See the Cast of ‘Porky’s’ Then and Now
The 1982 classic ‘Porky’s’ helped create the teen film genre. It also spawned three sequels — ‘Porky’s II: The Next Day,’ ‘Porky’s Revenge!’ and ‘Pimpin’ Pee Wee’ — and even featured a future A-lister in randy gym coach Kim Cattrall. So where have the rest of the ‘Porky’s’ gang ended up? Let’s take a look!
Dan Monahan, Pee Wee
Then: The part of Edward ‘Pee Wee’ Morris would be the biggest role Dan Monahan ever played. Prior to the film, he worked on stage alongside Al Pacino in ‘Richard III.’ He also appeared in ‘Eight is Enough,’ ‘How the West Was Won’ and a few ABC Afterschool Specials before the film.
Now: After ‘Porky’s,’ Monahan reprised his Pee Wee role in ‘Porky’s II’ and ‘Porky’s Revenge.’ He made a few appearances in the 80’s and 90’s until his last credit in 2000 with being the voice of Friar Lawrence in a production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ that went straight to video.
Mark Herrier, Billy
Then: The prank-pulling voice of reason in ‘Porky’s,’ Billy was Herrier’s first film role. Before his break, he worked in regional theater. At the time of ‘Porky’s’ release, Herrier found himself in the world’s number one movie as well as the number one show in New York, ‘Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You.’
Now: Along with reprising his role for the sequels, Herrier appeared in several hit shows and films such as ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Freddy’s Nightmare,’ ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘The Practice,’ ‘Tank’ and ‘Real Men.’ Today, he’s turned to directing and was behind the movies ‘Popcorn’ and ‘I Like Mike’. His last credit was for a directorial role in the short ‘X-treme Weekend’ in 2008.
Cyril O’Reilly, Tim
Then: O’Reilly’s experience on ‘Porky’s’ wasn’t his first venture into film — he had already appeared in ‘M*A*S*H’ and ‘Airplane!’
Now: O’Reilly has been rather busy since ‘Porky’s.’ He reprised his role for only one sequel and went on to appear in ‘Navy Seals,’ ‘T.N.T.’ and ‘Black Dog’ among other films. His television appearances after ‘Porky’s’ have included ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘Silk Stalkings,’ ‘ER,’ ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Desire.’ He is currently a producer on ‘Gemini Rising.’
Tony Ganios, Meat
Then: Following a breakout role in ‘The Wanderers,’ actor Tony Ganios played Meat in ‘Porky’s.’ The role solidified him has a teenage heartthrob.
Now: Like many of his castmates, his role in ‘Porky’s’ would be his most popular. He played a terrorist in ‘Die Hard 2′ and showed up in ‘Rising Sun.’ Word has it that after 1993, Ganios became an insurance agent.
Kim Cattrall, Honeywell
Then: Cattrall played Ms. Honeywell, the oversexed cheerleading coach. Before ‘Porky’s,’ she had a lengthy list of television credits, appearing on ‘Columbo,’ ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Qunicy M.E.’
Now: Cattrall experienced a fair degree of success in the ’80s, with parts in ‘Police Academy,’ ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and ‘Mannequin.’ She also played a Vulcan in ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ before being cast as Samantha Jones on ‘Sex and the City,’ a part for which she won a Golden Globe.
Boyd Gaines, Coach Brackett
Then: After gaining some attention for his role in ‘Fame,’ Boyd Gaines went on to play Coach Brackett, the man who fell hard for Ms. Honeywell.
Now: Gaines went on to work in film and television over many years. He’s also found success on Broadway, appearing in ‘She Loves Me,’ ‘Cabaret,’ and ‘Anything Goes,’ among many others, and has received accolades for his stage work.
Doug McGrath, Coach Warren
Then: Canadian actor Doug McGrath earned himself a Canadian Academy Award for his role in the 1970 film ‘Goin’ Down the Road.’ And while that’s all well and good, we’re choosing to give praise to his role as Coach Warren in ‘Porky’s,’ a part that would introduce us to his ridiculously hysterical laugh.
Now: The Coach didn’t make appearances in the ‘Porky’s’ sequels, but McGrath did go on to become quite successful in film and television. He can be seen in ‘Falcon Crest,’ ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ and many more. Today, he works mainly out of his native country of Canada on film and telvision productions.
Alex Karras, Sheriff Wallace
Then: Before playing Sheriff Wallace, Alex Karras was a first-round draft pick for the Detroit Lions, playing with the team until 1970. Memorably, he played Mongo in ‘Blazing Saddles’ before venturing on to ‘Porky’s.’
Now: Shortly after ‘Porky’s,’ Karras went on to his most memorable role — adoptive father George Papadolpolis on ‘Webster.’ Last year, after declining health Karras died from complications caused by kidney failure.
Wyatt Knight, Tommy Turner
Then: Knight had a short career in television before turning to film, which eventually led him to his most prominent role as Tommy in ‘Porky’s.’ His character was the one in the infamous shower scene. It turned out to be a difficult scene to live down.
Now: Knight reprised his role for the ‘Porky’s’ sequels, and went on to work on ‘Family Ties,’ ‘Pacific Blue,’ and ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’ He made a few appearances in TV movies as well, but seemingly stopped acting around 2003. In 2011 he took his own life after a painful battle with cancer.
Roger Wilson, Mickey
Then: Here’s some interesting trivia — Roger Wilson graduated from Woodbury Forest School alongside Marvin Bush, George W.’s brother. He went on to a couple of roles before landing his breakout as Mickey in ‘Porky’s.’ Mickey was the innocent redneck of the bunch, a memorable role that stands as his most recognized.
Now: Wilson went on to appear in the first ‘Porky’s’ sequel and had relationships with the likes of Christy Turlington and Elizabeth Berkely. However, he remains most famous for suing Leonardo DiCaprio for $45 million in 1998 after he got into a fight with members of the actor’s entourage. The latest news is that he’s managing a bar in Hollywood.