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The Cast of Breaking Bad: Where are They Now?

Yo, bitches! Can you believe it’s been 10 years…10 YEARS…since Breaking Bad started?

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Widely thought to be one of the best TV shows EVER, Breaking Bad starred Bryan Cranston as a chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer and Aaron Paul as his loyal sidekick, Jesse Pinkman. Part of AMC’s amazing 2000’s era line-up (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead), this show broke records left and right, wracking up 16 Emmy Awards, 8 Satellite Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Critics’ Choice Awards, and so, so, so many more. By the time the series finale aired, Breaking Bad was among the most-watched cable shows on American television and in 2013 entered the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time.

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Not surprisingly, a show with that many accolades has to have a slammin’ cast. Let’s take a look and see what Walter, Jesse and the rest of the gang has been up to since the heartbreaking and emotional finale of Breaking Bad.

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Can’t get enough Breaking Bad? Check out 45 Fun Facts about Breaking Bad for even more awesome info about Mr. White and company!

The Cast of Breaking Bad: Where Are They Now?

Bryan Cranston
(Walter White)

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Cranston is one of the few actors actually born and raised in Hollywood, CA. A member of the high school chemistry club at Canoga Park High School, Cranston actually ended up earning an associate’s degree in political science from Los Angeles Valley College in 1976. A regular on TV before landing his breakout role in Breaking Bad, Cranston appeared in several other projects post-Walter White. He appeared in a handful of films, including The Lincoln Lawyer, Drive, and Argo before being cast as Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway production of All the Way. His performance earned him critical acclaim and he later won a Tony Award for the performance for Best Actor in a Play. Following his Tony win, Cranston went on to star in the Dalton Trumbo biopic, Trumbo, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. His New York Times best-selling autobiography, A Life in Parts, his shelves a year later (2016). Most recently, Cranston can be heard voicing one of the adorable dogs in Wes Anderson’s film, Isle of Dogs.

Aaron Paul
(Jesse Pinkman)

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Prior to being cast on Breaking Bad, Paul – a former The Price is Life contestant – appeared in several music videos, TV shows, and films.  His role as Scott Quittman on HBO’s Big Love gave him the most publicity before being cast in 2008 as the lovable Jesse Pinkman. Originally Paul’s character was supposed to be killed off Breaking Bad during the first season, but his chemistry with creator Vince Gilligan and Cranston was so strong that Gilligan changed his mind (thankfully!). For his role as Jesse Pinkman, Paul was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He took home the award three times (2010, 2012, 2014). After Breaking Bad, Paul starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Paul played Eddie Lane in the Hulu series, The Path, which was recently cancelled (boo!). He has two 2018 films in development and one additional project in the works as of now.

Anna Gunn
(Skylar White)

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No stranger to New Mexico, Gunn was raised in Santa Fe, NM before attending Northwestern University, where she majored in theater. Maybe best known for her portrayal as Skylar White in Breaking Bad, Gunn has also appeared in several other well-known TV shows, including Deadwood and The Practice. After Breaking Bad, Gunn went on to star in an off-Broadway production of Sex with Strangers, directed by David Schwimmer. She starred in the 2016 film, Equity, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was billed as the first female-driven Wall Street movie. She also starred in Sully alongside Tom Hanks.

Dean Norris
(Hank Schrader)

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An Indiana native who would grow up to become his high school’s valedictorian, Norris appeared in several high-grossing films before being cast as the loveable DEA agent, Hank Schrader, in Breaking Bad. Often playing a cop or burly man of the law, Norris made his mark in Lethal Weapon 2, Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Starship Troopers, and The Cell before being cast in Breaking Bad.  While filming Breaking Bad, Norris made a small cameo, alongside Bryan Cranston, in the beloved film Little Miss Sunshine, which was also filming in and around Albuquerque, NM. After Breaking Bad, Norris starred in the CBS series, Under the Dome, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. He also appeared in the 2015 film Sons of Liberty and the 2018 films Beirut and Death Wish.

