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Where Did All The 90s Stars Go (50 pics)

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Melissa Joan Hart hit stardom after starring on '90s classics "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina: The Teenage Witch."

Her career continued with several TV movies and she hit it big again in 2010 when she started ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey," which ran for five years.

Outside of acting, the mother of three has also become a spokesperson for Nutrisystem, starring in many of their commercials and ads.

 

Kenan Thompson has been a comedic icon since the '90s.

As a teen, Thompson rocketed to comedic fame as a member of the sketch comedy show "All That." From that success, he got a show with fellow cast mate Kel Mitchell called "Kenan and Kel," as well as a "Good Burger" movie. Thompson has been a featured player on "Saturday Night Live" since 2003 and is raising a daughter with his wife.

 

"Good Burger's" Kel Mitchell has been a steady figure in the industry, as well.

Despite reports that he had died, Mitchell is alive and well — and still acting.

Since his stint on "Good Burger" and his voice role in "Pink Panther," he has landed recurring roles on several small TV series, including "Game Shakers" and "Wild Grinders." Most recently, he brought back the infamous Ed character to interview players and report for Nickelodeon Sports at the 2017 Super Bowl media day.

 

Alyson Hannigan originated the iconic witch Willow on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Hannigan had fairly minor roles before busting out with "Buffy." She followed it up with roles in the "American Pie" movie series and another iconic TV role as Lily on "How I Met Your Mother." She's currently the host of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us."

She married recurring "Buffy" star Alexis Denisof and the couple have two daughters.

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar became famous for originating the role of Kendall on the soap opera "All My Children," but it was her title role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" that established her as a '90s favorite.

She also starred in "Cruel Intentions" and "The Grudge." She recently reprised her role as Kathryn from "Cruel Intentions" on the 2016 TV reboot.

Since having children of her own, she started a food crafting company called Foodstirs, which creates and sells baking kits for kids.

 

Her husband and fellow actor, Freddie Prinze Jr., was all the rage after the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" movies came out.

His role in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" not only helped him launch his acting career, it also introduced him to the love of his life. He went on to act side by side with her again in "Scooby-Doo," before taking his talents to TV. He had short stints on "24" and "Bones," all while keeping up with his voice part on the animated "Star Wars Rebels" series, which he'd been doing since 2005.

Now, he's a proud stay-at-home dad.

 

Jennifer Love Hewitt also starred in "I Know What You Did Last Summer," but it was her role on "Party of Five" a few years earlier that launched her career.

Hewitt has continued to act and had another huge hit TV show on her hands when she was cast as the lead on "Ghost Whisperer." The actress has also released four albums over the years, the last in 2002, and penned a book of dating advice titled "The Day I Shot Cupid."

She hasn't acted since leaving "Criminal Minds" in 2015 after she got pregnant with her second child with husband Brian Hallisay.

 

Brandy Norwood broke out with her music career and was a '90s queen thanks to her roles on "Moesha" and in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella."

Norwood earned her first two Grammy nominations in 1996 for her self-titled debut album and would go on to win one in 1999.

Her acting career started with the short-lived ABC sitcom "Thea." But in 1996, Norwood broke through as the lead on "Moesha." She was cast as Cinderella in the TV film "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," alongside Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg. She went on to star in "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

Recently, she starred on BET's "Zoe Ever After," as well as reality shows including "Dancing With the Stars," "Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business," and as a contestant on "My Kitchen Rules."

 

Mark-Paul Gosselaar was the "Saved by the Bell" leading man during its nearly five-year run.

Once Zach Morris had his fair share of air time, the actor moved on to even bigger and better things. Despite a short lull in his acting career, Gosselaar picked back up with a role on ABC's "NYPD Blue," and followed it up with spots on ABC's "Commander in Chief" and "Raising the Bar."

His biggest role since "Saved by the Bell" was the title role on "Franklin & Bash" playing Peter Bash, but his most recent part was on Fox's "Pitch." He's shed any resemblance to Morris on the canceled Fox show.

