The second longest-lasting sitcom with a predominately black cast, Family Matters ran for nearly ten years and made a lasting impression on pop culture. Of course, the show wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this without its stellar cast. Read below to find out where the cast is today.
Rosetta LeNoire and Michelle Thomas
Sadly, two cast members, Rosetta LeNoire (Estelle “Mother” Winslow) and Michelle Thomas (Myra Monkhouse) passed away a few years after the series ended.
Jaleel White as Steve Urkel
Introduced halfway through the first season as a side character, Urkel became so popular that he became the main character and a cultural phenomenon. White went on to become the voice actor for Sonic the Hedgehog in several television adaptations of the video game franchise. He has since guest-starred on shows such as Psych, NCIS, House, and Dancing With the Stars. He starred in the 2010 SyFy movie Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus.
Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow
Since his role as the man of the house, VelJohnson has appeared on shows such as Chuck, The Parkers, That’s So Raven, and Monk, starred in several theatre works, published an acclaimed collection of short stories titled Division Street.
Kellie Williams as Laura Lee Winslow
After Family Matters ended filming, Williams appeared on the sitcom What About Joan. She founded the Kellie Williams Program to encourage participation in the arts from teens in the Washington D.C. area. She married in 2009 and has two children.
Darius McCrary as Eddie Winslow
McCrary has held numerous leading roles in television since 1998, including Freedom, Kingpin, The Young and the Restless, and Anger Management, as well as several one-off appearances. He has also appeared in films such as Kingdom Come, 15 Minutes, Saw VI, and in Transformers as the voice of Jazz. In addition to film and television, McCrary has worked in theatre, with acting performances in The Maintenance Man and In-Laws from Hell.
JoMarie Payton as Harriette Winslow
Payton has appeared in several roles on television, including performing as the voice of Suga Mama on The Proud Family and making appearances on the television shows such as Reba, Desperate Housewives, The Glades, and Mann & Wife. She appeared in Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, a spin-off of the film of the same name. She is regularly involved in educational endeavors, including a fundraiser for Virginia Union University. She will have a role in the 2017 adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Telma Hopkins as Rachel Crawford
Hopkins starred on Half & Half until the show’s cancellation in 2006. She held a recurring role on Are We There Yet? from 2010 to 2013. She appeared in the 2008 comedy film The LoveGuru. She continues to make regular television appearances.
Bryton James as Richie Crawford
James was just four years old when he began playing Richie and had a largely uneventful transition into adulthood. He has been starring on The Young and the Restless since 2004 and has won a Daytime Emmy Award for his role as Devon Hamilton. He voiced Virgil Hawkins/Static Shock in the series Young Justice and appeared on an episode of The Vampire Dairies. He founded Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving in 1996. James married in 2011 and divorced in 2014; he is now dating singer and actress Sterling Victorian.
Jaimee Foxworth as Judy Winslow
The Winslow’s youngest daughter, who disappears from the series after the fourth season for budgetary purposes, Foxworth largely disappeared from the public eye until it was discovered that she was starring in pornographic films in 2005. She and her long-term boyfriend had a child in 2009. Her life has been chronicled in Life After, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and 20/20.
Shawn Harrison as Waldo Geraldo Faldo
After playing the dim-witted friend of Eddie and Steve, Harrison went on to appear in episodes of Moesha and had recurring roles on the UPN series Girlfriends and CW program Legion of Superheroes. After an extended break from acting, Harrison returned to film in the 2012 production Silent But Deadly.adly.