R.J. Mitte
(Walter “Flynn” White Jr.)

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This breakfast-loving actor and model was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He was delivered via emergency caesarian and was not breathing at the time of his birth, which resulted in permeant brain damage. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 3 and was fitted with leg braces to help him walk. He actually strengthened his body to the point where he didn’t need crutches to walk and he had to re-learn how to use them for his role on Breaking Bad. Before being cast as Walter’s son, Mitte had several roles as extras in various TV shows, including Hannah Montana. After his amazing role on Breaking Bad, Mitte was asked by the Screen Actor’s Guild to be the spokesman for actors with disabilities and he is currently the representative of “Inclusion in the Arts and Media of Performers with Disabilities”.  Mitte is currently producing and will star in the film Wildflowers, alongside his sister, Lacianne Carriere. He is also working as a producer on the documentary, The Kids of Widney High, about a music group composed of mentally disabled students from J.P. Widney High School in LA.

Betsy Brandt
(Marie Schrader)

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Before being cast as the purple-loving wife of Hank Schrader, Brandt received her BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. Before moving to LA, she was very active in the local theater scene of Seattle, WA. After her role in Breaking Bad, Brandt was cast as a lead character in the ABC series, Members Only, but the series did not go forward. Her most recent projects include the TV films, FANatic and Flint, as well as the 2018 film, We the Coyotes. She can also be seen in the CBS series, Life in Pieces.

Bob Odenkirk
(Saul Goodman)

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Though Odenkirk is more recently known for his portrayal of Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Jimmy McGill in the spinoff, Better Call Saul, Odenkirk has been around forever. With a resume that includes work on Mr. Show with Bob and David, SNL, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Larry Sanders Show, Odenkirk is no stranger to acting and writing. Born and raised near Naperville, IL, Odenkirk was cast as Saul Goodman after plans to have him star as Michael Scott in the US version of The Office fell through (he would later go on to make a guest-appearance on the show, anyway). After Breaking Bad, Odenkirk was offered the starring role in the BB spinoff, Better Call Saul, which takes place before the events of Breaking Bad. He’s also appeared in other successful films recently, including The Post, The Disaster Artist, The Spectacular Now, and Nebraska. He voices a character in the upcoming Pixar film, Incredibles 2, and has a 2019 film, Flarsky, currently in post-production.

Jonathan Banks
(Mike Ehrmantraut)

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Often cast as a wise guy or burly bad boy, Banks is actually a “cupcake”, according to his post Breaking Bad interview. Before starring as Saul’s go-to cleanup guy, Mike Ehrmantraut, Banks had very similar roles in 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, and Wiseguy. After his leave of Breaking Bad, Banks had a recurring role in the NBC sitcom, Community. He would later to go on to reprise his role as Mike in Better Call Saul. Banks’ recent projects include the 2018 films The Commuter, Incredibles 2, and Redbad.

Giancarlo Esposito
(Gustavo “Gus” Fring)

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No stranger to acting, Esposito made his Broadway debut at the age of 8 opposite the one and only Shirley Jones in the musical, Maggie Flynn. He continued acting in several TV shows and movies before being cast as the villain, Gus Fring, on Breaking Bad. After he lost his FACE in the explosive fourth season finale, Esposito went on to appear in a few TV shows, including Community, and voiced characters in video games. Most recently, Esposito has joined the DC comic universe, appearing in Son of Batman and Batman: Assult on Arkham. In 2017, he also reprised his role as Gus Fring in Better Call Saul. Currently, Esposito has two 2018 movie projects: Maze Runner: The Death Cure and The Long Home. He’s currently starring in Better Call Saul and is the narrator in the show, Dear White People. He also appeared in the “Reunion” episode of the 2018 show, Westworld.

