Who doesn’t love Strange Brew? In addition to being arguably the best contemporary spin on Hamlet (sub-category: involving beer-based plot for world domination), Bob and Doug McKenzie also introduced the term “hoser” to a generation of American comedy fans.
This movie featured star-making roles for Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, but also managed to wrangle performances from the likes of Paul Dooley and Max von Sydow, towering star of The Seventh Seal. Find out where they are now, eh!
Strange Brew was the beginning of a decade-long run for Rick Moranis. The next year, Ghostbusters came out and throughout the rest of the 1980s, he had roles in Brewster’s Millions, Little Shop of Horrors and, of course, Spaceballs.
In the mid-90s, Moranis began to move away from acting work to focus on raising his children, and he told USA Today, “that little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”
That’s not to say he hasn’t kept busy. In addition to sporadic voice work, he released a Grammy-nominated “country western comedy” album and, in 2013, he released second album entitled “My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs” that explored his Jewish heritage.
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Strange Brew was not the first time that Thomas and Moranis worked together: The two met while working on the iconic sketch comedy show SCTV.
Before that, Dave Thomas was already a rising writing talent, having been the head writer on the Coca Cola account at McCann Erickson ad agency (if that name sounds familiar, you might be a Mad Men fan).
After directing and starring in Strange Brew, Thomas worked regularly with great comedic actors—though, unfortunately, most of the output is rather forgettable. That can all be forgiven because of his excellent guest roles and voice work: for example, Charlize Theron’s very intimidating and very British Uncle Trevor on Arrested Development, prohibition agent Rex Banner on The Simpsons, not to mention recent work on Comedy Bang Bang, Bones and How I Met Your Mother.
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Say what you want about his character’s sudsy plan for world domination, but Max von Sydow has had the kind of varied career that most only dream of.
Where to start with his more than sixty year catalogue? von Sydnow got his start in the arthouse films of Ingmar Bergman, most famously as the knight who plays chess against Death in the The Seventh Seal. That was just the beginning.
The actor has played everything from an iconic Bond Villain to a priest in The Exorcist, not to mention roles in Dune, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Rush Hour III and an upcoming spot in Star Wars: Episode VII.
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Paul Dooley, who played Uncle Claude in the film, began acting under almost magical circumstances. He moved to New York with $50 and worked side gigs as a clown until he was “discovered” by Mike Nichols, director of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
For over half a century, Dooley has done a great deal of film acting, including memorable roles in Popeye, Sixteen Candles and the animated Cars series. He has also done extensive writing, stand-up comedy and television, perhaps most memorably as Whizzer Deaver on Alf and in his Emmy-nominated turn as Judge Phillip Swackeim on The Practice.
Most recently, Paul and his wife Winnie Holzman (one of the writers of the Broadway juggernaut Wicked), took advantage of being stranded in New York during Hurricane Sandy to finish a play that the couple had been working on for nearly 30 years.
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One of MacInnes’ first roles was as “Gold Leader” in 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV, where he plays a part in the effort to destroy the Death Star—not a bad way to start a career.
As erstwhile hockey star Jean “Rosey” LaRose in Strange Brew, Angus’ 6-foot 3-inch frame brought a lumbering physicality to the role. This trait helps explain why his IMDB page is peppered with roles as generals, colonels, captains, lieutenants, guards and corrupt cops, as well as other roles that require an intimidating or authoritative presence.
Most recently, the 67-year-old actor had a recurring role in the 2013 History Channel series, Vikings, and a small part as a crew member in the Tom Hanks thriller Captain Phillips.
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