Celebrity Then And Now
Is it shocking to see celebrities aging? Well, not really or maybe it is in some cases. Perhaps you were watching an old TV series and feeling curious to know how the cast looks today and when you look them on the internet with grey hair and wrinkles, you’ll receive a big shock.
Most of their fans think these people as their characters stuck in the past, but actually, they age like everybody.
Mr. T was an iconic figure in the 80’s known for his gold chains, his Mohawk, and his tough guy attitude. Laurence Tureaud was born in Chicago in 1952 as the youngest of 12 children. His popularity has skyrocketed with his role in Rocky III and his participation on the first two WrestleMania events.
Now the 64-year-old tough guy is enjoying a quieter life out of the spotlight and watching how his 2 sons and daughter are growing to become successful professionals.
Tony Danza was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951. He was an excellent athlete especially when it came to boxing and wrestling. Tony made several appearances in some films and television series including Cannonball Run and The Love Boat. But it was when he received his second starring role in Who’s the Boss? Tony’s popularity was at its highest.
Now, he is spending the majority of his time with his son Marc and his daughters Gina, Katherine, and Emily.
Haley Joel Osment
Haley’s life suffered a sudden turn when he was approached by a talent scout while he was running errands with his mother at a local store. Passing his audition, Haley received his first success when he signed his first commercial deal with Pizza Hut in 1994.
After that commercial, Hayley was cast in many television series like Ally McBeal, Walker Texas Ranger, and The Larry Sanders Show. Then the bright-eyed boy did his major leap when made his film debut in Forrest Gump and received a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by an actor under ten. But his career reached its highest on his role as Cole Sear in the thriller The Sixth Sense and with his stellar performance on in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi drama A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Now the 28-year-old actor is working on several projects to make his comeback to the big screen. He always gives credits to his parents by helping him to “keep his feet on the ground.”
Yasmine was born in New York City in 1968. She was only 10 months old when she appeared in the commercial for Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo. At the age of 12, Yasmine receiver her first role in the 1980 film Hey Babe!
At her 18s, Yasmine had already worked on several soap operas like One Life to Live and Ryan’s Hope but her popularity reached the peak when she cast as Caroline Holden on Baywatch in 1993. She became an icon and appeared on many magazine covers which labeled her as one of the most beautiful women in the world.
Now, Yasmine has been avoiding interviews and public apparitions since 2003 due to her cocaine addiction. But thanks to her husband’s support, she managed to surpass her addiction step by step. She said, “I’ve proven to myself that I can’t have both drugs and love. I have to make the choice, so I choose love.”
A 12-year-old Jaleel White made his debut through small-time appearances on TV series like The Jefferson and The Cosby Show when until he received the opportunity to join the cast of Family Matters as Steve Urkel. Originally cast to only participate in the first episode, audiences fell in love with his character and helped him to gain a place as a permanent cast on the series from 1989 to 1998.
After his success as Urkel, Jaleel made a name for himself thanks to his squeaky voice, so he was the voice the Sonic the Hedgehog in cartoons like Adventures of Sonic and Sonic Underground.
Although he may not be a superstar anymore, Jaleel feels a great appreciation for his early success, “I’m happy to be recognized for all the right reasons. I’ll always take a legacy of giving people laughs. As long as I can give people some laughs, I feel like I’ve done something good to the world.”
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas had a hot start on his career when appeared in the TV series The Bradys and in 3 episodes of Living Color before he reached his 10 years in 1991. On the same year, Jonathan received the great opportunity of his life when he was cast for the role of Randy Taylor on the successful sitcom Home Improvement.
During his development as actor on Home Development, he managed to make his own way on the silver screen when Disney offered him starring roles in movies like Tom and Huck, Man of the House, and I’ll be Home for Christmas,
Besides, he made the voice of young Simba in Disney’s megahit animated film, The Lion King in 1994.
However, Jonathan departed the successful sitcom in 1998 season before its official final season in 1999. His departure left many fans shocked. It wasn’t until 2013 when he finally revealed the real reasons for his absence: he wanted to take a breath away from the fame and the terrible stress of filming a decade-long series.
Ross Bagley jumped into an early stardom when he was cast for the role of Nicholas “Nicky” Banks on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when he was just 5 years old.
After his success on the sitcom, Ross was also cast to interpret the beloved Buckwheat in the 1994 re-make of The Little Rascals. Besides, he used his voice to the puppy in the film Babe in 1995. In 1996, he will team up once again with Will Smith when he was cast as Dylan Dubrow (Smith’s stepson) in the blockbuster movie Independence Day.
Now a 27-year-old Ross is still waiting for another cast on a comedy. He’s said his dream is one day sharing the stage with Kevin Hart and Denzel Washington.