Matt Jones
(Brandon “Badger” Mayhew)

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A California kid through and through, Jones got his start doing improv and was the singer/songwriter for the ska band, Faculty Four. After booking nearly 20 commercials in 2 years, Jones’ first theatrical audition was for Breaking Bad. After the show wrapped, Jones had appearances in How I met Your Mother, Reno 911!, and Community, as well as several MORE commercials. He had four appearances in The Office and was cast as a series regular in The Farm, a spinoff of The Office that was ultimately cancelled. Currently Jones has a leading role in Pig Goat Banana Cricket and Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. He also appeared in a handful of episodes of Let’s Get Physical.

Charles Baker
(Skinny Pete)

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The son of an army colonel, Baker traveled all over the world by the time he was 17 years old. He attended many schools and received a vocal scholarship to attend Tarrant County College in Texas, where he studied music. An amazingly gifted musician (you can actually hear him playing in Breaking Bad), Baker was cast as Jesse Pinkman’s friend, Skinny Pete in BB. Though his character is a drug-loving skinny stoner who spent time in prison, Baker himself has never done drugs or alcohol. After BB, Baker appeared in The Blacklist and was cast in Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, in 2014.

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The Cast of Dawson’s Creek: Where Are They Now?

Wondering where Dawson, Joey, Jen (RIP) and Pacey have landed post-Dawson’s Creek? Well, you don’t have to wait anymore…

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Last month, Dawson’s Creek celebrated its 20th anniversary (WHAT) with lots of fun throwbacks from Dawson and the gang:

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#tbt Squad ‘97. I’d known these people all of 7 days when this pic was taken. 20 years ago this week 😱 the little pilot we shot in that small town for that fledgling network aired, changed our lives and launched our careers. Thank you to the Wilmington, North Carolina crew and community who raised us & kept us sane, thank you to the many talented writers and producers who gave of your hearts talents and put up with us. And thank you especially to the fans of the show. It’s a funny relationship we have… your experience of this project is what you saw on camera, while my memories are mostly what I experienced off of it. And yes, it’s true that I haven’t seen most episodes (it became healthier at a certain point to just commit 100% on the day and let it go completely), but the beauty of this arrangement is that my impression of the show now is what you’ve all reflected back to me over the years… and it’s been lovely to witness. So thank you to anyone who’s ever expressed appreciation for the work we did – it makes me feel proud to be associated with these three fine people (and the rest of the cast), and proud to have been a part of #DawsonsCreek. This one will always have a special little place in my heart.

This got me to thinking…what ever happened to this fabulous foursome and the people from the Creek?

Though some of the cast has remained active in the spotlight (Michelle Williams, Busy Phillips, Katie Holmes), others have taken a break from showbiz and are enjoying the simpler life post-Capeside. If you’re wondering what ever happened to Mitch, Gail, Jack, Bessie, Audrey and the rest of the cast, this post is for you!

Want some additional fun facts about Capeside? Check out 15 Fun Facts about Dawson’s Creek for more juicy gossip!

The Cast of Dawson’s Creek: Where Are They Now?

James Van Der Beek
Dawson Leery

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A native of Connecticut, VDB got his start acting at a young age. By the time he was 18, he had appeared in a couple off-Broadway plays and two films.

He won the title role of Dawson Leery in 1997 and also appeared in several more films while shooting the series, including Varsity Blues, Texas Rangers, Scary Movie, and The Rules of Attraction.

After his time on the Creek ended, VDB returned to the stage, appearing in the off-Broadway production of Rain Dance. He continued working on TV, appearing in small roles on Ugly Betty, Criminal Minds, and How I Met Your Mother. In 2010, VDB was cast in one of his first major roles since DC – Dr. Joe Briggs on the show, Mercy.

Most recently VDB was in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and made a cameo in the 2017 film, Downsizing. He maintains an active family life, just announcing that he and his wife are expecting their fifth child.

Katie Holmes
Joey Potter

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Born in Toledo, OH, Holmes is the youngest of five children. Much like her character on Dawson’s Creek, Holmes was an amazing student and graduated the all-female Notre Dame Academy in Toledo with a 4.0 GPA. She was in a production of Damn Yankees when DC creator, Kevin Williamson approached her to audition for the Creek. Not wanting to let her school down, Holmes sent in a videotape of her auditioning for the role, with her mom reading the part of Dawson. Needless to say, she won the part (and was the only actor to appear in EVERY EPISODE of the series). During her time on the Creek, Holmes also acted in a few movies, including her first feature film role in 1998’s Disturbing Behavior.

