6Phoebe Cates - Kate Beringer
More popularly known as Elizabeth (or Snotface) from the hilarious '90s film Drop Dead Fred and Linda from her earlier movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Phoebe Cates played sweet Kate Beringer in Gremlins. Following Gremlins, Cates starred in movies like Date with an Angel and I Love You to Death. The daughter of legendary Broadway and TV producer Joseph Cates, she was one of those actors who was born into the business but later opted to leave the limelight.
Although she completed some voice work in the Lego Dimensions video game for her Gremlins character in 2015, Cates has not made a movie since 2001, when she played Sophia Gold in the film The Anniversary Party. Her husband, actor Kevin Kline, with whom she starred in the film, has been much more active in the business than Cates. Even so, Cates spends much of her time supporting Kline's work and running benefit events. The two raised two children together.
5Johnathan Banks - Deputy Brent
Remember the skeptical deputy who was much more interested in Christmas candy than supposed "furry monsters" in Gremlins? He may not have had a huge role in the film, but Jonathan Banks has come a long way since then. Sure, he worked in plenty of TV shows and films long before Gremlins, from Barnaby Jones to Airplane! He had a few roles on Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and The Gangster Chronicles, where his talents really started to shine.
Following Gremlins, Banks landed several other television roles, from Otherworld to the popular soap opera Falcon Crest to Wiseguy. He regularly starred in various TV series and films in the 1990s and 2000s, making him a well-known actor, but his most famous modern role is the character Mike Ehrmantraut in the hit series Breaking Bad, which led to his continuation of the character in the hit prequel series, Better Call Saul. These shows have made Banks more popular than ever in his forty-plus years in the business.
4Frank Welker - Mogwai/Stripe/Gremlins
You might know him better as the voice of Fred on Scooby Doo, but Frank Welker is one of the most widely-used voice actors of today. It would be hard to guess that this voice of so many popular animated characters is also the voice of the adorable Mogwai and Gremlin creatures. While some of his largest roles have included voicing various Smurfs, several characters in Disney's Aladdin, and Dr. Raymond Stantz in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters, Welker has worked steadily in numerous animated programs since 1969.
Prior to voicing everyone's favorite little monster Stripe from Gremlins, Welker was the voice kids heard in cartoons like Super Friends and The New Tom and Jerry Show. He even did voice work in Studio Ghibli's first unofficial film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, later voicing characters in Porco Rosso for the studio.
Since Gremlins, audiences have enjoyed Welker's talents in everything from Pound Puppies to Inspector Gadget, The Jetsons to GI Joe, Futurama to Kim Possible. He was even the voice of the gopher in Caddyshack II!
3Zach Galligan - Billy Peltzer
People sighed over his sweet personality and cursed at his carelessness with his Mogwai. Billy Peltzer was a beloved '80s character and remains one of the most memorable movie characters of all time, although it may be more because of his pet than any other reason.
Like many actors in the film, Zach Galligan, who played Billy in Gremlins, has worked steadily in TV shows and movies since Gremlins, continuing to work today. Galligan is working on two 2017 films, Madness in the Method and Slay Utterly, and he was in three 2016 movies: Kampout, End It All Now and The Chair.
Galligan has been on episodes of the TV series 7th Heaven, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Star Trek: Voyager. The actor starred in Gremlins 2 and films like Waxwork, The Psychic and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. The New York City resident is also a screenwriter and acting teacher.
Arguably the most successful person to continue making movies since Gremlins, Chris Columbus has made some of the biggest pictures of our time. As a writer, not only did he pen Gremlins, but he also created the screenplay for The Goonies a year later, followed by the Gremlins sequel, both movies' video games, and comedies like Nine Months and Christmas with the Kranks. As a director, Columbus has been at the helm of films like Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, two Harry Potter films, and several other favorites.
Unwilling to limit himself to "just" writing and directing, Columbus is also the producer of several films, ranging from the Percy Jackson films to 2015's cult favorite The Witch to the 2005 musical version of Rent (in which he worked with Adventures in Babysitting's Anthony Rapp again). Columbus also produced favorites like The Help, Stepmom, and Jingle All the Way.
His latest film, thriller I Kill Giants, is based on the comic with the same name.
1Corey Feldman - Pete Fountaine
One of the most famous people to emerge from the Gremlins movie, Corey Feldman enjoyed great success for years before slowing down to former heartthrob status. When it emerged that Feldman, along with Corey Haim, suffered from abuse as a young actor, not only did it shed some light onto the obvious suffering of the two young actors, but it also helped many other child stars find a voice to admit their own pain. Whether or not that helped them heal, we don't know, but we can hope that by breaking their silence, Feldman could help young actors of future generations avoid similar heartache.
Speaking of heartache, Feldman, once a loud-mouthed cutie pie in films like The Goonies and Stand by Me, unfortunately has not enjoyed as much success as an adult. While he has had steady work since filming Gremlins between various television and film roles like Body High, JOB's Daughter and the upcoming The Sunday Night Slaughter, in which he plays a vampire, in addition to his singing career and some dabbling in production, he's not the A-list star one would have predicted he'd be back in the '80s.
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