The Cast Of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’: Where Are They Now?

Its been over 25 years since Clark Griswold tried to give his family the perfect Christmas holiday. See what the cast of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is up to today.

Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
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Chevy Chase returned to the Vacation film series with this third installment as patriarch Clark Griswold, who was determined to give his family the best Christmas they've ever had. Obviously, things don't exactly go the way Clark wants them to. Prior to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Chase was an original Saturday Night Live cast member, and he speared in 1983’s National Lampoon's Vacation and 1985’s National Lampoon's European Vacation. Since Christmas Vacation, Chase has gone on to appear in several movies including Orange County and Snow Day. He's also returned to his role as Clark Griswold in 1997’s Vegas Vacation and most recently 2015's Vacation. He also played Pierce Hawthorne on NBC's Community. Chase is an environmentalist and a liberal democrat.
Beverly D'Angelo - Ellen Griswold
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After garnering a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Coal Miner's Daughter, Beverly D'Angelo joined the Vacation film franchise appearing in all of the films including 2015's Vacation alongside Chevy Chase. D'Angleo appeared in numerous films during the 1990s and early 2000's including American History X and The House Bunny. She also had recurring roles on both Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Entourage. D'Angelo has several films slated for released in 2016. From 1996-2003 she was married to Al Pacino. The couple have twins together, a son Anton James and daughter Olivia Rose.
Randy Quaid - Eddie Johnson
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After appearing in 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, Randy Quaid reprised his as role Cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation. Cousin Eddie was so popular that Quaid even got his own spin-off in the made-for-TV movie, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure. Though Quaid continued to act through the '90s and 2000's with roles in films like Independence Day and Brokeback Mountain, his various legal issues have greatly out-shined his work as an actor. Randy Quaid is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid, and he is a trained general aviation pilot.
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Juliette Lewis - Audrey Griswold
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Juliette Lewis began playing Audrey Griswold in Christmas Vacation. The role had been previously played by actresses Dana Barron and Dana Hill in the first two films. Christmas Vacation was Lewis' breakout role. Shortly thereafter, she appeared in the hit television show, The Wonder Years as Wayne Arnold's girlfriend. In 1991, Lewis was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Cape Fear. Since then, Lewis has been in numerous films including What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Basketball Diaries and August: Osage County. Lewis currently stars as Detective Andrea Cornell in ABC's Secrets and Lies. Lewis is a musician, and was a member of the rock band Juliette and the Licks until 2009. Her newest film Nerve which stars Dave Franco and Emma Roberts is slated for release in 2016.
Johnny Galeck - Rusty Griswold
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Johnny Galecki was the third actor to fill Rusty's shoes in the Vacation franchise, following Anthony Michael Hall and Jason Lively. After Christmas Vacation, Galecki played David on Roseanne for the majority of the '90s. He also starred in several films including Bounce and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Still, Johnny Galecki is now best known for his role as Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory (a role where he earns $1 million dollars per episode).  Galecki is a vegetarian and cellist.
Diane Ladd - Nora Griswold
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Veteran actress, Diane Ladd's appearance as Clark Griswold's mom Nora in Christmas Vacation was just another in a very lengthy filmography. In the '70s, Ladd was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Post-Christmas Vacation, Ladd teamed up with her daughter, actress Laura Dern for the film Wild At Heart. Since then, Ladd has appeared in several TV shows including Touched By an Angel and Dr. Quinn. She has also continued to act in films, and will be next seen in the upcoming David O. Russell film Joy alongside Jennifer Lawrence.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Margo Chester
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The same year she began her acclaimed role as Elaine Benes on SeinfeldJulia Louis-Dreyfus also starred as the Griswold's prissy neightboor Margo Chester in Christmas Vacation. It was the fourth film role for the SNL alum, who had starred in  Troll, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Soul Man in 1986. Post Vacation and Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus made cameo appearances in various shows including Arrested Development and 30 Rock. From 2006-2010 she starred in The New Adventures of Old Christine. Louis-Dreyfus currently stars on HBO's Veep for which she has won four Emmy awards, making her grand total seven. Actress Tina Fey has stated that Louis-Dreyfus served as inspiration for her character Liz Lemon on 30 Rock.
Doris Roberts - Frances Smith
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Though you probably recognize Doris Roberts as the smothering but loving Marie Baron from Everybody Loves Raymond, the acclaimed actress also played Ellen Griswold's mother Frances in Christmas Vacation. Roberts went on to play Raymond's mother Marie from 1996-2005 and won four Emmys during that time. She also made various cameos in TV shows including, The King of Queens, The Middle and Melissa and Joey. Most recently, Roberts has appeared in several movies including Old Soldiers and Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness ProtectionRoberts is an avid animal rights advocate and cook. She co-wrote the cookbook, Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna in 2005.
Miriam Flynn - Catherine Johnson
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Miriam Flynn reprised her role as Catherine Johnson, Ellen's cousin in Christmas Vacation. During the '90s Flynn began doing a great deal of voice acting. She had roles in the cartoons Ducktales and Taz-ManiaFlynn also voiced Grandma Longneck in The Land Before Time films. In 2003, she appeared in Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure alongside Randy Quaid. Most recently, Flynn has appeared in the television shows Suburgatory, Scandal and Bones.
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Ellen Latzen - Ruby Sue
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After making her acting debut in Fatal Attraction, Ellen Latzen snagged the role of Ruby Sue; Catherine and Eddie's daughter in Christmas Vacation when she was just 9 years old. Latzen left acting shortly thereafter. She attended the California College of the Arts and loves working with people.
RIP E. G. Marshall - Art Smith
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Though he played Ellen Griswold's grumpy dad in Christmas Vacation, E.G. Marshall had an expansive career that went back to the 1940's. He is perhaps best remembered as "Juror #4" in Sidney Lumet's  1957 masterpiece 12 Angry Men. After Christmas Vacation, Marshall made several appearances on television shows including The Cosby Show, Chicago Hope, and Courthouse. His final role was in the TV film Miss Evers' Boys. Marshall passed away in 1998 at the age of 84.
RIP Mae Questel - Aunt Bethany
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You probably don't know that Mae Questel was the original voice of both Betty Boop and Olive Oyl. Talk about an icon! Before portraying Aunt Bethany in Christmas Vacation, she also starred in Funny Girl and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Sadly, Aunt Bethany was Questel's last role. She passed away in 1998 at 89 years old.
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RIP John Randolph - Clark Griswold, Sr.
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John Randolph was already a seasoned actor when he appeared in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Prior to appearing in the 1989 film, Randolph acted in films like King Kong and All the President's Men. In the late 1940s and 1950s Randolph was blacklisted from working in Hollywood films and in New York television and radio, because of his perceived links to Communism. Randolph was not cast in a film again until the mid-1960s. Well into his late 70s in the early 90s, one of Randolph's last film roles was in You've Got Mail. John Randolph passed away in 2004 at the age of 88 years old.
RIP William Hickey - Uncle Lewis
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Academy Award nominee William Hickey was a veteran actor long before playing Uncle Lewis in Christmas Vacation. He'd even starred with two of his Vacation co-stars previously. He and E.G. Marshall co-starred in the 1960s television series The Defenders, and he starred with John Randolph in 1985's Prizzi's Honor. Post-Christmas Vacation, Hickey voiced Dr. Finklestein in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. In the early to mid '90s Hickey continued to act in films including Major Payne and Mousehunt. Hickey passed away in 1997 after a bout with emphysema and bronchitis. He was 69 years old.