Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Landis and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy. The film was released in the United States on June 29, 1988. The story is about the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who travels to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry and love for who she is, not for her status or for having been trained to please him. It also has a spin off. Let’s check out the then and now of the casts.
Vanessa Bell as Imani Izzi
Vanessa Bell Calloway is an American actress and dancer. Beginning her career as a dancer, Bell Calloway became known for her film roles as Princess Imani Izzi in the 1988 comedy Coming to America, as well as for her roles in What’s Love Got to Do with It and many others.
Vanessa Bell was then 31 and now 65 years
Vanessa Bell is married to Anthony Calloway since 1988
Louie Anderson as Maurice, a McDowell’s employee
Louis Perry Anderson was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and game show host. Anderson created the cartoon series Life with Louie and the television sitcom The Louie Show.
Louis Anderson was then 34 and he died this year at the age of 68
Louis Anderson was divorced to Diane Jean Vono and Norma J. Walker
Shari Headley as Lisa McDowell
Shari Headley is an American actress and former model. She is best known for her role in the 1988 box-office hit romantic comedy film Coming to America and its sequel Coming 2 America.
Shari Headley was then 23 and now 57 years
Shari Headley was married to Christopher Martin
Madge Sinclair as Queen Aoleon Joffer
Madge Dorita Sinclair was a Jamaican actress best known for her roles in Cornbread, Earl and Me, Convoy, Coming to America etc. Sinclair also voiced in the Disney animated feature film The Lion King.
Madge Sinclair was then 50 and died in 1995 at the age of 57
Madge Sinclair was married to Dean Compton and divorced to Royston Sinclair
John Amos as Cleo McDowell
John Allen Amos Jr. is an American actor known for his role as James Evans, Sr., on the CBS television series Good Times.
John Amos was then 48 and now 82 years
John Amos was divorced to Lillian Lehman, Noel J. Mickelson
James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer
James Earl Jones is an American actor. He has been described as “one of America’s most distinguished and versatile” actors for his performances in film, television, and theater.
James Earl Jones was then 57 and now 91 years
James Earl Jones was married to Cecilia Hart and Julienne Marie
Arsenio Hall as Reverend Brown
Arsenio Hall is an American actor, comedian, talk show host, producer and writer. He hosted the late-night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show, from 1989 until 1994, and again from 2013 to 2014.
Arsenio Hall was then 32 and now 66 years
Arsenio Hall was in relationship with Cheryl Bonacci for 15 years
Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem Joffer
Edward Regan Murphy is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer. He rose to fame on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
Edward Murphy was then 27 and now 61 years
Edward Murphy was married to Nicole Mitchell Murphy