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Hey, you awesome readers!  I hope you’re ready for another “Where are they Now?”  This time, we’re going back to the sweet-sweet days of the 90s with this gem:  “Sparks.”

“Sparks” was about… the Sparks, a central California family with their own law firm, and the details from their daily lives as well.  Though it was only on for two seasons, a lot of talent has come from this cast, so let’s see:  Where are they now?


James Avery as Alonzo Sparks

Alonzo Sparks was the protagonist of the series, and James Avery shined in this role.

Fresh from his six year run in the comedically acclaimed series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” James Avery dove into this role.  After “Sparks” ended he went on to act, act, and act.  Hardly missing a beat, James Avery appeared in a series of acting and voice acting roles like:  “In the House,” The Prince of Egypt, “Pepper Ann,” Dr. DoLittle 2, “The Closer,” “Soul Food” the series, “Sherri,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and Go, Bolivia, Go!

He also finished the movie Wish I Was Here, with Zach Braff, but sadly didn’t get a chance to see the completed movie, because he passed December 31, 2013.  This amazing, talented, and versatile actor will continue to be missed.

Terrence Howard as Greg Sparks

Greg Sparks not only worked at the law firm, he also worked on his father’s nerves by constantly arguing with his brother, Maxey.

Terrence Howard is proof of what persistence in your chosen profession can lead to.  Terrence, who is now an A-List actor, has appeared in prominent films like Hustle and Flow (where he was nominated for an Academy Award for), Crash, Iron Man, The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

His personal life has seemed to be as dramatic as some of the projects that he was worked on.  However, that hasn’t stopped his work, as he has a new series “Empire” coming to air this year.

 

Miguel A. Nunez Jr. as Maxey Sparks

Maxey Sparks was Alonzo’s son and Greg’s brother, and was played by the versatile actor, Miguel Nunez.

After “Sparks,” Miguel went on to play Little Richard in the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and then Biscuit in the film Life, and hasn’t slowed down since.  Some more notable performances were in movies and shows like Juwanna Man, “Joey,” “Tarzan,” and “Belle’s” (which he co-created, and revealed a slight beef with Tyler Perry.)  He’s also branched out by producing the film School Dance, and has a number of films and other projects that he just completed on the horizon.

Robin Givens as Wilma Cuthbert

Wilma Cuthbert was the only female lawyer at the law firm, and was at the center of the the Sparks brothers’ desire.

Robin Givens has always been a beautiful woman, and a talented actress, so when Sparks hit its final season she didn’t have a problem with finding other acting jobs.  Some notable projects have been:  “Cosby,” Head of State, “The Game,” “House of Payne,” The Family that Preys, “Chuck,” “90210,” and Unspoken Words.

However, her past, dysfunctional, relationship with Mike Tyson, which ended in 1989 is still pretty relevant, and seems to follow her.

 

Arif S. Kinchen as LaMarr Hicks

LaMarr was another colorful character on the cast, and his portrayal was played by Arif S. Kinchen.

Arif S. Kinchen has been a go-to talent in different forms of entertainment, from comedy (“The Wash,” “Method and Red,” and “Let’s Stay Together”), voice acting (“Beware the Batman,” “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “Saints Row,” “Mad,” and others), and he owns his own promotion and talent management company:   A.S.K., Incorporation.

He is also very passionate about donating and helping different associations.  Check him out in the below video requesting people to donate to the Children’s Hospital, it’s truly inspiring.

Kym Whitley as Darice Mayberry

I have to be honest, I have yet to see Kym Whitley in a role that I didn’t love!  Her enthusiasm alone makes every character that she takes on entertaining to watch.

Kym Whitley has always been a working actress, and continues to do so.  Her roles after “Sparks” have varied between comedies and voice acting, like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Next Friday, Transformers, “My Wife and Kids,” “The Parkers,” “The Boondocks,” I Love You, Man, “‘Til Death,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Let’s Stay Together,” and “Young and Hungry.”

Her career almost hit a snag back in 2009 when rapper and current Love and Hip Hop Atlanta newcomer, Young Joc tweeted that Kym slapped her close friend Tamala Jones.  However, it all turned out to be a fabrication, and Kym’s career has continued to progress. You can catch her now on her OWN reality show “Raising Whitley.”

Wanda-Lee Evans – Judge

You can’t have a show about lawyers and not have them interact with a judge, and that’s where Wanda-Lee Evans stepped in.

After “Sparks,” Wanda-Lee continued to act, and appeared in productions like:  City of Angels (the movie and the series), “Will and Grace,” “The Shield,” “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Cold Case.”

It seems that “Cold Case” was the last show that she worked on, in 2008.  By doing research, I found a Wanda-Lee Evans (not sure if it’s the same), who is an actor in LA, and also a Director at the Eartha Kitt’s Kittsville Youth Foundation Dance and Cultural Arts Program.

 

Phill Lewis as Det. Floyd Pitts

Phill Lewis, to me, is proof that making amends for wrong doings doesn’t mean the end of opportunities. Phill Lewis was becoming an established actor, but in 1991, he was involved in a drunk driving incident that left the driver of the opposite vehicle dead.  He was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.  He made a sincere apology and decided to make a change. In prison, he created a prison performance troupe that was dedicated to informing the masses on the dangers of drinking and driving, and using drugs.

Once he was released, he continued to act, and stayed dedicated to encouraging people to make better decisions that could negatively affect someone else.

He’s been in prominent roles in hit shows like “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody,” “Friends,” “Scrubs,” “Yes, Dear,” “Total Drama” (he’s DJ!), “Special Agent Oso,” and he was also in the last film that James Avery shot, Wish I Was There.   He’s also an established director, directing episodes in some of the top series that he’s been in, and other productions.

 

Hawthorne James as Claude

After being known as “Big Red” from The Five Heartbeats and “Brother Claus” from “Martin,” Hawthorne James became the memorable Claude on the last season of “Sparks.”

After “Sparks,” Hawthorne went back to what he does best: act.  Hawthorne appeared in many shows and movies, such as:  Amistad, “ER,” “Charmed,” “Carnivale,” and the current hit show “Workaholics.”  He just finished filming the movie Blues for Life.

Kenya Moore as Ms. Collins

Before she was brandishing a megaphone and scepter at the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, and after her 1993 win in the Miss USA pageant, Kenya Moore was trying to establish herself as an actor.  This is her in a scene on the show “Smart Guy,” that was filmed around the time she did “Sparks.”

After “Sparks” she continued to appear in series and movies like:  “Smart Guy,” “Living Single,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” Senseless, “In the House,” “Girlfriends,” Trois, I Know Who Killed Me and others.  She is currently still a cast member of RHOA, and is currently filming “Celebrity Apprentice” in New York while pursuing litigation against RHOA cast member Porsha Williams.

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