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High Spirits stars now – £107m net worth, Hollywood romances and career U-turn

Nov 18, 2021

The spooky season may be over, but on November 18 1988, comedy High Spirits showed us that any time of year is perfect for a good ghost story.

A few years before Neil Jordan directed Hollywood epic Interview with a Vampire, he wrote this ghostly tale of haunted castles, romance and things that go bump in the night.

It certainly didn't spook the box office though, as it brought in a huge $17 million (£12.6 million) on its release.

Daily Star looks at where the cast of the comedy classic are now – from career u-turns, to deaths and marriages to famous musicians.

Steve Guttenberg

Steve Guttenberg played Jack, one of the visitors to the castle, who falls in love with ghost Mary Plunkett.

He also starred in a number of eighties hits including the Police Academy films, Short Circuit and Three Men and a Baby.

Calling acting, "the number one job in the world" in an interview with The Guardian, Steve has fond memories of working with Tom Selleck and Ted Danson on Three Men and a Baby, saying that they would regularly spend time together off set.

"There’s nothing like being with superstars," he said, adding: "the three of us created such a stir! Tom and Ted really know how to live and we’d create pandemonium in the restaurants".

Now 63, the star also has a huge net worth from his Hollywood film work, estimated at $14 million (£10 million), and has most recently starred in films including Original Gangster in 2020 and tv series The Goldbergs from 2019-2021.

Since 2019 he has been married to Emily Smith, and was previously married to Denise Bixler from 1988-1992.

Peter O' Toole

Legendary actor of stage and screen Peter O' Toole played Peter, the owner of Castle Plunkett, who devises the plan to pretend that there are ghosts in the castle – unaware that there are real spirits haunting his home.

He already had a long acting career prior to High Spirits, having starred as Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

However, his career could have taken an entirely different turn, as he worked as a copy writer in a newsroom and became a reporter, before deciding to pursue a career as an actor.

His long and successful acting career including playing the King of Stormhold in Stardust in 2008, starring in BBC series The Tudors and playing an older version of Casanova in a 2005 mini series, alongside David Tennant.

From 1959-1979, Peter was married to Sian Phillips, with who he had two children. He also had a third child with model Karen Brown.

In the 1970s, he had also battled stomach cancer, and on December 14 2013, he died aged 81 in a hospital in London

Liam Neeson

Award winning actor Liam Neeson played Martin, a ghost who haunts the castle and falls in love with Jack's wife Sharon.

After first playing Sir Gwain in 1981's Excalibur, he starred in films including Schindler's List in 1993, for which he won an Academy Award.

From there, he has not left our screens, starring in roles including Jedi Qui Gon Jinn in Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 2005's Batman Begins, 2008's Taken and voiced the spoken thoughts of the journalist in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds.

However, he drew criticism for comments made during the promotional tour of his 2019 film Cold Pursuit.

From 1994-2009, he was married to actress Natasha Richardson, who died two days after suffering a head injury while ski-ing.

They had two children together – Michael Richardson and Daniel Neeson.

He most recently starred in 2020's Made in Italy, opposite his son Michael Richardson, who is also an actor, and is listed as starring in a number of films currently in pre-production.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Liam has a whopping fortune of $145m (£107.5m) after enjoying a successful film career.

Daryl Hannah

Hollywood icon Daryl Hannah starred as Mary Plunkett, Peter's ancestor who relives the night she died over and over again, until the chain is broken by her meeting with Jack.

Her breakout role was in 1982's Blade Runner, but she is most fondly remembered for playing a beautiful mermaid opposite Tom Hanks in 1984's Splash.

Since then, she has starred in huge films including Kill Bill and tv series Hawaii Five-O.

Daryl is also an environmental activist and speaking about her work, she told The Guardian: "Sometimes I’m very optimistic, when I’ve just participated in some action with young people and can see that there is a growing awareness."

Since 2018, she has been married to music royalty and songwriting legend Neil Young.

Liz Smith

Liz Smith is a British acting icon, and not only did she star as Peter's mother in High Spirits, she is known to viewers for a number of famous roles.

From 1994-1996 she played Mrs Cropley in The Vicar of Dibley, Bette in 2 Point 4 Children, Grandma in children's tv series The Queen's Nose and most famously, Norma Speakman in The Royle Family from 1998-2006.

Her last acting roles included voicing Mrs Mulch in Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit and Harriet Stone in tv series The Tunnel.

Liz Smith died aged 95 on Christmas Eve 2016, six months after The Royle Family writer Caroline Aherne.

Ralf Little, who played Antony Royle in the sitcom, tweeted: "Devastating to lose two members of my second family in one awful year. RIP Liz Smith. Goodbye Nana. Xxx"

Beverley D'Angelo

Beverley D'Angelo played Jack's wife, who visited the castle after her father wanted to purchase it from the Plunket family.

However before she was a Hollywood film star, she worked as a cartoonist for the Hannah Barbara Company, famous for shows including The Flinstones and Scooby Doo.

After singing in a rock band, she starred in films including Every which way but loose and played Chevy Chase's wife in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, along with showcasing her vocals in the film The Coalminer's Daughter.

Since then she hasn't left our screens, starring in programmes including Entourage from 2005-2011 and is listed as appearing in a number of films currently in pre-production.

She was married to Lorenzo Salvati from 1981-1995 and was also in a relationship with A-list star Al Pacino, with who she had twins in 2001.

Connie Booth

Connie Booth, 80, is a comedy legend and before she appeared in High Spirits as Marge, she starred in Monty Python's Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers, opposite ex-husband John Cleese.

In Fawlty Towers she played Polly Sherman and later went on to appear in tv series including The Tomorrow People and Wizadora.

However in 1995, she chose to quit acting and instead retrained as a psychotherapist, working in London until her retirement.

She was married to John Cleese from 1968-1978 and they had one daughter, Cynthia, and since 2000 has been married to John Lahr.

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