'Turner & Hooch': Where are the cast members of the original movie now?
With the reboot of ‘Turner & Hooch’ hitting the screens, there is no doubt that a wave of nostalgia has hit the viewers and it comes as no wonder that they are thinking about the original cast.
The ‘Turner & Hooch’ reboot is set in real-time and follows the journey of a US Marshal Scott Turner Jr (Josh Peck) who inherits an unruly dog named Hooch, who may become the partner he needs. Together, alongside the rest of the Turner family discover that his father's death may not have been accidental.
Originally, Tom Hanks played the role of Scott Turner in the 1989 movie and Beasley the Dog portrayed Hooch. A lot of other characters were also a part of the movie that struck a chord with the viewers. While fans would have loved to see Hanks back in the series with Hooch, but unfortunately, he won’t be making an appearance on the show. Let’s take a look at what the original star cast is doing these days.
Hanks needs no introduction. One of the greatest actors of all time and known as the “good guy” of Hollywood, Hanks has been a part of the industry since the 1980s. The California-based actor has given many iconic performances over the years and worked with legendary filmmakers like Steve Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Ron Howard, Paul Greengrass, and many more.
Hanks has been nominated for six Academy Awards and won two Best Actor accolades for his roles in ‘Philadelphia’ and ‘Forrest Gump’. Apart from that, he has seven Primetime Emmys and five Golden Globes to his name. In 2016, former President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the American film industry.
He is married to actress Rita Wilson and the couple has two children. Hanks also has a son named Colin from his first marriage with Samantha Lewes.
‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Cast Away’, ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘Toy Story’ series, ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘Sully’ and ‘The Post’ are some of the iconic movies he has done over the years.
Beasley: the Dog
The dog played the role of Hooch in the original movie. The acting dog was a Dogue de Bordeaux and was trained by Clint Rowe who makes a brief appearance in the film Turner and Hooch as an ASPCA officer. Beasley lived for 14 years, which was very unusual for a dog of his breed. Beasley died in 1992, three years after ‘Turner & Hooch’ was released.
Winningham portrayed the character of Dr Emily Carson in the movie and garnered praise for her portrayal. She began her career as a singer-songwriter and got her first break singing The Beatles song ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ on ‘The Gong Show’. Her film debut came in 1980 with ‘One Trick Pony’. However, her moment of glory came in 1995 when she was cast as Georgia Flood in the movie ‘Georgia’. She won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for the movie and went on to get a nomination in the same category at the Academy Awards.
She has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her roles in ‘Amber Waves’ (1980) and ‘George Wallace’ (1997). Winningham recently was seen alongside Hanks in the movie ‘News of the World’.
Craig T Nelson
Nelson portrayed Chief Howard Hyde in the film. The veteran actor has been a part of Hollywood since the early 1970s and gained wider prominence after the horror movie ‘Poltergeist’. He is known for his role as Hayden Fox in the sitcom ‘Coach’. He garnered a lot of praise for his acting on the show and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
He provided the voice of Bob Parr (also known as Mr Incredible) in the animated feature film, ‘The Incredibles’, and returned to the role for its sequel, ‘Incredibles 2’.
Born in New York City, Vel Johnson is known for playing police officers in a variety of movies and TV projects. VelJohnson had his breakthrough role as Sgt. Al Powell in the 1988 film ‘Die Hard’. He also later reprised the character in the 1990 sequel ‘Die Hard 2’. Recently, VelJohnson voiced Principal Winslow in the animated adaptation of the comic ‘Invincible’.
‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’, ‘Bones’, ‘Family Guy’, ‘General Hospital’, ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ are some of the projects he has appeared on.
Paulin first guest-starred on several television shows during the late-1970s and early-1980s. However, he garnered a lot of praise for his role in the TV show ‘Vampire’. Paulin received his first major role in 1983 when he was cast in a supporting role in the acclaimed movie ‘The Right Stuff’. It also starred Sam Shepard and Ed Harris in pivotal roles. The movie was nominated for eight Oscars and won four.
He has since appeared in over 100 credits.
‘Turner & Hooch’ series will be premiering exclusively on Disney+ on Wednesday, July 21.