You’d Hardly Recognize the Cast of ‘Forrest Gump’ If You Saw Them Today

Forrest Gump was perhaps the greatest film to come out of 1994. It won six Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actor for Tom Hanks. The film has since proven itself a pop culture phenomenon that has equated life with the uncertainty of a box of chocolates.

Aside from that “Gumpism,” it has also given us the memorable quote: “Run, Forrest! Run!” Whatever happened to the little girl who said that line? Read on to see what she looks like now and learn what the rest of the cast has been up to following the film’s success. Also, find out what happened to that long-awaited sequel!

Forrest Gump – Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks already won his first Academy Award for Best Actor by the time he played Forrest Gump, a role that won him his second consecutive Oscar in the same category. At that point, he solidified his position as one of Hollywood’s most critically-acclaimed actors.

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Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images; VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

In 1996, he made his directorial debut with That Thing You Do! and has gone on to direct and produce a number of other productions, particularly HBO’s Band of Brothers. Aside from his prolific career, Hanks remains married to his wife of over 30 years, Rita Wilson.