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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Catch up with summer's past stars like Bill Pullman, more

By Christopher Castellani
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(PEOPLE) -- Summer -- once filled up with beaches and baseball -- was changed forever when "Jaws" was released on June 20, 1975.

That event marked the beginning of the era of the summer blockbuster movie, and films that followed, such as "Top Gun," "Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day," have gotten ever bigger and flashier in their efforts to get people out of the sunshine and into air-conditioned multiplexes.

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Kelly McGillis rode into the danger zone in 1986's "Top Gun" (left); McGillis in January 1999.  

Take a look at some of the stars of these big-time blockbusters of summer and find out what they're up to today.

Kelly McGillis from 'Top Gun'

She made a generation of men in the '80s want to join the Navy or visit the Amish. But for Kelly McGillis, revisiting her two highest-profile roles -- as flight instructor Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood in 1986's summer phenomenon "Top Gun" and the plainspoken Rachel in 1985's "Witness" -- is not in the cards. "I don't own a single movie I've ever done nor do I watch them when they come on television," she told PEOPLE in 1999. "I find it torturous to watch myself. It's like going to the dentist."

Born in 1957 in Newport Beach, California, the doctor's daughter dropped out of high school senior year to take acting classes full time. In 1979, she headed east to New York City to enroll in the prestigious acting program at Juilliard.

Before she made her film debut in 1983's "Rueben, Rueben," and while still a student, McGillis suffered a major trauma -- she was raped at knifepoint by two men in her Brooklyn apartment. Afterward, "I couldn't eat or sleep. I twitched incessantly," she told PEOPLE in 1988. "I had nightmares. Because I was so afraid to go to sleep at night, I would drink. ... It was like having a demon inside eating me up."

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McGillis, who stuck with acting during her recovery and therapy, had mixed feelings about the attention she received for her role opposite Harrison Ford in "Witness" (including a Golden Globe nomination): "It was a big rush of adrenaline," she told PEOPLE in 1999, "but it also made me full of self-doubt and self-loathing because I thought, 'Oh, gosh, I'm not worthy of this kind of attention. I have no talent.'"

Her star rose again with "Top Gun," but began faltering with 1988's "The Accused," in which she played a lawyer defending a rape victim (Jodie Foster). While Foster reaped critical praise and a Best Actress Oscar, reviews for McGillis were lukewarm; The Washington Post called her "flat-footed" and noted her "inertia." Still, given her personal experience with rape, when McGillis finished filming "The Accused," she felt "like a demon had been put to rest."

With the birth of their two daughters, Kelsey and Sonora, in the early '90s, McGillis and her husband, yacht broker Fred Tillman, decided to move to Key West, Florida. She turned from major films to smaller ones (such as 1989's "Winter People" and 1992's "The Babe," neither of which attracted wide audiences), appeared on television and acted with a Shakespeare troupe in Washington, D.C. She also opened a restaurant, Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery, in Key West. Her most recent major film role was as Val Kilmer's sister in the 1999 drama "At First Sight."

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Bill Pullman played a fighter jet-flying president in 1996's "Independence Day" (left); Pullman in February 2002.  

"To me, acting is acting," McGillis told PEOPLE in 1999. "I'd be happy working on a street corner in a mime troupe."

Bill Pullman from 'Independence Day'

Bill Pullman has spent a lot of screen time getting turned down by some of Hollywood's hottest leading ladies.

In 1993 alone, he was rejected by Meg Ryan's character in "Sleepless in Seattle," Nicole Kidman's in "Malice" and Jodie Foster's in "Sommersby." He finally got the girl (Sandra Bullock) in 1995's "While You Were Sleeping" -- and in 1996, his work brought him the attention of an important real-life woman, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Of his performance as president of the United States in that year's sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day," she told him: "Gosh, you were so good. Maybe Bill (Clinton) could take a couple of days off, and you could fill in for him."

Born in 1953, Pullman grew up as one of seven children in Hornell, New York. After earning drama degrees from the State University of New York at Oneonta and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he worked in various theater groups in Los Angeles and made his film debut as an idiotic criminal in the 1986 comedy "Ruthless People," starring Danny DeVito and Bette Midler.

Since then his myriad roles have included a scientist (1988's "The Serpent and the Rainbow"), a plastic surgeon (1992's "Singles") and a sleazy lawyer (1999's "Brokedown Palace"). Most recently Pullman received critical acclaim for his performance on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Goat, or Who Is Silvia?" (the Associated Press described his performance as "monumental"). Next up for the actor is "Igby Goes Down," an offbeat comedy with "Independence Day" costar Jeff Goldblum, Susan Sarandon, Kieren Culken and Ryan Phillippe.

As for his offscreen life, Pullman lives with his wife, Tamara, and his three kids, Maesa, 14, Jack, 13, and Louis, 9. The family splits its time between a ranch in Montana and a house in Hollywood, where Pullman grows fruit trees as a way of keeping in touch with his rural past. "I love to watch my kids stand under the tree and munch on (fruit)," Pullman told InStyle in 1999. "It's a constant pleasure to see them get past the bumps and spots on the fruit to realize it's as good as -- or better than -- store-bought."

Also catch up with: Lorraine Gary from 'Jaws' | Ariana Richards from 'Jurassic Park' | Reginald VelJohnson from 'Die Hard' | Linda Kozlowski from 'Crocodile Dundee' | Jenette Goldstein from 'Aliens'


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