Wednesday, August 24, 2011

'Animal House': Where are they now?

A little bit louder now … National Lampoon's 'Animal House,' released in 1978, set the standard for all college and gross-out comedies, and made toga parties hip.

The war between the Deltas and the Omegas at fictional Faber College became the stuff of movie legend, providing the groundwork for movies like 'Porky's', 'American Pie' and 'Old School.'

So where are the Deltas and the Omegas now, and just what is Double Secret Probation? Find out here …
Credits: Universal Pictures

Tom Hulce (Larry Kroger)
As Larry 'Pinto' Kroger, Tom Hulce played the 'normal' pledge looking to find his footing and meet girls. Hulce achieved critical and popular acclaim for playing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1984's 'Amadeus,' which took home eight Oscars. Hulce was nominated for Best Actor. Hulce was last seen in 'Stranger Than Fiction' and 'Jumper.'
Credits: Universal; Bruce Gilkas/FilmMagic

Stephen Furst (Kent Dorfman)
Stephen Furst burst onto the scene in Animal House as Delta legacy and butt of all jokes Kent 'Flounder' Dorfman, who, like Larry, is accepted as a Delta Tau Chi house because the misfit frat needs their dues money. Furst went on to a variety of TV roles and voice work. He last appeared in 'Basilisk: The Serpent King,' which he also directed.
Credits: Universal; Beck Starr/FilmMagic

John Belushi (John Blutarsky)
John Belushi became a '70s comedic icon playing the ultimate boozy frat boy, John 'Bluto' Blutarsky, first spotted urinating in front of the Delta house. Sadly the 'Saturday Night Live' original cast member would be dead within 4 years from a drug overdose.
Credits: Universal; Columbia Pictures

Tim Matheson (Eric Stratton)
Tim Matheson started acting in the '60s on shows like 'Leave it to Beaver' and 'My Three Sons' before taking a turn as Delta playboy Eric 'Otter' Stratton. Matheson had an Emmy-nominated recurring role as Vice President John Hoynes on 'The West Wing,' and reprised his 'Animal House' persona in the 2002 college movie 'Van Wilder.' Recently he's been playing Larry Sizemore on 'Burn Notice' and had a bit role in 'No Strings Attached.'
Credits: Universal; Glenn Watson/NBC
Mary Louise Weller (Mandy Pepperidge)
As Mandy Pepperidge, Mary Louise Weller played the prissy blond sorority sister whose naked figure nearly killed Bluto in the peeping-tom scene.

A former model, Weller would continue to channel her Cali-blonde good looks into roles on roles on TV's 'Fantasy Island' and 'Chips,' but has not been seen on screen since 1983. She has retired from acting and currently indulges her equestrian love by riding around the horse-show circuit in an RV.
Credits: Universal; MGM

Peter Riegert (Donald Schoenstein)
Peter Riegert, who played Otter's close pal Donald 'Boon' Schoenstein, has been acting for 30 years with roles in 'Local Hero,' 'Shock to the System,' 'The Mask,' 'Crossing Delancey' and 'The Sopranos.' His most recent role is Dr. August Kellerman on 'One Tree Hill.'
Credits: Universal; Dario Cantatore/Getty

Kevin Bacon (Chip Diller)
Thank you sir, may I have another! This is where the six degrees of Kevin Bacon begins: the actor made his screen debut as Omega pledge Chip Diller. Bacon became an A-list star thanks to hits like 'Footloose,' and also performs with his rock band, The Bacon Brothers. His most recent roles were in 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' and 'X-Men: First Class.'
Credits: Universal; Steve Grantiz/WireImage

Karen Allen (Katy)
Karen Allen played Katy, Boone's girlfriend. Like Kevin Bacon, Allen made her big-screen debut in 'Animal House' before going on to star in movies like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' 'Starman' and, recently, 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.' She's still acting with roles on two TV movies, 'November Christmas' and 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' (2010).
Credits: Universal; Stephen Lovekin/Getty

Mark Metcalf (Doug Neidermeyer)
The sadistic ROTC captain, played by Mark Metcalf, was as uptight and encouraging as you can get. 'You're all worthless and weak!'

Metcalf would reprise his role as the cranky captain for 2 'Twisted Sister' videos, then continued into a long acting career in TV and film. For seven years, he channeled his nasty side as the Master in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' Up ahead for Metcalf is action drama 'Skinny Dip' which stars porn actress Sasha Grey and '70s icon Pam Grier.
Credits: Universal; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Donald Sutherland (Dave Jennings)
After playing overwhelmed stoner Professor Dave Jennings, veteran stage and screen actor Donald Sutherland went on to a variety of projects, from 'Hamlet' and 'Ordinary People' to 'Kelly's Heroes' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' He just played Jack Pellit in 'Horrible Bosses' and is currently filming the upcoming 'The Hunger Games.'
Credits: Universal; John Shearer/WireImage

Bruce McGill (Daniel Simpson Day)
Character actor Bruce McGill played Delta wild man Daniel Simpson Day ('D-Day'), known for having no grade point average. McGill has appeared in over 130 TV shows and movies. Recent film highlights include 'Vantage Point' and 'Elizabethtown.' He also acts on the small screen as Detective Vince Jorsak on 'Rizzoli & Isles.'
Credits: Universal; Jesse Grant/WireImage

Eliza Roberts (Brunella)
Roberts played the easily charmed desk girl Brunella who would skip out from the dorm to party with Otter and the boys.

Roberts followed her tiny role in the comedy classic with parts in Noah Baumbach's 'Kicking and Screaming' along with multiple roles in movies alongside hubby Eric Roberts. Eliza is sister-in-law to Oscar winner Julia Roberts and step mom to up-and-coming thesp, Emma Roberts.
Credits: Universal; David Livingston/Getty

Verna Bloom (Marion Wormer)
Verna Bloom played Marion Wormer, the boozy wife of infamous Delta foe Dean Wormer. Mrs. Wormer is more of a party animal than her husband - she crashes a Delta bash and ends up spending the night with Otter. Bloom isn't acting much these days, but makes the occasional TV guest appearance ('The West Wing'). After 'Animal House,' she appeared in films including 'The Last Temptation of Christ' and 'The Journey of Natty Gann.'
Credits: Universal; John Lamparski/WireImage

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billy pilgrim said...

wow, most of those guys are aging way more than us. i guess unlimited drugs and alcohol is harder on the body than working for a living.

so we got that going for us too!

texlahoma said...

Billy - It makes me feel old, but not as old as they look. You might be onto something, the up side of working for a living.

Mr. Shife said...

Feel seriously old looking at those pics. Wowzers.

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