The Chicago 7 Went Their Separate Ways After the 1969 Trial

Allison Cacich - Author

Sep. 29 2020, Updated 8:16 p.m. ET

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Aaron Sorkin's new film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, is coming to Netflix on Oct. 16 and tells the real story of a group of activists who were charged by the federal government with conspiracy and intent to incite a riot after protesting the Vietnam War outside of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which was being held in Chicago.

SPOILER ALERT: Though the seven defendants — Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner — had been slapped with contempt of court charges during the trial, which resulted in varying prison sentences, their convictions were reversed in 1972 following a successful appeal.

Unfortunately, not every member of the Chicago 7 had an easy life after their release. Here's what we know about the men now, five decades after their historic stand.

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The Chicago 7 now: only three of the activists are still living.

While all of the men continued to fight for social and political causes after their convictions were overturned, they went on to have very different careers, with one becoming a stockbroker on Wall Street and another landing in the California Senate. Scroll down for a brief overview of their later years.

Abbie Hoffman

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Abbie, born Abbot Hoffman, is remembered as an icon of the counterculture era, continuing his activism into the 1970s. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1980, and took his own life nine years later at the age of 52. Abbie left behind three children, one of whom also died by suicide.

He is played in the movie by Sacha Baron Cohen.

Tom Hayden

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Tom married Oscar winner Jane Fonda in 1973, the same year they welcomed their son, Troy. The couple eventually divorced in 1990. From 1982 to 1992, he served in the California State Assembly, then won a seat in the California Senate, which he held for eight years. Tom died in October 2016 at the age of 76 following a long illness.

He is played in the movie by Eddie Redmayne.

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Jerry Rubin

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Jerry surprised many of his contemporaries by joining a Wall Street brokerage firm in 1980. He later launched his own company, Business Networking Salons, Inc., which organized parties for young professionals to meet and share ideas at some of Manhattan's most popular nightclubs. Jerry died from a heart attack at the age of 56, two weeks after being struck by a car.

He is played in the movie by Jeremy Strong.

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David Dellinger

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David continued to serve as a spokesperson for the peace movement until his death in 2004 at the age of 88. He was arrested for participating in a sit-in at the Chicago Federal Building during the 1996 Democratic National Convention, the first one to be held in the Windy City since 1968. Abbie Hoffman's eldest son, Andrew, joined David at the protest. 

He is played in the movie by John Carroll Lynch.

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Rennie Davis

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Rennie became a follower of Prem Rawat and his Divine Light Mission in the 1970s, and traveled around the world as a spiritual lecturer. He later took an interest in venture capital and started a company called Foundation for a New Humanity that commercializes breakthrough technologies. The 79-year-old currently lives in Colorado.

He is played in the movie by Alex Sharp.

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John Froines

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John taught chemistry at Goddard College while waiting for acquittal in the Chicago 7 case, and was later named director of UCLA's Occupational Health Center. He served as the director of toxic substances for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and was chair of the California Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants. The 81-year-old currently lives in California.

He is played in the movie by Daniel Flaherty.

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Lee Weiner

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Lee worked at the Anti-Defamation League, participating in protests for AIDS research and Russian Jews. He also served as vice president for direct response at the non-profit AmeriCares, and recently published a memoir titled, "Conspiracy to Riot: The Life and Times of One of the Chicago 7." The 81-year-old currently lives in Florida.

He is played in the movie by Noah Robbins.

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