After she left DC, Holmes went on to pursue her movie career. Her performance as April in Pieces of April (2003) was her first starring role post DC and is said to be her best performance ever (I would agree!). Since then she’s also appeared in Batman Begins, Thank You for Smoking, and a handful of other films that ultimately flopped at the box office. In 2008 she made her Broadway debut in a production of All My Sons, but received mixed reviews.

Most recently, Holmes has appeared in the comedy Logan Lucky and can be seen in the 2018 film, Dear Dictator, opposite Michael Caine.

Josh Jackson
Pacey Witter

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Everyone’s favorite Creek-ster actually hails from the wonderful land of Canada and is the son of a casting director. Jackson got his start in several small roles before hitting his big break playing Charlie in The Mighty Ducks.

While filming DC, Jackson appeared in several films, including Cruel Intentions, The Skulls, The Safety of Objects, and The Laramie Project.

Shortly after DC ended, Jackson played the lead role in Americano, Shadows in the Sun, and Aurora Borealis. In 2005, he moved to the UK and made in stage debut with Patrick Stewart in David Mamet’s two-man play, A Life in the Theatre.

From 2008 to 2013, Jackson returned to TV, playing the lead role of Peter Bishop in the sci-fi series, Fringe.

True to his beloved character, Pacey Witter, Jackson held and hosted Pacey-Con in 2010, directly across the street from the Dan Diego Comic-Con, sporting a classic bowling shirt and giving out fan fiction he wrote himself to those waiting in the Comic-Con line.

Jackson is currently performing in Children of a Lesser God, which is hitting Broadway this spring.

Michelle Williams
Jen Lindley

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After her emotional and heart-wrenching death in the series finale of Dawson’s Creek, Williams went on to appear in a variety of small, independent films that she felt were more “suited to her acting style”. She called her time on the Creek “the best acting class” ever, but said that she was not as fully invested as she could have been considering she was still very much getting her feet wet at the time.

Her work in film post-DC is maybe the most impressive of the foursome, as her roles in Me Without You, The Station Agent, and Brokeback Mountain will attest to. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her part in Brokeback Mountain, but ultimately lost to Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener).

Williams continued to play roles of troubled women, starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island and opposite Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine, a role which also earned her another Academy Award nomination, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

A slew of other movie roles followed, including My Week with Marilyn, Take This Waltz, and many more. In 2014, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Cabaret. After her work on Cabaret, Williams was eager to return to the theater and appeared in the 2016 revival of Blackbird, a role which earned her a Tony Award for Best Actress.

Most recently, Williams can be seen in The Greatest Showman and has a handful of other films in the works, including the lead role in an upcoming biopic about Janis Joplin.

Kerr Smith
Jack McPhee

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Smith starred as Jack McPhee starting in the second season of DC. He was one of the first actors to portray a gay character on TV and was the first man to have an on-screen gay kiss on US television.

After his run on the Creek, he was the last person to ever be pranked on the MTV show, Punk’d before it ended in the early 2000’s. He appeared in several episodes of the TV series, CSI: NY and in the CW’s drama series, Life Unexpected.

He can currently be seen on The Fosters on Freeform Television.

Meredith Monroe
Andie McPhee

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Monroe got her start acting in a variety of TV commercials, appearing in advertisements for L’Oreal haircare, Disney resorts, Huffy bicycles, Ford cars, and Mattel toys. She appeared on Dawson’s Creek for only two seasons as Pacey’s super-smart girlfriend, and returned as a special guest in the series finale in season 6 (her scenes were cut from the televised episode but can be viewed on the extended DVD release).

After she left the Creek, Monroe was in a handful of films, including Wake, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Edge of Seventeen. She also appeared in several TV shows, including roles in CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, and Castle.

