It may have left critics cold, but 26 years after its release, Jingle All The Way has become a Christmas classic.
With Arnold Schwarzenegger and comedian Sinbad in the lead roles, the two fathers came face to face as they desperately tried to buy an action figure for their sons on a trolley bus before Christmas.
Since the film’s release, Arnie has become none other than the Governor of California and has starred in a number of Hollywood hits, including the Terminator sequels.
And while other holiday movie stars have gone on to successful careers, many others have been less fortunate.
From shocking car crashes to horrific m*rder-suic*des, this is what happened to the stars of Jingle All The Way.
Sinbad – Stroke Recovery
Comedian Sinbad – real name David Adkins – co-starred with Schwarzenegger as postal worker Myron Larabee, competing against him in the film.
He made a name for himself in the 90s as a stand-up comedian, and the role cemented his status as a cult favorite.
He continued to work on his stand-up and still tours and gives concerts.
David has also appeared in a number of small roles on television, with cameos in Family Guy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
He also began working in children’s television, playing a role on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe as well as voicing The Lion Guard.
In November last year, it became known that a 66-year-old man was recovering from a stroke.
Rita Wilson – Covid and Cancer Survivor
Playing the role of Liz Langston, Rita had a successful career and a happy life, despite many difficulties.
After Jingle All The Way, she starred in many other films such as The Story of Us, Runaway Bride and Raise Your Voice.
She also starred in Larry Crown with longtime husband and Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks, to whom Rita is still happily married, and the couple had two children.
In addition to performing on Broadway, the 66-year-old actor has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2017, the star was diagnosed with breast c*ncer and had to undergo a double mastectomy.
In March 2020, Rita and Tom were among the first celebrities to report contracting Covid-19, but thankfully made a quick recovery.
Jake Lloyd – forced to leave the movie
Child actor Jake Lloyd played the role of Jamie Langston, the son of parents Howard and Liz, in the cult film.
Following the relative success of Jingle All The Way, Jake landed a career-defining role playing the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars. Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Despite starring in one of the most famous film franchises the big screen has ever seen, Jake quit acting in 2001, saying the role caused severe bullying from his classmates.
“My whole high school life was a living hell and I had to give up to 60 interviews a day,” Jake, now 33, told Best Life.
“The other kids were very cruel to me… They made a lightsaber sound every time they saw me. It was complete madness.”
In 2015, he was back in the news after he was arrested for reckless driving, driving without a license and resisting arrest.
An unfortunate incident led to the fact that the ex-actor was jailed for a year.
He was reportedly diagnosed with schizophrenia shortly after his release and has not been in the spotlight since.
Phil Hartman is a m*rder-suic*de victim
Phil Hartman, who played the Langstons’ annoying next door neighbor, was a beloved SNL comedian well known for his roles in the 80s and 90s.
In addition to appearing on the eccentric sitcom NewsRadio, Phil has voiced numerous characters in the main cartoon, The Simpsons.
However, the Springfield star’s life was cut short by a tragic coincidence just two years after the film’s release.
He married Brynn Omdal in 1987, with whom he had two children.
An unhappy marriage, their relationship was marred by Brynn’s frequent drug use and repeated domestic abuse of Phil, who in turn was often absent from their home.
In 1998, after a particularly heated argument, Brynn shot him 3 times while he was sleeping and, after confessing to her crime, took her own life in a convoluted incident.
The 49-year-old man died at the scene.
His d*ath was met with a wave of tributes, he was described as “clearly an ordinary guy, loved by everyone he worked with”.
In 2014, he was posthumously added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Robert Conrad – Car accident left him paralyzed
Robert Conrad became famous for his role as Officer Hummel in the cult film.
After that, Robert almost disappeared from the face of the Earth, playing many small roles before his last role as Reed Wilson in the 2002 production of Dead Above Ground.
His career eventually came to an end after he was involved in a disastrous car accident that left his right side partially paralyzed.
Another driver, Kevin Burnett, died a few years later from injuries that the family attributed to the accident.
Robert was tried on an uncontested felony charge and found guilty of drunk driving.
He was sentenced to six months of house arrest, alcohol counseling, and five years of probation. Prior to his d*ath, another driver also filed a civil lawsuit against him for an undisclosed amount.
February 2020 Robert died of heart failure at the age of 84..
Jim Belushi – cannabis farmer
American star Jim Belushi played Santa in the mall and has since starred in a number of movies and TV shows.
He was one of America’s highest paid actors and was a wild success both before and after Jingle All The Way.
His ABC sitcom “According to Jim” was particularly successful, running for 8 seasons from 2001 to 2009, and he apparently earned up to $500,000 per episode at its peak.
His other acting roles include playing a publishing executive in Roman Polanski’s Ghost Writer and starring in the 2017 Twin Peaks reboot.
More recently, however, he apparently retired from the acting world to southern Oregon, where he set up a weed farm.
Despite this, Jim claims that he is not an addict himself, but has been known to eat weed cake from time to time.
Now the 68-year-old veteran actor has documented his process for the public to see in Growing Belushi.
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