Kevin Costner played Alex, the college friend whose suicide triggered the reunion of the "The Big Chill." Costner's part is bits representing the body of Alex being dressed for his funeral, shown during the opening credits.
Glenn Close: Following roles in the TV films "Too Far to Go" and an adaptation of "The Elephant Man," and a Tony Award nomination for the musical, "Barnum," Glenn Close received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her first feature, "The World According to Garp," as feminist author and activist Jenny Fields. Close was nominated for a second Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "The Big Chill," playing the married Sarah, who harbors the secret of a long-ago affair with Alex.
In "The Big Chill," Mary Kay Place played Meg, a former public defender who changed her legal practice to the corporate world. With a ticking biological clock, she wants to have a baby, and seeks to recruit one of her former college friends as the lucky father.