Mary Beth Peil
Evelyn Ryan (Grams)

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You wouldn’t think it, but good ol’ grams is actually a classically-trained opera singer. A student of Northwestern University, Peil toured with the Metropolitan Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro in the 1960’s and originated the role of Alma in the opera, Summer and Smoke in 1971.

After a variety of Broadway and off-Broadway performances in plays and musicals, Peil made her film debut in the 1992 film, Jersey Girl.

In 1998, she was cast as Evelyn Ryan in DC and was the only actress outside of the main four to appear as a credited regular throughout the show’s six season run.

After Dawson’s Creek, Peil went back to the theater, appearing in productions of Sweeney Todd, Nine, and Sunday in the Park with George.

Peil continues to perform on stage, most recently in productions of Anastasia and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. She can also be seen in the upcoming romantic comedy, Best Day of My Life, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Simon Baker.

Busy Philipps
Audrey Liddell

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A native of Oak Park, Illinois, Elizabeth “Busy” Philipps got her nickname because her parents said she was “always moving” when she was a kid.

Her first major role was as Kim Kelly in Freaks and Geeks and was cast as Audrey Liddell in DC a couple years later. Her role as Audrey Liddell earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination as well as critical appraise.

After the Creek, Philipps starred as Hope Bobeck on ER, alongside her Freaks and Geeks costar, Linda Cardellini. She also appeared as Laurie Keller in the TV series, Cougar Town.

In 2017, Philipps signed on as co-lead opposite Casey Wilson in Tina Fey’s comedy pilot, The Sackett Sisters on NBC. You can also see her in the upcoming Amy Schumer film, I Feel Pretty alongside her real-life BFF and DC co-star, Michelle Williams.

John Wesley Shipp
Mitch Leery

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A regular on a variety of daytime soap operas, Shipp is no stranger to TV. He has appeared in As the World Turns, Santa Barbara, One Life to Live, and All My Children. In 1998, he was cast as Dawson’s father, Mitch Leery, on DC. He remained a part of the show for the first four seasons.

After the Creek, Shipp had a few more appearances on TV shows, including a short-term role on One Life to Live. He can currently be seen guest-starring in the CW series, The Flash.

Mary-Margaret Humes
Gail Leery

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After leaving the Creek, Humes, who played Dawson’s mother Gail, continued to appear in a variety of TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Touched by an Angel, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY. She’s also appeared in a handful of made-for-TV movies, including Beverly Hills Cop, Dad’s Home, and The Republic.

Nina Repeta
Bessie Potter

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Best known for her role as Joey’s older sister, Bessie on DC, Repeta actually attended East Carolina University with show creator, Kevin Williamson. After DC, Repeta had a very small appearance in the 2002 film, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. She’s remained out of the spotlight and hasn’t had a TV or movie credit since 2011.

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The Family Stone: Where Are They Now?

While several holiday movies can bring a tear to my eye (A Charlie Brown Christmas, ami right!?), there’s only one that makes me break down and weep like a disturbed child…

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THE FAMILY F*CKING STONE.

If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s totally worth seeing…but I urge you to have the following on hand:

  1. Tissues
  2. More tissues
  3. EVEN MORE TISSUES
  4. All the comfort food to warm your soul
  5. Coffee (THEY DRINK SO MUCH COFFEE IN THIS MOVIE)

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I can’t watch this movie more than one time during the Christmas season, but it’s still one of my favorite holiday flicks.

With an all-star cast (Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Claire Danes, Craig T. Nelson, Luke Wilson), this movie doesn’t skimp on amazing acting performances. It’s sad, it’s happy, it’s bittersweet in that holiday-magic-Christmas-movie kind of way…and, maybe most importantly, it’s relatable.

Since it’s the holiday season, I will commit to watching The Family Stone ONCE, and I fully expect a plate of mac and cheese and double-stuffed OREOS when it’s over.

Now celebrating it’s 12th year as one of the must-watch holiday movies, The Family Stone is bound to become a holiday favorite…so let’s dive in and take a look at what this cast of characters has been up to recently…

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The Family Stone: Where Are They Now?

