It’s inconceivable to think that “The Princess Bride” is 25 years old this year. Rob Reiner’s adaptation of William Goldman’s fantasy novel of the same name proves that tales of true love can endure the test of time. Eager to learn what happened to the cast of this beloved classic? As you wish.
Robin Wright (Character: Buttercup)
Robin Wright stole our hearts in her debut movie role as the beautiful Princess Buttercup. Quite the winning creature, her appeal is undeniable.
Career:After appearing in “The Princess Bride” Wright worked on a few TV mini-series before landing the role of Jenny in the 1994 Academy Awards winning movie “Forrest Gump.” From there, Wright has starred several successful films including “Message in a Bottle,” “Unbreakable,” “Moneyball,” and this year’s box-office sensation”Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Upcoming Work:Wright can be seen in the upcoming 2013 drama “The Grandmothers” with costar Naomi Watts.
Personal Life:In 2010, Wright divorced her husband, actor Sean Penn, after 14 years of marriage. They have two children: daughter, Dylan, and son, Hopper.
Cary Elwes (Character: Westley)
Cary Elwes played the humble farm boy turned pirate, Westley, who captured Buttercup’s heart.
Career:After “The Princess Bride,” Elwes broke any possible typecasting by taking on a variety of roles; he’s played everything from a spoofed Robin Hood to a serial killer detective. A few of Elwes’ film credits include “The Crush,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “Kiss the Girls,” “Saw,” and “No Strings Attached.”
Upcoming Work: Elwes’ upcoming projects include a dramedy about a young man with autism titled “The Story of Luke,” and the family film “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.”
Personal Life: In 2000, after being together for nine years, Elwes married photographer Lisa Marie Kurbikoff. The couple is still married and has one daughter, Dominique.
Mandy Patinkin (Character: Inigo Montoya)
He is the speaker of the line that catapulted Mandy Patinkin, and “The Princess Bride,” to iconic status, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”
Career: Patinkin went on to star in several films, including “Alien Nation,” “Dick Tracy,” and “True Colors” before lighting up the small screen, where he won an Emmy for his portrayal of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger in the hospital drama “Chicago Hope.”
Upcoming Work: You can currently see Patinkin in the Showtime series “Homeland.”
Personal Life: In 1980, Patinkin married actress Kathryn Grody, who he is still married to. The couple has two sons, Isaac and Gideon.
Chris Sarandon (Character: Prince Humperdinck)
Chris Sarandon plays the miserable vomitous mass otherwise known as Prince Humperdinck.
Career: Sarandon provided the voice for Jack Skellington in Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and has appeared in several television shows, including “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “The Outter Limits,” “The Practice,” “ER,” “Judging Amy,” “Law & Order,” and “The Good Wife.”
Upcoming Work: Sarandon can be seen in the upcoming action thriller, “Safe,” which hits theaters April 27, 2012.
Personal Life: Sarandon is the former husband of actress Susan Sarandon. The two were married in 1967 and divorced in 1979. Chris was then married to model Lisa Ann Cooper from 1980-1989, whom he had three children with: Michael, Alexis and Stephanie. In 1994, he married actress Joanna Gleason; they are still married today.
Christopher Guest (Character: Count Tyrone Rugen)
Christopher Guest played the sadistic six-fingered villain, Count Tyron Rugen, who had a deep and abiding interest in pain.
Career:After appearing in “The Princess Bride,” Guest is best known as a writer and director of “mockumentary” films such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “Best in Show.” Guest played lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel in the “Spinal Tap” movies and still appears on television shows as Tufnel. Guest has also had small parts in a few films, including ” Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” and “The Invention of Lying.”
Personal Life:In 1984, he married Jamie Lee Curtis at the house of mutual friend and “Princess Bride” director, Rob Reiner. Guest and Curtis have two children, Anne and Thomas. In 1996, Guest became The Right Honourable 5th Baron Haden-Guest of Saling in the County of Essex when his father passed away.
André the Giant (Character: Fezzik)
André René Roussimoff, also known by his Pro wrestler name, André the Giant, played the lovable one-man Brut Squad, Fezzik in “The Princess Bride.”
Career: Roussimoff appeared in the 1991 television show “Zorro” and the 1994 movie “Trading Mom.”
Personal Life: Roussimoff died in his sleep at age 46. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. Roussimoff is survived by his daughter, Robin Christensen Roussimoff.
Wallace Shawn (Character: Vizzini)
Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons, according to Vizzini. Too bad his logic skills were no match for The Dread Pirate Roberts.
Career: Shawn has appeared in an impressive string of movies since “The Princess Bride.” Other screen credits include the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Clueless,” “Vegas Vacation,” and “The Incredibles.” Shawn currently plays Cyrus Rose on the CW’s “Gossip Girl.”
Upcoming Work: Shawn is currently filming the 2013 drama “Drawing Home” with costar Peter Strauss.
Personal Life: Shawn maintains a long-term relationship with writer Deborah Eisenberg.
Peter Falk (Character: The Grandfather/Narrator)
Peter Falk plays the Grandfather who reads the story of The Princess Bride to his sick grandson.
Career: After “The Princess Bride,” Falk made several guest appearances in television movies; however, he is best known for his role as homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo on the television series of the same name.
Personal Life: Falk passed awayin 2011 after years of battling dementia. He is survived by his wife, Shera, and two daughters from a prior marriage, Catherine and Jackie.
Fred Savage (Character: Grandson)
Fred Savage played the sick grandson who slowly gained interest in the book that his grandfather read to him one afternoon.
Career: Savage went on to star in the hit comedy show, “The Wonder Years” from 1998-1993, where he earned two Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of lead character, Kevin Arnold. After his stint on “The Wonder Years,” Savage appeared in a string of forgettable TV series before trying his hand at directing. Savage has directed several successful TV shows, including “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Happy Endings,” “Modern Family,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “Whitney.”
Upcoming Work: Savage is directing several episodes of the 2012 sitcom “Best Friends Forever,” starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair.
Personal Life: In 2004, Savage married his childhood sweetheart Jennifer Lynn Stone. They are still married and have two children, Lily and Oliver.