Whatever happened to the pesky, bacon-obsessed Beans from Even Stevens? And what became of Will’s baby cousin, Little Nicky, from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Are they still acting or have they left the spotlight to pursue normal lives? We’ve all pondered these questions at least once while watching child actors on our favorite reruns. And of course, nine times out of ten, we’ll pull out our phones and Google their names to get a glimpse of how much of they’ve grown up (and boy, do they grow up). But aside from that, we want to know what they’re all up to these days and, most importantly, if they’ve got any new projects in the works!
So to satisfy our curiosity, we found out exactly what these forgotten child stars have been doing since their days on the most beloved TV shows:
20. Benjamin Salisbury from The Nanny
Character: Brighton Sheffield
He’s living outside of the spotlight for now, but he did do a few more acting gigs after he finished The Nanny. In 2004, he joined his former castmates for a reunion special called The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember. In 2005, he played a small role in the series Numb3rs and in 2006, he was in a drama short called On the Brink. In that same year, he also participated in a few commercials for Domino’s Pizza, but he hasn’t done any acting projects since then. He’s currently married to Kelly Murkey.
19. Peter Costa from The Cosby Show
Well who could forget the cute kid whose signature move was to speed off at the first sign of trouble? After doing The Cosby Show, Peter did one more small role in the 1990 film, The Lemon Sisters. After that, he left acting for good so he could pursue music. He’s currently a percussionist in three bands: Torrential Downpour, the Kreptaka Bar Band, and PT Grimm. All of them are based in northern New Jersey.
18. Ross Bagley from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Character: Nicholas “Nicky” Banks
Little Nicky was literally the cutest and he was basically Will’s mini-me. After this show ended, Ross went on to get a degree in Cinema and Television Arts from California State University. He landed quite a few roles in other projects, including The Wild Thornberrys, Judging Amy, and his latest film, Dead Ringer, from 2015. But since then, he has stepped away from acting to pursue a career in real estate. He is now the Director at Pathways Consulting.
17. Parker McKenna Posey from My Wife & Kids
Character: Kady Jay Kyle
Okay so, Kady has legit morphed into a supermodel. The actress is now 21 and she has worked on a few films and shows. Since My Wife and Kids, she appeared in projects like Summer Camp, iCarly and Lucky Girl. Parker is now in the process of filming three upcoming movies: Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends, Streets of Money, and This is Real. She also has her own swimwear shop called Honeydip and she’s currently in a relationship with rapper Problem.
16. Noah Gray-Cabey from My Wife & Kids
Character: Franklin Aloysius Mumford
This talented little munchkin grew up to become a drool-worthy stud and we can’t stop staring at his Instagram photos. After doing the show, Noah went on to attend Harvard University and he still pursued acting. You may recognize him from a few popular TV shows, including Heroes, Heroes Reborn, and his most recent series, Code Black. He’ll be playing the role of Robbie in an upcoming film, Fog City (expected in 2018).
15. Tahj Mowry from Full House
In case you don’t already feel old, little Teddy is now 32. After Full House, Tahj went on to act in films like Poof Point and Seventeen Again (he even got his own show, Smart Guy, and did the voice of Wade in the animated series, Kim Possible). His most recent role was Tucker in the Freeform series Baby Daddy, but aside from that, he has also been working on music. So far, he released an EP called Future Funk and he’s now in the process of releasing another studio album.
14. Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit from Full House
Characters: Nicky and Alex
If you’ve seen the series revival on Netflix, then you’ve already gotten a glimpse of the two during their comeback (they returned to play the same roles). But since the end of the original show, neither continued a career in acting. Blake, who played Nicky, grew up to be a firefighter, and Dylan became a sound-effects artist. He has worked on video games, TV shows, and movies. Among his most popular projects are Furious 7, Black Sails, and Game of Thrones, which actually earned him an Emmy nomination! Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky would be so proud.
13. Marla Sokoloff from Full House
Character: Gia Mahan
Like the twins, Marla also made a comeback for Fuller House. She’s only a recurring guest, but she still plays Gia. Since the end of Full House she has starred in several TV shows and movies. Among the most popular are Friends, 7th Heaven, Home Improvement, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Fosters. Gia is now married to drummer Alec Puro and they have two daughters together: Elliotte and Olive.
12. Jeremy Miller from Growing Pains
Character: Ben Seaver
After gifting us all with the classic the “Ben Seaver Scream,” Jeremy stayed involved in acting. He even did a few voice acting gigs for animations like This Is America, Charlie Brown and Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders. But as for his personal life, he actually had a serious alcohol addiction from the age of four. In 2016, he appeared on Oprah: Where Are They Now? and opened up about his experience. He eventually overcame it after seeking medical treatment and in 2011 and he became a spokesperson for Fresh Start Recovery where he achieved sobriety. Jeremy is now married to Joanie Miller and they have three sons.
11. Nicholle Tom from The Nanny
Character: Maggie Sheffield
We all knew her as the shy and awkward sibling on the show, but Maggie was perhaps the one character we all related to the most. The actress, Nicholle, is best known for her Beethoven movies (which were filmed around the same time as The Nanny). But since then, she’s been keeping busy. Nicholle has been working on several popular TV shows and movies, and just this year, she starred in the film The Sterling Chase. Some of her most popular roles were in The Princess Diaries, Criminal Minds and Gotham.
