Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands)
THEN: Edward Scissorhands was born in the lab of an experimenting scientist who, unfortunately, dies before he can give his ward hands. Instead — as the movie’s title suggests — Edward must go through life with scissor blades in place of fingers. When an Avon lady named Peg finds him, it appears he might have found his home in Suburbia, giving crazy haircuts and falling in love with Peg’s daughter, Kim.
NOW: What has Johnny Depp not done since Edward Scissorhands in 1990? A full list of his film credits would be pages long, but some notable titles include What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Blow (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd (2007), Black Mass (2015) and that little-known Pirates of the Caribbean series. He dated co-star Winona Ryder (Kim) for four years, giving every ’90s grungy teen inspiration, and is currently married to Amber Heard.
Winona Ryder (Kim)
THEN: Kim is none too thrilled when her mother brings home a man with scissors instead of hands. In the beginning, she’s a little frightened of Edward. Her boyfriend, Jim, isn’t a fan either, but his jealousy-stemmed antics to ruin things for Edward begin to wear thin. When Edward creates an angel ice sculpture as a Christmas decoration, Kim dances in the falling shavings and starts to realize that maybe Edward’s feelings aren’t completely unrequited after all.
NOW: The ‘90s were definitely Ryder’s heyday. After Edward Scissorhands, she starred in Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Reality Bites (1994), Boys (1996), Alien: Resurrection (1997), and Girl, Interrupted (1999). The actress recently announced that she’ll be returning to another famed role, as she confirmed her involvement in a forthcoming Beetlejuice sequel.
Dianne Wiest (Peg)
THEN: Peg Boggs is an Avon Lady who doesn’t know what she’s getting into when she attempts to make a sales call at Edward’s home. And yet she rises to the occasion beautifully, taking the boy in and attempting to give him the most normal life possible.
NOW: Prior to Edward Scissorhands, Wiest was an award-winning actress who had the support of Woody Allen. After her role as Peg, she did another Allen film, Bullets Over Broadway, in 1994 and won her second Oscar. She has since starred in 1996’s The Birdcage, NBC’s 2000 miniseries The 10th Kingdom, early 2000s episodes of Law & Order, Dan in Real Life (2007), Rabbit Hole (2010), and The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012). Her most recent work includes a turn as Joan in CBS’ Life in Pieces and a part in Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s Sisters.
Anthony Michael Hall (Jim)
THEN: Jim’s role can be summed up quickly as that of jealous boyfriend. Things are going swimmingly for him until Edward comes along and steals some of Kim’s attention — and he’ll do just about anything to get it back. Jim takes advantage of Edwards naiveté to convince him to use his scissors to aid Jim in a burglary. In the end, however, this backfires on Jim more than it does on Edward. The good-hearted Kim is not a fan of his scheming.
NOW: Anthony Michael Hall has played a variety of roles since his Scissorhands days, although his most notable ones may still be for The Breakfast Club (1985) and Sixteen Candles (1984). More recently, he’s appeared in All About the Benjamins (2002), USA’s The Dead Zone throughout the 2000s, and The Dark Knight (2008). He also picked up a late 2000s arc on Community, appeared as Mr. Hart in MTV’s Awkward., and hit the big screen in 2014’s Foxcatcher.
Kathy Baker (Joyce)
THEN: Joyce is a housewife in Suburbia who suggests that Edward open a salon with her, although it very quickly becomes clear that it’s not his knack for trimming hair that interests her. When she unsuccessfully attempts to seduce Edward, she becomes angry. She later becomes the leader of the hate mob against Edward.
NOW: Baker has been busy post-Scissorhands as well. Her most notable roles include Picket Fences (1992), Cold Mountain (2003), 13 Going on 30 (2004), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007), and The Age of Adaline (2015).
Robert Oliveri (Kevin)
THEN: Kevin, Peg’s youngest child, is much more excited than his sister about the arrival of Edward Scissorhands. He befriends him almost immediately. Edward later pushes Kevin out of the way of a drunk driver, but cuts his face in the process, giving the neighborhood yet another misguided reason to dislike Edward.
