THEN AND NOW: The cast of Titanic 20 years after it premiered

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We’ll never let go.

It’s been 20 years since one of Hollywood’s most doomed love stories hit the screen and audiences fell in love with Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”

To celebrate the momentous anniversary, “Titanic” is returning to theatres. Beginning on December 1, the film will be re-released at AMC theatres. The 20th anniversary re-release celebration will take place for one week.

The nearly 3.5-hour movie is one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, dominated the 1998 award season, and continues to make lists of top movies to see in your lifetime.

Since its premiere in December 1997, the cast of “Titanic” has taken on several more award-winning roles, and Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio have maintained their friendship.

Keep reading for a look at how the star-studded cast looked then, what they look like now, and what they have been up to in between.


Leonardo DiCaprio played the adventurous vagabond artist, Jack Dawson.

20th Century FoxLeonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson in ‘Titanic’

Jack falls in love with Rose and eventually meets his demise in the chilly waters of the Atlantic floating on a door.

Director James Cameron recently defended his movie ending saying Jack had to die despite years of fans insisting he and Rose both could have fit on the door.


Since “Titanic,” Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in several critically acclaimed films including “The Departed,” “Inception,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Revolutionary Road,” which he played alongside Kate Winslet. He also finally won his first Oscar in 2016 for his work in “The Revenant” after years of jokes and memes.

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DiCaprio is also active in education about climate change and most recently attended the 2017 People’s Climate March in protest of President Trump.


Kate Winslet played the rebellious upper-class 17 year old, Rose DeWitt Bukater.

20th Century FoxKate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater in ‘Titanic’

Rose falls in love with Jack despite her engagement to the arrogant Cal Hockley.


Kate Winslet went on to star in several highly acclaimed films including “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Little Children,” and “The Reader” for which she won an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

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Winslet also contributes to humanitarian efforts and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009.


Billy Zane played the repugnant steel heir, Cal Hockley.

20th Century FoxAudiences know Cal Hockley was the worst.

Throughout the movie, Cal becomes more and more jealous of Rose’s relationship with Jack.


Since “Titanic,” Zane has had a number of film and television roles as well as appearing as one of KFC’s many Colonel Sanders in 2017.

John Sciulli / StringerBilly Zane still looks just as dapper as Cal Hockley.

Kathy Bates played the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Molly Brown was a philanthropist, socialite, and actual survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.

20th Century FoxKathy Bates plays Molly Brown in ‘Titanic’

Since playing Molly Brown, Kathy Bates has had roles in “Six Feet Under,” “The Office,” and “American Horror Story,” among others. She also reunited with DiCaprio and Winslet on the set of “Revolutionary Road.”

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Frances Fisher played Rose’s uptight socialite mother, Ruth.

20th Century FoxFrances Fisher as Ruth DeWitt Bukater and Kate Winslet as Rose

Ruth arranges the engagement between Rose and Cal in order to maintain her first-class lifestyle after being widowed.


Frances Fisher has had a number of television roles since playing Ruth DeWitt Bukater in “Titanic.” She had recurring roles on both ABC’s “Resurrection” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesFrances Fisher attends the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards

Gloria Stuart played Rose Dawson Calvert, Kate Winslet’s counterpart in the present day.

20th Century FoxGloria Stuart as Rose Dawson Calvert in ‘Titanic’.

Rose Dawson Calvert takes treasure hunter Brock Lovett on a wild goose chase to find “The Heart of the Ocean,” which Rose has kept the entire time. She eventually throws it back to the ocean before dying in her sleep (or not?).


Gloria Stuart was a famed actress of the 1930s and 40s before her role in “Titanic.” Afterward, she held a few roles in television movies and series.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesGloria Stuart shorty before her death in 2010

Sadly, Stuart died of respiratory failure in 2010. She was 100 years old.


Bill Paxton played treasure hunter Brock Lovett who was searching the Atlantic for “The Heart of the Ocean” and other items from the Titanic wreck.

20th Century FoxBill Paxton as the determined Brock Lovett in ‘Titanic’.

Bill Paxton played polygamist Bill Hendrickson on “Big Love” for five seasons. He also held roles on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Training Day” before dying of a stroke in February 2017.

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesBill Paxton attends the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards

Paxton’s last role was in the Tom Hanks and Emma Watson thriller, “The Circle,” which was released after his death.


David Warner played Cal Hockley’s lackey who spies on Rose and helps frame Jack.

20th Century FoxBilly Zane as Cal Hockley (left) and David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy (right)

David Warner who played Lovejoy has lent his voice to several animated series including “Toonsylvania,””Men in Black,” and “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.” In 2018 he will play a role in “The Return of Mary Poppins” starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

IMDBDavid Warner in Penny Dreadful (2014)

Danny Nucci played Fabrizio, Jack’s Italian best friend who wins tickets to the Titanic with him.

20th Century FoxLeonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson (left) and Danny Nucci as Fabrizio

Fabrizio dies with the Titanic but Danny Nucci’s career lives on. Nucci had a few roles in television shows like “Castle” and “10-8” and the film “World Trade Center.” Now, he plays Mike Foster in Freeform’s “The Fosters.”

Mark Davis/Getty ImagesDanny Nucci plays police officer and foster dad, Mike Foster, on Freeform’s ‘The Fosters.’

Victor Garber plays the kind-hearted shipbuilder, Thomas Andrews. Andrews is the first person who believes the ship will not survive once it has hit the iceberg.

20th Century Fox / YouTubeVictor Garber as the shipbuilder, Thomas Andrews.

Victor Garber has left the year 1912 to join the Marvel Universe as Dr. Martin Stein who has made appearances in “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Arrow,” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” He also had a recurring role on the Lisa Kudrow show, “Web Therapy” and as Sydney Bristow’s father on “Alias.” In 2001 he played the villainous Professor Callahan in pop culture classic, “Legally Blonde.”

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Bernard Hill plays Captain Edward John Smith of the doomed ocean liner, Titanic.

20th Century Fox/ YouTubeBernard Hill as Captain Smith

Captain Smith is last seen clinging the ship’s wheel.


Since “Titanic” Bernard Hill has starred in the immensely popular “Lord of the Rings” trilogy as well as “Valkyrie,” “Wimbledon,” and “The Scorpion King.” Hill has also lent his voice as a narrator in multiple television series.

Steve Finn/Getty ImagesBernard Hill in 2004.

BONUS: Celine Dion sang the famous love song “My Heart Will Go On” that has become synonymous with the movie.


Celine Dion is still one of the biggest names in music. Since winning two Grammys for “My Heart Will Go On” she’s taken home numerous awards including Billboard’s Icon Award. Dion has a residency at Ceasar’s Palace through 2019.

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSinger Celine Dion performs onstage at the Billboard Music Awards.

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