Where Are They Now? The Cast of “Family Matters”

April 27, 2012  |  

Uh, where would we be without Steve Urkel? We wouldn’t know the “Urkel dance,” be able to say, “Did I do that!?” and wouldn’t think suspenders were maaaad cool. But the whole show that was “Family Matters” was pretty landmark, and who doesn’t miss the days of scripted shows where the black family was shown in a positive light (and they tackled tough issues!)? Time to see what this cast is up to nowadays. Be ready to click…

Reginald VelJohnson

As Carl Winlsow, the head of the Winslow family (aka, the “Big Kahuna”), he was like many fathers on television: a little uptight, but very funny. When he wasn’t spending time letting Steve Urkel get him enraged, he was working for the Chicago Police department, going up the ranks from officer to sergeant, to lieutenant, and finally captain. In real life, after “Family Matters,” VelJohnson guest starred on “The Parkers, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and most recently, he guest starred on the popular CBS show “Mike & Molly.” He did have a role on the CW show “Hart of Dixie” before it was canceled, and he has been in the movies Like Mike and Couples Retreat.

Kellie Shanygne Williams

Laura Winslow spent a lot of her time dating interesting dudes, being the very intelligent Winslow child, rocking the cutest hairstyles, and dodging the attempts by Steve Urkel to make her his boo. In real life, post “Family Matters,” Williams guest starred on shows like “Moesha,” “What About Joan?” “Girlfriends,” and “The Parkers.” She was also a substitute host for the Style Network show, “Clean House” in 2009, taking over temporarily for Niecy Nash. Williams is married, and the mother of a little girl named Hannah Belle Nash. She still looks great!

That’s Kellie and her husband, Hannibal. And by the way, below is her beautiful daughter, Hannah (circa last summer). Just had to share the cute-ness.

Darius McCrary

As the oldest Winslow kid, Eddie Winslow wasn’t all too bright, but he did keep the ladies calling, that’s for sure (even crazy Myrtle, the cousin of Steve Urkel). He’s kept busy doing movies like Kingdom Come, Next Day Air, Saw VI, and being the voice of the character Jazz in Transformers. But he’s also done some guest television work as well, including roles on “The Young and the Restless,” a role on the old UPN show, “Freedom,” and a guest spot as Toni’s brother on “Girlfriends.” And of course, we also know he made the random decision to marry Karrine “Superhead” Steffans after meeting her in 2007. They were married in 2009, divorced in 2010, and he insists that she is crazy. We believe it…but you married her so, what does that make you, bruh?

Jaleel White

If you say you weren’t watching “Family Matters” for Steve Urkel’s crazy behind, then I would say you’re lying. He played multiple hilarious and very clumsy characters, including the swexy Stefan Urquelle and southern belle Myrtle Urkel. After the show though, he managed to keep busy, but with nothing too big. He had roles in Dreamgirls, and was on a TV show called “Grown Ups” back in the day. He was also pretty well-known for voice work as Sonic the Hedgehog on the show, “Sonic Underground.” White is currently dancing for his life on “Dancing With the Stars,” and it looks like he hasn’t changed look-wise at all. Looking good!

The Mothers

Jo Marie Payton

The smart and no-nonsense mom Harriette Winslow, in every day life, Payton went on to guest star on “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Moesha,” was the voice of “Suga Mama” for 50 episodes of “The Proud Family,” was on “Meet the Browns,” and even “Desperate Housewives.” In 1999, the actress actually released a jazz album called, Southern Shadows. She doesn’t look like she’s aged much at all.

Judyann Elder

The back-up mom after Payton departed “Family Matters” during the final season, Elder didn’t make much of an impact as Harriette (seeing as she was only on a few episodes), probably because she was better known for being Gina Waters’s mom on “Martin.” After work on both shows ended, Elder went on to appear in movies like Dead Man on Campus and Seven Pounds, and guest starred on “Desperate Housewives,” “Cold Case,” and most recently, “Love that Girl.”

 

Rosetta LeNoire

Known as Mother Winslow on the show, LeNoire’s character was full of knowledge, and had MAD jokes too! Once the show ended, LeNoire really only did the show “Cosby,” and in 2002, the veteran Hollywood star passed away from complications from diabetes.

Telma Hopkins

Rachel Baines-Crawford was the sister of Harriette on the show, who came to live with the family after her husband passed. In the end though, she was only on for a short time and her character wound up disappearing off of the face of the earth, but not before opening the very live Rachel’s Place for the kids in the neighborhood. But when she left, Hopkins wound up in The Wood, The Love Guru, and The Clean Up Woman. She’s also done guest work on “The Hughleys,” and “Are We There Yet?”, and of course, had the role of being Mona’s mother, Phyllis, on the UPN comedy, “Half & Half.”

