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As You Wish: The Cast of The Princess Bride – Where Are They Now

You may not know it, but chances are you’ve seen and heard the cast of The Princess Bride in recent movies and TV shows.  Toy Story, Gossip Girl, The Nightmare Before Christmas, House of Cards, Homeland, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mascots, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia were all brought to you by someone who appeared in The Princess Bride…and today, we’re gonna take a look and see what’s become of Westley, Prince Humperdink, and the lovely Princess Buttercup.

Though some of the cast is no longer with us (RIP, Fezzik!), the majority of the characters you know and love are still alive and doing well…so, without further ado…

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The Cast of The Princess Bride: Where Are They Now?

Cary Elwes
Westley
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Though he was in some small films before being cast as Westley, it was The Princess Bride that really put Cary Elwes on the map…at least in America.  A British actor who gave a beautiful face to the swashbuckling love interest of Princess Buttercup, Elwes made a name for himself with his breakout role, working steadily after TPB wrapped filming.  He had roles in Glory, Hot Shots!, and of course Robin Hood: Men in Tights.  He also worked on Twister, Liar Liar, and Ella Enchanted.

He’s continued to work actively in film and TV and recently released a book titled As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride about the filming and production of the movie.  He has three movies due for release in 2017.

Robin Wright
Princess Buttercup
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A soap opera actress by trade, Robin Wright’s film debut was The Princess Bride.  Not bad landing a leading role for your first film!  After starring as the most beautiful woman in the world, Wright went on to star in Forrest Gump, Message in a Bottle, Unbreakable, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and – most recently – the 2017 film, Wonder Woman.

Wright can also be seen as the calculating love-to-hate powerhouse politician, Claire Underwood, in the Netflix series, House of Cards.

Mandy Patinkin
Inigo Montoya
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Mandy Patinkin does it all.  A well-loved actor, singer, comedian, and voice artist, Patinkin has had several roles both on stage and on screen…but is perhaps best known for this role as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride.

A graduate of Julliard, Patinkin remained active after TPB, appearing in Dick Tracy and Alien Nation.  He also had a role in the 1991 Broadway production of The Secret Garden, a role which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Patinkin can be seen now in a variety of TV shows, most recently in Criminal Minds and Homeland.  He’s also currently filming a movie titled Life Itself, due out in 2018.

Wallace Shawn
Vizzini
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You know his voice anywhere…Any true TPB fan can’t say ‘inconceivable!’ without the same inflection in the voice as Wallace Shawn.  After his portrayal of Vizzini in The Princess Bride, Shawn went on to appear in a variety of TV shows and movies, including Gossip Girl, Clueless, and Southland Tales.

More recently, Shawn has done a tone of voice acting, namely as Rex in the Pixar film franchise, Toy Story.  He’s also voiced characters in The Incredibles, Family Guy, BoJack Horseman, and A Goofy Movie.

Shawn can be heard alongside John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Raven Symone, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito, and Patrick Warburton in the upcoming fantasy film, Animal Crackers, due for release in 2017.

Billy Crystal
Miracle Max
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You may not have recognized him as Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, but Billy Crystal’s performance as the magical witch doctor is one of the actors favorites.  Most of his roles in the film were improvised, including his famous line, “Have fun storming the castle!”

Reiner and Crystal were no strangers before TPB, having worked together in This is Spinal Tap.  The pair worked together again after TPB in one of Crystal’s most famous movies, When Harry Met Sally.  Crystal went on to do several other blockbuster comedies, including City Slickers and Monsters Inc.

Recently Crystal has been quiet and hasn’t been seen in many movies or TV shows.  He’s released a few books and specials in the last few years and has done philanthropic work with Comic Relief and various museums in the LA area.

Chris Sarandon
Prince Humperdink
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A student of improve and the stage, Chris Sarandon got his first TV role in the series, The Guiding Light.  He acted in a handful of Broadway and Shakespearan plays before being cast as Prince Humperdink.

Almost always typecast as the villain, Sarandon went on to voice the character of Jack Skellington in the Tim Burton film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.  He’s also voiced the character for various video games and sequels.  In the 1990’s, Sarandon returned to Broadway and was most recently cast as Signor Naccarelli in the six-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical, The Light in the Piazza.

Andre the Giant
Fezzick
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The French-born wrestler and actor, Andre the Giant, was a beast of a man.  Known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”, Andre only had a handful of other acting gigs after his personal favorite role of his career, Fezzick in The Princess Bride.

Due to his gigantism and years of wrestling, Andre suffered severe health problems throughout his later years and he died in his sleep of congestive heart failure in January 1993.

A beloved cast member who was loved by both fans and fellow cast mates, Andre’s legacy and performance in TPB is still talked about fondly to this day.

Christopher Guest
Count Rugen
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The infamous “Six-Fingered Man” may not have been that funny in the film, but the actor who played Inigo Montoya’s nemesis, Count Rugen, is the same hilarious mind behind such classics as This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and the new Netflix film, Masots.

A trained actor and musician, Guest’s big break came with Rob Reiner on the film, This is Spinal Tap.  He also went on to perform on SNL before working with Reiner again in The Princess Bride.  After his work on TPB, Guest would go on to make a series of improvised films, mostly starring the same improv group made up of Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Collidge, and Fred Willard.  Guest appears in several of his films, and has also acted in A Few Good Men and The Invention of Lying.  Currently, Guest is a member of the band, The Beyman Bros and can be seen in the Netflix special, Mascots (also starring many of his improv buddies!).  Guest is married to actress Jamie Lee Curtis and they have two adopted children.

Carol Kane
Valerie
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Best known for her role as Simka Dahblitz-Gravas on the TV series, Taxi, Carol Kane is a respected lady of comedy.  She earned two Emmy Awards for her work on Taxi and was a regular on the NBC series, All is Forgiven.

After her performance as Valerie, the wife of Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, Kane went on to appear in a handful of other TV sitcoms, as well as a few films, including Scrooged and Man on the Moon.  She was nominated for an Oscar for her work on Hester Street and also won appraise for her starring role in the off-Broadway  play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2010.

From 2005 to 2014, Kane portrayed the evil headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical, Wicked and has continued to star in the role for various other renditions and performances.

Kane can currently be seen in the Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Fred Savage
The Grandson
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No stranger to the big screen, Fred Savage was in a handful of movies and TV shows before his performance as the sick grandson in The Princess Bride.  The year following filming of TPB, Savage was cast in the role that would define his career: Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years.  He remained on the show until it ended in 1993.

Currently Savage has been working as a producer for several episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friends with Benefits, and Happy Endings.

