Adapted from the original J.M Barrie story of Peter and Wendy, 1991's Hook has remained a firm favorite among 80's and 90's kids. The Spielberg-directed retelling featured some of the best comedy stars of the time; Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, Dustin Hoffman and that adorable band of child actors
Chock-full of cameos, quotable lines, 'epic' sword fights, Hook charmed its way into the hearts of kids and the young-at-heart. Movie critics give it a surprisingly low rating, but kids simply loved it. It was a laugh-a-minute movie that they could relate to, especially with the young cast who made sure 'mean old men' get their comeuppance.
Schmaltzy to an adult? Maybe. A ton of laughs to kids? Bangerang!!
Love it or hate it, Hook was a springboard for many child actors. Now 24 years later, we ask “where are they now?"
15 Dante Basco
RU-FI-OOHH!!! RU-FI-OOOOHHH!!! RU-FI-OOOOOHHHHH!!!
Dante played the carefree, cocky yet lovable leader of the Lost Boys. But before he was trading insults with Robin Williams, Dante featured in Michael Jackson's anthology film, Moonwalker. Three years later, he landed the part as a young zebra-haired kid in Hook.
Since then, he's been in everything. From spoken word poetry to ads to TV appearances including Nash Bridges, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Entourage and CSI Miami, Dante has remained a firm staple in the industry.
He's also parlayed his talent into voice acting. If you listen closely, you can hear him as the voice of General Iroh in The Legend of Korra and Prince Zuko in the Nickelodeon show, Avatar.
The 39-year old multi-talented actor is also a co-founder of Hollywood's Da Poetry Lounge.
14 13 . Raushan Hammond
In the last fight scene in Hook, Thud Butt a.k.a Rashaun famously rolled down the gang plank to knock over all the pirates. This jolly Lost Boy was appointed as the leader of the group when Peter returned to his adulthood. He still makes fans misty-eyed when he reminisces on his mother being his happy thought.
Raushan made appearances as a child-actor in Tales from the Crypt, Hangin' with Mr Cooper, and Family Matters. In 2011, Raushan wrote and directed the indie film, 24 Hours In Las Vegas. These days, he stars in his own music and magic show.
13 Isaiah Robinson
Remember the scene, with the heart-tugging line, “Oh THERE you are, Peter”!
That was young Isaiah playing Pockets, the first Lost Boy to remember Peter when he returned. Way before acting in Hook, Isaiah was in radio and television commercials as a child; notably in the 'That's My Baby' ad for Johnson's Baby Shampoo and later in a 1993 Polaroid Captiva commercial with Sinbad.
After Hook, he went to college, sang in the famous Chicago Children’s Choir and has largely stayed on the music scene in Chicago.
Robinson does have one adult acting credit; he played a janitor in a 2005 zombie movie Dead at the Box Office. Off-screen, Isaiah can be found leading worship in churches in the Chicago area.
12 Jasen Fisher
If Ace's impish face looks familiar, it's because you have seen it, even before Hook. Remember Kevin Buckman from Parenthood? And Luke Eveshim in The Witches? Yup, that was Jasen Fisher, charming hearts from an early age.
Having hit three of three, it seemed like Jasen was set for a life in front of the cameras. He even received a Young Artist Award as one of the Lost Boys in Hook.
Yet, after appearing in Hook, Jasen retired from acting. Now 34, he works as a professional golf caddy in Florida.
11 James Madio
The role of Don’t Ask was the start of life in front of the cameras for the 15-year old James Madio. He's had multiple guest roles on TV including USA High, appearances on Doogie Howser, M.D., Lifestories: Families in Crisis, Blossom, Law & Order etc.
TV aside, James has also featured in movies like The Basketball Diaries, Mac and Hero. His work playing Frank Perconte in the multiple award winning documentary, Band of Brothers, led to voice work in combat video games such as Call of Duty 2 and Red Faction Guerrilla.
10 Thomas Tulak
You know, the one who blows out the candle with a raspberry and crows “Goodnight Neverland” at the end of the movie? The Lost Boy left in charge of the Neverbugs? That was Tommy's first role; playing Too Small, the youngest Lost Boy, at age six.
He went on to appear in Cheers as Jesse LeBec and as a young Ira in Mad About You. After his stint in front of the camera, he went to the Art Institute of LA to study digital film and video production. He has directed several independent short films. Nowadays, he has a channel on YouTube where he vlogs weekly.
9 Amber Scott
Technically not a Lost Boy (Lost Girl?), she played Peter Banning's daughter Maggie, in Hook. Who can forget her spot-on portrayal of the baby sister? After Hook, she graduated from Trinity College, Connecticut, where she was a member of the Delta Psi Epsilon sorority.
