The long-gestating "Dirty Dancing" remake debuts on ABC on May 24, 2017. Abigail Breslin headlines the update of the classic 1987 dance movie, which made stars of Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. In honor of the new version of the beloved film, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at how the stars of the original have changed over the years. Keep reading to catch up on the cast of "Dirty Dancing."
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Jennifer Grey starred as Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sheltered teen vacationing at a resort in the Catskill Mountains with her family, in "Dirty Dancing."
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Jennifer Grey earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in "Dirty Dancing." She then spent most of the '90s starring on made-for-TV movies, though she also appeared in "Bloodhounds of Broadway," "Lover's Knot," and "Bounce." After that, the daughter of "Cabaret" star Joel Grey portrayed a version of herself on "It's Like, You Know…" and popped up on episodes of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "House." In 2010, Jennifer won the 11th season of "Dancing with the Stars" with partner Derek Hough. She then appeared in 2014's "In Your Eyes" and starred on Amazon's "Red Oaks" from 2014 to 2016. The actress — who was once engaged to Johnny Depp, dated George Stephanopoulos and was memorably in the car with then-boyfriend and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" co-star Matthew Broderick when he caused a car accident that killed a mother and daughter while driving in Ireland — married Marvel star Clark Gregg in 2001 while pregnant with their daughter, Stella. She attributes the decrease in her level of fame over the years to a botched nose job she underwent in the early '90s: "I went into the operating room a celebrity and came out anonymous," she told The Mirror in 2012. "It was the nose job from hell. I'll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognizes because of a nose job."
Patrick Swayze starred as hunky dance instructor Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing."
Patrick Swayze earned his first of three Golden Globe nominations for his work in "Dirty Dancing" — the subsequent nominations were for his performances in "Ghost" and "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar." In addition to those films, he starred in "Point Break," "Donnie Darko" and "Waking Up in Reno." The beloved actor-dancer also made a cameo in 2004's "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights." Patrick wed actress-dancer Lisa Niemi, whom he first met when he was 19 and she was 15, on June 12, 1975. They'd been married for 34 years when the beloved actor died on Sept. 14, 2009, after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer. The year he died, he'd starred on the first and only season of the A&E crime drama "The Beast."
Cynthia Rhodes starred as Johnny's pregnant dance partner, Penny Johnson, in "Dirty Dancing."
Cynthia Rhodes, who filled in as the lead singer for the synth-pop band Animotion from 1988 to 1990, appeared on camera just one more time — in the 1991 film "Curse of the Crystal Eye" — before retiring from acting. In 1989, the multitalented performer wed "Right Here Waiting" singer Richard Marx after four years as a couple. The duo (pictured together in 2002) had three sons before divorcing in 2014 after 25 years of marriage. Cynthia ostensibly stepped out of the spotlight to raise her sons.
Kelly Bishop portrayed Baby's mother, Marjorie Houseman, and Jerry Orbach starred as Dr. Jake Houseman, her overprotective father, in "Dirty Dancing."
Kelly Bishop went on to appear in "Six Degrees of Separation," "Miami Rhapsody," "Private Parts," "Blue Moon" and "Wonder Boys." But it wasn't until 2000, when "Gilmore Girls" debuted, that she scored her next big hit. Kelly starred as Emily Gilmore on the series until 2007 and returned to the role for the 2016 revival. During that window, she had stints on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Mercy," "Bunheads" and "The Good Wife." She also appeared in 2011's "Friends with Kids." Kelly has been married to sports broadcaster Lee Leonard since the early '80s.
Jerry Orbach went on to portray the title character on "The Law & Harry McGraw," a spinoff of "Murder, She Wrote." He also popped up on a pair of Perry Mason made-for-TV movies and appeared in films like "Last Exit to Brooklyn," Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Out for Justice" and "Mr. Saturday Night" before 1992, when he debuted in his most iconic role: Lennie Briscoe on "Law & Order," for which he scored his third Emmy nomination in 2000. Jerry, who voiced Lumiere in the 1991 animated "Beauty and the Beast," left the show to star on a spinoff, "Law & Order: Trial by Jury," that he'd already begun shooting when he died of prostate cancer in December 2004. He posthumously won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in 2005 for his work on "Law & Order." His second wife, actress Elaine Cancilla, accepted the award — his first solo SAG Award nomination — on his behalf. (Jerry had two sons from his first marriage.)
Wayne Knight portrayed Stan, the activities director at Kellerman's resort, in "Dirty Dancing."
Wayne Knight has appeared in "Born on the Fourth of July," "JFK," "Basic Instinct," "Jurassic Park," "To Die For," "Space Jam," "For Richer or Poorer," "Rat Race," "Punisher: War Zone" and "Hail, Caesar!" He's also an accomplished voice actor — he has one of the most instantly recognizable voices in Hollywood, after all — and has voiced characters in "Hercules," "Tarzan," "Toy Story 2" and "Kung Fu Panda." Additionally, Wayne starred as Officer Don on "3rd Rock from the Sun" from 1996 to 2001 and on "The Exes" from 2011 to 2015, but his most iconic role is Newman from "Seinfeld," on which he starred from 1992 to 1998. The actor, who lost more than 100 pounds during the early aughts, has a son with his second wife, editor Clare De Chenu.
Lonny Price had a small role as Neil Kellerman, whose grandfather owns the resort where the Housemans are vacationing, in "Dirty Dancing."
Lonny Price has acted in 1988's "Hot to Trot," appeared on a handful of made-for-TV movies and popped up on episodes of "The Golden Girls," "Law & Order" and "2 Broke Girls." He's had much better luck on the stage, first as an actor (he originated the role of Charley in George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along") and then as a director. He's directed some of Broadway's biggest stars — from Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald to Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris. Lonny directed the production of "Sunset Boulevard" in which Glenn Close is currently starring on Broadway. He's also earned two Emmys: the first in 2002 for directing "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert" and the second in 2011 for directing "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert" for "Great Performances."