See the Cast of ‘Blue Velvet’ Then and Now
In 1986, David Lynch released his surreal mystery film ‘Blue Velvet,’ reuniting him with his ‘Dune’ star Kyle MacLachlan. The film follows a college student who finds a human ear in a field and proceeds to launch an investigation that leads him into the dark criminal underworld, lorded over by Frank Booth (the dearly departed Dennis Hopper). We take a look back at the film, which earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for directing, to see what the cast is up to now.
Kyle MacLachlan, Jeffrey Beaumont
Then: Kyle MacLachlan previously starred in David Lynch’s ‘Dune’ before reuniting with the director for ‘Blue Velvet.’ In the film, he plays Jeffrey, a college student who gets in over his head when he plays detective.
Now: MacLachlan also starred in Lynch’s TV series ‘Twin Peaks.’ He’s appeared on the shows ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Portlandia,’ but hasn’t appeared in a film since 2009’s ‘The Smell of Success.’ The actor is married to Desiree Gruber, an executive producer of ‘Project Runway.’
Isabella Rossellini, Dorothy Vallens
Then: The daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini was known for her Lancome make-up ads in the 80s when Lynch cast her as Dorothy, a night club singer and girlfriend of the villain, Frank Booth.
Now: Rossellini had a romantic relationship with Lynch for a period of time, and also appeared in his film ‘Wild at Heart.’ She’s also known for roles in ‘Death Becomes Her’ and ‘Roger Dodger.’ Rossellini wrote and directed the educational Sundance channel series ‘Green Porno,’ in which she also acts.
Laura Dern, Sandy Williams
Then: Daughter of legendary actor Bruce Dern, Laura had previously put herself on the map in ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains.’ In ‘Blue Velvet,’ she plays Sandy Williams, Jeffrey’s friend and a daughter of a detective.
Now: Dern went on to reunite with Lynch for ‘Wild at Heart’ and ‘Inland Empire.’ She’s also well-known for roles in ‘Jurassic Park’ and the recently (and sadly) canceled HBO series ‘Enlightened.’ She appears in the upcoming film ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’
Dean Stockwell, Ben
Then: Veteran actor Dean Stockwell played Ben, an eccentric singer in one of the film’s notoriously surreal sequences. Stockwell also starred in Lynch’s ‘Dune.’
Now: You probably recognize Stockwell best from ‘Battlestar Galactica.’ He also had a recurring role on ‘JAG’ and has appeared in films like ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ and the remake of ‘The Manchurian Candidate.’
George Dickerson, Detective Williams
Then: Writer and poet George Dickerson turned to acting in the 80s, and starred in ‘Blue Velvet’ as Detective Williams, Sandy’s father. He had previously played a cop on ‘Hill Street Blues.’
Now: Dickerson went on to star in ‘L.A. Law’ and ‘Matlock,’ but left acting in 1999. His last credit is as a sheriff in the film ‘A Stranger in the Kingdom.’
Brad Dourif, Raymond
Then: Character actor Brad Dourif made his acting debut in the 1975 film ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’ Prior to playing one of Frank Booth’s lackeys in ‘Blue Velvet,’ he also starred in David Lynch’s ‘Dune.’
Now: Dourif is perhaps best known as the voice of Chucky, the killer doll in the ‘Child’s Play’ franchise, but he’s also appeared in films like ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.’ His recent television appearances include ‘Wilfred’ and ‘Criminal Minds.’ His daughter, Fiona, is also an actor.