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Do you remember The Facts of Life? Can you believe that it's been over 30 years since the show ended? Okay, now that we've successfully made you feel old, allow us to make things better by bringing a little entertainment into your life. If you remember the show, then you must remember how big of a hit it truly was back in the day. But did you know that The Facts of Life launched the careers of many of today's biggest stars? Let's take a closer look at what happened to the cast of the show after it ended.
George Clooney has starred in so many films and tv shows that it's hard to keep track of them all. Back in the day, the iconic actor appeared on The Facts of Life, playing the role of George Burnett. His appearances were only limited to 17 episodes, and we all know what happened afterward. Clooney took over all of Hollywood with a list of box office hits longer than most people's entire careers.
This may surprise a few, but Mayim Bialik was once somewhat of a child star. Before she appeared on the hit tv show The Big Bang Theory, Bialik started out playing Jennifer Cole on The Facts of Life. The actress is now a household name and also holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last two decades, then you know Seth Green. If you don't know, then congratulations on finally making it out from under that rock. Anyway, Green is known for appearing in The Italian Job, The Austin Powers franchise, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also done voice-overs for Robot Chicken and Family Guy.
Dorothy Ramsey was a fan favorite, and it's easy to see why. After the show ended, the actress wasn't short on offers and ended up with over 50 film & tv credits on her resume. Kim Fields is still active in the industry and is still very close with her fellow The Facts of Life co-stars.
Juliette Lewis made her name on The Facts of Life. But that was only the beginning for her. The actress went on to score an Oscar nomination and solidified her name in the entertainment business. When Lewis isn't busy adding to her acting credits, she's in the studio recording music.
Pamela Adlon was briefly cast as Kelly Affinado in the sitcom The Facts of Life. But after the show ended, she blew up (not literally). Adlon went on to have a successful acting career, including Louie, Californication, and Better Things.
Molly Ringwald was an 80s sitcom sensation. The actress started her career with appearances on Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life before going to bigger and better things. Since the show ended, Ringwald has been quite busy and recently appeared on the hit tv show Riverdale.
Jermaine Jackson is best known as a member of the famous Jackson Five. But perhaps what many people don't know about the singer is that he actually appeared on The Facts of Life in his younger days. Today, Jermaine is still active in the music industry and still performs every now and then.
Before David Spade became the big shot comedian he is today, he made a few appearances on The Facts of Life back in the day. After his short stint on the show, Spade picked up several memorable roles in hit movies. Today he's one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood.
Anyone familiar with sitcoms back in the day knows who Gary Coleman is. He's the man who popularized the catchphrase "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" on Diff'rent Strokes. But many people don't know that Coleman also made a few appearances on The Facts of Life. Sadly, Coleman passed away in 2010, aged 42.
Paul Provenza took the fame of playing Casey Clark on The Facts of Life and built on it. He went on to become a famous comedian, actor, and author. Provenza has excelled in almost everything he has done since the show ended and is well respected in the industry.
The Facts of Life was a small but important part of Cloris Leachman's almost 80-year career. She appeared in films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Young Frankenstein, Spanglish, and The Croods. Sadly, the veteran passed away at the beginning of this year, aged 94.
After The Facts of Life ended, one thing was clear. Alex Rocco was a brilliant actor, and that proved to be true throughout his career. Some of the movie credits he picked up along the way include The Godfather, A Bug's Life, and The Wedding Planner. Rocco is also credited on The A-Team, The Simpsons, and The Famous Teddy Z.
Charlotte Rae was honored with an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life. After the show ended, Rae collected over 90 film & tv credits before her illustrious career came to a sad end in 2018. The veteran actress passed away after battling a serious illness for several years.
Unlike his co-star John Lawlor, Astin made the best out of his limited time on the show. He only appeared on The Facts of Life for three years, but that was enough to convince Hollywood that he was the real deal. Astin went on to have a great career in the entertainment industry and is still active.
Geri Jewell is a trailblazer. She became the first person with a disability to have a recurring spot on prime-time television. And that set the tone for the rest of her career. Today, Jewell is an award-winning author, performer, and motivational speaker.
Jami Gertz didn't exactly set the world on fire after The Facts of Life ended. She did go on to make a few notable appearances in The Lost Boys, Twister, and Crossroads. Gertz has recently starred in ABC's The Neighbors between 2012 and 2014.
Nancy McKeon made her name in soap operas before she made the move to The Facts of Life. She joined the cast in the show's second season and played the iconic tomboy Jo Polniaczek. Mckeon continued with her acting career long after the show ended and was recently reunited with her former co-stars in Light Up My Christmas.
If you're wondering why you haven't seen Sherrie Austin on your screen recently, that's because she traded in her acting career for a music studio and a recording contract. Austin is now a famous country music singer with five albums to her name.
As you can tell by her last name, Moon Unit Zappa is the famous musician Frank Zappa's daughter. The actress only briefly appeared on the show, and it wouldn't be a surprise if you missed her. Since then, Zappa has continued acting and has also started a career as a stand-up comic.
The Facts of Life may not have been where Richard Dean Anderson made his name, but the show did help launch his career. Today, the actor is still hard at work. He has been working on several different projects while also being an active environmentalist.
Julie Anna Haddock first appeared on The Facts of Life as Cindy Webster in the show's first season. The actress also had a few cameos in the following two seasons before NBC completely removed her character from the show. Haddock's career never took off after she left the show, and she has since stepped away from the public eye.
