THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' 35 years later

THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' 35 years later
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Matthew Broderick of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" then and now. Paramount Pictures, Walter McBride/FilmMagi/Getty Images
  • "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" came out 35 years ago in 1986.

  • Matthew Broderick, who played Ferris, is married to Sarah Jessica Parker and has continued to act.

  • Jennifer Grey, who played his sister, is set to star in and executive produce a "Dirty Dancing" sequel.

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Matthew Broderick got his start in theater and even won a Tony before playing the school-skipping Ferris Bueller.

Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller.
Matthew Broderick in the movie. Paramount Pictures

He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1987 for the role.

Now married to Sarah Jessica Parker of "Sex and The City" fame, Broderick has continued to act.

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Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. Andrew Toth/Getty Images

He starred in Warren Beatty's rom-com "Rules Don't Apply" in 2016, and he has appeared in various television series including "The Conners," "Better Things," and "Daybreak." He most recently starred in the 2020 comedy "Lazy Susan."

He married Parker in 1997 and they have three children together.

Alan Ruck had starred alongside Broderick on Broadway in 1985, and he had only appeared in two films before playing Ferris' hypochondriac best friend, Cameron.

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Alan Ruck in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Paramount Pictures

He was 29 when he played the high schooler.

He currently plays Connor Roy in "Succession."

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Alan Ruck present-day. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

He also starred in the Netflix movie "War Machine" and the musical comedy "Dreamland."

Portraying Ferris' girlfriend, Sloane, was Mia Sara in her second ever movie role.

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Mia Sara in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Paramount Pictures

Her first role was the character of Lili in the 1985 movie "Legend" with Tom Cruise.

She went on to play Harley Quinn in the short-lived drama "Birds of Prey" and Princess Langwidere in "The Witches of Oz."

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Mia Sara in "The Witches of Oz." MarVista Entertainment.

Her last role was in the short film "Pretty Pretty" in 2013, accoring to IMDb.

Along with Broderick, Ruck, and other cast members, she appeared on Josh Gad's YouTube show, "Reunited Apart," for a Ferris Bueller episode in June 2020.

Jennifer Grey was early into her career when she was cast as Ferris' sister.

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Jennifer Grey. Paramount Pictures

A year after "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Grey starred in "Dirty Dancing," for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.

She was the season 11 winner of "Dancing With the Stars," and she starred in the Amazon comedy "Red Oaks."

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Jennifer Grey today. Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Grey has signed on to star in and executive produce an untitled "Dirty Dancing" sequel. She has also appeared on "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Conners."

Charlie Sheen played a delinquent at the police station in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

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Charlie Sheen in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Paramount Pictures

His first major role was alongside Jennifer Grey in 1984's "Red Dawn." He starred in the Academy Award-winning "Platoon" that same year.

He went on to star in a number of successful films. He transitioned to a successful TV career with "Two and a Half Men," but alcohol and drug struggles ultimately led to his contract being terminated.

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Charlie Sheen. Charley Gallay/Getty Images

He has since appeared in "9/11," a drama about September 11, 2001, and the TV series "Typical Rick."

Jeffrey Jones played the uptight principal in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

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Jeffrey Jones. Paramount Pictures

Before "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," he earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Emperor Joseph II in 1984's "Amadeus."

He went on to star in films such as "Beetlejuice" and "Sleepy Hollow."

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Jeffrey Jones in "Deadwood." HBO

He also appeared on TV shows like HBO's "Deadwood."

Ben Stein played the economics teacher - whose repetition of "Bueller" has become iconic - as his second acting gig.

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Ben Stein in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Paramount Pictures

Stein graduated from Yale Law School in 1970. Over the years, he was a poverty lawyer, trial lawyer at the FCC, a speechwriter for Richard Nixon, and an attorney at the White House before venturing into acting.

He has continued to act and do voiceover work, and he served as a panelist on "Cavuto on Business."

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Ben Stein today. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

Stein is also a vocal conservative commentator.

Edie McClurg played the sweet assistant to the principal in "Ferris."

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Edie McClurg. Paramount Pictures

McClurg made her film debut in the 1976 horror movie "Carrie."

McClurg has more than 100 credits to her name, including voiceover work in "The Little Mermaid," "Frozen," and "Zootopia."

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Edie McClurg present-day. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

She most recently lent her voice to an episode of "Family Guy" and will voice a character in an untitled "Cars" television series in 2022.

Cindy Pickett was largely known for her TV roles before she played Ferris' mom.

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Cindy Pickett in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Paramount Pictures

Pickett was a cast member of the soap "Guiding Light" and medical drama "St. Elsewhere."

She's since appeared in shows including "Burn Notice" and "The Mentalist."

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Cindy Pickett in "The Mentalist." CBS

She also starred in the 2018 sci-fi drama series "Age of the Living Dead."

Lyman Ward had mostly appeared on TV before he played Ferris' father.

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Lyman Ward in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Paramount Pictures

He had small roles on shows like "Laverne & Shirley," "One Day at a Time," and "Battlestar Galactica."

He's continued to act, playing a secret service agent in "Independence Day" and a teacher in "Not Another Teen Movie."

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Lyman Ward in "Transparent." Amazon

He most recently appeared in an episode of "Transparent."

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