That 70’s Show – Where are they now?11
By CT Goodson
That 70’s Show – Where are they now?
We sure love our television shows. We get so engrossed in their weekly dramas and shenanigans that we feel connected to the characters and the actors that play them. And just like an old friend that moves away, we miss them when we can no longer tune in to fresh episodes every week. And when we can’t, we often wonder, what are they up to now?
Remember Urkel from ABC’s Family Matters? Do you ever find yourself jonsing for the familiar, nasal, “Did I do that?” Well, he’s retired the phrase but you can catch Jaleel White, the man, online these days. He’s starring in the mock-reality show Road to the Altar. And how about some of our other favorites like That 70’s Show? Where are the actors that played Foreman, Fez, Donna, Kitty, Red and the rest of the cast that played the basement dwelling, pot smoking, date swapping Wisconsin teenagers, and their parents? We’ll tell ya.
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After the conclusion of “That 70’s Show” in 2006, Mila Kunis (aka Jackie Burkhart) mostly appeared in minor supporting roles which included playing the voice Meg Griffin on Fox’s animated series “Family Guy.” However, she hit a high point in 2008 playing opposite Jason Segal in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Her latest role, lip locking with Natalie Portman in the Oscar nominated thriller, “Black Swan,” has landed her a spot on Hollywood’s A-list. But Kunis isn’t the only one with eyes for Portman.
The other half of the on-again-off-again couple of That 70s Show, Ashton Kutcher (aka Michael Kelso), has been the most prolific member of the bunch. Kutcher expanded his television career and developed the celebrity prank show “Punk’d” which ran on MTV from 2003 to 2007. Kutcher then moved into several major movie roles in everything from the animated Open Season to Dude, Where’s My Car to The Butterfly Effect to his most recent film opposite Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached. If that weren’t enough, he was the first Twitter user to have more than 1,000,000 followers. It’s no wonder Kutcher was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010.
Danny Masterson played rebel Steven Hyde for the show’s entire run, 1998-2006. Since the show’s end, Masterson, like his co-stars, voiced an animated role. He was the voice of Quinn in the fourth season of the Kim Possible Disney cartoon series. Masterson has also been a part of multiple movies, television shows and TV movies from 2006 to the present day. “The Chicago 8” due to be released in October, 2011 will show Masterson’s return to a rebel role with his portrayal of Jerry Rubin, an American social activist of the 1960s and 1970s.
Laura Prepon portrayed Donna Pinciotti, the hot and sexy next door neighbor/love interest of Eric Foreman. Her role on the series landed her on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 list in 2005. Since then, she has worked in several independent films and has made a return to prime time television. As recently as 2010, she signed on for an ABC pilot, “Awkward Situations for Men” and her recent credits include roles on “Medium,” “House” and “Castle.”
Topher Grace, as Eric Foreman, gave us a picture of an awkward but sensitive teen that was love crazy over his next door neighbor. Grace left the show before the last season, went on to host “Saturday Night Live” and like his fellow cast mates, voiced an animated character – Donny, on “The Simpsons.” Grace has had considerable success with major movie roles in Spider-Man 3, Valentine’s Day, and Predators.
Wilmer Valderrama played “Fez,” a foreign exchange student with a limitless misunderstanding of American lingo and an insatiable need for candy. The end of the show in 2006 marked the beginning of Valderrama’s career as a television personality and producer. He produced and hosted the MTV series “Yo Momma” from 2006-2007, appeared on “Punk’d” several times and used his celebrity status to endorse NY rescue workers detoxification project charity event. Valderrama has also found success in his men’s fashion line, Calavena. Like his fellow cast mates, he is busy in animation work as the voice of Manny of Disney Channel’s “Handy Manny.” He also worked with Nickelodeon on a sitcom he created called “Earth to Pablo,” a storyline about a family that receives a space alien rather than the foreign exchange student they expected. Valderrama will hit the big screen this year in “From Prada to Nada,” a romantic comedy.
DEBRA JO RUPP
Debra Jo Rupp played Kitty Foreman, the menopausal yet thoughtful mother of Eric Foreman. However, Rupp was no stranger to television before “That 70’s Show.” She appeared in six episodes of “Friends” as the wife of Phoebe’s half-brother, Frank, as well as having guest starred on many well-known TV series through the 1980s and 1990s. Since the fall of 2010, Rupp has starred in the People’s Choice Awards nominated ABC sitcom of her own, “Better with You.” Currently she is slated to appear with Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff in the upcoming comedy movie, “She Wants Me.”
Kurtwood Smith played Red Foreman, the stern father of the Foreman family. While his favorite line may have been anything ending with his foot in someone’s ass, his relationship with fictional wife, Kitty made us all relate to the Foremans as a typical American family. Smith enjoyed a long and varied acting career long before stealing scenes with his sarcasm on “That 70’s Show.” His acting resume includes everything from playing the villain, Clarence Boddiker in “RoboCop” to President of the Federation in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” Smith did not leave “That 70’s Show” fame behind him when the show ended in 2006. He has since been working steadily in voice work on several animated series’ and video games. Most recently, Smith can be seen in the comedy, “Cedar Rapids” and is working on the soon to be released “Billion Dollar Freshman.”
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CT Goodson is a die-hard Chicago native, temporarily transplanted to a small, northern Illinois town. When she is not working at her day job managing office chaos, she is busy managing life’s chaos from her kitchen table, which provides plenty of material for her own writing projects.