The Cast of "Major League" (1989) – Where Are They Now?
Major League Cast (1989) – Where Are They Now?
The movie Major League, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, is not the greatest baseball movie ever made, but it may very well be the most fun. The film tells the story of a group of misfit baseball players who are brought in by an unscrupulous Cleveland Indians owner who wants to tank the team and move it to Miami. Needless to say, the players get wind of her plans and play better than they ever have.
What makes this movie so fun is a witty script and memorable group of characters played by great actors that are worth checking in on today, especially considering the movie is now 30 years old.
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Charlie Sheen – Ricky Vaughn
Where to begin? The son of Martin Sheen had his first major role in Red Dawn in 1984 and his career took off with starring turns in Platoon (1986) and Wall Street (1987). By the time he played, Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, the ex-con pitcher with poor vision and control, he was one of the most recognizable stars in Hollywood.
Sheen continued to work throughout the 1990s and reprised his role in Major League II in '94, but his drug abuse and relationships with adult film actresses dominated most of the coverage about him. In 2002, Sheen married Denise Richards and in 2003, he began a lucrative eight-year run on Two and a Half Men. However, Sheen’s hard-living ways caught up with him and Richards filed for divorce in 2006. He also was fired from the show in 2011 and then proceeded to have a public meltdown where he claimed he was “winning” and had “tiger blood.”
Sheen now lives in Rosarito, Mexico, and most recently starred in the movies Mad Families and 9/11.
Corbin Bernsen – Roger Dorn
Thanks to L.A. Law, Bernsen was a household name when he took the role of Roger Dorn, the third baseman whose opinion of himself did not match his play. He would go on to reprise that role in both Major League II and Major League: Back to the Minors.
Bernsen has had no shortage of work since then, with his biggest role being faux psychic Shawn Spencer’s dad on Psych. He was recently a guest commentator on the NFL Network’s Top Ten series episode on Hail Mary plays.
Bernsen currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife of more than 30 years, Amanda Pays.
Tom Berenger – Jake Taylor
Berenger has made a career of playing badasses, some of whom may be slightly unstable, in films like Platoon, Sniper and The Substitute. He was a perfect choice to play Jake Taylor, the veteran catcher who serves as the leader of the team.
Berenger reprised this role in Major League II and continues to work heavily. He most recently won an Emmy for best supporting actor in a miniseries for his role as Jim Vance in Hatfields & McCoys. When he is not working, Berenger lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with his wife Laura Moretti.
Wesley Snipes – Willie Mays Hayes
Snipes was virtually unknown when he was cast as Hayes, the base stealer who could not get on base. In 1991, he became a household name with his performance as drug kingpin Nino Brown in New Jack City and starring roles in films like White Men Can’t Jump, Demolition Man and the Blade trilogy followed. When Major League II was cast, Snipes did not reprise his role, instead focusing on his own pictures, so Omar Epps replaced him.
Snipes was convicted of willful failure to file federal income tax returns in 2008 and was released from prison in '13. He has since resumed his acting career, appearing in The Expendables 3 and Chi-Raq. It’s a safe bet that he would be up for Major League 4.
Dennis Haysbert – Pedro Cerrano
Haysbert played Pedro Cerrano, the superstitious slugger who could not hit curveballs, in all three Major League films. Then in 2001, he played the role that he will be best remembered for as President David Palmer on 24.
Since then, Haysbert has been a fixture in television and movies, appearing in films ranging from Far From Heaven to Dear White People to Wreck-It Ralph. He also starred in for three seasons on CBS’ The Unit. And of course, he is the official spokesperson for Allstate Insurance.
James Gammon – Lou Brown
The gravelly-voiced Gammon first got work in westerns in the late '60s, but was a veteran character actor by the time he joined the cast of Major League. He would play the team’s gruff manager in the first and second films.
Gammon would go on to work steadily in the 20 years after Major League, including a memorable role as Don Johnson’s father on Nash Bridges. Unfortunately, he died of cancer in 2010.
Rene Russo – Lynn Wells
Russo had only made one other movie when she appeared in Major League as Jake Taylor’s ex-fiancé. She shot to superstardom a few years later when she appeared as hard-nosed internal affairs officer in Lethal Weapon 3 and subsequently starred in Get Shorty, In the Line of Fire, Tin Cup and The Thomas Crown Affair. She also had a cameo in Major League II.
Russo continues to work in projects of her choosing, including the first two Thor movies and Nightcrawler, directed by her husband Dan Gilroy. The two currently live in Brentwood, California.
Bob Uecker – Harry Doyle
After a five-year career in the majors, Uecker became the Milwaukee Brewers' play-by-play announcer in 1971 and did color commentary for television as well. In 1985, he was cast as the father on Mr. Belvedere and remained on the show for its six-season run.
He also began appearing in Miller Lite commercials, which led to his casting as broadcaster Harry Doyle in all three Major League movies. Uecker has not appeared in a movie since Major League: Back to the Minors, but continues to broadcast for the Brewers. In 2003, he was named the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, given annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame honoring a single broadcaster for his or her contributions to the game.
Margaret Whitton – Rachel Phelps
Whitton is best remembered for playing Michael J. Fox’s aunt-by-marriage in The Secret of My Success and Major League’s Rachel Phelps, the owner hell bent on driving her franchise into the ground. Ironically, the original ending had Phelps revealing that she had adopted that persona to motivate the team and wanted to stay in Cleveland all along. However, it was scrapped based on feedback from test audiences.
Whitton had a smaller role in Major League II and spent the latter part of her career performing on the stage. Sadly, she passed away from cancer in 2016.
David S. Ward – Writer/Director
The Cleveland native won an Oscar for writing The Sting in 1973, but a series of commercial failures and an overhaul of the Hollywood studio system made it hard for him to get work in the '80s. Then Robert Redford brought him in to work on the script for The Milagro Beanfield War and its success green-lit Major League, which he had been pitching since 1982.
Ward then wrote and directed The Program, helmed Major League II and co-wrote Sleepless in Seattle with Nora Ephron. He currently has a script for Major League 4 that he is trying to put in production.
— Compiled by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.