See the Cast of ‘Home for the Holidays’ Then and Now
Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is the one you are most likely to spend with your extended family.
Such a gathering is always a recipe for comedy and drama and there is plenty of both in the Jodie Foster-directed Thanksgiving movie ‘Home for the Holidays.’
The 1995 film featured a pretty impressive cast, including Iron Man himself Robert Downey, Jr. If you read on you can see what all the stars of ‘Home for the Holidays’ are up to these days.
Holly Hunter, Claudia Lawson
Then: In ‘Home For The Holidays,’ Hunter was Claudia Lawson, a single mother who had just lost her job before going to her parents’ house for Thanksgiving. Two years earlier, Hunter had starred in ‘The Piano’ and also had memorable roles in ‘Broadcast News’ and ‘Raising Arizona.’
Now: The 54-year-old starred as Det. Grace Hanadarko on ‘Saving Grace’ between 2007 and 2010. In 2012, she appeared in the movie ‘Won’t Back Down’ and next year she’s set to be reunited with ‘The Piano’ director Jane Campion in the BBC series ‘Top of the Lake.’
Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lawson
Then: Downey, Jr. played Claudia’s gay brother Tommy in ‘Home for the Holidays.’ The then 30-year-old, who had been in movies like ‘Natural Born Killers,’ ‘Chaplin’ and ‘Less Than Zero,’ credits the improvisation he did in ‘Home for the Holidays’ with rekindling his interest in acting during a time when he had become disillusioned with it.
Now: Downey, Jr. has seemingly conquered his well-publicized demons to become a rather unlikely action hero. He played Tony Stark in the 2012 blockbuster ‘The Avengers’ and will play it again next year in ‘Iron Man 3.’
Anne Bancroft, Adele Larson
Then: Bancroft brought her years of acting to the role of family matriarch Adele Larson. An Oscar winner in 1963 for ‘The Miracle Worker,’ Bancroft is probably best known for portraying Mrs. Robinson in ‘The Graduate.’
Now: Bancroft died in 2005 of uterine cancer. She was 73. In her last role she played herself — alongside her husband of 40-years Mel Brooks — in an episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’
Claire Danes, Kitt Larson
Then: You might remember Claire Danes from ‘Home for the Holidays,’ in which she plays Claudia’s rebellious and sexually active teenage daughter. 16 at the time, Danes was in the midst of her run as Angela Chase on ‘My So-Called Life.’
Now: This year Danes won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison on the Showtime hit ‘Homeland.’ She is married to actor Hugh Dancy and they’re soon expecting their first child.
Charles Durning, Henry Larson
Then: In ‘Home for the Holidays,’ Durning played Henry Lawson, man of the house. Despite starting in the biz at age 40, Durning has had a long and successful acting career, with parts in such movie classics as ‘The Sting,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and ‘Tootsie.’
Now: The 89-year-old just keeps plugging along. Between 2007 and 2011 he played a recurring character on ‘Rescue Me’ and next year the World War II veteran will star in the horror flick ‘Scavenger Killers.’
Dylan McDermott, Leo Fish
Then: McDermott was Leo Fish, who was incorrectly assumed to be Tommy’s boyfriend. Not to be confused with Dermot Mulroney, McDermott had made his movie debut in 1987’s ‘Hamburger Hill’ and had starred in such films as ‘Jersey Girl’ and ‘Destiny Turns on the Radio.’
Now: The 51-year-old is probably best known for his long run as Bobby Donnell on ‘The Practice.’ More recently, he was Ben Harmon on ‘American Horror Story’ and played the dad in the 2012 movie ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’
Geraldine Chaplin, Aunt Glady
Then: In ‘Home for the Holidays,’ Geraldine Chaplin played Aunt Glady. The daughter of Charlie Chaplin, Geraldine came into prominence as a 20-year-old in 1965 for her role in ‘Dr. Zhivago.’ In 1992, she played her own grandmother in ‘Chaplin.’
Now:Chaplin, whose career is bigger in Europe than the United States, recently appeared in ‘The Hollow Crown,’ a BBC adaptation of three William Shakespeare plays that was part of 2012 cultural olympiad in England.
Steve Guttenberg, Walter Wedman
Then: Guttenberg was Claudia’s brother-in-law, an uptight banker. Guttenberg had been a pretty bid deal during the ’80s, with starring roles in ‘Diner,’ ‘Three Man And A Baby,’ ‘Short Circuit’ and the ‘Police Academy’ franchise.
Now: While Guttenberg is no longer nearly the star he once was, the 54-year-old keeps on keeping on. In 2012 he was in three movies — ‘Amazing Racer,’ ‘Eldorado’ and ‘I Heart Shakey.’
Cynthia Stevenson, Joanne Larson Wedman
Then: Stevenson’s deadpan delivery was used to good effect as Claudia’s sister Joanne. At the time, the actress was also starring as Hope on the sitcom ‘Hope & Gloria.’ Then 33, Stevenson had got her start guesting on sitcoms like ‘Cheers,’ ‘Major Dad’ and ‘Empty Nest.’
Now: Stevenson continues to be a consistent TV face. Over the last few years she has popped up on ‘Private Practice,’ ‘Life Unexpected’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’