Road House first hit theaters in May of 1989 and has since become one of the grittiest cult classics we’ve ever seen. From Patrick Swayze’s performance as tenacious and unflinching bouncer Dalton to Ben Gazzara’s portrayal of villainous Brad Wesley, the film is full of brutal fight scenes and super-quotable lines—“I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.”
So check out what these actors and actresses have been up to for the past 24 years—you may just be inspirited to watch the movie again!
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After his portrayal of the super-tough bouncer hired to whip the rowdy dive bar into shape, Patrick Swayze starred in Ghost alongside Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, and later with Keanu Reeves in Point Break. He also made appearances in Donnie Darko and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, the sequel to his hit film Dirty Dancing. In 2008, Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but continued to act while fighting the illness. His last roles were in A&E’s FBI drama The Beast and the film Powder Blue, which both premiered just months before the beloved actor died in September 2009 at age 57.
Since playing Dalton’s concerned love interest, Kelly Lynch has had a steady acting career, including starring in Drugstore Cowboy with Matt Dillon and getting supporting parts in films like Charlie’s Angels and The Jacket. She’s also had recurring roles on television series' The L Word, the recent revival of 90210 and Magic City. You can catch her next in the upcoming film Glass Chin, about a former boxing champ who is framed for murder.
You’ve no doubt seen Sam Elliott on the big screen quite a bit since his portrayal of Dalton’s mentor Wade Garrett—you really can’t miss that ‘stache! In 1993, he played Wyatt Earp’s older brother, Virgil, in Tombstone, and a few years later, he appeared alongside John Goodman and Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski. More recently, he’s been on-screen in We Were Soldiers, Thank You for Smoking and Hulk. His most recent role was with Robert Redford and Shia LeBeouf in The Company You Keep.
After his portrayal of the evil Brad Wesley, Ben Gazzara was in dozens of films, including the Coen Brothers’ smash hit The Big Lebowski as well as The Thomas Crown Affair and Summer of Sam. He even won an Emmy in 2003 for his role as Nick in the HBO film Hysterical Blindness. The venerable character actor’s last role was in 2011’s Ristabbànna before he passed away in 2012 at age 81.
Jimmy, a henchman for Wesley who is taken down by Dalton, was one of Marshall Teague’s more famous roles. But the actor has also appeared in a number of well-known sci-fi series and films, including Armageddon, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Stargate SG-1, Babylon 5 and Sliders. He has also had memorable TV guest roles on Walker, Texas Ranger, Friday Night Lights and The Bold and the Beautiful. His most recently released project is the low-budget comedy Divorce Texas Style.
Her role as blonde bombshell Denise may have been Julie Michaels’ first foray into acting, but it was certainly not her last. She acted alongside Patrick Swayze again in Point Break and made appearances on TV’s Baywatch, Weeds, House and Southland. Aside from acting, Michaels is also an accomplished stuntwoman, having performed in Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Titanic, Rush Hour 3 and lots more—even as stunt coordinator on two episodes of HBO’s The Newsroom.
You may not know Kevin Tighe’s name, but you’ve probably seen his face. Since his small but critical role as Double Deuce owner Frank Tilghman, the journeyman actor has played small parts in dozens of well-known films—including Another 48 Hrs., Newsies and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape—and TV shows—like ER, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent, The West Wing and Lost.
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