On Oct. 10, 2017, the sexy Academy Award-nominated drama "Boogie Nights" — about a young man's journey into the steamy world of pornography in California during the late '70s and early '80s — turns 20 years old. Even though the movie isn't old enough to drink, Wonderwall.com is celebrating the anniversary by revisiting its cast to see what's happened in their lives since filming ended. Keep reading to find out more about Dirk Diggler, Rollergirl and more…
Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg starred as Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler in the 1997 drama "Boogie Nights."
Just a few years before starring in "Boogie Nights," Mark Wahlberg was known by another name: Marky Mark, the rapper who performed hits like "Good Vibrations" with his group The Funky Bunch. In the mid '90s after dwindling record sales, Mark made a choice to drop his music persona and give Hollywood a try — which ended up being one of the smartest decisions of his life. Since "Boogie Nights," Mark's gone on to star in numerous hit films like "Three Kings," "The Italian Job," "The Fighter" and "The Departed" (the last two earned him Academy Award nominations), which turned him into one of the biggest action stars in Tinseltown. Mark hasn't limited himself to the big screen either. In 2004, he took on a role (as himself) on the hit series "Entourage," the same year he tried his hand at producing. Again, Mark shined. He's earned seven Primetime Emmy nominations — six of which were for executive producing. He's even explored his sensitive side on-screen, starring as a grieving father in the crime drama "The Lovely Bones." He took a shot at reality TV with his family's series, "Wahlburgers." In addition to film franchise hits like "Transformers," Mark has starred in a series of sequels like "Ted 2" and the 2017 comedy "Daddy's Home 2," which arrives in theaters on Nov. 10. Mark has been married since 2009 to former model Rhea Durham, the mother of his four children.
Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor John C. Reilly starred as Reed Rothchild in "Boogie Nights" in 1997.
John C. Reilly is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood. He's notoriously funny and has proven (time and time again) he's capable of pulling off more serious roles too. Over the last 20 years, John has appeared in a number of films, including "Perfect Storm" in 2000 (which saw him back alongside "Boogie Nights" co-star Mark Wahlberg), "Gangs of New York" and "Chicago" in 2002 (which earned him his first Oscar nomination and Screen Actors Guild Award), "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" in 2006, and "Step Brothers" (which he co-wrote) and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" in 2008 (which earned him a Golden Globe nomination). In 2010, John added producer to his resume with the launch of the comedy talk show series "Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule," in which he also starred from 2010 to 2016. John's other notable roles include Corpsman Dey in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and Hank Marlow in the 2017 film "Kong: Skull Island." In 2018, John's set to star in "Holmes and Watson" and "The Sisters Brothers" — a film which he also produced. John's been married to Alison Dickey since 1992. They share two children.
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore starred as Amber Waves in the 1997 hit "Boogie Nights."
In 1998, Julianne Moore was nominated for her first Oscar for her work in "Boogie Nights." Although she didn't win, she went on to star in dozens of box office hits, including "The Big Lebowski," "The Hours," "A Single Man" and "Still Alice" — which garnered her the Academy Award for best actress in 2016. Julianne's other notable films include "The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio," "The Kids Are All Right," "Crazy, Stupid Love" and parts 1 and 2 of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." She even appeared on the hit TV series "30 Rock" from 2009 to 2013. In 2017, Julianne stars in three films: "Wonderstruck," "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" and "Suburbicon," which arrives in theaters Oct. 27. Julianne divorced her first husband, John Gould Rubin, in 1995 and took a shot at love once more when she married director Bart Freundlich in 2003. They have two children.
Screen Actors Guild and Emmy Award-winning actor William H. Macy starred as Little Bill in the 1997 movie "Boogie Nights."
