‘The NeverEnding Story’: What Happened to the Actors Who Played Bastian, Atreyu, and the Childlike Empress?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Barret Oliver in The NeverEnding Story

The NeverEnding Story left an indelible impression on a era of children. The 1984 movie (directed by Wolfgang Petersen) is a few bullied boy named Bastian (Barret Oliver) who stumbles onto a magic guide in regards to the unusual world of Fantasia. Bastian has to discover a strategy to cease a mysterious power referred to as the Nothing from destroying Fantasia and all its inhabitants. 

The film options unusual characters, various nightmare-inducing moments, and catchy theme tune composed by Giorgio Moroder. With The NeverEnding Story streaming on Netflix starting August 1, it’s the right time to revisit the movie and discover out the place its solid of kid actors are today.

Barret Oliver (Bastian Bux) 

Barret Oliver in The NeverEnding Story
Barret Oliver in The NeverEnding Story | Impress Own/United Archives by way of Getty Images

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After he saved Fantasia from whole destruction by giving the Childlike Empress a reputation, Oliver went on to look in a handful of different movies, together with the Tim Burton brief Frankenweenie, Cocoon, and a 1987 TV model of The Secret Garden, in addition to a handful of TV reveals. But he ultimately gave up appearing in favor of a extra personal life. These days, he’s a photographer and an knowledgeable in 19th-century printmaking strategies, in keeping with MTV.

Tami Stronach (The Childlike Empress)

Tami StronachTami Stronach
The NeverEnding Story‘s Tami Stronach | Christian Marquardt/Getty Images

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Tami Stronach performed The Childlike Empress in The NeverEnding Story. It was her first and, till 2018, her solely movie position. She informed Addicted to Media that her dad and mom had been involved about their daughter pursuing a profession as a baby actor. 

“My parents were really wary of me getting chewed up by the Hollywood machine, which can be really hard on kids,” she mentioned. “[We’d] heard a lot of stories from ’80s child actors about some of the bad things that could happen in the industry.”

Instead, Stronach grew to become an expert dancer and choreographer. She can be a yoga instructor. But she is ready to return to the display screen within the close to future. She’ll star in Man & Witch, a fantasy movie homage to ‘80s flicks like The Neverending Story. Sean Astin and Christopher Lloyd can even seem within the film, on which Stronach is an government producer, in keeping with the Hollywood Reporter.    

Noah Hathaway (Atreyu) 

Noah Hathaway was already an skilled little one actor when he was solid because the younger warrior Atreyu in The NeverEnding Story. (At the time, he was finest identified for his position on the unique Battlestar Galactica.) After the movie, he appeared in an episode of Family Ties and the 1986 film Troll. He’s continued to behave often as an grownup in motion pictures resembling The Chair (2018) and Blue Dream (2013). He’s additionally labored as a tattoo artist. Clients ceaselessly requested him to ink the Auryn talisman on their our bodies, he informed the Tacoma News-Tribune. 

Hathaway additionally seems at fan conventions. In 2019, he and Stromach reunited for the primary time in a long time at WinterCon in New York City. 

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