WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Academy Award winning actress Renee Zellweger first gained widespread attention for her role in the film 'Jerry Maguire' (1996) opposite Tom Cruise, and subsequently received two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles as Bridget Jones in the comedy 'Bridget Jones's Diary' (2001) and its sequel 'Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason' (2004). She also garnered a nomination for her role as Roxie Hart in the musical 'Chicago' (2002). She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the gritty drama 'Cold Mountain' in 2003. She was married to country singer Kenny Chesney in 2005, but the two later divorced. Renee was also engaged to actor Jim Carrey and is good friends with Reese Witherspoon. Renee has won an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a BAFTA Award, She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (May 24, 2005), was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year in 2009 and established herself as one of the highest-paid Hollywood actresses as of 2007. Prior to her big break, Renee had a few lines in the film 'My Boyfriend's Back' (1993), but it was cut. She was also considered for the role of Jessica Kimble in 'Jason Goes To Hell' (1993), but New Line opted for Kari Keegan instead. Most recently, Renee was Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 10, 2011 in Austin, Texas. Her next projects include the third Bridget Jones film, entitled 'Bridget Jones's Baby', slated for release in 2013.
After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s, Matthew McConaughey gained notice for his breakout role in 'Dazed And Confused' (1993). He then appeared in films such as 'A Time To Kill' (1996), 'U-571' (2000), 'Sahara' (2005), and 'We Are Marshall' (2006). McConaughey is best known more recently for his performances as a leading man in the romantic comedies 'The Wedding Planner' (2001), 'How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days' (2003), 'Failure To Launch' (2006), and 'Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past' (2009). McConaughey is hailed as one of the industry's hottest young leading man, and is often compared to Paul Newman. His most interesting role was playing Denton Van Zan, an American warrior and dragon hunter in the futuristic thriller 'Reign Of Fire' (2002), where he co-starred with Christian Bale. He was considered for the role of Jack in the blockbuster 'Titanic' (1997), but James Cameron went with Leonardo Di Caprio instead. In addition to his acting exploits, Matthew has his own line of clothing, called "j.k. livin", a play on his life motto, 'Just Keep Livin'". Most recently, McConaughey appeared in the HBO comedy series 'Eastbound & Down' (2010-2012), and alongside Channing Tatum in 'Magic Mike' (2012), where he plays a male dancer. He has two dramas slated for release in 2013: 'The Dallas Buyer's Club' and 'Thunder Run'. He married Brazilian model Camila Aviles in a very high profile wedding on June 9, 2012, in Austin, Texas.
Tonie Perenski, who played Darla in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation", went on to appear in a variety of films and TV shows. She is perhaps best known as Miss Davis, the rambunxious teacher in the teen football drama 'Varsity Blues' (1999). In it, she moonlights as a stripper and, unbeknownst to her or the team (her students), she inadvertently does a dance for them and takes her top off. Tonie's other film credits include 'Fool's Gold' (1998), which also starred Matthew McConaughey, 'The Ten Rules' (2002), and 'Fish Don't Blink' (2002). On the small screen, Perenski has guest starred in several TV shows, including 'Texas Justice' (1995), 'Walker, Texas Ranger' (1995), and 'Austin Stories' (1997). Her most recent project was 2004's 'The Vision'.
Joe Stevens, W.E. from 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation', has appeared in 64 different films and shows in his career. His most common roles have been in the horror and western genres, which included spots in 'American Outlaws' (2001), 'Hoboken Hollow' (2006), and the remake of 'True Grit' (2010), He also starred with Matthew McConaughey in 'The Newton Boys' (1998), and Tonie Perenski in 'Varsity Blues' (1999). Joe's TV credits are many, and include many high-profile shows such as 'Walker, Texas Ranger' (1998), 'CSI: Miami' (2005), 'The Shield' (2006), and 'CSI' (2006). Most recently, Joe starred in the FX series 'Justified' opposite Timothy Olyphant, as well as a short titled 'Just One Look', both in 2012. His next projects include 'Life In Parallel', which was just completed, and four other films, which are slated for release in the near future: 'Buck Wild', 'Broken', 'A Strange Band Of Happy', and 'Salvation'.
