Ever wonder what that guy from way back when is up to now? Well, here you go…
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Macaulay Culkin :
The ‘90s saw Macaulay Carson Culkin become the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple, with the likes of My Girl, The Good Son, Richie Rich, Michael Jackson’s Black or White video and, of course, Home Alone and its sequel. The movie roles sadly dried up at the end of the decade. Culkin now makes occasional cameos in TV ads and recently announced that his band, The Pizza Underground, was splitting up, after he stormed off stage when he got boos during his kazoo solo.
Haley Joel Osment :
“I see dead people.” Who only knows how many times a day Hayley Joel Osment has someone come up to him and ask him to say his most famous line, from 1999’s The Sixth Sense. That movie secured him an Oscar nomination aged just 12, and also led to Steven Spielberg casting him as the lead in A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Osment disappeared in his awkward teenage years but is still working in low budget movies and TV. He’s also a terrific golfer and represented America in the All Star Cup in 2005.
Ross Malinger :
He melted our hearts as Tom Hanks’ son in Sleepless In Seattle, was Jean Claude Van Damme’s sprog in Sudden Death and did two years on Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. Not much post-’90s, sadly.
Devon Sawa :
Sawa became a pre-teen crush thanks to Casper in the early ‘90s, before ending the decade Eminem’s video for Stan and headlining the first ever Final Destination movie. At the height of his fame he was linked to both Rachel Leigh Cook and Tara Reid. He still acts, just in nothing you’ve ever heard of, and is married to the producer of Bachelor Canada, Dawni Sahanovitch, with whom he has two kids.
Jonathan Lipnicki :
The cutie from 1996’s Jerry Maguire is still working in movies. He voiced a tiger in Doctor Dolittle and starred in Dawson’s Creek. Now he’s big into mixed martial arts.
Skeet Ulrich :
Aka the poor man’s Johnny Depp, movie-life looked good (as did he) in the ‘90s for Skeet. The key year was 1996, in which he broke out in The Craft and then struck gold in Scream – where he was one half of the killer duo with Matthew Lillard (see page 26). Then he married Georgina Cates and moved to a farm in Virginia. He made a comeback with TV show Jericho in 2005, and is now on wife number three.
Freddie Prinze Jr. :
The ‘90s were big for Freddie, with I Know What You Did Last Summer and its spectacularly-lazily titled sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, as well as She’s All That. He now has two kids with his wife, and Scooby-Doo co-star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and does a voice in TV’s Star Wars Rebels, as well as starring in 24. Oh, and he also speaks Spanish. So there.
Josh Hartnett :
He was voted The Sexiest Vegetarian In The World by PETA in 2003, but that’s not Josh’s only achievement. Oh no. He blasted into the ‘90s with Halloween H20, The Faculty and The Virgin Suicides and started his 2000s dating Scarlett Johansson. He also started to believe his own hype and annoyed the industry with his repeated rejection of the role of Superman. They stopped asking him soon after and his career hasn’t been the same since. He now has a baby with Tamsin Egerton.
Jason Patric :
Lost Boys, Rush and Sleepers led Jason to briefly being A-list enough to replace Keanu Reeves on Speed 2: Cruise Control. Unfortunately that movie turned out to be one of the worst sequels of all time. Soz, J.
LL Cool J :
The ‘90s also saw buff LL take on iconic serial killer Michael Myers, in Halloween H20, and Al Pacino, in the shouty Any Given Sunday. Since he’s made lots of dosh rapping and starred in NCIS: Los Angeles.
Ryan Phillippe :
Heath Ledger beat him to the much-coveted role in The Patriot, and he turned down the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels because he was “weirded out” by the age difference between him and on-screen love interest Natalie Portman. But for all of Ryan Phillippe’s ups and downs he will always be best remembered for Cruel Intentions, where he met now ex-wife Reese Witherspoon. She’s still an A-list movie star, he’s now just a TV boy, in stuff like Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Breckin Meyer :
Clueless. The Craft. Go. Breckin Meyer starred in three bona fide classics of the decade before really ramping things up in the early 2000s, with movies like Road Trip, Josie And The Pussycats, Herbie and Garfield. He later set up a film company with Ryan Phillippe and Seth Green, but that ceased trading in 2014. Now, like a huge number of other people on this list, he spends his time doing voices for TV’s Robot Chicken, which is clearly some sort of ‘90s stars retirement home.
Matthew Lillard :
Skeet Ulrich’s murderous partner in Scream, Matthew Lillard has worked solidly but not spectacularly in independent movies ever since. He’s had the occasional highpoint (he played the man who battled for George Clooney’s wife in The Descendants), but what has really paid for his swimming pool is Scooby-Doo. His role as Shaggy in the movie, alongside Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Linda Cardellini, has led to an endless succession of voice work as the character. Zoikes!
Martin Lawrence :
It’s fair to say Martin Lawrence is probably keener than Will Smith for Bad Boys 3 to happen. But he was massive in the ‘90s, thanks to the first Bad Boys as well as House Party and Blue Streak. He was arrested in 1996 for brandishing a pistol and shouting “They’re trying to kill me!” on Ventura Boulevard, and three years later slipped into a coma while out jogging in 100-degree heat in a plastic suit, in preparation for Big Momma’s House. He’s now back on TV, in Partners.
Eddie Murphy :
“Do you like Smashing Pumpkins?” “Are you kidding? I love doing that!” Eddie Murphy ended the ‘90s with one of its funniest movies, Bowfinger (in which that priceless exchange takes place). He also had hits with The Nutty Professor and Doctor Dolittle, and said goodbye – for now, at least – to Detective Axel Foley, in Beverly Hills Cop III. Then the wheels came off with almighty turkey The Adventures Of Pluto Nash in 2002. Most people now know him as the voice of Shrek’s Donkey.
Wesley Snipes :
Wesley Snipes was coining it in in the ‘90s. It was just a shame he wasn’t telling the IRS quite how much, which led to his three-year prison sentence for tax evasion in 2010. Mo’ Better Blues, New Jack City, Jungle Fever, White Men Can’t Jump, Demolition Man, U.S. Marshalls, Blade… Snipes was one of the most popular stars of the ‘90s (he made 24 movies in that decade). He was released from prison in April 2013, and old pal Sylvester Stallone gave him his comeback in The Expendables 3.
Tom Sizemore :
Now, with his reputation besmirched by various high profile indiscretions (he did 16 months in prison and his ex-girlfriends include Heidi Fleiss), Tom Sizemore has been reduced to endless lo-budget B-movies. But in the ‘90s he was massively in demand, and by the biggest directors in the business. Steven Spielberg directed him in Saving Private Ryan, Michael Mann in Heat, Martin Scorsese in Bringing Out The Dead and Oliver Stone in Natural Born Killers. He was great, but he wasted it.