See the Cast of ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ Then and Now
In the ’80s comedy classic ‘Weekend at Bernie’s,’ two insurance company employees discover their boss is dead, and in order to save their own butts from being killed by a hitman, they pretend the old guy is still alive. Shenanigans ensue, of course.
24 years later, the ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ movies persist in pop culture thanks to real life copycats and Bernie’s voodoo dance from the sequel going viral. Let’s take a look at what the cast has been up to since then.
Andrew McCarthy, Larry Wilson
Then: McCarthy starred as Larry, one half of the insurance company duo who discover fraud within the company and try to warn their boss about it. McCarthy was a member of the Brat Pack, which included Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez, and he starred in films like ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ and ‘Mannequin.’
Now: McCarthy reprised his role as Larry in ‘Weekend at Bernie’s II,’ and continued to act throughout the ’90s in films like ‘Only You’ and ‘Mulholland Falls.’ In recent years he’s had guest roles on TV shows ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Royal Pains’ and ‘White Collar.’
Jonathan Silverman, Richard Parker
Then: Jonathan Silverman caught his big break in the 1985 movie ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun,’ and starred in the television series ‘Gimme a Break!’ before landing the role of Richard Parker in ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ and its sequel. He went on to star in ‘Death Becomes Her’ and ‘Little Big League,’ and led a short-lived sitcom on NBC in the mid-’90s called ‘The Single Guy.’
Now: Silverman is still best-known for his role in the ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ movies, but he continues to act — like McCarthy, Silverman also guest-starred on ‘White Collar,’ and you may have seen him on ‘Psych’ and ‘Hot in Cleveland.’
Terry Kiser, Bernie Lomax
Then: Terry Kiser played insurance boss and secret mob guy Bernie Lomax in the film, which mostly involved his lifeless body getting dragged around by Silverman and McCarthy. Kiser, a member of the Actor’s Studio, was best known for his roles on soaps ‘The Secret Storm’ and ‘The Doctors,’ and went on to appear in ‘Three’s Company,’ ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Night Court’ and ‘The Golden Girls.’
Now: Kiser took a break from acting in the ’00s, but returned in 2009 and has appeared in small films like ‘Dead Start’ and ‘Speed Demons.’ Last year he threw the first pitch at a baseball game in California (see above) wearing a ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ t-shirt and his signature sunglasses.
Catherine Mary Stewart, Gwen Saunders
Then: Catherine Mary Stewart was a co-worker and the object of Richard’s affection in the film. Prior to that, she spent a couple of years on ‘Days of Our Lives,’ and you may have also seen her in ‘The Last Starfighter’ or ‘Night of the Comet.’
Now: Following ‘Weekend at Bernie’s,’ Stewart went on to mostly star in TV movies, with her most recent appearances being in ‘My Neighbor’s Secret,’ ‘Class’ and ‘Ghoul.’ She also turned up as a judge on ‘White Collar.’ Clearly the producers of that show are closet ‘Bernie’s’ fans.
Don Calfa, Paulie
Then: Calfa, a noted character actor, played the role of Paulie, mob boss Vito’s appointed hitman, sent to take out Richard and Larry. The actor racked up tons of roles in the ’70s and ’80s, including films ‘Return of the Living Dead’ and ‘Running Scared,’ and TV appearances on everything from ‘Night Court’ to ‘Murder, She Wrote.’
Now: Calfa still shows up in smaller, low budget films, and just last year he participated in the documentary, ‘More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead.’ His last TV appearance was on ‘Less Than Perfect’ in 2003.
Eloise DeJoria, Tawny
Then: 1988 Playboy Playmate Eloise DeJoria (nee Broady) played the role of Tawny, a bikini-clad piece of eye candy, obviously.
Now: Eloise went on to marry John Paul DeJoria, the guy behind the Paul Mitchell line of haircare products, and after a 10 year break from acting, she returned with small roles in ‘Friday Night Lights,’ and ‘You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.’ Her most recent film is ‘Angels Sing,’ which premiered at the SXSW film festival.
Skeet Ulrich, Uncredited Party Extra
Then: Skeet Ulrich made his (tiny) big screen debut as an uncredited extra in ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ (he’s in the black shirt in the above photo) and in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’ It wasn’t until 1996 that he made a name for himself, starring in ‘The Craft,’ ‘Scream’ and ‘Boys.’ His ’90s career was made up of parts in ‘As Good As it Gets,’ ‘The Newton Boys’ and ‘Ride with the Devil.’
Now: Ulrich was a big deal in the ’90s, but not so much in the ’00s. His biggest roles as of late: a role in the 2009 film ‘Armored’ and a stint on ‘Law and Order: LA.’