Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller) and the Fatal Car Crash of 1987

Matthew Broderick, the actor that played the infamous Ferris Bueller in John Hughes’ 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, was involved in a car crash that claimed two lives.

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While vacationing in Ireland on August 5, 1987, Broderick and his Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star and then girlfriend, Jennifer Grey who played Ferris’ sister Jeanie were in a rented BMW when Broderick drove into the wrong lane, colliding with a Volvo, killing two just 80 miles outside of Belfast. Broderick’s car collided head-on with a Volvo driven by Anna Gallagher, 28. She and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, were both pronounced dead on arrival at Erne Hospital. Broderick, who was 25 at the time, suffered a fractured leg, fractured ribs, a concussion, and collapsed lung. Grey, who was 27, only suffered severe whiplash and minor cuts and bruises.

Regarding the accident, Broderick had this to say:

“I don’t remember the day. I don’t remember even getting up in the morning. I don’t remember making my bed. What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg.”

His leg was badly broken, resulting in him being rushed to the hospital. The paramedics had to tear the car apart in order to administer first aid to Broderick. All Broderick kept asking at the time of the accident was whether or not the people in the other car had been hurt. Broderick could have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, which could have ended in a five-year prison sentence, but he was only fined $175, something the family of the diseased was angered by.

Broderick received quite a bit of flack from the Doherty family and others after appearing in a Super Bowl commercial on game day for the 2012 Honda CR-V, intended to replicate him as Ferris Bueller. They suggested he may not be such a suitable driver.

The Return of Red Dawn

 

Back in the day,  (the day being the 1980s), there was this really bad movie called Red Dawn that starred Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Road House), Lea Thompson (all of the Back to the Future movies), Charlie Sheen (Platoon, Major League) and Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dirty Dancing).
 
Guess what?
 
It has been remade and called Red Dawn, what an original title.  This time is stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Bridge to Taribithia), Chris Hemsworth (not the one marrying Miley–I wanna look like P!nk–Cyrus click here), and someone called Adrianne Palicki.  Actually, this film has been sitting on the shelf for a number of years, tied up in the bankruptcy of MGM and now has finally been released.
 
Look for it in November.