The Kids

Bryton James (also known as Bryton McClure)

James played the very cute Richie Crawford, the older version of Rachel’s son. He was known for his very ’90s hair and his big smile. After the show ended, James operated off the radar, but popped back up to do work on “Smart Guy,” and recently, to have roles on both “The Vampire Diaries,” and “The Young and the Restless.” He even won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on “The Y&R.” James also decided to dabble in music, releasing a single called, “Ooh, The Way I Feel About You” to get his vocal talents out there.

 

Orlando Brown

He was the adopted son of the family, the cool and often trouble-making addition to the Winslows, widely known as “3J.” After the show, Brown did voice work on “The Proud Family” as Sticky Webb, guest starred on “One on One,” “Fillmore,” and of course, had a starring role as Eddie, Raven’s homie in “That’s So Raven” on the Disney Channel. His most recent movie roles include We The Party, and he’s currently working on Christmas in Compton. Sounds…interesting.

Jaimee Foxworth

Judy Winslow was the youngest child in the family (way before 3J was adopted). And while she was very cute, writers didn’t know how to develop her character. So when the young actress and her people asked for a raise, those in charge thought it was the perfect time to fire her. She struggled getting work after that, even trying to make a music group with her sisters, but she ended up trying to support herself doing adult films, including an adult film parody of “The Jeffersons.” Not really sure how you can make that swexy… But at one point, she even battled substance abuse and more, and took to “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” to get help. But these days, she’s a mom and seems to be doing better.

The Homies

Shawn Harrison

The very funny (and stupid) Waldo Geraldo Faldo was the homie of Eddie Winslow, and not only did he keep a mean high-top fade, but he could dance. And being less than bright didn’t stop him from macking on Laura’s friend Maxine (stay tuned). After the show, he guest starred on “Moesha,” “Eve,” and “Girlfriends, as well as “The Parkers,” and is currently finishing up on the movie Hotel Arthritis.

Cherie Johnson

Johnson portrayed Laura’s best friend, Maxine, while on the show. And while she played in the background so Laura could get all the shine, in real life, Johnson is calling all the shots. After doing guest TV work for a while, Johnson started writing and producing films, including a movie called I Do…I Did (which you can find on BET sometime–of course). She’s produced eight films in all, and written two books. She’s currently working on her third, Peaches & Cream. Don’t ask…

Shavar Ross

Only around for the earlier seasons, Weasel was also Eddie Winslow’s good friend. If you’re wondering where you’ve seen this actor before, you might remember him from playing Dudley on “Diff’rent Strokes.” After the show ended, Ross did a little bit more TV work, including the recent show, “Chocolate News.” However, he got more involved in the business side of things, becoming a film director and the founder/co-editor-in-chief of ShavarRoss.com, an “infotainment blog.”

The Girlfriends

Tammy Townsend

Everybody remembers Greta, the feisty boo of Eddie Winslow who had to go toe-to-toe with Myrtle for him time and time again. After her time ended on the show, she had a role on the show “Rock Me Baby,” as well as “Sherri,” and most recently appeared on a show called “9ine.” If you didn’t catch her on those things, you can see her in recent movies like Preacher’s Kid, My Girlfriend’s Back, and Warrior.

Michelle Thomas

The very silly but sweet Myra Monkhouse was about one thing, and one thing only–loving her some Steve Urkel. Though she seemed like the perfect fit for him with her bubbly self, Urkel ended up leaving Monkhouse behind for his love, Laura Winslow. After the show ended, Thomas did “The Young and the Restless,” but sadly, the actress passed away in ’98 at the age of 30 after battling a rare form of stomach cancer. Sorry to end on a sad note by the way…

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  • Emz

    Hart of Dixie didn’t get cancelled, CW renewed it

  • Jessjanet32

    Darius McCrary has gotten more handsome with age.

  • Sweety-b

    Aww, that did end on a sad note ūüôĀ

  • Chi

    I think Hart of Dixie is still airing, not canceled, and as far as I know Reginald VelJohnson is still on the show.

  • imissda90s

    didn’t kellie have a baby during the run of the show? remember when there was a break and when the new season returned, she was a lot thicker filling out her jeans?

