Some considered it to be the defining film of the Me generation, others rolled their eyes at the thought of a bunch of navel-gazing Baby Boomers getting high and talking about their feelings after a funeral. Tomato, tomahto.

What can't be denied is that 'The Big Chill' not only had a big impact on '80s culture and TV (do you think we'd have had 'thirtysomething' without it?) but gave a serious career boost to more than a few stars (Glenn Close, we're looking at you). Here's a look at what happened to the 'Big' cast post-'Chill.'
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'The Big Chill' Cast: Where Are They Now?
Some considered it to be the defining film of the Me generation, others rolled their eyes at the thought of a bunch of navel-gazing Baby Boomers getting high and talking about their feelings after a funeral. Tomato, tomahto.
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The Big Chill' Cast: Where Are They Now?

    Some considered it to be the defining film of the Me generation, others rolled their eyes at the thought of a bunch of navel-gazing Baby Boomers getting high and talking about their feelings after a funeral. Tomato, tomahto.

    What can't be denied is that 'The Big Chill' not only had a big impact on '80s culture and TV (do you think we'd have had 'thirtysomething' without it?) but gave a serious career boost to more than a few stars (Glenn Close, we're looking at you). Here's a look at what happened to the 'Big' cast post-'Chill.' -- By Liane Bonin

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    William Hurt

    Played: Nick Carlton

    Then: Hurt's star was already on the rise, with leading roles in the sexy noir thriller 'Body Heat' opposite Kathleen Turner and the trippy isolation chamber drama 'Altered States.'

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    William Hurt

    Now: While Hurt never truly emerged as the studly leading man we expected after 'Heat,' he made a career out of challenging, edgy fare. He won an Oscar for 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' and nominations for 'Broadcast News,' 'Children of a Lesser God' and 'A History of Violence.' Most recently, Hurt had a recurring role on the cable TV series 'Damages' with his 'Chill' co-star Glenn Close.

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    Glenn Close

    Played: Sarah Cooper

    Then: While not yet a household name, the onetime Up With People singer had already made her mark with movies like 'The Elephant Man' and "The World According to Garp,' for which she received an Oscar nomination.

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    Glenn Close

    Now: After receiving another supporting actress nod for 'Chill,' she racked up more accolades for 'Dangerous Liaisons,' 'The Natural' and the film she's best known for, 1987's 'Fatal Attraction.' Bunny lovers will be happy to know she writes an animal-friendly blog, Lively Licks, at fetchdog.com. She's currently receiving raves as complicated villainess Patty Hewes on F/X's 'Damages.'

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    Kevin Kline

    Played: Harold Cooper

    Then: After studying at Juilliard and winning two Tony Awards on Broadway, Kline made a pit stop in the soap world ('Search for Tomorrow') before taking his first film role as the unlucky lover in 'Sophie's Choice.'

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    Kevin Kline

    Now: Though Kline won an Oscar, for a 'Fish Called Wanda' and starred in 'Dave,' 'Chaplin,' 'Wild Wild West' and 'French Kiss,' most guys know him best for marrying 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' hottie Phoebe Cates. Kline is said to have turned down the lead in the 1989 version of 'Batman,' but that hasn't kept him from working. Next year look for him in 'The Extra Man' with John C. Reilly.

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    JoBeth Williams

    Played: Karen Bowens

    Then: The leggy Texan had popped up in small roles on the big screen ('Kramer vs. Kramer') and small ('The White Shadow'), but she'd really made her mark as the terrified mom in Steven Spielberg's 'Poltergeist.'

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    JoBeth Williams

    Now: Williams found some of her best roles in television, scoring Emmy nods as the mom of a missing son in 'Adam' and a surrogate mother in 'Baby M.' While she's been busy with guest shots and recurring roles on everything from 'Frasier' to '24' and most recently 'Dexter,' she's also made the move into directing, getting an Oscar nod for her short film debut, 'On Hope.'

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    Jeff Goldblum

    Played: Michael Gold

    Then: He'd starred in 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and the short-lived series 'Tenspeed and Brown Shoe,' but had mostly made a living with small parts in everything from 'Laverne & Shirley' to 'Annie Hall' and 'Columbo.'

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