Back To The Future cast: Where are they now?

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It’s the cult classic that every eighties kid couldn’t get enough of – yes, we’re talking about Back To The Future.

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The 1985 blockbuster follows the story of Marty McFly who accidentally goes 30 years back in time with eccentric scientist Dr Emmett “Doc” Brown.

Trapped in 1955, Marty inadvertently stops his parents from meeting and in a turn of events, his own mum becomes infatuated with him and has to find a way to bring his mum and dad together and get back to the future.

Decades after its release, fans still can’t get enough of the film, but where is the cast today?

Keep scrolling to see the Back To The Future stars then and now.

Michael J. Fox played Marty McFly (Credit: IMDB/Getty)

Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly

High school student and aspiring musician Marty is the film’s hero, and is arguably one of actor Michael J. Fox’s biggest hits.

“It was a pretty astounding experience…it changed my life,” he said of the franchise in November 2020.

The 60-year-old went on to reprise the role in the second and third sequels and has since starred in TV and film projects including Spin City which he also executive produced and family films Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2 where he played the title character.

Michael has also been very public about his experience with Parkinson’s disease which he was diagnosed with in 1991. In 2000 he founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000 to help fund research towards the disease.

Christopher Lloyd played Emmett “Doc” Brown. (Credit: IMDB/Getty)

Christopher Lloyd as Emmett “Doc” Brown

The time-travelling and eccentric “Doc” was played by Hollywood screen legend Christopher Lloyd, who still has a special bond with co-star Michael J. Fox.

“He’s courageous, has a great sense of humour and a wonderful perspective on life,” the 82-year-old actor told the Guardian in March 2021.

“I have such admiration for him. From the first time we met, and we shot together, the relationship has always been there. And I know that if we were set to do something else again together, it would still be there. We just have a natural chemistry.”

Though Back To The Future may be his most famous project, he’s done plenty since and has starred in cult classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit as well as Uncle Fester in two Addams Family films.

Lea Thompson played Lorraine Baines-McFly. (Credit: IMDB/Instagram)

Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines-McFly

In a twist, the teenage version of Marty’s mum Lorraine develops a crush on him in the film and was played by actress Lea Thompson.

Lea has since starred in numerous films including Howard the Duck and Some Kind of Wonderful as well as in TV shows, most notably as Kathryn Kennish in Switched At Birth. She’s also directed several TV episodes and TV films.

Speaking of the Back To The Future legacy in 2020, Lea told The Playlist“As an artist you always want to try and change the world to make people forget about their worries and try to inform and entertain, and of course, I’ve done a million other things like the films I’ve directed and I have just done so much gratifying work, but this is the movie that is the classic and I feel so proud to be a part of that.”

Crispin Glover played George McFly. (Credit: IMDB/Getty)

Crispin Glover as George McFly

Meek and nerdy George grew up to be Marty’s meek and nerdy father in the film, but behind the scenes there was drama with actor Crispin who refused to be in the sequel, for moral and pay reasons.

As a result, director Robert Zemeckis used footage of him from the first film and prosthetics simulating his face on another actor but Crispin sued on the grounds that they used his likeness without permission and the case was settled out of court.

The actor and director has also starred in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape as well as in Charlie’s Angels and has written 20 books.

Thomas F. Wilson played Biff Tanne (Credit: IMDB/Getty)

Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tanner

High school bully turned George’s boss Biff was the ultimate villain but actor Thomas used to have a way of dealing with hardcore fans – through song in his stand-up routine.

“When I’m flying in a plane or I’m on the street/There’s a lot of friendly people that I like to meet/They shake my hand but never ask my name/And they start asking questions that are always the same,” the lyrics read.

He’s also appeared in Freaks and Geeks and has done voice work for shows including SpongeBob SqaurePants, Family Guy and Adventure Time.

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