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Groundhog Day Cast Then And Now: Here’s How The Actors From “Groundhog Day” Look Now, 25 Years Later

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When “Groundhog Day” came out in 1993, it didn’t do very well at the box office. But it has become a comedy classic because of how funny Bill Murray was in the lead role, because Harold Ramis wrote and directed the original script, and because Chris Elliott and Andie MacDowell were in it.

We all know what Bill Murray has been up to recently, of course. (Answer: He can do whatever he wants.) But what about the actors who played Rita, Ned, and all the other well-known characters? And did you know that one of the actors in the movie was nominated for an Oscar? Check out what the actors from “Groundhog Day” are doing now.

Bill Murray, Phil Connors

Bill Murray, Phil Connors
Bill Murray, Phil Connors

When “Groundhog Day” came out in 1993, it didn’t do very well at the box office. But it has become a comedy classic because of how funny Bill Murray was in the lead role, because Harold Ramis wrote and directed the original script, and because Chris Elliott and Andie MacDowell were in it.

We all know what Bill Murray has been up to recently, of course. (Answer: He can do whatever he wants.) But what about the actors who played Rita, Ned, and all the other well-known characters? And did you know that one of the actors in the movie was nominated for an Oscar? Check out what the actors from “Groundhog Day” are doing now.

Andie MacDowell, Rita

Andie MacDowell, Rita
Andie MacDowell, Rita

“Groundhog Day” solidified Andie MacDowell’s reputation as a “likeable Southern girl next door who plays opposite the crazy guy.” This is because “Hudson Hawk,” which Bruce Willis was in, was a famous flop. (Check out “Multiplicity,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and most of the movies she’s been in since then.)

Now, Andie MacDowell’s hair is often shown on TV in ads for L’Oreal shampoo, and the actress has been busy on TV and in movies like “Lone Star” and “Footloose.” She just started playing a “Devil Wears Prada”-style fashion expert on the ABC Family show “Jane By Design.”

Chris Elliott, Larry

Chris Elliott, Larry
Chris Elliott, Larry

Chris Elliot, a regular on “Letterman” and a star of “Get a Life,” played Larry, the cameraman with a deadpan face.

Elliott’s next movie after “Groundhog Day” was “Cabin Boy,” a cult comedy that, unfortunately, put an end to his career in movies. He has always been funny on TV (on shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “Eagleheart”), and he is the father of “Saturday Night Live” cast member Abby Elliot.

Stephen Tobolowsky, Ned Ryerson

Stephen Tobolowsky, Ned Ryerson
Stephen Tobolowsky, Ned Ryerson

Ned “Needlenose Ned” Ryerson, an insurance salesman who is often quoted (“Bing! “), was played by Stephen Tobolowsky, a character actor. Phil keeps running into Ned “Needlenose Ned” Ryerson on his never-ending day.

Tobolowsky is one of the “That Guy” actors in Hollywood who works the most. You can see him regularly on shows like “Glee” and “Californication.” He also runs a podcast called “The Tobolowsky Files.” In it, he talks about his life and his roles in movies like “Groundhog Day” and “Memento.”

Brian Doyle-Murray, Buster

Brian Doyle-Murray, Buster
Brian Doyle-Murray, Buster

Brian Doyle Murray got his start at Second City with his younger brother Bill. He had parts in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Wayne’s World” before he played “Buster” in “Gobbler’s Knob” and “Punxsutawney Phil.”

Brian Murray keeps showing up on TV (in “The Middle”) and in movies (in “Passion Play”), just like his brothers Joel and John. You might also know him as the voice of The Flying Dutchman on “SpongeBob SquarePants” and the happy Captain K’nuckles on “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.”

Marita Geraghty, Nancy

Marita Geraghty, Nancy
Marita Geraghty, Nancy

 

Geraghty played Nancy, a fan of Punxsutawney Phil who is always upbeat and who Phil keeps trying to get into bed.

Even though she was in “Sleeping With the Enemy” and the post-apocalyptic Fox comedy “Woops!” in the 1990s, Geraghty never got another role as memorable as Nancy. She is married to Broadway actor Michael Maguire and has two children with him. She was most recently on the TV show “The Ex List.”

Michael Shannon, Fred

Michael Shannon, Fred
Michael Shannon, Fred

Michael Shannon’s first role in a movie was as Fred, one half of the couple that Phil helps get ready for their wedding. (You may remember how excited he was when Phil gave him WrestleMania tickets as a gift.)

Now: Shannon became a great stage actor (in “Killer Joe”) and was nominated for an Oscar for his part in “Revolutionary Road.” (He is also set to play General Zod in the new version of Superman.) Shannon is known for his dramatic roles in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Take Shelter,” but he recently showed that he also likes cute things. No one knows if he still likes Wrestlemania or not.

Willie Garson

Willie Garson
Willie Garson

In “Groundhog Day,” Garson had a small but memorable part as Phil’s clueless assistant at the news station.

Now: Garson is probably best known for playing Carrie’s gay best friend Stanford on “S** and the City,” but he has been in a lot of other shows and is currently playing Mozzie on “White Collar” on USA.

Harold Ramis, Neurologist (also Co-writer and Director)

Harold Ramis, Neurologist (also Co-writer and Director)
Harold Ramis, Neurologist (also Co-writer and Director)

Ramis not only directed and co-wrote “Groundhog Day,” but he also has a small role as the

e doctor who tries to help Phil with his unique problem.

Now, Ramis is one of the best directors in Hollywood. He still makes and directs quirky comedies like “The Ice Harvest” and “Year One.” He has also promised to be in “Ghostbusters III,” as long as Murray is okay with it.

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