What has Edward Furlong done since Terminator 2: Judgment Day? At San Diego Comic-Con, producer James Cameron announced that Furlong will reprise the role of John Connor in director Tim Miller's Terminator: Dark Fate. The sixth Terminator movie is a sequel to the original Terminator and T2 only; it's completely ignoring Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator: Genisys.
When he was 13, Furlong was cast in 1991's Terminator 2 as John Connor, the rebellious son of Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and future leader of humanity in the war against Skynet. This was Furlong's first acting role and he got to act opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Terminator 2 was a gigantic hit and thrust Furlong into the spotlight; he won an MTV Movie Award and even cameoed on Saturday Night Live. Furlong later reprised the role of John Connor for the Terminator 2 3D: Battle Across Time theme park ride at Universal Studios.
While Furlong is best remembered for playing John Connor, the now-41-year-old actor and musician has had a surprisingly busy career, acting in over 50 films (many direct to DVD) as well as several TV appearances. Furlong's career heyday was in the 1990s; in the wake of his success in T2, he starred in Hollywood films like Before and After with Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson as well as the enjoyably gory horror sequel, Pet Cemetary Two, and Detroit Rock City. Furlong also made a name for himself by starring in independent films like John Waters' Pecker. Furlong also memorably appeared in the Aerosmith music video "Livin' on the Edge", which was prophetic for the personal demons he would battle.
When he was 15, Furlong had a sexual relationship with his 28-year-old tutor Jacqueline Domac and Furlong's guardian Sean Furlong tried but failed to have Domac prosecuted for statutory rape. Domac later sued Edward for domestic violence. Further, Furlong has battled drug and alcohol addiction; he's an admitted cocaine and heroin addict who has had several stints in rehab. Furlong has also served jail time for domestic violence and for violating civil protection orders from his ex-wife Rachael Bella and his ex-girlfriend Monica Keena.
Furlong's personal issues curbed his Hollywood stardom, which had peaked after he starred in 1998's American History X. Furlong was replaced in the role of John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines by Nick Stahl. In the 2000s and 2010s, Furlong's career was relegated to appearing in mostly direct-to-video productions; his most high-profile starring role was in The Crow: Wicked Prayer, the fourth Crow sequel, opposite Tara Reid and David Boreanaz. Furlong also cameoed in Seth Rogen's The Green Hornet in 2011. More substantially, Furlong did have a recurring role as Sean Casey in CSI: NY.
Although Stahl, Christian Bale, and Jason Clarke have all portrayed different versions of John Connor, the cocky but heroic young John that Furlong portrayed is still the most fondly remembered by Terminator fans. The relationship between Furlong's John and Schwarzenegger's T-800 was the emotional core of Terminator 2 because, as Linda Hamilton's Sarah said in the film, the Terminator became the father figure John sorely needed - the machine was the only one who measured up. With Hamilton returning to portray Sarah Connor, who continues to "hunt Terminators" decades later, and Arnold also back, it's only fitting that Edward Furlong also finally reprises the role that made him a star to complete their family in Terminator: Dark Fate.
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019