost Girl.’
Edward Furlong, John Connor
Then: Edward Furlong made his acting debut as John Connor, Sarah’s son whom she heavily trained to survive the coming war. John was taken away and given to foster parents when Sarah was institutionalized.
Now: Furlong had a nice little career in the ’90s, appearing in ‘Pet Sematary II,’ ‘Brainscan’ and ‘Before and After,’ before landing more acclaimed roles in ‘American History X’ and ‘Detroit Rock City.’ The ’00s weren’t as kind, and he fell into B-movies, like ‘The Crow: Wicked Prayer’ and ‘Night of the Demons.’ He did have a small role with Seth Rogen in ‘The Green Hornet’ in 2011, but his recent roles include stuff like ‘The Zombie King’ and ‘Assault on Wall Street.’ In 2013, Furlong was arrested on domestic violence charges and entered rehab for substance abuse problems to avoid jail time.
Robert Patrick, T-1000
Then: Robert Patrick played the T-1000, an advanced version of the Terminator sent back in time to kill John Connor so he cannot lead the resistance in the future. Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the role, but Idol had to bow out after a motorcycle accident. Cameron then cast Robert Patrick, a little-known actor who had previously appeared in ‘Die Hard 2.’ Patrick also made cameos as the T-1000 in ‘Wayne’s World’ and ‘Last Action Hero,’ the latter of which also starred Schwarzenegger.
Now: Patrick’s film credits include ‘The Faculty,’ ‘Spy Kids,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,’ ‘Walk the Line’ and ‘Flags of Our Fathers.’ He guest starred on ‘Chuck,’ ‘Big Love’ and, more recently, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Community.’ Patrick had a recurring role on season 6 of ‘True Blood,’ and you may have seen him in the recent films ‘Gangster Squad,’ ‘Identity Thief’ and ‘Lovelace.’ He also stars in the new remake of ‘Endless Love,’ and appears in the ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ TV series on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey network.
Joe Morton, Miles Bennett Dyson
Then: Joe Morton played Miles Bennett Dyson, the man who is most responsible for creating Skynet, the system that will become self-aware and set off the events that lead to the coming war.
Now: Morton appeared in the films ‘Speed,’ ‘Apt Pupil,’ ‘What Lies Beneath’ and ‘American Gangster.’ He had a ton of success on television over the years with recurring roles on ‘Mercy Point’ and ‘Smallville,’ and a starring role on ‘Eureka.’ He guest starred on ‘Warehouse 13,’ ‘White Collar’ and ‘Scandal,’ and recently had a recurring role on ‘The Good Wife.’
Jenette Goldstein, Janelle Voight
Then: Jenette Goldstein played John Connor’s foster mom, Janelle, who is killed by the T-1000. Goldstein previously appeared in Cameron’s ‘Aliens’ and in ‘Near Dark,’ which was directed by Cameron’s ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow.
Now: Goldstein was given a small part in Cameron’s ‘Titanic,’ and also appeared in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,’ ‘Clockstoppers’ and ‘Duplex.’ She guest starred on ’7th Heaven,’ ‘ER’ and more recently on a 2010 episode of ‘Medium.’ Though she acted sparingly in recent years, she’ll appear in the upcoming film ‘Under the Hollywood Sign.’
Xander Berkeley, Todd Voight
Then: Xander Berkeley played Todd Voight, John Connor’s foster father, who is memorably impaled and killed when the T-1000 pretends to be his wife. Berkeley previously appeared in the films ‘Mommie Dearest’ and ‘Sid and Nancy.’
Now: Berkeley’s massive resume includes a recurring role on ’24,’ and appearances on ‘ER,’ ‘The West Wing’ and ‘Medium.’ He appeared in the films ‘Candyman,’ ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘Leaving Las Vegas,’ ‘Amistad’ and ‘Year One.’ More recently, Berkeley had recurring roles on the shows ‘Nikita’ and ‘Being Human,’ and he guest starred on ‘Justified.’ His recent film appearances include roles in ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘Girl Walks Into a Bar,’ and he lends his voice talents to the upcoming animated film ‘Son of Batman.’