Drop Dead Fred may not have been a huge hit with the critics when it hit the cinemas back in the early 90s, but in the years since its release it has amassed a huge cult following, not least because of the quintessential Rik Mayall performance that the man himself gave.
A host of huge names appeared in the film, such as Phoebe Cates, who played the lead role of Elizabeth, who took Hollywood by storm in the 80s and 90s and became one of the most in-demand actresses in the world.
But where are the cast of Drop Dead Fred now, I wonder? Well, you’re luck is in, because here we’re going to look at the cast of Fred, and see where they are now!
British comedy legend played Rik Mayall played the titular role of Fred in Drop Dead Fred – the imaginary friend of Lizzie who comes back to pay her a visit when she is all grown up.
It was the role that fit Mayall’s fireball personality perfectly, and though he was never as well known across the pond as he should have been, we will always remember him here for his roles in shows such as The Young Ones, Bottom, Blackadder and Man Down.
He was one of the most important performances in the history of British comedy, and when he tragically died in the summer of 2014, the great and good of comedy came out to pay tribute to a true once in a lifetime talent.
In Drop Dead Fred, Marsha Mason played Polly Cronin, but despite being a four-time Academy Award nominee, and starring in films such as Cinderella Liberty, The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two and Only When I Laugh, it seems as though the Hollywood megastar has since turned her back on Tinseltown.
But amazingly, she never even planned a career in front of the screen, as the 76 year old explained in an interview with People magazine: “I only thought about the theatre. I never planned a movie career. It was totally serendipitous and it was destiny.”
But after scoring her big break in Cinderella Liberty in 1973, she went on to spend the next ten years building her career and becoming one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood.
But it wasn’t all rosy, because it was in this period that she married and subsequently split from writer and producer Neil Simon, saying: “Neil didn’t really want me to work, at least away from him, so we wound up doing movies together.”
Mason actually worked with her ex-husband on five films during their 10-year marriage.
She continued: “and then in the ’80s we divorced and I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do.”
But despite trying to hang on to her position, Mason felt that she was aging out of the industry, explaining: “I tried to make a life for myself in Los Angeles on my own. I built a house out in the Palisades for about five years and I did some work out there, but the business was changing. It was getting very youth oriented.
“I was in my 40s when I did Heartbreak Ridge, so I kept it sort of alive. But it was not easy.”
Instead, the actress decided to focus on car racing, which was a hobby that she picked up from her old pal Paul Newman, and worked on her New Mexico farm while launching a natural product line.
But in 2014, she felt a longing for New York, and decided to sell her farm and pack up for the Big Apple.
And since she returned to New York, she has had a rejuvenation in her career, as she appeared in shows such as Grace and Frankie and The Middle.
On her comeback, she said: “I was at the Tonys, and two men dressed to the nines came up to me and said ‘we love you on The Middle! Can we take your picture?’”
Tim Matheson played Charles in Drop Dead Fred but over the years Tim Matheson has amassed a very impressive credit list, having appeared in the likes of Animal House, as well as in the TV hit The West Wing.
Aside from a multitude of TV shows at the beginning of his career such as Leave it to Beaver, which was a huge show in the 1960s in America, as well as My Three Sons, it was Animal House that really launched his career into the next level.
He also appeared in the cult classic film Van Wilder, and most recently he appeared in hit films such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and 6 Balloons.
Carrie Fisher made an appearance in Drop Dead Fred as Janie, but she is of course remembered by the world over as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy as well as The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
But tragedy struck in 2016 when we sadly lost Fisher, who passed away at the age of just 60 in December of 2016.
Ashley Peldon and her sister Courtney started their careers as child actors in 1988 and in playing a young Elizabeth in Drop Dead Fred, she earned one of her first roles and her first major role on the big screen.
But before Drop Dead Fred, she had already amassed a huge amount of critical praise on her way winning at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her role in the soap opera Guiding Light.
She also went on to appear in films such as The Lemon Sisters, Stella, Deceived, The Crucible and Ghost World.
