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1999's action-horror adventure The Mummy is a remake of the 1932 film of the same name and follows swashbuckling adventurer Rick O'Connell as he travels to Hamunaptra, the city of the dead, with librarian Evelyn and her brother. They get more than they bargained for when they accidentally awaken an ancient mummy Imhotep. The film opened on May 7, 1999 and grossed $43 million its first weekend, eventually earning an impressive $416 million on an $80 million budget. It led to two sequels and helped jump-start many of the lead's careers. In honor of its upcoming 20th anniversary, let's take a look at where the cast of The Mummy is now.
Brendan Fraser (Rick O'Connell)
Then: Brendan Fraser starred as the handsome and swashbuckling Rick O'Connell, an American adventurer who agrees to lead Evelyn and her brother to Hamunaptra after discovering it in the French Foreign Legion. Before being cast, producers considered Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt for the role. But it was Fraser who captured the audience's attention and had women swooning over his charming and humorous portrayal of Rick. Prior to appearing in the mega-successful film, the actor had appeared in lower-budget movies including Encino Man (1992), School Ties (1994), and Airheads (1994) opposite Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi. His portrayal of the titular character in 1997's George of the Jungle garnered box office success and led to his role in The Mummy.
Now: Since starring as the fun treasure seeker O'Connell, Fraser has had a colorful acting resume. He starred in a few wild comedies, including Dudley-Do-Right (1999), Bedazzled (2000), Monkeybone (2001), and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). The actor would eventually transition to more serious roles, appearing in films like The Quiet American (2002) opposite Micheal Caine and the Academy Award-nominated Crash (2004). Fraser also starred in the adventure film Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). After a hiatus and revelation that he had been sexually assaulted by a Hollywood elite, Fraser returned to acting and has since appeared on shows like The Affair, Trust, and Doom Patrol.
Rachel Weisz (Evelyn Carnahan)
Then: Rachel Weisz starred as the brilliant but often clumsy Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan, who alongside her brother and O'Connell set out to discover Hamunaptra and an ancient book. The character was named in honor of Lady Evelyn Carnarvon, who was the daughter of amateur Egyptologist Lord Carnarvon. Both had been present when the tomb of Tutankhamen was opened in 1922. Weisz was the only actress who was offered the role. Her acting credits prior to the film include Chain Reaction (1996), Stealing Beauty (1996), and Swept from the Sea (1997). It was her performance in 1998's The Land Girls that helped her nab the role of Evelyn in the film, which ultimately served as her international breakthrough role.
Now: Since starring as Evelyn in The Mummy and its 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns, Weisz has created quite an impressive resume. She appeared in films such as About A Boy (2003), Constantine (2005) opposite Keanu Reeves, and the critically acclaimed The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Weisz has also starred in Definitely, Maybe (2008), The Lovely Bones (2009), Dream House (2011) opposite future husband Daniel Craig, and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Most recently she starred in The Lobster (2015) and the multi-Oscar nominated film The Favourite (2018), for which she was once again nominated for an Academy Award.
Arnold Vosloo (Imhotep)
Then: Arnold Vosloo portrayed the antagonist Imhotep, the newly awakened mummy who causes destruction and wreaks havoc in a search for his long-lost love. He felt that from Imhotep's point of view, his love for Anck-Su-Namun was like a version of Romeo and Juliet. The South African actor began his career in theater, appearing in plays such as Don Juan and Hamlet. His film credits included roles in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Hard Target (1993) opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme, and in 1995's Darkman II: The Return of Durant and it's sequel Darkman III: Die Darkman Die.
Now: Since his turn as the villain in The Mummy and its sequel, Vosloo has found much success in the acting world. He has made appearances on the television shows Charmed, Alias, 24, and Bones, and most recently starred in an episode of The Blacklist. His film credits include roles in the critically acclaimed Blood Diamond (2006), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and its 2013 sequel. The actor has also had his likeness and voice used in the video game Boiling Point: Road to Hell and Stranglehold.
