See the Kids of ‘The Mighty Ducks’ Then And Now
The 1992 movie ‘The Mighty Ducks’ not only spawned two theatrical sequels and an animated TV series, but when the Disney-owned Anaheim franchise joined the NHL in 1993, they were named the Mighty Ducks in honor of the film. Take that, ‘Big Green.’
‘The Mighty Ducks’ starred Emilo Estevez as a lawyer who is sentenced to coach a youth hockey team after being convicted of drunk driving. Because you need a lot of players to fill a hockey roster the film’s cast featured a metric butt-ton of young actors. See what they’re up to these days now.
Joshua Jackson, Charlie Conway
Then: In ‘The Mighty Ducks,’ Jackson played Charlie Conway, the leader and heart of the team. It was the first big movie role for the Canadian 12-year-old, who is best-known as Pacey on ‘Dawson’s Creek.’
Now: For the last five years, Jackson has starred on ‘Fringe.’ In 2012, the 35-year-old was also part of the ‘Lay the Favorites’ ensemble cast. He’s been in a relationship with actress Diane Kruger since 2006.
Elden Henson, Fulton Reed
Then: In ‘The Mighty Ducks’ Henson played Fulton Reed, an enforcer who was also skilled with his stick. He got his start on TV shows such as ‘Fame’ and ‘As The World Turns’ and is also known for playing Lenny Kagen in ‘The Butterfly Effect.’
Now: Henson still acts, and is slated to appear in the Steve Jobs biopic ‘Jobs.’ Since 2010 the 35-year-old has been using his real-life hockey skills to teach the sport to at-risk youths.
Vincent Larusso, Adam Banks
Then: Larusso played Adam Banks, the Duck’s most talented player, who earned the nickname “White Bread” due to acting all White Bread all the time. ‘The Mighty Ducks’ franchise more was more or less the entirety of Larusso’s child acting career.
Now: A 2000 graduate of Boston University’s school of management, Larusso recently had small roles on the TV series ‘Dollhouse’ and in the film ‘Superhero Movie.’
Brandon Adams, Jesse Hall
Then: Adams was outspoken forward Jesse Hall in ‘The Might Ducks.’ The next year he participated in another classic kids sports movie, playing Kenny DeNunez in ‘The Sandlot.’
Now: Adams has done voice work for the ‘Kingdom Hearts’ video game series. He’s also a rapper who goes by the stage name B. Lee
Garette Ratliff Henson, Guy Germaine
Then: Henson was Guy Germaine, one of the teams more skilled puck handlers. An actor from a very young age, he had played Corey Charming in the TV series ‘The Charmings’ and made his film debut in 1990’s ‘Arachnophobia.’
Now: Henson continues to pursue acting, although roles have become few and far between. His last movie was 2007’s ‘The Mansfield 12.’ In 2012 he wrote and directed the short video ‘Shades of Yellow.’
Marguerite Moreau, Connie Moreau
Then: You may remember Marguerite Moreau as Connie, a tough-as-nails team member and Guy Germaine’s love interest. Primarily a TV actor, she had gotten her start on ‘The Wonder Years’ and had a prominent guest role on ‘Blossom.’
Now: Orrrrrrr … you may remember Moreau from ‘Wet Hot American Summer.’ That’s right the girl from ‘Mighty Ducks’ is the same one who is all about sex … specifically with Andy, in that comedy classic. Our minds were blown too. She continues to be a regular face on TV, playing recurring characters on ‘Shameless’ and ‘Parenthood.’ In 2012, the 35-year-old also starred in the critically acclaimed indie film ‘Caroline and Jack.’
Shaun Weiss, Greg Goldberg
Then: Weiss played possibly the first boy to ever get a hockey puck Bar Mitzvah, goalie Greg Goldberg. He got his acting start six years earlier as Elvis on ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse.’
Now: While Weiss’s last acting credit was in the 2008 movie ‘Drillbit Taylor,’ you’ve probably seen him on screens since. Weiss has been in over 30 national commercials, including spots for Captain Morgan’s, ESPN and Verizon Wireless.
Aaron Schwartz, Dave Karp
Then: In ’The Mighty Ducks’ Schwartz played team prankster Dave Karp. He went on to star in another Disney movie, the Judd Apatow non-classic ’Heavyweights.’
Now: After a 15-year break from acting, Schwartz returned in 2009. He’s played Vanya, the doorman on ’Gossip Girls,’ since then.
Danny Tamberelli, Tommy
Then: Tamberelli was figure skater turned hockey player Tommy Duncan in ‘The Mighty Ducks.’ The next year he started his run as one half of the redheaded brother team that was ‘Pete & Pete.’
Now: Tamberelli’s last acting role was as Turtle in 2002’s ‘Igby Goes Down.’ These days the 30-year-old is the vocalist for the rock band Jounce and performs with the sketch comedy group Man Boobs.
Jane Plank, Tammy Duncan
Then: You may remember Jane Plank as Tammy Duncan, Danny’s sister who also transitions from figure skating to hockey. Plank won the part at an open audition and it was the only credited role of her acting career.
Now: Plank went on to college and got a degree in communications. Currently she’s an aspiring singer.
Matt Doherty, Lester Averman
Then: In ‘The Mighty Ducks,’ Doherty was bespectacled team goofball Averman. You remember Averman — he was the one that was just the ripoff of the Rob Schneider office guy character Richard “Richmeister” Laymer. The next year he played the big-headed little brother in ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer.’
Now: The 34-year-old is still a working actor. He had a very small role in ‘Argo’ and recently popped up on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’