‘The Mighty Ducks’ Cast: Where Are They Now?
Can you believe it's been nearly three decades since the first "Mighty Ducks" film hit theaters?
It’s been close to 30 years since 1992 fan favorite, “The Mighty Ducks,” hit theaters. The beloved Disney film, centered on a peewee hockey team that finds their way to victory, spawned two sequels, an animated TV show and even served as the inspiration for the name of Anaheim, California’s NHL team.
The kids who we watched come together on the ice are now all grown up. So, what have they been up to all these years? Here’s a look at where the cast of “The Mighty Ducks” is now.
By the time he appeared in “The Mighty Ducks,” Emilio Estevez was already a well-known member of the Brat Pack, a group of teen actors famous for appearing in a slew of ‘80s coming-of-age films. In the beloved 1992 flick, the actor took on the role Gordon Bombay, an arrogant Minnesota lawyer who gets sentenced to community service after being arrested for a DUI. In order to fulfill his sentence, he is forced to coach a ragtag group of kids on a peewee hockey team.
Estevez returned to star in both “Mighty Ducks” sequels, “D2” and “D3,” and also went on to star in a few TV movies, such as “Dollar for the Dead” and “Late Last Night.” He also made appearances on “The West Wing” (alongside father Martin Sheen) and “Two and a Half Man” (alongside brother Charlie Sheen). Most recently, he wrote, directed and co-starred in “The Public,” a drama featuring Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and Gabrielle Union.
As Charlie Conway, Joshua Jackson was the heart and unofficial leader of the Mighty Ducks team. Though he and the new coach initially don’t get along, the two later develop a closer relationship, with Gordon helping Charlie become a more confident player.
Jackson’s acting career started when he was 11, just a few years before the Ducks hit the big screen. His mother, a casting director, was all too familiar with how tough Hollywood can be, so she hesitated to take him to his first casting call. Jackson landed the role — in a Keebler potato chips commercial — and just kept going.
In the two and half decades that have passed since playing Charlie, Jackson has stayed busy. In addition to reprising his role in both “Mighty Ducks” sequels, he went on to appear in over 30 films, including “Cursed,” “Bobby,” ”Shutter” and “One Week,” among others. Though he’s probably best known for his role as Pacey Witter in the WB’s beloved six-season teen drama, “Dawson’s Creek,” he’s also starred on Fox’s “Fringe,” which ran for five seasons, and Showtime’s “The Affair.”
Shaun Weiss played George Goldberg, who served as a goalie for the Mighty Ducks. The biggest problem with his role on the team: He was terrified of getting hit with the puck. With the help of Gordon and the rest of his teammates, he eventually overcomes his fear and helps get the Ducks to the championships.
Weiss was an experienced child actor when he arrived on set for the first “Mighty Ducks.” He’d played in recurring roles on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” and “Webster” in the late ’80s.
After reprising his role as Goldberg in “D2” and “D3,” Weiss went on to hold roles in several different TV series, including “Mr. Rhodes,” “The Tony Danza Show,” “Boy Meets World,” “Freaks and Geeks” and “The King of Queens.” Since then, he has mostly played minor roles in comedic films, with his last acting credit in 2016. In recent years, Weiss has run into some legal troubles. In August 2017, the actor was arrested after allegedly being found with methamphetamine, and he checked into rehab, People reported.
Fans will likely remember Elden Henson for his role as Fulton Reed in “The Mighty Ducks.” A tough outsider type, Fulton gets recruited onto the hockey team (albeit reluctantly) after his powerful snapshot sends a puck flying right through the window of Gordon’s van. Impressed with his skills, Gordon talks him into joining the Ducks.
Henson got his start in Hollywood early as a baby model. He had minor roles on television shows throughout his childhood, but “The Mighty Ducks” was his big break.
In the years after “The Mighty Ducks,” Henson went on to appear in minor roles in several notable movies, such as “She’s All That” and “Castaway.” He also appeared as part of the “Hunger Games” franchise, playing the mute character Pollux in the last two films, “The Hunger Games — Mockingjay: Part 1” and “The Hunger Games — Mockingjay: Part 2.” Most recently, he played Foggy Nelson in three seasons of Netflix’s Marvel series, “Daredevil,” and a season of “The Defenders.”
Her name is Connie Moreau, but her teammates refer to her as “The Velvet Hammer.” Originally the only female player on the Mighty Ducks, Connie, played by Marguerite Moreau (yes, the actress shares her character’s last name), is proud of her position on the team — although she’s later joined by another female player, figure skater Tammy. She and her teammate, Guy Germaine, also have an ongoing romance throughout the movie.
Moreau was just getting her feet wet in Hollywood when she landed the role on “The Mighty Ducks” at age 13. She told Excelle Sports that the kids had so much fun on set, and even at their hockey boot camp. “It was an incredible, difficult, physical experience, but one that you could feel so much growth and satisfaction at a really rapid pace … We all sort of grew together.”
