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Midnight Madness – Where Are They Now

13 May

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Midnight Madness is a cult favorite. Anyone who grew up in the 1980’s should remember this movie. HBO played it constantly. For many years the movie was out of print but has been widely available on DVD for years now.

From Wikipedia:

Midnight Madness is a 1980 comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and starring David Naughton, Stephen Furst and Maggie Roswell. The film is about a group of college students who participate in an all night puzzle solving race. It is Michael J. Fox’s film debut.

Leon (Alan Solomon), a genius, summons five college students to his apartment and challenges them to participate in his latest game creation: The Great All-Nighter. He tells them about his game and instructs them to form teams. At first, the leaders refuse to play. However, rivalries between them lead all five to change their minds by the game’s start time.

The game works like this:

Teams are given an initial clue to solve.
When the clue is solved, it will lead to a location.
At that location they must find and solve another clue leading to another location and eventually the end.
Leon, as “game master,” keeps track of the teams locations with a giant map, and various radio equipment. The teams are supposed to call and check in at each clue (though many of the teams end up skipping at least one location).

Starting at sundown, the five teams meet and are given envelopes with the first clue. They travel around Los Angeles, deciphering new clues in various locations, including the Griffith Observatory, a piano museum, the Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery, a restaurant, a mini golf course, the Los Angeles International Airport, and a video arcade. The first team to reach the final destination, a room in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, wins the game.

The movie focuses mainly on the struggle between the yellow and blue teams. The adventures of the other three teams are subplots, as well as the situation at Leon’s apartment (“Game Control”). Here, along with his female assistants (Candy and Sunshine), Leon monitors the progress of the game. Already unpopular with his landlady, Mrs. Grimhaus, for the amount of noise he makes, Leon faces eviction if any of the other tenants complain. Several of them do show up to complain, but as Leon explains the mechanics of the game to them, they become fascinated with it and help run it, much to the annoyance of Grimhaus.

The game culminates in a race-to-the-finish at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, followed by a huge party

Now we all know what happened with Michael J. Fox and Paul Reubens. Let’s see what we can find out about the remaining cast members.

David Naughton – Adam Larson, Yellow Team Leader
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Naughton is very much still acting. He can currently be seen on Granite Flats as Dr. Millard Whittison. The show airs on byutv, whatever that is. Other than that he has appeared in many TV shows and voice work.

This is him today.

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Debra Clinger – Laura, Yellow Team
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Clinger was best known a Superchick from the 1976 TV series The Krofft Supershow. She was also a very talented singer. Here’s a clip from 1969 with her band The Clinger Sisters.

She was also in a band called Rock Flowers. The album was recently added to iTunes.

According to her IMDB page, Midnight Madness was the last thing she acted in. Too bad, the woman was talented (and hot). A documentary, The Clinger Sisters: The First Girls of Rock & Roll, came out in 2013 that you can buy on Amazon. She has been happily married since 1980, the same year Midnight Madness was released.

This is her today.

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David Damas – Marvin, Yellow Team

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Damas is another actor who hasn’t done much since Midnight Madness. In 2005 he appeared in the Christian movie Don’t Touch If You Ain’t Prayed. The movie has horrible reviews. I think I’ll pass. Today, Damas works as a basketball coach for high schools and youth groups. In 2011 the LA Times did a story about the apartment building he lives in.

This is him today.

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Joel Kenney – Flynch, Yellow Team

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Flynch was the least likable member of the Yellow Team. He is also the least likable in real life. We will get to that in a moment. Midnight Madness was his acting debut. He was also had a small part in the 1986 teen movie The Malibu Bikini Shop. Today, Kenney is known as inmate number 112664 and is incarcerated for life in Arizona for sex crimes against children.

This is him today.

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Stephen Furst – Harold, Blue Team Leader

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Furst is best known as Dorfman from Animal House. He hasn’t acted since 2006 but is busy directing and producing movies like My Sister’s Keeper and The Tenth Circle. Since June 2006, Furst has co-hosted the Renal Support Network’s webcast KidneyTalk with Lori Hartwell.

This is him today.

