See the Kids of ‘The Monster Squad’ Then and Now
In ‘The Monster Squad,’ a gang of monster movie-obsessed adolescents end up waging an epic battle against the ghouls they idolized after they learn that Dracula, Frankenstein, et al. are real.
Some of the cast went on to pursue careers in entertainment, but others were more difficult to track down. Robby Kiger — who played skateboarder Patrick — quit acting after 1990’s ‘Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael,’ and sort of shrank away from the public eye. Brent “Wolfman’s Got Nards” Chalem, who played Horace, died in 1997 at the age of 22 of pneumonia. Here’s what the rest of the young actors who made up ‘The Monster Squad’ are doing these days.
Andre Gower, Sean Crenshaw
Then: Every club needs a founder, and Andre Gower played Sean Crenshaw, the charter member and leader of ‘The Monster Squad.’ 14 at the time, Gower had been acting since age five and popped up on episodes of ‘The A-Team,’ ‘Night Court’ and ‘T.J. Hooker,’ among others. He is also known for co-starring with George C. Scott in the sitcom ‘Mr. President.’
Now: These days, Gower is primarily an acting coach. The 39-year-old did end an almost two decade hiatus from acting in 2006 when he appeared in the movie ‘Sweat Deadly Dreams.’ He followed that up in 2009 with ‘Vault of Darkness.’
Ryan Lambert, Rudy
Then: Lambert played the chain-smoking Rudy, the oldest and strongest club member. During his career as a child actor, he starred on ‘Kids Incorporated’ and made appearances on ‘Silver Spoons’ and ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.’
Now: The now 41-year-old Lambert ditched acting for singing and at one point fronted the electronic rock band Elephone. He currently sings with the rock band Kill Moi and attended ‘The Monster Squad’ 20th anniversary DVD release party in 2007.
Michael Faustino, Eugene
Then: Faustino was seven when he played Eugene, the youngest member of ‘The Monster Squad.’ He also had various roles throughout the years on ‘Married With Children,’ and was the older brother in the 1994 Disney film ‘Blank Check.’
Now: Faustino retired from acting in 1996. He’s also the younger brother of David Faustino (aka Bud Bundy), which would explain all the random ‘Married With Children’ appearances.
Ashley Bank, Phoebe Crenshaw
Then: Bank is best remembered as Phoebe Crenshaw, Sean’s little sister who badly wanted to be part of the gang. The six-year-old was already an acting vet, with appearances on ‘Family Ties’ and ‘Cagney & Lacey.’
Now: Like many of her ‘Monster Squad’ cohorts, Bank didn’t transition from child actor to adult star. However, the 31-year-old seems to be mounting a comeback, and recently appeared in the movie ‘Monsterpeice Theatre Volume 1.’
Jason Hervey, E.J.
Then: Hervey played E.J., a club member with bullying tendencies. Of course, Hervey is most famous for playing older-brother-with-bullying-tendencies Wayne on ‘The Wonder Years.’
Now: Hervey was last heard from producing and hosting VH1’s ‘Confessions of a Teen Idol’ in 2009. The 40-year-old has been a voice actor (he was Dove on ‘Justice League’), business exec and –yes — he is still quite close to his TV brother Fred Savage.