Peter Falk
The Grandfather
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Perhaps best known as Columbo, Peter Falk was a star in his own right before his cameo as the grandfather in The Princess Bride.  A veteran of stage and screen, Falk had most of his commercial success before filming TPB.  After The Princess Bride, Falk had a handful of other performances in film and TV and even returned to the stage for an off-Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Mr. Peters’ Connections.

Falk passed away in June of 2011, after a battle with pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Mel Smith
The Albino
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A graduate of Oxford University, Mel Smith got his start on stage, acting with the Oxford University Dramatic Society.  He also appeared in various BBC series, as well as the Marx Brothers film, A Night at the Opera.

After his performance as the torture-loving albino in The Princess Bride, Smith directed the 1989 film, The Tall Guy, which helped put fellow British actor, Emma Thompson, on the map.

In 2006, Smith returned to the stage, appearing in the play, Allegiance.  The following year he played the role of Wilbur Turnblad in the London production of Hairspray, which ran from October 2007 to January 2008.

Smith passed away from a heart attack in July 2013.

Peter Cook
Clergyman
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Coined “the father of modern satire”, Peter Cook was ranked number one in the Comedians’ Comedian, a poll of more than 300 comics, comedy writers, producers and directors throughout the English-speaking world.  He was a celebrated actor, writer, director, and host, appearing in various TV specials, films, stage performances, and even hosted SNL during the first season of the show.

Cook passed away in January 1995.

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The Cast of Pushing Daisies…Where Are They Now?

Whenever I need a little pick-me-up or something to do on a rainy day, I almost always pop in an episode or three of ABC’s Pushing Daisies.  A whimsical and delicious wonderland of a TV show, Pushing Daisies was the story of a pie maker named Ned who had the ability to bring the dead back to life with a single touch.  Of course, this came with a catch…he could only keep the dead alive for one minute before he had to touch them again and make them dead forever.  If he kept something alive for longer than a minute, something else would have to die.  To make matters worse, once Ned touched a dead thing once, he could never touch it again.

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I know it sounds confusing, but it’s quite simple…and Jim Dale is there to narrate your way through it!  I mean, that alone is pretty awesome!  But just in case, here’s an example pulled right from episode 1:

Ned’s dog, Digby, gets hit by a car and is instantly killed.  Ned touches Digby and brings him back to life.  Now, he can touch him again and Digby will be dead forever, OR he can let Digby live and something else would then drop dead (in this case, it was a squirrel).  However, Ned can never touch or pet Digby because if he does, Digby will instantly die.  Make sense?  OK, off we go!

So in between baking pies, Ned works alongside Emerson Cod, a hilarious detective who uses Ned’s power to ask murdered victims “who dun it” before Ned touches them again and they go back to being dead.  Then they both collect – and split – the monetary reward.  I know this sounds SUPER morbid, but it’s so enjoyable and whimsy!

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Now, all that’s well and good, but when Ned discovers his childhood sweetheart was killed on a cruise and he has the ability to bring her back to life, he’s faced with a tough choice…he can do it, but in doing so, he’d certainly kill someone else and he’d never be able to touch, hug, kiss, or embrace his sweetheart ever again…

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So begins Pushing Daisies.

Also starring Swoosie Kurtz and Kristin Chenowith, alongside a whole slew of guest stars (including David Arquette, Diana Scarwid, Raul Esparza, Paul Reubens, Carlos Alazraqui, Mo Collins, Molly Shannon and SO MANY MORE), Pushing Daisies not only has magical storylines with hilarious death scenarios (death by scratch-n-sniff, death by taffy, death by hugging machine, death by deep fryer…you get the picture), it also includes fantastic makeup and visual effects – and don’t even get me started on the costumes!

Even though this show only lasted a short two seasons before it was cancelled, many of the cast members were nominated for awards for their work on the show and the show itself won an Emmy and several other accolades during its short time on air.  There have been whisperings about giving the show closure in the form of a movie or comic book, but nothing concrete has been mentioned as of yet.

If you were a fan of Pushing Daisies and wanted nothing more than to jump through your screen into The Pie Hole with Olive and the gang, here’s a little update as to what the cast has been up to since Pushing Daisies wrapped in 2009.

 

The Cast of Pushing Daisies…Where Are They Now?

Lee Pace
Ned the Pie Maker
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A graduate of the Julliard School Drama program, Lee Pace is a classically trained theater actor, having performed in a variety of Shakespearean plays, including Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Richard III (Richard III), and Julius Caesar (Cassius).  After his time in Julliard, Pace made his Broadway debut in 2011 in the play The Normal Heart.  His first movie role came in the film, Soldier’s Girl, a true story about a transsexual soldier who falls in love with a military man.  He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on the film.  Pace went on to act in a few other movies, including Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and When in Rome, before his work on Pushing Daisies.  For his role as Ned, Pace was nominated for several awards, including:  Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series, and a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Television Series.  After Pushing Daisies, Pace went back to the big screen and has done several great movies, including Lincoln (2012), The Hobbit (2013), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).  Currently Pace can be seen in the TV show, Halt and Catch Fire on AMC.

Anna Friel
Charlotte “Chuck” Charles
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Born in Greater Manchester, Anna Friel is a gift given to us by our friends across the Pond.  An actress since the age of 13, Friel got her start on TV in British soap operas.  She was one half of the first on-air lesbian kiss in British soap history (on the program, Brookside) and won a National Television Award for her work on the series.  Friel gained even greater exposure when she appeared in the TV film, The Tribe, which included nudity and a controversial menage a trois scene between two of her male co-stars.  After her work on Pushing Daisies, Friel was offered six pilots following the cancellation of the show, but she declined all of them to focus on expanding her film career.  Unfortunately, the films she was in were a series of flops, including Land of the Lost (2009).  In 2011, she decided to do a few TV appearances and has done mainly TV work ever since.  She was most recently seen in the 2016 film, I.T., alongside Pierce Brosnan.

Kristin Chenoweth
Olive Snook
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A star in her own right, Kristin Chenoweth continues to impress with her amazing talent.  With a slew of awards under her tiny little belt, Chenoweth has not slowed down one bit since leaving The Pie Hole.  Her role as Olive Snook earned her two Emmy nominations, one of which she won in 2009.  After her work on Pushing Daisies wrapped, Chenoweth went on to guest-star as April Rhodes in FOX’s, Glee, a role she’d rehash several times throughout the run of the series.  She’s also since appeared in three Broadway shows, about 30 TV shows and movies, and a variety of other specials and theatrical performances.  Chenoweth is currently touring her new album, “The Art of Elegance”, and has recently signed on to star in a new CBS pilot titled Perfect Citizen.

