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The idea seemed simple enough: a remake of 1941's "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," a comedy about an athlete who, through a bureaucratic mix-up in heaven, is prematurely taken from his body and must be reincarnated in the flesh of a murdered tycoon. But the new version, 1978's "Heaven Can Wait," turned out to be a smash, one of the biggest hits of Warren Beatty's career and one of the sharpest and most beloved comedies of the 1970s. In 2001, Chris Rock remade the film as "Down to Earth," a movie that made no one forget the Beatty version.

In the 35 years since the release of "Heaven" (on June 2, 1978), Beatty has gone from leading man to institution, but it's been an awfully bumpy ride. As it has for the group of comic and dramatic all-stars he surrounded himself with, who've also had their share of hits and flops along the way. Here's what became of the movie's stars after their time in "Heaven."