The Brat Pack: Who Were They and What Are They Doing Now?

Former Brat Pack member Andrew McCarthy is behind the new documentary Brats which is streaming on Hulu from June 13, 2024. 

The documentary looks back at the ‘Brat Pack’ films of the 1980s and includes interviews with the talented group of actors who reflect on their time as members of the pack. 

The film’s synopsis reads:

“In the 1980s, Andrew McCarthy was part of a young generation of actors who were set to take over Hollywood after a string of successful teen movies. However, when the New York magazine cover story in 1985 dubs them the Brat Pack, stars in the making suddenly find themselves losing control over the trajectory of their careers.

Now, almost forty years later, McCarthy looks to reconnect with peers and co-stars — Emilio Estevez, Jon Cryer, Lea Thompson, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, and Demi Moore — so that together they can reflect on their respective legacies.” (source)

The ‘Brat Pack’ label was attributed to a lot of young actors in the 1980s, including Corey Haim, Tom Cruise, and Lea Thompson. However, only a few were considered to be among the core members of the Brat Pack and we have listed them below. 

The Brat Pack – Remember Them?

Emilio Estevez

Brat Pack films: 

The Outsiders (1983), The Breakfast Club (1985), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), Wisdom (1986)

Other acting credits include:

The Mighty Ducks (1992), Mission: Impossible (1996), Bobby (2006), The Public (2018)

What is Emilio Estevez doing now?

As well as acting in a string of movies and TV shows, Estevez has also found success as a director. His directing credits include Bobby (2006), The Way (2010), and The Public (2018). 

Currently, he is working on the third movie in the Young Guns franchise and a sequel to The Way.

Anthony Michael Hall

Brat Pack films:

Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985)

Other acting credits include:

Edward Scissorhands (1990), Hail Caesar (1993), The Dark Knight (2008), The Class (2022)

What is Anthony Michael Hall doing now?

Anthony Michael Hall threw off his skinny teen image to become a much more muscular actor. His most recent movie was the action thriller Air Force Down.

Next up for Hall are roles in Prime Video’s Reacher and the new Netflix movie Trigger Warning. 

Demi Moore

Brat Pack films:

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), About Last Night … (1986), Wisdom (1986)

Other acting credits include:

Ghost (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), G.I. Jane (1997), Margin Call (2011)

What is Demi Moore doing now?

After her stint in the Brat Pack, Demi Moore became one of the highest-paid actresses in the 1990s. She is still going strong today, with recent acting credits in Ryan Murphy’s Feud and horror movie The Substance.

Next year, she will be seen in Taylor Sheridan’s new TV series Landman, “a modern-day tale of fortune-seeking in the world of West Texas Oil Rigs.” (source)

Andrew McCarthy

Brat Pack films:

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986), Fresh Horses (1988)

Other acting credits include:

Mannequin (1987), Weekend at Bernie’s (1989), Camp Hell (2010), Grace Point (2023)

What is Andrew McCarthy doing now?

Outside of his acting work, Andrew McCarthy has become an accomplished TV director, helming episodes of such shows as Orange Is the New Black, Condor, and The Blacklist. 

McCarthy’s latest directorial outing is the new documentary Brats. Acting-wise, he will next be seen in the fantasy romance movie FATE, alongside Harvey Keitel and Mena Suvari.

Molly Ringwald

Brat Pack films:

Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986), Fresh Horses (1988), Betsy’s Wedding (1990)

Other acting credits include:

For Keeps (1988), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Jem and the Holograms (2015), The Kissing Booth 2 (2020)

What is Molly Ringwald doing now?

Molly Ringwald is as busy now as she was in the 1980s when she starred alongside the other members of the Brat Pack. Her most recent television series was Feud, alongside fellow Brat Packer Demi Moore.

Next up for Ringwald is the mystery drama Montauk and the thriller Pursued, two movies which will likely be released later in the year. 

Judd Nelson

Brat Pack films:

The Breakfast Club (1985), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), Blue City (1986)

Other acting credits include:

New Jack City (1991), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), The Boondock Saints II (2009), Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)

What is Judd Nelson doing now?

After fist-pumping his way out of detention in The Breakfast Club, Judd Nelson went on to have a long and varied acting career in both movies and TV. Most recently, he starred in the dystopian sci-fi drama South of Hope Street alongside William Baldwin and Michael Madsen.

Next up for Nelson is the action thriller The Final Run with Jeff Fahey, and the action drama In-Security about an actor who wants to take on the role of a Hollywood bouncer. 

Ally Sheedy

Brat Pack films:

Oxford Blues (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), Blue City (1986), Betsy’s Wedding (1990)

Other acting credits include:

Fear (1990), High Art (1998), Welcome to the Rileys (2010), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

What is Ally Sheedy doing now?

Ally Sheedy has rarely stopped working since her early movie roles in the 1980s. Most recently, she starred in the comedy TV series Single Drunk Female and the movie Chantilly Bridge. 

At the time of writing, Sheedy doesn’t have any upcoming projects on her IMDB page, perhaps because she’s busy with her other job as a book editor. 

Rob Lowe

Brat Pack films:

The Outsiders (1983), Oxford Blues (1984), St. Elmo’s Fire(1985), About Last Night (1986).

Other acting credits include:

The West Wing (1999-2003), The Invention of Lying (2009), You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015), The Pentaverate (2022)

What is Rob Lowe doing now?

Rob Lowe was an 80s teenage heartthrob and he’s still good-looking today. He’s more than a pretty face, of course, as he’s a talented actor too, with recent credits in two TV series – Unstable and 9-1-1: Lone Star. 

Lowe will next be seen in Season 5 of 9-1-1: Lone Star which airs in the Fall. 

Who is your favourite member of the Brat Pack? Let us know in the comments below. 

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