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Where Are They Now: 'Hocus Pocus'

'Hocus Pocus'

"Hocus Pocus" wasn't exactly widely praised when it was first released in 1993, but it's aged into a Halloween favorite thanks to its camp value and charm. Check out what the cast of the movie has been up to since the movie was released.
Bette Midler as Winifred


Bette Midler as Winifred
As lead witch Winifred, Bette Midler wore big fake teeth and a big red wig to terrorize the children of Salem. Since then she's added a slew of movies to her resumé, including 2012's Parental Guidance. She appeared at the 2014 Oscars to sing "Wind Beneath My Wings," and she recently put together an all-female vocal group for an album called It's the Girls which pays tribute to 70 years of girl groups.
Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah
Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah
Sarah Jessica Parker played the seductive witch Sarah a full five years before winning her signature role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. More recently she's appeared in the movie New Year's Eve, and episodes of Glee. In 2013 she played one of two leads across from Blythe Danner in Amanda Peet's first play, The Commons of Pensacola, in New York.
Kathy Najimy as Mary

Kathy Najimy as Mary
Since playing Mary in Hocus PocusKathy Najimy has had consistent work on both the big and small screens, famously voicing Peggy through the entire run of King of the Hill. Not a year goes by without Najimy popping up on various TV shows, and most recently she cracked us up on Veep.
Thora Birch as Dani
Thora Birch as Dani
Thora Birch was 11 when Hocus Pocus hit theaters a year after her breakout role as Sally Ryan in Patriot Games. She transitioned into adult fare with 1999's American Beauty and 2001's Ghost World, and continues to work in smaller movies such as the 2012 indie family drama Petunia. While she continues to work, her career in prestige drama seems to have come to an end, and some blame her father, Jack Birch, who is also her agent. In 2007 he made the crew of Winter of Frozen Dreams very uncomfortable when he insisted on being on set while they filmed Thora's sex scenes. Then in 2010 Thora was fired from an off-Broadway production of Dracula after her father allegedly threatened one of her fellow actors, telling him not to touch her.

Omri Katz as Max
Omri Katz as Max
The role of the movie's young hero was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio who was too busy working on What's Eating Gilbert Grape. For his part, Omri Katz (17 when the movie was released) was all over in the '90s with roles in the TV show Eerie, Indiana, and the movie Matinee. He appeared in an episode of Freaks & Geeks in 1999 and an episode of General Hospital in 2000, but stepped away from acting after that. His last onscreen appearance came with an odd 2006 short called Perfect GirlIt's on YouTube, but be warned it is NSFW, and not very high quality. According to IMDb, Omri became a hairdresser and currently lives either in Los Angeles or Israel.
Vinessa Shaw as Allison
Vinessa Shaw
Vinessa Shaw, who was 17 when Hocus Pocuswas released, was in college and considering leaving acting when she was approached by Stanley Kubrick to appear in 1999's Eyes Wide Shut. She played an HIV-positive prostitute named Domino, and later said Kubrick encouraged her to keep acting. Since then she's starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix in Two Lovers, and was on the poster for the movie The Hills Have Eyes. Most recently she appeared on the Showtime show Ray Donovan.
Doug Jones as Billy Butcher
Doug Jones as Billy Butcher
With more than 100 acting credits to his name,Doug Jones is something of a legend where movie monsters are concerned. The 6-foot-4 contortionist is famous for his ability to play under heavy prosthetic makeup, and the stuff he's done for Guillermo Del Toro makes his work as lovable zombie Billy Butcher look easy. He played Abe Sapien in both Del Toro's Hellboymovies, and the titular faun in Pan's LabyrinthBuffy the Vampire Slayer fans might be able to place him as the lead Gentleman in the famous episode "Hush." Jones also plays the alien known as Cochise in Falling Skies. And the master vampire in The Strain.
Larry Bagby as Ernie aka "Ice"
Larry Bagby as Ernie aka "Ice"
One of the older teen castmembers, Larry Bagby was 19 when he had "ICE" shaved into the back of his head for Hocus Pocus. He went on to appear in shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Young and the Restless, and in 2005 appeared alongside Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line. He continues to work in smaller supporting roles.
Tobias Jelinek as Jay
Tobias Jelinek as Jay
Tobias Jelinek made his acting debut as Jay the leather-clad bully in Hocus Pocus, and then took a long break. Jelinek got back into the game somewhere around 2010, and has had steady work in smaller roles the last few years on shows such as Southland and Shameless. He's also worked in live theater, including the LA productions of Terminator Too and Point Break Live!. You can check out his personal website here.
Charles Rocket as Dave (The Dad)
Charles Rocket as Dave (The Dad)
The most strange and tragic figure on this list,Charles Rocket first gained notoriety during the 1980-'81 season of Saturday Night Live when he was fired from the show for dropping the F-bomb on live television. After that his career slowly recovered thanks to steady film and television work, including playing the bad guy in Dumb and Dumber. His final appearance came on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2004. On October 7, 2005, he committed suicide by slashing his own throat in a field near his Connecticutt home.
Stephanie Faracy as Jenny (The Mom)
Stephanie Faracy as Jenny (The Mom)
Stephanie Faracy has been working steadily since 1976, with Hocus Pocus coming five years after her role playing John Candy's wife in The Great Outdoors. She's gone on to supporting roles in a long list of movies and television shows including Get Him to the GreekBad Teacher, and Modern Family.
Jodie-Amy Rivera as Emily Binx
Jodie-Amy Rivera as Emily Binx
Jodie-Amy Rivera (credited in the movie as Amanda Shepherd) was just 9 when she appeared briefly as Emily Binx in Hocus Pocus. (Emily was the long-dead sister of Thackery, who had been turned into a cat.) That was the last time she would appear on the big screen, but she's made a name for herself online under the moniker Venetian Princess. She took a break from YouTube after she got pregnant in early 2014, but her YouTube channel still boasts more than 900,000 subscribers. She's still very active on Twitter and Instagram, though.
Sean Murray as Thackery Binx
Sean Murray as Thackery Binx
Sean Murray, 15 at the time of the movie's release, played the human version of Thackery Binx, who had more screentime in cat form. Murray's lines were later overdubbed by Jason Marsden, who also voiced the cat version of Binx. Since the movie, Murray has had consistent work. He won a recurring role on JAG in 2000 that he later parlayed into a major role on the show's spinoff, NCIS, as Special Agent McGee.

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