The cast of ‘Predator’ — where are they now?
Of all the factoids that surround the muscle-bound cast of John McTiernan’s 1987 classic “Predator,” I love the fact that its fictitious location, Val Verde, is the same Central American nation used by Twentieth Century Fox in a number of action movies: “Die Hard 2,” “Commando” and the ABC series “Supercarrier,” to name a few. Anyway, here’s what happened to the cast.
1. Jesse Ventura, Blaine
After an epic run in professional wrestling and Hollywood, Jesse “The Body” Ventura served four years as the governor of Minnesota. Now, living “off the grid” in Mexico, Ventura occasionally surfaces to share his libertarian views with Howard Stern or ask his Twitter followers, “What’s all this #KONY2012 stuff?”
2. Bill Duke, Mac
Would you believe me if I told you that Bill Duke, a.k.a. Mac from “Predator” and the bad guy from “Commando,” directed Whoopi Goldberg in “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit”? He did. He also sat in the director’s chair for “Deep Cover,” “A Rage in Harlem,” “The Cemetery Club,” and you may have heard his booming vocals on an episode of Adult Swim’s “The Boondocks.”
3. Sonny Landham, Billy
After a stint in porn during the 70s, Sonny Landham broke out in mainstream film as this cop in Walter Hill’s classic “The Warriors.” He also ran for governor of Kentucky in 2003 and for a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky in 2008 under the Libertarian Party ticket.
4. Elpidia Carrillo, Anna
Elpidia Carrillo is still mostly known in the U.S. for her turn as the Central American refugee that the commandoes take hostage in “Predator,” but she’s definitely of note in Mexico. You may have seen her in 1994′s “La hija del Puma” or the 1996 short “De tripas, corazón.” If not, how about her “Predator 2″ deleted scene? “You can briefly spot Anna on one of the video screens,” according to IMDb. “Carrillo filmed a debriefing scene in which she talks to the camera and describes the events of the first film, but it was cut from the sequel.”
5. Richard Chaves, Poncho
Vietnam veteran Richard Chaves was the voice of Buzzoose in 2010′s TV movie “Elf Sparkle and the Special Red Dress.” So there’s that.
6. Shane Black, Hawkins
Shane Black, who wrote and directed “Iron Man 3,” also penned the screenplays for “Lethal Weapon,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “The Last Kiss Goodnight” and “Last Action Hero.” He also directed Val Kilmer in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”
7. Carl Weathers, Dillon
The testosterone-fueled icon Carl Weathers, famous for his roles in “Action Jackson” and the “Rocky” franchise, is probably best known as playing himself in “Arrested Development.” If it wasn’t for Weathers, Buster may have never learned how to make a stew.
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dutch
In most recent Arnold Schwarzenegger news, the Governator was given a snapshot profile in a where are they now round-up for the cast of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
9. Kevin Peter Hall, Predator
6’5″ 7’3″ college George Washington University basketball player Kevin Peter Hall made his way west (after playing ball in Venezuela) and played Harry in “Harry in the Hendersons,” the title monster in “Predator” and even scored a part on an episode of “227.” In 1991, Hall died of AIDS, contracted through a blood transfusion. R.I.P.
“Predator” @ IMDb