Trial of Chicago 7 on Netflix: Where are the real-life players now?

Jerry Rubin, Abby Hoffman and Renee Davis encountered the newsmen while on vacation in the Chicago Seven Trials in 1970.


60s and today, reflecting the headlines of Aaron Sorkin’s new film Chicago 7 test Now streaming on Netflix, a group of big names include Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton and Sacha Baron Cohen. But what happened to the colorful cast of real-life personalities involved in the infamous court case that made both protesters and officials in the headlines?

Chicago Seven saw Abby Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Renee Davis, John Froins and Lee Wener (Black Panther activist Bobby Seeley as the defendant, also known as Chicago Eight) . With police violence in anti-war demonstrations in 1968, the five were convicted of inciting a riot and sentenced to the harshest. All defendants And His lawyers also received heavy sentences for contempt of court, but Judge Julius Hoffman’s ruling was later overturned on appeal.

The trial of Chicago 7, written and directed by Sarkin, was released on October 16 on Netflix. What is here is that the defendants, lawyers and other notable figures of the seventh trial in Chicago depicted the events in the film.

Renee Davis

Played by Alex Sharp in the film


Chicago Seven and his lawyer. From left, attorneys Leonard Venglas, Renee Davis, Abby Hoffman, Lee Wenner, David Dellinger, John Froins, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and attorney William Kunstler.

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The founder of Activist Group Students for a Democratic Society, Davis was convicted of crossing state lines with the intention of rioting. Guilty proved on appeal. In the 1970s, he joined the Divya Prakash Mission religious group following the education of an Indian guru before becoming a venture capitalist focusing on socially responsible investments.

He plays British-origin Tony winner Broadway star Alex Sharp in the film, who will play the lead role in the prequel to the upcoming Game of Thrones.

David dallinger

Played by John Carroll Lynch in the film

The oldest of the defendants, Dellinger was a Yale graduate and pacifist who was imprisoned during World War II as a dutiful objector, while opposing the prisons there. During his life he wrote several books on non-violence. Dellinger died in 2004 at 88.

John froins

Played by Daniel Fleharty in the film

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Chicago intake trial defendant in a courtroom depiction by Franklin McMahon.

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Another Yale student and member of the Students for Democratic Society, Froins was accused of knowing his chemistry in how fire-fighting equipment is made. He was one of only two defendants acquitted of abetment charges, although he was still convicted of contempt of court charges. Later a professor at UCLA, he worked at California Air Quality Working Bodies for 30 years before resigning over a conflict of interest.

The actor who plays John Frynes is Daniel Fleherty of US TV, who stars Skins and The American.

Tom hayden

Played by Eddie Redmayne in a movie

Hayden, a journalist and activist, was convicted in the trial on charges of conspiracy and abetment. She later served as a California state senator, wrote more than 20 books and married married actress and anti-war activist Jane Fonda. Hayden died in October 2016 at the age of 76 and was first buried in a new eco-friendly section in the cemetery of Santa Monica, California.

Abbie hoffman

Played in the film by Sacha Baron Cohen


Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman enter the court room wearing judicial garb, before they throw off the police uniform to reveal it.

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The biggest Hoffman made headlines with his performance in court. He was the founder of the Youth International Party “Yippy” movement and a supporter of “Flower Power”, which later jumped onstage in Woodstock and disrupted The Who’s performance to protest on behalf of the White Panther Party.

In 1971, Hoffman published a book about living for this book titled Free, although he then hid to avoid cocaine charges. In 1986, he was arrested for protesting against the CIA along with the daughter of former President Jimmy Carter, but acquitted. Hoffman briefly appeared in Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, when a man waved the flag in a protest, but before the film would have committed suicide in 1989.

In the film Hoffman is played by Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen. His colorful life inspired the 2000 biopic Steal This Movie, starring Vincent D’Onfrio as Hoffman, and was portrayed in the anti-war scenes of Forrest Gump.