Sarah Jessica Parker (Meredith Morton)

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Probably best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker has been acting in movies and TV since she was a child. She spent a good portion of her years after SatC on stage…and in 2005 made her return to film after a hiatus from Hollywood in the movie, The Family Stone. Parker actually received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as the uptight Meredith Morton. Parker went on to guest-star on Glee in a role very similar to the one that put her on the map. Currently Parker runs her own production company, Pretty Matches, which has been creating content for HBO and other channels since 2009. The company is currently running a web series called “City.Ballet”, which takes viewers behind the scenes with dancers of the New York City Ballet. In 2017, Parker announced that she will be partnering with the American Library Association to create Book Club Central, a new online platform that will provide reading resources, including recommendations, expert-curated book lists, and other content for book clubs and readers. Parker will serve as the honorary chair and will choose the books for the platform, as well as post discussion topics.

Rachel McAdams (Amy Stone)

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Rachel McAdams is a product of the great land of Canada. After getting her start in Canadian TV, McAdams made the jump to Hollywood around 2004 with her landmark roles in Mean Girls and The Notebook. After her work as Amy in The Family Stone, she was hailed by the media as Hollywood’s new “it girl”, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star. After a brief brak from acting, McAdams came back with powerhouse roles in True Detective and Spotlight, a role which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017, she appeared in the film, Disobedience and you can see her again in 2018 in the film, Game Night, which is a murder mystery party-style thriller that will also star Jason Bateman.

Diane Keaton (Sybil Stone)

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No stranger to the screen and stage, it’s no surprise that Diane Keaton blew us away with her portrayal of Sybil Stone in The Family Stone. The role earned her a Satellite Award nomination. For the rest of the 2000’s, Keaton did a handful of rom-com’s and comedies that all earned medium success. In 2010, she reunited with her Family Stone co-star, Rachel McAdams, for the film, Morning Glory. As of 2016, Keaton has a variety of film projects in different states of production. She’s set to appear in a British romance, Hampstead, also starring Brendan Gleeson, and the Netflix comedy, Divanation, which will reunite her with her First Wives Club co-stars, Bett Midler and Goldie Hawn, to portray a singing group that reconnects after a volatile split 30 years prior.

Dermot Mulroney (Everett Stone)

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A staple in the rom-com genre, Dermot Mulroney is maybe best known for his part opposite Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding. Mulroney has also appeared in many westerns, either playing an outlaw or a gunman. After his role as Everett Stone, he appeared in a few other films and had reoccurring role as Zooey Deschanel’s “fancyman” boyfriend, Russel in the Fox series, New Girl. Mulroney is also an accomplished cellist and has appeared alongside Alanis Morissette and Melissa Etheridge. He also played the cello in the film, Samantha. In 2017, Mulroney had a role in the film, The Mountain Between Us, and is expected to return to TV next spring for New Girl’s final season.

Claire Danes (Julie Morton)

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Claire Danes is a celebrated (and well-educated) actress. After her role as SJP’s sister, Julie Morton, in The Family Stone, Danes went on to appear in a few more films, including Evening, Stardust, and Me and Orson Welles. However her best work was on TV. She starred as Temple Grandin in the 2010 made-for-TV movie, Temple Grandin, and since 2011 has played Carrie Mathison on the series, Homeland.

Luke Wilson (Ben Stone)

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One half of the famous Wilson brothers duo (there are actually three brothers, though Luke and Owen share the most fame), Luke Wilson was the comic relief The Family Stone needed. After his portrayal as the fun-loving Ben Stone, Wilson appeared in 3:10 to Yuma, Blades of Glory, Concussion, Rock Dog, and most recently, Measure of a Man in 2017. Wilson and his brother, Owen, have also co-written a Wright Brothers biopic, in which they both plan to star. There has been no release date yet for that film.