Amanda Bynes began her career in comedy when she was just 7 years old and appeared in a national commercial for Buncha Crunch candies. Then, she appeared in stages productions like Annie, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music.
Eventually, she became a regular cast on Nickelodeon’s All that and Figure It Out from 1997 to 1999. Additionally, Amanda was given her own variety show called The Amanda Show (1999-2002)
In 2002, she was cast for a starring role on What I Like About You with Jennie Garth. In 2006, she starred in Hairspray and She’s the Man. In the same year, her name was included on the list of Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25.”
But in March 2012, Amanda was arrested for talking on her cellphone while she was driving. On the next month, she was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after many accidents including a hit and run which caused the suspension of her driver’s license.
Outraged by the negative comments about her, she dramatically changes her looks making clear she was suffering some kind of meltdown as she was arrested on her home for possession of Marijuana.
Michelle did her first incursions with few appearances in Fantasy Island and Delta House. But in 1982, due to her great effort and hardworking, she was cast in the film Grease 2. On the next year, she was cast for the role of Elvira Hancock with Al Pacino in the gangster classic film Scarface.
Then, due to the good reviews received by her acting skills, Michelle also starred on the films Into the Night, Sweet Liberty, and The Witches of Eastwick. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Michelle decided to go for more and opened her own production company called Via Rosa Productions in 1990 which allowed her to produce and participate in films with strong female roles.
She received a lot of popularity when she was cast for the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns, a performance that so many fans considered as the most authentic portrayal of the female fatale villain in Batman history.
Nowadays, Michelle has a lot of work for the future without any plans to retire. She said, “I can’t see myself retiring, ever.”
Michael J. Fox
The 80’s was an unforgettable decade for Michael J. Fox as he became one of the most popular stars of that time after receiving his first roles in movies like Midnight Madness and Class of 1984. Besides, Michael was cast for the role of Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties from 1982 to 1989, receiving a Golden Globe and 3 Emmy Awards for his incredible performance as a lead actor.
But his popularity reached its highest peak when he was cast for the role of Marty McFly in the film Back to the Future in 1985. With the film becoming the most successful film of that year and worldwide phenomenon, Fox reprised his role for the next two sequels.
After his riding the DeLorean, he starred in many films like Bright Lights, Teen Wolf, Big City, and Casualties of War.
But in 1991, Michael’s life suffered a tragic turn. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Although the doctors telling him that will be a matter of time he could not be able to act anymore, Michael signed a multi-film deal in order to work as much as possible before the effects of the disease will take him out of the spotlight forever.
Therefore, he was cast for the TV series Spin City in 1996. But after 2 years, he decided to quit from the series because the symptoms became harder to hide. Plus, he also worked as a voice actor in animated movies like Stuart Little and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
In 2000, Michael opened The Michael J. Fox Foundation to promote research and awareness about the Parkinson’s disease. Besides, he has written several books about his career and how he was in a denial state about his condition. He said, “You are getting a much more complete picture about the life of a person with Parkinson. The thing with this disease is everyone has their version of it so what we are doing with research is trying to attack it whatever the issue you may suffer.”
With just 16 years old, Alicia Silverstone began her career as a model and turned some heads when she made a brief appearance on the film The Wonder Years in 1992. Then in 1993, she was cast for a lead role in The Crush which labeled her as a teen idol. Besides, she appeared in several music videos for bands Aerosmith.
But her major step was in 1995 when she was cast for the role of Cher Horowitz in the comedy film Clueless. In 1997, she starred lead roles in direct-to-video films like True Crime and The Babysitter. Plus, she acted as Batgirl in the film Batman & Robin.
However, the superheroes film received many negative reviews, which marked the end of Alicia as an A-lister. After that movie, she only received some minor roles for a few low budget movies.
For the next decade, she spent most of her time between voice acting, some stage performances, and several cameo appearances. But many still wondered what is the real reason for Alicia’s tragic fall from grace in Hollywood. And she has the answer.
“I was just a theater kid. I never wanted to be in movies or TV. There’s no support or lessons on what you do when you suddenly became famous as a young woman. It was too much for me.”
Alicia is now a known outspoken advocate for animal rights with PETA and an environmental activist who had used her fame more than self-promotion. “I went on a quest to change the world, to make things better for the earth, for animals, and for children,” she said.
Joseph’s parents owned a performing arts and dance school so he fell in love with acting since he was very young.
He appeared in some commercials when he was just 7 years old until he made his debut in the film Presumed Innocent with Harrison Ford in 1990. In 1992, he made relevant performances in Radio Flyer and Desperate Choices: To Save My Child.
During that year, Joseph met Steven Spielberg who was impressed with his talents and he planned to cast him for his next movie, Hook. However, he was too young for the Hook role and then Spielberg had other plans for the young star as he cast the talented boy for the role of Tim Murphy in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park in 1993.
