We can't believe it, but the huge '90s blockbuster "Armageddon" came out two decades ago! In celebration of the movie's 20th anniversary on July 1, 2018, Wonderwall.com is checking up on its cast. Keep reading to see what the stars of "Armageddon" are up to today…
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Bruce Willis starred as Harry S. Stamper, the best deep-sea oil driller in the world who becomes the Freedom shuttle leader, in "Armageddon."
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Bruce Willis is still the A-list action movie star we've come to know and love. Since he saved the world in "Armageddon," Bruce has starred in a number of blockbuster action flicks including "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Sin City," "Red," "The Expendables 2" and "Looper." The two-time Emmy winner also reprised his role as John McClane in 2007's "Live Free or Die Hard" and 2013's "A Good Day to Die Hard." Bruce might be in his 60s now, but he isn't slowing down anytime soon. Next up, he's scheduled to appear in the third "Unbreakable" film, "Glass," and in 2019's "Motherless Brooklyn." Just a few days before "Armageddon" opened, Bruce and Demi Moore announced their split after more than a decade of marriage and three daughters together. In 2009, he married model Emma Heming, with whom he had two more daughters.
Ben Affleck starred as A.J. Frost, the hot-headed drill operator and Independence shuttle crew member who's dating Harry's daughter, in "Armageddon."
Ben Affleck was still a relative (Academy Award-winning) newcomer when "Armageddon" was released in 1998. Today, he's a certified movie star and respected director with two Oscars, three Golden Globes, two BAFTA Awards, two SAG Awards and a long list of successful films to his name. Over the last two decades, Ben's starred in well-received projects including "The Sum of All Fears," "Gone Girl" and "The Accountant" and directed several critically acclaimed movies including "Gone Baby Gone," "The Town" and "Argo." Ben has also taken on the role of Batman in multiple DC Universe flicks such as "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League." He's also had a string of high-profile relationships — and one marriage — since the late '90s. After ending a three-year romance with Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben dated and proposed to Jennifer Lopez. But Bennifer called off their wedding and in 2004, he began dating Jennifer Garner, whom he married in 2005. Sadly, the two split in 2015 after 10 years of marriage, three kids and allegations of infidelity. In 2017, Ben revealed he'd returned to rehab for his addiction issues and that summer went public with "Saturday Night Live" producer Lindsay Shookus.
Liv Tyler starred as Grace Stamper, Harry's daughter and A.J.'s love interest, in "Armageddon."
Liv Tyler is still a celebrated actress with an impressive resume. She gained international recognition when she starred as Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. After wrapping up the series in 2003, Liv went on to star in a number of films including "Jersey Girl" with her "Armageddon" co-star Ben Affleck, "Reign Over Me," "The Strangers" and "The Incredible Hulk." She made the transition to TV in 2014, starring on the HBO series "The Leftovers" and the BBC miniseries "Gunpowder." Liv currently plays Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam on the Hulu period drama "Harlots." The actress is also now a happily taken mother of three. Liv shares one son with her ex-husband, rocker Royston Langdon (the two divorced in 2008 after five years of marriage), and two young children with fiancé David Gardner, a British sports and entertainment agent who's David Beckham's longtime best friend.
Billy Bob Thornton played Dan Truman, the NASA project director who has to transform the drillers into astronauts, in "Armageddon."
Three-time Academy Award nominee (and one-time winner) Billy Bob Thornton has had an amazing ride in Hollywood. The actor, who's now in his 60s, starred in "A Simple Plan," "Monster's Ball," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "Friday Night Lights," "Bandits," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Bad Santa," "Eagle Eye" and "Faster." Billy Bob also made a name for himself in television, winning Golden Globes for his performance on the first season of "Fargo" in 2014 and his work on the Amazon series "Goliath" in 2016. In addition to his hit Amazon series, fans can also catch him in the 2018 thriller "London Fields." Billy Bob has also lived his personal life on the wild side. He's been married six times (perhaps most famously to Angelina Jolie from 2000 to 2003) and has four children by three women. He's currently married to Connie Angland, with whom he shares a daughter.
Will Patton (right, with Bruce Willis) starred as Charles "Chick" Chapple, Harry's best friend and a Freedom shuttle crew member, in "Armageddon."
Will Patton is still a successful working actor today with more than 35 years of experience. After "Armageddon" came out in 1998, he appeared in "Remember the Titans," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "The Punisher" and "Brooklyn's Finest." He also had recurring roles on "24," "Numbers," "The Good Wife" and "Shots Fired." Most recently, he starred as Captain Dan Weaver on the TNT series "Falling Skies" and is set to star in the revival horror flick "Halloween" in 2018. Will is famously quiet about his personal life and not much is known about his romantic history.
