IT may have left the critics cold, but 25 years after its release, Jingle All The Way has become a Christmas classic.
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and comedian Sinbad, he saw two fathers clash as they desperately tried to buy an action figure for their sons on a pre-Christmas wagon.
Since the film’s release, Arnie has become no less than Governor of California and has starred in numerous Hollywood hits, including the Terminator sequels.
And while other stars of the festive film have enjoyed successful careers, a haunting number of others have been less fortunate.
From shocking car crashes to gruesome murder-suicide, here’s what happened to the stars of Jingle All The Way.
Sinbad – Recovery after stroke
Comedian Sinbad – real name David Adkins – starred alongside Schwarzenegger as postman Myron Larabee, competing with him in the film.
He made a name for himself in the ’90s as a stand-up comedian, and that role cemented his status as a cult favorite.
He continued to work on his stand-up and still does tours and shows to this day.
David has also starred in a number of small television roles, with cameos on both Family Guy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
He also branched out into children’s television with a role in Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe, as well as lending his voice to The Lion Guard.
In November of last year, it was revealed that the 65-year-old was recovering from a stroke.
Rita Wilson – Covid and Cancer Survivor
Playing the role of Liz Langston, Rita went on to enjoy a successful career and happy life despite several hardships.
After Jingle All The Way, she went on to star in several other films like The Story of Us, Runaway Bride and Raise Your Voice.
She also starred in Larry Crowne alongside her longtime husband and Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks, whom Rita is still married to, and the couple welcomed two children together.
In addition to appearances on Broadway, the 65-year-old has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and had to undergo a double mastectomy.
In March 2020, Rita and Tom were one of the first celebrities to reveal that they had caught Covid-19, but luckily they recovered quickly.
Jake Lloyd – Bullied to Stop Acting
Child actor Jake Lloyd played Jamie Langston, son of parents Howard and Liz, in the cult movie.
Following the relative success of Jingle All The Way, Jake landed a pivotal role in young Anakin Skywalker’s career in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Despite playing a role in one of the most well-known movie franchises the big screen had ever seen, Jake quit acting in 2001, claiming the role caused intense intimidation from his fellow students. class.
âMy whole school life was really hell, and I had to do up to 60 interviews a day,â Jake, now 32, told Best Life.
“The other kids were really mean to meâ¦ They made the lightsaber sound every time they saw me. It was totally crazy.”
In 2015, he was back in the news after being arrested for reckless driving, driving without a license and resisting arrest.
The unfortunate incident led to the ex-actor being jailed for a year.
Shortly after his release, he was reportedly diagnosed with schizophrenia and has remained out of the spotlight ever since.
Phil Hartman – Murder Suicide Victim
Phil Hartman, who played the boring neighbor of the Langstons, was a beloved SNL comic who was well known for his roles in the ’80s and’ 90s.
In addition to appearing on the eccentric sitcom NewsRadio, Phil has voiced a plethora of characters in the base The Simpsons cartoon.
The Springfield star, however, saw his life cut short in a tragic turn of events just two years after the film’s release.
He married Brynn Omdahl in 1987 with whom he had two children.
An unhappy marriage, their relationship was marred by Brynn’s frequent drug use and repeated domestic violence against Phil, who in turn was often absent from their home.
In 1998, after a particularly heated argument, Brynn shot him 3 times while asleep and, after confessing to his crime, committed suicide in the twisted incident.
The 49-year-old man died instantly.
His death was greeted with a wave of tributes, described as “a decidedly ordinary guy, loved by everyone he worked with”.
It was posthumously added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.
Robert Conrad – Car crash left him paralyzed
Robert Conrad was known for his role as Officer Hummel in the cult film.
After that, Robert almost gave up on the face of Earth, appearing in many small roles before his final film role as Reed Wilson in a 2002 production of Dead Above Ground.
His career eventually came to an end prematurely after being involved in a catastrophic car accident that left his right side partially paralyzed.
The other driver, Kevin Burnett, died a few years later from injuries that the family attributed to the crash.
Robert was tried on felony charges, which he did not contest and was convicted of impaired driving.
He was sentenced to six months house arrest, alcohol counseling and five years probation. A civil lawsuit was also filed against him by the other driver before his death, settled for an undisclosed amount.
In February 2020, Robert died of heart failure at the age of 84.
Jim Belushi – Cannabis Producer
American star Jim Belushi played the character of Mall Santa and has since featured in a number of movies and TV shows.
He was one of America’s highest paid actors and enjoyed massive success before and after Jingle All The Way.
His ABC sitcom ‘According to Jim’ performed particularly well, spanning 8 seasons from 2001 to 2009, apparently up to $ 500,000 per episode at its peak.
Among his other acting roles, he was cast as a publishing director in Roman Polanski’s Ghost Writer and was involved in the reboot of Twin Peaks in 2017.
More recently, however, he apparently retired from the theater world to southern Oregon, where he started a weed farm.
Despite this, Jim claims he’s not a pothead himself but is known to have a weed brownie every now and then.
Now 67, the veteran actor documented his process for all to see in the film Growing Belushi.