In 1990, we were terrified by the TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel "It" — in which a group of seven adults reunite to defeat the murderous clown Pennywise they battled as children. On Sept. 8, 2017, the frightening tale is coming to the big screen with a whole new cast ready to send shivers down our spines. In honor of the new "It" release, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the original project's cast to see what happened to everyone after it aired. Keep reading to find out who passed away before their time, who appeared on a popular streaming series about women in prison and who lent their voice to a famous animated TV character…
Seth Green starred as young Richie Tozier on "It." Richie (whose constant teasing earned him the nickname "Trashmouth") was one of the original seven members of The Losers' Club who tracked down Pennywise and tried to destroy him.
After "It" aired in 1990, Seth Green's career went into overdrive. He appeared on numerous TV shows like "The Wonder Years," "The X-Files" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" and eventually joined the cast of the cult TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." In 1999, Seth took on one of the biggest roles of his life as the voice of Chris Griffin on "Family Guy," which continues to this day. Although the eternally youthful-looking actor has slayed on the small screen, appearing in too many shows to count (seriously, he's practically had a role in them all — plus he co-created Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken"), he's also had parts in some of the biggest movies, including all three "Austin Powers" films and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." In 2010, Seth married actress-model Clare Grant. While Seth admits feeling "pressure" to start a family, he has given birth to something just as special. In 2017, he began production on "Changeland" — a film he wrote, directed and stars in (alongside his wife, Macaulay Culkin, Breckin Meyer, Brenda Song and more) about two friends who take an unusual path to find the meaning of life while in Thailand.
Tim Reid played the adult Mike Hanlon on "It." Mike was obsessed with keeping track of missing children in his town and was the first to realize that the evil clown Pennywise had returned. Mike's keen eye led him to call his childhood friends back to Derry, Maine, so they could face off against Pennywise and stop him, once and for all.
If Tim Reid looks familiar, that's because long before "It" ever aired, he was a regular face on shows like "Simon & Simon" and "WKRP in Cincinnati." After wrapping production on the miniseries, Tim briefly reprised his "WKRP" and "Simon" roles in the early and mid-'90s and spent a year on "Highlander" as Sgt. Bennett. In 1994, the father of two took on the part of Tamera Campbell's adoptive dad on "Sister Sister," which ran until 1999. Inspired by their love of independent films and their home in Virginia, Tim and wife Daphne Maxwell Reid opened their own production company in the state called New Millennium Studios, which produced films like Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Sadly, in 2015 after waning film projects, the couple sold their studio. In 2016, Tim completed filming for the pilot episode of "Crushed" co-starring Regina Hall and Jacob Vargas. As of 2017, the pilot had yet to be picked up by a network.
Tim Curry played the evil, shape-shifting clown Pennywise (also referred to by the town as "It" — hence the title). Pennywise would transform himself into his victims' worst fears before brutally murdering and devouring them. He preferred to kill children because they were easier to scare and, according to him, scared flesh tasted better.
Tim Curry was already a big deal in Hollywood before "It" thanks to his groundbreaking role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" back in 1975. After his terrifying turn as Pennywise on "It," Tim found success voicing numerous characters on animated TV shows like "Dinosaurs," "The Mighty Ducks" and "The Wild Thornberrys." Although he never married, he's claimed he got close to tying the knot with a former girlfriend, actress Annie Potts. In 2012, the actor suffered a major stroke that left him permanently disabled. Never one to quit, the vibrant star has continued to land roles in Hollywood, including the voice of Auntie Whispers in "Over the Garden Wall" and as The Criminologist on the 2016 TV reboot of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again," which starred Laverne Cox as Tim's infamous character, Dr. Frank-N-Furter. In 2015, he was given a lifetime achievement award at the Tonys to recognize his amazing body of work.
John Ritter starred as the adult Ben Hanscom on "It." Ben came a long way from his chubby, insecure childhood days. Intent on proving his worth, he left Derry to become an architect and a ladies' man. When his old friend Mike beckons him back to their hometown to defeat Pennywise, Ben bravely steps up to the plate and manages to catch the attention of Beverly, his childhood crush.