Jerry rubin

Played in the film by Jeremy strong

Another founder of Yippy, Rubin dropped out of UC Berkeley to join the anti-war movement. When called before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing in 1967, he wore an American Revolutionary War uniform and Viet Kong dress. In Chicago, he and Hoffman continued their court room antics. Rubin later worked on Wall Street to be a businessman and investor and became a polyandry, one of the first investors at Apple. He died at 56 in 1994 after being hit by a car.

In this film, Rubin is played by Succession Star Jeremy Strong. Rubin has also been featured in other films including Chori This Movie! And Helter Scalter, portraying his relationship with Charles Manter.

Bobby seale

Yahya Abdul-Matin II played in the film

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William M., a lawyer at Black Activist Bobby Seeley’s birthday party.

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Texas-born Sealey was a co-founder of the Black Panther Party with Huy Newton. When he was known as the Chicago Eight, he was one of the group of defendants, but he parted from the trial and was imprisoned for contempt of court. He missed being elected mayor of Oakland in 1973 and left the Panthers in 1974 after an alleged fight with Newton.

Since then, he has written his memoirs and a barbecue cookbook, advertised Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and taught Black history in Philadelphia. He has recently featured in the Yahya Abdul-Matin II film Emmy wins for Watchman.

Lee wenner

Played in the film by Noah Robbins

Along with Phryne, Wener was acquitted in the trial. He continued as an activist with the Americanres and Anti-Defamation League and published his memoir Conspiracy for the Riot in 2020.

Other notable figures

Ramsay Clarke

Played in the film by Michael Keaton

Clark Linden B., a progressive Texas-born lawyer and civil rights advocate. Johnson’s Attorney General. He vehemently opposed the Vietnam and Iraq Wars and called for the impeachment of George W. Bush. He later defended dictators Radovan Karadzic and Saddam Hussein and criticized US foreign policy.

Fred hampton

Played in the film by Calvin Harrison Jr.

President of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Hampton established peace among street gangs and developed the Multicultural Rainbow Coalition, uniting various civil rights organizations. J. Targeted by Edgar Hoover and the FBI, he was shot in his bed by police at 21 in December 1969. Hampton’s story will be told on screen in the upcoming film Judas and Black Messiah, starring Daniel Kaluya.

Julius hoffman

Played in the film by Frank Langella


Judge Julius Hoffman observes that Renee Davis testifies in a courtroom depiction.

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United Chicago Judge Hoffman confronted the defendants and their attorneys, removed Bobby Seeley from the trial and sentenced the defendants to heavy punishment for contempt of court. He will already oversee proceedings in the obscenity case against comedian Lenny Bruce (as indicated Marvelous Mrs. Massel) And then continued to hear cases until his death in 1983 at the age of 88.

William Kunstler

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Kunstler was a New York civil lawyer and director of the American Civil Liberties Union, who clashed with judges and prosecutors until he was sentenced with contempt for contempt of court and forced his hair cut. A radical advocate and writer, he defended other activists and counter-firebrands such as Freedom Riders, Revolutionary Communist Party, Weather Underground and Attica Prison rioters.

Never one to stay away from the headlines, Kunstler defended several mafia figures, including Jack Ruby, John Gotti, and Joseph Soulem of Central Park 5. He died in 1995 at 76, but before he did Oliver Stone’s Didn’t play a lawyer in the rock biopic The Doors and a Judge in Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X.

John ann michelle

Played by John Doman in the film

Played by The Wire star John Doman, Mitchell was Richard Nixon’s attorney general who pushed anti-war protesters to charge. A patrol boat commander during World War II, he became a close friend of Nixon and a model of the government’s law-and-order stance. He was later convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and problems related to the Watergate break-in and cover-up and was sentenced to 19 months in jail. He died in 1988.

Richard shultes

Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film

Prosecuting lawyer Shultes was less sympathetic to the cause of the defense depicted in the film. He continued to practice law in this case with the firm Foren & Schulz, founded by his fellow prosecutor, Tom Fanon, who J.C. The film was played by McKenzie.

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