For everyone that grew up during the 80’s, Full House was an after school tradition, along with such other great sitcoms like Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince and Family Matters. Full House was always one of my favorites, and many of the stars of that show are still in the public eye.
Full House lasted eight seasons, airing from 1987-1995.
Let’s take a look at what all the stars have done since the show ended, and what they are up to now…
Bob Saget (Danny Tanner)
Danny Tanner was the main character, and the guy that held the family together on Full House. He was also the co-host of the morning talk show Wake Up, San Francisco along with Rebecca Donaldson, who later becomes his sister-in-law.
He is also the widowed father of three young children. Danny Taylor was the epitome of family man, and was obsessed with keeping a clean and tidy home. His character is one of the most family friends characters in the history of television.
Bob Saget is anything but.
During a portion of his Full House run, Saget kept his squeaky clean image going by hosting the family-friendly video-submission show, American’s Funniest Videos. He remained the host for seven years, from 1990-1997.
Even though it may not seem like it, but Bob Saget has kept incredibly busy since both Full House and AFV have ended.
He has appeared as himself on Saturday Night Live, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Ellen, Howard Stern (multiple times), The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Joey, The documentary film Artistocrats, in a legendary episode of Entourage, and a whole slew of others. He also hosted 1 vs. 100, a trivia question game show from 2006-07.
It was after Full House that Bob Saget dramatically changed his image. He is actually nothing like the character he’s portrayed and made millions of dollars with. He’s actually a dirty, dirty man. Yes, this may also be an image, but he is known as one of the dirtiest stand-up comics.
He had a very brief role in Half Baked, where he, very graphically, explains what he is used to do in exchange for cocaine. That was my first experience with the dirty Bob Saget, and it shocked me beyond words.
Saget had a small role in the horrid film, Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. He also voiced a character in Madagascar and did voice work in the straight to DVD, Farce of the Penguins.
Saget has also done some behind the scenes work as well. He directed the film Dirty Work, the TV movie Becoming Dick and the spoof film, Farce of the Penguins, which he also wrote.
He is currently working as the narrator on the television show, How I Met Your Mother, and is still touring around America doing his stand-up act.
John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis)
“Uncle Jesse” was Danny’s brother-in-law, and moved into the home after his sister passed away. He is an Elvis-obsessed wanna be musician. He later marries Danny’s on-air co-host Rebecca, and she later gives birth to twin boys.
His band, Jesse and the Rippers, eventually received a record deal, and at one point they toured around the country.
John Stamos is probably most famous for marrying the incredibly beautiful Rebecca Romjin when she was at the height of her modeling career. They have since divorced.
His movie career after Full House is filled with mostly unforgettable roles. He even starred in a film called I Am Stamos, that’s plot reads, “a dark comedy about a character actor whose wish to be a leading man comes true when he magically begins to photograph as John Stamos, provoking the unholy wrath of Stamos”. Wow.
He did manage to land a starring role in Jake in Progress, but it was canceled after two episodes. He also appeared in one episode of Friends.
He’s had the most success in his role as “Dr. Tony Gates” on the successful television show, ER.
Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone)
Joey was Danny’s best friend, and moved into the home to help raise Danny’s three daughters. Joey made his living as a comedian, but I’m not really sure how, as his jokes were terrible. There was always something pathetic and depressing about Joey. It seemed he was always trying to hide his depression by making terrible un-funny jokes.
I also found it weird that he never had a girlfriend, and for a middle-aged man, never seemed even remotely interested in doing anything in life, besides add the occasional schoolyard joke.
Dave Coulier annoys me a lot. Apparently, someone seems to think he has “host” qualities, as he’s had quite a few jobs doing just that. He hosted the AFV rip-off, World’s Funniest Videos, as well as America’s Most Talented Kid, I Can’t Believe I Wore That, Opportunity Knocks, Animal Kidding and My RV Life.
After Full House, he appeared in an episode of Lois & Clark as well as lending his voice to several shows, including Pinky & The Brain, Extreme Ghostbusters, Teen Titans, Robot Chicken and more.
Dave Coulier… you’re an annoying failure. Please go away.
Candice Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner)
D.J. was overall, a pretty good daughter. She usually listened to her father, but on occasion was embarressed by him. There isn’t a lot of memorable events with her character, but she did add to the show regardless. In the later years, she had a steady boyfriend named, Steve.
Since Full House ended, she has focuses more on family than on her acting career. She appeared in several made-for-TV films, none worth mentioning. She also had one episode roles in Cybill and Boy Meets World.
She hadn’t been seen on screen for nearly six years, until she appeared in an episode of That’s So Raven in early 2007.
Like I mentioned early, her main focus is her family. In 1996 she married NHL player, Valeri Bure (who she was introduced to by Dave Coulier). They now have three children together. She remains good friends with former co-star Jodie Sweetin, and was the matron of honor at her wedding. Her daughter Natasha was the flower girl.
With her recent role in That’s So Raven, is there a chance that she may be looking at returning to television?
Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner)
Stephanie was the middle Tanner daughter. She was the feistiest of the Tanner children, and was always getting into some sort of trouble, but never for anything serious. She was also great at annoying D.J., as well as the other family members.
Prior to Full House, Sweetin was on the famous Mickey Mouse Club, along with Candice Cameron.
Her career after Full House has been almost non-existent. In 1999 she appeared in two episodes of Party of Five. She also appeared in an episode of Yes, Dear, and lent her voice to Bob Saget’s Farce of the Penguins. This year, she appeared as the host of Pants-Off Dance-Off.
