On May 31, 1996 it was released in the United States ‘Dragonheart’, an epic fantasy full of humor and adventure with an exceptional protagonist: Draco, a majestic winged creature created with charisma, personality and outstanding special effects that took a step beyond the achievements obtained just three years before with the saurians from Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’.
What happened to the ‘Dragonheart’ actors?
1 Dennis Quaid (Bowen)
This son of a Texan and Jordanian had reached a certain popularity in the eighties thanks to his appearance in films such as ‘Chosen for glory’ (Philip Kaufman, 1983), ‘Enemy of mine’ (Wolfgang Petersen, 1985) o ‘The prodigious chip’ (Joe Dante, 1987), among others. After starring ‘Dragonheart’, Dennis William Quaid He lived through a prolific moment (by accumulation) during the next two decades, although not all of his works were entirely relevant and his filmography is full of minor titles. We can stand out ‘You to London and I to California’ (Nancy Meyers, 1998), ‘Any given Sunday’ (Oliver Stone, 1999), ‘Traffic’ (Steven Soderbergh, 2000), ‘Tomorrow’ (Roland Emmerich, 2004) o ‘In the spotlight’ (Pete Travis, 2008) as the most popular titles in a filmography of more than eighty films. In the last five years it has been more common to see him on the small screen, starring in the series ‘Vegas’ (2012-2013), ‘The Art of More’ (2015) or ‘Fortitude’ (2016). In 2017 we will see him in Lasse Hallström’s new film, ‘A Dog’s Purpose’.
Dennis Quaid in eCartelera
2 David Thewlis (Einon)
Emerged from British TV, David Wheeler, artistically known as David Thewlis, had begun to gain a foothold in the film scene from small roles in ‘Wound’ (Louis Malle, 1992) o ‘Lives to the limit’ (Agnieszka Holland, 1995), until his despotic King Einon of ‘Dragonheart’ put him on the front page. That same year 1996 he would star in the controversial remake of ‘The island of Dr. Moreau’ directed by John Frankenheimer, but ‘Seven years in Tibet’ (Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1997) y ‘The big Lebowski’ (Joel Coen, 1998) consolidated him as a name to be reckoned with. After a few hesitant years, he landed his most popular role in the Harry Potter franchise since his first appearance as Professor Lupine in ‘The prisoner of Azkaban’ (Alfonso Cuarón, 2004), a character that he would repeat four more times. He has also tried as a director, but the short ‘Hello, Hello, Hello’ (1995) and his debut ‘Cheeky’ (2003) were unlucky and have not tried again. ‘The boy in the striped pajamas’ (Mark Herman, 2008), ‘War Horse’ (Steven Spielberg, 2011), ‘The theory of everything’ (James Marsh, 2014), ‘Macbeth’ (Justin Kurzel, 2015) and ‘Regression’ (Alejandro Amenábar, 2015) have been some of his best-known films in recent times, to which we must add ‘Deep Water’ (Marsh, 2016), ‘Warren File 2’ (James Wan, 2016) and ‘Wonder Woman’ (Patty Jenkins, 2017), her latest works, which will be released between this year and next.
David Thewlis at eCartelera
3 Dina Meyer (Kara)
The New Yorker Dina Meyer emerged from the quarry of ‘Feeling of living’, already in his last stage (1993-1994), and soon he would debut in the cinema nothing less than co-starring with Keanu Reeves ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ (Robert Longo, 1995). after ‘Dragonheart’ and a brief (but much remembered) pass through ‘Friends’, he was a soldier of the future in ‘Starship Troopers’ (Paul Verhoeven, 1997), comandante romulana and ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’ (Stuart Baird, 2002) or detective in the horror saga ‘Saw’ (2004-2007), in addition to making small television episodes in ‘Two meters underground’ (2002), ‘Beyond the limit’ (2002), ‘CSI’ (2004 and 2011), ‘CSI: Miami’ (2007), ‘Nip/Tuck’ (2009), ‘Castle’ (2010) the ‘Navy: Criminal Investigation’ (2010), among others, before rejoining the short-lived revival of ‘Sense of life: The new generation’ between 2012 and 2013. After starring in several soap operas and feature films with little international travel, you may have better luck with your next projects, since has five recently finished films that will be released between this year and next.