Chi McBride
Emerson Cod
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Kenneth “Chi” McBride was born in Chicago, IL, which is how he got his nickname he goes by today.  Originally wanting to pursue a career in music, McBride studied several instruments and joined a gospel choir in Chicago before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia to work as a billing clerk.  His first success in show business came with the hit song, “He’s a Champ”, written about boxer Mike Tyson and actress Robin Givens.  Convinced he should try his hand in front of the camera, McBride moved to LA and landed guest spots in In Living Color and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  Typically typecast as “the right hand man” or “the crass detective”, McBride delighted viewers with his portrayal of Emerson Cod in Pushing Daisies.  Since retiring from undercover work with The Pie Maker, McBride has done lots of TV and movie roles, most very similar to his role as Detective Cod.  He’s currently starring as Captain Lou Grover in Hawaii Five-O and has also appeared recently in Gone in 60 Seconds, The Terminal, and Draft Day.

Ellen Greene
Vivian Charles
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Similar to her character on Pushing Daisies, Ellen Greene is a true lover of music, theater, and entertainment.  A singer and actress by trade, Greene was in several Broadway shows and performances before landing her role as the artsy and whimsical Vivian Charles.  After Pushing Daisies ended, Greene starred as Miss Adelaide in the Broadway musical, Guys and Dolls and had a small story arch in the soap opera, The Young and the Restless.  Greene’s more recent work has included a handful of voiceover opportunities, as well as appearances in The Walking Dead web series.

Swoosie Kurtz
Lily Charles
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Named after her father’s military Boeing Flying Fortress bomber, Swoosie Kurtz is no stranger to TV, film, or stage.  Perhaps best known for her role as Alex Reed Halsey on the NBC drama, Sisters, Kurtz acted in a handful of television shows before landing the role of the tough but sweet one-eyed foil to Vivian, Lily Charles.  Kurtz’s recent work has included guest spots in ER, LOST, Desperate Housewives, Nurse Jackie, and Mike & Molly.

Jim Dale
Narrator
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There’s no denying that Pushing Daisies wouldn’t be the wonderful show it is without the voice of the narrator.  Voiced by none other than Jim Dale (the same man who narrated the Harry Potter audiobooks – a role that got him two Grammy Awards), the narrator provides whimsy banter that’s only occasionally topped with Emerson’s clever one-liners.  Dale recently had an off-Broadway one man show, titled Just Jim Dale, which one him the 2015 Outer Critics Award and the Drama Desk Award.  He’s also provided narration for a handful of audiobooks, including The Night Circus, The Emerald Atlas, and The Fire Chronicle.

 

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The Cast of Reno 911!: Where Are They Now?

You love it or hate it, but there’s no denying that Reno 911! was good for a laugh at least once or twice!  I have to say, the first time I watched this show, I just didn’t get it…the humor was way over my head…but in time, I came to love it…and now I can’t get enough!

The thing I love about Reno 911! is that you can just watch any episode at random and still enjoy the show.  There are some continual storylines but, for the most part, everything wraps up nice and neat in about 30 minutes.

Starring an amazing cast of comedians, writers, and improve actors, Reno 911! introduced the world to actress Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, The Goldbergs) and helped put the writing team of Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum, The Pacifier) on the map.

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Before it was ultimately cancelled, Reno enjoyed a nice run on Comedy Central and still has a cult following of those who just can’t get enough of Lieutenant Jim Dangle and the gang.

A few days ago I was talking to a friend about what ever happened to the cast of Reno 911!, so I decided to dive in and find out!  Still writing, acting, and making us laugh, here’s what Dangle, Trudy, Travis, Jones, and the rest of the crew are up to these days…

The Cast of Reno 911: Where Are They Now?

Thomas Lennon
Lieutenant Jim Dangle

A native of Oak Park, IL, Lennon was a born comedy writer and performer.  He met fellow co-worker, Kerri Kennedy-Silver while at theatre camp at Northwestern University and the two later attended NYU together, where Lennon joined a comedy troupe called The New Group.  He later joined forces again with Kennedy-Silver and writing pal, Robert Ben Garant, to write and star in Comedy Central’s Reno 911!.  After Reno ended, Lennon went on to appear in dozens of TV shows, including New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and Friends.  He also appeared in several films, including Memento, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and The Dark Knight Rises.  In 2008, Lennon started doing stand-up, occasionally playing guitar and incorporating music into his routine.  Currently, Lennon is working as a screenwriter and script consultant.  Most of his screenplays are written in collaboration with Garant and their films (Night at the Museum, The Pacifier, Let’s Go To Prison) have earned more than $1.4 billion worldwide.  He and Garant also wrote a book (Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can Too!) and they continue to work on various projects to this day, most recently writing Hell Baby, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Lennon can also be seen occasionally performing with the ‘Sweet and Tender Hooligans’, a The Smiths tribute band, as a guest guitarist.

Robert Ben Garant
Deputy Travis Junior
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A native of Tennessee, Garant is best known for his role on Reno 911!.  As stated above, he’s partnered with Thomas Lennon on several projects and screenplays, including the box office hit, Night at the Museum.  Most recently he’s serving as the director for the comedy series, Bijillion Dollar Propertie$, and was a writer on the 2016 film, The Veil.

Kerri Kennedy-Silver
Deputy Trudy Wiegel
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Having worked with fellow co-stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant on several projects before Reno, Kennedy-Silver was no stranger to comedy.  The daughter of a popular voice actor, Kennedy-Silver did some voice over work after her run on Reno 911! and went on to appear in a few TV shows and movies, including Still Standing, All About Steve, Balls of Fury, Role Models, and Wanderlust.  In 2015, she began voicing the character of Miriam in the Nickelodeon series Harvey Beaks and can currently be seen in in the Netflix original series, Love.

Niecy Nash
Deputy Raineesha Williams
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A beloved, loud, and exuberant character on Reno 911!, Nash made audiences fall in love with her with her portrayal of Raineesha Williams.  An outspoken activist for anti-violence in schools after the shooting death her younger brother, Nash has made several guest appearances on various TV shows and programs.  She also played civil rights activist Richie Jean Jackson in the historical film, Selma.  Nash was also on the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars and left taking 5th place in the competition.  In 2013, Nash starred in the HBO comedy series, Getting On, a role which scored her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.  Nash has also made appearances on The Mindy Project and Scream Queens, a role she holds currently.

Cedric Yarbrough
Deputy S. Jones
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A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, Yarbrough attended high school and college in his local home state.  After his hilarious portrayal as Deputy Jones on Reno 911!, Yarbrough went on to appear in a variety of TV shows and movies, including Arrested Development, Meet the Fockers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, The Penguins of Madagascar, and BoJack Horseman, among many others.  Most currently he’s worked with fellow co-star, Robert Ben Garant, in Bijillion Dollar Propertie$ and can be seen on the ABC sitcom, Speechless.

