Forrest Gump is Tom Hanks’ most revered role, and he portrays the titular character most remarkably. We know he’s had several amazing performances over the years, but there’s something special about this one. It wasn’t just his crooked-spine character that made the movie a classic, though.
The film is made up of a great cast. Their performances make the film, and it simply wouldn’t be the same without one of them. Almost 30 years after its release, we look at Forrest Gump characters before and what they’re up to these days.
Michael Conner Humphreys, the 8-Year-Old Adult
We saw Forrest as a boy and followed his journey into manhood. Humphreys plays young Forrest. He made his first appearance in this iconic film. And surprisingly, he was only eight years old when he auditioned. And yeah, he killed it.
Though his character lasted for a short time, he made a strong impact. Forrest’s look and how he talks are modeled after Humphreys’. His debut was successful and one of the decade’s greatest films. Interesting. It is either pure luck or just because he is so talented.
Do Stars Get to Choose?
Michael Humphreys had an amazing start as an actor but has stopped acting professionally. He doesn’t want fame and has chosen to have a normal life in his hometown in Mississippi. In John Grisham’s A Painted House, he acted briefly in high school and even had an uncredited appearance.
Humphreys completed high school, and then he joined the army. He enrolled in a college after returning from Iraq and began a career as a teacher. He was last seen in the independent film Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers. He has, however, expressed his desire to act again possibly.
Sally Field – Moms Are Made, Not Born
Every movie addict knows Sally Field. She got a huge career boost for her role in the miniseries Sybil. She had played parts in movies before Forrest Gump. She has won Oscars for Best Actress for her roles in the films Norma Rae and Places in the Heart.
Sally plays Forrest Gump’s mother. She is a sweet mom and loves Forrest more than the world. Sally Field embodied the role even though she is just ten years older than Tom Hanks. She has gotten BAFTA and SAG awards nominations for her role in the film.
Made it Beyond Hollywood
Sally Field is still doing great after Forrest Gump. She has since been nominated for Oscars and won two Emmys for her guest appearance on ER and as the lead on Brothers & Sisters. She is Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man, the highest-grossing film of her career.
She wrote an autobiography in 2018 titled In Pieces, which detailed her personal life and career. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And recently, she has been fighting for societal advancements she believes in and even got arrested at a climate change protest in 2019.
Mykelti Williamson as Bubba Blue
Mykelti Williamson debuted in Streets on Fire in 1984. His role as Bubba Blue in Forrest Gump is one of his popular film roles, and he has played several parts in films and television shows. He also starred in Free Willy as Dwight the social worker and has acted in the sequel.
Williamson wore a prosthetic lower lip in the film. That explains why he has a protruding lip that makes him look funny. Popular comedian Dave Chapelle turned down the role, a decision he admits he later regrets because the movie would have made him famous at the time.
Mykelti Williamson After Forrest Gump
Williamson became more popular after Forrest Gump was released. He has taken roles in several films over the years. He had parts in films like Soul of the Game, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, ATL, Lucky Number Slevin, Black Dynamite, The Final Destination, and many more.
He also acts in TV shows and has gotten many recurring roles. Mykelti is on Justified, Nashville, 24, Chicago P.D., and had a seven-episode run on CSI: NY. These shows have boosted his popularity on the big screen. He was last seen in the series Lethal Weapon.
Tom Hanks – The ‘T’ in Talent
Tom Hanks is the film’s biggest character. He is an incredible actor, and his works simply speak for him. He won Oscars twice consecutively for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. He is an all-around artist, and it is safe to say that only he could have played the lead like that.
He wasn’t the director’s first choice for the lead. John Travolta was first chosen, but he declined the role. Other actors were Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Sean Penn, who ironically married the character Jenny in real life. Hank surely gives us the perfect experience we need.
Tom Hank Now Rides in Presidential Tint
Today, he is still one of Hollywood’s most successful and talented actors. His filmography reads like a list of some of the decade’s best films. Since Forrest Gump, he has gotten three Oscar nominations. He also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 from President Obama.