Dina Meyer in eCartelera
4 Jason Isaacs (Lord Felton)
Like his partner David Thewlis, popularity came thanks to the boy wizard franchise, appearing in every movie (except the first). But before he was the sinister Lucius Malfoy, the face and name of Jason Isaacs they were already well known thanks, precisely, to ‘Dragonheart’, ‘Final horizon’ (Paul Anderson, 1997), ‘Armageddon’ (Michael Bay, 1998), ‘The patriot’ (Roland Emmerich, 2000), ‘Black Hawk derribado’ (Ridley Scott, 2001) o ‘Resident Evil’ (Anderson, 2002). Between film, television and dubbing His filmography already covers a hundred characters and he has four films pending release. Curiously, his next shoot will be a short film: ‘Medusa’s Ankles’, which will be directed by Bonnie Wright (the remembered Ginny Wesley from the Harry Potter saga)
Jason Isaacs in eCartelera
5 Pete Postlethwaite (Gilbert)
With a taciturn look and nothing extraordinary about his physique, the British Peter William Postlethwaite He had been in high school for almost twenty years until that good man named Giuseppe Conlon, progenitor of the troubled Daniel Day-Lewis, crossed his path in the hit ‘In the name of the Father’ (Jim Sheridan, 1993), which earned him a more than deserved Oscar nomination and that opened the doors of Hollywood for him: ‘Usual suspects’ (Bryan Singer, 1995), ‘Romeo & Julieta de William Shakespeare’ (Baz Luhrmann, 1996) ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ (Steven Spielberg, 1997), ‘Friendship’ (Spielberg, 1997), ‘Dark Water’ (Walter Salles, 2005), ‘The loyal gardener’ (Fernando Meirelles, 2005), ‘Aeon Flux’ (Karyn Kusama, 2005) o ‘Solomon Kane’ (Michael J. Basset, 2009), among others. ‘Wrath of the Titans’ (Louis Letterrier, 2010), ‘Source’ (Christopher Nolan, 2010), ‘The Town. City of Thieves’ (Ben Affleck, 2010) y ‘Killing Bono’ (Nick Hamm, 2011) were his last jobs before he passed away in his native England at the age of sixty-four, after a long fight against pancreatic cancer.
Pete Postlethwaite in eCartelera
6 Julie Christie (Reina Aislinn)
With just a couple of scenes, the veteran Julie Frances Christie was the special guest starring luxury of ‘Dragonheart’: unforgettable in ‘Darling’ (John Schlesinger, 1965, role for which he won his only Oscar), ‘Doctor Zhivago’ (David Lean, 1965), ‘Fahrenheit 451’ (François Truffaut, 1966) o ‘The sky can wait’ (Warren Beatty & Buck Henry, 1978), among other classics, in the last twenty years he has been spreading his interventions on the big screen, almost always with specific characters: ‘Hamlet’ (Kenneth Branagh, 1996), ‘Troy’ (Wolfgang Petersen, 2004), ‘Discovering Neverland’ (Marc Forster, 2004), ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ (Alfonso Cuarón, 2004), ‘The secret Life of the words’ (Isabel Coixet, 2005) or the episode directed by Shekhar Kapur in the 2008 choral film ‘New York, I Love You’. His latest appearances have been in the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ by Catherine Hardwicke, in 2011, and in the ‘Silence pact’ by Robert Redford (2012), and Although it has been a few years since we have seen her on the screen, at no time has she officially announced her retirement.
Julie Christie in eCartelera
7 Sean Connery (Draco)
The voice of Draco, the great protagonist of the story, was provided (in VO) by Thomas Sean Connery. The most unforgettable James Bond of all time, with about a hundred roles behind him and an Oscar achieved in 1988 thanks to ‘The untouchables of Eliot Ness’, it remains officially retired: the last time we got to see the veteran actor on screen was thirteen years ago in ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ (Stephen Norrington, 2003). Since then, there have only been two professional parentheses in his retirement, and both times to work only with the voice: in 2005, being James Bond again in the official video game ‘From Russia with love’; and in 2012 in the (unknown) animated film ‘Sir Billi’. Currently, he lives more concerned about his health and the Spanish treasury (he resides in Marbella).
The version dubbed into Spanish was in charge of another great, Francisco Rabal, a veteran who had more than two hundred jobs behind him when he died on August 29, 2001.
Sean Connery in eCartelera
Directed by producer and actor Rob Cohen, ‘Dragonheart’ was one of the most acclaimed family films of the 1990s, quickly becoming a great little classic of the genre that was tremendously enjoyable for audiences of all ages.
Much of its success was due not only to the FX, but also to the good work of the bunch of splendid actors that made up the main cast of the film. Now, To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film, we invite you to review what happened to the protagonists of ‘Dragonheart’: