For those of you that grew up in the 90s, you may remember the famous Mighty Ducks series. It turned into a series of three movies in the 90’s. The coach, played by Emilio Estevez, is sentenced to community service, which leads to him coaching a peewee hockey team. The original came out in 1992, then the sequels came out in 1994 and 1996.
Estevez plays Gordon Bombay, a hotshot lawyer who is still haunted by losing a pee-wee hockey game as a kid. The character’s name is a combination of two different brands of gin: Gordon’s and Bombay. When he gets arrested for drunk-driving, he gets sentenced to community service. He coaches the losing team into winning one as he gets the kids to trust him. He also renames the team as “The Ducks.” Naturally, they face off against Bombay’s old coach and his current team in the finals game. There is even a real hockey team, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, owned by Disney and named after the team in the movie.
Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Charlie, but his parents wouldn’t let him do it. Bill Murray was first tapped to play Coach Bombay, but he was deemed too old for the role. Charlie Sheen was also approached to take the role, but it went to his brother instead.
The movie follows the rise of the Ducks through the ranks of the Minneapolis Pee Wee leagues. It was a very popular family movie in its day. Find out what some of our favorite characters are up to now.
10. Shaun Weiss – Greg Goldberg
Shaun Weiss played the character Greg Goldberg in all three of the Mighty Ducks movies. Weiss, 38 years old, is mostly known for his works in the Mighty Ducks. He also had a small part in the 2008 Owen Wilson flick, Drillbit Taylor. He was in the short-lived The Tony Danza Show in 1997-1998. He was in 14 episodes . He also had a bit part in 5 episodes of Judd Apatow’s classic show, Freaks and Geeks. He started in 5 episodes of the children’s series Pee Wee’s Playhouse in 1986. He has also done 30 national commercials.
9. Marguerite Moreau – Connie
Although she was not given a last name in the credits, she was a member of the Mighty Ducks. Marguerite Moreau has hasn’t done that great either, much like her co-stars. She was in the movie adaptation of the Anne Rice novel, Queen of the Damned. She had a short stint on the much-loved classic teen drama, The O.C. She was also in the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but we won’t hold that against her too much. She had a 7- episode stint on Grey’s Anatomy in 2013. Personally, the actress is now married with one child.
8. Garette Henson – Guy Germaine
Garrette Henson played alongside his brother Elsen in the Mighty Duck movies. Garrette, now 36, has worked on such movies as Casper and Arachnophobia. He was in all three of the Ducks movies. He was also in The Adventures of Huck Finn in 1993. He started out in the late 80s as a child actor. His first film appearance was in a movie called Radioactive Dreams. He played a flashback version of one of the main characters. He was in the short-lived, late 80s show called The Charmings. It was about the Snow White family being transported to the present day, and they try to blend in despite their unfamiliarity with technology.
7. Emilio Estevez – Coach Bombay
Naturally, we have to start the list with Emilio Estevez. The star of the film series is the brother of Charlie Sheen and son of Martin Sheen. He has not been “winning” quite as much as his brother. He had a good start with his starring role in The Breakfast Club in the 80s before the Mighty Ducks. Now, he mostly works behind the screen. He famously wrote and directed the 2006 film, Bobby, about the night Robert Kennedy got shot in 1968. It follows a large group of seemingly different characters doing different things during that day. It eventually links all of these stories together and shows these people witnessing Kennedy’s murder.
6. Joshua Jackson – Charlie Conway
Joshua Jackson played one of the main and rag-tag players on the Ducks as Charlie. Now, at 38 years old, he has done some famous movie and TV roles. For us nerds, you might remember him as one of the stars of the Fox show, Fringe. He was there for all five seasons. You might also recognize his big role in the 90’s teen drama, Dawson’s Creek, playing the character of Pacey Witter. As a child, he was in the adaptation of a Stephen King novella, Apt Pupil. Not everyone will know that one, but it was a great story.
5. Elden Henson – Fulton Reed
Elden Henson played one of the Mighty Ducks as Fulton Reed in all three movies. Henson started in the business as a baby model at two years old. He played Pollux in the last two Hunger Games movies. Now, he is gaining some nerd fame for starring in the Marvel Netflix show, Daredevil. Don’t worry fellow nerds, the new series is not connected to the horrible 2002 Ben Affleck Daredevil movie. We all know that one was bad. He has had several one-episode guest star TV appearances on various series such as Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Psych, and E.R. He’s 37.
4. Matt Doherty – Lester Averman
Doherty played the “class clown” of the Ducks in all three Ducks films. He is now 38, and hasn’t done that well in his career. His first role was one of the kids in the first Home Alone movie, so I guess that’s a good one for him. Another movie he was in as a child was So I Married an Axe Murderer. Nowadays he has only done a few short guest star appearances in several TV shows: Felicity, Boston Public, CSI: Miami, Bones, and others. He has appeared in many commercials, and he continues to learn to play the trumpet like he did in the Ducks.
3. Kenan Thompson – Russ Tyler
A very familiar face, us millennials know him from the famous Nickelodeon TV Shows All That and Kenan and Kel. He was only in the second and third Mighty Ducks movies as Russ Tyler. There was also a spin off movie from the sketches on these shows called Good Burger. He has also played Fat Albert in those movies. Today, Thompson can be seen as a successful actor on Saturday Night Live since 2003. He was also in the short-lived show, The Awesomes, in 2013. The 37-year-old returned to All That for the 10th Anniversary special and brought back three of his characters: Lester Oaks, Construction Worker, Principal Pimpell, and Pierre Escargot (who was always in a bathtub).
2. Jussie Smollett – Terry Hall
Here we have Jussie Smollett, arguably one of the most successful of the Mighty Ducks alumni. He was only in the first Ducks movie so he might not appear too familiar from the movie. Also, he was in the mid-90s classic movie North, which has Elijah Wood trying to hunt for new parents after he disowns his own. But, he has found recent success on the mega-hit TV series Empire. The Fox hit is a drama about a mega music mogul that is fighting his wife and kids for control over his company. It has won one Golden Globe and one BET award among other accolades.
1. Brandon Adams – Jesse Hall
Here we have Brandon Adams who has had a decent career since being a part of the Ducks. He played the on-screen brother of Smollett’s character. He was also in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, the Sandlot (another great 90s sports movie), and others. In addition, he appeared on a short-lived TV show, A Different World, along with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Moesha, and Sister, Sister. The actor not only pursued the film industry but he produces rap music under the name B-Lee. He has even done some video game voices for Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2.
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