NOW: Oliveri’s acting days ended soon after Edward Scissorhands. His last major role was in 1992’s Honey I Blew Up the Kid. He has since been successful in avoiding the public eye, although he’s rumored to be living in Florida with his wife and children.
Conchata Ferrell (Helen)
THEN: Ferrell’s role as Helen in Edward Scissorhands wasn’t necessarily a substantial one, but the nosy neighbor definitely left an impression on fans, particularly with her red hair rolled tightly into curlers.
NOW: Fans may recognize Ferrell from the 12 years she spent as Berta on Two and a Half Men, the only woman who can keep Charlie Sheen in check. She’s also done voice work on Frankenweenie (2012) and appeared in films including True Romance (1993), Erin Brockovich (2000), and Mr. Deeds (2002).
Caroline Aaron (Marge)
THEN: Marge is another nosy neighbor whose tune quickly changes in response to Edward. At first, she’s curious about him, but her opinion shifts from interest to fear along with the rest of the neighborhood.
NOW: Aaron has made appearances on a bevy of popular television shows, including Sex and the City (1998), Frasier (1998), Judging Amy (2000), 7th Heaven (2001-2002), Malcolm in the Middle (2004), and Grey’s Anatomy (2007). Her most popular roles include her turn as Marilyn Mooney in 2004’s Cellular and Annie Schmidt in both 21 Jump Street (2012) and 22 Jump Street (2014).
Dick Anthony Williams (Officer Allen)
THEN: Officer Allen is Suburbia’s neighborhood cop who recognizes that Edward isn’t so bad and takes pity on him.
NOW: Many of Williams’ biggest movies hit theaters before Edward Scissorhands, including Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Deep (1977), and The Jerk (1979). After his role as Officer Allen, he appeared in Homefront as Abe in the early 1990s, and made appearances in L.A. Law, The X-Files, and The Larry Sanders Show throughout the ’90s. He died in California in 2012 at the age of 77.
O-Lan Jones (Esmeralda)
THEN: Esmerelda was a religious zealot who wasn’t a fan of Edward from the first time he stepped foot into Suburbia.
NOW: Jones has had other acting roles since 1990, including parts in Natural Born Killers (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), and The Truman Show (1998). Her talents also lie, however, in the fields of composing and writing. She’s now the artistic director for Overtone Industries.
Vincent Price (The Inventor)
THEN: The inventor who created Edward never intended to leave him with scissors for hands. The kind old man suddenly falls to the ground and dies before he can give Edward his hands.
NOW: Edward Scissorhands was one of Vincent Price’s final roles. He appeared in two TV movies and lent his voice to The Princess and the Cobbler before he died in California at the age of 82 in 1993. His biggest projects took place long before Edward Scissorhands, including House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958), House of Usher (1960), and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).
Alan Arkin (Bill)
THEN: Bill Bogg, Peg’s husband, is pretty amiable when his wife unexpectedly brings home an adolescent boy with scissors for hands. He becomes fond of Edward early on, stepping into a fatherly role and pleading with the mob who’s out for Edward’s demise.
NOW: Alan Arkin does it all. In addition to acting, he directs, produces, writes and sings. His best known roles after Edward Scissorhands include turns in Gattaca (1997), America’s Sweethearts (2001), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Get Smart (2008), and Argo (2012). He also voices J.D. Salinger in Netflix’s BoJack Horseman.
Susan Blommaert (Tinka)
THEN: Tinka is yet another one of the women in the background of Suburbia, expressing surprise when Edward trims the shrubbery in one afternoon.
NOW: After Edward Scissorhands, Blommaert continued her big-screen career with roles in Mosuehunt (1997), United 93 (2006), Doubt (2008), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). She also hit TV, playing Mr. Kaplan in The Blacklist and appearing as a nurse in Louie.
John Davidson (Host)
THEN: As a real life game show host, Davidson’s role on Edward Scissorhands wasn’t much of a stretch.
NOW: Davidson is best known for hosting numerous shows, including Hollywood Squares, The $25,000 Pyramid, and That’s Incredible! Most recently, he’s starred as the Wizard of Oz in the national tour of Wicked.