Trying to assemble a cast like that of The Outsiders is nearly impossible. The fact that they managed to cast all these actors who would go on to be enormous stars was not only incredibly lucky, but truly unique.
The stars of The Outsiders are basically all huge A-list actors now, and it's interesting to look back at where they started. Let's see how far all of these 'Greasers' have come since starring in this hit film.
C. Thomas Howell - Ponyboy Curtis
The role of Ponyboy was only his second big movie part. He had also starred in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial as Tyler, but now his career really began to take off. He was in a bunch of other movies in the 80s including Red Dawn, The Return of the Musketeers, and Soul Man. He continued to be busy through the 90s as well, but more recently in the show Southland, Criminal Minds, and Stichers.
Matt Dillon - Dallas Winston
Matt Dillon has become a pretty big star after The Outsiders helped launch his career. He stared in Drugstore Cowboy, Wild Things, and There's Something About Mary. Recently he has been in the show Wayward Pines and the movie Going in Style.
Ralph Macchio - Johnny Cade
After getting his start on Eight is Enough, his career started to move quickly. One year after getting the part in The Outsiders he went on to become The Karate Kid. While his career didn't explode quite as intensely as some of his other costars, he has still been super successful. He was in Ugly Betty, Psych, and The Deuce.
Patrick Swayze - Darrel Curtis
Patrick Swayze needs no introduction because he is just so well known. The star went on to make a bunch of classic movies that we all still love to this day, including Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and Road House. Unfortunately he passed away in 2009 after his battle with pancreatic cancer.
What about the rest of the Greasers?
Rob Lowe - Sodapop Curtis
Rob Lowe started off in the TV series A New Kind Of Family a few years before he was cast as Sodapop Curtis. His star power seemed to explode after this role and he was in basically everything. Whether he was in a comedy like Wayne's World, a political drama like The West Wing, or a weird mixture of the two like Parks & Recreation, the actor has managed to remain in the ranks of Hollywood royalty.
Emilio Estevez - Two-Bit Matthews
Emilo Estevez would go on to become one of the members of the iconic Brat Pack. He would star in movies like The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. Later, he would go on to play the coach in The Mighty Ducks. He has kind of fallen off the radar, but is currently in production on a film that is scheduled to come out some time in 2017.
Tom Cruise - Steve Randle
Tom Cruise has been basically unstoppable since making this movie. It was one of his first movies and immediately after went on to star in Risky Business and Top Gun. His choices over the years have secured him as the go-to action star even though he is now over 50-years-old. He will actually be returning as Ethan Hunt in the next Mission Impossible movie and as Maverick in the Top Gun sequel.
Glenn Withrow - Tim Shepard
Glenn Withrow might be the only one of the 'Greasers' who didn't go on to be an A-list movie star. He has instead moved towards a behind-the-scenes role, launching a company called In House Media that produces films.