Carlos Alazraqui
Deputy James Garcia
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You may not recognize Alazraqui’s face, but his voice acting resume will certainly bring back all the warm and fuzzy memories of your childhood.  Most notably, Alazraqui is known for his role as the voice of Rocko and Spunky in Rocko’s Modern Life, and has also voiced the Taco Bell Chihuahua, Bobbi Fabulous on Phineas and Ferb, and has done work for Family Guy and The Fairly OddParents, as well as a whole slew of popular Nickelodeon cartoons (CatDog, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel).  After Reno 911!, Alazraqui went back to his roots and can now be heard voicing the character of Tio Tortuga in the new Disney Junior show, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.

Wendi McLendon-Covey
Deputy Clementine Johnson
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A native of The Groundlings Theater company, McLendon-Covey was classmates with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig during her time with the troupe (she would later work with both of them again in her blockbuster film, Bridesmaids).  Hard to believe, but Reno 911! was actually McLendon-Covey’s first professional acting gig, and she’d go on to star in the Lifetime comedy show, Lovespring International and provide commentary for E!, TV Guide Channel, and VH1.  Besides Bridesmaids, recent projects have also included The Office, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Cougar Town.  In 2014, McLendon-Covey was cast in the lead role of the ABC series The Goldbergs, a role which earned her a nomination for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.  McLendon-Covey has a variety of films coming out in 2017, including Speech & Debate and Felt, a film that’s also set to star Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, and Kate Walsh.

Mary Birdsong
Deputy Cherisha Kimball
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A former correspondent on The Daily Show and Crossballs, Birdsong felt right at home when she was brought on as Deputy Kimball on Reno 911!.  A popular voice actress, Birdsong has offered her voice to such shows as Goldie and Bear, Stroker and Hoop, T.U.F.F. Puppy, as well as the video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.  From July 2006 to January 2007, Birdsong performed alongside Martin Short in the comedy musical, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and won a Theatre World Award in 2007 for her role in the show.  In January of 2008, Birdsong joined the Broadway cast of Hairspray, playing the role of Velma Von Tussle and has also done one-woman shows and performed in comedy showcases.

Nick Swardson
Terry Bernadino
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The recurring troublemaker, Terry, has to be everyone’s favorite goof ball.  Constantly getting under the skin of the Reno squad, Swardon’s Terry character has become one of his most famous roles.  After his great work on Reno 911!, Swardson went on to partner with friend Adam Sandler on the 2006 film Grandma’s Boy.  Four years later, he came out with a sketch comedy show, Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, on Comedy Central, which was run by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions.  His recent projects have included Pixels, The Do-Over, and Sandy Wexler, which is due for release in 2017.

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The Little Rascals…Where Are They Now?

The 90’s were a time of amazing music, fantastic TV shows, and adorable kid-friendly movies.  Home Alone, Matilda, The Lion King, Homeward Bound, Free Willy, Hook, Jumanji, Space Jam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hocus Pocus, Toy Story, My Girl, Good Burger, Fern Gully, The Sandlot, and Aladdin were just SOME of the movies that came out between 1990 and 1999…and nestled comfortably between classics like The Lion King and Home Alone sat a little movie about “The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club” that brought to life the characters from the old program, Our Gang.

Starring newcomers Bug Hall, Travis Tedford, and Brittany Ashton Holmes, as well as several familiar faces like Whoopi Goldberg, Reba McEntire, Mel Brooks, Lea Thompson, and…yes…Donald Trump, The Little Rascals was a sweet and adorable movie that was a favorite in our household, for sure!  With plenty of kid and adult humor jam-packed into an hour and change, The Little Rascals was a movie our whole family could enjoy year after year (especially as us kids understood more and more of the adult humor!).

While some of the stars of The Little Rascals had a successful career in Hollywood after the film ended, others decided to retire and focus more on their education.  Here’s a look into what the cast of The Little Rascals has been up to recently!

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The Little Rascals…Where Are They Now?

Bug Hall
Alfalfa

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Brandon “Bug” Hall is perhaps best known for his role as Alfalfa in The Little Rascals.  After winning over young hearts as the little lover with the cowlick, Hall went on to appear in a few more 90’s movies, including The Stupids and The Big Green.  From there his work was limited, mostly appearing in direct-to-DVD films and TV movies.  He’s also had guest spots on several popular TV shows, including Charmed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and 90210.  Most recently he appeared as Arthur Davidson in the TV miniseries Harley and the Davidsons.  He also has two movies due to release soon, The Shadow People and The Long Run.

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Travis Tedford
Spanky
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Travis Tedford is also best known for his role as Spanky in The Little Rascals.  He became the spokesperson for Welch’s Grape Juice when he was just 5 years old, the same year he was in The Little Rascals.  After The Little Rascals, Tedford was in a few more films, including A Bug’s Life (1998) and Freaky Friday (2003).  In 2006 he graduated from Athens High School in Texas and went to Trinity Valley Community College, where he got an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.  He currently is employed at Texas Trust Credit Union as a marketing specialist.

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Brittany Ashton Holmes
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Brittany Holmes retired from acting about two years after crushing that can like a pro in The Little Rascals.  She currently resides in Los Angeles and is working on getting a degree in political science.

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Blake McIver Ewing
Waldo

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Starring as the little kid we all loved to hate, Blake McIver Ewing has gone on to do quite a lot since his role in The Little Rascals.  A talented singer, actor, and pianist, Ewing co-wrote and performed the song, “Along the River”, the end credit song for the 2005 film, End of the Spear.  To help raise money as he was growing up in LA, Ewing performed as a go-go dancer throughout 2013…he actually raised so much money that he was able to release his debut album, The Time Manipulator, in May 2014.  A graduate of UCLA, Ewing was nominated for an Ovation Award for his role as “The Little Boy” in the LA production of Ragtime went on to release another song, “This is Who We Are” in July 2015.

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Ross Bagley
Buckwheat
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Ross Bagley is definitely that actor with the familiar face.  Getting his start in acting alongside Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bagley portrayed Nicky Banks from 1994 to 1996.  During his work on Fresh Prince, Bagely was the loveable Buckwheat in The Little Rascals and soon after appeared with Will Smith again in the 1996 blockbuster, Independence Day.  In 2005, Bagely enrolled at California State University, seeking a degree in cinema and television arts.  Most recently, he appeared in the 2015 horror film, Gnome Alone.

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Kevin Jamal Woods
Stymie
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Always wearing his black derby hat, Kevin Jamal Woods got his start in acting playing Stymie in The Little Rascals.  Following the film, he had a recurring role as Frank in the TV series, Blossom, and had various guest roles on Walker, Texas Ranger and Sons of Thunder.  Recently, Woods has been pursuing comedy and music and occasionally posts to his YouTube channel, ThaRealKWoods.

