Trent made him a star, and for the last 25 years he’s played variations of that character, who have had a hard time coping with a shifting American landscape
Even now in his late 50s, the ‘Ferris Bueller’ actor still looks boyish. Throughout his career, he’s used that quality to play characters whose youthfulness is either blessing or curse.
Many young stars fade away because of bad choices or bad habits. But for the ‘Back to the Future’ heartthrob, Parkinson’s forced a career pivot and, more significantly, a new perspective — both for him and his audience.
In the early 21st century, the rising young British actor was on an incredible run. But one mean joke on the entertainment world’s biggest stage permanently changed how we felt about the ‘Talented Mr. Ripley’ star.