While Joel Schumacher might be better known today for his part in the two ’90s Batman movies that people love to hate, 30 years ago he gave us not only one of the best movies of the ’80s, but one of the greatest vampire movies ever made. In honor of The Lost Boys turning 30, we think it’s time to find out what the cast has been up to since 1987.
Laddie – Chance Michael Corbitt
Laddie is the youngest member of the “Lost Boys,” and along with his sister Star and Michael becomes human again at the end of the movie. Probably because having a child die or even be a full vampire is just a little too dark (looking at you, Interview With The Vampire).
In real life, Laddie was played by Chance Michael Corbitt. The Lost Boys was his first movie role and he managed to keep pretty busy in the late ’80s/early ’90s, with roles in Pumpkinhead, The Rocketeer, and a recurring part as David Hasselhoff’s nephew, Kyle Buchannon, in Baywatch.
After 1994, however, he basically disappeared entirely. He returned to acting in 2005 with a small part in Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, and again in 2014 in the horror movie Hallows’ Eve. He has made appearances with his Lost Boys co-stars at various horror conventions over the years, but chances are he’ll never have a role as big as his debut.
Dwayne – Billy Wirth
Dwayne is David’s second-in-command and basically the poster boy for tall, dark, and brooding. He’s never actually named in the film, so the only reason we know his name is thanks to the credits. He ends up meeting his end thanks to Sam and a well-placed arrow to the heart. At least he gets to die wearing that sick fang earring.
Dwayne was played by Billy Wirth, who started his a career as a model, before moving to L.A. to pursue an acting career. In 1989 he actually appeared on the first season of American Gladiators, but was eliminated during the semifinals.
He had appearances in some of the biggest shows of the ’90s and early 2000s, like Tales from the Crypt, Charmed, Sex and the City, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He’s also worked behind the camera, in 2001 he wrote, directed, and produced MacArthur Park, which was featured at Sundance and received several award nominations. More recently he’s had small roles on both Chicago P.D. and Major Crimes.
Paul – Brooke McCarter
Paul and his truly incredible hair earned him the nickname “Twisted Sister” courtesy of the Frog Brothers. We don’t see or hear much from him in the movie, but he does at least get to go out in a blaze of glory thanks to being pushed into a bathtub full of garlic and holy water by Sam’s dog Nanook. RIP to that glorious mane of hair.
Paul was played by actor and musician Brooke McCarter. While filming The Lost Boys, he became good friends with co-star Corey Haim, and would actually become Haim’s manager for a while during the ’90s. Post-Lost Boys, he had roles in an episode of The Twilight Zone and in the John Belushi biopic Wired. In 1989 he decided to take a hiatus from acting in order to focus on other things, namely his music.
He actually wrote the music scores for two films, 1991’s Fast Getaway (which starred Corey Haim, and the 2002 documentary Leaves of Green, which he also directed. In 2009 he returned to acting, starring in The Uh-Oh! Show which was directed by “The Godfather of Gore” himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis.
He reunited with his fellow Lost Boys cast-mates at horror conventions several times over the years. He also toured the U.S. as a drummer. Sadly, in 2015 Brooke McCarter passed away at age 52 from a rare genetic liver disorder called alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency.
Marko – Alex Winter
Marko also had some truly incredible hair, but not in a good way (that mullet, yikes!) Marko was the first of the vampire gang to die at the hands of the Frog Brothers, meeting with the business end of a stake while sleeping in the vampire’s cave hideout.
The actor who played Marko, Alex Winter, has had a long and varied career in Hollywood. He’s more known for playing Bill alongside Keanu Reeves’s Ted in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and it’s 1991 sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.
In the 30 years since Lost Boys, Winter has spent most of his time working behind the camera. In 1991 he helped develop MTV’s sketch comedy show The Idiot Box, which was cancelled after 6 episodes due to MTV having budget problems. In 1993 he co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the ’90s cult classic Freaked. In 1999 he directed Fever, which ended up as an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. He also directed the live-action TV remake of Ben 10 which ended up getting the highest ratings in Cartoon Network history.
He doesn’t just make fiction films though, he’s also directed a number of documentaries, mostly related to his work as an advocate for technology and privacy rights. 2013’s Downloaded focused on Napster and the effects of filesharing on the music industry. 2015’s Deep Web looked at the “dark web” and bitcoin. He also directed the music videos for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Knock Me Down” and Helmet’s “Milquetoast.”
While he doesn’t do much acting anymore, he has appeared on an episode of Bones as well as doing some voice acting for shows like Robot Chicken. Both he and Keanu Reeves have confirmed that a third Bill and Ted adventure is in the works, which could potentially start filming later this year.
Alan Frog – Jamison Newlander
Alan is one half of the vampire-slaying Frog brothers duo. Sam doesn’t listen when they try to warn him about Santa Carla’s bloodsuckers, but they get to have their “told you so” moment when he comes to them for help with his newly turned half vampire brother, Michael.
Alan was played by 17-year-old Jamison Newlander. The Lost Boys is his biggest and most well-known role, but he has appeared in a handful of other movies, like the 1988 remake of The Blob.
He returned to his role as Alan in the Lost Boys sequel we didn’t need, 2008’s Lost Boys: The Tribe. Unfortunately for Newlander, his scene was ultimately cut from the movie, but you can see it in the deleted scenes included on the DVD. He did, however, get to return (for real this time) in the sequel we needed even less, 2010’s Lost Boys: The Thirst.
More recently he played the Mayor in the underrated horror-western Bone Tomahawk, and he will have a cameo in Corey Haim/Corey Feldman biopic A Tale of Two Coreys
To find out what happened to Michael, David, Starr, and the others, head to the next page!