Ferris Bueller played hooky on this day 30 years ago

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Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, suddenly 30 years have passed since Ferris Bueller took his day off.

On June 11, 1986, the iconic John Hughes movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” made its debut, locking in the love of movie-goers for years to come. The film, which opened at number two, became the 10th highest grossing movie on 1986. And did you know Hughes wrote the first draft in just six days?

But now that the ode to Chicago has outgrown its twenties, let’s take a look at where the movie’s teens are now.

Everyone’s favorite wise-guy Ferris was played by now 54-year-old Matthew Broderick. Apparently, Broderick beat out a number of actors considered for the role of Ferris, like Rob Lowe, John Cusack and Jim Carrey. Broderick’s most recent endeavor is his role in Conor McPherson’s play “Shining City” at the Irish Repertory Theater.  He plays a widower driven from his home by visions of his dead wife.

Alan Ruck, who was actually 29 when he played Ferris’ sidekick as the neurotic Cameron, switched to starring in more television roles than on the big screen. He is currently starring in the new series “The Exorcist” on Fox, which screens in Austin today as part of the ATX Television Festival.

“Everybody wants to be the guy who has the world wired and has the world at his fingertips, but most of us are the ones who have problems and need a little help,” Ruck said to ABC News about the movie’s lasting appeal.

And what about Sloane? Actress Mia Sara was the cool girl everyone wanted to be or know. She’s kept a relatively low profile since her last role in the mini-series “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz” in 2012. And her only major role since “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was as Harley Quinn in the WB series “Birds of Prey.” But she did go on to marry puppeteer Brian Henson, son of the man who created “The Muppets.”

Last but not least of the teen icons is Jennifer Grey, who played Ferris’ irritated sister, Jeannie. Known for her role in “Dirty Dancing,” Grey can be found as the mother of the main character on Amazon Studios’ recent comedy series “Red Oaks,” which is about a young tennis player named David who works at a country club in the ’80s.

Happy 30th birthday to the film and all its legendary glory. Ferris Bueller, you’re our hero.


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