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Zachary Marby
Porky
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Zachary Marby, who played Spanky’s younger brother, Porky, in The Little Rascals, ultimately gave up acting after this movie and decided to go into accounting.  Like his co-star Brittany Ashton Holmes, he found that acting just wasn’t for him and wanted to focus on his studies.

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Sam Saletta
Butch
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Every gaggle of goofy kids needs a bully, right?  Well, in the case of The Little Rascals, that bully was Butch, played by tough guy Sam Saletta.  Since teasing all the members of the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club, Saletta has spent a good portion of his time focusing on acting and music.  He’s appeared in several TV shows, including Recess, 7th Heaven, and Rocket Power.  For a while he was a member of the band “Jubala” and, in 2010, did some voiceover work for the Call of Duty: Black Ops videogame.

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Jordan Warkol
Froggy
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Playing the kid with the crazy voice, Jordon Warkol went on to appear in several TV shows and TV movies after his work on The Little Rascals, including Thunder Alley, Walker, Texas Ranger, 7th Heaven, Judging Amy, The X-Files, Hey Arnold!, and Rocket Power.  In 1996 he was in the movie, Carpool and also lent his voice to a character in A Bug’s Life.  Currently Warkol is trying to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

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Courtland Mead
Uh-Huh
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Having to only say about one word throughout the duration of the movie, Courtland Mead had it pretty easy as Uh-Huh in The Little Rascals.  After his work on the film, Mead joined forces with Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the Disney film, Tom and Huck.  Like a few of his other co-stars on The Little Rascals, he also did some voiceover work as the character, Gus Griswald, on the animated series, Recess.  In recent years, Mead has appeared in the TV series Lloyd in Space, as well as the 2010 film, Mean Parents Suck.

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Blake Jeremy Collins
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Butch’s sidekick, Woim, was brought to life by funny kid Blake Jeremy Collins.  Minor roles followed his work on The Little Rascals, including appearances in the TV shows Minor Adjustments and Men Behaving Badly.  In 1998 he was in the film Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish and then disappeared from the big screen.  Most recently, Collins actually did some work behind the camera working as an assistant cameraman on the TV series, Sons of Anarchy.

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The Wonder Years…Where Are They Now?

We all have TV shows that have changed our lives – shows that stick with us forever and that we can go back and re-watch over and over again without exhaustion.  When I think of shows under this category, a few come to mind…but none as prominent as The Wonder Years.

I don’t know if it’s because I was Kevin Arnold’s age when I started watching the show…or maybe it’s because it was a show my dad and I watched together, but The Wonder Years remains, to this day, one of the best series I’ve seen on television.  I identified with it when I was 10, and then fell in love with it in a completely different way when I watched the series again when I turned 30.  Though the music and the clothes might date it a little, the themes of this show still ring true even in today’s day and age.

Starring a very young Fred Savage, The Wonder Years tells the story of a boy named Kevin Arnold.  Together with his childhood friends, Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano), Kevin learns valuable lessons about love, loss, family, and understanding.  The show brings controversial themes to the forefront, including war, violence, death, abuse, drugs, and alcohol…and through the voice of a narrator, eventually revealed to be Kevin as an adult, we learn all about these magical years of wonder and adventure as we grow and learn with Kevin and his friends.

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The Wonder Years gained valuable praise during its run (1988 – 1993) and won a Primetime Emmy Award after only six episodes.  In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked it #63 on its list of the 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and the cast of The Wonder Years has remained very close to this day…several of them even acting in other projects together.

It’s a format that worked well for TV, especially for Savage’s younger brother, Ben, and his successful show, Boy Meets World.  Though much more upbeat in nature, Boy Meets World has a similar makeup, with similar characters in similar situations.  Both shows are staples in the lineup of the best coming-of-age TV shows and both hold loyal and true fandoms made up of viewers of all ages.

It’s been about 24 years now since The Wonder Years ended…and the cast that once made up this groundbreaking show remains active.  Check in below to see what’s happening with Kevin, Winnie, Jack, Wayne, and the rest of the characters we’ve grown to know and love through this amazing television classic.

The Cast of The Wonder Years…Where Are They Now?

Fred Savage
Kevin Arnold

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Fred Savage, a native of Illinois, grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago before moving out to LA.  Before being cast in The Wonder Years, Savage had several small roles in movies and TV, perhaps most notably in The Princess Bride.  For his work on The Wonder Years, Savage received two Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and was the youngest actor ever to receive both honors (he was 13 at the time).  After The Wonder Years ended, he did mostly guest spots on TV and film, including a cameo on his younger brother’s show, Boy Meets World.  In 2015, Savage returned to acting with the FOX series, The Grinder.  Throughout the early 2000’s, Savage also dabbled in directing, standing behind the camera to produce several TV episodes, including work on the short-lived NBC sitcom, Working.  He’s also directed episodes of Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls.  Currently, Savage serves as a producer on the hilarious show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Unlike Kevin Arnold, Savage actually married his childhood sweetheart in 2004 and they have two children together.

Danica McKellar
Winnie Cooper

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Oh, Danica…the ultimate in beauty and brains.  Scoring the role of Winnie in The Wonder Years in her early teens, McKellar found it difficult to transition into adult acting after having so much of her childhood dedicated to one job.  After The Wonder Years ended, McKellar had several guest roles in various TV shows and appeared in a couple Lifetime TV movies.  She returned briefly to TV with roles on The West Wing and How I Met Your Mother and even did some work as a voice actress in a variety of video games.  Outside of acting, McKellar got her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, graduating summa cum laude, from UCLA in 1998.  She’s a huge proponent of the importance of mathematics in education, especially for young women, and has authored four books on the subject:  Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail (a New York Times bestseller), Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape.  Her latest book, a children’s book titled Goodnight, Numbers, is available for pre-ordering now.  And for those who are obsessive like me, McKellar, Savage, and Saviano all still talk and keep in touch!

Josh Saviano
Paul Pfeiffer

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Josh Saviano, who played Kevin’s best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, throughout the series, grew up in New York and New Jersey before being cast in The Wonder Years.  His role as Paul is actually one of his few TV or movie roles.  He stopped acting after The Wonder Years to continue his education at Yale University, where he studied Political Science.  After graduating in 1998, he decided to enter Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in August of the same year.  He passed the bar and joined the law firm of Morrison Cohen LLP in New York, becoming a Senior Counsel in 2011 and Partner in 2013.  He left Morrison Cohen two years later and founded two start-up endeavors:  the JDS Legal law firm and the celebrity brand consulting agency, Act 3 Advisors.  Saviano returned to acting briefly in 2014 and 2015 to play a lawyer on the NBC series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Jason Hervey
Wayne Arnold

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Another actor who had various childhood roles before The Wonder Years, Jason Hervey got his start with small parts in several popular films, including Back to the Future, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and Diff’rent Strokes.  His big break came when he was cast as Kevin’s big brother, Wayne, on The Wonder Years, a role which helped Hervey launch a somewhat successful voice-acting career.  While his on-screen credits are few and far between these days, Hervey does maintain ties to the entertainment industry as the producer of various sports-themed videos and specials, most notably with the World Championship Wrestling channel.  From 2001 to 2003, Hervey served as the Senior Vice President of Media Communications for HealthSouth Corporation in Alabama.  He was involved in a fraud scandal and later sued his employer, demanding $300,000 in compensation.