While she enjoyed a huge amount of success over the course of the 90s – her award wins include Best Young Actress Under Ten in Child of Rage and nominations include two nominations and one win for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series for Guiding Light and nominations such as Best Performance in a Drama Series for The Pretender and Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series for The Mommies – her career began to slow down in the early 2000s, appearing in Ghost World, That 70s Show and Undressed.
It wasn’t until 2009 that she made her next appearance on our screens, when she provided additional voices in Aliens in the Attic. Her last role was in 2012 in Chronicle.
British thespian played Nigel Cronin in Drop Dead Fred, but besides his starring role in the cult 90s film, he is also a veteran of the stage, and has appeared in films and TV shows such as his breakout role in the Academy Award winning film Chariots of Fire, Big Business, A Far Off Place and The Amazing Spiderman 2.
His appearances on the big screen and the small screen however have been sparse, as he tends to ply his trade on the stage rather than in front of the camera.
He has also enjoyed roles in shows such as Seinfeld and Sex and the City.
53-year-old Ron Eldard came into acting after enjoying a very successful amateur boxing career – winning the Golden Gloves boxing tournament in New York – the most prestigious amateur boxing tournament there is – before finding success on screen with roles such as True Love before playing Mickey Bunce in Drop Dead Fred.
Since then, he made multiple TV appearances in shows such as ER, the American remake of Men Behaving Badly (yes, they really did that) and Blind Justice.
He also made big screen appearances in films such as Super 8 and Black Hawk Down, and most recently he appeared in Odds Are, which has been completed but not yet released.
Phoebe Cates played Elizabeth in Drop Dead Fred opposite her character’s imaginary friend, who was played by Rik Mayall.
Back in the 1980s, Phoebe Cates was one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She came to prominence with her debut film Paradise, and after continuing throughout the decade to enjoy success in films such as Gremlins and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it looked as though Phoebe was here to stay.
However, after her popularity rose in the 80s from stints on the big screen, she suddenly disappeared. But we’re going to have a look at why that happened, and what she’s up to now.
During her acting career, Phoebe Cates worked in several films such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Drop Dead Fred and Princess Caraboo. The last time we saw Phoebe on screen was in The Anniversary Party, which was released in 2001.
Phoebe married Kevin Kline in 1989. When they were starting a family, the two agreed that they should be able to spend as much time with their children as possible. Neither wanted to take on roles that would require them to be away from their kids for too long.
In an interview with Playboy, Kline said, “We have agreed to alternative so that we’re never working at the same time…[but] whenever it’s been her slot to work, Phoebe has chosen to stay with the children.”
in 1983, Phoebe auditioned for the role of Chloe in the movie The Big Chill. Although she did not get the part, she met her future husband, actor Kevin Kline. The pair started dating despite their 16-year age gap, and walked down the aisle in 1989.
Their children, Owen Joseph Kline and Greta Simone Kline, both appeared with their parents in The Anniversary Party. Their daughter is a musician and singer-songwriter, famously known by her stage name, Frankie Cosmos.
One of her primary reasons for disappearing from acting is because her movies were not doing all that well at the box office. It’s often said that to be considered a success, a movie has to at the very least triple its budget at the box office, to be considered very successful, it should look to make five times its budget.
So, keeping that in mind, Phoebe’s ventures at the start of the 1990s began with Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which only earned $41 million on a budget of $50 million.
Her comedy flick, Princess Caraboo, fared substantially less well, only making $3 million, which for a major production company like TriStar, was not good.
She retired from acting after Princess Caraboo and made a one-time comeback for The Anniversary Party. And though she is now retired from acting, she spends a lot of time doing charity work. Her son has Type 1 diabetes, and Phoebe has devoted her time towards raising funds to find a cure.
Kevin Kline, meanwhile, fresh off the success of his part as Maurice in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, is currently part of the New York theatre circuit. In 2005, Phoebe Cates started a boutique called Blue Tree. Initially selling expensive and chic designer toys, the store branched off into house-wares, clothes and speciality foods.
In an interview, Phoebe said: “I always wanted to have a general store. If I could have had a photo booth and sold candy, I would have.”