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Patricia Alice Albrecht – Lucille, Blue Team

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Albrecht’s character stole the show in Midnight Madness as Harold’s girlfriend Lucille, but she is probably best-known as the voice of the green-haired Pizzazz on the 1980s animated television program Jem & The Holograms. Other than that, she hasn’t done much.

This is her today.

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Andy Tennant – Melio, Blue Team

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Tennant only acted in one movie after Midnight Madness, the horrible Grease 2 in 1982. Today he is one of the top Directors in Hollywood. His directing credits include Fools Rush In, Anna and the King, Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch, Fool’s Gold and The Bounty Hunter.

This is him today.

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Brian Frishman – Barf, Blue Team

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Who can forget Barf? Fagabeefe!

Fishman’s last movie was Starforce in 2000. He still appears as a guest star at comic book events. Today, Frishman is the Theater Director at the Sacramento Country Day School. Here is a preview of the latest high school play he is directing, Almost, Maine.

This is him today. He hasn’t changed!

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Sal Lopez – Blade, Blue Team

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Did Blade even speak in Midnight Madness? I think all we got from him was a quick smirk. Lopez has appeared in many movies including Full Metal Jacket, The Onion Movie and Beverly Hill Chihuahua as well as many popular TV shows like ER, Entourage and The Shield.

This is him today.

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Maggie Roswell – Donna, Red Team Leader

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I hated the red team but I liked Donna. Roswell is best known for her voice work with The Simpsons. Her characters include Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Elizabeth Hoover, Luann Van Houten and others. Check out her website.

This is her today.

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Robyn Petty – Berle, Red Team

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I hated Petty’s character. I didn’t even know her name until I started doing this post. Petty didn’t do much in her acting career. A few shows I never heard of and an episode of CHiPs. Midnight Madness was her last acting role. And I have hit my first bump in the road. I can’t find anything on what Robyn Petty is doing today.

Betsy Lynn Thompson and Carol Gwynn Thompson – Peggy and Lulu, Red Team

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Who could forget Peggy and Lulu? Also the sisters appeared in my second favorite movie, Hamburger: The Motion Picture. Today, Betsy Lynn lives in Atlanta and Carol Gwynn is a Chiropractor in California.

This is them today.

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Eddie Deezen – Wesley, White Team Leader

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Deezen still acts and does a lot of voice over work. There’s also this… something called I Love You, Eddie Deezen. Great, now I have something else I must hunt down to see. Here’s the trailer.

Check out his website where he’s asking you to send him money. No go ahead. I’m serious.

This is him today.

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Marvin Katzoff – Debater #1, White Team
Christopher Sands – Debater #2, White Team
Michael Gitomer – Debater #3, White Team

Besides Midnight Madness, Katzoff was in a few other 80’s movies including Hardbodies. His last acting credit was in 1995.

Sands last credit was as a production coordinator for the movie Hollywood Kills in 2006.

Gitomer was in two movies, the last being Midnight Madness.

As for the picture of who is who, you figure it out.

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Brad Wilkin – Lavitas, Green Team Leader
Curt Ayers – Armpit, Green team
Trevor Henley – Cudzo, Green Team
Keny Long – Gerber, Green Team

I can’t find anything on Wilkin. Ayers currently lives in Glendale, California. I got nothing on Henley. Long lives in LA.

Dirk Blocker – Blaylak, Green Team

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Blocker has been in a ton of movies and TV shows. He is currently playing Hitchcock in the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

This is him today.

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Alan Solomon – Leon

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Solomon quit acting in 1988 and produced and developed game shows until he retired. He’s 63 years old now. Time flies.

Here’s a video from 2008 with Solomon and Deezen talking about Midnight Madness.

Here he is today.

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Debi Richter – Candy

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Richter appeared in a ton of movies in the 80’s and recently released a short film called Foraging With Fennel in 2013.

This is her today.

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Kirsten Baker – Sunshine

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Baker is best known for Friday the 13th Part 2. In 2002 and 2003 she was arrested multiple times for driving under the influence. Here is one of her many mugshots.

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Baker is no longer in the business. She is employed at an art gallery on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles.

This is her today. Still gorgeous.

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