See the Cast of ‘Young Guns’ Then and Now
The 1988 Western flick ‘Young Guns’ featured an ensemble of “who’s who of ’80s” talent — including Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland — in a telling of the adventures of Billy the Kid during the Lincoln County War in New Mexico in the late 1800s. A smashing success at the box office, ‘Young Guns’ spawned a sequel and has become something of a classic in its own right. Twenty-six years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see what they’re up to now.
Emilio Estevez, William H. “Billy the Kid” Bonney
Then: Emilio Estevez played Billy the Kid, the legendary outlaw seeking revenge for the death of the man who hired him. Estevez was a member of the Brat Pack, frequent players in John Hughes films, and appeared in ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘St. Elmo’s Fire.’ He also appeared in the ‘Young Guns’ sequel.
Now: Estevez, brother of Charlie Sheen and son of Martin Sheen, went on to star in the ‘Mighty Ducks’ films and ‘Men at Work.’ He branched out into directing, making his directorial debut prior to ‘Young Guns’ in 1986 with ‘Wisdom,’ but became more committed in later years with films like ‘Rated X,’ ‘Bobby’ and ‘The Way,’ the latter of which starred his father. He also directed episodes of ‘Cold Case’ and ‘Criminal Minds,’ and guest starred on ‘Two and a Half Men’ with his brother.
Kiefer Sutherland, Josiah Gordon “Doc” Scurlock
Then: Kiefer Sutherland, son of legendary actor Donald Sutherland, played Josiah Gordon Scurlock, better known as “Doc,” one of Billy’s men. Sutherland was known for parts in ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘The Lost Boys,’ and he reprised his role for ‘Young Guns II.’
Now: Sutherland went on to appear in several films, including ‘A Few Good Men,’ ‘The Three Musketeers,’ ‘Dark City,’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ and ‘Phone Booth.’ He played Jack Bauer on the hit Fox series ’24′ from 2001 to 2010, and he’ll be reprising that role for a new limited series called ’24: Live Another Day.’ He also recently appeared in the films ‘Melancholia,’ ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and ‘Pompeii’ (out this week).
Lou Diamond Phillips, Jose Chavez y Chavez
Then: Lou Diamond Phillips played Billy’s guy Jose Chavez y Chavez, a role he would also reprise in the sequel. Phillips was a recent breakout star known for playing early rock icon Ritchie Valens in ‘La Bamba.’
Now: Phillips went on to appear in films like ‘Sioux City,’ ‘Courage Under Fire,’ ‘Brokedown Palace’ and ‘Bats.’ He guest starred on several TV shows, including ‘Psych,’ ‘Chuck,’ ‘Cougar Town,’ ‘Southland’ and ’24′ with his old ‘Young Guns’ buddy Kiefer Sutherland. More recently, he appeared in low-budget flicks like ‘Metal Tornado’ and ‘Sanitarium,’ and starred on the series ‘Longmire.’
Charlie Sheen, Richard “Dick” Brewer
Then: Charlie Sheen, brother of Estevez, played Richard “Dick” Brewer, a member of Billy’s gang with who Billy fights for control of the group and is mistaken for Billy in a local paper. At the time, Sheen just came off of acclaimed roles in ‘Platoon’ and ‘Wall Street.’
Now: Sheen appeared in the ‘Major League’ and ‘Hot Shots!’ films, and reunited with Kiefer Sutherland for ‘The Three Musketeers.’ He also appeared in ‘Rated X,’ which was directed by his brother and ‘Young Guns’ co-star, Emilio Estevez. He appeared as himself in several films, including ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Due Date’ and more recently in ‘Scary Movie 5.’ He starred with Jon Cryer on ‘Two and a Half Men’ from 2003 to 2011 before leaving to star on the new series ‘Anger Management,’ and he also recently appeared in the films ‘A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III’ and ‘Machete Kills.’
Dermot Mulroney, “Dirty Steve” Stephens
Then: Dermot Mulroney played “Dirty Steve” Stephens, one of Billy’s gang members. Mulroney was a relative newcomer at the time, whose previous film credits included roles in ‘Long Gone’ and ‘Sunset.’
Now: Mulroney became a bigger name in the ’90s, appearing in ‘The Thing Called Love,’ ‘Angels in the Outfield,’ ‘Copycat’ and ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding.’ Since then he appeared in ‘About Schmidt,’ ‘The Wedding Date’ and ‘Zodiac,’ and had recurring roles on ‘New Girl’ and ‘Enlightened.’ He appeared recently in the films ‘The Grey,’ ‘Stoker,’ ‘Jobs’ and ‘August: Osage County.’
Casey Siemaszko, Charlie Bowdre
Then: Casey Siemaszko played Charlie Bowdre, another of Billy’s gang of outlaws known as the Regulators. Siemaszko previously starred in ‘Stand by Me’ with Kiefer Sutherland and appeared in ‘Back to the Future.’
Now: Siemaszko never became as famous as his co-stars, though he appeared in films like ‘Of Mice and Men’ (1982), ‘Milk Money’ and ‘The Phantom.’ He spent a lot of time on TV, appearing in the ‘Storm of the Century’ miniseries, based on the Stephen King story of the same name, and in shows like ‘Oz,’ various versions of ‘Law and Order’ and ‘Louie.’ He had a recurring role on ‘Damages,’ and recently appeared in ‘Elementary’ and ‘Killing Kennedy.’
Terence Stamp, John Tunstall
Then: Terence Stamp played John Tunstall, the well-educated English cattle rancher who hires Billy and his gang of outlaws to defend his ranch. When Tunstall is killed by a clashing rancher’s men, Billy and his gang vow revenge. You probably already knew Stamp as General Zod from the ‘Superman’ films, and from starring with Charlie Sheen in ‘Wall Street’ just a year before ‘Young Guns.’
Now: Stamp is also known for roles in ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ and ‘The Limey,’ and for playing Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum in ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.’ He had a recurring role on ‘Smallville’ as the voice of Jor-El, and in recent years he appeared in the films ‘Yes Man,’ ‘Valkyrie’ and ‘The Adjustment Bureau.’ He can be seen next in Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes.’