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How the eight Brat Pack members made their millions

The Brat Pack today

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Moviestore Collection Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

The Brat Pack was a fearless group of successful young actors who defined 1980s Hollywood, often appearing together in the same movies.

Among these bright young things were the likes of Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, and Emilio Estevez, with films such as The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire helping to propel the stars to fame.

This year a Hulu documentary titled Brats, directed by former Brat Pack member Andrew McCarthy, explores how their meteoric rise impacted the group of young actors. In the meantime, read on to discover what the Brat Pack members are doing today and who's built the biggest fortune.


All dollar amounts in US dollars

Anthony Michael Hall: $4 million (£3.2m)

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Former child star Anthony Michael Hall started acting in TV commercials at the tender age of seven.

His early screen credits include the TV movie Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and the comedy flick Six Pack (both 1982). However, his big break came when he scored a role in the 1983 comedy movie National Lampoon’s Vacation.

The teenager's scene-stealing performance as Rusty caught the attention of writer and director John Hughes, who went on to cast Hall in the classic Brat Pack movies Sixteen Candles (1984) and The Breakfast Club (1985).

Anthony Michael Hall: $4 million (£3.2m)

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Rich Fury/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Hall joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s at the age of 17, making him the show's youngest-ever cast member.

While the 1980s was undeniably a golden era for Hall, he's continued to enjoy more success over the decades, landing roles in everything from gothic fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990) to superhero flick The Dark Knight (2008).

More recently, he appeared in the 2024 action thriller Air Force One Down. Meanwhile, recent TV credits include shows such as Riverdale, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Blacklist. 

Spanning four decades, Anthony Michael Hall's acting career has earned him an estimated fortune of $4 million (£3.2m).

Ally Sheedy: $4 million (£3.2m)

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Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

Ally Sheedy started acting in local stage plays while she was a teen living in New York.

She appeared in a number of popular 80s TV shows, including Hill Street Blues and Chicago Story, before making her silver screen debut in Bad Boys alongside Sean Penn in 1983.

Sheedy further boosted her career with appearances in the Brat Pack classics Oxford BluesThe Breakfast ClubSt. Elmo’s Fire, and Blue City, all filmed between 1984 and 1986.

Ally Sheedy: $4 million (£3.2m)

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Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Sheedy's star power began to fade in the 1990s and, unable to secure leading roles in silver-screen projects, she appeared in a string of independent films and made-for-TV movies instead. However, her career received a boost following her critically acclaimed performance in the 1998 indie flick High Art.

She went on to appear in popular TV shows such as The Dead Zone and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and even scored a small role in the 2016 superhero blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse.

Sheedy most recently appeared in the comedy series Single Drunk Female between 2022 and 2023. Industry insiders estimate her net worth at $4 million (£3.2m).

Judd Nelson: $4 million (£3.2m)

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Universal Pictures/Getty Images

Judd Nelson made his acting debut in the 1983 movie Rock 'n' Roll Hotel, with other early gigs including Making the Grade (1984) and Fandango (1985).

Though he played a teen, Nelson was actually 26 when he scored his breakthrough role in The Breakfast Club. Alongside a number of his other Brat Pack peers, he also starred in the flicks St. Elmo’s Fire and Blue City during the 1980s.

Judd Nelson: $4 million (£3.2m)



Nelson enjoyed a lucrative acting career throughout the 1990s, with roles in movies like the action-packed Conflict of Interest (1993) and the comedy Airheads (1994). During this decade, he also scored a lead part in the sitcom Suddenly Susan.

While his career has slowed down in recent years, Nelson has appeared in TV shows like Two and a Half Men and Empire, and lent his voice to children's TV shows such as Ben 10: Omniverse and Phineas and Ferb.

More recently, Nelson starred in the 2024 sci-fi flick South of Hope Street. His estimated net worth today is $4 million (£3.2m).

Molly Ringwald: $11 million (£8.7m)

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Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images

Former child star Molly Ringwald began her career in 1979 when she landed parts in the sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.

She was nominated for a Golden Globe at the age of 14 for her performance in the 1982 drama Tempest.

Ringwald shot to stardom in 1984 with the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles. Her roles in movies such as The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink (1986) cemented her membership of the Brat Pack.

Molly Ringwald: $11 million (£8.7m)

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Ringwald has enjoyed a long acting career, with roles in everything from The Kissing Booth rom-com franchise to Netflix's 2022 true crime series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

She also had a recurring role in the popular teen drama series Riverdale between 2017 and 2023. Her most recent project was the 2024 FX drama series Feud: Bette and Joan.