 

Mario Lopez also started his empire by playing the muscle head A. C. Slater on "Saved by the Bell."

After ditching the bomber jackets and acid-washed jeans, Lopez worked on USA Network's "Pacific Blue," CBS soap "The Bold and The Beautiful," and FX's "Nip/Tuck." He also worked as a judge on Fox's "The X Factor" and he's currently the host on CBS game show "Candy Crush."

These days, Lopez is making a living working as a host for "Extra," which he's been doing for 10 years now. He does exclusive celebrity interviews and is a regular correspondent on the red carpet. When he isn't dishing all the dirty details, he's likely at home with his two children and wife, Courtney, who has lasted much longer than his first one who tapped out after just 18 days.

 

Lark Voorhies, aka Lisa Turtle from "Saved by the Bell," hasn't done quite as well as her former co-stars Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

She worked a little after the series ended, acting in "Def Jam's How to be a Player" and "How High."

Sadly, it was revealed she's battling lupus and may have bipolar disorder, though the actress denies any mental health issues.

 

Another lesser known star from the hit show "Saved by the Bell" is Elizabeth Berkley.

She also starred in the '90s movie "Showgirls," which notoriously bombed at the box office and then turned into a cult classic. Since then, she's had recurring roles on "The L Word" and "CSI: Miami, then competed on "Dancing with the Stars" on season 17.

She also published a book, "Ask-Elizabeth," which draws from her cross-country self-help workshops for teenage girls.

 

Tiffani Thiessen was also on "Saved by the Bell," starring as Zach Morris' love interest, Kelly.

She also played villainous Valerie on Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" before landing the role of Elizabeth Burke on USA's "White Collar."

Today, she's not acting as much, but you can still find her on TV. She hosts "Dinner at Tiffani's," her very own show on the Cooking Channel. She is also set to star on the upcoming Netflix original comedy, "Alexa & Katie."

 

The "Saved by the Bell" cast rounds out with Dustin Diamond, who played Screech.

Unlike his costars, Diamond hasn't remained in the spotlight for positive reasons. The actor released a very racy movie and penned a book all about his time on the set, which was greatly criticized by his cast mates who denied many of the allegations in the tell-all.

He was also arrested in 2015 for stabbing someone in a bar. After being released from jail, the actor sat down with former cast mate Mario Lopez for an exclusive interview with "Extra." He explained that the man in the movie was actually a stunt double and that the book was written by a ghostwriter.

 

"Home Improvement" hottie Jonathan Taylor Thomas was the "it" teen actor in the '90s.

However, instead of the fame and fortune many imagined from him, he's been almost entirely out of the limelight since the early 2000's. He had roles on ABC's "8 Simple Rules" and UPN's "Veronica Mars" before mostly stepping away to go to school.

"I never took the fame too seriously," he said during an interview with People. "It was a great period in my life, but it doesn't define me. When I think back on the time, I look at it with a wink. I focus on the good moments I had, not that I was on a lot of magazine covers."

He reunited with Tim Allen to guest star on an episode of ABC's "The Last Man Standing" and has been out of the industry again since then.

 

Mayim Bialik got her start on the adorable TV show "Blossom," which aired from 1991 to 1995.

Since her days in that leading role, she's graduated with a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, written three books (one that hit shelves May 2017), and is currently starring on the hit CBS show "The Big Bang Theory" as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. She has even snagged a Critic's Choice Award and four Emmy nominations for that role.

 

Joey Lawrence played Bialik's brother on "Blossom."

Lawrence's first major role was on the NBC sitcom "Gimme A Break!" He followed that up with lead roles on NBC's "Blossom" and then "Brotherly Love" with his real-life brothers. He later become known for his roles in Disney Channel Original Movies like "Horse Sense" and "Jumping Ship." He recently starred alongside Melissa Joan Hart on ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey."

