Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was the little movie that became a big box office hit.
The family film, released in 1989, grossed $222m (£182m) worldwide, spawned two sequels and was even made into a Disney theme park attraction.
It followed the adventures of a group of children who were shrunk to a quarter inch when inventor Wayne Szalinski’s laser gun unexpectedly fired at them.
After being accidentally swept away, the small group found themselves outside in the garden to face huge scary critters, raindrops and a lawn mower.
It’s been over three decades since Honey, I Shrunk The Kids was released and it’s now believed that a fourth film titled Shrunk could be in the works for Disney+.
But what happened to the original cast? Here we reveal their surprising lives after the film – from tragic deaths to surprising jobs.
Rick Moranis – “Stop” Acting After Wife’s Death
Before playing Professor Wayne Szalinski, Rick Moranis was already a big star, having starred in two Ghostbusters films, Little Shop Of Horrors and Star Wars parody Spaceballs.
But in 1991, two years after the release of HISTK, the actor’s wife of five years, Ann Belsky, died of breast cancer.
Rick retired from public life to care for their two children, and aside from appearing in the film’s two sequels, he was rarely seen on screen.
He’s since done voice-over work for the films Brother Bear, Muppets Tonight and The Goldbergs – and released a total of three comic music albums.
Previously, Rick countered speculation that he had retired and insisted he was just “picky” about acting jobs.
In January, he was reportedly working on a new HISTK sequel, titled Shrunk, but no further news was announced.
In 2020, CCTV captured a brutal assault on the actor on New York’s lavish Upper West Side, where he suffered head, back and hip injuries.
Marcia Strassman – Death of cancer
TV star Marcia Strassman played Wayne’s beloved wife, Diane, who worried about her husband’s goofy experiments.
She appeared in two of the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids films before returning to appear in TV shows such as Murder, She Wrote and Baywatch.
In 2007, she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, which had spread to her bones, and she died seven years later at the age of 66.
Carl Steven – Heroin Overdose
Prior to HISTK, Carl Steven had a few acting credits to his name, but he’s best known for playing Tommy Purvis, who drove a lawnmower with a remote control.
Previously, he starred as Young Spock in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock and landed roles in Teen Wolf, The Charlie Brown And Snoopy Show and a Scooby-Doo spin-off.
Unfortunately, in his adult life, things got worse when he developed an addiction to prescription drugs following a tonsillectomy.
In 2010, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for committing six armed robberies while trying to support himself.
A year later, Carl died of a heroin overdose at the age of 36.
Kristine Sutherland – Portrait Photographer
Kristine Sutherland played Mae Thompson in the film and continued to appear on TV shows.
Among her biggest roles was Joyce Summers, the mother of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, between 1997 and 2002, before she changed careers drastically.
Kristine took a photography course at Santa Monica College and set up a studio specializing in portraits.
Now 68, she still does occasional acting, including on the TV show Russian Doll, voicing a character in the Grand Theft Auto V video game, and appearing in the 2020 movie Before/While/After. .
Jared Rushton – Rock Band Star
HISTK fans will recall that “Little Russ” had an even smaller brother named Ron, played by Jared Rushton.
Prior to the film’s release in 1989, he appeared in the television series Roseanne, as Tom Hank’s friend in the film Big, and also in Murder, She Wrote.
But after the movie, Jared bagged a few small TV pieces ahead of his final appearance on the 2000 series Cover Me.
Jared, 48, quit acting to become a musician and plays guitar and organ for rock bands Deal By Dusk and Goodbye Effect.
Amy O’Neill – Became a fire eater
Amy O’Neill appeared in two of the HISTK films as Amy Szalinski, who tap danced with a mop in her hand.
After the roles, she reportedly lost interest in acting due to receiving scripts that required nudity and a complete career change.
Amy joined the Girls On Stilts circus troupe, where she juggled, breathed fire and walked on stilts.
Since then, the 51-year-old has appeared in a few small productions, including the TV show Baskets and the short film The Follower.
Robert Oliveri – Leave for a Quiet Life
Nick Szalinski was a mini-me of his inventor father in every way[/caption]
Playing Nick Szalinski was young Robert Oliveri’s first acting role, which led to him being nominated for a Young Artist Award and a Saturn Award.
He continued to serve as his father’s geeky protege when he appeared in the HISTK sequel and was later cast as Kevin, the brother of Winona Ryder’s character Kim in Edward Scissorhands.
Robert’s last known appearance was in the 3D short film Honey, I Shrunk The Audience!, which was an attraction at Disney theme parks from 1994 to 2010.
He quit acting to pursue a college education and now the 44-year-old is believed to be living a quieter life with his wife and children in Florida.
Matt Frewer – Disney Surprise Role
Matt Frewer played the Szalinskis’ next-door neighbor Russ Thompson Sr, known as “Big Russ,” and is now listed as having over 130 acting credits on IMDB.
Since HISTK, he’s landed some memorable roles, including Moloch in Watchmen and Doctor Leekie in Orphan Black.
Fans of the movie might be shocked to find that Matt voiced Panic – Hades’ little teal underling – in the Disney movie Hercules.
Thomas Wilson Brown – Behind the Camera
Thomas Wilson Brown went into production but still continues to act[/caption]
Thomas Wilson Brown played little Russ Thompson Jr, who had a crush on “girl next door” Amy on HISTK.
After that, he starred in the American teen series Knots Landing and continued to find more television work.
He appeared in ER, Nash Bridges and CSI and made cameo appearances in Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor and Steven Seagal’s hit Urban Justice.
Since then, Thomas has continued to work in entertainment – acting in independent TV shows and films as well as a producer.