  • Jooceej

    I still love this show matter of fact, I’m watching it on nick right now ūüėČ

  • My_Mind_Speaks

    Y’all forgot one little tidbit…
    Jaimee Foxworth appeared in several p0rn flicks from 2000-2002 under the stage name “Crave”… She also appeared in movies such as¬†More Bl@ck Dirty Debutantes 30 and¬†32, The Adventures of Peeping Tom 28, Booty Talk 20: Super Fine Sistas!,¬†H0t Girlz,¬†and My Baby Got Back! 29…

  • Wixbd

    Richies girlfriend gwendolyn was played by naya rivera, who currently plays santana lopes on glee.

  • Melissa

    Myra (Michele Thomas) the girl who played Urkels girlfriend. Her dad is lead singer of Kool and the Gang. JT (James Taylor)

  • Atypical Black Woman

    Maxine has a restaurant out in Texas called Datt’s It. I read on another site that she’s part owner and manager and waitress.

  • IllyPhilly

    What’s Happening. Jefferson, Parenthood (Townsend show)¬†

  • TaraT1983

    What about gwendalyn she is a star on the show glee. And she was richie real sister

    • Jooceej

      Omgg is this true!?! I didn’t know that wow

  • Truthhurtz

    One of the best black shows ever! Thanks for the update 

    • Trey Mixon

      EXCUSE ME!!! dont you mean African American

    • lonnietherichkid

      Its African American stupid MF

  • leanna23

    Yeah, that was a sad note to end on. But thanks for updating us. I use to LOVE that show

  • Mindyabiz

    What about laura’s boyfriend that tried to smash he was in alot of stuff in the 90’s

  • universal

    yall forgot about gwendolyn, the little long hair lightskin girl that played little riches girlfriend for a short while. she plays in the tv show “glee” now

    • oOBubbles21

      Yeah. ¬†That’s Naya Rivera. ¬†Good memory!! ¬†

    • oOBubbles21

      Yeah. ¬†That’s Naya Rivera. ¬†Good memory!! ¬†

    • oOBubbles21

      Yeah. ¬†That’s Naya Rivera. ¬†Good memory!! ¬†

  • universal

    and oh yea, was it really necessary to put the actual name of the adult film that jamiee played in (Booty Talk 20: SuperFine Sistas)?! im pretty sure she wouldnt be to happy about that information being put out there, but facts are facts i guess. but gotta admit…..dayum that girl is finer than a mugg tho, i wonder if she’s dating anybody now….

    • Nina Dashotta

      “I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t be happy about that information being put out there” LOL the fugg?? I’m sorry but is porn some new discreet business or something??? That’s like a stripper getting mad at men gawking a her naked tail on stage and considering the rest of your comment, I’m sure your under the age of 25. Jamie was very disturbed woman at one point, being on celebrity rehab for marijuana addiction (which is had no idea was even possible, *kanye shrug” but after watching it and hear her saying she goes through 5 blunts before they even start filming and another 5 after the shoot I was through. Po thang, she looks like a zombie, not even into it half the time. I have mixed feelings for women who have to do degrading things like porn and stripping to make a quick buck, then I don’t because it signals a weakness, to keep up with the joneses or continue to have that Hollywood lifestyle, their afraid of normalcy.

  • @msredbonebrite

    Judyann Elder was also Diamond’s mom in “The Player’s Club”… that’s where I remember her from, as well as Martin, of course!

  • universal

    one of the best black sitcoms of all time right there. that show is truely missed now in the age of tyler perry everything.

    • Papillon

      The show started out great. Simple sitcom about a regular family. Mildly entertaining and there was even a lesson learned now and then. Somewhere along the way it became the Steve Urkel show. Steve started inventing things, gained magical powers, had an alter-ego (Stephan Urkelle). The plot lines became ridiculous! I had to skip out on the final seasons because I just couldn’t take it anymore. I appreciate it for what it was in the early seasons, before all the foolishness started.

    • Papillon

      The show started out great. Simple sitcom about a regular family. Mildly entertaining and there was even a lesson learned now and then. Somewhere along the way it became the Steve Urkel show. Steve started inventing things, gained magical powers, had an alter-ego (Stephan Urkelle). The plot lines became ridiculous! I had to skip out on the final seasons because I just couldn’t take it anymore. I appreciate it for what it was in the early seasons, before all the foolishness started.

    • Papillon

      The show started out great. Simple sitcom about a regular family. Mildly entertaining and there was even a lesson learned now and then. Somewhere along the way it became the Steve Urkel show. Steve started inventing things, gained magical powers, had an alter-ego (Stephan Urkelle). The plot lines became ridiculous! I had to skip out on the final seasons because I just couldn’t take it anymore. I appreciate it for what it was in the early seasons, before all the foolishness started.