He placed third on "Dancing With the Stars" and debuted on Broadway as Billy Flynn in "Chicago." He has also released two albums.

He has two daughters with his wife.

 

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen shared the role of Michelle Tanner on "Full House," which was only the beginning of their illustrious childhood careers.

Before they even ended their run with "Full House," these twins were making billions doing a series of movies. They put their films to rest after 2004's "New York Minute," and slowly started to act less and less.

Ashley hasn't done anything since, but Mary-Kate appeared on "Weeds" and a film called "Beastly." She's since stopped acting.

These days, the girls are known much more in the fashion industry. They're often spotted in the front rows during fashion week and have even started their own line, which only furthered their fashion empire.

 

Andrea Barber appeared on the '90s TV classic "Full House."

The show catapulted the Olsen twins into success, but many of their costars were long forgotten. The infamous Kimmy Gibbler, resident funny girl on the show, didn't act again until she reprised her role on the Netflix spin-off "Fuller House."

Up until then, she attended school at Whittier College and University of York in England until becoming a stay-at-home mom. She also got into running marathons, examples of which can be found all over her Instagram.

 

"Full House" wrapped up in 1995 leaving Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie Tanner, out of work.

Sweetin went on to act in a few small TV series and movies. It wasn't until she appeared on "Good Morning America" in 2008 and announced that she had been a drug addict that the attention started again.

She wrote her book "unSweetined" about the trials and tribulations of those times, competed on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," and is now starring on "Fuller House" and celebrating five years of sobriety.

 

Candace Cameron starred on the same famous sitcom as D.J. Tanner.

Since those days, she's been on ABC Family's "Make It or Break It" and competed on season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars." She also cohosted ABC's "The View" for two years before stepping away to focus on "Fuller House."

Additionally, the actress has written three books and is happily married to former NHL player Valeri Bure, whose name she has since taken.

 

Marla Sokoloff landed almost every mean girl role the '90s had to offer.

She made a name for herself by cashing in on the intimidation factor in movies such as "The Baby-Sitter's Club," as well as shows like "Full House" and "Party of Five." In the early 2000s, she landed roles in "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "Sugar & Spice." Let's not forget that she dated James Franco. However, since then she's had a few minor roles on television series.

Like many of her peers, Sokoloff has also turned to the lifestyle business, writing a blog and attending parenting parties.

 

Jaleel White was known for working on "Family Matters" as Steve Urkel, a household name in the '90s.

His character is still one of the most iconic characters of all time, but despite having such big shoes to fill, White has made do in the industry since the show ended in 1998. He landed roles on the TV series "Fake It Til You Make It" as well as in the hit movie "Dreamgirls," and made small appearances on "Drunk History," "Psych," "Atlanta," and "Bones."

In the fall, he'll star on the new CBS comedy "Me, Myself, & I."

 

Ben Savage acted as Cory Matthews on the '90s favorite "Boy Meets World."

Cory Matthews might not have been the dreamy teen boy every '90s girl lusted after, but the character made waves on "Boy Meets World." The show was a favorite throughout its years and its spin-off "Girl Meets World" became one, too.

Savage reprised his role for the Disney show alongside Danielle Fishel, aka Topanga, when it started in 2014. Before that, he was only taking on minor roles in a few prime time TV shows.

 

Savage's costar Rider Strong was the one making hearts melt. The actor played bad boy Shawn Hunter.

Since his days of being Cory's right-hand man, Strong has graduated from Columbia with an English degree and broken out into filmmaking.

He wrote and directed the fim "Irish Twins" and then signed on to "Girl Meets World" (despite reports that he wasn't going to), reprising his role as Shawn Hunter and directing several episodes. He also lends his voice to Disney's animated series "Star vs. the Forces of Evil."

 

Danielle Fishel's breakout role was playing Cory's girlfriend Topanga Lawrence on "Boy Meets World."

