See the Cast of ‘The Princess Bride’ Then and Now
‘The Princess Bride’ wasn’t a big hit when it came out in 1987. But the fairy tale comedy became a cult classic once it hit video and it now holds a special place in the hearts of most children of the ’80s and well beyond.
Last week, the cast of ‘The Princess Bride’ reunited for a screening of the movie at the New York Film Festival, which also served as the official launch of the film’s 25th Anniversary Blu-ray.
This gives us the perfect opportunity to check up on the actors who played Westley, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya and their comrades and enemies. Check out what the cast of ‘The Princess Bride’ is doing these days below.
Cary Elwes, Westley
Then: In ‘The Princess Bride’ Cary Elwes played Westley, a farm boy turned Dread Pirate who searches for his true love, Buttercup. The English actor’s performance in the costume drama ‘Lady Jay’ a year earlier caught director Rob Reiner’s attention and led to his casting.
Now: The 49-year-old has appeared on ‘Leverage,’ ‘Perception’ and ‘Psych’ in 2012. He is also well-known for starring in the ‘Saw’ horror franchise.
Robin Wright, Buttercup
Then: Wright played the reluctant Princess of Florian in ‘The Princess Bride.’ A model as a teenager, Wright had been best known for her role on the soap opera ‘Santa Barbara.’
Now: Wright’s acting career has yielded one other extremely memorable character — she was Jenny in ‘Forrest Gump.’ The 46-year-old, who was famously married to Sean Penn between 1996-2007, recently played a supporting role in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’
Mandy Patinkin, Inigo Montoya
Then: Patinkin will forever be remembered as Inigo Montoya, an extremely revenge-minded Spanish swordsmen. While Patinkin was more of a stage actor and singer than a film star in 1987, movie fans knew him for playing opposite Barbra Streisand in 1983’s ‘Yentl.’
Now: Patinkin stars as Saul Berenson on the Emmy-winning drama ‘Homeland.’ His Broadway show, ‘An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin,’ had a limited engagement run late last year.
Wallace Shawn, Vizzini
Then: In ‘The Princess Bride,’ Shawn played self-proclaimed criminal genius Vizzini. His character can be summed up with one word: “inconceivable!” Shawn, an accomplished playwright, had came into prominence for writing and starring in the 1979 film ‘My Dinner With Andre.’ (Which had nothing to do with The Giant.)
Now: These days, Shawn is probably best known for his recurring role as Cyrus Rose on ‘Gossip Girls.’ The 68-year-old has also lent his distinctive voice to the ‘Toy Story’ franchise as Rex and played a teacher in ‘Clueless.’
Chris Sarandon, Prince Humperdinck
Then: Sarandon played the loathsome Prince Humperdinck in ‘The Princess Bride.’ In 1975, he made his film debut in ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ a role for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.
Now: The 70-year-old, and brother to Susan Sarandon, recently made an appearance in the ‘Fright Night’ remake, after having starred in the 1985 original. He is slated to play the lead in 2013 thriller ’Clear Me.’
Christopher Guest, Count Tyrone Rugen
Then: In ‘The Princess Bride,’ Guest was Count Tyrone Rugen, the notorious six-fingered man. Three years earlier he had starred as Nigel Tufnel in the Rob Reiner-directed mockumentary ’This Is Spinal Tap,’ which Guest also co-wrote.
Now: Guest really has a knack for the mockumentary thing, have written and starred in ‘Waiting For Guffman,’ ‘For Your Consideration,’ ‘A Mighty Wind,’ and ‘Best in Show.’ The 64-year-old is married to actress Jamie Lee Curtis and is currently developing a comedy series for HBO.
Billy Crystal, Miracle Max
Then: Under heavy makeup, Crystal played Miracle Max, the last miracle worker in Florian. Later that year the former ‘Saturday Night Life’ player starred in ‘Throw Momma From the Train.’
Now: The comedy legend hosted the Oscars for the ninth time in 2012. He will play the lead in ‘Parental Guidance’ later this year.
Carol Kane, Valerie
Then: Kane played Miracle Max’s not-as-cynical wife Valerie in ‘The Princess Bride.’ She had been known for starring as Andy Kaufman’s wife on the sitcom ‘Taxi.’
Now: The 60-year-old will appear in four movies in 2012, including the upcoming comedy-drama ‘Thanks For Sharing.’ Kane is also starring in the Broadway revival of the play ‘Harvey.’
Fred Savage, Grandson
Then: In ‘The Princess Bride,’ Fred Savage played the sick grandson, whose grandfather reads him the story of the movie,The next year he began his run as Kevin Arnold on ‘The Wonder Years.’
Now: While Savage doesn’t do a great deal of acting these days, he is a sought after TV director. The 36-year-old has helmed episodes of ‘Modern Family,”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and ’2 Broke Girls,’ among many other network shows.