See Judd Nelson, The Breakfast Club's Ultimate Bad Boy, Now at 63

See Judd Nelson, The Breakfast Club's Ultimate Bad Boy, Now at 63
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What is John Bender's actor doing now?

The 1985 teen comedy-drama The Breakfast Club became the voice of the progressive generation of the 80s, expressing young people's angst and resentment towards their conservative parents and adult society. Focusing on the themes of self-discovery and self-expression, the film condemned prejudice and older people's neglect of teenagers and their problems.

One of the most prominent characters in The Breakfast Club is the rebellious delinquent John Bender, whose pranks and bullying made him seen as a sort of high school criminal.

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Despite this, Bender was also incredibly charismatic, which made him a fan favorite for many viewers. Judd Nelson, the actor who played John, is now 63 and looking as handsome as ever.

Judd Nelson's career began in the early 80s when he jokingly decided to audition for a role while still studying in college. Shortly after, he moved to Manhattan to hone his acting skills at the Stella Adler Conservatory.

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His breakthrough came in 1985 with the release of the comedy movie Fandango. Following five teenagers who face the uncertainties of the never-ending Vietnam War, the movie also featured young Kevin Costner in his first starring role.

In the same year, Nelson's two other important projects came out: St. Elmo's Fire and The Breakfast Club. In both movies, the actor starred alongside Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy. All three were part of a group of up-and-coming Hollywood actors known as the Brat Pack, which also included Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, and Demi Moore.

In the 1990s, Nelson starred in New Jack City with Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, and Chris Rock, and appeared in comedies such as The Dark Backward and Airheads with Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, and Steve Buscemi.

Since the 2000s, the actor has appeared in various cameo roles in TV series, as well as independent and low-budget films. Nelson transitioned to writing in the mid-90s when he developed the script for the 1994 movie Every Breath and has published a number of books since 2013, including The Power of Speech, Nine of Diamonds, The Gig, and Water Music.

Source: Judd's Instagram.