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Brian De Palma’s 1987 film The Untouchables is one of those movies you catch while flipping through channels and end up watching in its entirety. Working from a script by David Mamet, the film takes you inside the the worlds of Al Capone and the prohibition agents and cops tasked with taking him down.
What have those actors been up to since? Read on and find out.
After a chance encounter with the legendary actor Richard Burton on a plane, a green-behind-the-ears Costner decided to pursue acting. Since then, he’s been quite busy.
After starring as Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, he want on to make blockbusters such as Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, JFK and The Bodyguard. Of course, he also made Waterworld, but no one bats 1000.
Somehow, he’s also found time to have seven children, raise horses, open an interactive bison exhibit, win an Emmy and go on a world tour with his country rock band, Kevin Costner & Modern West.
This year, he released McFarland, USA, about an inspirational cross country coach and a group of plucky underdogs. He is also currently in post-production on Criminal, which is apparently about “the memories and skills of a deceased CIA agent [implanted] into an unpredictable and dangerous convict.” Early reports state that it isn’t a prequel to Field of Dreams.
Smith got a breakthrough role in George Lucas’ American Graffiti as Terry “The Toad” Fields before playing United States treasury agent Oscar Wallace in The Untouchables.
Since then, he has had a diverse career as an actor, writer and director. Over the past several decades, he has had small roles in television shows as diverse as The X-Files, Law & Order: SVU, and Psych. As a director, though, he is perhaps best known for the inspirational box-office hit, Dolphin Tale, though he also directed the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, um, 1997’s classic Air Bud.
That’s Sir Sean Connery to you. The irascible 84-year-old Scottish actor was memorable in his Academy Award–winning role as Jim Malone in The Untouchables. His attempt at an Irish accent was, too, but for the wrong reasons.
By the time this film came out, Connery was already a heavyweight with 33 years of acting experience under his belt. This included roles in legendary films such as A Bridge Too Far, Murder on the Orient Express and, of course, his signature role, James Bond.
Since then, he played Indiana Jones’ father in The Last Crusade, a Soviet submariner in The Hunt for Red October and just a total badass in 1996’s The Rock.
Connery officially retired from acting in 2005. Not one to mince words, he declared “I’m fed up with the idiots [who make movies].”
Though he played a cop in The Untouchables, Andy Garcia has played a lot of criminals, ranging from an early role as a gang member in the first episode of Hill Street Blues to a part in The Godfather III to more recent work as casino-owner Terry Benedict in the Ocean’s 11 franchise.
More recently, the 59-year-old, Havana-born actor did voice work for Rio 2 and has announced that he will be writing, directing and starring in a biographical drama called Hemingway & Fuentes.
Bobby DeNiro is one of the best-known American actors of all time. From his many works with Martin Scorcese (Mean Streets, The Godfather: Part II, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), he has always been an explosive on-screen element. It’s no surprise, then, that De Palma cast him as the violent king of Chicago, Al Capone.
The 71-year-old actor has had too many watershed roles to mention in one slide—in addition to the Golden Globes, SAG, BAFTA and Academy Awards nominations you couldn’t count on both hands and feet. (We’ll ignore his questionable stretch in the early-aughts. Did anybody really need a sequel to Analyze This or whatever the hell 2004’s Godsend was?)
In 2012, though, DeNiro was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Silver Linings Playbook. His upcoming projects look to be a mix of high and low work, ranging from a Zac Efron–starring comedy entitled Dirty Grandpa to Joy, a multigenerational family drama penned by David O. Russell.
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