'The Trial of the Chicago 7': What Happened to the Real Chicago 7?

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is streaming on Netflix now, and sees director and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin tell the true story of the eponymous Chicago 7, a group charged with incitement to riot after fights between police and protestors broke out during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

The movie, however, focuses entirely on the court case and the events at the DNC that led up to it, meaning that we only get a little detail about what happened to Abbie Hoffman (played by Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), David Dellinger (John Carroll Lynch), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne), Rennie Davis (Alex Sharp), John Froines (Daniel Flaherty), and Lee Weiner (Noah Robbins) after the trial.

As we might expect from a film like this based on real historical events, we get title cards at the end detailing the aftermath of the events depicted in the film. However, they only give us scant detail about what happened next.

These title cards read in part: "Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, David Dellinger, Jerry Rubin and Rennie Davis were found guilty of incitement to riot and sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.

"The verdict was reversed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a new trial was ordered.

"The U.S. Attorney declined to re-try the case."

What happened to the real Chicago 7 after the trial?

Jerry Rubin

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Activists Jerry Rubin (left), Abbie Hoffman (center), and Rennie Davis speak with the press during a recess in their trial in the so-called 'Chicago 7' trial. That trial has now been made into a Netflix movie. Getty

Title cards tell us: "Jerry Rubin became a stockbroker,. In 1994, he was hit by a car and killed while jaywalking near the campus of UCLA."

After his time co-founding the Youth International Party (Yippies) and the Chicago 7, Rubin retired from politics in the mid-1970s and became a businessman. Among his major investments, he was an early investor in Apple, and became a multimillionaire by the end of the 1970s.

In the 1980s, he and friend Abbie Hoffman embarked on a "Yippie vs. Yuppie" debate tour in which Rubin argued for his new-found monetarism compared to Hoffman's continued belief in their old ideals.

He became a Wall Street stockbroker in 1980, becoming an early advocate for business networking. He also got involved in multi-level marketing, including for a health drink that counted Rubin's one-time fellow co-defendant Bobby Seale as one of its salespeople.

After being hit by a car in 1994, he died at the UCLA Medical Center of a heart attack two weeks after the accident.

Abbie Hoffman

The Trial of the Chicago 7 title card on Hoffman reads: "Abbie Hoffman wrote a best-selling book, though the number of copies in circulation is unknown as the title is Steal This Book. He killed himself in 1989."

After the Chicago 7 trial, Hoffman remained a countercultural icon, though a controversial one. Among those he managed to annoy were the band The Who, whose performance at Woodstock he interrupted in protest of White Panther Party leader John Sinclair being imprisoned. He later would say he was on a bad LSD trip at the time.

In 1973, he was arrested again, this time for intent to sell and distribute cocaine. He lived in disguise and under a false name for six years to escape this charge after skipping bail, only handing himself in 1980. He then served four months of a year-long sentence.

In 1986, he was arrested again for trespassing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in protest of the CIA recruiting there. He was acquitted after defending himself in court.

At the age of 52, nine years after being diagnosed as bipolar, Hoffman killed himself via an overdose. He was found surrounded by hundreds of pages of handwritten notes. At the time of his death, his FBI file was over 13,000 pages long. Among those who went to his funeral were co-defendants in the Chicago 7 trial Rubin and David Dellinger.

Tom Hayden

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Tom Hayden and wife Jane Fonda circa 1979. Getty

The title cards of the Netflix movie tell us: "Tom Hayden was elected to the California State Legislature in 1982. He was re-elected 6 more times."

The Students for a Democratic Society member was a member of the California State Assembly from 1982 to 1992, and then a member of the California Senate from 1992 to 2000. Among his achievements was the Hayden Act, an animal rights bill that increased protections for pets.

He also wrote and edited nearly 20 books in his life, and was married to actor and fellow activist Jane Fonda for 17 years. The pair had one child (Ballers actor Troy Garity) and Hayden had another child with third wife Barbara Williams.

He died in 2016 at the age of 76, after suffering from heart problems.

David Dellinger

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David Dellinger in 1969. Getty

Though he received less press attention than Rubin or Hoffman, the judge thought that Dellinger had been the most guilty, and gave him the harshest penalties (though he was later acquitted). The radical pacifist continued his activism after the Chicago 7 trial. He also became a teacher in Vermont in the 1970s, wrote four books, and in 1969 and 1972 made trips to Hanoi to help bring home prisoners of wars. In 1996, at that year's DNC in Chicago, he was arrested again (alongside Abbie Hoffman's son) when he participated in a sit-in).

He died in 2004 at the age of 88 in a Vermont retirement home.

Rennie Davis

After the trial, Davis found spirituality, and joined religious group Divine Light Mission, becoming a follower of its leader Guru Maharaj Ji.

Like Rubin, however, he also found capitalism, becoming a venture capitalist as well as a meditation lecturer.

John Froines

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John Froines in 1996. Getty

As seen in The Trial of Chicago 7, Froines was one of the two defendants who was acquitted. He later became a noted chemist, teaching at Vermont's Goddard College, before being named director of the UCLA's Occupational Health Center and then later the Director of Toxic Substances for OSHA. He retired in 2011.

Lee Weiner

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Lee Weiner in 1970. Getty

After being acquitted, Weiner continued his involvement in protests, working for the Anti-Defamation League as well as AmeriCares. Earlier this year, he wrote a book about the trial, titled, Conspiracy to Riot: The Life and Times of One of the Chicago 7.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is streaming now on Netflix.