It's been 22 years since "Men in Black" debuted in theaters in 1997, and now the franchise is back in a whole new way. Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are taking over for Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in a sequel/spin-off that opens in theaters on June 14, 2019. In celebration of the release of "Men in Black: International," Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the original cast and how they've changed over the past two decades. Keep reading to catch up with Will, Tommy Lee and more stars of "Men in Black."
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Will Smith starred as Agent J, a wise-cracking NYPD officer who's recruited by Agent K to join the Men in Black.
Will Smith is now an Oscar-nominated actor. He earned Academy Award nods in 2002 for his work in "Ali" and in 2007 for his performance in "The Pursuit of Happyness." He also earned Golden Globe nominations for those films, as well as for 2015's "Concussion." The erstwhile Fresh Prince — who returned to the role of Agent J in two "Men in Black" sequels — regularly switches gears between dramas, comedies and action or sci-fi films. He married second wife Jada Pinkett Smith the same year "Men in Black" debuted. They've since welcomed two children: son Jaden Smith and daughter Willow Smith. (Will has a son, Trey Smith, from his first marriage.) In 2016, he starred in the critically loathed films "Suicide Squad" and "Collateral Beauty," the latter of which had the distinction of delivering the lowest box-office opening of his film career. Luckily, Will bounced back in 2019 with his appearance in the live-action remake of "Aladdin," which has grossed nearly $500 million. Next up, he'll star in the animated film "Spies in Disguise" and the sci-fi thriller "Gemini Man."
Tommy Lee Jones starred as Agent K, J's curmudgeonly partner and mentor.
Since he starred in "Men in Black," Tommy Lee Jones has earned two more Oscar nominations: for his work in "In the Valley of Elah" in 2008 and "Lincoln" in 2013. The famously cantankerous actor also appeared in "Rules of Engagement," "Space Cowboys," "No Country for Old Men," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Villa Capri," "Shock and Awe" and "Jason Bourne" and wrote and directed the 2014 Western drama "The Homesman." He's set to appear in two films scheduled for release in late 2019: the sci-fi film "Ad Astra" with Brad Pitt and the animated comedy "Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad." In 2001, Tommy and his third wife, photographer Dawn Maria Laurel, tied the knot. (He has two children from his second marriage.) He reportedly splits his time between ranches in Texas and Florida.
Linda Fiorentino starred as J's love interest, Deputy Medical Examiner Laurel Weaver, who encounters the Men in Black while they're investigating the murder of two aliens.
After Linda Fiorentino (pictured in 2010) starred in "Men in Black," she appeared in seven more feature films including 1999's "Dogma" before leaving Hollywood behind. She hasn't appeared on camera since 2009's "Once More with Feeling." The former actress, who developed a reputation for being difficult to work with, made headlines in 2008 when FBI special agent Mark Rossini showed her confidential FBI documents regarding notorious private investigator Anthony Pellicano — which she then gave to Anthony, with whom she was friendly — after she told Mark, whom she was dating at the time, that she was working on a script about the wire tapper. Anthony then attempted to use the illegally obtained documents in his criminal defense against charges of illegally obtaining information. The scandalized star hasn't tweeted since 2014, though she has posted three examples of her photography on her official website since 2016.
Rip Torn starred as Agent Zed, the head of the Men in Black.
Rip Torn, who'd already earned several Emmy nominations before starring in 1997's "Men in Black," scored two more before his death on July 9, 2019: first in 1998 for his work on "The Larry Sanders Show" and then in 2008 for his performance on "30 Rock." He also had a brief stint on "Will & Grace" and appeared in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" and "Marie Antoinette." He made his final on-camera appearance in 2012's "Bridge of Names." He'd been with third wife Amy Wright since the early '80s — they welcomed two daughters together while he was still married to his second wife, with whom he has three children. (He also has a daughter from his first marriage.) The actor, who faced several charges of DUI over the years, avoided jail time in 2010 after he was arrested for breaking into a Connecticut bank while drunk and armed with a loaded gun.
Vincent D'Onofrio starred as The Bug, an alien who steals the skin of an abusive farmer named Edgar on his mission to obtain a massive energy source contained within a seemingly minuscule galaxy.