She got married in 2002, and her wedding was attended by several Full House cast members. She recently got divorced, so there’s no happy ending there. On February 1, 2006, she appeared on Good Morning America, and talked her about her two year addiction to meth. That’s pretty crazy, and surprised me quite a bit. She’s apparently been sober since March of 2005.
Ok, so her career has never taken off, and she had a serious drug addiction. But well, at least she’s hot.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson (Michelle Tanner)
Michelle was played by both Mary-Kate and Ashley. Michelle was the youngest of the Tanner kids, and was often the highlight of each episode. She was cute, funny and a very important part of the show’s success, despite her young age.
It’s goes without saying that these two are easily the most successful of the former cast members. In 2003, announced that the twins estimated worth was somewhere around $150 million… each.
Their post-Full House careers have been filled with several made-for-DVD films, which are extremely popular among the preteen group. They also have a successful clothing line that sells at Wal-Mart.
They are two of the most successful child actors of all time, and even two of the most successful entertainers of all time.
Over the past couple years, their public image has changed dramatically. They are constantly being portrayed as skinny, anorexic freaks that dress like bag ladies, and have various substance abuse problems. I guess when you have the kind of money they have, you don’t really worry about tarnishing your image and just do what you want. Unfortunately, they made themselves look about as bad as possible.
Since 2004, neither of them has done much at all as far as acting work goes. In fact, the only acting work either of them has had in the past three years, has been Mary-Kate’s uncredited role in Factory Girl.
Recently, they have been improving their image, and are looking to get back into acting.
It would be very easy for me to say a lot of bad things about them, but how can I? They were producers by age 6, have nearly a half billion dollars in combined worth, and haven’t worked for three years. They have become successful beyond anyone’s expectations, so you have to give credit where credit’s due. If they want to walk around looking like starving Ethiopians wearing clothing meant for the homeless, then let’s let them.
Lori Loughlin (Rebecca Katsopolis)
Even though she was reluctant to admit it, she eventually falls for Jesse, and they soon after get married. She was an integral part of the show for most of it’s run. She moved into the attic along with Jesse, and eventually they had twins. Full House was really living up to it’s name.
When Full House ended, Loughlin had a starring role along with Tony Danza on Hudson Street. It was cancelled after one season, however. She then went on to appear in several forgettable TV movies over the next few years.
During the 90’s, she landed one-episode roles on Seinfeld and Suddenly Susan. From 2000 on, she made appearances in Spin City, Birds of Prey, The Drew Carey Show, 1-800-Missing and Ghost Whisperer. She also appeared alongside former TV-husband John Stamos, in his show Jake in Progress.
She was reunited, in a sense, with many former Full House cast members by lending her voice to Farce of the Penguins.
In 2004 she landed the starring role in Summerland, which lasted 26 episodes. She currently has a role in the David Arquette show, In Case of Emergency. She also appears alongside Don Johnson in the film, Moondance Alexander, which is to be released this year.
She’s done a lot better for herself than I would have thought.
Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler)
Kimmy was D.J.’s best friend, and although she originally was meant to have a small role, she eventually became a full time cast member. Kimmy is somewhat of an airhead, and can be an annoyance to several of the other characters. She was very similar to the character of “Urkel” on Family Matters.
Andrea Barber had a few roles here and there, but her role on Full House was her last as an actress. I think it’d be safe to presume she has moved on from acting at this point. Her only television appearance of any kind since Full House ended, was in 2000 on the TV documentary entitled Behind the Walls of Full House.
She got married in 2002, and after the wedding moved to England with her husband so they could attend the University of York. In 2004 she had her first child.
Scott Weinger (Steve Hale)
At first, Danny became weary of one her daughters dating, as most protective fathers do. Steve was a generally good guy, and eventually became accepted by the Tanner family.
Weinger appeared on 29 episodes of Full House throughout it’s run, from 1991-1995.
Prior to Full House, Weinger provided the voice of “Aladdin” in the extremely popular Disney movie of the same name, as well as in the following sequel and TV shows. He has continued to voice the character in nearly all of it’s appearances.
His acting career outside of voicing Aladdin hasn’t been that successful. He appeared in a 1999 episode of Walker, Texas Ranger in four episodes of What I Like About You, and most recently in a 2006 episode of Scrubs.
Blake & Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit (Nicky & Alex Katsopolis)
Nicky & Alex were the twin songs of Jesse and Becky. They appeared in 45 episodes from 1992-1995. They were introduced with the hope that they would become as popular as the Olson twins, but of course that never happened.
Neither of the two boys have done any acting work either prior or after Full House. This was intentional, as they both decided to quit acting when the show ended so that they could lead normal lives. They would be 16 years old as of this writing. You can read more about them if you’d like, by checking out their fan website.
Other characters that had roles throughout the films run were…
Vicky Larson (Gail Edwards), who played Danny’s girlfriend over several episodes. She hasn’t appeared in anything noteworthy since the series ended.
Teddy, who appeared in 12 episodes. He was was played by Tahj Mowry, who eventually went on to star as “T.J. Henderson” in The Smart Guy.
We now know what the cast members of Full House are up to these days. Many of the cast managed to pull out something of a career once the show ended, with the Olson twins being far and above the most successful of the bunch. Surprisingly, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin managed to have decent post-Full House careers as well.
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