Dan Lauria
Jack Arnold

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A Vietnam War veteran, Dan Lauria served as an officer in the US Marine Corps; ironically, he served at the same time his character on The Wonder Years was shipped off to serve in the Korean War.  Best known for his role as one of the greatest TV dads of our age, Lauria has also had several roles in various TV shows and on and off-Broadway stage productions.  In 2010, he appeared as Vince Lombardi in the Broadway play, Lombardi and was cast as Jean Shepherd in the 2012 Broadway production of A Christmas Story: The Musical.  Most recently, Lauria can be seen in the FOX series, Pitch.

Alley Mills
Norma Arnold

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Another native of Chicago, IL, Alley Mills starred as the loving mother, Norma Arnold, on The Wonder Years.  Since its end, Mills has had recurring roles in various soap operas, including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and The Bold and the Beautiful.  Outside of her work on the soap opera circuit, Mills has been pretty quiet.  She married actor Orson Bean in 1993 and currently lives in LA.

Olivia d’Abo
Karen Arnold

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Known for her role as Kevin’s rebellious hippie sister, Karen, Olivia d’Abo is a British actress who starred on The Wonder Years for the first four of its six seasons.  She had two guest appearances in the final two seasons, as well.  After her work on The Wonder Years, d’Abo had a recurring role in the NBC series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and has been cast in numerous supporting roles in other TV programs and films, including The Spirit of ’76, The Big Green, and The Twilight Zone.  She also appeared in the 2005 Broadway production of The Odd Couple alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.  Like her fellow The Wonder Years cast members, d’Abo has also done a fair share of voice acting and has lent her voice to several video game characters.  Like Karen Arnold, d’Abo is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist.  She has composed music for several movie soundtracks, including the song “Broken” from the movie, Loving Annabelle.  Her debut album, Not TV, was released in July of 2008.  Most recently, d’Abo was in the 2016 films, Blue Weekend and the made-for-TV film, Inspired to Kill.

Daniel Stern
Narrator/Adult Kevin Arnold

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Yes, yes that’s Marv from Home Alone.  I know, I know!!  You’ll never look at The Wonder Years in the same way again!  After a variety of small successful films, Stern was cast as the narrator/adult Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years.  Ironically, both he and Fred Savage appeared in the film, Little Monsters, with Stern playing Arnold’s father.  Stern also directed several episodes of The Wonder Years and would go on to direct other shows, including the CBS series, Danny.  Currently, Stern works as an artist, specializing in bronze sculpture.  He’s created art for public projects in San Diego, Agoura Hills, and Pasadena.  He is also the artist in residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo.  Him and his wife have started several arts commissions and clubs and, in 2009, President Barak Obama awarded him the highest honor for volunteerism, the President’s “Call to Service” Award.  Stern now owns a 500-acre cattle ranch in California’s central valley.

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Mad Men…Where Are They Now?

It’s been a little over a year now since AMC’s Mad Men went off the air.  An amazing period drama about an advertising firm in the 1960’s, Mad Men starred such beautiful people as Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, and January Jones.  Taking place in a fictional firm in New York, Mad Men helped bring to life some of the most popular advertising campaigns of the time.  Complete with period references, characters, and costumes, Mad Men celebrated a wide span of critical acclaim, including winning 16 Emmy Awards and 5 Golden Globe Awards.  The show was also the first basic cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in each of its first four seasons.  By both critics and fans alike, it’s widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time.

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Though she may have played one of the least-liked characters on the show, January Jones (Betty Draper) is actually quite a peach…and it’s her birthday today!!  To help celebrate her birthday and perhaps the role that brought her into the spotlight, here’s a look at what the cast of Mad Men has been up to since the show ended in May of 2015.

The Cast of Mad Men…Where Are They Now?

Jon Hamm
Don Draper
don-mad-menThough Jon Hamm has been acting in small films for a while now, it wasn’t until his role as Don Draper that he started to get noticed.  His performance in Mad Men earned him Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award and opened the door for him to do full-length feature films and projects.  After his run on Mad Men, Hamm appeared in a remake of the science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still.  He finally got his first leading role in a film two years later when he starred in the independent thriller, Stolen.  Throughout 2010 and 2011, he had various supporting roles in The Town, Sucker Punch, and Bridesmaids.  Most recently, you can see him on the Netflix original series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and in the animated films, Shrek Forever After and Minions.

Christina Hendricks
Joan Holloway
joan-mad-menCurvy and sassy, Christina Hendricks became an instant role model for curvy women after her role as Joan Holloway in Mad Men.  Her performance as a strong female employee in a company dominated by men earned her critical praise, resulting in six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.  After Mad Men, Hendricks appeared in the action-thriller, Drive, alongside Ryan Gosling.  She also appeared in the thriller Dark Places.  Just like her character in Mad Men, Hendricks is a gifted accordion player.  Currently, Hendricks can be seen in the film, Bad Santa 2 and has two films as of now coming out in 2017.

January Jones
Betty Draper
betty-mad-menBefore her role as the tortured Betty Draper, January Jones appeared in a few films, including Anger Management and Love Actually.  She was cast as Betty Draper and appeared as the character throughout the run of the series, a role that gave her two Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination.  After Mad Men, Jones appeared in a handful of other productions and can currently be seen in the Fox series, The Last Man on Earth.  She is also a member of Oceana as a celebrity spokesperson, working to save endangered sharks.

Elisabeth Moss
Peggy Olson
peggy-mad-menBefore her amazing and historical role as Peggy Olson in Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss starred as the youngest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet on the NBC series, The West Wing.  Her part on Mad Men earned her six Emmy Award nominations and one Golden Globe nomination, though she never won either award for her role on Mad Men (though she did eventually win a Golden Globe in 2013 for her part in the miniseries, Top of the Lake).  Since the ending of Mad Men, Moss has performed in several theater productions, including a role in The Heidi Chronicles that awarded her a Tony nomination.  Currently Moss is working on a biopic of the Scottish psychiatrist, R.D. Laing, titled Mad to Be Normal, and is in a film adaptation of The Seagull by Chekov due out in 2017.