She lent her voice to the documentary, The Orphan Trains in 1995, but beyond that, there's scant information about her. Anywhere. Her profile at IMDb does show a quality head shot, alluding that she may be returning to acting.
8 Alex Zuckerman
Latchboy, the only redhead of the Lost Boys was another pre-Hook actor. First appearing in Rod Stewart's arms in the video for 1988's hit Forever Young, he went on to have appearances in an episode of Family Ties and played Korner Boy in The Exorcist III.
After Hook, he starred in Me and the Kid, two Disney movies Blank Check and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the horror-comedy Freaked.
His last credited role was as the voice of the son of the Wizard of Oz in Disney's The Oz Kids TV series.
7 Ryan Francis
This child star, who started acting at five-years-old, played a young Peter Pan. After Hook, he was a regular for the six years that the Sisters series was on NBC. He also showed up in Buffy, Cold Case, Poltergeist, Wonder Years, Call me Anna etc.
Like a consummate actor, he used his skills to land places in commercials (he's been in over 100 national commercials!) and lent his voice to games like Hitman: Absolution, voicing multiple characters.
Outside acting, Ryan seems to have his foot in every door. In an interview with CelebrityJabber, he stated that he's also involved with brands like Luna Rosa, a pink tequila and Zooka, a wireless speaker for the iPad. Not straying from his background in the acting industry, he recently directed a short film, Open24Hours.
6 Jake Hoffman
“Mama wants a new pair of shoes. Drive me home, Jack!” Remember that line from the pint-sized Little League player in the baseball scene? It was played by none other than Jake Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman's first son with his second wife, Lisa.
A child actor in his own right, his first role was in Rain Man at age seven, playing the boy at the pancake counter. After appearing in Hook, he landed roles in Arrested Development and Undeclared, Sugar & Spice, I Heart Huckabees, 10 Years Later, Click, Enter the Dangerous Mind and The Wolf of Wall Street are a few of the movies he has been in. He's also dabbled behind the camera; he wrote and directed Walk Into a Bar and Pancho's Pizza.
Safe to say, Jake has plans to firmly follow his famous father's footsteps.
5 Rebecca Hoffman
4 Maxwell Hoffman
3 Charles Korsmo
Peter Banning's baseball-mad son, Jack, was played by 13-year old Charles. His previous acting roles include Dick Tracy Jr. from the 1990 Dick Tracy film. When asked about what he'll do in the future, Charles was quoted as saying “I don't know what I'll do. I always thought it might be neat to be a philosopher." That's coming from a 13 year old kid!
Having thought about it some more, Charles quit acting in 1991, after completing Hook. He did come back for one last role as William Litcher in Can't Hardly Wait. He earned a degree in physics from M.I.T in 2000 and worked for the Environmental Protection Agency.
In 2006, he received a professional doctorate in Law from Yale Law School. From 2009 till 2011 Charles was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School. Charlie is currently a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
In May 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Charles Korsmo as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Four years on, he's still a member of the Board.
2 Gwyneth Paltrow
The First Lady of Goop hardly needs any introduction. But before she became a household name in Hollywood, before her high profile relationships with Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and her conscious uncoupling with Chris Martin, Gwyneth played a young Wendy Darling.
The multiple award winning actress seems to have firmly caught the acting bug after Hook. She has gone on to star in over 40 movies! She was in five blockbusters - Great Expectations, Sliding Doors, A Perfect Murder, Hush, Shakespeare in Love, all in 1998. Not content with that, she's appeared on TV, notably in Glee and SNL.
Gwyneth seems to be everywhere; she writes cookbooks (and narrates children's audiobooks), she's an artist ambassador for Save the Children, she dishes out advice on her site, Goop, she's a face of Estee Lauder's Pleasures line. She achieved all this while married and having two children.
This is one child-actor who has no plans of slowing down. At all.
The movie had tons of uncredited Lost Boys and extras, one extra that everyone remembers is the young Tinkerbell played by 10-year old Lisa Wilhoit.
Since Hook, Lisa has been really busy. She has appeared on TV in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, My So-Called Life, 7th Heaven, CSI: Las Vegas, Walker: Texas Ranger etc. Her movie roles include The Kid & I, The Chase Family and, of course, Hook.
Lisa also has a volume of work behind the scenes as a voice actress. Her credits include Addams Family Values and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. These days, she's also the voice of Connie D'Amico, the head cheerleader at James Woods High, in the animated comedy Family Guy.
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