Just yesterday, the actors who played The Lost Boys from Hook, Steven Spielberg’s 1991 reinterpretation of Peter Pan, reunited for a photo shoot in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary. The photoshoot is an absolute delight (you can and should go see it over at 22 Vision’s Facebook page) and it has, of course, kicked up a bit of nostalgia about the film that put the word “Bangarang!” into our heads. While A-listers like Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman, and Maggie Smith have all continued with their very successful careers, and both Robin Williams and Bob Hoskins have sadly and prematurely passed away, curiosity abounds with regard to The Lost Boys, so here’s a look at what all the kids who said they’d never grow up have been doing since they became grown-ups.
Dante Basco – Rufio
After starring as Rufio, the leader of The Lost Boys in Peter Pan’s absence, Dante Basco would go on to a prolific career in animated voice work, including recurring characters on Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Ultimate Spider-Man. A Filipino American, Basco has been extremely vocal about the lack of diversity in mainstream American pop culture and started We Own The 8th, an Asian American arts collective to help combat the problem. He also has roughly a half-dozen projects in various stages of post-production, so it looks like he’ll be keeping his busy schedule for the time being.
In the wake of Robin Williams’ tragic death in 2014, Basco also penned this farewell letter to his late co-star on his blog.
James Madio – Don’t Ask
After making his acting debut in Hook, James Madio’s co-star Dustin Hoffman took notice of the young actor, and recruited him to play his son in 1992’s media satire Hero. He’d go on to co-star in The Basketball Diaries alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg before transitioning to lead roles in TV series like USA High and HBO’s Band of Brothers. More recently, he’s appeared in the film adaptation of Jersey Boys, as well as guest spots in everything from Law & Order: SVU to Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories. He also spent time serving on the board of the WWII Foundation, which documents the history of WWII through the voices of its veterans.
Thomas Tulak – Too Small
Another actor who made his debut in Hook, Thomas Tulak played the youngest Lost Boy, Too Small. After a brief recurring role on NBC’s Cheers and a single episode of Mad About You in the early 1990s, Tulak retired from acting. During a Reddit AMA last year, he mentioned that he had met with his former co-star James Madio to help him get back into the acting world (as well as mentioning a feud between him and Raushan Hammond, who played Thud Butt.) Aside from his very active YouTube channel, Tulak just announced that his short film, Time, which he dedicated to Robin Williams, will be debuting at the San Francisco Comic Con film festival.