10. Erik Per Sullivan from Malcolm in the Middle
He may have been mischievous, but he was by far the most adorable kid in Malcolm’s family. He was usually overlooked in the family and, oddly enough, it kind of feels like life is imitating art here. While Erik did land four more roles after Malcolm in the Middle (his last one being in 2010), he has remained out of the public eye and he’s not very active on social media. But we know that he attended the University of Southern California and that he has a first-degree black belt in taekwondo. Impressive! He also plays the piano and the saxophone. Pretty impressive!
9. Khamani Griffin from All of Us
Character: Bobby James
If you’re not too familiar with All of Us, then you might recognize him as that adorable kid, Ben, from Daddy Day Care. Since then, he has guest-starred in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Navy NCIS. From 2009 to 2011, he also had a main role in the game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? He’s now 19 and he goes to Pasadena City College, where he’s majoring in Communications.
8. Malcolm David Kelley from Lost
Character: Walt Lloyd
Malcolm is now 25 and he still acts on a regular basis. He has appeared in shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Saving Grace, and Gigantic. His most recent role was Michael Clark in the film Detroit, which was released this year. But in addition to acting, Malcolm has been building a music career as well. He is currently one-half of the American pop duo called MKTO, which was formed shortly after he met his partner, Tony Oller in 2010. They signed to Columbia Records in 2013 and so far, they’ve released one album and one EP. They’re currently working on new music.
7. Michael Fishman from Roseanne
Character: D.J. Conner
Incase you haven’t heard, Michael will be joining his former castmates for the reboot of Roseanne! He went on to play a few roles after the original show ended, but then he considered moving on to producing and directing. He gained some experience with set building, set design, camera operating, and assistant directing. But after he had his first child, his priorities changed for a little while.
In an interview, he said: “I spent the next few years playing baseball, then coaching and giving back. Over the 16 years, I have coached baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and hockey. All the while I have been making notes, writing down names, sketching out stories. I always knew what I wanted. I just thought it would take me a little longer for the opportunity. In the meantime I have also been taking acting classes, doing improv and some stand-up.” We can’t wait for his comeback on the show!
6. Jenna von Oÿ from Blossom
Character: Six LeMeure
Blossom’s fast-talking bestie is now all grown up and enjoying motherhood. But it’s not always easy – as she details in her blog The Cradle Chronicles, and her Situation Momedy book series. Aside from being an accomplished author, Jenna also continued her acting career and pursued music. She went on to star in The Parkers and did several other supporting roles before releasing two albums called Breathing Room and Coffee & Men: An EP For Childish Adults. She’s now married to a computer data consultant named Brad Bratcher and they have two daughters named Gray and Marlowe.
5. Zachery Ty Bryan from Home Improvement
Character: Brad Taylor
We loved seeing him play the girl-obsessed sports buff whose hair just never stopped changing. After the show, he appeared in several popular TV shows like Veronica Mars, Burn Notice, and Smallville. A few of his films include The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Longshot and The Game of Their Lives. But since his last acting credit in 2009, he’s been more focused on producing. Zachery is now married to Carly Matros and they have three daughters together (two of which are twins).
4. Taran Noah Smith from Home Improvement
Character: Marcus Taylor
He was the poor goofy kid who constantly got picked on by his brothers, but we always had a soft spot for him. This was actually Taran’s last role because, as he explained in an interview, acting just wasn’t his calling.
“I started Home Improvement when I was seven, and the show ended when I was 16,” he said. “I never had the chance to decide what I wanted to do with my life. When I was 16, I knew that I didn’t want to act anymore.” So since then, he mostly stayed out of the spotlight. But when he was just 17, he married Heidi van Pelt, who was 16 years his senior. They stayed married for over six years and started a vegan restaurant called “Playfoods” in California. But the two got divorced in 2007.
3. Steven Anthony Lawrence from Even Stevens
Character: Bernard “Beans” Aranguren
Yes, he was an annoying little brat, and yes, he always showed up uninvited, but still, Beans was a gem. After working on Even Stevens, the actor appeared in a bunch of TV shows and films, including Rebound, Weeds, and Bratz. He has also appeared in TV commercials for T-Mobile and Old Spice. His latest movie, which came out this year, is called Holly, Jingles and Clyde 3D . He plays Jingles!
2. Danny Tamberelli from The Adventures of Pete & Pete
Character: Little Pete
You may also remember him from Nickelodeon’s All That or Figure It Out. Since then, Danny has teamed up with his former co-star Mike Maronna to start a weekly podcast called The Adventures of Danny and Mike. He’s also a bassist and vocalist for his rock band Jounce, and he’s the co-creator of Man Boobs Comedy, a group that produces funny sketches. He hasn’t done much acting since The Adventures of Pete & Pete ended in 1996, but he did appear in a few commercials.
1. Mackenzie Rosman from 7th Heaven
Character: Ruthie Camden
We got to see little Ruthie grow up on the show, but now we haven’t seen much of the actress since she was a tween. Mackenzie continued with acting, appearing in shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Ghost Shark. And here’s another fun fact: She was actually featured in Maxim magazine in 2013.
Mackenzie is currently working on the short film Love Will Tear Us Apart. But aside from acting, Mackenzie is also a competitive equestrian show jumper. She rides in jumping competitions on her horse, Mentos Junior.