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'Shawshank Redemption': Where are they now?

Updated 1614 GMT (0014 HKT) November 24, 2014
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When "Shawshank Redemption" premiered in September 1994, it wasn't an immediate hit. Its box office wasn't impressive, and although critics praised it the movie, lost out on all seven of its Oscar nominations. But 20 years later, the film is an indisputable classic. In honor of the 20th anniversary, we look at where the cast was when they starred in the film and where they are now. Castle Rock Entertainment
Then: When Morgan Freeman signed up to play Red, the prison contraband smuggler who befriends Tim Robbins' falsely accused Andy, he was stunned that he landed the part. When he was set to audition, called his agent "and said, 'It doesn't matter which part it is; I want to be in it,' " Freeman recalled to The Hollywood Reporter. "He said, 'Well, I think they want you to do Red.' And I thought, Wow, I control the movie! I was flabbergasted by that." The role earned Freeman his third Oscar nomination. Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: Freeman's star had taken off by the time he was cast in "The Shawshank Redemption," but it's definitely one of the roles that defined the actor's career. He has kept busy with a variety of different genres; in 2015, he'll appear in the comedy "Ted 2" as well as the thriller "London Has Fallen." Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
Then: Robbins was riding high off roles in 1988's "Bull Durham" and 1992's "The Player" when he joined "Shawshank" as the film's protagonist, Andy Dufresne. Still, he wasn't the only actor in line for the role: Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner and Tom Cruise were also desired for the job, but all three passed. Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: Like his co-star Freeman, Robbins followed up "Shawshank" with steady work, including movies like "High Fidelity" and "Mystic River." He's recently returned to a few TV roles, including the TV miniseries "The Spoils of Babylon" and a TV comedy called "The Brink." Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Then: Bob Gunton was known for his TV work when he was cast as the religious Warden Norton. Castle Rock Entertainment/Getty Images
Now: Since starring in "Shawshank," Gunton has continued to work mostly on the small screen. He's been in everything from "Judging Amy" to "Nip/Tuck" to "24." At the moment, Gunton is filming Marvel's new Netflix original series, "Daredevil." D Dipasupil/Getty Images
Then: By the time William Sadler joined "The Shawshank Redemption" as convict Heywood, he'd starred in movies like "Die Hard 2" and TV shows like "Roseanne" and "In the Heat of the Night." Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: After "Shawshank," Sadler went on to star in another prison movie helmed by Frank Darabont, "The Green Mile." These days, Sadler can be found on CBS's crime drama "Hawaii Five-O." Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Then: Clancy Brown, right, perhaps best known up till then as the villainous Kurgan in "Highlander," gave moviegoers a character to passionately root against with his sadistic prison guard, Capt. William Hadley. Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: The very busy Brown has done plenty of voice work in the 20 years since "Shawshank's" release, including voicing Mr. Krabs in Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants." He'll provide the crustacean's voice once again in 2015's "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water." Valerie Macon/Getty Images
Then: Gil Bellows, center, was one of the lesser-known actors on "The Shawshank Redemption" set. Before landing the role of a convict named Tommy, Bellows had earned just four other credits for TV roles. Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: Bellows has been busy ever since, following up "Shawshank" with a role on projects like "Ally McBeal" in the late '90s. If you're a CSI fan, you'll next see Bellows in the latest spinoff, "CSI: Cyber." Valerie Macon/Getty Images
Then: Mark Rolston was unbelievable as the violent convict and head of "The Sisters," Bogs Diamond. He filmed that job while also appearing on "Murder, She Wrote." Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: Since his villainous role in "Shawshank," Rolston has bounced around between movies and TV, including appearances on TV shows like "The Closer" and "NCIS." Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Then: As a theater actor, Jeffrey DeMunn wasn't limited to the screen, but he made an impression as the prosecutor in "Shawshank Redemption." Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: DeMunn is one of Frank Darabont's frequent collaborators, going on to appear in three more of the filmmaker's movies, including "The Green Mile" and "The Mist." DeMunn also worked with Darabont on the small screen with a part in "The Walking Dead," which Darabont executive produced for a time, as well as 2013's short-lived "Mob City." Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Then: James Whitmore was already a legend when he joined "The Shawshank Redemption" as prison librarian and convict Brooks Hatlen, having already won a Tony, a Grammy and a Golden Globe. Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: Whitmore slowed down a bit after "The Shawshank Redemption," with his longest project being a role on "The Practice" in the late '90s. Whitmore died of lung cancer in 2009. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
Then: When Frank Darabont took on "The Shawshank Redemption" in 1994, he did it out of love. He'd already turned one of Stephen King's stories into a short film, "The Woman in the Room," and as an avid fan was eager to bring this piece of King's to life on screen. It would mark Darabont's debut feature film. Castle Rock Entertainment
Now: Darabont has left his mark all over Hollywood, cranking out three additional feature films and taking on plenty of writing and producing projects. He's currently at work on "The Huntsman," the 2016 sequel to 2012's live-action spin on Snow White, "Snow White and the Huntsman." Joe Kohen/Getty Images