Ferris Bueller Stars Now and Then
Ferris Bueller's doe-eyed beau was played by Mia Sara. "Bueller" was only Sara's second movie after starring opposite Tom Cruise in "Legend." Since then, she's appeared in a number of TV movies and miniseries, crossing over occasionally into feature films, such as the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme sci-fi thriller "Timecop." Most recently, she can be seen as Princess Landwidere in "The Witches of Oz.
The boyishly handsome Matthew Broderick was already an A-lister by the time "Ferris Bueller" came out, having already starred in "WarGames" and "Ladyhawke." Since then, he's had starred in the Oscar-winning Civil War drama "Glory; did the voice for adult Simba in "The Lion King; and gave a memorably creepy turn as a hapless teacher in "Election." Currently, Broderick is shooting the upcoming action comedy "Tower Heist," opposite Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller. Of course, he's also well known these days for being married to Ms. Carrie Bradshaw herself, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Alan Ruck was actually 29 when he played Ferris's 17-year-old hypochondriac best friend, Cameron Frye. Since then, he's done a lot of work on television, including a leading role in the series "Spin City" opposite Michael J. Fox. He's also done a lot of stage work, including the part of Leo Bloom in the Broadway version of "The Producers" -- a role first made famous by his "Bueller co-star Matthew Broderick.
Jennifer Grey's memorable turn as Ferris's seething jealous older sister, Jeanie, nabbed her the starring role as Baby in "Dirty Dancing." Her star seemed like it was on the rise until she underwent one of the most infamous rhinoplasties in Hollywood. Overnight, her signature schnozz went from distinctive to cute but forgettable. Close friends didn't even recognize her post-nose job. Since then, she's worked on TV and even starred as herself in the failed L.A.-based sitcom "It's Like, You Know..." Most recently, she's been in the headlines after winning the 11th season of "Dancing With the Stars."
Charlie Sheen played a drug-addled truant who chats up Jeanie in "Ferris Bueller." Critics called his quietly unhinged performance as being one of the best in the movie. Since then, he went on to star in "Wall Street" and "Major League," but he recently has been getting much more press with his unhinged performance as a drug-addled truant television star who engaged in a very public battle with the creators of "Two and a Half Men."