The actress went on to appear in the "Dorm Daze" movies before deciding to lay low. She reprised her role as Topanga in "Girl Meets World." But other than that, she has shied away from the entertainment industry.

She made quite a few headlines after she posed for Maxim in 2013, but managed to keep her divorce from Tim Belusko pretty much a secret.

 

The Olsen sisters weren't the only twins making things happen in the '90s. Tia and Tamera Mowry became a huge hit on "Sister, Sister."

Their work on the show helped them land parts in the Disney Channel Original Movies "Twitches" and "Twitches Too." They also got their own reality TV show, Style's "Tia & Tamera" once they were older.

Since their work as the sassiest teen twins ever, the sisters have branched out on their own a bit. Tia stuck with TV shows, starring on "The Game" and "Instant Mom," and got her own show on the Cooking Channel. She also recently released her own cook book.

Tamera, on the other hand, has made a name for herself in the lifestyle world. She started a blog, became a talk show cohost on "The Real," and penned a young adult book series, "Twintuition: Double Vision," with her sister.

 

Tia and Tamera's younger brother hit stardom in the '90s too. Tahj Mowry first made his name on "Full House" playing the adorable Teddy.

Mowry was a resident cutie acting opposite the Olsen twins on "Full House." He also loaned his voice to the animated Disney favorite "Kim Possible." He starred on ABC Family's "Baby Daddy" as Tucker before the show ended in 2017.

 

"Dawson's Creek" cutie James Van Der Beek ran the scene in the late '90s thanks to his work on the drama.

The role also made him an internet sensation recently when the four second clip of him crying became a meme.

He went on to act on "One Tree Hill" and "Mercy," before playing himself on "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" and currently plays DJ Diplo on the Viceland series he co-created "What Would Diplo Do?"

Aside from acting, he's been basking in fatherhood. He and his wife have four children together, the youngest is one.

 

Joshua Jackson won hearts over as Pacey, one of Dawson's best friend on "Dawson's Creek."

Before he was crushing it on TV, Jackson played an aspiring hockey player in "The Mighty Ducks" movie series. He then went on to other projects including "Cruel Intentions" and the successful sci-fi series "Fringe." He's currently starring on Showtime's "The Affair."

He dated actress Diane Kruger for 10 years, but the couple called it quits in 2016.

 

Katie Holmes played Joey, Dawson's best friend and Pacey's love interest.

"Dawson's Creek" was Holmes' first TV gig and only her second professional role ever. She continued to act, but none of her movies were huge blockbusters until "Batman Begins." She wouldn't return as her character for the following Christopher Nolan "Batman" movies.

Holmes continued acting until a brief hiatus in 2006 following the birth of her daughter Suri, with now ex-husband Tom Cruise.

She has since returned to acting. Her most recent roles include "Logan Lucky" and the miniseries "The Kennedys: After Camelot."

 

Another familiar '90s face that hasn't been seen on screens in a while is Erik von Detten's.

This actor became a Disney Channel star thanks to his roles in "Escape to Witch Mountain," "Brink!," and later, "The Princess Diaries." His most recent work was in "Toy Story 3," in which he reprised the role of voicing Sid. He will sometimes grace Disney's red carpets with his niece and nephew. But other than that, he's hardly ever heard from.

 

Andrew Keegan gained a following after his roles playing the bad boy in "10 Things I Hate About You" and on "7th Heaven."

The actor went on to take small parts on TV series like CBS's "CSI" and "CSI: NY," but the most interesting thing he's done since the '90s has nothing to do with acting at all.

Keegan and his wife actually started their own religion. Yep, the two lovebirds started Full Circle, "an experiential environment that aims to elevate the individual while connecting us with each other." The organization was put on hold and ceased operations, but recently picked things back up thanks to an investor in 2017.

 

Barry Watson's first major role was "7th Heaven" playing one of the seven children.