The 80s starlet's long and lucrative career has amassed her an estimated total fortune of $11 million (£8.7m).

Andrew McCarthy: $12 million (£9.5m)

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Moviepix/Getty Images

Andrew McCarthy made his screen debut in the 1983 comedy Class, in which he starred alongside fellow Brat Pack member Rob Lowe.

McCarthy's other early movie roles included drama The Beniker Gang (1984) and comedy flick Heaven Help Us (1985).

However, McCarthy's roles in St. Elmo's Fire (1985) and Pretty in Pink truly propelled him to Hollywood stardom.

Andrew McCarthy: $12 million (£9.5m)

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Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

McCarthy later transitioned to working behind the camera and has directed episodes of major TV series including Gossip Girl, The Sinner, and the Emmy-winning Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

He's continued to act, though, with shows such as The Twilight Zone, The Family, and Good Girls among his small-screen credits. In recent times, McCarthy directed episodes of crime drama The Blacklist, and he also appeared in the 2023 indie flick Grace Point.

As mentioned, he directed, wrote, and produced the recent Brat Pack documentary Brats, which premiered on Hulu this month.

The actor and director's estimated net worth today is an impressive $12 million (£9.5m).

Emilio Estevez: $18 million (£14.2m)

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Aaron Rapoport/Corbis via Getty Images

Showbiz runs in Emilio Estevez's blood: after all, he's the son of Hollywood veteran Martin Sheen, while his younger brother is infamous actor Charlie Sheen.

Estevez got his start on 80s TV shows such as Insight and Making the Grade before making his official silver screen debut in the 1982 drama movie Tex. The teenager's appearances in Brat Pack flicks such as The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire helped catapult him to the top of the business.

Emilio Estevez: $18 million (£14.2m)

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Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Estevez's on-screen success continued throughout the 1990s, with leading roles in popular movies such as The Mighty Ducks (1992), Young Guns (1990), and Loaded Weapon 1 (1993).

By the 2000s, he'd shifted his focus to writing and directing, and he's since helmed movies such as Rated X (2000) and The Public (2018), as well as episodes of TV shows including CSI: NY and Numb3rs.

Estevez is next set to direct and star in a third Young Guns instalment, titled Guns 3: Alias Billy the Kid. The highly anticipated project is currently in pre-production.

The star's estimated total fortune today is a sizeable $18 million (£14.2m).

Rob Lowe: $100 million (£79m)

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Sergio Gaudenti/Sygma via Getty Images

Rob Lowe made his small-screen debut at the age of 15 when he starred in the 1979 sitcom A New Kind of Family.

He scored his first silver-screen role in The Outsiders (1983) alongside fellow Brat Pack member Emilio Estevez.

His stellar performances in Brat Pack flicks such as Oxford Blues (1984), St. Elmo's Fire, and About Last Night (1986) helped to cement his status as a Hollywood star.

Rob Lowe: $100 million (£79m)

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Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Lowe's star power has stood the test of time, and his résumé includes everything from the wacky comedy flick Wayne's World (1992) to NBC's political-drama series The West Wing.

He's also produced many of the projects that he's starred in, including the made-for-TV movie Beautiful and Twisted, as well as the TV shows Wild Bill and Mental Samurai. Most recently, Lowe executive produced and starred in the TV show 9-1-1: Lone Star.

His estimated total fortune is an impressive $100 million (£79m).

Demi Moore: $200 million (£158m)

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Dianna Whitley/Getty Images

Demi Moore made her acting debut at the age of 19, landing herself a role in the 1981 teen drama movie Choices.

Her other early credits included 80s TV shows General Hospital and The Master, although her role in the coming-of-age Brat Pack movie St. Elmo's Fire signalled her big break.

Demi Moore: $200 million (£158m)

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Samir Hussein/WireImage

Today, Moore is a bona fide Hollywood superstar. Her impressive filmography includes everything from the tear-jerking romance movie Ghost (1990) to the action-packed G.I. Jane (1997) and even a vocal part in the Disney classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996).

Demi has further boosted her fortune by producing a number of Hollywood hits, such as the Austin Powers comedy franchise and the podcast series Dirty Diana. Most recently, Moore starred in the 2024 horror movie The Substance.

She's the wealthiest Brat Pack member by a long shot and has an estimated net worth of $200 million (£158m).

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