The same year William H. Macy starred in "Boogie Nights," he married his longtime love, actress Felicity Huffman. Over the last 20 years, aside from wedded bliss and two daughters (William also has an older son from a previous marriage), the actor, who'd already been nominated for an Oscar in 1997 for his work in "Fargo," starred in a slew of hit films like "Pleasantville," "Psycho," "The Cooler," "Seabiscuit" and "Bobby" (which cast him alongside his "Boogie Nights" co-star Heather Graham). He also played Dr. David Morgenstern on TV's "ER." In 2002, he starred in the TV movie "Door to Door," which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as a man with cerebral palsy who was determined to be a salesman. Since 2011, Bill has starred on the Showtime original series "Shameless," which premieres its eighth season on Nov. 5, 2017. The show has garnered him two additional SAG Awards and the acclaim of fans as well as critics. He even used his "Shameless" fame to further feminism in 2016 when he stood with co-star Emmy Rossum who demanded equal pay for her work on the show. Bill made his big-screen directorial debut in 2014 with the hit dramedy "Rudderless" in which wife Felicity also appeared. He returned to the director's chair in 2017 with the films "The Layover" and "Krystal."
Heather Graham starred as Rollergirl in the 1997 movie "Boogie Nights."
If it seems like we've seen Heather Graham on screen for at least 30 years, it's because we have. The beautiful actress had already been in Hollywood a decade before appearing in "Boogie Nights" (which earned her the first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination of her career) and kept the momentum going once it ended. Over the years, Heather has appeared in films like "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Hope Springs," "The Hangover" and "The Hangover Part III." Not only has she made her mark on the big screen, but Heather's also devoted some serious time to small-screen roles on shows like "Scrubs," "Emily's Reasons Why Not," "Californication" and "Angie Tribeca." In 2017, Heather appeared in the TV miniseries "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" and the romantic comedy "Half Magic." She is also reportedly single again after splitting from producer Tommy Alastra in July 2017.
Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle starred as Buck Swope in "Boogie Nights" in 1997.
Fresh from his days on "Picket Fences," actor Don Cheadle had years of talent and diverse roles in his back pocket after filming "Boogie Nights." Following the film, Don took on roles in hits like "Out of Sight" and "Bulworth" but found critical acclaim after his portrayal of legendary performer Sammy Davis Jr. in the TV movie "The Rat Pack" in 1998. The performance won Don a Golden Globe as well as a Primetime Emmy nomination. From there, the actor starred in a string of films including "Traffic," "Rush Hour 2" and "Ocean's 11" before his tour de force performance in the 2004 movie "Hotel Rwanda," which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. That same year, he starred in the critically acclaimed drama "Crash." In addition to a recurring role on the hit series "ER," Don reprised his role in the "Ocean's 11" sequels and in 2011 took on the part of Lt. Col. James Rhodes in "Iron Man 2," "Avengers," "Captain America" and each of the successive sequels. From 2012 to 2016, Don regularly appeared on the TV series "House of Lies," which earned him a Golden Globe in 2013. In 2017, we learned Don will star in the Seth Rogen-directed TV movie "Ball Street." In 2017, Don was vocal in his support of actress Amber Tamblyn, who accused actor James Wood of inappropriate sexual conduct, which James denied. Don tweeted in response to her allegations, calling James a "creepy old dude." Don has two kids with longtime love Bridgid Coulter, whom he's been with since the '90s.
Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman played Scotty J. in the 1997 hit "Boogie Nights."
Philip Seymour Hoffman's talent was undeniable. Whether he played the shy, young gay man in love with Dirk Diggler in "Boogie Nights" or the effeminate, world-renowned author Truman Capote in "Capote" (a film he both produced and starred in that won him his first and only Oscar), it seemed as if he was born to play any role he took on. Philip starred in a number of magnificent films like "Magnolia," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt" and "The Master" (the last three each earned him an Oscar nomination) as well as cult favorites like "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Almost Famous," "Punch Drunk Love" and "Pirate Radio." Philip was also no stranger to the theater, starring in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions like "Jack Goes Boating" and "Death of a Salesman." He even directed several Off-Broadway productions such as "The Little Flower of East Orange" and "Unconditional." In 2014, after wrapping up his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the last three of the "Hunger Games" sequels as well as his critically acclaimed performance in "A Most Wanted Man," he was set to star in a new TV show, "Happyish," which he also executive produced. However, on Feb. 2, 2014, Philip was found in his apartment in New York City's West Village, dead from an accidental drug overdose. (The medical examiner later confirmed he had a mixture of heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines in his system.) Philip was only 46 when he left behind his long-term partner, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.
