Meet 'Porky's' Cast 38 Years after Cult Teen Comedy Was Released
Bob Clark's 1981 classic 'Porky's' helped carve out the teen comedy film genre, as well as outrage many parents. The controversial film spawned three sequels -- 'Porky's II: The Next Day,' 'Porky's Revenge!' and 'Pimpin' Pee Wee' -- and even featured future A-lister Kim Cattrall. So where have the rest of the 'Porky's' cast ended up? Let's take a look!
Then: Roger Wilson graduated from Woodbury Forest School alongside Marvin Bush, George W.'s brother. He went on to star in a couple of roles before landing his big role as Mickey in 'Porky's.' Mickey was the innocent redneck of the bunch, a role that gained him recognition.
Now: Wilson went on to appear in the first 'Porky's' sequel. Weirdly, he is best known for suing Leonardo DiCaprio for $45 million in 1998. This after he got into a fight with members of the actor's entourage. Wilson also played in the band "Born Again Baldwins" until 2009.
Then: Knight had a short career in television before turning all his attention to the film world. This was where he earned the role of Tommy in 'Porky's.' His character was the one in the notorious shower scene. It turned out to be a difficult scene to live down.
Now: Knight reprised his role for the 'Porky's' sequels, and went on to work on 'Family Ties,' 'Pacific Blue,' and 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.' He made a few appearances in TV movies as well but seemingly stopped acting around 2003. Tragically, he passed away in 2011.
Then: Before playing Sheriff Wallace, Alex Karras was a first-round draft pick for the Detroit Lions, playing with the team until 1970. In fact, he's a professional football hall of fame inductee! Memorably, he played Mongo in the hilarious 'Blazing Saddles' before being cast in 'Porky's.'
Now: Shortly after 'Porky's,' Karras went on to his most memorable role -- adoptive father George Papadolpolis on 'Webster.' The show starred Emmanuel Lewis and Karras' real-life wife, Susan Clark. In 2011, Karras began suffering serious health complications and passed away in 2012.
Then: Canadian actor Doug McGrath earned himself a Canadian Academy Award for his role in the 1970 film 'Goin' Down the Road.' His role in Porky's was not quite so profound but it was definitely fun. And the role introduced society to McGrath's infectious and hilarious laughter.
Now: The Coach didn't make appearances in the 'Porky's' sequels, but McGrath did go on to become quite successful in film and television. He can be seen in 'Falcon Crest,' 'Little House on the Prairie,' 'Twilight Zone: The Movie' and many more. Today, he works mainly out of his native Canada.
Then: After gaining some attention for his role in 'Fame,' Boyd Gaines went on to play Coach Brackett, the lovesick coach who fell hard for the beautiful Ms. Honeywell. This role was only his second film or television role ever and basically launched his acting career.
Now: Gaines went on to work in film and television over many years. He's also found success on Broadway, appearing in 'She Loves Me,' 'Cabaret,' and 'Anything Goes,' among many others. He has received many accolades for his stage work. In 2019, he had a small role in the Ansel Elgort film, "The Goldfinch".
Then: The beautiful bombshell Kim Cattrall played Ms. Honeywell, the overly enthusiastic cheerleading coach. Before 'Porky's,' she was born in England but was raised in Canada. This was where she had a lengthy list of television credits, appearing on 'Columbo,' 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Qunicy M.E.'
Now: Cattrall experienced a fair degree of success in the '80s, with parts in 'Police Academy,' 'Big Trouble in Little China' and 'Mannequin.' In the '90s she played Samantha Jones on 'Sex and the City,' a part for which she won a Golden Globe. Since 2011, the theatre world grabbed her attention.
Then: Following a breakout role in 'The Wanderers,' actor Tony Ganios played the 'biggest guy on the campus" and the resident ladies man. He was called Meat in 'Porky's.' His role emphasized the actor's physique and established him as a teenage heartthrob.