Moreau went on to co-star in all of the “Mighty Ducks” movies and also starred in the cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer” and films like “Queen of the Damned,” “The Uninvited” and “Life Happens.” She’s also appeared in TV shows, like “Parenthood,” “Shameless” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Most recently, she reprised her “Wet Hot American Summer” role as Katie Finnerty in Netflix’s revival series, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” and “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”
You may remember Matt Doherty as the team’s jokester, Lester Averman (seen below, right). As the Ducks’ resident goofball, the character seems to spend more time making wisecracks and pulling pranks on his teammates than actually playing hockey.
Before the Ducks, Doherty had a minor role in “Home Alone.” A year after “The Mighty Ducks,” he also had a tiny but iconic role as Heed in the Mike Myers cult classic, “So I Married an Axe Murderer.”
After his “Mighty Ducks” days, Doherty went on to become a student at Northwestern University, graduating with a theater degree in 1999. After college, he remained in the entertainment industry, making appearances on shows like “E.R.,” “Felicity,” “Bones,” “Franklin & Bash” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” More recently, he appeared in a 2017 episode of Fox’s “Rosewood.” The actor hasn’t shied away from talking about his old “Mighty Ducks” role, even sparking rumors of a potential fourth sequel during a podcast interview in 2015.
Brandon Quintin Adams
“The Mighty Ducks” wouldn’t have been complete without their sarcastic and outspoken forward, Jesse Hall, played by Brandon Quintin Adams. Jesse is fiercely protective of his teammates, which also makes him extremely skeptic of outsiders. He’s not afraid to stand up to anyone, as Coach Gordon or Adam Banks, a team member who quickly becomes his rival, quickly find out.
Adams had quite a few acting gigs before “The Mighty Ducks,” including, notably, his role as “Baby Bad” Michael in the Michael Jackson film “Moonwalker.” His first role was in a Pepsi commercial at age 4, but he also had a recurring role on “A Different World” before arriving at the Mighty Ducks set.
Brandon Quintin Adams
Adams reprised his role as Jesse in the first “Mighty Ducks” sequel, “D2,” although he skipped out on the third film, “D3.” After that, he memorably played Kenny in the 1993 favorite “The Sandlot.” He also made guest appearances in several popular ‘90s TV shows, including “Boy Meets World,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Sister, Sister” and “Moesha.” Adams has been less active in more recent years, although he did appear in the short film “Stuck in the Corners” in 2014.
Jussie Smollett made his feature film debut in “The Mighty Ducks” as Jesse’s younger brother, Terry Hall. Though he’s not quite as outspoken as his older sibling, he does know when to speak up. Though the character doesn’t get a ton of screentime, one of his most memorable moments is a confrontational one. At the beginning of the movie, he takes it upon himself to call out Gordon for his poor coaching. Smollett’s role as Terry was one of his first as an actor.
After “The Mighty Ducks,” Smollett launched a steady career in the entertainment industry. He voiced a character in the TV series, “Cro,” and starred as Jesse Jerrico in the show “On Our Own.” He also had guest roles in “The Mindy Project,” “Revenge” and “Underground.” But his true breakthrough came in 2015 after nabbing the role of Jamal Lyon on Fox’s smash hit musical drama “Empire.” Since then, he’s also returned to the big screen, with roles in two 2017 blockbusters, “Alien: Covenant” and “Marshall.”
Smollett was recently the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago that made national headlines. The actor said he was walking home around 2 a.m. in late January when two men called him racist, homophobic slurs, punched him, poured a substance believed to be bleach on him and tied a rope around his neck. Chicago police are searching for the suspects.
Aaron Schwartz plays the Ducks defenseman, Dave Karp. The comedic character is known for his goofy personality, which surfaces through his sarcastic comments and constant prank-playing on other team members. Though he’s good for a laugh, he’s also known to stir up some trouble from time to time, even getting into a fight with another hockey team in the original movie. Karp was Schwartz’s first ever film role, and the actor has fond memories of the experience, occasionally posting throwback photos on his Instagram.
Following his role in “The Mighty Ducks,” Schwartz appeared in “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” and starred opposite Ben Stiller and his “Mighty Ducks” costar Shaun Weiss in Disney’s “Heavyweights.” He has also booked small spots on “Law & Order,” “Suits” and “Elementary,” and had a recurring role as the doorman, Vanya, on The CW’s teen drama, “Gossip Girl.” But even the most loyal of “Mighty Ducks” fans may not recognize Schwartz these days. The actor looks so different from his younger years.
“Mighty Ducks” fans will remember J.D. Daniels as Peter Mark, also known as number 24 on the team. Though Peter may be one of the Ducks’ smallest players, that doesn’t mean he’s afraid to stand up for himself or his fellow teammates. When he overhears Coach Bombay calling the team a bunch of losers and making other disparaging comments, he decides to take action, leading a walkout on the coach before a game, which forces the Ducks to forfeit the game.
Daniels was 11 during the filming for “The Mighty Ducks,” but he landed his first acting role at age 7 and had a recurring role on the television series “Going Places” in 1991.
Following his work in the “The Mighty Ducks,” Daniels spent a couple of years doing voiceover work, voicing a character in the TV series, “The Little Mermaid,” “Beethoven” and “Gargoyles.” He also made guest appearances on a couple of ’90s shows, such as “The Nanny” and “Party of Five.” Starting in the 2000’s, Daniels seems to have shied away from show business, with only sporadic acting gigs here and there. His last acting credit is listed as occurring in 2009.