Shortly after the show ended in 2006, he picked up roles on ABC comedy "Samantha Who?" and The CW's "Gossip Girl." Most recently, he's been on CW's "Hart of Dixie," Showtime's "Masters of Sex," and as the lead on Up TV's "Date My Dad."

He is also a cancer survivor. The actor was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and went into remission in 2003.

 

Beverley Mitchell played the second-oldest daughter, Mary, on "7th Heaven."

Mitchell starred on "7th Heaven" for 10 years. A few years after the show ended, she landed a regular role on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." She stars as herself on the mini docu-series "Hollywod Darlings" from Pop.

She got married in 2008 with "7th Heaven" cast mates Jessica Biel and Mackenzie Rosman serving as bridesmaids. The couple has two kids.

 

Alicia Silverstone is known for her lead role as Cher in 1995's "Clueless."

Since her days of saying, "As if," Silverstone has acted in "Butter" with Jennifer Garner, was cast on the short-lived "Suburgatory," and worked on Broadway in "Time Stands Still." She recently landed a role on TV Land's upcoming sitcom "American Woman."

 

Stacey Dash acted as Dionne, Cher's wing woman in "Clueless."

After that big break, she continued acting as Dionne on the TV spin-off. She also worked on the shows "The Game" and "Singles Ladies." Her most notable role since then was in "Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens."

Despite having a full acting career, Dash has been noticed more for her politics as of late. The actress was hired, and subsequently fired, as a Fox correspondent. She supported Donald Trump during the 2016 election and made headlines after suggesting putting an end to Black History Month.

 

Alfonso Ribeiro played Carlton Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is still a hit to this day. The show threw Will Smith into the limelight, and with him went many of his cast mates. While Ribeiro might not have achieved the same kind of star-studded success that Smith has, he's still made waves in the industry.

He doesn't act anymore, but he's still in front of the camera. Ribeiro has hosted for "Access Hollywood Live," "America's Funniest Home Videos," and "Unwrapped 2.0." He also won season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars."

Plus, he's known to break out moves for Carlton-themed dance battles with Justin Timberlake and Steph Curry at celebrity golf events.

 

Ribeiro's sassy on-screen sister, Ashley Banks, was played by Tatyana Ali.

Since her days on "Fresh Prince," Ali has acted on the soap opera "The Young and The Restless" and in the cult-classic "Jawbreaker." She's kept her resume full with smaller roles on shows like "Key and Peele" and a few made-for-TV movies.

She married Dr. Vaughn Rasberry, who she met on eHarmony. The couple welcomed a son in September 2016.

 

Will Smith became a hot shot after working on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and in "Men in Black."

There's no doubt that you've kept up with Smith since the show has ended. He's been in several highly-acclaimed films including "Ali," "The Pursuit of Happyness," and "Seven Pounds," and was nominated for two Oscars. He also acted in fan favorites "Independence Day" and "I Am Legend."

Most recently, he was in the panned "Suicide Squad" and "Collateral Beauty," but is set to make a comeback as Mike Lowrey in a couple of "Bad Boys" reboots. He was also recently cast as the Genie in Disney's live-action remake of "Aladdin."

 

Shannen Doherty made headlines for her role on "Beverly Hills, 90210."

She starred on "Little House on the Prairie" as Jenny Wilder in the '80s and landed the major film "Heathers" in 1988. After she left "Beverly Hills, 90210" after its fourth season, she did smaller projects until being cast as one of the lead witches on the hit show, "Charmed."

She reprised her role as Brenda on "90210," a spin-off of the original show. Doherty later competed on "Dancing With the Stars" and is currently filming the TV Land reboot of "Heathers."

Doherty was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1999 and diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. After years of battling the disease, she has been in remission since April 2017.

 

Doherty's costar Luke Perry was a heartthrob on "Beverly Hills, 90210."

Perry only had a few minor roles before being cast in his breakthrough role. He left the show in 1995 to pursue other roles but came back after three years.