Besides acting, Hanks has produced a couple of great films, his best being the HBO show Band of Brothers. He also wrote and directed the films That Thing You Do and Larry Crowne. His book, Uncommon Type, published in 2017, has been met with critical acclaim.
Gary Sinise – Disabled but Not Defeated
It’s safe to say everyone loves Lieutenant Dan. His character was dynamic and passionate. Sinise’s excellent performance also makes the character so memorable in our hearts. Sinise’s legs were amputated, so an extraordinary actor was required to make an impact in a wheelchair. Sinise was up for the job!
Before Forrest Gump, he acted mainly in theater and television. However, his big role as Lieutenant Dan stepped him up in his career. He made his big-screen debut in Of Mice and Men, where he acted as George. It was also the second film he directed.
How Fast Can He Walk?
Sinise had other roles with Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 and The Green Mile. He was in films like The Quick and the Dead, Ransom, Snake Eyes, and Mission to Mars. He also took on another big role in CSI: NY, where he played Detective Mac Taylor for nearly a decade.
He has been on TV shows like Criminal Minds and 13 Reasons Why. He founded the Gary Sinise Foundation and has raised over $35 million to support disabled veterans. He isn’t just a cheerful giver; he helps set them up with disability-friendly smart homes.
Haley Joel Osment – From Pizza Hut to the World
Haley Joel Osment appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial, giving him a major film role. Before that, he was never in films or television shows. The 6-year-old acted first in Forrest Gump. He isn’t in many scenes in the film, but the few times are emotional and remarkable.
Though he was impressive in Forrest Gump, not many people saw how great he would become. He played a major role in The Sixth Sense (1999), which became his biggest film. He became one of the most prominent child stars and one of the youngest Academy Award nominees.
The Grown Child Star
Osment has acted in more high-profile movies after Sixth Sense. He is in movies like Pay It Forward (2000) and Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence (2001). Recently, his acting career hasn’t made much noise because he plays supporting roles. He has also focused more on acting in independent films.
The wonderful actor has done lots of TV shows. He played a recurring role in Future Man and guest parts in several films. In 2008, he appeared on Broadway and made a debut with American Buffalo. Recently, he has been prolific as a video game voice actor.
Geoffrey Blake as Wesley
Forrest Gump wants you to love its cast. It is sweet-natured, but some characters are also flawed and conflicted. Wesley is the one character we can treat as the bad guy. He is Jenny’s boyfriend but isn’t a great guy. Forrest is unhappy with him, and so are we.
Blake’s first movie appearance is not in Forrest Gump. He debuted in The Last Starfighter and featured in Secret Admirer and Young Guns. He has doubled as a voice actor, Ralph, in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest and played a guest role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Once a Bad Boy…
He has worked with Tom Hanks a few more times. He starred in Apollo 13, cast Away, and Contact, which Robert Zemeckis directed. His popular films include Wag the Dog, Mighty Joe Young, EDtv, and Frost/Nixon. He was last seen in a war film, Midway.
Blake has more acting roles following his appearance in Forrest Gump, mostly on television shows. He is in Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, episodes of Criminal Minds, and a popular NBC TV series, Grimm. His most recent work is the show Charmed.
Robin Wright as Jenny
Everybody deserves a bit of romance. Jenny is the woman Forrest never stops loving. Though they have typically separate lives, they keep finding each other. Robin Wright is so beautiful; it is not hard to tell one reason why Forrest was head over heels for her.
Robin Wright began acting as a teenager. She made a big break in the soap opera Santa Barbara when she appeared in 538 episodes. That’s fairly big! She also has big roles in films like The Princess Bride and Toys. She is distinctively known for her role as Jenny.
Robin Wright After Forrest Gump
Robin Wright has gotten more success since Forrest Gump. She added a new name, Penn, when she married actor Sean Penn in 1996, but the union ended in 2010. She has played major roles in films like Unbreakable, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Wonder Woman.
