'Can't Buy Me Love' Stars: Where Are They Now?

1:59 PM 8/14/2017

by Rebecca Cohen

The Patrick Dempsey-starrer hit theaters 30 years ago, on Aug. 14, 1987.

'Can't Buy Me Love'
'Can't Buy Me Love'
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Aug. 14 marks the 30th anniversary of Can't Buy Me Love, the '80s rom-com starring Patrick Dempsey and the late Amanda Peterson, who died in 2015.

The cast members have gone their separate ways in the years since Dempsey's character paid Peterson's head cheerleader to be his girlfriend, becoming more than a dork who drives a lawn mower.

The film earned $31.6 million at the domestic box office after hitting theaters in 1987 but has become a fan-favorite through multiple cable TV airings.

Read on to see what the stars -- including Seth Green, who had a small part as Dempsey's character's annoying younger brother -- have been up to in recent years. 

  • Patrick Dempsey (Ronald Miller)

    Patrick Dempsey
    Patrick Dempsey
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    Dempsey stole viewers' hearts in 1987 and he's continued to do so in recent years as Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy and in movies like Enchanted and Valentine's Day. The 51-year-old is now married with three kids and continuing his strong acting career. 

  • Amanda Peterson (Cindy Mancini)

    Amanda Peterson
    Amanda Peterson
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    After her role as cheerleader Cindy Mancini, Amanda Peterson went on to star opposite Ethan Hawke in the family sci-fi adventure film Explorers, appear in an episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. and 22 episodes of the NBC drama A Year in the Life. Her last credit was the fantasy film Windrunner, after which she retired from acting and moved to Colorado.

    Peterson died in 2015 at the age of 43 from acute morphine toxicity.

  • Courtney Gains (Kenneth Wurman)

    Courtney Gains
    Courtney Gains
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    Since Can’t Buy Me Love, Courtney Gains has maintained a strong presence in Hollywood, landing guest roles in a variety of TV shows like NCIS, SeinfeldER and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as well as roles in movies like Children of the Corn and Back to the Future. Recent credits include the movies Eden Falls and It Happened One Valentine’s.

  • Darcy DeMoss (Patty)

    Darcy DeMoss
    Darcy DeMoss
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    After playing one of Cindy's close friends, and fellow cheerleaders, Darcy DeMoss continued her acting career, appearing in numerous movies and making guest appearances on TV shows such as Full House, NYPD Blue and Mad About You

  • Gerardo Mejia (Ricky)

    Gerardo Mejia
    Gerardo Mejia
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    After Can’t Buy Me Love, Gerardo Mejia pursued the music career for which the "Rico Suave" singer is best known. He went on to work as an executive at Interscope Records and is now a Christian youth pastor, ordained in Kansas City.  

  • Dennis Dugan (David Miller)

    Dennis Dugan
    Dennis Dugan
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    Following his role as Ronald Miller's dad, Dennis Dugan transitioned to directing, helming such movies as Problem Child, Beverly Hills Ninja, Saving Silverman and multiple Adam Sandler films (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Jack and Jill, Just Go With It and the Grown Ups films). 

  • Sharon Farrell (Mrs. Mancini)

    Sharon Farrell
    Sharon Farrell
    Touchstone Pictures; Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

    After playing Cindy's mom in Can't Buy Me Love, Sharon Farrell spent six years on The Young and the Restless and most recently played Grandma Geraldine in the 2013 TV series Broken at Love. In 2013, she published her memoir, "Hollywood Princess" from Sioux City, Iowa

  • Seth Green (Chuckie Miller)

    Seth Green
    Seth Green
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    Following his memorable role as Ronald Miller's pesky little brother, Chuckie, Seth Green has made quite a career for himself, holding roles in multiple movies including the Austin Powers trilogy, Can't Hardly Wait and The Italian Job. Currently, he voices Chris Griffin on Family Guy and has been doing so since 1999. 

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