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30 Years of "Dead Poets' Society" — And the Best Lessons It Taught Us About Life, Love and Loss

30 Years of "Dead Poets' Society" — And the Best Lessons It Taught Us About Life, Love and Loss

One thing the film taught us more than anything was to revel in our individuality and give expression to our unique voice.

It's been more than 30 years since the iconic Dead Poet's Society first released. When the film released in June of 1989, we saw Robin Williams bring alive the character of John Keating, an eccentric but well-loved English teacher in a boys' school. He taught them to love literature and live freely, and the things he taught have been carried on through generations since it was released. The film had made an impact on the hearts of people and continues to do so.

It was a tragedy for Hollywood when Robin Williams, a veteran comedian, lost his battle to mental health issues as well as other diseases like Parkinson's.

But even years after its first appearance, the lessons it taught us are simple and unforgettable ones.

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It taught us to make our decisions wisely.

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But to never suppress our inner voice in trying to do so.

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It spread the magic of poetry in our lives.

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And showed us the power of words.

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Through Keating, the movie urged us to never stop dreaming.

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It made us question what the purpose of our life is.

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And how to make it a more meaningful one.

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It made us believe.

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And taught us to never stop questioning relentlessly.

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The cast of the film went on to be famous and do great work in the future. Robin Williams went on to win an Oscar, multiple Golden Globes and Grammy awards while Ethan Hawke earned four Oscar nominations and Josh Charles was seen in a major role in the TV drama The Good Wife. Robert Sean Leonard was seen in the medical drama House and is now in The Hot Zone.

30 years since they touched our lives, here's what some of the cast members look like now.

1. The late Robin Williams

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He made everyone laugh through his movies, but he lived a sad life. The world lost a great artist and human being when he died. But to this day, people remember his rousing rendition of "oh captain my captain!"

2. Josh Charles

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Charles made a name for himself in the industry with a few notable roles.

3. Ethan Hawke

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Hawke did a number of movies, most notably the Before trilogy by Richard Linklater, and earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Boyhood.

Here's what the rest of the cast is up to.

References:

https://people.com/movies/dead-poets-society-turns-30-see-where-the-cast-is-now/?slide=7089537#robert-sean-leonard

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