Wright has eight Primetime Emmy nominations for Forrest Gump and three Daytime Emmy nominations for soap operas. Forrest Gump author Winston Groom sheds light in his sequel novel that Jenny’s death was caused by Hepatitis C, an infection she contracted doing drugs, and not HIV as many people suspected.
Hanna R. Hall as Young Jenny
Hanna R. Hall plays the younger version of Jenny and young Forrest’s counterpart, while Robin Wright plays the adult role. Just like Michael Humphreys, Forrest Gump was her first movie appearance. Hall, who grew up in Colorado, went for the audition when she was just seven years old.
She had a few callbacks during auditioning and got the role. She has continued acting and has played a good number of movie roles after Forrest Gump. She stared as Goldi in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cecilia Lisbon in The Virgin Suicides, and other shows.
What Is Hanna R. Hall Doing Today?
Hanna Hall keeps acting and has had roles in many films. She acted as Judith Myers in the 2007 remake of Halloween. She has also done many independent films, including American Cowslip, Happiness Runs, and Radio Free Albemuth. Her most recent film is Dying for the Crown.
She has also worked on TV shows. She starred in an episode of Criminal Minds (2012) and an episode of Masters of Sex (2015). She has other interests besides making films and TV, working as a theater director who does underground plays in Venice, California.
Sam Anderson as Principal Hancock
Though Sam Anderson’s role as Principal Hancock was not a major one, and he wasn’t one of the biggest names in the film industry, the actor did his best. Anderson has made regular appearances on TV shows and acted in films since the 1970s.
Before Forrest Gump, he acted in Airplane 2, Critters, and Growing Pains, where he also played the role of a principal. He is more prevalent on the television screen though he plays small parts. Regular television viewers are bound to be familiar with his face.
Sam Anderson Has Been Busy
Anderson has gotten busy since he appeared in Forrest Gump. He has several acts and some good recurring roles. He played Mr. Hyde in Water for Elephants and Mr. Browning in Ouija: Origin of Evil. He is prominent on television and has made guest appearances.
Going forward, he has a few recurring roles. He was on the popular series Lost, playing Bernard Nadler for 21 episodes. He acted as Dr. Jack Kayson on ER for 20 episodes and is in eight episodes of Angel. He also appeared in the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon.
Richard D’Alessandro as Abbie Hoffman
Forrest Gump has some supporting actors like Richard, who only appeared a few times but left a lasting impression on the viewers. Abbie Hoffman made many of us laugh when he engaged Forrest in a conversation while he was on stage at a protest in Vietnam.
Before Forrest Gump, D’Alessandro played a couple of minor roles in small films. There is no such a thing as a small role, nor is D’Alessandro a small actor. No one who watches Forrest Gump would forget how good his acting is in just a few scenes.
Richard D’Alessandro’s Career After Forrest Gump
Richard appeared in the 2010 comedy show Just Wright, which also starred Queen Latifah, and the film Common. He continues to play small parts on the big screen. He acted as a gangster in Analyze This and as a restaurant patron in Mickey Blue Eyes.
He continues to appear mainly on television and has played different parts in the popular series Law & Order. He had two parts in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, an episode of Trial by Jury, and Criminal Intent. That is big! He also appeared briefly in The Sopranos and was most recently seen in The Deuce.
Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Dorothy Harris
In her first encounter with Young Forrest, Dorothy is seen smoking a cigarette while driving the school bus. The boy doesn’t want to get on the bus because she is a “stranger.” She doesn’t expect it, but she acts calm and convinces the boy to get on the bus.
Hogan added comic relief in films even before she was cast in Forrest Gump. She acted in 20 Saturday Night Live episodes and three Seinfeld episodes. She made her debut on television in 1994 and has acted in four films.
Siobhan Has Been Smoking Her Way Up
Hogan has appeared in many roles since Forrest Gump. She has acted in great films like Men in Black, Dancer in the Dark, Holes, Daddy Day Care, Dogville, Funny Games, and The House that Jack Built. She makes mainstream films coupled with a more arthouse-oriented fare.
She also still adds comic relief to television. She did this in 30 Rock, MacGyver, American Gods, Billions, and What We Do in the Shadows. She also played Arlene in the series Wayward Pines and was Fred’s mom in Fred: The Movie and its sequels.
