by Helen Earnshaw |
While the eighties brought us the rise of the blockbuster and cinematic icons such as E.T and Indiana Jones the decade also provided us with a new crop of acting talent collectively known as the Brat Pack.
A play on the 1950s Rat Pack the group consisted of the likes of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson and Demi Moore and they all frequently appeared together in teen-oriented movies that found major success during the decade including The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire.
Female First looks at the careers of the group's core members and asks whatever happened to the Brat Pack?
After being a major component of the Brat Pack Estevez moved on to lead the Mighty Ducks to victory in the 1992 release, which has become a cult hit.
After some less than successful movie roles Estevez turned his hand to directing working in both television and movies.
His last picture saw him bring together an impressive cast of Anthony Hopkins, Elijah Wood, Martin Sheen and Demi Moore, to name just a few, for Bobby, a fictional account of the lives of the people inside the Ambassador Hotel on the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.
For his next project he has directed, written and produced The Public which is currently in post production and is expected to be released next year.
Rob Lowe has perhaps had the most difficult job of trying to keep his career afloat when he was embroiled in a sex scandal that severely damaged his public image and career.
Post scandal Lowe has worked extensively in television having had a couple of failed shows found success in Brothers and Sisters and Salem's Lot in 2004, which was the highest rated cable program of that summer .
As well as television he was also part of the critically acclaimed movie Thank You for Smoking as well as finding success in the West End production of A Few Good Men.
He will next appear in comedy film This Side of the Truth which will be directed by Ricky Gervais.
Anthony Michael Hall
After suffering from a drinking problem Hall returned to movies in the early nineties in Edward Scissorhands alongside Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder before going on to star alongside Will Smith in Six Degrees of Separation in 1993 which was critically acclaimed.
More acclaim came his way at the back end of the nineties with TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley as Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates.
After some television movies and unsuccessful big screen roles in the early noughties he starred as Johnny Smith in supernatural drama The Dead Zone which developed a loyal following.
He will next be seen in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight as Mike Engel, a new reporter for the Gotham Cable News.
McCarthy did his best to escape Hollywood in the mid eighties working instead in theatre on Broadway debuting in The Boys of Winter.
He returned to movies but his career began to stall with releases Fresh Horses and Kansas and even though he carried on making movie in the early nineties he did return to the theatre.
More recently he has worked in television regularly appearing in show E-Ring before going on to star in Lipstick Jungle earlier this year.
After the Brat Pack Moore enjoyed a very successful career with releases such as Ghost, A Few Good Men and Indecent Proposal and she became one of the highest paid actresses of the nineties.
She caused controversy in 1991 when she posed naked seven months pregnant for magazine Vanity Fair.
Her career began to fail towards the end of the decade as Striptease and G.I. Jane failed at the box office.
After a break from the big screen she returned to acting in 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle before going on to appear in Bobby and Mr. Brooks.
She is currently filming Bunraku with Josh Hartnett and Woody Harrelson.
After success with the Brat Pack Nelson's career failed to take off as movies such as Blue City and From the Hip did not do well at the box office.
However he did find success in television in 1996 with series Suddenly Susan which ran for four seasons.
During the nineties Ringwald's career slowed down as she turned down the leading roles in both Pretty Woman and Ghost.
After a cancelled television series she moved to France where she appeared in several French movies before finding success on Broadway and then the West End.
Like so many of her Brat Pack actors Sheedy's career struggled throughout the nineties appearing in a string of television movies.
At the end of the decade she to moved into the theatre when she took over the lead role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, her run was cut short by bad reviews.
She reunited with Anthony Michael Hall for a special guest spot on The Dead Zone and more recently she returned to our screen in family show Kyle XY.
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