John Ritter was a beloved TV and movie star who was known for his work on series like "Three's Company" and "Hooperman" long before his appearance on "It." In the years that followed, John appeared on numerous TV shows like "Anything But Love," "Hearts Afire" and "Felicity." In 1996, he and his wife, actress Nancy Morgan, filed for divorce. The couple shared three children, including actor Jason Ritter. In 1999, he married actress Amy Yasbeck, with whom he already shared a young daughter, Stella. Sadly, in 2003, while filming his new series "8 Simple Rules," John suffered what appeared to be a heart attack, but was later discovered to be an aortic dissection. The actor died on Sept. 11, which also happened to be Stella's fifth birthday.
Harry Anderson played the adult Richie Tozier on "It." Richie turned his talent for trash-talking into a lucrative comedy career once he left Derry, Maine. When his old friend Mike called him back to town to help stop Pennywise, Richie put his life on hold to honor a pact he'd made 27 years earlier.
It turns out that long before Harry Anderson was a famed comedic star in Hollywood, he was a magician, performing tricks for dazzled onlookers. After completing his role on "It," Harry, a married father of two daughters, continued filming his two regular series, "Cheers" and "Night Court" (the latter of which earned him three Primetime Emmy nominations). In 1993, Harry took on the role of author and humorist Dave Barry in the series "Dave's World." In 1999, he and his wife of 22 years, Leslie Pollack, divorced. The following year, Harry married Elizabeth Morgan. Since then, he's only taken on a few small roles, including an appearance on the comedy "30 Rock." In 2000, the actor and his wife moved to New Orleans, where he opened his own magic shop in the famed French Quarter. In 2006, after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Harry and Elizabeth packed up once more and settled in their permanent home in Ashville, North Carolina.
Jonathan Brandis played the young Bill Denbrough on "It." Bill was considered the leader of the pack (dubbed "The Losers' Club" as well as "The Lucky Seven"). When Pennywise murders Bill's little brother, George, Bill becomes obsessed with tracking down and destroying the evil clown.
The same year that teen heartthrob Jonathan Brandis appeared on "It," he landed the lead role in "The NeverEnding Story II" — one of his first major movies. Over the next few years, he appeared on numerous TV shows like "The Wonder Years," "Blossom" and "Saved By the Bell." In 1992, Jonathan starred alongside famed comedian Rodney Dangerfield in the gender-bending comedy "Ladybugs," but it wasn't until 1993 that Jonathan picked up his role as Lucas Wolenczak on the sci-fi hit series "SeaQuest DSV" — launching him to teenage superstardom. During the height of his fame, Brandon began a very public romance with fellow teen star Tatyana Ali that lasted three years. When "SeaQuest" ended in '96, Jonathan struggled to find quality roles. After a few TV and big screen movies, including the 1999 film "Ride with the Devil" co-starring Tobey Maguire, Jonathan became increasingly depressed about his flailing career. He shot scenes for the movie "Hart's War" starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, but was ultimately cut from the film. In 2003, at just 27 years old, Jonathan was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment from an apparent suicide by hanging. He left no note.
Richard Thomas played the role of grown-up Bill Denbrough, the leader of The Losers' Club. After Bill's longtime friend Mike calls to tell him the news that Pennywise survived their childhood attempts to destroy him, Bill is forced to face his worst fears and return to his hometown to finish the job.
Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas might be best known for his years on "The Waltons," but this acclaimed actor has many other shows and films under his belt. After he finished filming "It" in 1990, the actor and father of five (including triplets) starred on dozens of TV movies including three "Waltons" films, "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" and "Wonder Boys." Richard also picked up a few different TV series over the years, including "The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson" in 1998, "Just Cause" in 2002 and "The Americans" in 2013. After divorcing his first wife in 1993, Richard married Georgiana Bischoff in 1994 — they're still wed today. Up next for the star is a lead role in the 2018 drama "The Price for Silence."
Emily Perkins starred as the young Beverly Marsh on "It." Beverly came from a broken home and suffered at the hands of her abusive, alcoholic father. A true tomboy and survivor, she never missed her mark with a slingshot and showed her all-male companions that girls are just as capable of kicking evil clown butt as they are.