Dick Cavett as Himself
Dick Cavett appeared in Forrest Gump but acted as himself. The film has a couple of scenes where Forrest meets with historical figures though they simply use cutting-edge special effects. It was, however, real when legendary talk show host Dick Cavett met with Forrest.
Cavett is the only person in the film to play himself. He only appears younger in the film because he wore makeup. Forrest and John Lennon were guests on his show at the same time. Unlike Cavett and Hanks, John Lennon was represented here using historical footage.
The Dick Cavett Show
His popular show, The Dick Cavett Show, ended in 1986, which is still the last show he hosted. He has only appeared in other shows or films. People still watch his show today on YouTube, making way for a new set of fans.
There have been a few tough times in Cavett’s personal life, especially when he lost his wife, Carrie Nye, a successful actress. She battled lung cancer before her untimely death in 2006. Dick Cavett remarried in 2010 to Martha Rogers, a renowned author of business books.
Peter Dobson as Elvis Presley?
Forrest was lucky to have met those great figures from the 20th century. Elvis Presley couldn’t make it because, erm, as we all know, he was unavailable. Dobson did a great job acting like him, with his voice done uncredited by Kurt Russell.
Dobson acted in interesting films before Forrest Gump. In 1993, he acted in a film titled Doppelganger. Funny considering his role in Forrest Gump as an Elvis Presley doppelganger. He also appeared in Sing and Last Exit to Brooklyn.
What Is Peter Dobson Doing Today?
Dobson still acts and has appeared in minor roles in many films. One of these is the movie The Frighteners, directed by Peter Jackson, and the 2000 comedy film, Drowning Mona, which starred Danny DeVito. He has also done a couple of television films.
Dobson acted as the legendary actor and singer Elvis Presley in Forrest Gump. He reprised that role for Protecting the King, a film that focuses on Elvis’ bodyguard and his stepbrother. Dobson has ambitions beyond acting as he wishes to direct films as well.
Marla Sucharetza as Lenore
Lenore is one of the women Forrest encountered at the New Year’s Eve party with Lieutenant Dan. She and Forrest had a crazy moment at Lieutenant Dan’s apartment, and she was yelled at and kicked out simply for asking if the man was stupid?!
Her great performance leaves her in the viewer’s mind though she only appeared in a few scenes. She had not acted in films before her appearance in Forrest Gump. Sucharetza, a New Yorker, debuted on television two years before her role as Lenore.
Marla Sucharetza Has Gained Popularity Since
Sucharetza gained popularity after her appearance in Forrest Gump and has played more roles since then. She acted in an episode of 1990s’ Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She plays a role in an episode of Seinfeld and on the series All My Children.
She also had parts in shows like The Good Wife, Life on Mars, and Damages. Sucharetza acted in films in the 1990s, including Lover’s Knot, The Fan, and For Richer or Poorer. In the 2000s, she appeared in Road Trip, The Station Agent, and The Nanny Diaries.
Steven Griffith as Tex
Tex is a soldier in Forrest Gump. He and Forrest served together in Vietnam. Forrest couldn’t recall Tex’s origin when he spoke of his former acquaintances. Their fellow soldiers had names of cities they were not from, like Cleveland, who was from Detroit, and Dallas, who hailed from Alabama.
Tex only played a small part in the film, but what made his role stick is the scene where Forrest saved his life. He has played minor roles in other films like The Program, and he was on an episode of the series In the Heat of the Night.
Steven Griffith Has Had a Limited Career
Before his appearance in Forrest Gump, Griffith acted in a television movie called Scattered Dreams. Two years after Forrest Gump was released, he played a part in a film called The Uninvited. In 2005, he featured in a film called Our Very Own with actor Allison Janney.
Griffith was last seen in an episode of the web series Break a Hip. He mostly acted in short films. We hope filmmakers recognize his skills, and he is brought back to the screen. Griffith is now a writer, and he also hopes to act again.