John Hannah (Jonathan Carnahan)
Then: John Hannah starred as the bumbling but lovable older brother of Evelyn, who stole the box containing the map to Hamunaptra from Rick O'Connell. The character provided comedic relief and though he was often driven by greed, Jonathan loved and protected his sister fiercely. The Scottish actor first rose to prominence with his role as Matthew in the 1994 critically acclaimed film, Four Weddings and a Funeral. He also appeared in the British shows Out of the Blue (1995) as D.S Frankie Drinkall and in McCallum as Dr. Iain McCallum.
Now: Since appearing in The Mummy franchise, Hannah has had a steady acting career. His television credits include Alias, Frasier, Carnivale, and leading roles in the shows Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Damages, Atlantis and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He most recently starred as Mage in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. His film appearances include Before You Go (2002), Cold Blood (2005), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016), and 2018's Overboard.
Oded Fehr (Ardeth Bay)
Then: Oded Fehr portrays the mysterious Ardeth Bay, the chief of the Medjai; they are the Pharaoh's sacred bodyguards who have watched over and guarded the city of Hamunaptra for centuries. His role in The Mummy was Fehr's first official film appearance, as the Israeli actor had previously only appeared in the television mini-series Killer Net (1998), as Victor Barman and as an Egyptian captain in the 1999 mini-series Cleopatra. Fehr's other acting credit prior to the film was in the TV series The Knock.
Now: Fehr has found much success in television, having appeared in a slew of shows. He starred in the series UC: Undercover as Frank Donovan, the main villain Zankou in Charmed, Covert Affairs, Stitchers, NCIS, and as Jafar in Once Upon a Time. His film credits include the character Carlos Olivera in the Resident Evil series, For the Love of Money (2012), Inescapable (2012), and White Chamber (2018). Fehr also has provided his voice for animated works including Justice League Unlimited, Batman Unlimited, and Young Justice.
Kevin J. O'Connor (Beni)
Then: Kevin J. O'Connor appeared as Rick O'Connell's cowardly and materialistic former compatriot in the French Foreign Legion, Beni. The actor had roles in films such as 1989's Steal Magnolias, 1994's Color of Night opposite Bruce Willis, and in Stephen Sommers (who also directed The Mummy) 1998 science-fiction film Deep Rising, in which he portrayed the character Joey "Tooch" Pantucci.
Now: Since his appearance as Beni, O'Connor has gone on to have roles in both film and television. He starred as Igor in 2004's Van Helsing, Doctor Mindbender in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and had a key supporting role in the critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning film There Will Be Blood, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis. His television appearances include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Mob Doctor, The Beast, and the Hulu series 11.22.63. He currently stars as Commander Fischer in Chicago P.D.
Erick Avari (Dr. Terence Bay)
Then: Erick Avari appears as the museum curator Dr. Terence Bay, who accompanies Rick and the gang in search of Hamunaptra. Before his role in The Mummy, the actor starred in various films such as The Beast (1988), with co-star Brendan Fraser in Encino Man (1992), Stargate (1994) and Independence Day (1996). His television credits included NYPD Blue, Murder, She Wrote, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Roseanne.
Now: Avari has remained quite busy since his stint in The Mummy; he has appeared in films like Planet of the Apes (2001), Mr. Deeds (2002), Daredevil (2003) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009). Over the course of his career, the actor has portrayed representatives of more than 24 different ethnicities. He has also continued his extensive television work, appearing in shows such as Leverage, Days of Our Lives, Castle, The Mentalist and most recently on the series, The Chosen.
Patricia Velasquez (Anck-Su-Namun)
Then: Patricia Velasquez starred as Imhotep's lover Anck-Su-Namun, whom he seeks to bring back from the dead. Before being cast as one-half the doomed romantic pairing, Velasquez had an impressive modeling career. From the mid 90s to 2000, she worked in runway shows for designers such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano and Bella Freud. She also appeared on the covers of Vogue, Marie Claire and Sports Illustrated. Her acting credits prior to the film included Le Jaguar (1996), Eruption (1997) and Beowulf (1999).