Nicole Ari Parker appeared in "Boogie Nights" in 1997 as Becky Barnett.
Nicole Ari Parker (who's also known as Nikki Kodjoe) didn't have a lengthy Hollywood resume when she appeared in "Boogie Nights" (in a role that earned her and her castmates a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination) but she didn't let that stop her from pursuing new parts in hit films like "Remember the Titans" with Denzel Washington and "Imagine That" starring Eddie Murphy. Aside from movies, Nicole has appeared on numerous TV shows like "Soul Food," "Second Time Around," "The Deep End" and "Rosewood" (to name a few). In 2017, Nicole starred alongside husband Boris Kodjoe in the TV movie "Downsized." She also has a recurring role in the sci-fi drama "Time After Time." In June 2017, Nicole and Boris, who have two kids, celebrated their 12-year wedding anniversary with a trip to Paris that they documented on Instagram.
Luis Guzman starred as Maurice TT Rodriguez in the 1997 film "Boogie Nights."
If you don't recognize Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzman by name, then you'll likely recognize his face as he's been in many of our favorite movies since 1977. After "Boogie Nights," Luis appeared in countless films, including "Out of Sight" (which reunited him with Don Cheadle), "The Bone Collector" and "Magnolia." In 1998, he landed one of his most infamous roles as Raoul "El Cid" Hernandez on the HBO prison series "Oz." He left the show in 2000 to star in the Academy Award-winning film "Traffic," followed by "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Punch Drunk Love." In 2003, Luis headlined his own TV series, "Luis," which was ultimately cancelled during its first season. But Luis didn't let the setback keep him down and went on to star in "Waiting…," "The Taking of Pelham 123," "We're the Millers" and the Netflix original series "Narcos." In 2015, he landed a part on the CBS drama "Code Black" (co-starring Boris Kodjoe, the husband of "Boogie Nights" alum Nicole Ari Parker), which has been given the greenlight for Season 3. In 2017, Luis starred in several films including the comedy "Sandy Wexler," the biographical drama "9/11" and the dramedy "Literally, Right Before Aaron." Up next for this gregarious star are parts in the 2018 films "Belleville Cop" and "The Padre." Luis has been married since 1985 to Angelita Galarza-Guzman. They share an impressively large family that includes seven children.
Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor Burt Reynolds starred as Jack Horner in the film "Boogie Nights" in 1997.
We'll just say it: Burt Reynolds is a legend and always will be. The 81-year-old star has been a fixture in Hollywood since 1958 and by the time he starred in "Boogie Nights" as Frank Horner (a performance that earned him a Golden Globe Award), he had a near 40-year history on the big and small screens. What's great about Burt is that he doesn't discriminatory with his roles. He's lent his voice to animated TV shows like "King of the Hill," "American Dad" and "Robot Chicken" while also appearing in endless comedies like "Mystery, Alaska," "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Forget About It." In 2006, Burt had a recurring role on the comedy series "My Name is Earl" followed by roles in several films like "Reel Love" and "Pocket Listing." In 2015, Burt's ex-wife, Loni Anderson, took him to court to reclaim money owed to her from their divorce settlement in the early 1990s. Although they'd been divorced for 22 years, their contentious breakup was considered one of the longest and nastiest in Hollywood history. A judge ordered Burt to pay Loni a sum of $154,520, which he did — while publicly stating his ex would "never get a dime" from him again. Never one to sit around, Burt has remained busy in 2017, starring in several films including the drama "Dog Years."