Garette Henson appeared alongside his real-life brother Elden in “The Mighty Ducks.” He took on the role of Guy Germaine, a skilled hockey player on the team. His character doesn’t get a ton of time on screen, but we do learn he has an ongoing romance with his teammate Connie. The two share a kiss while celebrating at the championship game.
Henson was born in Burbank and had an active acting career before the Ducks movies. He was on “Fame,” “Who’s the Boss,” “Highway to Heaven” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” He played Cory Charming on the series “The Charmings.”
Following his role in the “Mighty Ducks” franchise, Henson, like his brother, remained in the entertainment industry. He appeared in a couple of movies, including “The Adventures of Huck Finn” and ”Casper” and also had guest spots on several TV shows, like “Melrose Place,” “NCIS,” “Cold Case” and “Close to Home.” In more recent years, he has shifted attention to directing, going behind the camera to helm several shorts, including 2012’s “Shades of Yellow,” 2013’s “Out There, Somewhere” and 2014’s “Sina Forma.”
Henson reunited with his former on-screen love interest in 2014, as captured on Instagram:
Tammy Duncan, played by Jane Plank, becomes the second girl to join the Ducks after Connie. She’s recruited to join the team by Coach Bombay, who convinces her to come on board after noticing her serious figure skating skills. In the movie, she sometimes uses those skating tricks to divert an opposing team’s attention during a game. “The Mighty Ducks” was Plank’s acting debut, and she only has one other IMDB credit to her name, as an uncredited Christmas caroler in “Jingle All The Way.”
After completing her stint on “Mighty Ducks,” Plank went on to do some print modeling and commercials and appeared as an extra in the 1996 film, “Jingle All the Way.” Since then, she has opted to step away from acting. However, Plank has remained in the entertainment industry, switching her focus from the film industry to music. According to her personal website and Facebook presence, she is a singer who writes many of her own songs. She can be seen performing local shows around the Minneapolis area.
Danny Tamberelli took on the role of Tommy Duncan in “The Mighty Ducks.” Tommy joins the Ducks along with his figure-skating older sister, Tammy. The character doesn’t get a ton of screen time in the film other than the scene in which he’s initially brought onto the team. However, Tommy does make a second appearance in the franchise in the “Mighty Ducks” sequel, “D2.” Before “The Mighty Ducks,” Tamberelli had a role on the 1990 “The Baby-Sitters Club” television series.
Tamberelli’s fame as a child star only grew after his “Mighty Ducks” days. The actor played Little Pete on the Nickelodeon cult classic, “The Adventures of Pete and Pete.” He also became a cast member on the channel’s hit show, “All That.” After earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary arts at Hampshire College, he continued to dabble in comedy and music. Tamberelli played bass for rock band Jounce and folk/pop band Every Good Boy. In recent years, he also hosted a podcast, “The Adventures of Danny and Mike.”
If you enjoyed countless viewings of “The Mighty Ducks” as a kid (or let’s face it, even as an adult), chances are you’ll recognize Lane Smith as Coach Jack Reilly, the super-competitive coach of the Ducks’ biggest rival team, the Hawks. We also learn that Coach Reilly used to be Gordon’s coach when he was a young player — meaning Gordon is all too familiar with his overbearing ways.
Smith’s acting career began in the 1960s, and he worked on many television shows and movies throughout the ’70s and ’80s, including the series “V,” “Red Dawn” and “My Cousin Vinny,” which came out the same years as “The Mighty Ducks.”
Following his turn as Coach Reilly, Smith held roles in several movies, including “The Distinguished Gentleman,” “Son in Law,” “The Flight of the Dove,” and “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.” He also had bit parts in episodes of “King of the Hill,” “Bull,” and “The Practice” and appeared in the TV movie, “Out of Order.” Sadly, Smith died in June 2005 at the age of 69, a year after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Joss Ackland portrayed the character of sporting goods store owner Hans in “The Mighty Ducks.” He’s a huge hockey fan who knows everything about the sport and plays an important role in the Ducks’ journey. During the movie, Hans lends his expertise to Gordon to help him coach his underdog team. His help ends up leading the Ducks to score a victory against the Hawks. Though Hans didn’t show up in “D2,” he did reappear in the third and final “Mighty Ducks” sequel, “D3.”
“The Mighty Ducks” one in a long line of more than 100 films for Ackland. His movie credits go all the way back to 1949! And beyond the big screen, Ackland has also been a stage actor.
Since wrapping up his role as Hans, Ackland has appeared in dozens of films, both on the big screen and on TV. The actor has maintained a steady and busy career, with parts in movies like “Amy Foster,” “Firelight,” “Milk,” “Passion of Mind,” “No Good Deed” and “Asylum,” among many others. He also has small roles in the TV series, “Kingdom” and “Crusoe.” Most recently, he has participated in a couple of short films, narrating 2014’s “Aeris” and playing Henry Winter in 2014’s “The Portrait.”