John Slattery
Roger Sterling
rodger-mad-menAnother well-loved actor, John Slattery was the comic relief of Mad Men, playing the womanizing but loveable Roger Sterling.  A long and successful career got Slattery into the spotlight and he continues to celebrate success with almost everything he does.  After Mad Men ended, Slattery went back to film acting, cast as a journalist in the Oscar-winning film, Spotlight.  He also appeared in the Netflix comedy series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp with his buddy, Jon Hamm.  An avid athlete, Slattery is a gifted skier and surfer.  Most recently, Slattery played Dwight Eisenhower in the film Churchhill and had a small arc on the TV series, Veep.

Vincent Kartheiser
Pete Campbell
pete-mad-menAdmittedly my favorite character in Mad Men, Vincent Kartheiser played the slimy ad man, Pete Campbell…a role which earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards.  After Mad Men ended, Kartheiser starred in a film titled A Kind of Murder, but for the most part stayed out of the spotlight.  He sold his penthouse and removed himself from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and now enjoys what he calls, “simple living”.  He has two movies as of now coming out in 2017 and has appeared on stage in several theatrical productions, including playing Mr. Darcy in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  He’s married to his Mad Men co-star, Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and they have one son together.

Kiernan Shipka
Sally Draper
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A native of Chicago, Illinois (REPRESENT!!), Kiernan Shipka blew minds with her performance as Don and Betty’s troubled daughter, Sally Draper.  Initially a recurring guest star, Shipka was upgraded to series regular at the end of the third season, due to her well-received performance.  She was named one of “The Most Influential Teens” in 2014 by Time magazine and received two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance as Sally.  Most recently, Shipka appeared in an episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and voiced a couple characters in the video game, Marvel Avengers Academy.

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Disney Villains…Where Are They Now?

Everyone knows the best part of any movie is the villain…and for years, Disney has been making some of the best villains of all time!

But what ever happened to those awesome voices behind some of our favorite movie villains? With backgrounds in theater and radio, several of Disney’s most well-loved villains are actually celebrated actors and actresses with astounding and award-winning careers.

So get ready for the ultimate conclusion to our Disney Where Are They Now series with some of the most recognizable and hilarious characters we all loved to hate!

Don’t forget to check out these other Disney articles!

Disney Princesses…Where Are They Now?
Disney Princes…Where Are They Now?

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The Evil Queen
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Voiced By: Lucille La Verne
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latest-11Known for her silent, scolding, and vengeful roles in early color films, Lucille La Verne began her acting career in 1914. Best known for her role in Snow White, Verne was typecast into playing several older women, mothers, and aunts during her career. She died from cancer eight years after her work on Snow White, which would be her last film.

 

Lady Tremaine
Cinderella (1950)
Voiced By: Eleanor Audley

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audley-1-sizedA Broadway baby, Eleanor Audley was born in New York City and got her start acting in several Broadway plays and musicals. She spent a majority of the 1940s and 1950s doing radio and film and was given the chance to voice Lady Tremaine in 1950. Disney liked her so much that she was cast again a few years later to voice one of the scariest Disney villains to hit the screen: Maleficent. Audley’s likeness was used to create the characters of both her Disney villains. After her work at Disney, Audley went on to do some TV work, including appearances on I Love Lucy, Perry Mason, Dennis the Menace, The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, and many more. She was added as a series regular to Green Acres from 1965 to 1969, playing the disapproving mother, Eunice Douglas. She passed away in November of 1991 due to respiratory failure.
The Queen of Hearts
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Voiced By: Verna Felton

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verna-felton-1-sizedWhile Verna Felton had a good slew of film and TV appearances, she is perhaps best known for her work on radio. She was a part of the popular radio show, The Cinnamon Bear, and also worked on The Jack Benny Program and The Abbott and Costello Show. Previous to her work on Alice in Wonderland, Felton also voiced Dumbo’s mother in Dumbo and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (1950). After Alice in Wonderland, she worked on three more Disney movies: Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and The Jungle Book, which would be her final role.   Felton died in 1966, the day before Walt Disney passed away. She was married to another radio actor named Lee Millar, who also did animation voices, notably for Disney’s Pluto.

 

Captain Hook
Peter Pan (1953)
Voiced By: Hans Conried

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220px-Hans_Conreid_1977Best known for his voice acting roles, Hans Conried provided the voice for both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in Disney’s Peter Pan. He started his career on stage, playing several classical major roles after his studies at Columbia University. As a voice actor, he had several roles in various radio productions and TV shows, including Mister Ed, Lost in Space, The Beverly Hillbillies, Gilligan’s Island, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Hogan’s Heroes, and many more. He was perhaps best known for his work on Make Room for Daddy, where he played Uncle Tonoose. He died of a sudden heart attack in January 1982.

 

Maleficent
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Voiced By: Eleanor Audley

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See Lady Tremaine entry.

 

Cruella de Vil
101 Dalmatians (1961)
Voiced By: Betty Lou Gerson

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220px-Betty_Lou_Gerson_1941Another star of the radio, Betty Lou Gerson is best known for her role as Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians, a role that made her a Disney Legend (the only villain on this list to achieve that honor). She got her start in radio dramas and soap operas before she moved to Los Angeles and got some minor roles in film and TV. Before her work on 101 Dalmatians, Gerson was cast as the narrator in Disney’s Cinderella. After her work as Cruella, she had a few more appearances in TV and film, including a small role in Disney’s Mary Poppins and a few guest appearances on The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Hazel. She retired from acting in 1966 and passed away from a massive stroke in January 1999.

 

Madam Mim
The Sword and the Stone (1963)
Voiced By: Martha Wentworth

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Martha Wentworth, like so many before her, also got her start on radio…starring in popular radio shows such as The Cinnamon Bear, Crime Classics, and The Abbott and Costello Show. Her work on The Cinnamon Bear was perhaps her best, as she starred as the terrifying Wintergreen Witch.  She appeared in some westerns before her work at Disney and also voiced the role of Nanny in 101 Dalmatians two years before The Sword in the Stone.  Her work on The Sword in the Stone would be her final performance. She died 11 years later at the age of 84.

 

Shere Khan
The Jungle Book (1967)
Voiced By: George Sanders

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Prince John
Robin Hood (1973)
Voiced By: Peter Ustinov

Sir_Peter_Ustinov_portrait_Allan_WarrenA renowned filmmaker, theater and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, broadcaster, and presenter, Peter Ustinov was a noted and celebrated entertainer who won several awards for his work in entertainment. After his humorous work as Prince John and King Richard in Robin Hood, he continued acting in films, receiving Best Supporting Actor Oscars for his roles in Spartacus and Topkapi. His autobiography, Dear Me, came out in 1977 and was well received by critics. The later part of his life was spent working for various organizations, including UNICEF, for which he was a Goodwill Ambassador and fundraiser. Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian, he also spoke some Turkish and modern Greek. Ustinov was also proficient in accents and dialects in all his fluent languages. He passed away in March 2004 from heart failure.

