’90s Child Stars: Where Are They Now?
Eight former actors who turned into normal folks
For the most part: once an actor, always an actor. But isn't it refreshing to hear of an A-lister giving it all up to be as regular as each of us? Thanks to a recent episode of The Voice, we decided to search out a few who did just that. Here's what we found.
SUE FROM “CURLY SUE”
The Voice watchers already know this one--because Alisan Porter, now 34 and a stay-at-home mom of two, absolutely crushed her audition on the show recently. Turns out acting just paid her early bills, but singing is what she’s always wanted to do.
PAUL FROM “THE WONDER YEARS”
That urban legend is completely bogus. Kevin Arnold’s best friend did not grow up to be Marilyn Manson. He (Josh Saviano) grew up to be a lawyer and brand strategist (and, OK, major hottie) in New York City.
WINNIE FROM “THE WONDER YEARS”
Though Danica McKellar has kept acting on and off (mostly in the likes of Lifetime movies), she’s actually a professional mathematician with a degree from UCLA. And she’s authored four books (such as Math Doesn’t Suck) to empower teenage girls to enter the field.
RANDY FROM “HOME IMPROVEMENT”
Like you even remembered his character’s name… Jonathan Taylor Thomas stepped out of the limelight for the most part, but if you’re one of the very few who watch Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing, you may catch the occasional JTT cameo. But mostly, he’s found behind the camera--directing the episodes.
LEX FROM “JURASSIC PARK”
A one-hit wonder of sorts, Ariana Richards is best known for her range of scared faces in the presence of velociraptors. But 23 years later, she’s now a portrait painter in Salem, Oregon.
RAY FROM “JERRY MAGUIRE”
OK, this one is kind of a lie: Jonathan Lipnicki is still an actor (though not as successfully as his “the human head weighs eight pounds” days). But he is also an amateur Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor and sparring partner for professional MMA fighters.
DENNIS FROM “DENNIS THE MENACE”
Less studly but also less “L.A.” Meet Mason Gamble: former terrorizer of Walter Matthau and current dental-school dropout turned marine biologist.
GARY FROM “ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?”
And last but not least, there’s the founder of the Midnight Society (Ross Hull), who traded his glasses and campfires for patterned ties and jet-stream maps. He’s now a weatherman in Ontario, Canada.