Cast of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Where are They Now?

  
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It’s that time, Christmas time is here…It has become an annual tradition for families to pop in the old DVD of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving weekend, and throughout December, fully launching the Christmas season. For those who have never seen it, it’s a holiday must, and for those who remember seeing it in movie theaters…can you believe it has been 28 years? What has happened to the zany cast of characters that offered one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time? Let’s find out.

13. Brian Doyle-Murray

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation wasn’t the first Vacation movie that featured Brian Doyle-Murray. Brian is the older brother of comedy king, Bill Murray, and he has enjoyed quite a career in his own right. One of his early film appearances took place in the original vacation, when he served as the desk clerk at the roadside campground. Yes, the fella eating the watermelon and sending out mailers. In Christmas Vacation, Brian plays Clark’s jerk of a boss, Mr. Frank Shirley. Brian turned 72 earlier this fall, and he’s still working. He’s always working. He voiced several roles on the animated series, Trip Tank and SpongeBob SquarePants and appeared in three episodes of Veep.

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12. Randy Quaid

Speaking of Eddie and Catherine, let’s take a swim in the life the world of Randy Quaid. What happened here? Randy Quaid was a beloved actor who possessed supreme comedic timing, but an ability to shake the drama out of any scene. Things got a little ugly after his impressive turn in Brokeback Mountain, then he was suddenly squatting in a former residence with his wife before the two fled to Canada with claims they were fearful for their lives. It seems Randy may have read one too many Internet articles that lured him down the rabbit hole. As it stands, a very Santa Claus looking Randy has returned to the United States, and has stated he just wants to get back to living his life. We’re hopeful that everything gets sorted out. His talent will garner forgiveness from the masses.

James Atoa/Everett Collection

James Atoa/Everett Collection

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