'Caddyshack': Where Are They Now?

Over the years the film, which opened to negative reviews but went on to gross $40 million when it was released in 1980, has only grown in stature: Tiger Woods has called it his favorite film and even played Spackler in an American Express commercial spoofing the film; it has spawned websites of favorite lines and trivia; and in March, Warner Bros. released a 30th anniversary edition.

Moreover, "Caddyshack" spawned a whole new genre of screwball comedies. "It's the granddaddy of these dumb comedies, like 'Something About Mary,'" Connell Barrett said. "The Farrelly Brothers and Judd Apatow would probably tell you they owe something to 'Caddyshack.'"

So would the cast. Here's a look at their careers since "Caddyshack."

Bill Murray/Carl Spackler

Bill Murray in 1979 and 2010

Bill Murray and his five brothers worked as caddies in the suburbs of Chicago as teenagers. That experience inspired his brother Brian to co-write "Caddyshack" with National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney. On the Murray Brothers website, Murray described the film as "the gripping tale of the Murray brothers' first experiments with employment."

Murray, now 59, was already famous when he starred in "Caddyshack," having risen to prominence on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970s alongside John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. He landed his first starring film role in 1979's "Meatballs" before following up with a string of hits including "Caddyshack," "Stripes," "Tootsie" and "Ghostbusters."

Murray demonstrated his range beyond comedy in the 1990s and 2000s, notably when he starred in "Rushmore" and "Lost in Translation," for which he received an Oscar nomination for best actor.

His personal life has not been as smooth. In 2008, his second wife accused him of domestic violence and filed for divorce.

An avid golfer, the sport has remained a fixture in Murray's life. He has written about the game in his 1999 book, "Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf," and runs the Murray Bros. Caddy Shack Golf Tournament with his five brothers. The brothers also opened Murray Bros. Caddy Shack, a restaurant chain near St. Augustine, Florida.

Chevy Chase/Ty Webb

Chevy Chase in 1980 and 2010.

One of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live" and the first anchor of the show's "Weekend Update," Chevy Chase was declared the funniest man in America by New York magazine in 1975. He left the show after one year, with Murray as his replacement, to star in films such as "Foul Play" and "Oh Heavenly Dog."

Following "Caddyshack," Chase reached the height of his career in the 1980s after a string of hits including the National Lampoon's "Vacation" films. His career took a notorious downturn in 1993 when his nighttime talk show, "The Chevy Chase Show," was cancelled after six weeks.

In recent years the father of three and outspoken Democrat has seen a resurgence in his career. Now 66, he has a starring role in the television sitcom "Community," in which he plays an aging tycoon who returns to school.

Rodney Dangerfield/Al Czervik

Rodney Dangerfield in 1980 and 2004, the year he died.

Famous for his catchphrase "I don't get no respect," Rodney Dangerfield was known primarily for his stand-up comedy when Ramis cast him in "Caddyshack."

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