Then and Now: The Cast of ‘The Mighty Ducks’
Of all the great film trilogies in history, the whereabouts of “The Mighty Ducks” is likely the most desirable. Though the “Flying V” may not be in full effect these days, the cast of the original film from 1992 is still alive and well — for the most part — and they’re looking mightier than ever. Have a look for yourself. Quack! Quack! Quack!
Emilio Estevez (Coach Gordon Bombay)
Ever since “D3” filmed in 1996, Estevez has kept it quiet with small guest TV roles and TV movies. Since writing, directing and starring in “The Way” in 2011 alongside his father, Martin Sheen, Emilio hasn’t been up to much. Maybe they need to reboot this franchise.
Joshua Jackson (Charlie Conway)
The “Ducks” trilogy led Jackson into his first big films like “The Skulls” opposite the late Paul Walker, as well as a role on the hit show “Dawson’s Creek” until 2003. He then went on to “The Fringe” as the lead, which ended in 2013. Now Joshua has joined the cast of “The Affair” along with a film titled “Sky” due out in 2016.
Shaun Weiss (Goldberg)
He wasn’t easily cast in other things after his role as Goldberg the goalie, but since becoming one of those fat actors gone skinny, Shaun has kept it quiet with small guest starring TV roles and a TV movie titled “What About Weiss,” a comedy which he co-wrote, as well as Owen Wilson’s “Drillbit Taylor” and “Freaks and Geeks.”
Marguerite Moreau (Connie Moreau)
Connie was every young hockey player’s big crush back in the early ’90s. But we saw her first! Not only has she done a number of great small TV roles on big shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Shameless,” but young Marguerite is getting to reprise her role this summer in the revival of “Wet Hot American Summer” on Netflix.
Matt Doherty (Les Averman)
Once a geek, always a geek. The four-eyed wonder known as Averman is still rocking the spectacles and surely scaring the girls away, but he did have a recurring spot on “Boston Public,” along with studying theatre and playwright and eventually landing a role on the Academy Award winner, “Argo.”
Elden Henson (Fulton Reed)
You might not realize it, but Fulton Reed has been under your nose this whole time — “The Butterfly Effect” — and now you can see him on Netflix’s new original series, the TV remake of “Daredevil,” as well as the fourth installment of “The Hunger Games.” You just didn’t notice him because he wasn’t “slappin’ da puck.”
Vincent Larusso (Adam Banks)
Cake eater! Larusso gave up acting and went to school at Boston University to study management, only to get into waiting in dive bars on the left and east coasts. He has slowly resurged, making appearances somewhat recently in commercials and on the TV show, “Dollhouse” and indie film, “Damaged Goods.”
Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy Germaine)
In real life, Fulton Reed is his brother. Well, not Fulton, but the guy who plays him. Like a good boy, he went to college and got married. Rumor had it he had a kid with co-star, Marguerite Moreau, but that is not confirmed news. He has since gotten back into small time acting. Reboot, we say!
Jane Plank (Tammy Duncan)
She couldn’t play hockey worth a damn, but that didn’t matter to us. The Minnesota native is actually working at her singer-songwriter gig in the gospel/folk genre, not exactly a breakthrough artist but still plugging away doing the occasional national anthem.
Dan Tamberelli (Tommy Duncan)
The only reason Tommy and his short girth got onto the team was because Tammy Duncan is his sister. The big credits on his resume are the original “Ducks” film and his lead role on “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” He did, however, go to college in Massachusetts and join the sketch comedy group, Man Boob Comedy, and play bass in a jam band.
Brandon Quentin Adams (Jessie Hall)
After his time as a Duck, Adams had his share of ’90s success on “Boy Meets World” and the nuisance role on Tia and Tamara’s “Sister, Sister.” He also picked up a role on the classic film, “The Sandlot,” but he’s since been keeping quiet.
Jussie Smollett (Terry Hall)
Jussie left acting to get into music and photography, which eventually led him back to acting and landing a lead role on Fox’s hit show “Empire.” Also, his little sister, Jurnee, made a name for herself in the last two seasons of Kyle Chandler’s NBC football family drama “Friday Night Lights.”
J.D. Daniels (Peter Mark)
Aside from his smart alec role in “The Mighty Ducks,” New York native Daniels has been fairly out of the industry since the ’90s and the roles that came with it, including some singing and Broadway gigs like “Les Miserables.” He is, however, in his thirties and attending New York’s Columbia University.
Aaron Schwartz (Dave Carp)
After enough heavy jokes in the original “Mighty Ducks” and “Heavy Weight” in 1995, Schwartz went on to become a strapping young fellow. He was also a recurring role on his fellow Duck friend’s Nickelodeon show, “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” Most recently, he had a fairly steady gig on “Gossip Girl.”
Joss Ackland (Hans)
He’s still kicking at 87. After appearing in the original film, Ackland stayed out of the sequel but returned for the third installment. In the past few years, he’s been involved in a few short films, but most likely, he’s sharpening skates.
M.C. Gainey (Limo Driver)
Bombay’s former limo driver — he’s got killer dance moves at the end of the film — went on to become part of the Dharma Initiative on “Lost” and most recently a villain in Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”