He has consistently acted in projects since then, like "Jeremiah" and "Body of Proof," and is now known as hot dad Fred Andrews on The CW's hit drama "Riverdale."

 

Tori Spelling's breakout role was on "Beverly Hills, 90210," and her father was one of the show's producers.

The socialite went on to star in number of made-for-TV movies, as well as have a number of reality show appearances. She later reprised her "Beverly Hills" role on the "90210" spin-off.

Spelling has written six books and has five kids with husband Dean McDermott, the youngest which was born in March 2017.

 

"My So-Called Life" might have lasted for only one season, but it shot Claire Danes to stardom.

Danes earned a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of teen Angela Chase and has since won three more for her role on "Homeland," which she has been on since 2011. The Emmy award-winning actress briefly attended Yale University from 1998 to 2000 before leaving to pursue acting more fiercely. Her projects include "The Hours," "Stardust," and "Brigsby Bear," as well as multiple stage performances.

She is married to actor Hugh Dancy, and the two have a son.

 

Her costar, Jared Leto, achieved recognition for his portrayal of Jordan Catalano.

Leto continued acting in memorable films, including "Fight Club," "American Psycho," and "Requiem for a Dream." He won an Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club." His most recent projects include the highly-panned "Suicide Squad," where he played the Joker, and the "Blade Runner" sequel, "Blade Runner 2049."

He's also the lead vocalist in the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, which he started with his sister in 1998.

 

After stints on a few unsuccessful TV shows, Jennifer Aniston hit the jackpot as Rachel Green on "Friends."

Aniston won a Golden Globe award and an Emmy for her portrayal as Rachel. Her transition to movie star wasn't easy, though. The actress was mainly cast in romantic comedies that weren't completely successful, but she did have hits with comedies like "Bruce Almighty" and "Horrible Bosses." Her dramatic turn in "Cake" earned her critical praise.

The actress is starring in 2017's "The Yellow Birds" and is currently working on a TV project with Reese Witherspoon.

She married actor Justin Theroux in 2015.

 

Lisa Kudrow's big break came as the incomparable Phoebe Buffay on "Friends."

Kudrow was nominated for six Emmys during the show's run and won one. During her time on the sitcom, she was in numerous comedies, including "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion." She produced, wrote, and starred on an HBO series called "The Comeback," which was canceled after one season but revived nine years later.

She has continued acting in movies such as "Easy A," "Neighbors," and "The Girl on the Train." Her most recent role was a voiceover for "The Boss Baby."

She gave birth to a son in 1998.

 

Matthew Perry had a slew of guest appearances and roles on short-lived sitcoms before nailing it as Chandler Bing on "Friends."

He earned two Emmy nominations for guest appearances on "The West Wing," as well as another nomination for the TV movie "The Ron Clark Story." Perry played an older Zac Efron in the teen movie "17 Again."

Since "Friends," he has struggled to find another sitcom that worked. His comedies "Mr. Sunshine" and "Go On" were both short-lived, but "The Odd Couple" lasted three seasons. His most recent role was playing Ted Kennedy on "The Kennedys: After Camelot."

 

Gillian Anderson's breakout role came as Agent Dana Scully on "The X-Files," which ran for nine seasons and spawned two movies.

The show was renewed 14 years later for a 10th season and an 11th season is filming now.

Her most recent projects include Starz's "American God" series, where she appears as Media, and the upcoming mystery film "Crooked House," based on an Agatha Christie novel.

She's incredibly active in charity work and is a self-proclaimed feminist and women's rights activist.

 

Her "X-Files" costar David Duchovny had minor roles on other projects, like "Twin Peaks," before playing Agent Fox Mulder.

He also returned for the show's latest renewal.

Duchovny's biggest show following "The X-Files" was as the lead on "Californication," which ran for seven seasons. Though he appeared in multiple movies throughout the '90s and early 2000's, including "Zoolander," he hasn't been in a feature film since 2013.










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