Twenty-five years ago, they were the Little Boys (and a Girl) of Summer, a priceless collection of prepubescent misfits coached by a beer-swilling former ballplayer. Despite their chronic losing on the field, the Bears were a hit at the box office, grossing nearly $25 million and winning over critics. ("Easy to root for," said Newsweek. "It's a smart-ass kids' movie with grownup views.") Although acting stardom awaited few of the cast members, most have done well for themselves. Here's the good news on the Bears today.
Erin Blunt, 37
as Ahmad Abdul Rahim, OF
Disc jockey in L.A., often at parties thrown by star athletes. Bills himself as the personal deejay of Charlotte Hornets star Baron Davis and an acquaintance of Shaq Single. "I met Shaq at a movie premiere, and he says, 'Hey, what's up, Ahmad?' I couldn't believe it. Shaq recognized me."
Alfred flutter, 39
as Ogilvie, backup IB
CEO and co-founder of NetChemistry, an e-commerce company in Southern California that provides software and Internet solutions for the financial services industry. Married, one child.
Quinn Smith, 36
as Timmy Lupus, backup OF
Out of acting since the second Bears film. Lives in L.A., but through a SAG rep declined to speak with SI.
David Stambaugh, 36
as Toby Whitewood, 3B
Nearing completion of Ph.D. in sacred theology from Drew University in Madison, N.J. Preaches at several churches throughout southern New Jersey. Married, no children.
David Pollock, 40
as Rudi Stein, P-OF
Manager of market planning for Rocketdyne, which builds rocket propulsion systems, including the main engine: for the space shuttle. Divorced, two children.
Gary Lee Cavagnaro, 37
as Engelberg, C
Regional sales manager for BC Components, a Dallas-based computer chip company. Married, four children.
Jackie Earle Haley, 39
as Kelly Leak, OF
Executive VP for San Antonio's Shootz Production Group, which makes commercials and industrial films for corporations. Divorced, two children.
Tatum O'Neal, 37
as Amanda Whurlizer, P
Actress; filming The Scoundrel's Wife, a World War II—era drama. Divorced from John McEnroe, three children.
as Morris Buttermaker
Died last July of a heart attack, at age 79. Says Blunt, "He gave us birthday gifts long after the movie was over. I wish he were still alive because he was just so cool."