"Hocus Pocus 2" Has Arrived — See the Cast of the Original Film Then and Now
A lot has changed since "Hocus Pocus" (aka The Ultimate Halloween movie) was released in 1993, especially the actors. OK, maybe Bette Midler looks mostly the same, but the child and teen stars from the original haunting tale are all grown up now. And while some, like Thora Birch and Sean Murray, have continued to act in film and TV, others, like Omri Katz, have moved on to other projects. Only the original Sanderson sisters — Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Midler — plus Doug Jones (aka, Billy Butcherson) return in the just-released, long-awaited sequel, but we can always watch the original movie again and revisit the Salem residents we first fell in love with.
Back in 2018, Parker confessed on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that though the movie is a classic with fans, her own recollection of it was pretty hazy. "I don't have a lot of memories. I remember the filming of it. I just don't remember what the movie's about as much," she explained. She continued, "Three witches, I've been told that, and apparently my character's not very bright. But I fly and sing, and I think I like to suck the life . . . I think I like to kill children? I don't know."
Parker also revealed a little of the movie magic that made the film happen, like how they filmed the scenes where the witches flew away on their broomsticks. "They'd call 'cut' and they'd go to lunch or maybe they'd change the lens, and I'd just stay up there," she said. "I could fit an entire New York Times up the back of the corset. And I found that the harness was comfortable, so I would just sit up there and read the Times while people took their breaks or changed the camera and sometime went to lunch."
Revisit the cast of "Hocus Pocus" and learn just what they're up to now.
Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson
In "Hocus Pocus," Bette Middler played the witch Winifred Sanderson, who's the leader of the three sisters, and the smartest.
Bette Midler Now
Bette Midler remains an icon on stage and the screen. In the years since "Hocus Pocus," she starred in movies like "Get Shorty," "The First Wives Club," "The Stepford Wives," and also played the title role in the 2017-18 Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" She also appeared in eight episodes of "The Politician." In 2021, she was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor.
Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson
Sarah Jessica Parker plays Sarah Sanderson in "Hocus Pocus." Sarah is the least-smart witch, but it's her voice that lures in the children as prey.
Sarah Jessica Parker Now
Sarah Jessica Parker found her career-changing role of Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City" in 1998. Thanks to her HBO show "Divorce" and films like "Failure to Launch" and "Did You Hear About the Morgans?," she's cemented her star status, in addition to being one of New York's most recognizable fashion icons. The actor also has an eponymous line of fragrances, accessories, and Italian-made footwear. Most recently, she's reprised her role as Carrie for the "Sex and the City" reboot, "And Just Like That." In 2022, she returned to Broadway in "Plaza Suite," alongside her husband Matthew Broderick.
Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson
Kathy Najimy rounds out "Hocus Pocus"'s Sanderson sisters, starring as Mary. Mary can smell out children.
Kathy Najimy Now
Kathy Najimy has continued to work in film and TV since "Hocus Pocus," starring in projects such as 2001's "Rat Race" and completing stints on "Veep" and "Unforgettable." She's also lent her voice to a number of cartoons, including "King of the Hill," in which she voices Peggy, and the Netflix hit "BoJack Horseman." In 2021, she appeared in Netflix's "Single All the Way."
Thora Birch as Dani
In "Hocus Pocus," Thora Birch plays Dani, Max's Halloween-obsessed little sister.
Thora Birch Now
Thora Birch transitioned to more adult roles with 1999's "American Beauty" and "Ghost World." Though she took a break from acting, she resumed her onscreen career in 2016. She went on to star in the drama series "Colony" on the USA Network and in several independent films, and made an appearance on season 10 of "The Walking Dead." She's slated to appear in Netflix's upcoming Addams Family series "Wednesday."
Omri Katz as Max
Omri Katz plays Max in "Hocus Pocus," the virgin the Sanderson sisters are after.
Omri Katz Now
Katz basically stopped acting after "Hocus Pocus." He's now runs a cannabis company called The Mary Danksters.
Vinessa Shaw as Allison
Vinessa Shaw plays Allison, Max's crush, in "Hocus Pocus."
Vinessa Shaw Now
Vinessa Shaw continued to work as an actor, appearing in movies like "Eyes Wide Shut," "The Hills Have Eyes," and "3:10 to Yuma." She also played Kate McPherson on season two of "Ray Donovan" and Dr. Jane Mathis in the 2017 thriller film "Clinical."
Sean Murray as Thackery Binx
In "Hocus Pocus," Sean Murray plays the human form of Thackery Binx, a 1600s teen who the Sanderson sisters turn into an immortal cat.
Sean Murray Now
Sean Murray has starred on "NCIS" as Timothy McGee for a whopping 19 years, so you can still see him on your screen on a weekly basis.
Doug Jones as Billy Butcherson
Doug Jones plays Billy Butcherson, Winifred's ex-boyfriend who she resurrects as a zombie during the events of "Hocus Pocus."
Doug Jones Now
You may not recognize Doug Jones without his zombie makeup, but he's made a name for himself in Hollywood as a master of portraying creatures who aren't quite human. His many TV credits include "Teen Wolf, "What We Do in the Shadows," "Star Trek: Discovery," and "The Strain." He stars as the Amphibian Man in the 2017 award-winning film "The Shape of Water." Besides the Sanderson sisters, Jones is the only original cast member who will make an appearance in "Hocus Pocus 2."
Stephanie Faracy as Jenny
In "Hocus Pocus," Max and Dani's mom, Jenny, is played by Stephanie Faracy.
Stephanie Faracy Now
Stephanie Faracy has kept busy with guest roles on TV shows. She's been on everything from "Desperate Housewives" and "Castle" to "How to Get Away With Murder" and "Sneaky Pete." Sadly, her onscreen counterpart in "Hocus Pocus," Charles Rocket, died in 2005.
Tobias Jelinek as Jay
Tobias Jelinek plays Jay, a teenage bully who torments the characters in "Hocus Pocus."
Tobias Jelinek Now
Tobias Jelinek stopped acting after appearing as a gang member in 1997's "Batman & Robin," but returned to the industry in 2007. He starred as an agent in the first season of "Stranger Things," and has popped up on shows like "This Is Us," "The Mindy Project," "Arrow," and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Larry Bagby as Ernie, aka "Ice"
Larry Bagby plays Ernie, another bully in "Hocus Pocus."
Larry Bagby Now
Larry Bagby has appeared on "The Young and the Restless," in addition to a number of other TV shows like "9-1-1" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." His primary focus now is his work as a musician.
Amanda Shepherd as Emily
Amanda Shepherd makes an appearance in "Hocus Pocus" as Emily Binx, Thackery's sister.