Michael Clarke Duncan (far right) starred as Bear, an oil driller and Independence shuttle crew member, in "Armageddon."
Michael Clarke Duncan made a name for himself in Hollywood after his breakout role in "Armageddon" with standout appearances in a number of blockbuster films. The Chicago native played John Coffey in 1999's "The Green Mile," a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination. Next, he starred in "The Whole Nine Yards," "The Scorpion King," "Daredevil" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." Michael also tried his hand at voice acting, lending his baritone to "Brother Bear," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Green Lantern." Sadly, the celebrated actor died in September 2012 after suffering a heart attack. He was engaged to reality TV star-turned-President Trump political aide and White House staffer Omarosa Manigault at the time of his death and posthumously appeared in "From the Rough," "A Resurrection" and "The Challenger."
Steve Buscemi played Rockhound, a geologist on the Freedom shuttle, in "Armageddon."
Today, Steve Buscemi is an acclaimed actor with over 156 credits to his name. The star has landed major roles in some of Hollywood's best films including "The Grey Zone," "Ghost World," "Big Fish" and "The Death of Stalin." He also provided the voice of Randall Boggs in the "Monsters, Inc." film franchise. Steve received major recognition for his performance as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson on the critically acclaimed HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," which earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. Next up, he'll play God on the 2018 TV series "Miracle Workers." The former New York City firefighter has also achieved another rare feat in Hollywood: a long marriage. Steve wed artist Jo Andres in 1987. They share a son.
Peter Stormare played Lev Andropov, a Russian cosmonaut who oversaw the Russian Space Station, in "Armageddon."
Swedish actor Peter Stormare has had a long and fruitful career in Hollywood. After "Armageddon" premiered in theaters, he appeared in "Chocolat," "Minority Report," "Bad Boys II," "22 Jump Street" and "John Wick: Chapter 2." Peter has also achieved notoriety for his TV work, having previously starred as John Abruzzi on the FOX drama "Prison Break" and Milos Kirchoff on "The Blacklist." He currently stars as Ingmar on the web comedy series "Swedish Dicks." Previously married to actress Karen Sillas, he shares a daughter with his current wife of 10 years, Toshimi.
Owen Wilson (far right) played Oscar, a geologist on the Independence shuttle, in "Armageddon."
Audiences might not have known who Owen Wilson was when "Armageddon" debuted in 1998, but they sure do now! The actor went on to star in a number of successful films including "Shanghai Noon," "Zoolander" and its sequel, "Starsky & Hutch," "Wedding Crashers," the "Meet the Parents" trilogy, the "Night at the Museum" trilogy and "The Grand Budapest Hotel." He also voiced Lightning McQueen in the "Cars" franchise. Owen's movies have grossed more than $2.25 billion domestically, with an average of $75 million per film, but the member of comedy's Frat Pack has faced difficulties amidst all the success. In August 2007, he attempted suicide and was subsequently treated for depression at a medical center in Los Angeles. Owen has since moved forward. Next up? He's set to voice Zeus in the 2019 film "Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin." The actor shares one son, Robert Ford, with ex-girlfriend Jade Duell and another son, Finn Lindqvist, with friend Caroline Lindqvist, a personal trainer.
William Fichtner played Colonel Willie Sharp, the Freedom shuttle commander, in "Armageddon."
Two decades later, William Fichtner is still a working actor with over 86 movies to his name. Since "Armageddon," he's starred in multiple hit films including "The Perfect Storm," "Crash," "Blades of Glory," "Black Hawk Down," "Nine Lives," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "The Dark Knight," "Date Night," "Elysium," "Independence Day: Resurgence" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." William achieved widespread recognition for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay on the ABC series "Invasion" and Alexander Mahone on the FOX series "Prison Break." He'll next appear in "Finding Steve McQueen" alongside Forest Whitaker in 2018. The father of two has been married to his second wife, actress Kymberly Kalil, since 1998.
Keith David (left) played General Kimsey, a U.S. government official who proposes bombing the asteroid, in "Armageddon."
Keith David has had a long and successful career in show business since the '90s. He's appeared in films and TV shows including "Crash, "There's Something About Mary," "Barbershop," "Requiem for a Dream," "ATL," "Community" and "The Princess and the Frog." Since 2016, Keith has been starring as Bishop James on the hit OWN drama series "Greenleaf." Next up, he'll play Gerald alongside Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart in 2018's "Night School." Keith has been married to Dionne Lea Williams, with whom he has two daughters, since 2001. He also has a son from his first marriage.