Where are they now? There was a group of people who molded our childhoods in the 1990s. It wasn’t influential world leaders like Newt Gingrich and Ross Perot. It was the people we came home to everyday after school. After school television played an integral part in the progression of our race to adulthood.
However, it is sad to say that these people that we bonded on a daily basis are no longer with us. They may be available on DVD but it just isn’t the same to coming home to them, cuddling up with a grilled cheese, and connecting on a level that no one else could. This blog will highlight the lost childhood starlets of our eras as we remember the good times and fast forward to what they have been doing since.
Kimmy Gibbler: Ahh, the Gibbler. The quirky next door neighbor to the Tanner/Katsopolis/Gladstone family with the trademarked side pony. Kimmy was the friend we all had that we never wanted to hang out with but did because we either had to or we subconsciously knew they would always be there for us. After she perfected her character on “Full House” she decided to quit the entertainment industry as a whole and went the more traditional route of going to college and starting a family afterwards. She currently is busy folding her kids’ laundry and collecting fat royalty checks from the syndicated seasons.
Lark Voorhies: Lisa Turtle was my first ever chocolate crush and I still remember when she started to date Zack Morris because I reveled at the idea that she was dating a white guy because it gave me hope. She was pretty and a pretty good actress as well and it is a shame that she was casted in poor roles after “Saved By the Bell: The College Years.” Everything after that was low-budget and if you watch late night BET or Lifetime you could probably still catch a glimpse of her.
Ernie Reyes Jr.: Who? Does “Kwantsu dude” ring a bell? Ernie was the token ninja of our time. He was the star of “Surf Ninjas” who tantalized our VCR players with the likes of Rob Schneider and Tone Loc. He was the inspiration for all nerdy kids to want to take karate classes and the excuse for the ones who were forced to. He went on a big hiatus then scored small roles in the last Indiana Jones movie and Rush Hour 2. Typical.
Steve Urkel: He is not living a second life as Stefan Urquelle, as tight as that would be. I think it was extremely hard for the homie, Jaleel White, to shake the Urkel character. People are still probably walking up to him in grocery stores saying “Did I do that”? I feel bad for him because it was almost as though he was too good at what he did that he cemented his place in our hearts forever as we and casting directors could never depict him portraying another character. “Family Matters” was most definitely the highlight of his career as his role as Tenant #2 in “Puff, Puff, Pass” falls far short.
Donkey Lips: This Camp Anawana bottom bunker has a special place in all of our hearts. I still sympathize with him when Ugg Lee would make fun of him. He was the overweight teen with a shlur in “Salute Your Shorts.” He played the loser role well in that show as it inadvertently forced him into similar roles for the remainder of his career. He made a quick cameo on “Dude Where’s My Car”? but nothing anyone else would have heard of. It is quite sad that after his acting career he went somewhere he shouldn’t have, the couch to become a video game and anime voice. I’m guessing his personal trainer advised him against those decisions but what are you gonna do?
Older Pete from “Pete and Pete”: it is safe to say that he is the creepiest child star of all time. He was awk on “Pete and Pete” and a huge doucher in the Home Alones. Mike Maronna has fallen off the face of the Earth since 2004. If anyone sees a homeless ginger on the corner, do a double-take and yell “Pete”! It just might be him.
Andy “Brink” Brinker: Cutie Erik von Detten was a Disney Channel Original star. He was innocent, loyal and had the All-American look. Which boggles my mind that he went the entertainment voice over route. You may thought you haven’t heard from him in a while but he actually is the voice of Sid in the Toy Story trilogy and was one of the few Seth McFarlane-less voices on “Family Guy.”
Alex Mack: I’ll admit, I had the biggest crush on Larisa Oleynik back in the day. It’s sad I haven’t seen her since she was Sean Hunter’s love interest on “Boy Meets World” or when she was an aspiring sloot in “Ten Things I Hate About You.” I was surprised to find out that she is actually on “Mad Men” so maybe I’ll watch. Maybe.
The “intimidation kid from little giants: Todd Bosley is known for is great quotes like “I can’t see with this thing on” or “Why is everybody always pickin on me”? in “Jack.” It’s too bad he never made it big outside of his pre-teens because weasely voices like that only come around once a century. Recently he’s made some appearances on “Weeds” and “Scrubs.”
Kel Mitchell: Kel loves orange soda and we used to love Kel. The goofy funnyman of Nickelodeon’s “All That” and “Kenan and Kel” (which I saw live) had a lot of potential like his cohort Kenan Thompson who is now on SNL. Kel’s career went down the tubes with an unfortunate case of Babymamadrama. I horrid disease brought on by pre-marital sex that usually ends in divorce. Kel followed the norm with this one and no one has seen him in anything substantial in years.