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Brat Packers by association only: Timothy Hutton, Melissa Gilbert and Jon Cryer


Timothy Hutton By gdcgraphics


Melissa Gilbert By Alan Light


Jon Cryer By Angela George

Timothy Hutton

Timothy Tarquin Hutton (born August 16, 1960) is an American actor and director. He is the youngest recipient in the Best Supporting Actor Category of the Academy Awards, for his performance as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980). Hutton has since appeared regularly in feature films and on television, with featured roles in the drama Taps (1981), the spy film The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), and the horror film The Dark Half (1993), among others.

Between 2000 and 2002, Hutton starred as Archie Goodwin in the A&E drama series A Nero Wolfe Mystery. Between 2008 and 2012, he starred as Nathan “Nate” Ford on the TNT drama series Leverage.

Of the three ‘Bratpackers today Hutton is the closest to a true Brat due to his appearance in Taps 1981.

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Ellen Gilbert (born May 8, 1964) is an American actress and television director.

Gilbert began her career as a child actress in the late 1960s, appearing in numerous commercials and guest starring roles on television. From 1974 to 1984, she starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder, the second oldest daughter of Charles Ingalls (played by Michael Landon) on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. During the run of Little House, Gilbert appeared in several popular television films, including The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker.

As an adult, she continued her career mainly in television films. Gilbert has also continued with guest starring roles on television and has done voice work for animation such as Batman: The Animated Series as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl. From 2009 to 2010, Gilbert appeared as Caroline “Ma” Ingalls in the touring production of Little House on the Prairie, the Musical. In 2012, she was a contestant on season fourteen of the popular reality dance competition show Dancing with the Stars on ABC.

Melissa Gilbert is not a Bratpacker in any sense and only associates herself as being one due to being engaged to Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe at different times and so ‘socially’ Brat pack only.

Jon Cryer

Jonathan Niven Cryer (born April 16, 1965) is an American actor, comedian and television director. Born into a show business family, Cryer made his motion picture debut as a teenaged photographer in the 1984 romantic comedy No Small Affair; his breakout role came in 1986, playing “Duckie” in the John Hughes-written film Pretty in Pink. In 1998, he wrote and produced the independent film Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five.

Although Cryer gained fame with his early film roles, it took several years to find success on television; none of his star vehicles, including The Famous Teddy Z, Partners, and The Trouble with Normal, lasted more than 22 episodes. In 2003, Cryer was cast in a co-leading role as Alan Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, a major hit for twelve seasons for which he won two Primetime Emmy Award (2009 and 2012). Cryer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television in 2011.

Cryer’s other film appearances include Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), Hiding Out (1987), Hot Shots (1991), Holy Man (1998), Tortured (2008), Shorts (2009), and Hit by Lightning (2014). He also has a recurring role in the CBS drama series NCIS, playing Dr. Cyril Taft.

Jon Cryer’s main claim to Brat Pack fame is the character of Duckie of Pretty in Pink 1986


We are slowly approaching the last of the episodes of the Brat Packers – to come are by association only – Mary Stuart Masterson,  Andie MacDowell, Olivia Barash, Lea Thompson, Matthew Broderick, Robert Downey Jr and Michael J Fox.

Of our three actors here l guess l am a bigger fan of Hutton, but mostly his earlier work. I have seen all three over the years, but l am not what l would class as a big fan of either Cryer or Gilbert. How about you? Fans or not? Here are four of their best performances in my opinion, what would yours be?


Timothy Hutton

1 – Ordinary People – 1980

Tormented by guilt following the death of his older brother, Buck, in a sailing accident, alienated teenager Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) attempts suicide. Returning home following an extended stay in a psychiatric hospital, Conrad tries to deal with his mental anguish and also reconnect with his mother, Beth (Mary Tyler Moore), who has grown cold and angry, and his emotionally wounded father, Calvin (Donald Sutherland), with the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch).

