'Angels in the Outfield' Where Are They Now?
'Angels in the Outfield' Where Are They Now?
On July 15, 1994, Angels in the Outfield arrived in theaters, breathing new life into the 1951 film by the same name and bringing a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the big screen. Also starring Milton Davis Jr., Danny Glover, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Adrien Brody, and Matthew McConaughey, the baseball flick is still a family favorite decades later. See the stars of Angels in the Outfield then and now, ahead.
Danny Glover (George Knox)
THEN: The veteran actor joined Angels in the Outfield as George Knox, the manager of the California Angels, who finds unlikely hope in two young men living in foster care. Glover came into the role after appearing in Places in the Heart (1984), Witness (1985), The Color Purple (1985), Mandela (1987), Lonesome Dove (1989), and the Lethal Weapon film series.
NOW: The year after Angels in the Outfield arrived in theaters, Glover appeared in Operation Dumbo Drop, and kept busy throughout the late '90s and early 2000s with roles in Fallen Angels (1995), Gone Fishin' (1997), Beloved (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and Saw (2004). He added to his résumé with box office hits like Dreamgirls (2006) and 2012 (2009), made recent appearances in Dirty Grandpa and an episode of Criminal Minds, and signed on for a dozen upcoming projects.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Roger Bomman)
THEN: A young Joseph Gordon-Levitt hit the big screen in Angels in the Outfield when he was just 13 years old. The child star played Roger, a young man who ends up in foster care after his absentee widower father steps in and out of his life. He becomes a secret weapon for the Angels after praying for the success of the team in the hopes of bringing his father back. Gordon-Levitt earned a handful of credits ahead of his turn as Roger, including Beethoven and A River Runs Through It in 1992 and episodes of Family Ties, Dark Shadows, and The Powers That Be in the late '80s and early '90s.
NOW: Gordon-Levitt's career only grew from there. He spent his teens starring in movies like The Juror (1996) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), and playing Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun. He went on to make critically acclaimed turns in (500) Days of Summer (2009) and 50/50 (2011), and starred in Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Lincoln (2012), and The Walk (2015). After establishing his own production company, the star expanded his range in recent years, earning screenwriting and directing credits for 2013's Don Jon.
Milton Davis Jr. (J.P.)
THEN: Complete with an adorable catchphrase of "It could happen," Milton Davis Jr. stole the show as J.P. The role was the first for the youngster, who played the foster brother to Gordon-Levitt's Roger and a fellow baseball enthusiast.
NOW: Davis Jr. continued to act for a few years after the film's debut, popping up in episodes of Sister, Sister and 7th Heaven, and nabbing a small role in 1997's Mad City with John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman. He largely quit acting in 2000, though he recently appeared to relive his Angels in the Outfield heyday in a couple of comedy sketches.
Tony Danza (Mel Clark)
THEN: A few years after he hung up his hat on Who's the Boss?, Tony Danza became Mel Clark for Angels in the Outfield. The funnyman played the pitcher for the Angels, who is dangerously close to joining the winged creatures thanks to a smoking habit. In addition to his turn as Tony Micelli, Danza picked up additional pre-Angels gigs in Taxi, The Hollywood Knights (1980), She's Out of Control (1989), and Baby Talk.
NOW: Soon after, Danza picked up an Emmy nomination for his late '90s gig as Tommy Silva in The Practice. The actor went on to star in Crash (2004), hit Broadway in The Producers, reunite with Gordon-Levitt in 2013's Don Jon, and pop up in a recent episode of Broad City.
Christopher Lloyd (Al)
THEN: Christopher Lloyd lent his star-power to Angels in the Outfield as Al, the head angel who drops in on Roger and changes the Angels' luck. Lloyd was already a household name ahead of the gig, thanks to roles in projects like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), the Back to the Future movies and spin-off series, Taxi, the Addams Family franchise, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
NOW: Lloyd kept busy throughout the '90s and 2000s with appearances in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), My Favorite Martian (1999), Baby Geniuses (1999), Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002), and a brief reprisal of his role of Al for the 1997 TV movie Angels in the Endzone. In recent years, Lloyd looked back on his role of Doc Brown for Back to the Future's 30th anniversary celebrations, including a stint playing the character in 2014's A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Matthew McConaughey (Ben Williams)
THEN: Just months after making his feature film debut as Wooderson in 1993's Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey played Ben Williams in Angels in the Outfield. The then-newbie actor portrayed an outfielder for the Angels who gets some divine assistance to make an impressive catch. In addition to Dazed, McConaughey picked up pre-Angels experience with an unnamed role in 1993's My Boyfriend's Back.
