In 1994, Forrest Gump, the breathtaking American comedy-drama film was released. Based on the 1986 novel of the same name by novelist Winston Groom, the film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and is impeccably acted by Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades of the life of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a slow-witted but kindhearted and athletically prodigious man from Alabama, who witnesses, and in some cases influences, numerous defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States.
If you still haven’t watched it, you definitely should. Why? Because Forrest Gump is not your average Hollywood blockbuster, but a heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace you will always remember.
Over 23 years have passed since this masterpiece hit the movie screen and melted our hearts. Most of the actors have continued to have successful careers, while others have disappeared from the pop culture map. Read the list from Viralthread below in order to find out what became of their careers and lives.
1. Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump
The 61-year-old California-born actor is still one of Hollywood’s greatest icons, with huge blockbusters such as Cast Away, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan and Apollo 13 to his name. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor, one of which is for Forest Gump, and the other for the 1993 American drama Philadelphia. Hanks’ films have grossed more than $9 billion worldwide, making him the fourth highest grossing actor of all time, only behind Hollywood heavyweights Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman. However, his ranking on the list will presumably change as the actor continues to appear in big movies such as the upcoming Toy Story 4.
Aside from his film career, Hanks is also an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.
2. Robin Wright – Jenny Curran
The 51-year-old actress, Robin Wright, would have never had her breakthrough role as the rebellious Jenny Curran if she had not turned down the prominent role of Maid Marian in the 1991 epic film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. After playing Jenny, Wright disappeared from the mainstream spotlight as she went on to play various roles in a handful of dramas.
She appeared in a few other memorable films, like Unbreakable and Moneyball, but her real return was with Netflix’s hugely popular original series, House of Cards, which brought her a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance in 2014. If you are not familiar with her role as Claire Underwood in the above mentioned series, then you will presumably recognize her as the feisty General Antiope in the box office hit film Wonder Woman, released in 2017.
3. Mykelti Williamson -Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue
Williamson, 60, began acting professionally as a child, having various TV appearances. Forrest Gump was a big break for his career and the film he became best known for.
Afterwards, he worked on a handful of TV series, including Heat, Con Air, Boomtown, CSI: NY, and 24.
4. Gary Sinise -Lieutenant Dan Taylor
Gary Sinise, 62, will forever be remembered as Lieutenant Dan Taylor, no matter how many roles he plays. This astounding actor acted alongside Hanks again in Apollo 13 and The Green Mile. Additionally, for nine years up until 2013, he played Detective Mac Taylor on CSI:NY.
On the other hand, Sinise has been a keen supporter of numerous veterans’ organizations, both personally and through the Lt. Dan Band, named after his role of Lieutenant Dan.
5. Hanna Hall as Young Jenny Curran
Hanna Hall, 33, made her acting debut in Forrest Gump as the adorable young Jenny who was responsible for delivering one of the most iconic lines in cinematic history: “Run Forrest, run!”. Post-Gump, Hall screen-tested for the role of Lux Lisbon in Sofia Coppola’s film adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, but was cast as Cecilia Lisbon instead, because she was considered to be too young for the part.
Afterwards, she continued to act in a number of high-profile films and TV projects.
6. Michael Conner Humphreys – Young Forrest Gump
In his movie debut, Michael Connor Humphreys played the young version of Forrest Gump. Hanks has said he modeled his broad Southern accent after the way Humphreys talked.
Humphreys decided not to pursue acting and instead remain a regular kid in Mississippi. Between 2005 and 2010 Humphreys served in the US Army, including stints in Iraq. After his enlistment ended, he returned to Hollywood and starred in the 2011 World War II movie Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers.
7. Haley Joel Osment – Forrest Jr.
The cute Haley Joel Osment, now 29, made his big-screen debut as Forrest and Jenny’s son, Forrest Jr. Only 5 years later, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his critically acclaimed performance in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense. He had the role of Cole Sear, a very young boy with an ability to see dead people.
Up until today, he is still remembered as one of Hollywood’s most recognizable child stars.
8. Sally Field – Mrs. Gump
The 70-year-old Field had been a star since the ’60s, when she was presumably everyone’s crush on the TV shows Gidget and The Flying Nun. As well as Tom Hanks, she is a two-time Oscar winner who you will probably remember as Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man.