The Stars of 'Dirty Dancing': Where Are They Now?

8:00 AM 8/21/2017

by Rebecca Cohen

It's been 30 years since these actors had the time of their lives on the big screen.

It's been 30 years since Baby and Johnny fell in love during their summer at Kellerman's.

Dirty Dancing hit the big screen on Aug. 21, 1987 and in honor of the beloved film's anniversary, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what some of the movie's most notable stars have been up to since they had the time of their lives.

Sadly, Patrick Swayze and Jerry Orbach died in 2009 and 2004, respectively. But read on to see what Jennifer Grey, Kelly Bishop and others are up to now.

  • Partick Swayze (Johnny Castle)

    Patrick Swayze
    Patrick Swayze
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    Following his leading role in Dirty Dancing, Swayze was a hot commodity, starring in movies like in Road House (1989), Ghost (1990) and Point Break (1991) along with many other films over the years. In January 2008, Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died from the disease in September 2009 at the age of 57.

  • Jennifer Grey (Baby Houseman)

    Jennifer Grey
    Jennifer Grey
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    After her role as Baby Houseman, Jennifer Grey continued acting, with roles in numerous movies and TV shows. On the small screen, she appeared on Friends, starred in ABC's It's Like, You Know..., twirled again on Dancing With The Stars and, most recently, returned to the '80s via Amazon's comedy series Red Oaks. On the film side, she had roles in movies like Bounce and In Your Eyes

  • Jerry Orbach (Jake Houseman)

    Jerry Orbach
    Jerry Orbach
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    Best known for his 12-year-long run as Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order, Jerry Orbach was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1994, which he fought for 10 years, until his death at age 69 in 2004. 

  • Kelly Bishop (Marjorie Houseman)

    Kelly Bishop
    Kelly Bishop
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    Kelly Bishop had many television roles post-Dirty Dancing, but perhaps none more beloved than her run as Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. She also re-teamed with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for ABC Family's short-lived Sutton Foster starrer Bunheads. On the film side, some of her post-Dancing credits include Six Degrees of Separation, Private Parts (1997), Wonder Boys (2000) and Friends With Kids.

  • Jane Brucker (Lisa Houseman)

    Jane Brucker
    Jane Brucker
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    After Dirty Dancing, Jane Brucker appeared in the movies Stealing Home, Bloodhounds of Broadway and Dishdogz. But in recent years, she's focused on her family with husband Raul Vega, whom she married in 2001 and with whom she has two daughters, Sally and Rachel.

  • Cynthia Rhodes (Penny Johnson)

    Cynthia Rhodes
    Cynthia Rhodes
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    Dirty Dancing came near the end of Cynthia Rhodes’ acting career, with her role as Penny Johnson only followed by her role of Vickie Phillips in Curse of the Crystal Eye (1991). She was married to Richard Marx from 1989 to 2014 and has three sons: Lucas, Jesse and Brandon. 

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