Now: After starring in The Mummy and returning for its 2001 sequel, Velasquez continued her modeling career and acting career. She had a roles in shows such as American Family, Rescue Me, The L Word and Ugly Betty. Velasquez was also appointed a Good Will Ambassador due to her actions for the protection of the Wayuu Taya indigenous people in Latin America. She most recently appeared in the 2019 horror film, The Curse of la Llorona.
Jonathan Hyde (Dr. Allen Chamberlain)
Then: Jonathan Hyde appeared as Egyptologist Dr. Allen Chamberlain, who accompanied the Americans in their quest to find Hamunaptra. The actor had a very impressive resume prior to the film, having appeared as J. Bruce Ismay in the blockbuster hit Titanic (1997), Sam Parrish/Van Pelt, the hunter in Jumanji (1995), as well as roles in the films Richie Rich (1994) and Anaconda (1997). He is also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and had starred in a number of theatrical productions, including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.
Now: Hyde has continued to find success in his acting career, both on stage and on film. He went on to appear in movies like Princess of Thieves (2001), The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006), The Contract (2006) and Crimson Peak (2015). The actor appeared in the FX series The Strain from 2014-2017, and also lent his voice to Trollhunters (2016-2018). Hyde has also starred in stage productions including Peter Pan, Julius Caesar and King Lear.
Stephen Dunham, Tuc Watkins & Corey Johnson (Mr. Henderson, Mr. Burns, & Mr. Daniels)
Then: Actors Stephen Dunham (Mr. Henderson), Tuc Watkins (Mr. Burns) and Corey Johnson (Mr. Daniels) portrayed the members of the American expedition to Hamunaptra. Before appearing in the film, Dunham had little acting experience, having bit roles in the show Grand (1990) and the short film Nonstop Pyramid Action (1995). The role of Mr. Henderson was created specifically for him after the actor read for Rick O'Connell; the director liked his acting so much he wanted him a part of the film. Tuc Watkins was known primarily for his television work in shows like Baywatch and Melrose Place, and on the soap opera One Life to Live. Corey Johnson had appeared in the films The Innocent (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Now: Sadly, Stephen Dunham passed away in 2012 from a heart attack; he was only 48. Before his untimely death, the actor had roles in the shows What I Like About You, DAG, and The Bill Engvall Show. His film roles included Monster-in-Law (2005), Get Smart (2008) and Paranormal Activity 4 (2012). Tuc Watkins returned to his soap opera roots and starred in One Life to Live, as Bob Hunter in Desperate Housewives and Parks and Recreation. He made his Broadway stage debut as Hank in 2018's The Boys in The Band. Corey Johnson has appeared in the films Hellboy (2004), United 93 (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). He most recently starrred in the British TV series Deep State.
Omid Djalili (Warden Gad Hassan)
Then: Omid Djalili portrayed the greedy Egyptian prison warden Gad Hassan, who also tagged along on the journey to Hamunaptra. He was a comedian and had little prior acting before the film; he appeared in shows such as Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1999) and Cleopatra (1999). His comedy career before the movie involved a successful stand-up performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1995.
Now: Since his appearance in the film, Djalili has continued his stand-up comedy, having performed in numerous countries including Australia, Belgium, Ireland and the United States. He had his own HBO special and also appeared in the NBC sitcom Whoopi (2004), with Whoopi Goldberg. His other film roles include Casanova (2005), Over the Hedge (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and most recently The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018).
© 2019 Rachel M Johnson
Rachel M Johnson (author) on March 16, 2019:
Hi Larry, I did too! I loved watching his movies, especially The Mummy. I’m glad he’s starting to act once again!
Larry Slawson from North Carolina on March 16, 2019:
Really interesting. I had often wondered what happened to Brendan Fraser after all these years. Thank you for sharing.