The Die Hard cast: where are they now?


“Die Hard,” directed by John McTiernan, indeed tells the story of John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, attempting to reunite with his estranged wife Holly, portrayed by Bonnie Bedelia, on Christmas Eve. However, their reunion plans get disrupted when terrorists, led by the charming yet menacing Hans Gruber, played by Alan Rickman, invade the Nakatomi Plaza.

Initially posing as freedom fighters, it becomes evident that these individuals have ulterior motives, particularly an interest in the Nakatomi Plaza’s vault. Fortunately, John, being a New York City police officer, takes it upon himself to counter the plans of these dastardly invaders. Here’s everything we know about the cast


  1. De’voreaux White – Argyle: Following “Die Hard,” White continued his acting career. He appeared in other movies like “Split Decisions” (1988) and “Trespass” (1992), along with a role in the TV series “Head of the Class” (1989-1991). His last credit involved reprising the role of Argyle for the short film “Die Hard is Back,” an advertisement for batteries.
  2. Hart Bochner – Harry Ellis: After playing the role of the sleazy Harry Ellis, Bochner continued working in both TV and film. His notable appearances include series like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Scandal.” He also featured in movies such as “The Innocent,” “Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm,” and the remake of “Carrie.”
  3. William Atherton – Richard Thornburg: Atherton, known for playing the unscrupulous reporter Thornburg, has had a prolific career. Notable movie credits include “The Pelican Brief,” “The Last Samurai,” and “Mad City.” He also appeared in numerous TV series such as “Desperate Housewives,” “Law and Order,” “The Equalizer,” “Castle,” and “Lost.” He even reprised his role as Walter Peck in the “Ghostbusters” video game.
  4. Reginald VelJohnson – Al Powell: VelJohnson, who portrayed LAPD officer Al Powell, continued acting in both film and television. He reprised the role of Al in “Die Hard 2.” His notable roles include Detective Sutton in “Turner and Hooch” and Carl Winslow in the sitcom “Family Matters” (1989-1998), among other TV series appearances.
  5. Bonnie Bedelia – Holly Gennero-McClane: Bedelia, who played John McClane’s wife Holly, appeared in “Die Hard 2” but didn’t return for subsequent sequels. She continued her career with film appearances like “Needful Things” and “Munchausen” and TV series roles, notably as Captain Kate McCafferty in “The Division” (2001-2004) and in “Parenthood” (2010-2015).
  6. Alan Rickman – Hans Gruber: Rickman, renowned for his portrayal of Hans Gruber, went on to play notable roles in movies such as the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” Colonel Brandon in “Sense and Sensibility,” and Metatron in “Dogma.” He gained further fame as Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” series. Unfortunately, Rickman passed away in January 2016 after battling pancreatic cancer.
  7. Bruce Willis – John McClane: Willis’s role as John McClane in “Die Hard” propelled him to stardom. He became a household name, starring in successful films like “Pulp Fiction,” “The Fifth Element,” “Armageddon,” and “The Sixth Sense.” He continued his career with successes like “Looper” and “Unbreakable.” However, in 2023, it was announced that Willis had been diagnosed with aphasia.

Each member of the “Die Hard” cast continued their careers after the film, contributing to various movies and TV shows, showcasing their talents across different roles and genres.