Lisa Marie Newmyer
Lisa Marie Newmyer, who played the supporting role of Heather in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation', has appeared in both high profile and small profile roles since. On the big screen, her most popular role came in 2005's 'Sin City', where she portrayed Tammy. Other notables include 'Rolling Kansas' (2003) and 'A Scanner Darkly' (2006), where she starred alongside Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. In TV, Lisa appeared in two serials, 'Austin Stories' (1997), alongside Tonie Perenski, and in the football drama 'Friday Night Lights' in 2008.
Debra Marshall, known to wrestling fans as Debra McMichael and Debra, made her first appearance in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation'. After her debut, she switched gears entirely and joined World Championship Wrestling in 1995, as the beauty queen of WCW and manager for Steve Mongo McMichael, her husband at the time. In 1998, she was signed by the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) as Jeff Jarrett's manager. During this time, she was trained as a wrestler and became known for her breasts, which were nicknamed 'the puppies' by wrestler Road Dogg and made famous by commentator Jerry 'The King' Lawler. Her popularity continued to grow while in the Federation, leading up to a reign as women's champion, a title she held for 5 weeks in 1999. She was voted manager of the year in both 1999 and 2000, and remained popular up until her departure from the wrestling business in 2003. Most recently, Debra returned to acting, securing small roles in the films 'Resident Evil: Extinction' (2007) and 'Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy' (2007). She has two upcoming roles in the films 'Gathering Of Heroes' and 'Tengu: The Immortal Blade', both set for a 2013 release.
Andy Cockrum, who appeared as the stuffed DPS officer in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation', has gone on to make his name in Hollywood as a jack of all trades, including a writer, editor, director and cinematographer. He wrote and produced two films in the first decade of the new millennium: 'A Troll's Bridge', which saw a video release in 2002, and 'Team Everest: A Himalayan Journey' in 2007. His editing credits include 'Basura' (2008), 'Swim' (2008), and 'Declaration' (2010). Prior to that, he gained experience in the editing room of the film 'Sin City' (2005), which co-starred Lisa Marie Newmyer. Andy also worked on the visual effects in the 'Spy Kids' trilogy of children's films. His most recent project is a recently-completed documentary titled 'Sherpa Stew', set for release later in 2012.
Angee Hughes, who had the small role of a family member in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation', made her name in theater, and parlayed that experience to help secure her role as Wanda in the 'Wishbone' series (1995-1998). Angee has primarily appeared on the small screen, but she did star in the films 'Blank Check' (1994), 'Dr. T And The Women' (2000), and '17 Again' (2009), which starred Matthew Perry and Zac Efron. Her small screen credits include guest appearances on 'Malcolm In The Middle' (2002), 'Scrubs' (2003), and 'The Unit' (2008). Angee has performed in the off-Broadway productions of 'Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You', 'The Actor's Nightmare' and 'The Fruits Of Enlightenment'. Her regional theater credits include 'Come Back To The Five And Dime', 'Jimmy Dean', and 'The House Of Blue Leaves'. Her children's theater experience includes roles in the improvisational 'Red Balloon Players' and 'Project Interact'. Angee received her degree in theatre arts from Southwest Texas State University and studied for two years at Circle in the Square on Broadway. She most recently appeared in the TV series 'Desperate Housewives' in 2010, and 'The Middle', alongside Patricia Heaton (of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' fame) in 2012.
Ryan Wickerham, who played a prom heckler in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation', has gone on to become an award winning writer and acclaimed actor. Ryan has created well over a dozen feature length screenplays and short film scripts. All of his produced shorts have toured the festival circuit and garnered him representation. Wickerham has had three feature length films produced and released, including 'What I Like About You' (2000),'The Duo' (2001) and 'The Association' (2012), which he also directed and starred in. In 2009, his film 'Between Floors' won 'Best Feature Film' at the Magnola Independent Film Festival. In addition to films, Ryan also lends his voice several video games, including 'Brute Force' (2003), 'Deus Ex: Invisible War' (2003), and 'Blacksite: Area 51' (2007). Currently, Ryan continues to write and produce off camera, where he has several other scripts in production. On camera, he will appear in the video short 'Red Rover', set for release in 2014.
John Dugan, who played the Grandfather despite being a teenager at the time, did not a remain a stranger to the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' film series following the success of the first film. He returned to the franchise twenty years later in 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation' in the role of a policeman. He has also appeared in several low budget horrors or thrillers, including 'Monstrosity' (2007), 'Hell-ephone' (2008), and 'Boneboys' (2012). Dugan is also slated to make a cameo appearance in 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D', the latest installment in the franchise, in early 2013.
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