Where Are They Now

This is how I got to this website: The Blocklist —

I was looking up Cher on IMDB.com and the movie she started in “Mermaids.” Then I saw the name Michael Schoeffling and I clicked on that link. I loved him in “Sixteen Candles” as Jake Ryan. On his page, there was the link to where are they now?

So here are some of the people that were listed.

“10 Celebrities Who Fell Off the Radar … and Where They Landed”

by JMc | March 19, 2012

Some were huge in their day, with hit records, popular movies and roles on top TV shows. But we haven’t seen them much lately — or for years. Here’s what they’ve been up to recently.

Michael Schoeffling

Jake Ryan of 16 Candles fame — the star of many teenage girls’ and guys’ dreams — is now a carpenter and furniture maker living in northeastern Pennsylvania. A former model, Schoeffling also starred in 1989’s Longtime Companion, the first major theatrical film to tackle the AIDS epidemic, 1990’s Mermaids with Cher and Winona Ryder and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken opposite Gabrielle Anwar in 1991 before leaving acting.

Irene Cara

Whatever became of Cara, who had not one, but two Oscar-winning movie theme songs to her credit? The “Fame” and “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” singer acted in the original version of Sparkle (a remake with Whitney Houston’s final film performance is due this summer), Fame, D.C. Cab, City Heat with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds and Certain Fury in 1985 with Tatum O’Neal. Cara also took part in the CMT reality show Gone Country. According to reports, she currently devotes most of her time to mentoring her all-female singing group Hot Caramel and lives in Florida.

Steve Bond

Featured as “Boy” in Tarzan and the Jungle Boy in 1968, Bond, whose birth name is Shlomo Goldberg, was at the top of his fame as General Hospital’s Jimmy Lee Holt in the mid-’80s. Another former Playgirl model (hmmm, I’m sensing a theme here), he was then featured in Santa Barbara from 1989-90. Now 58, Bond still occasionally appears in small roles and is set to lend his voice to an upcoming animated comedy called Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning.

Sam Jones

The onetime Playgirl centerfold and star of Flash Gordon (1980) went on to star in 1986’s My Chauffer and the 1987-88 TV series The Highwayman. While starring roles were hard to come by, Jones occasionally appeared in minor TV and movie roles up until 2007. He is reportedly now the CEO of a security company providing protection for high-profile clients all over the world.

Part of wants to Google these people to see what they look like now. But, every time I do that, I wished I would have just remembered them as I did when I first watched them.

But, I would love to see what Michael Schoeffling looks like now. He will forever be Jake Ryan to me.


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