What the Characters of the Movie “Back to the Future” Look Like Now

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Back to the Future can undoubtedly be called the most iconic trilogy of all time. It even managed to make the DeLorean car, that failed in real life (the one that served as “The Time Machine” in the movie), popular again. But what do we know about the actors involved in the film?

We at Bright Side watched all 3 movies from the trilogy, once again, while creating this article. And the way the actors look now amazed us to the core, especially Thomas F. Wilson that played the role of Biff Tannen.

Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly)

Michael J. Fox had already earned his popularity before the release of Back to the Future. Very few people know that he actually had to turn down the offer for his role in this movie because he was already engaged in shooting another film. The filmmakers then offered another actor the part, but had to freeze the shooting and wait until Michael was free, because he fit the role the best.

After Back to the Future, Michael took part in many other movies like Doc Hollywood, For Love or Money, and Mars Attacks! However, at the age of 29, the actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, with the help of doctors, he’s managed to stay in good shape, mentally and physically. He even founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan

Claudia Wells (Jennifer Parker)

Claudia Wells was the one who played Marty’s girlfriend. Unfortunately, she couldn’t reprise the role of Jennifer Parker in the sequels to Back to the Future because her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. Recently, she came back to acting and had roles in several movies like Bottle Monster, Groove Street, and Vitals.

Today Claudia is a successful businesswoman — she runs several clothing stores. She also does voiceovers for cartoons and computer games.

Crispin Glover (George McFly)

Crispin was the one who played the main character’s father in the movie. However, he refused to act in the sequels for unknown reasons and the crew had to look for another similar-looking actor.

Glover continued his acting career too, but he preferred dramas like The People vs. Larry Flynt and Crime and Punishment. He has also written several books and directed several movies.

Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen)

As surprising as it might sound, the actor who played the main bully in the movie actually became famous as a comedy actor. Nevertheless, he took part in the movie sequels and played Biff’s grandson Griff Tannen and great-grandfather Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen.

Today he takes part in various stand-up shows, hosts a podcast called Big Pop Fun, does voiceovers for cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants, and even has his own Youtube channel.

Christopher Lloyd (Dr. Emmett Brown)

Emmett “Doc” Brown in the movie, Christopher Lloyd in real life, has been filmed in many movies before and after the Back to the Future trilogy. Lloyd is also actively involved in performing in the theater and does voiceovers for animated movies and shows.

The actor is known for his lovable nature and his 5 marriages prove that. He is also a big fan of social media, Twitter in particular. You can read about all the events that are taking place in his life on his official Twitter account.

Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly)

Lea is the one who played Marty’s mother in the trilogy. After the movie, not only did she successfully continue her acting career, but she also started to sing. Thompson got many awards for her acting and still continues to please her fans with new roles.

Bonus: Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, and Thomas Wilson, of Back To The Future, reunite with smiles.

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Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s “The Reunions Issue”

How often have you rewatched the Back to the Future movies? Which part do you like the most? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!

Please note: This article was updated in September 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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Wow I've seen all the back to the future movies except the 4th one and i have got to say to this day i love all the movies thank you

Chris Darnell

Hollywood California


hi ,my name is Surya from India.First time i watched this trilogy about 15-16 years ago .after that i searched for this on internet last year in 2018 and now i watched it again 4 days ago on Amazon prime .i love this movie and every actors . one thing more i want to mention that we only got those power laced nike shoes in 2017-18 .


My absolute favorite trilogy of all time. I have successfully brainwashed my 4 daughters into believing the same! We watch these movies regularly, and love each of them. Halloween is quite predictable, as we ALWAYS dress up as the characters from Back to the Future! I'm 40 now, and my daughter's range in age from 13 to 19, and it's awesome to see them just as excited about BTTF as I was as a kid!


35 years does make people change...and age. MJF is an awesome person who we should look up to for inspiration.


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