Since we met the Griswolds 30 years ago, the cast of this legendary all-American family have gone out to explore on their own adventures in the world of acting. From having success in the music charts, to starring in hit TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory (Johnny Galecki) and even becoming another one of Hollywood’s most famous embarrassing fathers, the original cast from The Ultimate Vacation Collection, out now on Blu-Ray for the first time, is still very much alive and kicking!
The embarrassing dad Clark Griswold – Chevy Chase
Chase has continued his comedic roles in films such as Caddyshack, Fletch and ¡Three Amigos! More recently, he’s been enjoying something of a career revival since his role as Pierce Hawthorne in the comedy sitcom Community.
The beleaguered mum Ellen Griswold – Beverley D’Angelo
Since D’Angelo’s big break as Clark Griswold’s wife, she can now be seen on the series Entourage playing the role of feisty agent Babs Miller. D’Angelo also appeared in two episodes of The Simpsons as Lurleen Lumpkin, a beautiful Southern country singer and waitress, in both 1992 and 2008.
The original Rusty Griswold – Anthony Michael Hall
Hall gained stardom when he played Rusty at the young age of 13. Following this success Hall was named a member of the ‘Brat Pack’, alongside Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. In 2006, Hall was ranked # 4 in VH1″s list of the ‘100 Greatest Teen Stars’. Hall has starred in hits Edward Scissorhands and The Dark Knight.
The older Rusty Griswold – Johnny Galecki
Galecki established his acting career playing the role of Rusty when he was just 14. He currently plays the role of socially awkward physicist, Leonard Hofstadter, in the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Although Galecki is not a true science geek, he is a self-proclaimed motorcycle ‘nerd’ and drives a Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe!
The original Audrey Griswold – Dana Barron
One of four actresses to have played the role of Audrey Griswold (and the only one to ever reprise it, in the made-for-TV sequel to Christmas Vacation), Barron also had a role in the original Beverly Hills 90210, for which she won the Youth in Film Award for the best recurring actress. Since then, Barron has made guest appearances on TV shows including Babylon 5 and Murder, She Wrote.
The older Audrey Griswold – Juliette Lewis
After playing Audrey Griswold in Christmas Vacation, Lewis gained international attention with her roles inNatural Born Killers and Due Date. Beginning in 2004, Lewis took a break from acting to start a music career with her band Juliette & The Licks, finally launching solo after six years and two full length albums. Perhaps not so well known, between 1990 to 1993 Lewis also dated Brad Pitt!
The car salesman – Eugene Levy
Since the original Vacation, Levy has appeared in no less than over fifty films. Levy’s box office success in the likes of Bringing Down the House, and Over the Hedge has helped establish him as one of Hollywood”s most popular comedic character actors. But it was Levy’s role as Jim’s Dad in theAmerican Pie movies that really made him a screen icon, eventually becoming the only actor to appear in all eight films from the series.
The Ultimate Vacation four disc box-set (featuring National Lampoon’s Vacation, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, National Lampoon”s Christmas Vacation and National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation) is available now on Blu-ray™ with UltraViolet™
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