Dirty Dancing was released in 1987 and was originally a low budget movie without any big names in the cast - the romance drama went on to make over $200 million Dollars at the box office and still belongs to one of the most popular movies off the eighties. But what happened to the stars of the cult classic? We've tracked them down for you and checked up on all cast members.
In Dirty Dancing (1987), Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as "Johnny" and "Baby" enchanted a whole generation. Swayze was already known from the successful TV series North and South, but the part of the teenager who falls in love with the handsome dance teacher was the first big role for the young Jennifer Grey. Both actors were nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988.
For Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing was the best that could have happened to him career-wise. He went on to star in Ghost together with Demi Moore and films like Point Break and Donnie Darko. But he also had some success as a singer - his most popular song is still probably "She's like the Wind" from the Dirty Dancing original soundtrack. Sadly, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and passed away in September of 2009. He was only 57 years old...
Jennifer Grey actually struggled after the huge success of Dirty Dancing. She had a nose-job in the early nineties and many producers refrained from offering her any more roles, since she didn't match her previous head shots anymore...In recent years, she has sporadically been appearing on TV and won the 2010 season of Dancing with the Stars.
Lonny Price played the character of "Neil Kellerman", who works as a waiter at his family's holiday resort. Price played his first roles in smaller productions and later on Broadway. After Dirty Dancing, he had some roles on shows such as Golden Girls and Law & Order. These days, Price primarily works as a director.
In Dirty Dancing, Cynthia Rhodes played "Penny Johnson", the first dancing partner of "Johnny Castle" (Patrick Swayze). Cynthia started dance training at the age of three and had her first breakthrough in the hit movie Flashdance in 1983.
At the beginning of the nineties, Cynthia Rhodes withdrew completely from the movie business and took care of her family. Since 1989, Cynthia has been married to the singer- songwriter Richard Marx, and has three sons with him. In 2014 the couple filed for divorce.
Jerry Orbach played "Baby's" father "Dr. Jake Houseman", who goes up to the Kellerman's resort in the Catskill Mountains with his family. Orbach was originally known as a musical performer on Broadway and had his big-screen-breakthrough with Dirty Dancing.
During the nineties, Jerry Orbach became known for his role in the crime series Law & Order, in which he starred from 1992 to 2004. In 2004, it was announced that Orbach had been suffering from cancer for ten years already. In December 2004, he eventually succumbed to the illness at the age of 69.
Kelly Bishop played "Baby's" mother "Marjorie Houseman". She became known as a Broadway actress and today, Kelly is probably only known in her role as "Emily Gilmore" on the hit show Gilmore Girls. She has also repeatedly appeared on other successful shows like Law & Order: S.V.U. and The Good Wife, to name just a few.