Now: Like many of his castmates, his role in 'Porky's' would be his most popular. He also starred in 'Die Hard 2' and showed up in 'Rising Sun.' Rumor has it that after 1993, Ganios became an insurance agent. In 2012, He reunited with some cast members to kickstart a new film...
Then: Prior to appearing on 'Porky's' O'Reilly's acting experience were two roles in comedy cult classic "Airplane!" and the tv show, "Skag." 1981 would turn out to be a break out year for O'Reilly as he was cast in four different films and a tv show that year.
Now: O'Reilly has been rather busy since 'Porky's.' He reprised his role for only one sequel and went on to appear in 'Navy Seals,' 'T.N.T.' and 'Black Dog.' His television appearances after 'Porky's' have included 'Murder, She Wrote,' 'Silk Stalkings,' and 'Desire.' He recently produced 'Alien Rising'.
Then: The prank-pulling voice of reason in 'Porky's' was Billy. It was Herrier's first film role. In no time at all, Herrier found himself in the world's number one movie as well as the number one show in New York, 'Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You.'
Now: Along with reprising his role for the sequels, Herrier appeared in several hit shows and films such as 'M*A*S*H,' 'Freddy's Nightmare,' and 'Murder, She Wrote. Today, he's turned to directing and was behind the movies 'Popcorn' and 'I Like Mike'.
Then: The part of Edward 'Pee Wee' Morris would be the biggest role Dan Monahan ever played. Prior to the film, he worked on stage alongside Al Pacino in 'Richard III.' He also appeared in 'Eight is Enough,' 'How the West Was Won' and starred in a few after-school specials.
Now: After 'Porky's,' Monahan reprised his Pee Wee role in 'Porky's II' and 'Porky's Revenge.' He made a few appearances in the '80s and '90s but retired from acting in 2000. His final acting credit was as the voice of Friar Lawrence in the production of Romeo and Juliet in 2000.
CRAZY IN CANADA
Although the film did well in America, the split studio production did extremely well in Canada. Porky’s was the highest ever grossing film at the Canadian box office, an accolade that it held for a very long time. In fact, Porky’s remained the highest-grossing film in Canada for 24 years!
THE IRISH WEREN'T FANS
In Ireland, the film was initially banned and the studio had to appeal the decision to get it overturned. In the end, their bid was successful and the film screened in Ireland, much to the chagrin of the religious community. The film then went on to do pretty well at the Irish Box Office!
Writer and director, Bob Clark, gathered material for the movie over a 15 year period. The story is a composite of incidents collected from the males of his generation. This along with some of his own personal memories from growing up in high school made the film a reality.
UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT DIRECTOR, BOB CLARKE
There are some interesting behind the scenes politics that fans of the show may be oblivious too. One such aspect includes director, Bob Clarke. The man who went on to lead the movie had a few conditions before he agreed to the job. He wanted a favor from the film studio...
If he was going to direct the movie, he wanted to make another film of his liking. In fact, he wanted to make a Christmas movie! The studio wasn't particularly keen on that genre but because they needed Clarke, the agreed to his requirements! A pretty impressive bargain from his side!
Bob Clarke had a very big reach in the industry. It's no surprise that he had worked together with Porky's actress Kim Cattrall on another occasion. The two of them were acquainted quite well, having been on the sets of movies like Tribute, Turk 182 and Baby Geniuses.
This made their job easier at times because they understood each other reasonably well! One factor that had nothing to do with Bob Clarke involved the names of the characters in 'Porky's.' Apparently, there is more to meets the eye when it comes to some of the names...
While the real meanings behind some of the names like Pee Wee, Honeywell, and Cherry Forever remain unclear, the writer did gove some insight. He confirmed that many of the names were, in fact, a code word for something else, arguably something cruder.
Well, there you have it! A look back at a movie that spawned the likes of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' and 'American Pie' franchise. Did you have a favorite character? We would love to hear about it! Drop a comment below and follow us for more great content about your favorite movies and television shows from the past.