Margo Moorer as Louise
Louise appeared in one of the most emotional scenes in the film. She is a maid at the Gump household, where she is seen ushering Forrest into the house when he comes home to his sick mother. Louise plays a minor role, but her scenes leave an emotional feel.
Moorer has played other parts, mainly on television. The film wasn’t her first appearance. She was on four episodes of In the Heat of the Night, where she played two different parts. She was also on an episode of a show titled I’ll Fly Away in 1992.
Is There More to Margo Moorer?
Margo might not be a household name, but she is having a great time. After Forrest Gump, she was in the films Fled, That Darn Cat, Runaway Jury, ATL, LBJ, Shock and Awe, The Front Runner, and The Glorias. She is a known face on television.
She has several small parts and a few big recurring roles in TV shows and films. She played Kali in 35 episodes of the American series Sheena. She played Karla in two episodes of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Judge Donaldson in six episodes of Drop Dead Diva.
Michael Jace as the Leader of the Black Panthers
Forrest learns about the struggle of African Americans through Jace, who acted as the leader of the Black Panthers. Forrest had messed up their event earlier and tendered his apology. Jace’s acting was so good though he had only done a few film roles at the time.
Before his appearance in Forrest Gump, he had done some television works, including an episode of Law & Order, 1994’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and a part in Chicago Hope. The same year as Forrest Gump, he was in Clear and Present Danger.
A Shocking End to Jace’s Career
Jace played vital roles in films like Strange Days, The Replacements, The Great White Hype, Boogie Nights, and Planet of the Apes remake. His biggest role was as Julien Lowe on the show The Shield. He has done recurring roles in television as well.
His career ended suddenly when he was convicted of second-degree murder in 2014. He was arrested and confessed to shooting his wife, April Jace, a 40-year-old track and field world champion. Jace is currently serving 40 years to life in prison.
Afemo Omilami as the Drill Sergeant
Afemo Omilami is the drill sergeant in the film. He only appears in a few scenes, but his role is remarkable and captured the attention of many. He has a deep admiration for Forrest, and he also thinks Forrest is the smartest among the soldiers he has trained.
Omilami appeared in television shows and films before Forrest Gump. He made his debut in Trading Places in 1983. He has been in films like The Money Pit, Glory, The Long Walk Home, and The Firm. He is married to Elisabeth Williams, a civil rights activist and actress.
Afemo Omilami – Getting Bigger and Better
Omilami played several roles in big films after Forrest Gump. The list includes Gordy, Tigerland, Remember the Titans, Sweet Home Alabama, Runaway Jury, Terminator Genisys, Hidden Figures, The Blind Side, Bringing Out the Dead, The Alamo, Cold Mountain, Glory Road, Ray, Idlewild, and the popular comedy Madea’s Family Reunion.
He mostly played small parts in these films, but he had some bigger parts on television. His most notable role on TV was when he played Police Chief Holloway in True Detective drama. He was also on the show Saints & Sinners as Detective St. Charles.
Sonny Shroyer as Bear Bryant
In the film, Sonny Shroyer plays Bear Bryant, Forrest’s football coach. In real life, Bear Bryant was the Hall of Fame head coach for the University of Alabama and led the school to six national championships. Forrest won a football scholarship to the University of Alabama for his feat as a fast runner.
Bear Bryant is no longer a coach nor alive. He died in 1983 and has been portrayed in films. Actor Gary Busey portrayed him in The Bear. Tom Berenger portrayed him in The Junction Boys. Sonny Shroyer did a great job portraying him in Forrest Gump.
Sonny Shroyer Can Do it All
Shroyer had a great acting career even before Forrest Gump. He is still active today and has appeared in several films and television shows. In the 1990s, he was in Wild America, Paradise Falls, The Rainmaker, and The Gingerbread Man. He was also in Freedom Song and Ray in the past decade.
We don’t hear much about him today, but Shroyer is still acting. He has an interest in music. In the 1980s, he made a children’s album and still makes country and gospel music. He also does parties and shows up at events in character as Enos from Dukes of Hazzard.