See the Cast of ‘Scrooged’ Then and Now
Like many other holiday films, ‘Scrooged’ is a modern-day update of the classic Charles Dickens’ tale ‘A Christmas Carol.’ What sets this dark comedy apart? Two words: Bill Murray.
Murray takes the Ebenezer Scrooge role, this time portrayed as a cruel and angry television executive who bah humbug’s anything Christmas-related. (If that wasn’t bad enough, he also mixes his vodka with Tab.)
The 1988 film features quite a few familiar faces, including one of the biggest acting legends of all-time. See what the cast of ‘Scrooged’ is up to these days below.
Bill Murray, Francis Xavier “Frank” Cross
Then: Murray played misanthropic, Christmas-hating TV executive Frank Cross in ‘Scrooged.’ Because Murray was coming off of his success in ’Ghostbusters,’ the film was billed as “Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it’s three against one.”
Now: The 62-year-old continues to be one of Hollywood’s more interesting actors. In 2012, he starred in ’Moonrise Kingdom,’ his fifth collaboration with director Wes Anderson, and played FDR in ‘Hyde Park on Hudson.’ He also shows up at random kickball games.
Karen Allen, Claire Phillips
Then: Allen used her signature charm to play Frank’s goodhearted former flame Claire. The blue-eyed actress had gotten famous playing another ex-girlfriend: Indiana Jones’ love interest Marion Ravenwood in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’
Now: Karen Allen reprised her Marion Ravenwood role in 2008’s ‘Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull.’ The 61-year-old lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where she teaches acting at Bard College.
Alfre Woodard, Grace Cooley
Then: Woodard was Frank’s long-suffering secretary in ‘Scrooged.’ She had been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in 1983’s ’Cross Creek’ and was a recurring character on ’St. Elsewhere’ during the mid ’80s.
Now: In 2012, the 61-year-old starred in the TV remake of ‘Steel Magnolias’ and played Ruby Jean Reynolds on ‘True Blood.’
John Glover, Brice Cummings
Then: Glover channeled his knack for playing slimey creeps as obnoxiously upbeat TV executive (and Frank’s rival) Brice Cummings. He had previously appeared in movies such as ’White Nights’ and ’52 Pickup,’ and went on to star in ‘Robocop 2.’
Now: For ten seasons Glover played Lionel Luthor on ’Smallville.’ Since then the 68-year-old has popped up on ‘Medium’ and ‘The Good Wife.’
Bobcat Goldthwait, Eliot Loudermilk
Then: Goldthwait’s nervous comedic energy was put to good use as Eliot Loudermilk, the IBC network employee who Frank callously fires on Christmas Eve. Goldthwait, who had started out as a stand-up comic, made a name for himself as an actor by portraying Zed in the ‘Police Academy’ franchise.
Now: Despite saying he was retiring from stand up in 2005, the 50-year old took to the stage as recently as last year. These days he’s more of director than an actor, having helmed ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ between 2004 and 2007. He’s also directed three feature films, most recently 2011’s ‘God Bless America.’
David Johansen, The Ghost of Christmas Past
Then: You may remember David Johansen from ‘Scrooged,’ in which he played the cigar chomping, cab-driving Ghost of Christmas Past. Or you may remember him as the lead singer of the legendary punk band The New York Dolls or from his solo musical persona Buster Poindexter.
Now: Johansen currently has a weekly music show on Sirius Satellite radio. In 2011, he toured with the New York Dolls and in 2013 he will be in the thriller ‘Glass Chin,’ his first movie in a decade.
Carol Kane, The Ghost of Christmas Present
Then: In ‘Scrooged,’ Kane played the sweet but surprisingly violent Ghost of Christmas Present. The year before she had a memorable role as the wife of Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) in ‘The Princess Bride.’
Now: In 2012, Kane was part of the ensemble cast of the indie comedy ‘Sleepwalk With Me.’ Next year, the 60-year-old will be one of the stars of the drama ‘Clutter.’
Brian Doyle-Murray, Earl Cross
Then: One of the best parts about putting Bill Murray in a movie is that there’s no shortage of Murray brothers to play his relatives. Brian took up the role of his father, and John his brother. As an added bonus, Joel Murray played a party guest. Before ‘Scrooged,’ Brian Doyle-Murray had appeared in several films, including ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Sixteen Candles.’
Now: Brian Doyle-Murray keeps very busy. Recently he was in the ‘Three Stooges’ movie. He also provides the voice of the Flying Dutchman on ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ and Prince Huge in ‘Adventure Time.’
Wendie Malick, Wendie Cross
Then: You may not have noticed that Wendie Malick played Frank Cross’ sister-in-law in ‘Scrooged.’ That’s okay — it was a pretty small part. At the time, Malick was still trying to catch a break, working mostly on television in shows like ‘Trauma Center’ and ‘Highway to Heaven.’
Now: You know who Wendie Malick is — she was Nina Van Horn on ‘Just Shoot Me’! She’s been nominated for a couple of Emmys, a Golden Globe and a SAG award. Currently she’s on the show ‘Hot in Cleveland.’ Along the way she’s done ‘The Emperor’s New Groove,’ ‘Raising Genius’ and ‘Adventureland,’ just to name a very few.