|'Groundhog Day:' Where Are They Now?|
|By JENNIFER ABBEY||Feb 11, 2013, 7:20 PM|
Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this year meaning spring is coming early. But for the stars of the film "Groundhog Dog," they're celebrating something a little different—the 20th anniversary of the film.
"Groundhog Day" follows meteorologist Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, and his producer, played by Andie MacDowell and cameraman played by Chris Elliott as they travel to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pa. But arrogant Connors finds himself stuck reliving Feb. 2, with the day playing out exactly as it did before. At first, Connors enjoys being able to live without consequences, but then desperately tries to make it stop as he gets sick of waking up to Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" every day.
In 2006, "Groundhog Day" was added to the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Click through to check out where the cast of the hugely popular comedy is up to now.
Bill Murray starred as the lead character, Phil Connors, in "Groundhog Day" and he has probably the most recognizable name of the film's cast.
The "Moonrise Kingdom" star received his only Oscar nomination for his role in the 2003 film "Lost in Translation." He's also starred in major box office hits "Charlie's Angels," "The Darjeeling Limited" and "Get Smart." Murray is currently filming "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with Edward Norton and Ralph Fiennes.
Last month, Murray made Forbes' list of "The 50 Funniest People Now," but the actor said that comedies have changed since the 1990s.
"They're different [now]… They're just different from what I used to do," he told GQ last month. "The early movies, we just did them for fun. If they were funny, you did them. There wasn't this life-or-death thing. I was in movies where I would turn up, and they'd be like, 'Whaddya got?' It was like, 'Turn on two cameras and let's go'."
Murray has also been making headlines for the intense mustache he's been sporting. The 62-year-old actor showed off his gray facial hair at a celebrity golf event of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament Feb. 6, 2013.
After "Groundhog Day," Andie MacDowell went on to star in countless films including "Beauty Shop" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral," for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. The actress, 54, currently stars on the ABC Family series, "Jane By Design" and she recently wrapped a made-for-TV film called "Cedar Cove."
The actress is perhaps most well known for her ads for L'Oreal hair care and cosmetics. She's been a spokeswoman for the company for 27 years.
MacDowell is also busy being a mom. The "Groundhog Day" star has three kids with ex-husband Paul Qualley. The couple divorced and MacDowell married her childhood friend, businessman Rhett Hartzog in 2001 but the pair divorced three years later. For now, the actress is currently single.
"I'm in an unusual stage right now," she told Town & Country magazine last year. "Because I haven't dated in so long. The sense of isolation turns it all into a bigger deal. Just taking the risk of opening that door is really hard for me right now."
But that doesn't mean she can't fantasize about meeting someone.
"In my fantasy, I would get into elevators, those old-fashioned, really beautiful ones in Paris, and start hitting on men — any man that I could get in the elevator alone with," she said. "It didn't matter what they looked like or how old they were. In some sort of sensual way I would hit on them. But only as long as they were in the elevator. And as soon as the doors would open, it would be over."
Chris Elliott played cameraman Larry in "Groundhog Day." The year after the film debuted, Elliott joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" for one year. That same year, he starred in "Cabin Boy" which earned him a Razzie nomination for Worst New Star.
Elliott, 52, then went on to star in several comedy films including "There's Something About Mary" and "Scary Movie 2." He recently guest starred on "How I Met Your Mother" as Mickey Aldrin and he starred in last year's "The Dictator" alongside Sacha Baron Cohen.
The actor currently stars on the Adult Swim series "Eagleheart," which is produced by Conan O'Brien's production company. Elliott plays a crime fighting United States marshal.
He is also a writer. He published a crime parody novel in 2006 titled "The Shroud of the Thwacker," which follows the police chief Caleb Spencer and his two cohorts as they try to stop the world's first serial killer. Elliott also published an autobiography last year titled "The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography," which he has said is more of a parody than a truthful recount of his life.
Elliott is also a father. The actor has been married to Paula Niedert Elliott since 1986 and the pair have two children together. His daughter Abby, 25, was the first second-generation "Saturday Night Live" cast member. She left the show last year. Elliott's other daughter Bridey Elliott has appeared alongside her dad on his show, "Eagleheart."
Stephen Tobolowksy played Ned Ryerson, a persistent insurance salesman in "Groundhog Day" and the role hasn't left him. The actor recently told the Seattle Times he's watched the film about a dozen times and it has a special place in his heart.
"My youngest son was 11 — he's 19 now — and he said, 'You're in this movie; it sounds really stupid, Dad.' I said, 'You should watch it; it's kind of funny,'" Tobolowsky recalled. "So he went into the room where we have our TV and closed the door. To hear the laughter coming through that door...it was the greatest time I ever did not see the movie."
Tobolowsky went on to star in such films as "Buried," "The Insider" and 2000's "Memento." He also had several guest starring roles in hit television shows including "Desperate Housewives," "Glee" and "Californication." In 2002, the actor was nominated for a Tony award for his role in the Broadway play "Morning's at Seven."
Like Elliott, Tobolowsky, 61, is also a writer. Last year, he published his memoir, "The Dangerous Animals Club," in which he recounts his life as a character actor. Tobolowsky is also busy with his podcast, called "The Tobolowsky Files," during which he shares short stories from his life and inside stories of the entertainment industry.
Tobolowsky is married to actress Ann Hearn, with whom he has two children.