ITS been close to 30 years since 1992 film ‘The Mighty Ducks’ hit theatres — but what have its stars been up to during that time?
The beloved Disney movie, which centers around a peewee hockey team, spawned two sequels — an animated TV show and even served as the inspiration for the name of Anaheim, California’s NHL team.
However, the formerly bright-eyed kid actors are now all grown up — which prompts the question: what have they been up to all these years?
Greg Goldberg – Shaun Weiss
Incredible before and after pictures show the devastating toll drugs have taken on Shaun Weiss, best known for playing baby-faced goaltender Greg Goldberg.
In shocking circumstances, the 41-year-old former child star was arrested last Saturday for breaking into a house while high on crystal meth.
Cops were sent to an address in Van Nuys, California after reports of a burglary and, when they arrived, they found Weiss ransacking a car in a man’s garage.
After his arrest, Weiss’s haggard face in his mugshot shows the shocking decline of his health over the years.
He has been battling a meth addiction and once admitted that, unless he got help, his life was in “imminent danger”.
His arrest is the latest in a recent series of brushes with the law.
In 2017, he was sentenced to 90 days in prison for stealing $151 of goods from an electrical store.
He was also arrested in December 2018 for shoplifting after he checked into a rehab facility following his high-profile arrest for public intoxication in the summer.
At the time he posted on Facebook that he felt his life had reached “below rock bottom”.
Coach Bombay – Emilio Estevez
The film itself centers around Emilio Estevez who plays Gordon Bombay — an uptight but talented lawyer — who changes the fortunes of a hockey team once dubbed as ‘the worst in the league’.
In the beloved 1992 flick, he gets sentenced to community service after being arrested for driving under the influence.
In order to fulfill his sentence, he is forced to coach a ragtag group of kids on the hockey team.
By the time he appeared in ‘The Mighty Ducks’, Estevez was already a well-known member of the Brat Pack, a group of teen actors famous for appearing in a slew of ’80s coming-of-age films.
Estevez returned to star in both sequels, ‘D2’ and ‘D3’ and also went on to star in a few TV movies, such as ‘Dollar for the Dead’ and ‘Late Last Night’.
He also made appearances on ‘The West Wing’, alongside father Martin Sheen, and in ‘Two and a Half Men’, alongside controversial star and brother Charlie Sheen.
Most recently, he wrote, directed and co-starred in ‘The Public’, a drama featuring Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and Gabrielle Union.
Jesse Hall – Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams played outspoken character Jesse Hall.
Jesse was very protective of his teammates, and he was not afraid of being confrontational, which Gordon and rival team member Adam Banks found out when they were introduced.
Since The Mighty Ducks his acting career took off after he played Kenny DuNunez in The Sandlot and guest-starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sister Sister, and Boy Meets World.
However, Adams hasn’t been very active as of late.
During the 2000s, he voiced a character in Kingdom Hearts II and also starred in a short film called Stuck in the Corners.
Terry Hall – Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett played Jesse Hall’s younger brother, Terry.
Though he was less outspoken than his older brother, he wasn’t afraid to call out Coach Bombay for his poor coaching at the beginning of the movie.
During his acting career Smollett is best known as one of the breakout stars of FOX’s hit drama Empire, where he plays Jamal Lyon, the middle son of hip-hop mogul Luscious and his ex-wife Cookie.
Smollett bravely came out as gay in March 2015 during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In dramatic fashion last year, Smollett was accused by Chicago Police of paying two men to attack him in a bid to boost his career, but the charges have since been dropped.
The Empire actor was taken to hospital in January after he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs.
Russ aka Knucklepuck – Keenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson brought to life Russ Tyler, the fictional innovator of the knucklepuck in D2: The Mighty Ducks.
Thompson’s acting career began in the early 90s and earned fame as an original cast member of Nickelodeon’s sketch comedy series All That.
After collaborating with All That co-star Kel Mitchell, the pair went on to star in their own sitcom: Kenan & Kel.
Since then, Thompson has been a Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member for a decade, making him the longest-tenured cast member in the show’s history.
His work on SNL saw him receive a Primetime Emmy Award from three nominations for his work on the show.
Thompson appeared on Fox Sports’ Crow Goes Wild to show that he still has the shot that’s hard to be accurate but drives goalies crazy.
Charlie Conway – Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson played Charlie Conway, the unofficial team leader of the Ducks.
Though he wasn’t the most skilled player on the team, he went on to score the championship-winning goal from a penalty shot in overtime.
Jackson is currently starring as Cole Lockhart on the Showtime drama The Affair.
Before that, he starred in hit shows Fringe and Dawson’s Creek, and according to his website, has appeared in over 30 films over the course of his career.
In his personal life, he’s been dating actress Diane Kruger since 2006.
Connie Moreau – Marguerite Moreau
Marguerite Moreau played Connie Moreau, or the ‘The Velvet Hammer’, as Lester Averman (above) referred to her as at the beginning of the film.
She was the only girl on the team before Coach Bombay recruited figure skater Tammy, and she didn’t put up with any of the boys’ immaturity.
Moreau’s breakout role was in 2001 as a camp counselor in the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, which she followed with smaller roles in the The O.C., Parenthood, and Shameless.
In July, she reprised her role in Wet Hot American Summer in the Netflix reboot Wet Hot American Summer: First Days of Camp.
That same month, she and her husband of five years, Christopher Redman, welcomed their first child.
Fulton Reed – Elden Henson
Elden Henson played the role of Fulton Reed, an introvert who was recruited for the team after his powerful slapshot broke through Gordon’s car window.
Most recently, Henson starred as Foggy Nelson in the Netflix’s original series Daredevil, where he plays the best friend and legal partner of the main character, Matt Murdock.
He’s also part of The Hunger Games franchise and played the role of Pollux the Avox in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
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