Due to the big success of Jurassic Park, Joseph won his first Young Artist Award and received several roles in movies like Simon Birch, The Cure, and Star Kid.
In 1997, he decided to walk away from Hollywood to attend college at the University of Southern California (USC) where he studied Cinematic Arts to eventually become a director.
During his time at USC, Joseph starred some roles in movies like Raising Hell and The Hollow and TV series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without A Trace.
In 2010, he makes his big return in his role as Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz in the film The Social Network and as Eugene Sledge in the HBO miniseries The Pacific.
Now, he is spending his time working in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. Joseph is putting his best efforts into an upcoming project with the story based on his brother who pursued a career in professional baseball.
Edward was born in Glendale, California in 1977. He had a troublesome childhood by the divorce of his parents and he was adopted by his aunt and uncle. Fortunately, he spent most of his time at the Pasadena Boys and Girls Club where Mali Finn, a casting director, saw him and invited him to act as John Connor in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgement Day with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Furlong said during an interview, “They were looking for normal looking kids, so this woman came up to me asked me if I wanted to be in a movie. And I said, ‘Yes.’”
After the Terminator 2 film, with only 15 years old, Edward started dating Jacqueline Domac (29), his old tutor. In conflict with his aunt and uncle who was his manager at that time, he filed for emancipation at 16 years old and moved to live with Domac and hired her to be his manager to then announcing their engagement.
However, the young actor’s personal life started to go out of control due to his growing alcohol and drug addiction.
Although he starred in films like Detroit Rock City and Pecker, nothing could revive Jonathan’s acting career. Also some bad decisions like starring in films that skipped the silver screen to go directly to DVD and declining the chance of starring a third Terminator film contributed to the fall of the young actor.
Now, Edward is struggling with his drug addiction and has been arrested on several occasions for his substance abuse and domestic violence.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert grew up in a broken home surrounded by poverty and drugs where his father was an addict, an actor, and a filmmaker. He was just 5 years old when he made his debut in his father’s movie Pound in 1970. Then, he continued to make minor appearances until he dropped the high school and returned to New York to invest full time in his acting career.
After some minor appearances in films like Saturday Night Live, Brat Pack, Tuff Turf, and Weird Science, the young Robert received his first leading role in the 1987 film Less Than Zero which he reincarnated a drug-addicted rich boy.
In 1992, while his fame continued to rise, he received the starring role in the film Chaplin which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Sadly, his success was not enough to avoid the derailment caused his drug addiction causing multiple arrests, drug charges, and losing the control of his personal life.
In 2000, although facing a difficult struggle to surpass his addiction, Robert joined the cast of Ally McBeal and receive positive reviews for his performance, in fact, he received a Golden Globe Award.
However, it was only a matter of time before things turned to worse because of his uncontrollable addiction which leads him to two drug arrests and sentenced to a drug treatment program by the court. Obviously, he was expelled from the TV show.
Losing everything, Robert decided to change and achieve sobriety. Then, in 2008, the 51-year-old actor received a call from Marvel and he was cast to the role of the charismatic Tony Stark (Iron Man) role that led to the Avengers blockbuster movie.
Robert’s comeback story is a good example of how a person with strong convictions can overcome the most difficult obstacles and receive a second chance to redeem himself.
Now, Robert is enjoying his fame more than ever and even could find love. He married with Susan Levin in 2005 and has 3 children who love him.
It seems that the sky is the limit for our beloved Iron Man.
Jake Lloyd was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1989. His parents (an entertainment agent and a set medic) perfectly the ways of the industry and helped their son to find his first role in 4 episodes of ER as Jimmy Sweet.
After his debut, Jake had to wait 3 years until he was chosen by George Lucas to play Anakin Skywalker in the film Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. The young actor expected that this will be a major step for his career and obtain some recognition after the film was released in 1999.
However, the movie received a lot of negative reviews and said that Jake’s performance was below the expectations and his role was tough for a 10-year-old actor dreaming of fame.
In 2001, he decided to retire from acting for being too stressful for a 12-year-old boy. Plus, he was a victim of bullying from his classmates. One of his latest works was voicing his Skywalker character in some video games.
Jake confessed, “My whole school life was a living hell. The kids at school took it so far that he couldn’t walk the hall without someone making the sound of a lightsaber every moment they saw me.”
In 2015, he found himself back to the headlines when he was arrested for irresponsible driving, resisting the arrest, and driving without a license. This incident obliged his mother to confess about her son’s schizophrenia and his lack of interest to take the proper medication.
After his arrest, Jake spent 10 months in prison until April 2016 when he was transferred to a psychiatric center. Jake’s fall is a sad example of how the life of an artist can have such cruel twists. We hope that this 27-year-old man can get his life back on track and can find a new purpose to achieve happiness that he deserves.