Silverado (1985): What Happened To The Cast Of This Classic Western Tale?

Then vs Now Movies Jun 7, 2024

Do you remember going to the movie theater and watching the opening scene of Silverado? That sweeping shot of the rugged western landscape as four drifters crossed paths and became unlikely allies. It gave you an instant nostalgia for classic westerns of yesteryear.

Silverado was a fresh take on the genre, mixing modern sensibilities with traditional western tropes. The star-studded cast, steeped in grit and charm, made you invest in their characters' journeys from the very start. Whether you were a western buff or just looking for a fun adventure, Silverado delivered an entertaining ride.

It's been nearly 40 years since that modern cult classic hit the big screen. The mustangs have been put out to pasture and the cowboy hats hung up. But what became of the iconic cast that brought Silverado to life? Let's saddle up and see where they are now.


Silverado (1985)


Silverado Poster


Director: Lawrence Kasdan


Genre: Western

Age Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 133 minutes





Kevin Kline as Paden

Kevin Kline in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 38

In 1985, Kevin Kline was already making a name for himself with roles in Sophie's Choice and The Big Chill. As Paden, a charming drifter with a mysterious past, Kline brought a mix of humour and heart to Silverado, making his character a fan favorite.

NOW: Age 77

Today, Kevin Kline remains a respected actor with a diverse career. He won an Academy Award for A Fish Called Wanda and charmed audiences in De-Lovely. His voice work in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and continued presence in film and theater show his enduring talent.


In the scene where Augie tries to jump on Jake's horse and falls to the ground, the horse is wearing Jake's hat. This was Costner's idea just before the cameras rolled to keep with his character's goofy nature. Kasdan loved the idea, and it stayed in the film.


Scott Glenn as Emmett

Scott Glenn in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 46

Scott Glenn was known for his rugged roles in Urban Cowboy and The Right Stuff before playing Emmett, a former outlaw trying to go straight in Silverado. His portrayal added depth and gravitas to the film.

NOW: Age 85

Scott Glenn continued to build an impressive filmography with roles in The Silence of the Lambs, The Hunt for Red October, and Training Day. His portrayal of tough, complex characters has made him a staple in both film and television. Recently, he's been seen in series like Daredevil and Castle Rock.

Kevin Costner as Jake

Kevin Costner in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 30

Kevin Costner was just getting started when he played the reckless and charming Jake in Silverado. His energetic performance hinted at the star he would soon become.

NOW: Age 69

Kevin Costner went on to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, with iconic roles in Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard, and Field of Dreams. He has also made a name for himself as a director and producer, winning two Academy Awards. Today, Costner stars in the hit TV series Yellowstone, proving his staying power in the industry.


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Rosanna Arquette as Hannah

Rosanna Arquette in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 26

Rosanna Arquette brought a fresh and spirited presence to Silverado as Hannah. At 26, she was already known for her work in Desperately Seeking Susan, a performance that earned her a BAFTA Award.

NOW: Age 65

Arquette has continued to act in both films and television, with roles in Pulp Fiction and Crash. She's also become known for her activism, particularly advocating for women's rights in the film industry. Rosanna remains an influential figure, both on and off the screen.

John Cleese as Sheriff Langston

John Cleese in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 46

Best known for his work in Monty Python, John Cleese brought his unique comedic touch to Silverado as Sheriff Langston. His role added a layer of humor and wit to the film.

NOW: Age 85

John Cleese's career has spanned decades, with continued success in comedy and acting. From his roles in A Fish Called Wanda to voice work in Shrek, Cleese has remained a beloved figure. He also co-authored the memoir So, Anyway... and continues to perform and write.


The set for Silverado (1985) was originally built for that movie, but it didn't stop there. It's since made appearances in Young Guns (1988), Wyatt Earp (1994) (another Kevin Costner film), Last Man Standing (1996), Lonesome Dove (1989), All the Pretty Horses (2000), and Wild Wild West (1999) (featuring Kevin Kline). In Wild Wild West, there's a nod to co-writer and director Lawrence Kasdan with "Kasdan Ironworks" visible on one of the buildings.


Brian Dennehy as Cobb

Brian Dennehy in Silverado vs 2020

THEN: Age in 1985: 47

Brian Dennehy was a powerhouse actor known for his robust and commanding performances. In Silverado, he played the ruthless Cobb with a menacing presence.

Deceased: 2020 (Age 81)

Dennehy enjoyed a prolific career with memorable roles in First Blood, Tommy Boy, and on Broadway in Death of a Salesman, for which he won a Tony Award. His legacy as a versatile and powerful actor lives on.

Danny Glover as Mal

Danny Glover in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 39

Danny Glover brought a quiet strength and dignity to his role as Mal in Silverado. Known for his work in Places in the Heart and The Color Purple, Glover was a rising star.

NOW: Age 78

Glover's career skyrocketed with the Lethal Weapon series. He has continued to act in films like Dreamgirls and Sorry to Bother You, and is also a prominent activist, advocating for social justice and humanitarian causes.

Jeff Goldblum as Slick

Jeff Goldblum in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 33

Jeff Goldblum's role as the suave gambler Slick added a touch of sophistication to Silverado. Known for his roles in The Fly and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Goldblum was a distinctive presence.

NOW: Age 72

Goldblum has become a cultural icon with roles in Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and more recently, Thor: Ragnarok. His quirky charm and unique style have made him a beloved figure in Hollywood and beyond.


After working with Kevin Kline on this film, John Cleese wrote A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and the role of Otto specifically with Kline in mind.


Linda Hunt as Stella

Linda Hunt in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 40

Linda Hunt's portrayal of the tough saloon owner Stella was one of the standout performances in Silverado. She was already an Oscar-winning actress for her role in The Year of Living Dangerously.

NOW: Age 79

Hunt has continued to impress with roles in Kindergarten Cop, The Practice, and as the voice of Grandmother Willow in Pocahontas. She currently stars in NCIS: Los Angeles, showcasing her enduring talent.

Jeff Fahey as Tyree

Jeff Fahey in Silverado vs Now

THEN: Age in 1985: 33

Jeff Fahey's role as the outlaw Tyree added an element of danger to Silverado. At the time, he was relatively new to the film industry.

NOW: Age 72

Fahey has built a diverse career with roles in Lost, Planet Terror, and numerous other films and TV shows. His rugged good looks and intense performances have made him a memorable character actor.


Looking back at Silverado and its incredible cast, it's clear that the film was a launchpad for many successful careers. From Kevin Costner's rise to stardom to Jeff Goldblum's quirky charm, each actor brought something special to the movie. Reflecting on their journeys since then brings a wave of nostalgia and appreciation for the talents that graced our screens nearly four decades ago. Silverado remains a cherished film, and its cast continues to leave a lasting legacy in Hollywood.


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Richard Wells

I am the founder of The Rewind Zone, created in 2022. My passion for film knows no bounds! It is my goal through this medium to bring the wonders of film from a bygone era back into your lives.