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What the Hell Happened to Skeet Ulrich?


Skeet Ulrich

In the mid-90’s Skeet Ulrich seemed like a likely candidate for heart-throb status and A-list stardom.  After making some noise in a couple of cult films, Ulrich was poised for success.  While few would deny the actor’s status as a heart-throb, movie stardom proved elusive.  These days, Ulrich has gone from dangerous teen to TV dad.

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What the Hell Happened to Rachel Leigh Cook?


Rachel Leigh Cook

Rachel Leigh Cook

Usually articles in the “What the Hell Happened” series start off with a brief paragraph intended to show what a big star the subject used to be.  This career high point will then typically be contrasted with either a corresponding low point of the subject’s current status.  But the rise and fall of Rachael Leigh Cook isn’t anywhere near that dramatic.  Aside from her one hit movie, she is probably best known for having smashed eggs with a frying pan in a long-running public service announcement.  Cook’s not so much a fallen starlet as a child actor who could have been a bigger star than she was.  All the same, we’ll still ask the question…

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What the Hell Happened to Kelly McGillis?


Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis

In the mid-eighties, Kelly McGillis was a rising star.  Early in her career, she had a couple of hits one of which turned out to be one of the most iconic movies of the entire decade.  Top Gun made Tom Cruise a mega-star.  But McGillis’ career went in a different direction.  A few years after her star-making role, McGillis became dissatisfied with Hollywood.  While McGillis has continued working steadily. she has largely avoided the spotlight.

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What the Hell Happened to Joe Dante?


Joe Dante

Joe Dante worked his way from cartoonist, to production assistant, to editor, all the way to director in his own right. His fondness for the old-school and homages to bygone eras of filmmaking inform most of his work, of which there is quite alot. Over his career, he has shifted gears without a hitch from adult-oriented work to become a name synonymous with clever family fun. Those flowers have wilted however, as he now finds himself increasingly involved in TV direction and non-theatrical films.

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What the Hell Happened to Cameron Crowe?


Cameron Crowe

Cameron Crowe

Cameron Crowe started writing for Rolling Stone magazine at age 15. At 24 he went back to high school undercover and wrote a book about teen mores in the early 80s. He then adapted that book into a script for a high school comedy that helped define the genre. From there it was a short step to directing.   Crowe went on to write and direct a series of character-driven films that were popular with critics and audiences.  Then he began to fall off. His most recent film was one of the year’s biggest flops and was widely derided for a crucial piece of miscasting.

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What the Hell Happened to Jeffrey Jones?


Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones is an actor most renowned for his roles playing the strange, generally unlikable comic foils to the audience’s hero. Jones is more than that, though. He is a purist who greatly values acting and takes the craft very seriously. He spent years honing his ability in acting schools, and many more in theater, including Broadway. When he imported that to the silver screen, it panned out well. Recently though, things haven’t been going so hot for Jones. Roles have dried up; he has been arrested on numerous occasions, the jailing centering around his status as a sex offender.

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What the Hell Happened to Jennifer Grey?


Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey

In the mid-to-late 80’s, Jennifer Grey was a rising star.  She had worked with top-tier directors like Francis Ford Coppola and John Hughes.  After just three years in movies, Grey was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress.  And then she vanished.  Grey’s career went from hot to cold so fast she says she actually considered changing her name and starting over!

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What the Hell Happened to Ally Sheedy?


Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy rose to fame as part of the Brat Pack in the 1980’s.  In the middle of the decade, she starred in two of the most iconic coming-of-age movies of the decade.  Like a lot of her fellow Brat Packers, Sheedy’s  movie career cooled off quickly as the decade came to an end.  In the 90’s, Sheedy seemed to disappear.

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What the Hell Happened to Edward Furlong?


Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong’s first movie was a critically acclaimed box office smash.  He was thirteen years old when he became famous overnight for playing a boy who was destined for greatness.  At the time, it seemed like great things might have been in Furlong’s future as well.  But almost immediately, Furlong went down a dark path of addiction, legal problems and charges of domestic abuse.  This once promising young actor is now considered to be a cautionary tale.

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What the Hell Happened to Tobey Maguire?


Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire is best-known as the first movie Spider-man.  But before he donned the blue and red tights, Maguire was a promising actor who seemed destined for a long career.  During the 90’s, Maguire built a reputation as a talented actor in a string of independent movies.  After he crossed over into the mainstream, Maguire continued supplementing his super hero duties with high profile dramatic roles.  But after he hung up his Spidey-suit, Maguire practically disappeared from the big screen.

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What the Hell Happened to Ivan Reitman?


Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman began humbly, from the very earliest outset. His refugee family moved to Canada, which is where he received a degree in music. Having been introduced to filmmaking in college, he moved to Hollywood, comfortably moving into the director’s chair, where he fairly quickly rose to direct the top comedies being released. He was on top of the comedic world, working with Hollywood’s biggest stars churning out hits one after the other. Very gradually, his career tapered off. Although he still directs, Reitman has now seen his movies dumped into the bleak valleys of the early winter. We must ask:

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What the Hell Happened to Rosanna Arquette?


Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette was the first of several siblings to break into Hollywood.  Throughout the 80’s, Arquette seemed constantly on the brink of stardom.  But her big break never materialized.  There’s some memorable films on Arquette’s resume, but she was rarely the star.  Over time, the actress who inspired a hit pop song was relegated to supporting roles.  After a decade of buzz, Arquette’s spotlight faded.  Now she’s gone and I have to say…

What the hell happened?

Oh and also, meet you all the way, Rosanna, yeah!

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What the Hell Happened to Tim Allen?


Tim Allen

Tim Allen

It may seem odd to ask “what the hell happened” about a guy who is currently starring on a network sitcom.  Tim Allen definitely didn’t disappear.  He’s still a decent-sized TV star.  But once upon a time, Allen was more than that.  At the peak of his career, Allen had the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.  Since that time, his track record at the box office has been spotty.  He hasn’t starred in a mainstream movie in nearly a decade!

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