 

Madame Medusa
The Rescuers (1977)
Voiced By: Geraldine Page

529full-geraldine-pageGeraldine Page was a celebrated actress who was nominated for Academy Awards eight times between 1953 and 1985. She finally won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful. After her work as Madame Medusa in The Rescuers, she starred in several Broadway shows and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1983. She has worked with Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Maya Angelou, Lee Strasberg, and several other well-known stars of the theater and stage. After winning her Academy Award in 1986, Page was cast in a revival of Blithe Spirit, a role that landed her a Tony Award nomination. She did not win the award and passed away several days after the ceremony.

 

Ratigan
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Voiced By: Vincent Price

vincent-vincent-price-35944932-1080-960A stable in the horror genre, Vincent Price had an illustrious career in TV and film. Before his work on The Great Mouse Detective, Price starred in several popular films, including House of Wax, The Fly, House on Haunted Hill, Laura, and much more. Around 1975, after the horror film genre suffered a huge slump, Price transitioned to voice over work and theater. His role as Professor Ratigan was one of his last major roles, and one of his favorites. After The Great Mouse Detective, he did some small work on TV before passing away in October 1993. Price was also a noted gourmet cook and art collector and authored several cookbooks with his wife.

 

Ursula
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Voiced By: Pat Carroll

220px-Pat_Carroll_1972An Emmy, Drama Desk, and Grammy Award-winning actress, Pat Carroll is a voice actress who has enjoyed a long career on radio, film, and TV. Another regular on the sitcom, Make Room for Daddy, Carroll also appeared on several variety shows and even had a one-woman show on Gertrude Stein. In 1989, Carroll was cast as Ursula, a role she has referred to as one of her favorites. She has reprised the role in several video games and spin-offs as well. Currently Carroll can be seen on various game shows and theater productions.

 

Gaston
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Voiced By: Richard White


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A native of Tennessee, Richard White is an actor, opera singer, and voice actor best known for his role as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.  He was nominated for a 1985 Joseph Jefferson Award for his role in Carousel at the Marriott Theater in Chicago (REPRESENT!!) and was in a national tour and Broadway revival of Jekyll and Hyde from 2012 to 2013.  White has starred in several regional and off-Broadway productions and most recently was in a Broadway production of GIGI.

 

Jafar
Aladdin (1992)
Voiced By: Jonathan Freeman

1Johnathan Freeman is best known for his role as Jafar in the Aladdin franchise, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts video game series and the 2011 Aladdin Broadway musical. Before his work on Aladdin, Freeman was a puppeteer for Shining Time Station and appeared in several Broadway revivals, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Producers, On the Town, and 42nd Street. Currently, Freeman is starring as Jafar in the musical adaptation of Aladdin on Broadway.

 

Scar
The Lion King (1994)
Voiced By: Jeremy Irons

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A golden child of the theater, Jeremy Irons has appeared in several Shakespearean shows and other Broadway productions. He has a long award-winning film career, filled with several movies where he played a villain. After his work on The Lion King, he won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for his role in the TV mini-series, Elizabeth I. Despite his long and colorful career, he’s perhaps best known for his role as Scar. He has provided voice overs for three Disney World attractions and reprised his role as Scar in Fantasmic. Another fun fact…a 2008 study found “the perfect male voice” to be a combination of Jeremy Irons and Alan Rickman, both of whom played brothers in the Die Hard films. An advocate for several causes, Irons is celebrated both politically and professionally. Currently, Irons is performing in Long Day’s Journey into the Night at the Bristol Old Vic theater and has two movies coming out in 2016 and 2017: Assassin’s Creed and Justice League.

 

Governor Ratcliffe
Pocahontas (1995)
Voiced By: David Ogden Stiers

David_Ogden_StiersA native of Peoria, Illinois, David Ogden Stiers attended high school with film critic Roger Ebert and attended Julliard. He has performed with the California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Actor’s Workshop, and the improv group, The Committee. Before his work with Disney, Stiers was an actor on M*A*S*H, a role for which he received two Emmy nominations. After his work on Pocahontas, Stiers did additional voice work on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch, Hoodwinked, and voiced several characters in various video games. He is the associate conductor for the Newport Symphony Orchestra and has guest-conducted more than 70 orchestras around the world.

 

Hades
Hercules (1997)
Voiced By: James Woods

JamesWoodsYet another actor who got his start on stage, James Woods appeared in 36 plays before finally making his Broadway debut in 1970. If he has a familiar face, that might be because he’s appeared in more than 130 films as of 2013 and has had several roles doing voice over work, including his favorite role, that of Hades in Hercules. After Hercules, he had roles in several other movies, including The Virgin Suicides, Any Given Sunday, Riding in Cars with Boys, John Q, and most recently, Jamesy Boy and Bling. Currently he plays the voice of Lex Luthor in Justice League Action.

 

Shan Yu
Mulan (1998)
Voiced By: Miguel Ferrer

'Iron Man 3' Los Angeles premiere

Another actor known for playing villains, Miguel Ferrer has starred as the guy you love to hate in several TV shows and movies. After his work on Mulan, he had roles in Traffic, Sunshine State, The Manchurian Candidate, Iron Man 3, and Rio 2. Currently he plays the voice of Death in Adventure Time. One of five children of the lovely Rosemary Clooney, Ferrer is also first-cousins with fellow actor George Clooney.

 

Dr. Facilier
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Voiced By: Keith David

the-cape-9A fellow graduate of Julliard School, Keith David is an actor praised for his voice over work. He has appeared in several films and TV shows, including Armageddon, There’s Something About Mary, Barbershop, Crash, and Requiem for a Dream. He has narrated Ken Burns, The War, as well as several other Burns films. He’s voiced video games characters and was cast in the leading role in the 2015 drama series, Greenleaf.

 

Mother Gothel
Tangled (2010)
Voiced By: Donna Murphy

MV5BMjI2OTA5NTIzNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDY1MjM1Nw@@._V1_SX1024_CR0,0,1024,1457_AL_A five-time Tony Award nominee, Donna Murphy is a celebrated actress of the stage. She has won Tonys for her roles in Passion and The King and I and has appeared in a handful of films and TV shows. After her work on Tangled, Murphy appeared in the films Higher Ground, Dark Horse, The Bourne Legacy, and House of Versache. She’s also had roles on The Good Wife, Royal Pains, and Resurrection. She won a Drama Desk Award for LoveMusik in 2007 and was nominated for several awards in 2011 for her work in The People in the Picture.

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