A year after "Men in Black" debuted, Vincent D'Onofrio earned his first and only Emmy nomination for his work on "Homicide: Life on the Street." Since then, he's appeared in "The Newton Boys," "The Cell," "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," "The Break-Up," "The Judge," "Jurassic World" and "The Magnificent Seven." But you probably know him best as Robert Goren from "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," on which he starred from 2001 to 2011. In recent years, Vincent has starred on Netflix's "Daredevil" and directed and starred in 2019's "The Kid." The same year "Men in Black" debuted, he wed Carin van der Donk, with whom he shares sons Elias and Luca. He also has a daughter, Leila, from a previous relationship with actress Greta Scacchi.
Siobhan Fallon Hogan portrayed farmer Edgar's battered wife, Beatrice.
Siobhan Fallon Hogan has since appeared in "Boiler Room," "Holes," "Daddy Day Care," "Dogville," "Fever Pitch," "Baby Mama" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin." The character actress has also had stints on "Rescue Me," "Wayward Pines" and "Scorpion." More recently, she popped up in 2018's "The House That Jack Built" and a 2019 episode of "What We Do in the Shadows." Siobhan and husband Peter Hogan have three children.
Tony Shalhoub (pictured in 2002's "Men in Black II") portrayed alien pawn shop owner Jack Jeebs, who sells illegal alien technology on the black market.
Tony Shalhoub, who starred on "Wings" from 1991 to 1997, went on to win three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his work on "Monk," on which he starred from 2002 to 2009. (He earned five more Emmy nominations for his performance as the title character on the crime dramedy.) Since "Men in Black," he's appeared in "Gattaca," "Primary Colors," "Galaxy Quest," "Spy Kids," "Life or Something Like It" and "Pain & Gain." He also voices Luigi in the "Cars" franchise and Splinter in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise and had stints on "Stark Raving Mad," "We Are Men," "Nurse Jackie" and "BrainDead." In 2018, he won a Tony Award for his performance as Tewfiq Zakaria in "The Band's Visit" and he currently plays Abe Weissman on Amazon's hit show "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." He and actress Brooke Adams, his wife and frequent collaborator, have been married since the early '90s and have two adopted daughters, Josie and Sophie.
David Cross portrayed a morgue employee who has the unfortunate experience of encountering Edgar The Bug.
David Cross has since appeared in "Ghost World," "Pootie Tang," "Scary Movie 2," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "She's the Man," "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Obvious Child." But the "Mr. Show with Bob and David" star, who's released several comedy albums over the years, is most famous for his role as Tobias Fünke on "Arrested Development." The multitalented funnyman, who voices Crane in the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise, has also had stints on "Running Wilde," "Modern Family" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and starred as the title character on "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret." He more recently appeared in 2018's "Next Gen." David romanced "Mr. Show" co-star Mary Lynn Rajskub and makeup artist Sara Egan before finding love with actress Amber Tamblyn. They tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed a daughter, Marlow, in early 2017.
Fredric Lehne portrayed an INS Agent who encounters the Men in Black — as well as a blue-blooded alien named Mikey — early in the film.
Fredric Lehne went on to become one of those TV actors who's appeared on basically everything. He's had stints on "The X-Files," "Touched by an Angel," "Ghost Whisperer," "Supernatural," "Rubicon," "Big Love," "Boardwalk Empire," "Blue Bloods," "Public Morals," "Chicago Fire," "Feed the Beast," "Criminal Minds" and "Quantico." He also starred as Marshal Edward Mars on "Lost" and portrayed Frank McCann on "American Horror Story: Asylum." Additionally, he popped up in "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Zero Dark Thirty" and appeared in "The Greatest Showman" in late 2017. Fredric reportedly divorced his first wife in 2001 and married his second wife the same year.
Kent Faulcon had a small role as a by-the-book West Point grad whom J encounters during the Men in Black recruitment process.
Kent Faulcon went on to have stints on "Charmed," "Dragnet," "Soul Food," "Joan of Arcadia," "Days of Our Lives" and "Black-ish." He's also appeared in "American Beauty," "War of the Worlds" and "Selma." But it wasn't until he was cast as Richard Ellington on "For Better or Worse," on which he starred from 2011 to 2017, that he scored his true big break. Next up, he'll appear on the TV series "Beyond the Badge."