Craig T. Nelson (Kelly Stone)

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An early member of The Groundlings comedy troupe, Craig T. Nelson was a regular performer at The Comedy Store. In 1973, he left the world of comedy, saying it left him “unfulfilled” and made the shift to dramas. As was the case with his co-star, Diane Keaton, Nelson was also nominated for a Satellite Award for his portrayal as Kelly in The Family Stone. After that, he reunited with Luke Wilson in Blades of Glory and made a name for himself in the series, Parenthood, as Ezekiel Braverman. Nelson also voiced the character of Mr. Incredible in Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles, a role which he plans to revisit for The Incredibles 2, due out in 2018.

Tyrone Giordano (Thad Stone)

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Like his character in The Family Stone, Tyrone Giordano is deaf in real life. After his role as Thad, the deaf and gay member of the Stone family, Giordano played the deaf brother of Ashton Kutcher’s character in the film, A Lot Like Love. He can also be seen in the 2008 film, Untraceable, starring Diane Lane. Giordano was recently on stage in Pippin and in the 2010 film, The Next Three Days.

Elizabeth Reaser (Suzannah Stone)

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You may know her from Twilight or Grey’s Anatomy, but Elizabeth Reaser has had quite the career. After her small but meaningful role as Suzannah Stone, Reaser went to star in the Twilight series, as well as several other films, including Puccini for Beginners, Hello, My Name is Doris, and Ouija: Origin of Evil. She also had a long-standing run as Ava/Rebecca in Grey’s Anatomy and also had roles in True Detective, Mad Men, and most recently, The Haunting of Hill House, a miniseries due out in 2018 (Netflix original).

Brian J. White (Patrick Thomas)

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Brian J. White, who played Thad’s partner, Patrick Thomas, is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He got his start in TV, appearing in Moesha, The Parkers, and The Shield before moving to films. After The Family Stone, White had a handful of other movie roles, as well as having a regular role in the series Men of a Certain Age. He has appeared in the series Scandal as the love interest of Olivia Pope and is currently acting in NBC’s Chicago Fire.

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The Cast of Jurassic Park: Where Are They Now?

The year 1993 was a magical time in cinematic history.  Throughout the course of the year, you could see Schindler’s List, The Fugitive, Sleepless in Seattle, Groundhog Day, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dazed and Confused, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Sandlot, The Last Action Hero, Philadelphia, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights in theaters.  But the highest grossing film, BY FAR, was the cult classic, Jurassic Park.

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Bringing in $914,691,118 worldwide (about $470 million more than the next highest grossing movie, Mrs. Doubtfire), Jurassic Park was a monster success.  Not only did it break box-office records by becoming the highest-grossing film ever made (at the time), but it spurred an insane amount of merchandise and sequels that we’re still making to this day.

The newest installment in the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is due for release in June of 2018, but I think it’s safe to say that the original Jurassic Park is by far the best one.  With epic special effects that still stand up today, Jurassic Park is a favorite of sci-fi lovers of all ages.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park has it all…an amazing score, a fantastic cast, a slew of awards, and Goldblum…

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All the Goldblum.

You know you want to watch the original Jurassic Park now…and you know as soon as you watch it, you’re going to ask yourself, “I wonder what ever happened to little Timmy…”  Well, here lie the answers!

Let’s dive in and take a look at what the cast of the original Jurassic Park movie is up to nowadays…

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The Cast of Jurassic Park: Where Are They Now?

Jeff Goldblum
Ian Malcolm
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Let’s be honest, we all know Jeff Goldblum was the real star of Jurassic Park.  After his sexy and snarky portrayal of Ian Malcolm, Goldblum went on to appear in Independence Day, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lost World, and several other films.  He’s done voice work for Apple commercials, including the iMac and iBook, and has also voiced commercials for Toyota and the National Lottery.  Most recently, Goldblum has appeared in the ID sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  He can also be seen in the 2017 film, Thor: Ragnarok and the 2018 Jurassic World sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (!!!).

