What is it about the ’90s that causes us to look back with such nostalgia? Is it the music? The cool toys? The hip fashion? For many of us, it’s the memories of watching our favorite stars on TV and on the big screen.
It’s always fun looking back to the good old days, but where are the stars of our youth now? Let’s catch up with the heartthrobs, drama queens and superstars who entertained us.
Candace Cameron Bure
As DJ Tanner, Candace Cameron Bure was one of the central characters one of ABC’s most popular shows of the ’90s, “Full House.” She took a break from Hollywood for a while after leaving the show and getting married to raise her kids. However, she returned to TV in her memorable role in the Netflix reboot of “Full House.”
McKellar played the perfect “girl next door,” Winnie Cooper, in the ABC series “The Wonder Years.” After the show ended, she continued acting, appearing in shows such as “The West Wing.” Today, she is an author who promotes math literacy for young women all while continuing her acting career, primarily on the Hallmark Channel. McKellar has been married twice, and has a son, Draco, from her first marriage.
He played the dreamy mischief-maker Zack Morris on one of the best-known ’90s series, “Saved by the Bell.” His cute smile, massive cell phone and schemes made the girls love him and the guys want to be just like him.
Today, Gosselaar continues to rack up the roles on the small screen, with appearances in “NYPD Blue,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and, most recently, “Nobodies.”
Gosselaar has been married twice, and he has four kids (two kids with his ex, and two with his current wife, Catriona McGinn).
Her first role was in the creepy film “The Crush” in 1993, but her role in the Aerosmith music video “Cryin” and her iconic performance as Cher in “Clueless” launched her into the celebrity stratosphere. More recently, she’s been in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” and “Book Club.”
Silverstone and her husband filed for divorce in May 2018. They share one son.
Ryder made a name for herself in Hollywood in the late ’80s with roles in “Heathers” and “Beetlejuice.” But in the ’90s, Ryder earned Academy Award nominations for her roles in “The Age of Innocence” and “Little Women,” then gave a powerful performance in “Girl, Interrupted.” In the early 2000s, though, she was in the news for a different reason — a shoplifting charge. She kept a lower profile for a time, but now, you can catch her on the Netflix blockbuster hit series “Stranger Things.”
Ryder is currently in a long-term relationship after dating stars Johnny Depp and Matt Damon in the ’90s.
Applegate is perhaps best known for playing provocative daughter Kelly Bundy on the ’90s Fox TV series “Married With Children.” After the show got canceled, she continued to work on various projects on film and TV, including “Friends,” “Jessie” and “Samantha Who.” Her most recent roles include work on the “Bad Moms” feature films.
Applegate is a breast cancer survivor and a mom of one with her second husband. She was previously married to actor Jonathan Schaech, who is best known for his role in “That Thing You Do.”
Savage starred as Kevin Arnold in the classic ’90s ABC TV series “The Wonder Years.” Audiences watched as he grew up right on the show. He has stayed in show business but has shifted his focus to being behind the camera as a director and producer of many shows, including “Modern Family,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” and the feature film “Daddy Day Camp.” He’s married with three kids.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen
We can’t talk about Zack Morris without talking about his true love, Kelly Kapowski. She was the prettiest, most popular girl at Bayside High during the five seasons of “Saved by the Bell.”
Like Gosselaar, Thiessen continued to have success in show business after the series ended. She was in “Beverly Hills: 90210,” and she’s hosted her own series on the Cooking Channel. Thiessen can be seen on the TV series “Alexa and Kate.”
While she once dated Brian Austin Green (from “90210” fame), she’s married with two kids to fellow actor Brady Smith.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
Oh, babies! These twin girls stole the world’s hearts as Michelle Tanner on the “Full House” TV series. They were so popular, they had their own movies, books, music and merchandise. Ultimately, they created their own fashion line and became multi-millionaires. They continue to design clothing for a mature audience, winning Designer of the Year accolades in 2015.
Probably the saddest story from the “Saved by the Bell” cast is Diamond’s, who played the kooky and lovable Screech on the show. He made a few appearances on TV after the show ended. However, is known more for a self-produced sex tape and an arrest for stabbing a man at a bar on Christmas Eve in 2014. He was arrested again in 2016 for a probation violation.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Back in the ’90s, Gellar stormed onto the small screen as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Since her vampire-fighting days, she’s made numerous appearances in film and TV, including in “Cruel Intentions” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” to name just a couple. However, she currently focuses her time on her new venture, FoodStirs organic baking kits and raising her two kids with husband Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Sabato, Jr. got his start as a Calvin Klein underwear model in the early ’90s. He went on to roles in “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place.” In 2016, he emerged as a political figure at the Republican National Convention. Today, he is running for Congress in California.
Admit it. “MMMBop” might be one of the top songs of the ’90s. This trio of brothers (Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson) burst onto the music scene with their catchy tune in 1997. Though they faded from view after their one major hit, the three brothers now run their own independent record label and continue to make music and tour more than 25 years after their chart-topping song.
