Four years after “Graffiti,” Lucas became a bona fide Hollywood legend with the release of “Star Wars,” one of the most successful films of all time. Five sequels followed, all under Lucas’ supervision, and in 2012 Lucas sold the franchise to Disney for $4 billion.
Ford found huge success with Lucas’ “Star Wars” franchise in the role of Han Solo, a character he is expected to reprise in the planned “Episode VII” sequel. At 71, Ford continues to stay busy with other upcoming roles in a reported fifth “Indiana Jones” installment, as well the “Expendables 3.”
Howard also enjoyed a lucrative career in Hollywood. The year after “American Graffiti” was released, the former “Andy Griffith Show” child star was then cast as Richie Cunningham in the hit series, “Happy Days,” which, like “Graffiti,” also focused on nostalgia, teens, hot rods and a drive-in. Howard then went on to become a prominent director behind films including “Splash,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind.” Howard serves as the executive producer and narrator of the TV series, “Arrested Development.”
Some of the other cast members from “Graffiti” have also been keeping busy over the years. Check out our photo gallery at the top of this story to see what other stars like Dreyfuss, Suzanne Somers and Candy Clark have been up to since they last ate at Mel’s Drive-In.
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