It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 17 years since Disney Channel first premiered The Luck of the Irish.
When the film was first released, it charmed audiences with the story of a basketball player named Kyle Johnson who discovers that he is part leprechaun.
Talk about family secrets!
From there, Kyle goes on a wild journey, discovering more about his heritage and his family, while trying to figure out who stole his grandfather’s gold coin. It’s no wonder this film is now deemed to be a Disney Channel classic—up there with the likes of Cadet Kelly and Smart House. And what would St. Patrick’s Day be if Disney did not show the movie? So we can all relive our childhoods for one night, obviously.
(Fingers Crossed. No pressure, Disney)
Just think about it! When The Luck of the Irish was first released, Beyoncé had yet to stop the world with her iconic single “Crazy in Love,” and The Bachelor wasn’t our Monday night obsession because it hadn’t premiered yet! It would be years until Instagram would be invented, and we still rented movies from a place called Blockbuster.
Oh, how so much has changed! And the cast members have changed so much as well!
Henry Gibson, who played Kyle’s grandfather Reilly O’Reilly sadly passed away while Paul Kiernan, who played Kyle’s father in the film, appears to be living a private life. The rest of the cast, however, has gone on to have rather successful careers. One became a cast member on Pretty Little Liars, while another one has stopped acting for good. Can you guess who it was?
Check out our galley below to see what happened to the cast of one of our favorite Disney Channel movies!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Disney Channel movie lovers!