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Top 10 Heathers Stars: Where Are They Now?

VO: Alexandra Maynard WRITTEN BY: Spencer sher
Time to check in with some old familiar faces! For this list, we’ll be checking in on the stars of the cult classic “Heathers” to see what they’ve been up to since the film was released in 1989! We’ve included stars like Lance Fenton, Glenn Shadix and more!
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Top 10 Heathers Stars: Where Are They Now?


Time to check in with some old familiar faces! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Heathers Stars: Where Are They Now?
For this list, we’ll be checking in on the stars of the cult classic “Heathers” to see what they’ve been up to since the film was released in 1989.

#10: Lance Fenton
Kurt Kelly

Kurt Kelly may have only been a secondary character, but he was memorable, so we’re checking in on the guy who brought him to life! One of Westerburg High School’s dumbest and cruelest jocks, Kurt was played Lance Fenton. Don’t feel bad if that name doesn’t ring any bells, as Fenton’s career in the entertainment industry was short lived. He appeared in just one role after “Heathers”, a TV movie called “The Fulfillment of Mary Gray”, turning his back on Tinsel Town to become a chiropractor. It’s a career that, in all honesty, is a whole lot better than any Kurt Kelly would have landed had he not been killed.

#9: Glenn Shadix
Father Ripper

Glenn Shadix’s post-“Heathers” career reads like a what’s what of iconic ‘90s television shows. The man behind Father Ripper – aka the priest who loved turning all of the “heathers” and jocks into martyrs during their funeral services – popped up in everything from “Cheers” and “Seinfeld” to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”. He also found considerable work as a voice actor, lending his unique voice to a slew of film and television productions including 1993’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Sadly Shadix passed away in 2010.

#8: Renée Estevez
Betty Finn

The daughter of Martin Sheen and Janet Templeton, Renée Estevez was born into Hollywood royalty. That combined with a talent for both acting and writing has led to a lengthy career in the entertainment industry. Despite this, her turn as the socially awkward Betty Finn remains one of her most beloved roles. Since the late ‘80s, Estevez has had little trouble keeping herself busy, appearing alongside her brother Emilio in “The War at Home” and serving as her father’s fictional assistant Nancy on “The West Wing”. As a writer, she penned four episodes of the FX series “Anger Management,” which starred her brother Charlie Sheen.

#7: Patrick Labyorteaux
Ram Sweeney

In the pantheon of stereotypical ‘80s jocks, Ram is up there with the best of them. Brilliantly brought to life by Patrick Labyorteaux (or annoyingly, depending on who you ask), the character bullied and belittled the students of Westerburg High and paid the ultimate price. Ever since production on “Heathers” wrapped, Labyorteaux has kept himself busy, appearing in dozens of films and TV shows, highlighted by a 208-episode stint on “JAG” as LT. Bud Roberts Junior. He also appeared in the made for television flick “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time”, as well as an episode of “Scandal”.

#6: Phill Lewis
Dennis

“Heathers” was actually actor and director Phill Lewis’ first film role and while his character wasn’t exactly the most memorable, he nevertheless managed to parlay his appearance into a career that has lasted over three decades. His credits include films like “City Slickers” and “Kicking and Screaming” as well as brief stints on TV shows such as “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother”. Of course, most people will recognize him for his work on “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” in which he played neurotic hotel manager Marion Moseby. The role was a turning point in his career and he has since worked on numerous Disney channel productions.


#5: Lisanne Falk
Heather McNamara

A former child model, Falk served as 1/3 of the titular “Heathers”. Falk’s Heather is considerably nicer and more sensitive than her friends, which ultimately leads to her attempting suicide in the second half of the film. Despite the high profile nature of the role, as well as bit parts in “Say Anything” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Night on Earth”, the actress ultimately chose to retire from the industry in 2002. At least she’ll always have the memory of playing croquet with Winona Ryder to look back on!

#4: Kim Walker
Heather Chandler

As the leader of the “Heathers”, Heather Chandler wielded untold amounts of power within the walls of Westerburg High School. Alas, it all came crashing down when J.D. tricked her into drinking drain cleaner. The role was one of Kim Walker’s first, and it helped her secure more prominent work in films like “Say Anything…” and television shows like “The Outsiders”. Unfortunately, her career never really took off, with the actress retiring in 2000. Tragically, she would pass away just one year later, having succumbed to a brain tumor at the age of 32.

#3: Shannen Doherty
Heather Duke
Let’s be honest: Heather Duke was clearly waiting for something terrible to befall Heather Chandler so that she could be in charge of the “Heathers”. Shannen Doherty’s portrayal of the conniving and manipulative high schooler no doubt played a part in her landing the lead role of Brenda Walsh on “Beverly Hills 90210”. The iconic ‘90s teen drama brought Doherty considerable fame, leading to a high profile appearance in “Mallrats” and a starring role in the fantasy series “Charmed”. Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, but as of 2018 was still in remission.

#2: Christian Slater
Jason ‘J.D.’ Dean

Christian Slater’s turn as the gun-toting, Heather-killing sociopath J.D. wound up being a turning point in the young actor’s career. It wasn’t long after that he attained leading man status, scoring roles in big budget action flicks like “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, cult classics like “True Romance” and Oscar-nominated flicks, such as “Interview with the Vampire”. A Hollywood mainstay for more than three decades, Slater picked up his first Golden Globe in 2016 for his portrayal of the titular character in the critically acclaimed series “Mr. Robot”, a show he also produces! “Heathers” may have put him on the map, but this talented actor was always destined for greatness!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
Jennifer Rhodes
Veronica’s Mom [aka Mrs. Sawyer]

Carrie Lynn
Martha ‘Dumptruck’ Dunnstock

#1: Winona Ryder
Veronica Sawyer

Winona Ryder’s post-“Heathers” career has been filled with impressive ups and a few downs. She appeared in a number of high profile roles throughout the ‘90s, including “Edward Scissorhands”, “Girl, Interrupted”, “The Age of Innocence” and “Little Women” – with the last two earning her Academy Award nominations. Then, shockingly, Ryder was arrested for shoplifting in 2001 and her career took a hit as a result. However, Winona Ryder is nothing if not resilient and the actress has managed to right the ship with solid performances in 2010’s “Black Swan” and the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things”. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this iconic Hollywood star!
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