Ryan Cassidy is sort of the black sheep of the Cassidy family. But not because he's under archived but rather because his brother has gone on to have such a massive impact in the industry. When Ryan wasn't under his brother David Cassidy's shadow, he was making a name for himself in shows like The King of Queens, JAG, and Good Luck Charlie.
Marj Dusay's role as Monica Werner on the show will always be remembered. The actress recently passed away in 2020 from natural causes. Before she passed on, Dusay had already retired from acting and didn't spend as much time under the spotlight.
Eve Plumb has clearly found the fountain of youth and is keeping it to herself. Apart from her run on The Facts of Life, the actress has also appeared in hit TV shows such as The Brady Bunch, Law and Order, Days of Our Lives, and Army Wives.
Lauren Tom got her big break on The Facts of Life, but that only lasted two episodes. Still, that only motivated her to keep going, and since then, she has also had quite a career. The actress has also voiced some familiar characters in shows like Futurama!, King of the Hill, and Rocket Power.
Charlotte Rae discovered Mindy Cohn while researching The Facts of Life at Mindy's high school. The actress played Natalie Green on the show. Cohn continued with her acting career after the show ended and recently reunited with her former co-stars Kim Fields, Lisa Whelchel, and Nancy McKeon in Light Up My Christmas.
Jenny O'Hara was cast as Miss Emily Mahoney, Mrs. Garrett's own personal sidekick. The hilarious O'Hara brought joy to the show's diehard fans during its run, but the jokes didn't stop when the show ended. The actress has since starred in The King Of Queens, The Mindy Project, and Transparent, to name a few.
It's been over 30 years since The Facts of Life ended, and Mark Tymchyshyn is still going strong. The actor has an enviable list of TV and Film credits including, The Gregory Hines Show, Boston Legal, George Lopez, and Reckless.
If there's one thing that we've learned up until now, it's that The Facts of Life gave us quite a few Hollywood stars, and Bryce also falls on that list. While he may not be as big as some of his other co-stars, the actor did go on to have quite the career. And it's not over yet …
Lester didn't fare too well on the show. He only appeared in eight episodes before leaving The Facts of Life. His career never really took off after that, apart from a few guest appearances and voice-over roles. The actor did find some success in the Broadway scene, appearing in several plays and musical productions.
The actress only appeared on 16 episodes on the show, so she wasn't exactly regular. Soon after leaving The Facts of Life, Piekarski landed the Mouseketeer's role on Walt Disney's The New Mickey Mouse Club. Apart from that, the actress has barely been active and is quietly going about her life.
Helen Hunt is better known for her role on the show Mad About You rather than her stint on The Facts of Life. Still, she did make quite the impression on the show, and it did help her land some of her later roles. Nowadays, Hunt isn't as busy as she used to be and focuses more on her family.
The Facts of Life was Larry Wilmore's first TV acting role. After the show ended, Wilmore took a break from acting and pursued a career in writing. He was fairly successful, and some of his best work includes writing for The Bernie Mac Show and In Living Color. Recently, Wilmore appeared in the late-night show, Wilmore.
Lisa Whelchel was practically still a child when she first appeared as Blair on the show. The beloved star warmed many with her witty humor during the show's impressive nine-season run. Sadly, after the show ended, the actress took a break from the spotlight and has done very little publicly since then.
The Facts of Life producers only gave Orson Bean three appearances on the show, but it should've been more. The actor continued to pursue his passion for acting long after the show ended. Sadly, it all came to an end after he tragically passed away back in 2020.
Dick O'Neill's career was cut short a few years after The Facts of Life ended. O'Neill passed away in 1998, aged 70, after suffering serious heart problems. The iconic actor will always be remembered for his portrayal of Charlie on Cagney and Lacey.
Heather McAdam's role as Alex on The Facts of Life didn't really set the world alight, but it did help her gain some recognition. After the show ended, McAdam made several guest appearances on major tv shows. Off-screen, the actress married Tod Kessler, and they have three children together.
When he first appeared on The Facts of Life, Nicolas Coster was only given a small role. It was clear from the beginning that Coster was very talented, and he's shown that throughout his career. Nowadays, Coster regularly shares the stage with Hollywood big hitters and shows no signs of slowing down.
Mako was so good at acting; he didn't even need to use his last name. But in all seriousness, before he even appeared on The Facts of Life, Mako had an Oscar nomination to his name. And even though he's no longer with us, his memory lives on in the art he created.
Lou Richards only appeared on the show as a guest star, but when you consider how talented he was, they should've given him a more recurring role. Regardless, Lou Richards went on to have an illustrious career that would make many people jealous.
Lois Nettleton appeared as Noreen Stickle on The Facts of Life early on in her career, and she made quite the impression. The actress also has credits in The Heart of the Night, Crossing Jordan, and The Christmas Card. Nettleton passed away in 2008, aged 80.
The Facts of Life was Meredith Scott Lynn's first real shot at acting. She was cast as Ashley Payne on the show, and when it ended, she went on to have a decent career. Lynn appeared in shows such as The Marshall Chronicles, The Pursuit of Happiness., and Days of Our Lives.
John Lawlor might not look back fondly at his time as Steven Bradley on The Facts of Life. After one season, the actor was written off, which became the theme for the rest of his career. Lawlor never became the break-out star he was hoping to be when he first started acting and has since faded into obscurity.
The destinies of The Facts of Life cast have been mixed, to say the least. Most of them used the show as a springboard and went on to bigger and better things when the show ended, while others faded into obscurity. Which star of The Facts of Life surprised you the most? Leave a comment and let us know. And if you loved this article, remember to share it and check out more great stories.