THEN: McConaughey was just starting out when he played Ben, quickly growing his career soon after with roles in Glory Daze (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Contact (1997), The Wedding Planner (2001), Reign of Fire (2002), and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003). McConaughey then hit the big screen in the 2000s with Sahara (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), We Are Marshall (2006), and Fool's Gold (2008) before famously stripping down for Magic Mike in 2012 and going serious for his Oscar-winning turn in 2013's Dallas Buyers Club. The famed performer's recent appearances include gigs in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, and 2014's True Detective and Interstellar.
Adrien Brody (Danny Hemmerling)
THEN: Early in his career, Adrien Brody picked up a gig as Angels in the Outfield's Danny Hemmerling, a player for the Angels who benefits from Roger's relationship with the otherworldly creatures. He came into the role after making his debut in 1988 with appearances in a TV movie and one episode of the short-lived Annie McGuire. He also landed bit roles in New York Stories (1989) and King of the Hill (1993).
NOW: Brody famously went on to became a celebrated, award-winning actor soon after. He spent the '90s making appearances in movies like Bullet (1996), Six Ways to Sunday (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), and Summer of Sam (1999), before taking home the Best Actor Oscar for his part in 2002's The Pianist. From there, he starred in The Village (2004), King Kong (2005), Hollywoodland (2006), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), and Predators (2010). In recent years, Brody played Salvador Dalí in 2011's Midnight in Paris and acted in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014.
Brenda Fricker (Maggie Nelson)
THEN: Brenda Fricker played Maggie Nelson, the loving foster mother to Roger and J.P., who looks out for the boys. Fricker came into the role with decades of experience to her name. She won an Oscar in 1990 for My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown and made appearances in The Field (1990), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).
NOW: After playing Maggie, Fricker returned to the big screen in Moll Flanders (1996), A Time to Kill (1996), Veronica Guerin (2003), and Closing the Ring (2007). The actress also spent years playing Megan Roach on the British series Casualty, and recently popped up in the Canadian series Forgive Me before announcing that she has since retired from acting.
Dermot Mulroney (Mr. Bomman)
THEN: Dermot Mulroney dropped in on Angels in the Outfield as Mr. Bomman, the absentee father to Gordon-Levitt's Roger. The motorcycle-riding hunk made his son care about baseball when he told Roger that they'd be a family again "when the Angels win the pennant." Mulroney picked up the gig after a busy couple of years in the late '80s and early '90s. He racked up previous roles in Sunset (1988), Young Guns (1988), Point of No Return (1993), The Thing Called Love (1993), and Bad Girls (1994).
NOW: Mulroney kept up his film schedule following Angels, appearing in Living in Oblivion (1995), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), and Copycat (1995) before ruling the box office alongside Julia Roberts in 1997's My Best Friend's Wedding. He went on to star in About Schmidt (2002), The Wedding Date (2005), The Family Stone (2005), and Zodiac (2007), and held a three-episode arc on Friends. Mulroney's recent credits include Jobs (2013), August: Osage County (2013), and Dirty Grandpa (2016) and episodes of Enlightened, New Girl, and Shameless.
Ben Johnson (Hank Murphy)
THEN: After decades in the industry, Ben Johnson picked up a gig as Hank Murphy in Angels in the Outfield. The actor, who previously appeared in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Last Picture Show (1971), The Getaway (1972), and Terror Train (1980), played the owner of the Angels who is skeptical of the visitors from above.
NOW: The baseball movie was one of Johnson's final projects. He went on to appear in two TV movies and 1996's The Evening Star. He died of a heart attack at the age of 77 in 1996.
Jay O. Sanders (Ranch Wilder)
THEN: The Angels' obnoxious sportscaster Ranch Wilder was played by Jay O. Sanders. The actor made his debut in the '70s, rising to fame with appearances in Miami Vice, Crime Story, Glory, and JFK.
NOW: Sanders continued his big-screen work, landing roles in The Big Green (1995), Kiss the Girls (1997), Along Came a Spider (2001), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Half Nelson (2006), and Cadillac Records (2008). In recent years, the actor appeared in Edge of Darkness (2010) and Green Lantern (2011), played Captain Joseph Hannah on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and popped up in episodes of Person of Interest, The Good Wife, and Blindspot.
Taylor Negron (David Montagne)
THEN: Roger and J.P. found a reluctant adult supervisor in David Montagne, played by Taylor Negron. David accompanies the boys to the baseball games and is at their disposal for nacho orders and sodas as they eye angels in the field. Before playing David, Negron made a name for himself as a comedian and earned credits for Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Better Off Dead... (1985), Nothing But Trouble (1991), and The Last Boy Scout (1991).
NOW: Negron had a prolific television career in the '90s, making appearances in episodes of Party of Five, Touched by an Angel, Smart Guy, ER, and Friends. He returned to movies in the 2000s with Gun Shy, Loser, Surf School, and starred alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in the short-lived series So Little Time. Negron made his final on-screen appearance in the award-winning 2015 movie Alienated. He died in January 2015 at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer.