Hackers hit the movie screens way back in 1995, when the internet was still in its infancy, and computer hackers were a little known subculture. The film told the story of famed hacker “Zero Cool” aka Dade Murphy, known for an infamous crashing of 1,507 systems, an offense which earned him a ban from owning or operating a computer until he was eighteen. Post 18th birthday, Dade, eventually meets a group of hackers at his new school, and enters into a rivalry with Kate “Acid Burn” Libby. Joey, the novice of the group, inadvertently uncovers The Plague’s scheme to steal 25 million dollars from his company. This prompts the Plague to enlists the Secret Service under false pretenses, in order to protect prevent his scheme from being discover. Thus a race ensues, as the Dade and his cohorts attempt to reveal The Plague’s plot before the Secret Service catches up to them and put all of them in jail. Oh yeah and it features a young actress named Angelina Jolie is in it too.
Dade “Zero Cool” Murphy
Jonny Lee Miller
Right after starring in Hackers, Miller played Sick Boy in the heavily acclaimed film, Trainspotting. He then went on to appear in box office duds Dracula 2000(2000), Mindhunters(2004), and Aeon Flux(2005). However, recently he’s gotten more buzz, after appearing alongside Johnny Depp in the movie adaptation of Dark Shadows. He is also get rave reviews reprising the role of Sherlock Holmes on the number one new television series, Elementary.
Kate “Acid Burn” Libby
If you don’t know what ever happened to the girl that played “Acid Burn”, you’ve probably being living under a rock for the last decade. Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG award- winner, Jolie has held a constant present on the silver screen for seemingly since for nearly twenty years. Outside of acting, Jolie’s recieved tons of press for her highly publicized marriages, first to Hackers co-star Jonny Lee Miller, then to Billy Bob Thornton, and finally to Brad Pitt. She’s former Goodwill Ambassador for the UN and mother of six children. So yeah, she’s been busy.
At the time of Hacker’s debut on the big screen, Jesse Bradford had earned a lot of attention for his role as Aaron in the Steven Soderbergh film King of Hill(1993). However, Bradfords career trajectory as serious actor never came into fruition. After Hackers he went on to star in the film Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo Di Caprio and Clair Danes, later appearing in the comedies Cherry Falls, Bring It On, and the creepy thriller Swimfan alongside Erika Christensen. Today, he plays Chris on the ABC television comedy series Guys With Kids.
Emmanuel “Cereal Killer” Goldstein
Its very rare that you find an actor that has appeared in more than one cult film. Matthew Lillard has appeared in four, Serial Mom, Hackers, Scream, and perhaps the most popular of the four SLC Punk. Besides his roles in cult films, Lillard performance as Shaggy in the two live-action Scooby Doo films has established him as the modern voice of Shaggy. He’s acted as the voice of Shaggy in the animated series Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated for the last the three seasons, as well as in numerous straight to DVD animated films for the Scooby Doo franchise. Most recently, Lillard made his directorial debut with the film Fat Kid Rules the World at SXSW where it received very positive reviews. The film even received a 3.5 out of 4 stars from the late Roger Ebert.
Paul “Lord Nikon” Cook
In the film Hackers(1995) Laurence Mason played the very eccentric hacker with the photographic memory. Since then, Mason has gone on to have reoccurring roles on crime related television series The Shield and Prison Break. His most notable role as of late, however, is as Matthew McConaughey’s driver, Earl. in the box office success The Lincoln Lawyer.
Ramon “The Phantom Phreak”‘ Sanchez
Renoly Santiago made a blockbuster debut co-starring in Dangerous Minds with Michelle Pfifer, which he immediately followed with major roles in Hackers and Con-Air. Following those movies he appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions under very notable directors. He made his Brodway debut in the production of The Capeman in which his performance as Tony Hernandez earned him a nomination for a Drama Desk Award from the press for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical. Santiago also owns a writing credit for Bring in the Morning…A Wake-Up Call’ which starred Lauryn Hill. Currently, Santiago is writing songs for his debut bilingual album.
Eugene “The Plague” Belford
Fisher Stevens played the role of the sinister “Plague” in Hackers. Since then, Stevens has made a guest appearance on a number of comedic television series, including Fraiser, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Ugly Betty, and Californication. Proving his range, he’s also appeared in about an equal amount of television dramas including Medium, Numb3rs, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Lost, and the Mentalist. His recent acting credits include One for the Money with Katherine Heigl.