Sam Neill
Alan Grant
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A native of Northern Ireland, Neill has studied and worked all over Europe.  After his work on Jurassic Park, he appeared in a handful of other films, including Sirens, Event Horizon, and Bicentennial Man.  He’s also appeared in a handful of New Zealand films, most notably The Piano and Perfect Strangers.  He returned to Jurassic Park in Jurassic Park III and stars alongside Jeff Goldblum again in Thor: Ragnarok.  Neill will also play the voice of Old Mr. McGregor in the 2018 release of Peter Rabbit.

Laura Dern
Ellie Sattler
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The lovely Laura Dern has certainly made a glorious comeback since her work on Jurassic Park.  Since leaving the island, Dern has appeared in several award-winning films, including October Sky and Wild, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  She had a minor role in Jurassic Park III and has continued to work both on film and TV pretty actively.  Dern can be seen in the most recent Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and has appeared in episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Twin Peaks.

Ariana Richards
Lex Murphy
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Ariana Richards was a gem of a child actress in her day, but recently has spent her adult life focusing on her art career.  She has appeared in the Christmas film, Prancer, and the B-cult classic Tremors, as well as reprising her role as Lex Murphy in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  Her last film was in 2013 (Battledogs) and has since put her time into painting.  You can view her gallery at http://www.galleryariana.com.

Joseph Mazzello
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Though he was only 10 years old when he appeared in Jurassic Park, Joseph Mazzello had already appeared in five films before that, including Radio Flyer, for which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture.  After Jurassic Park, Mazzello did a handful of other films, including an appearance in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  In 2001, he got into USC School of Cinematic Arts with a recommendation letter from Steven Spielberg himself.  He paid for his education with his small appearance in The Lost World, something Mazzello jokingly refers to as his graduation present from Spielberg.  In 2010, he played one of the co-founders of Facebook in the film, The Social Network and made his directorial debut with the short film, Matters of Life and Death, in which he also stars.

Richard Attenborough
John Hammond
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Richard Attenborough, the older brother of naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough (Planet Earth) was a product of the stage.  His film career didn’t begin until he was 19, with an uncredited role in In Which We Serve.  Working primarily in British films, Attenborough enjoyed a long and lucrative career on the big screen.  After Jurassic Park, he made an appearance in the sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and played Santa himself in Miracle on 34th Street the year after Jurassic Park came out.  His last film was Jurassic World in 2015, which came out the year after he passed away.

B.D. Wong
Henry Wu
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A celebrated Tony Award-winning actor and performer, B.D. Wong is no stranger to the big and small screens. His more notable roles include parts on Law and Order: SVU, Oz, and a reoccurring role as Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park series. He has appeared in several Broadway shows, including M. Butterfly, a role that earned him a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award all for the same role (he’s the only actor to achieve this monumental feat). He voiced Li Shang in Disney’s Mulan and was in the TV series Gotham for 12 episodes.  Fans of Dr. Henry Wu can catch Wong again in the 2018 film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Wayne Knight
Dennis Nedry
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You might know him from Seinfeld, Space Jam, or Toy Story 2, but chances are most people know him as “that guy from Jurassic Park”.  The first actor to be cast in Jurassic Park, Knight went on to have a stable career in TV and film.  He has voiced several TV cartoon characters and has made appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Bones.  Most recently, Knight was in the Coen Brother’s 2016 film, Hail, Caesar!

Martin Ferrero
Donald Gennaro
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The man who met his ill demise on the toilet in Jurassic Park has stayed pretty clear of movie and TV.  He had appearances in the 1995 film, Get Shorty and Heat, and his last film appearance was in 2001 in The Tailor of Panama.  In 2011, he reprised his role of Donald Gennaro in a CollegeHumor parody of Jurassic Park and as of 2008, has been a member of the Antaeus Company, an LA classical theater ensemble.

Bob Peck
Robert Muldoon
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It should come as no surprise that Bob Peck was a man of the stage.  He was a regular actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company alongside Ian McKellen and Judi Dench.  After Jurassic Park, he appeared in several TV series and direct-to-TV films, including The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Merchant of Venice, and The Miracle Maker, which was released a year after his death from cancer.

 

 

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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
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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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