Do you remember racing home after school to watch MTV’s “TRL” (Total Request Live)? Daly was the hip and handsome host of the show, which featured the most popular music, movie and TV celebrities in front of a live audience. Today, he’s still in front of the camera as part of NBC’s “Today” and “The Voice.”
Melissa Joan Hart
Hart had her own TV series on Nickelodeon from 1991-1994 called “Clarissa Explains It All.” Her success there carried her over to network television with ABC’s hit show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” She can still be seen on TV as part of reality game shows and in various Lifetime Original Movies. She’s also a married mom of three.
Patric hit it big with his role in the 1987 vampire film “The Lost Boys.” His star continued to rise beyond the ’90s as he took on numerous roles, including in “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” “Sleepers,” and “Entourage.” According to IMDb, he has six movies in post-production scheduled for release in the coming months, so be on the lookout for him on the big screen soon. He has one son.
Ethan Hawke’s breakthrough screen performance was in 1989’s “Dead Poets Society” as Todd Anderson. From there, he went on to memorable roles in “Reality Bites” with fellow ’90s star Winona Ryder. With dozens of credits to his name since the ’90s, he has remained a fixture on the screen and behind the scenes as a writer and director. His most recent film, “Stockholm,” had its debut earlier in 2018 and he plans to perform on Broadway in “True West” in 2019.
Hawke is a father of four. He and ex-wife, Uma Thurman, share two children, and he has two children with his current wife as well.
Slater co-starred with Ryder in “Heathers” as bad-boy J.D. He also had the lead role in “Pump Up The Volume,” co-starred in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” with Kevin Costner, as well countless other roles since hitting it big in the ’90s. He had a few run-ins with the law over the years, including an assault and drug arrest in 1997. Currently, he plays the title role in the USA network series “Mr. Robot.”
Slater has two kids with first wife, Ryan Haddon, a journalist, and has been remarried since 2013.
She got her start in her Aerosmith’s music videos (her dad is lead singer Steven Tyler) and then starred in the 1996 Tom Hanks film “That Thing You Do.” In the early 2000’s, she played elven royalty as Arwen in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. She has continued to act and producer over the years, and married and became a mom. She now is a regular actor on the TV series “Harlots,” which is produced by Hulu.
James Van Der Beek
As Dawson Leery on the WB TV series “Dawson’s Creek,” James Van Der Beek became one of the decade’s leading heartthrobs. While he never found the same level of success after the show ended its run, he has made appearances on shows like “CSI,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and, most recently, “Modern Family.” He has five children with his wife Kimberly.
Danes earned critical acclaim for her performance as Angela Chase in the TV series “My So-Called Life.” Her TV success brought her to the big screen, where she starred in “Romeo + Juliet,” “Little Women,” and “The Hours.” She left acting to study at Yale University for a while but ultimately came back to Hollywood. Danes continues to star in the Showtime series “Homeland” in the lead role. Danes is married to actor Hugh Dancy, and they have one child.
Another ’90s heartthrob from a classic TV series, Lawrence played Joey Russo on NBC’s “Blossom” and was known for his “Whoa!” catchphrase. The series ran from 1991-1995. Lawrence guest-starred on shows for a while until ABC picked up “Melissa and Joey” (with Melissa Joan Hart from 2010-2015). Unfortunately, he filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and recently settled his case in court.
As Bailey Salinger in Fox TV’s series “Party of Five,” Wolf knew how to bring out the emotion and drama. He also had a starring role in the WB’s “Everwood” in the early 2000s. Most recently, he played Dr. Scott Clemmens in the comedy TV series “The Nigh Shift” on NBC. He and his wife, Kelley, have three children.
Chabert also became a household name after starring in “Party of Five,” as Claudia Salinger. She eventually went on to other memorable roles in films like “Lost in Space” and “Mean Girls.” In recent years, she’s done voice-over work for the “Voltron” and “Justice League” animated series, as well as appeared in a variety of TV holiday movies.
Chabert is married with one child.
Who could forget Anna Chlumsky’s performance as Vada in the 1991 film “My Girl” opposite MacCaulay Culkin? It’s hard to believe that was her first-ever role! After a sequel, she left acting to pursue a college degree. However, she decided to give acting another try and landed roles on “Veep,” “Hannibal,” and “Halt and Catch Fire.”
Chlumsky is married with two kids.
Ricky Martin had one of the top tunes of the decade with his 1999 hit “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” He had already been a top Latin artist, and once he made the crossover to the English music charts, he became a superstar. Over the years, he has continued his music career, as well as an acting career, both on TV and in the theater. Martin appeared as Gianni Versace’s longtime boyfriend in 2018’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story .”
Martin is married with two kids.
Neil Patrick Harris
Harris might be one of the most enduring actors from the ’90s era. He started out at age 16 as “Doogie Howser, M.D.” on ABC. Since then, he’s gone on to win a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Broadway Musical. He also starred in CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” and is currently on the Netflix original series “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
He’s married with two kids and maintains an active social media presence of his adorable family life.