Where the Back to the Future Cast Stands as Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd Reunite – From Age Gap Love to Uphill Battle
It was the highest-grossing film of 1985, has generations of fans, and even inspired the name of boy band McFly.
And this weekend, Back to the Future fans were brought to tears by the emotional reunion of the film’s protagonists, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, after 37 years.
The couple – who played Marty McFly and Dr Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown – appeared at a ComicCon event in New York and spoke of their “instant chemistry” on set.
They also shared an emotional hug in front of an audience of devoted fans.
The film, which saw teenage Marty travel back in time to 1955 and accidentally sabotage his own parents’ romance, spawned two sequels, an animated series and a musical.
From an age-gap marriage to a bitter legal battle with the film’s producers, here’s what happened to the rest of the traveling cast.
Michael J. Fox – Marty McFly
Michael was recruited to replace original actor Eric Stoltz as the teenage Marty, after several weeks of filming, when creator Bob Gale and director Robert Zemeckis decided he had been cast poorly.
Already star of the sitcom Family Ties, the Canadian actor then starred in Teen Wolf and The secret of my success in 1987 and in the tube Doc Hollywood in 1991.
Tragically, in 1991, the star was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the degenerative neural disease, at just 29 years old.
He went on to star in roles such as The American President and the Tim Burton classic Mars Attacks! as well as in the television sitcom Spin City.
Seven years after his devastating diagnosis, he went public with his health battle and, as his symptoms worsened, he moved into voice roles, playing Stuart Little in the hit franchise and the lead in animation. ARCHIE.
He hosted his own show, The Michael J. Fox Show, in 2013, and has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Good Wife.
The actor, now 61, became an advocate for Parkinson’s disease research and established the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000, with the aim of finding a cure.
He has been married to Tracy Pollan, whom he met on the set of Family Ties, since 1988 and they have four children.
Christopher Lloyd – Doc Brown
The eccentric inventor remains one of Christopher Lloyd’s most iconic roles, in a career that spans six decades.
Already well known for his role as a drug-addicted driver in the hit series Taxi, he went on to star as the evil Judge Doom in Who Killed Roger Rabbit and Uncle Fester in the 1993 film Addams Family Values.
Now 83, he continues to chain small roles and voiceovers, and recently joined the cast of Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mangoose, with Simon Pegg and Minnie Driver.
In 2008, Christopher was devastated when his £6million mansion in Montecito, California was destroyed by a wildfire that swept through the San Fernando Valley.
The actor has been married five times and has no children.
He met his current wife Lisa Loiacono, who at 52 is 31 years his junior, when she acted as a realtor on another house on his land in Montecito, in 2012.
Lea Thompson – Lorraine Baines-McFly
Lea Thompson played past, present and future versions of Marty’s mother, Lorraine Baines-McFly.
In the 1955 timeline, she becomes infatuated with Marty after he is hit by a car that was meant to hit future dad George – meaning the very existence of the family is in jeopardy.
After the film, Lia starred in SpaceCamp and the bizarre 1996 flop Howard the Duck, which saw her team up with a life-size bird to save the world from alien attack.
Critically criticized, Lea has since claimed she has cult status and says she meets fans at conventions for Back to the Future.
“I sit there and meet the fans, and a good third of them say, ‘I’m the only person who liked ‘Howard the Duck’. It’s hilarious,” she says.
The actress, now 61, reprized the role of Lorraine in both Back to the Future sequels and had the title role in the award-winning sitcom Caroline in the City from 1995 to 1999.
She also appeared in the hit comedy The Goldbergs, as well as the role of Marmee in the 2018 film Little Women.
In 2014, she made the quarter-finals of Dancing with the Stars, paired with former Strictly champion Artem Chigvintsev.
Married since 1989 to the director of Pretty in Pink Howard Deutch, she has two daughters, Madelyn and Zoey Deutch, both actresses.
Crispin Glover – George McFly
The New Yorker played Marty’s geeky, bullied dad George in the first movie, but he went berserk when he was replaced by an unknown actor, Jason Weissman, who wore a fake chin, nose and cheekbones to play the role in the second film.
To hide the actors’ different appearances, Weissman was often filmed hiding in the background or wearing sunglasses, then footage was combined with existing clips of Crispin to make it look like he was still there. in the movie.
In 1990, Crispin successfully sued the producers on the grounds that they had used his likeness without permission and had failed to pay him for the reuse of footage from the original film.
The actor, now 58, was awarded £690,000 in a case that led to the Screen Actors Guild banning similar practices, now known as Fake Shremp.
In 1987, he made a controversial appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, wearing wedge heels and a wig and behaving erratically, forcing the host off the set after the actor almost kicked him. from foot to face.
In addition to starring in mainstream films including Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Alice in Wonderland, he began releasing music and also started a company, Volcanic Eruptions, to make his own art films.
In 2001, he bought a 17th century castle in Prague which he rented out on AirBnB when he was not at home.
He dated model Alexa Lauren for two years, starting in 2001, but never married.
Claudia Wells – Jennifer Parker
Claudia played Marty’s girlfriend in the original film, in a breakthrough role that promised him a bright future
But she was replaced by Elisabeth Shue in the sequels, and later revealed that she refused to reprise the role because her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was losing the battle.
She took a break to breastfeed him during his final months.
“Life was very, very difficult and stressful. I just didn’t have the strength to do anything other than deal with the stress and emotions that resulted from my mother dying,” she says.
“I just wasn’t able to think about my career or the movie or anything other than what I was doing with my own life.”
Claudia, 56, returned to acting in 2008 and reprized the role of Jennifer in the BTTF video games.
She also runs a men’s clothing boutique in Los Angeles, Armani Wells, which she opened in 1991.
Wendie J. Sperber – Linda McFly
Wendie starred as Marty’s older sister in all three films, but has previously had roles in Wanna Hold Your Hand and Bachelor Party.
She went on to star in many TV series including Women in Prison and Babes.
The mother-of-two was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 and four years later founded the weSPARK Cancer Support Center, for families affected by the disease.
Tragically, she lost her battle with cancer in 2005 at the age of 47.
Thomas F. Wilson – Biff Tannen
Thomas played George’s bully – both at school and in his adult workplace – in the film and returned in the sequels playing Biff, his grandson Griff and his great-grandfather Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen.
He went on to star in the TV show Freaks and Geeks and voiced many animations, including the Spongebob Squarepants series and movies, since 2001.
A man of many talents, Tom is also a stand-up comedian whose routine includes Biff’s Question Song – a parody of the repetitive questions he is asked on Back to the Future.
He is also a YouTube vlogger and paints in his spare time.
A devout Catholic, he released a contemporary Christian album in 2000 titled Au nom du père.
He has been married to his wife Caroline Thomas since 1985 and they have four children.