The Cast of “Die Hard”: Where Are They Now?
Die hard is the ultimate Christmas movie no matter what star Bruce Willis says. Even though it hit theaters in the summer of 1988, the action movie set at an office Christmas party – with guests held hostage at Nakatomi Plaza, a Los Angeles skyscraper – made now part of many holiday movie rotations. As it should be. More than three decades after its release, where are the stars of Die hard now?
‘Die Hard’ Starred Bruce Willis as Action Star
Willis had already made a name for himself on television with his starring role in Moonlight. But when he played NYPD Detective John McClane in the heist thriller, it was his role as an action star on the big screen.
In the film, McClane travels to Los Angeles to reconcile with his ex-wife at his office Christmas party. However, he finds himself in the middle of a German terrorist plot with a plan to extort money by using the people inside the building as leverage.
It is no secret that after the success of Die hard, Willis went on to star in several sequels. He also starred in films like Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense, and Red. He also had a guest role in Friends. In 2021, he starred in seven titles. Including Midnight in the Switchgrass, Fortress, and Mountain peak.
In his personal life, Willis married Demi Moore in 1987 and they had three children together – Rumer, Tallulah and Scout. They divorced in 2000, then Willis married Emma Heming in 2009. They share two daughters named Evelyn and Mabel.
In October 2020, Willis reprized his role as John McClane in a DieHard drum commercial with some of his former co-stars.
Bonnie Bedelia played John Holly Gennero-McClane’s wife
In the role of John’s wife, Holly, was Bonnie Bedelia. She had already worked as an actress for 20 years, starring in numerous TV shows and movies. After Die hard, Bedelia continued to play in the sequel Die hard 2, as well as the films Presumed innocent, necessary things, and Everywhere except here. However, she is best known for her work in TV movies and in The Division, Designated Survivor, and Parenting.
Bedelia is a trained ballet dancer who has been married to actor Micahel MacRae since 1995, and is the sister of actor Kit Culkin. Her children are Alone at home star Macaulay Culkin and Succession star Kieren Culkin, who makes Bedelia their aunt.
The late Alan Rickman played the villainous Hans Gruber
The movie’s ultimate villain was Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber in Die hard. He went on to act in many films, such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sense & Sensibility, Love Actually, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Alice in Wonderland, and The butler. However, most fans probably know him for his turn as Severus Snape in the Harry potter franchise.
Rickman died in 2016 at the age of 69 after being diagnosed with end-stage pancreatic cancer.
Hans’ main henchman Karl was played by a Russian-American ballet dancer
Russian-American actor and ballet dancer Alexander Godunov played Karl, Hans’ main henchman. outraged Die hard, his other big credits in the United States were the 1985 film Harrison Ford Witness and the hilarious cult comedy by Tom Hanks from 1986, The money pit.
Godunov unfortunately died in 1995 from complications from hepatitis resulting from his chronic alcoholism. He was only 45 when he died.
Clarence Gilyard Jr. – who played Gruber’s tech-savvy henchman Theo – became Chuck Norris’ onscreen partner, James Trivette, in Walker, Texas Ranger. He also appeared in Fries and Matlock. And Gilyard appeared in the DieHard Drums commercial with Willis.
Reginald VelJohnson has moved from “Die Hard” to “Family Matters”
Die hard fans know Reginald VelJohnson as Sergeant Al Powell, the candy-loving LA cop. But kids who grew up in the 1990s knew him as Carl Winslow – a Chicago cop – who was next door neighbor with Steve Urkel on Family affairs.
Since this sitcom ceased airing, VelJohnson has appeared in numerous TV shows including Mike and Molly and Brooklyn nine-nine. He also recently reprized his role as Turner & Hooch in the Disney + remake with Josh Peck.
Hart Bochner, who played Holly’s sleazy colleague Harry Ellis, has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies since Die hard. Including NCIS: New Orleans and Scandal. He performed alongside Miles Teller in 2019 Too old to die young. And in 2022, he will play real entrepreneur Larry Ellison in Hulu’s biopic about Elizabeth Holmes, The dropout.
The supporting characters of “Die Hard” have appeared in numerous TV shows and movies.
De’Voreaux White played the Argyle limo driver in Die hard, and after that appeared as Aristotle in the ABC sitcom Class leader. He hasn’t worked in the entertainment industry in recent years, but has appeared in the DieHard battery commercial.
James Shigeta – who played Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi, the head of the Nakatomi Corporation – was an accomplished singer who later appeared in Beverly Hills, 90210, Murder, she wrote, and Mulan. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in 2014, at the age of 85.
William Atherton played journalist Richard Thornburg in both Die hard and Die hard 2. He then made a passage The practice and made several appearances on Law and order.
Paul Gleason – who was known as Principal Vernon the The breakfast club before playing deputy Dwayne T. Robinson in Die hard – later appeared in TV series like Melrose Place, Seinfeld, and Friends. He also starred alongside Ryan Reynolds in Van Wilder of National Lampoon.
Gleason’s last acting credit came in 2011 The passage, where he played a cop. The film was released five years after Gleason passed away at the age of 67 from mesothelioma.
Die hard is available to stream on Peacock.
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