The Cast of 'Risky Business,' Then and Now

8:30 AM 8/3/2018

by Ani Mosinyan and Kimberly Nordyke

The movie, which made Tom Cruise a star — and was responsible for one of Hollywood's most iconic film scenes — first hit theaters Aug. 5, 1983.

Just 21 when Risky Business hit theaters, Tom Cruise became a star after the movie's Aug. 5, 1983, release. The iconic scene of him dancing in his pink button-down shirt and underwear to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" still stands as one of his most memorable, in a career filled with numerous iconic scenes.

Cruise — now 56 — stars as Joel Goodson, a high school senior from a wealthy family who plans for a good time when his parents leave on vacation, but things go awry after he crashes his father's Porsche and turns the family home into a brothel. Oh, and he hooks up with a prostitute (Rebecca De Mornay).

The movie, widely praised by critics, went on to earn $184.8 million at the domestic box office when adjusted for inflation.

Risky Business celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. In honor of that milestone, grab your Ray-Bans, crank up some "Old Time Rock and Roll" and see what the actors have been to up since the movie first hit theaters.

  • Tom Cruise as Joel Goodson

    Now one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, Cruise made his film debut in 1981, at age 19, with Endless Love and then was part of the ensemble of young actors who starred in The Outsiders two years later, just a few months before Risky Business was released. Three years after Risky Business, Cruise kicked off a string of box office hits with Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, Days of Thunder, The Firm, Interview With the Vampire, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia and more. He also stars in the Mission: Impossible film series, with the latest — Mission Impossible — Fallout hitting theaters July 27, 2018. During his career, he has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globes.

  • Rebecca de Mornay as Lana

    Risky Business marked de Mornay's breakthrough role. She went on to star in Runaway Train, The Trip to Bountiful, Backdraft and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. More recently, her credits include roles on Netflix's Jessica Jones and HBO's John From Cincinnati.


  • Bronson Pinchot as Barry

    Pinchot played Joel's friend Barry, who encourages him to take his father's Porsche out for a spin. He went on to star in Beverly Hills Cop, First Wives Club and True Romance but might be best known for his role as Balki Bartokomous on ABC's Perfect Strangers from 1986-93.

  • Joe Pantoliano as Guido

    Known for playing corrupt criminals and shady characters, Pantoliano portrays Guido, Lana's pimp, in Risky Business. went on to appear in films like The Goonies, Midnight Run and The Matrix and Memento and recently appeared in the series Sense8. He also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role in The Sopranos. 

  • Richard Masur as Rutherford

    Masur, who played the man in charge of Princeton admissions in Risky Business, went on to serve two terms as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. He has appeared in more than 80 films and shows and most recently appeared in Orange Is the New Black and Transparent.