1990’s Nickelodeon Stars: Where Are They Now?

Everyone knows Kenan went on to #SNL but what happened to Kel? #VeryReal

By Valerie Williams

If you were a kid in the 1990’s, chances are you were addicted to the fantastic lineup of shows on Nickelodeon. Hey Dude, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Clarissa Explains It All – there are too many to name. The 90’s were undoubtedly a golden age for Nickelodeon. Many of the stars of their best shows went on to bigger and better things while others now live a quiet life. Let’s take a look at a few 1990’s Nickelodeon stars, then and now:

Hey Dude - Christine Taylor

Hey Dude was a beloved part of the early 90’s Nickelodeon lineup and the character of Melody Hansen was a huge reason why. Played by the adorable Christine Taylor, Melody was sweet where her female counterpart, Brad, was sassy and full of eye rolls. Out of all of the actors on Hey Dude, Christine is the only one to go on to later fame marrying Ben Stiller and nabbing roles in several of his movies along with her hilarious turn as Marcia Brady in the 90’s reboot of The Brady Bunch. By Nick star standards, she's done quite well for herself.

Clarissa Explains it All - Jason Zimbler

Everyone knows that Melissa Joan Hart moved on to have a successful career post-Clarissa, but what about her nerdy, staunchly Republican younger brother, Ferguson Darling? The Ferg, played by Jason Zimbler, didn’t go on to the same level of fame as his on-screen big sis, but he is successful in his own right. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1998 and is now a software designer for HBO. I think Ferguson would approve.

The Adventures of Pete & Pete - Danny Tamberelli

We knew him as the younger of the two Petes on The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Danny went on to do quite a bit in the entertainment world after the show ended. He has performed a lot of voice work, including a character on Grand Theft Auto V and also, dabbles in stand-up comedy. He is was in a band called Jounce and they put out a few albums in the mid-2000’s.

The Adventures of Pete & Pete - Michael Maronna

Michael Maronna, aka, “Big Pete,” had a part in the first two Home Alone movies and a few bit roles after that. He starred in a popular series of Ameritrade ads in 1999, even playing the part in a comedy reel for President Clinton’s final appearance as president. He has spent most of his adult career as an electrician on movie sets including the first Sex and the City movie.

The Secret World of Alex Mack- Larisa Oleynik

Larisa played the title role in the incredibly popular show, The Secret World of Alex Mack. Possibly one of the most beloved characters on this list, Larisa has gone on to have a successful acting career in her post-Nickelodeon star life appearing in several movies and most recently, a role on Mad Men as one of the main character’s wives.

Salute Your Shorts - Danny Cooksey

After Danny Cooksey played everyone’s favorite bully on Salute Your Shorts (Robert “Bobby” Budnick), he had a handful of roles but nothing big. He has done some video game voice work and was a member of a few bands. It looks like he stayed out of the limelight but we will always remember him for being the best bully prankster in all of Nickelodeon history.

All That - Lori Beth Denberg

Lori Beth Denberg was basically the Kristin Wiig or Melissa McCarthy of our childhood version of SNL, the inimitable All That. This show was so fantastic and it’s largely due to Lori Beth’s amazing deadpan delivery during her popular segment, Vital Information For Your Everyday Life. Nowadays, Lori Beth was quoted as saying she’s “enjoying her old age” and hasn’t acted in anything since 2012. She had a role on The Steve Harvey Show and a cameo in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

Kenan and Kel - Kel Mitchell

Everyone knows that Kenan Thompson from the Nickelodeon show Kenan and Kel went on to SNL fame but what about Kel Mitchell, his Good Burger counterpart? Kel was the subject of an unfortunate 2006 death hoax that went viral and even convinced some of his own family that he had passed away. Besides that, he has had small roles here and there, most recently guest-starring on now-defunct Nickelodeon show, Sam and Cat. His role was hilarious. I saw it with my own kids. I hope we get to see more of him on-screen very soon!

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