You wouldn’t think that the cast members of The Shining are still up and about 36 years after the film aired. They are also surprisingly chipper, considering that they went through bloody murder.
The movie may be considered a cult classic today, but 36 years ago, during its first release, critics weren’t actually too fond of it. So much so that it was actually nominated for two Razzies: Worst Director for Stanley Kubrick and Worst Actress for Shelley Duvall.
In fact, critics were ruthless. The New Yorker said, “. . . though we may admire the effects, we’re never drawn in by them, mesmerized. When we see a flash of bloody cadavers or observe a torrent of blood pouring from an elevator, we’re not frightened, because Kubrick’s absorption in film technology distances us.”
Variety criticized the acting, writing, “The crazier Nicholson gets, the more idiotic he looks. Shelley Duvall transforms the warm sympathetic wife of the book into a simpering, semi-retarded hysteric.”
But then again, The Shining has become somewhat of a cult film, its influence in subsequent horror films clear as day. The story combined psychological thriller, slasher, and haunted house elements in one giant masterpiece, which is probably why all these years later, the cast still seem trippy.
Here they are now.
Played by Jack Nicholson
Most recent work: How Do You Know, The Bucket List
Most memorable quote: “Heeere’s Johnny!”
Do you know: The famous “Heeere’s Johnny!” scene was actually improvised by Nicholson himself, based off the late night show with Johnny Carson. However, the actor’s version has become synonymous with terror.
Today, the 78-year-old Nicholson resides in Hollywood Hills, California, probably retired from acting for good. His last film was How Do You Know, which starred Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, was released way back in 2010.
Played by Shelley Duvall
Most recent work: Manna from Heaven, Wishbone
Most memorable quote: ”It’s amazing how fast you get used to such a big place. I tell you, when we first came up here I thought it was kinda scary.”
Do you know: Despite the fact that The Shining is her most memorable role to date, for Shelley Duvall, it came at a cost: she was verbally abused by her director, Stanley Kubrick, so she became physically ill and lost her hair due to the stress. Speaking about the opportunity to work with Kubrick, Duvall said that it was “excruciating” and “almost unbearable.”
Today, she is 65 years old and is keeping a low profile away from Hollywood. She is living on a farm in Blanco, Texas.
Played by Danny Lloyd
Most recent work: The Shining
Most memorable quote: ”Redrum. Redrum. Redrum!”
Do you know: After The Shining, Danny Lloyd decided to quit acting so that he could get a regular childhood. Today, he is a married father of six and is a pig farmer and science teacher just outside Louisville.
The Grady Twins
Played by: Lisa and Louise Burns
Most recent work: The Shining
Most memorable quote: ”Hello, Danny. Come and play with us. Come and play with us, Danny. Forever . . . and ever . . . and ever.”
Do you know: Like Danny Lloyd, the Burns sisters also quit acting. Lisa studied literature while Louise became a microbiologist. They do, however, share a Twitter account and connects with their fans from time to time, despite retiring from Hollywood all those years ago, their iconic role in the film was enough for people to remember them by.
Played by Joe Turkel
Most recent work: Blade Runner (video game), Boy Meets World (TV series)
Most memorable quote: ”Women: can’t live with them, can’t live without them.”
Do you know: Now 88 years old, the creepy bartender has retired from acting. His last work was on the popular TV series Boy Meets World in 1998, where he played the role of a janitor.
Scatman Crothers as Dick Hallorann
A close friend of Jack Nicholson, Crothers was diagnosed with lung cancer just five years after The Shining was released. He kept his condition secret, however, and continued acting until he died in 1986.
Barry Nelson as Stuart Ullman
Barry Nelson may be a mere hotel manager in The Shining, but he’s had a pretty great acting career. In fact, he was James Bond! He played the iconic spy in 1954’s Casino Royale.
Philip Stone as Delbert Grady
The bathroom scene in The Shining is one of the most unnerving in horror history. However, Stone is kind of a veteran in Kubrick films. He also starred in A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon. He was also a stage and TV actor, appearing in productions like Coronation Street, A Touch of Frost, and Heartbeat. However, he died in 2003 at the age of 79.