Rob Reiner’s American drama, Stand by Me (1986), starred youngsters Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, and Kiefer Sutherland. Based on the novella The Body by Stephen King, Stand by Me audiences have been captivated by this adventure story about growing up. But what happens to childhood actors involved in such a culturally beloved movie? Hatched gives you the brief on Where are they now: Stand by Me edition…
Young Wil Wheaton’s break out role in Stand By Me and years spent as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation made him part of American pop culture. Since then he’s continued acting while becoming an internet sensation with his WWdN (currently being fixed up) and WWdN: In Exile. He’s also prolific writer publishing Dancing Barefoot (2003), Just a Geek (2004), Sunken Treasure: Wil Wheaton’s Hot Cocoa Box Sampler (2009), Memories of the Future: Volume 1 (2009), and Happiest Days of Our Lives (2009). Recently you’ve seen him on television series Eureka and the Big Bang Theory.
Unfortunately we all know the ending to this tragic tale. RIP.
Corey Feldman has been in some of the best movies of our childhood: Goonies, the Lost Boys, Gremlins, Dream a Little Dream and Stand by Me. Throughout the years, he was friends with Michael Jackson, starred in numerous TV and film projects (with Corey Haim), became a reality TV star, married and divorced a Playboy model, and danced on ice. Today, he is the lead singer of the band, The Truth Movement. You can see him in upcoming episodes of USA’s “Pysche” and A&E’s “Celebrity House Hunters” and two new films to be released in 2012 called Six Degrees of Hell and Zombex. He also has an, ahem, interesting website.
He’s not a chubby kid anymore! Since Stand by Me, Jeremiah “Jerry” O’Connell has done some pretty cool things. He was on the television series Sliders and Crossing Jordon as well as The Defenders. He’s also starred in Kangaroo Jack and horror gems Scream 2 and Piranha 3D (!). He also married that talented babe, Rebecca Romijn, and has parodied Tom Cruise/Scientology. You can currently see O’Connell in the Broadway play Seminar (also starring Jeff Goldblum) at the Golden Theatre.
We all know the answer to this: 24 and Melancholia.