Was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the lead pipe? Perhaps it was Mrs. Peacock with the knife in the kitchen. Or could it have been Mrs. White in the billiard room with the rope?
In 1985 a cast of hilarious actors brought Clue, the Whodunit board game, to life on film. Donning 1950s garb, they were locked in a creepy, albeit classy, mansion with Mr. Boddy and a slew of unfortunate guests. The actors filled the movie with dry humor and wit on its way to becoming an ‘80s classic. Aside from avoiding suspicion, what have they been up to?
As Wadsworth the fast talking, exuberant butler, Tim Curry led the cast. In the same year Clue premiered he terrified audiences in Legend and later as the evil clown Pennywise in Stephen King’s It, then moved on to The Hunt for Red October, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Congo, Muppets Treasure Island, Charlie’s Angels, and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. He appeared in or voice acted in episodes of the TV shows Wiseguy, The Legend of Prince Valient, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, The Pirates of Dark Water, Dinosaurs, and had a starring voice role in The Wild Thornberrys. A well known stage actor, he starred in The Art of Success, played Alan Swann in the Broadway production of My Favorite Year, then starred as King Arthur in Spamalot, earning his third Tony nomination. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, and he won the Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
As the sexy Miss Scarlet, Lesley Ann Warren had the male suspects trailing behind her. After Clue, she starred in A Fight for Jenny, Cop, Worth Winning, Lola, Life Stinks, Pure Country, Color of Night, Natural Enemy, Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Losing Grace, Secretary, My Tiny Universe, Constellation, Deepwater, The Shore, Stiffs, and just completed Bound by a Secret. She appeared in episodes of Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, and is currently starring in the protective custody drama, In Plain Sight. Warren is also a ballet dancer, having trained at the School of American Ballet. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Victor Victoria before Clue.
Michael McKean spent his days on set bumbling around as Mr. Green. The comedian starred in Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Coneheads, Airheads, The Brady Bunch Movie, Small Soldiers, Mystery, Alaska, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Relative Strangers, and is working on Whatever Works. He guest starred on the TV shows Grand, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Dinosaurs, Boy Meets World, Friends, and Smallville starred on Saturday Night Live, and voice acted in 101 Dalmatains: The Series. Along with acting, he co-wrote several of the songs for Christopher Guest’s film A Mighty Wind which won a Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media and the song “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song. He appeared on stage in London in Love Song and was recently cast to star in the British series The Thick of It. He’s also starring in the 40th anniversary Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.
The shrill voiced Mrs. Peacock played by Eileen Brennan, denied guilt in the film, but couldn’t deny the laughs. Following her performance in Clue she starred in the movies Babes in Toyland, Rented Lips, Precious Victims, Take Me Home Again, If These Walls Could Talk, Jeepers Creepers, Comic Book Villains, and recently finished The Kings of Appletown. She is most well known for contributions to the small screen including the TV shows Blossom, thirtysomething, Home Improvement, ER, Mad About You, in 7th Heaven as the nosy Mrs. Bink, and in Will & Grace as a rough and tough acting coach for which she was nominated for an Emmy. Brennan was nominated for an Oscar for Private Benjamin in 1981, was nominated for six Emmys, and won one, also for Private Benjamin.
The most well known comedian in the cast is Christopher Lloyd. Following his turn as Professor Plum, Lloyd starred in many family oriented movies including, Walk Like a Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eight Men Out, Back to the Future trilogy, The Addams Family, The Addams Family Values, Camp Nowhere, The Pagemaster, Anastasia, My Favorite Martian, Alice in Wonderland TV movie, The Big Time, Detective, and has multiple projects in production or nearing completion. He did multiple episodes of Deadly Games, voice acted in Cyberchase, and starred in Stacked. Known as a very shy man, he rarely appears in public or gives interviews. With the success of various films, including Back to the Future, Lloyd’s voice accompanies theme park rides and animated specials.
Madeline Kahn portrayed the femme fatale in Clue as Mrs. White. She starred and voice acted in My Little Pony: The Movie, An American Tale, starred in Betsy’s Wedding, Mixed Nuts, Nixon, A Bug’s Life, her final film was the independent movie, Judy Berlin, and she starred in the TV show Cosby from 1996 to 1999. In 1987 she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance in an ABC After School Special called Wanted: The Perfect Guy. Kahn returned to the stage in the revival of Born Yesterday, then in Wendy Wasserstein’s play The Sisters Rosensweig, for which she won a Tony Award, and she also played the corrupt mayor in a concert performance of Anyone Can Whistle. Kahn died in December in 1999 shortly after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was 57 years-old.
The stern looking, but not quite intimidating Colonel Mustard was played by Martin Mull. He went on to star in Home Is Where the Hart Is, Cutting Class, Ski Patrol, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jingle All the Way, Beverly Hills Family Robinson, Come Away Home, and Relative Strangers. Mull guest starred in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Wild Thornberrys, Arrested Development, Danny Phantom, American Dad, starred in Roseanne, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Ellen Show, and recently he appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Gary Unmarried. Along with acting, Mull is a comedian, painter, and a recording artist. He did a series of TV commercials for Michelob in the ‘80s and radio commercials for Red Roof Inn during the 1990s. In 2009 he is set to host the show That’s Not Fake.
While Colleen Camp begins the movie as the seemingly helpless maid Yvette, fellow suspects quickly begin questioning what she’s hiding in her feather duster. Following Clue she starred in Walk Like a Man, Wicked Stepmother, My Blue Heaven, Wayne’s World, Last Action Hero, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, House Arrest, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Election, Joshua, In Good Company, Running with Scissors, Four Christmases, and is working on several projects. She appeared in the shows Roseanne, Entourage, and The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman. She began steadily working as a producer in the late 1990s on projects including An American Rhapsody, How to Make a Monster, and 2010’s The Monster of Longwood.
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