Playing Ferris' jealous older sister, Jeanie Bueller, Jennifer Grey spat spiteful insults intended to cut her victims to the core. In real life, Grey was one of the charmers of the '80s. After "Ferris," she landed the role of a lifetime opposite Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing" -- Frances "Baby" Houseman.
But in the '90s, an extreme nose job that rendered Grey almost unrecognizable halted her career and required her to undergo a second procedure to fix the damage. A handful of movie and TV appearances followed -- on an episode of "Friends," she played Mindy, Rachel's best friend who gets engaged to Barry, Rachel's ex-fiance -- but none bumped her back up to her '80s level of stardom. Grey managed to meld family and career with the 2006 Lifetime movie, "Road to Christmas" -- she co-starred in it with her husband, actor/director Clark Gregg. They married in 2001 and have a daughter together.
Yep, that was Charlie Sheen in the police station next to Jennifer Grey, cracking his knuckles and looking oh-so-bad in a black leather jacket. Though his character never mentions his name (Garth Volbeck), he drops some of the movie's choice lines, including, "You wear too much eye makeup. My sister wears too much. People think she's a whore."
Life imitated art as Sheen grew up and took on his "Bueller" bad boy role, seducing women and getting in trouble for drugs. (Sheen took things a bit further, though -- he's currently embroiled in a domestic abuse case after allegedly brandishing a knife at his wife, Brooke Mueller.)
Despite Sheen's rocky relationship with women and addictive substances, his career remains in good health. He appeared in a handful of movies and TV series through the '80s and '90s before landing a starring role on the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," once again playing a loose version of himself -- a guy who just can't help loving lots of ladies. As the highest paid actor in prime time TV, Sheen will reportedly bank between $1.8 and $1.9 million per episode for the next two years.
Ben Stein was pretty accomplished before "Bueller" -- he cut his teeth in politics as a speechwriter for Presidents Nixon and Ford -- and he maintained an impressive resume after. As Ferris' economics teacher, when the school-skipping student doesn't show up for class, Stein gets the most memorable line of the film: a monotone "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?"
Hollywood loved his deadpan delivery; following "Ferris," Stein enjoyed fame with wide and varied projects. Among them: hosting the Comedy Central game show "Win Ben Stein's Money," helming the VH1 reality competition, "America's Most Smartest Model," and serving as the spokesperson for Clear Eyes eyedrops ("The difference is clear…Clear Eyes"). He's also written a veritable library of books dispensing financial and life advice. But "Bueller" remains a feather in his cap: in an interview featured in the "Bueller, Bueller" DVD edition of the movie, Stein reveals, "I've said to my wife repeatedly, I just want on my gravestone, 'He loved dogs' and 'Bueller? Bueller?'"
As Sloane Peterson, Ferris' brunette beauty of a girlfriend, Mia Sara made hearts beat a little faster in the '80s. But after "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," she all but fell off the face of the acting earth. Her most prominent role after 1986 was as Jean Claude Van Damme's wife in 1994's "Timecop."