2 – French Kiss – 1995

Kate plans to confront her straying fiance who stays in France. On her way she meets Luc, a thief, who hides a stolen necklace in her bag. Her life changes when she falls in love with Luc.

3 – The Dark Half – 1993

Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) has had success writing novels under both his real name and his pseudonym, George Stark, which he uses to publish base thrillers. When word gets out that they are one and the same, the author holds a mock funeral for Stark. But after a rash of murders eerily similar to those in the Stark books, Thad and his wife, Liz (Amy Madigan), realize that Stark is real and responsible, and must work with local Sheriff Pangborn (Michael Rooker) to stop him.

4 – The General’s Daughter – 1999

The daughter of an influential base commander is ruthlessly murdered. Two undercover detectives are tasked with looking into the case and nabbing the killer.

Melissa Gilbert

1 – Little House: Bless All the Dear Children – 1984

Baby Rose Wilder is kidnapped by a woman who recently lost her child. Laura, Almanzo and Mr Edwards meet a lonely orphan boy who proves to be a key character in the search.

2 – Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife – 1987

Fashion designer Marian (Melissa Gilbert) meets the man of her dreams, dashing lawyer Edward Moran (Joe Penny). Their attraction is instant, but after the lovebirds get married, Marian makes a shocking discovery about her in-laws: They’re in the Mafia, and that includes her dear husband, Edward. To Marian’s horror, she soon finds herself entangled in their drug-running activities. And now that she’s part of the crime family, there’s no way out — except in a casket.

3 – Sylvester – 1985

A spunky Texas girl (Melissa Gilbert) and an old Westerner (Richard Farnsworth) take a rodeo horse to the Olympic trials in Kentucky.

4 – The Miracle Worker – 1979

Devoted teacher Anne Sullivan (Patty Duke Astin) leads deaf and blind Helen Keller (Melissa Gilbert) into the light of learnedness.

Jon Cryer

1 – Hot Shots! – 1991

Harley, a psychologically imbalanced fighter pilot, is entrusted the responsibility of destroying Saddam Hussein’s nuclear plants while competing against a rival pilot.

2 – Hiding Out – 1987

Young stockbroker Max Hauser (Jon Cryer) has been selling fake bonds for the mob. When his mob contact is put on trial, the mobster’s colleagues attempt to kill him — so he changes his name to Andrew and enrolls in a high school as a cover. For a while, he enjoys being a troublemaker, starting a relationship with classmate Ryan Campbell (Annabeth Gish) and even pondering a run for class president. But it’s only a matter of time before the mob tracks him down.

3 – Two and a Half Men – 2003 – 2015

Charlie Harper is a jingle writer who leads a hedonistic, carefree life. Everything changes when his good-for-nothing brother, Alan, and 10-year-old nephew, Jake, move into his Malibu beach house.

4 – The Famous Teddy Z – 1989 – 1990

Teddy Zakalokis, a lowly mailroom clerk at the Unlimited Talent Agency, finds himself abruptly representing a major Hollywood actor through a freakish bit of good luck. Since Teddy has absolutely no experience as an agent, his stroke of fortune rankles Al Floss, the abrasive agent who formerly represented Teddy’s new client, and Laurie Parr, an ambitious mailroom colleague who is bitterly envious of Teddy. Away from the office, Teddy shares a home with his grandmother, Deena Zakalokis, who can’t begin to grasp the nature of Teddy’s new gig, and kid brother Aristotle, who thinks having an agent in the family is very cool.

So there we go folks Timothy Hutton, Melissa Gilbert and Jon Cryer – fans or not?

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2 thoughts on “Theme Times – The Brat Packer’s #10

  1. Ordinary People was an outstanding movie! A tear jerker for sure. I also loved Taps. Timothy Hutton…meh… Same with Melissa Gilbert…meh…

    Jon Cryer as Duckie😍🥰 who DIDN’T love Duckie?! I think he was good in Two and a Half Men also.

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