There are a few things that immediately come to mind when thinking back of the 90s. The Pogs, the Tamagotchi and VHS, all sold like hotcakes back in the day. Along side with them, there were few big stars back then that we have really adored. It is a great pleasure to think of few of them once more:
David Faustino’s portrayal of the nerdy but endearing, Bud Bundy, on the show “Married..with Children”, earned him fans across the globe. After that, he did get a handful of small screen acting roles. These days, he is mostly making voice roles. He has lent his voice to Nickelodeon’s “The Legend of Korra”.
Andrew Keegan shot to fame with roles in the 90s flicks such as “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Camp Nowhere”. He was able to grab headlines in 2012 when it was reported that he had started his own spiritual movement. In 2014, he got into trouble with the law enforcers for serving Kombucha at a fundraiser without the requisite license.
As a level-headed Ashley in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Tatyana was able to woo audiences worldwide. She even had a hit single titled “Daydreamin,” in 1998. Although her music and acting career hasn’t hit the same heights as it once did, she has managed to keep herself in the limelight most notably through a six-year stint as The Young and The Restless’ Roxanne up through 2013.
Mike Vitar, of The “Sandlot Fame”, decided to bid goodbye to his Hollywood career in favor of an honorable profession, a firefighter. He has been working as a Los Angeles fire-fighter for the past decade. In 2003, he won adulation from all over for his heroic acts; he helped save the lives of his colleagues from a burning property.
Pictures of Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker were plastered everywhere during the promotions of “The Phantom Menace” in 1999. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all rosy for Jake as he failed to cope with fame while behind the scenes. Hence, it resulted in him quitting acting for good at the tender age of 12.
Worldwide fame and pin-up status followed Erika Eleniak immediately after she donned the iconic red swimsuit to play Baywatch’s Shauni McClain. However, after leaving the show in 1992, she had a difficult time with a slew of movie flops. Recently, she appeared on the reality shows, “The Real Gilligan’s Island” and “Celebrity Fit Club”.
Tahj Mowry was Teddy in “Full House”. He also starred in “Smart Guy” as a child actor. A grown-up now, he is one of the protagonists on the ABC Family sitcom, “Baby Daddy”. And, by the way, the man is 30 years old now. Time passes by quickly indeed.
Marla Sokoloff was fortunate enough to land the role of the receptionist, Lucy Hatcher, in “The Practice” and it kept her regularly on TV until 2004. Some of her other Full House co-stars weren’t as lucky as her. In the past decade, Marla has had to deal with the responsibilities of being a parent to two young girls.
When Grant Show left his role as Jake Hanson in “Melrose Place”, little did he know that his career would dive into oblivion. After that, he had to remain content with bit-part roles and TV movies. However, he did manage to strike the jackpot when he was cast as Spence Westmore in the ABC hit, “Devious Maids”.
Doug E. Doug
Doug E. Doug’s future as a Hollywood big hitter looked assured after his star turn as Sanka Coffie in the 1993 comedy hit, “Cool Runnings”. Unfortunately, the Almighty above had different plans for him. He couldn’t hit the heights he once did and the man ended up as a has been. In recent years, he was seen in small parts on shows like “Law & Order: SUV”.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner famously portrayed the character of, Theo Huxtable, on “The Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992. The actor has managed to keep himself in the limelight one way or the other and he was recently seen in “American Horror Story: Freak Show” as Angus T. Jefferson.
Karyn Parsons, most famous for her stint as Hilary Banks, on the show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, hasn’t been on screen much since the show stopped airing in 1996. These days, the actress provides her undivided attention and invests her time in a non-profit organization she founded. She acts as its president and helps produce movies about underrated black heroes from history.
Kids and adults worldwide were charmed by the performances of Christopher Castile as Step by Step’s Mark Foster from 1991 to 1998 and as Ted from the Beethoven movies of the early 90s. These days, Castile teaches social studies at Downey High School in his native California.
Josh Saviano got his fame when he played Paul on the show “The Wonder Years”. After that, he went through a hiatus, not that it was intentional, but entirely because no roles were offered to him. The man did make a return in 2014 though. He played a legal eagle in “Law & Order: SUV”.
Dustin Diamond really milked his success with “Saved by the Bell” and its sister shows. The man continues to be remembered for his role as the aggravating nerd, Screech. He has also undergone immense criticisms and flak for his tell-all Saved by the Bell book and four-month tenure behind bars.
In the 90s, Jaleel White, was a huge deal for his role as Steve Urkel in “Family Matters”. However, he wasn’t too fond of the role and after the show concluded in 1998, he said, “If you ever see me do that character again… put me out of my misery.” Recently, he was cast as a presenter on the game show, “Total Blackout”, a role he fulfilled from 2012 to 2013.
Dana Carvey became a household star with regular appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Wayne’s World movies. Regrettably, owing to terrible film choices, his career soon went on a downward spiral. Hence, he semi-retired from the spotlight. Most recently, he lent his voice to 2015’s “Hotel Transylvania 2”.
As the foxy rock chick, Cassandra, in the “Wayne’s World” movies, Tia Carrere stole the hearts of men all over the globe and made women go green with envy. After that, she went on to star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in “True Lies”. Since then, we haven’t seen her on both the small and big screen. She has had a fair amount of success with her singing career though with two of her Hawaiian music albums winning her Grammies.
Little did Luke Perry know that he couldn’t bank on his teen idol status forever. As “Beverly Hills, 90210” Dylan McKay, Luke was the ultimate teenage idol back in the 90s. Now a middle-aged man sporting wrinkles, Luke Perry is totally washed up. Even though his looks have failed him now, the man has still managed to land plum roles in “Oz” and in Showtime’s “Jeremiah” in the past 15 years.
Jason Priestley received two Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of the character, Brandon Walsh, in “Beverly Hills, 90210”. He hasn’t been fortunate enough to land parts as heralded or iconic as that one, but he did manage to bag the role of the protagonist in the critically acclaimed black comedy, “Call Me Fitz”.
Donna D’Errico had the pulses of every man racing with her role as Donna Marco in “Baywatch” in the 90s. To satisfy the demand of her fans, she even posed for Playboy. However, her fame wouldn’t last for long and she would have to remain content with small movie and TV parts. Unfortunately, she even filed for bankruptcy in 2014.
Gena Lee Nolin
Gena Lee Nolin became an overnight sensation after appearing on “Baywatch” as the resident bad girl, Neely Capshaw. During her heyday, she was regularly included by the tabloids as one of the world’s sexiest women in the world. However, her stint as an A-list celebrity didn’t last for long and Gena had to prematurely quit acting in 2003. She only resurfaced in 2013 to promote a book chronicling her battle with a thyroid condition.
Sherry’s performances on the TV show “ER” as the talented but troubled, Dr. Susan Lewis, landed her three Emmy nominations. However, after growing tired of her role, she decided to break her contract in 1996. That would turn out to be a bad decision as the grass wasn’t really greener on the other side and Sherry didn’t get the roles she thought she’d get. She did eventually return to the show for a five-season stint from 2001 to 2004.
Alicia Witt initially garnered hype in the 90s with her performances in the indie drama “Fun” and sitcom “Cybill”. Since then, the actress has made the transition to music. She is now a singer/songwriter with her area of expertise lying in the piano. The woman has released 3 extended plays over the years. She was last seen in “Friday Night Lights”.