The Cast Of 'The Outsiders:' Where Are They Now?

By | January 12, 2019

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Left: Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell and Ralph Macchio in The Outsiders. Right: Tom Cruise. Source: (IMDB/Warner Home Video)

In what movie can you find Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, and C. Thomas Howell? It's a heck of a cast, a who's who of male stars who went on to have massive box-office hits in the '80s and '90s, and it was assembled by director Francis Ford Coppola for the 1983 film The Outsiders. Where are they now, these young toughs?

This group of actors from The Outsiders included future action heroes of the silver screen, romantic and comedic leading men, teen drama mainstays, award-nominated performers, and, to be fair, a couple of one-hit wonders. The cast has been called a precursor to the "Brat Pack," a group of actors who were prominent in comedies and light dramas about young people in the '80s. 

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American actors Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Thomas C. Howell, and Tom Cruise on the set of The Outsiders. Source: (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Outsiders takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a gang of "greasers" (or poor teens) from the poor side of town who are constantly at war with the "Socs" (wealthy teens) from the other side of town.

The seven characters in the film include the Curtis Brothers -- Darrel (Swayze), the oldest, Sodapop (Lowe), the middle brother, and young Ponyboy Curtis (Howell). Ponyboy and his friend Johnny Cade (Macchio) are the two characters caught up in the film's central drama, while Dallas Winston (Dillon), an older and more worldly gang member, has to help them out. Two-Bit Matthews (Estevez) and Steve Randle (Cruise) are also close friends of all the characters. Though only the Curtis brothers are related by blood, the seven young men constitute a family of sorts.

We're familiar with most, or all, of the cast of The Outsiders -- but where are they now?