Canadian actress Emily Perkins made the most of her fame after appearing on "It." Immediately after filming, the young star landed a recurring role on the TV series "Mom P.I." After the show ended in 1991, Emily took on what would be one of her most popular roles — playing Brigitte in the horror flick "Ginger Snaps," which led to two follow-up films in which she also starred. After appearing on the series "Da Vinci's Inquest" from 2001 to 2005, Emily appeared in two big screen films, "She's the Man" and "Juno." In 2009, she landed a small recurring role on the fantasy drama "Supernatural" as well as a regular part on the series "Hiccups." Since 2014, Emily has remained out of the limelight, preferring instead to enjoy time with her film professor husband, Ernest Mathijs, and is known to occasionally turn up at various conventions to surprise her longtime fans.
Dennis Christopher played the adult Eddie Kaspbrak on "It." Eddie was the first member of The Losers' Club recruited by Bill. As an adult, Eddie struggled with his confidence and an overprotective wife who was strikingly like his hypochondriac mother, who made him feel stifled. Sadly, while fighting Pennywise in the sewer, Eddie was fatally wounded, becoming another one of the evil clown's victims.
Before his role on "It," Dennis Christopher had made his mark in Hollywood with his breakthrough performance in the Academy Award-winning film "Breaking Away" in 1979. By the early 1990s, Dennis' early fame began to wane after a series of unpopular projects, leading him to small roles on TV series like "Murder, She Wrote" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" as well as a turn Off-Broadway in "Retribution." In 1996, Dennis took on a recurring role as a serial killer on the crime drama "Profiler." When the series ended, Dennis found new work on the sci-fi series "FreakyLinks" — which lead to roles on hit shows like "Angel," "Deadwood" and "CSI." In 2012, Dennis returned to the big screen in the Quentin Tarantino action drama "Django Unchained." It was reported that Quentin himself took the time to introduce Dennis to the cast and crew, bragging that the great director Federico Fellini had once shined his light on the star. Although Dennis apparently never married or had children (that we know of), he's been linked to Margrett Soloman.
Annette O'Toole starred as the adult Beverly Marsh on "It." Probably due to her abusive childhood, Beverly wound up marrying a jerk of a man and was in an unhappy place in her life when she decided to return to Derry, Maine, and help her former childhood friends put an end to Pennywise's murdering spree. Thankfully, Beverly realized she deserved better and ended up marrying Ben, who'd carried a secret torch for her since they were kids.
Annette O'Toole had already enjoyed a career spanning two decades before co-starring on "It." The talented redhead was known for her work in films like "48 Hours" and "Superman III" but by 1990, the bulk of her work would be on the small screen. Annette spent two years on the hit TV series "Nash Bridges" before moving on to "The Huntress" in 2000. In 2001, Annette landed her most notable role to date: playing Superman's adoptive mom on "Smallville," a role that she held for a decade. In 2008, the busy star also made time to work in theater, appearing in several Off-Broadway productions like "Hamlet in Bed" and "Southern Comfort." Since 1999, Annette has been married to actor Michael McKean. She has two adult daughters from a previous marriage. In 2017, the actress wrapped up another Off-Broadway performance (in "The Show-Off") and will make an appearance in the upcoming biopic "A Futile and Stupid Gesture."
Richard Masur starred as the adult Stanley Uris on "It." Stricken with fear he couldn't overcome, Stanley took his own life rather than face the dreaded Pennywise once more.
Although many remember Richard Masur from his days on the hit TV series "Rhoda" or even from "One Day at a Time," this legendary actor is a familiar face for generations both young and old. After wrapping "It," Richard went on to appear in numerous hit movies like "My Girl," "The Man Without a Face" and "Six Degrees of Separation." In 1998, Richard took on a five-year role on the hit crime drama "L.A. Law" while he was working as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. The ambitious star has gone on to appear in so many TV series, including "The Practice," "All My Children," "The Good Wife" and even "Orange Is the New Black" (remember Judy King's boyfriend? Yup, that was him!) that we can't possibly name them all. In 2017, Richard filmed "Another Year Together" and wrapped production on the movie "Before/During/After." Since 2004, he's been married to stage actress Eileen Henry.