The Facts of Life: Biographies/Where are they now?

 


This section contains the most recent picture of each cast member that I could find along with what they have done since The Facts of Life ended as well as biographical information when available.


Lisa Whelchel, Charlotte Rae, and Nancy McKeon (November 2000)

Charlotte Rae was born Charlotte Lubotsky on April 22, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Growing up, Charlotte Rae claims she wanted to be a star just so she would feel like she fit in. To that end she moved to New York City where she met and eventually married composer John Strauss. During her early years she rubbed elbows with other young actors such as Paul Lynde, Uncle Arthur from Bewitched, and Cloris Leachman, her one-time NYC roommate who would later replace her on The Facts of Life.

Rae's early work includes regular roles as Silvia Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You? and Molly the Mail Lady on Sesame Street. She also co-starred in the Emmy-winning TV movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom. But her most famous role was as Edna Garrett, originally introduced as the Drummonds' housekeeper in Diff'rent Strokes, and then the Eastland School housemother/nutritionist in the spinoff The Facts of Life.

In March of 1998, she had a guest appearance on the CBS series 'Michael Hayes'. She was in the 1999 tv movie Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly and was in the 2000 tv movie Another Woman's Husband.

Most recently she was in the 2000 revival of the musical Pippin at the New Jersey Paper Mill Playhouse which has recently completed its' run.

Charlote is living half the time in New York City, which she absolutely loves. She is busy performing her one-woman show and the occasional Broadway play.

Charlotte divorced her husband in 1976, composer John Strauss, before starting the Diff'rent Strokes tv series. She has two children - Larry, 36, is a writer and teaches school in south central Los Angeles and Andy, who had/has autism, and may have passed away.

She has a brand-new grandson and a fourteen-year-old granddaughter named Carly.

  • Charlotte Rae (TV.com)

  • Charlotte Rae Interview from December 2002

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Charlotte Rae


    Lisa Whelchel

    Lisa Whelchel was born Lisa Diane Whelchel May 29th, 1963 in Littlefield, Texas.

    As a youngster, Texas native Lisa Whelchel appeared in several productions at the famed Casa Manana Dinner Theatre. But Lisa's Hollywood career began with a spot on The New Mickey Mouse Club. She was one of more than 6,000 young hopefuls to audition. (Producers created an additional spot especially for her.)

    After her Mousketeer days and a couple of roles in made-for-TV movies, Whelchel was cast as Blair Warner on The Facts of Life. During the show's run, Lisa added recording artist to her resume. Her 1984 album "All Because of You" (songs available for download in the Sound Library section) earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Inspirational Performance.

    Ms. Whelchel also has several films to her credit, including the features Where the Red Fern Grows, Part Two, and The Double McGuffin, and the telefilms The Facts of Life Goes to Paris, Skyward, Twirl, No Man's Land, and The Facts of Life Down Under.

    Several years ago she performed the title role in Peter Pan at Kansas City's Starlight Theater.

    She put aside her acting career after The Facts of Life to play her favorite role—wife and mother of three (son Tucker Stephenson Cauble born 01/17/90, and daughters Haven Katherine Hill Cauble born 09/26/91, and Clancy Elizabeth Cauble born 11/12/92). She married Steve Cauble in July 1988. He is a pastor. They reside in Texas. She has 2 younger brothers named Cody and Casey.

    Her book, Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline, about child discipline was released in October 2000. Lisa works with her husband who is an associate pastor in the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California. She continues to home school her three children.

    In the summer of 2001 through mid 2002, Lisa and her family went on a vacation across the US to promote her books on a tour. Her 2nd book which was released in October 2001 is called The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me. She also has plans for other books including: Beyond Bible Stories and The Adventures of Christmas, which are aimed at children.

    In April 2003 she released So You're Thinking About Homeschooling: Fifteen Families Show How You Can Do It.

    Lisa's latest book, The ADVENTure of Christmas : Helping Children Find Jesus in our Holiday Traditions is now available. You can also order it from her official site and request to have it autographed.

  • Lisa Whelchel Official Home Page

  • Lisa Whelchel Photo Gallery

  • After the Facts: Lisa Whelchel (interview)

  • Yesterdayland - Interview With Lisa Whelchel

  • Lisa Whelchel Interview and Chat Transcripts

  • Lisa Whelchel Book Tour Schedule

  • Lisa Whelchel Articles

  • Lisa Whelchel Audio and Video Interviews

  • Lisa Whelchel Yahoo Groups Mailing List

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Lisa Whelchel


    Kim Fields

    Kim Fields was born May 12th, 1969 in New York City, New York.

    Kim Fields, a New York City native and longtime L.A. resident, made her debut on Sesame Street at the tender age of five. But one of her most recognizable early roles was as the little girl who "looooooved" Mrs. Butterworth in the classic syrup commercial. After a stint on the series Baby I'm Back and an appearance in the miniseries Roots, Kim landed the role of Tootie on The Facts of Life.

    When the show began filming, Fields was so short that the producers put Tootie in roller skates to avoid difficult camera angles. Ironically, she had lost a role on Diff'rent Strokes because she was too tall to play Gary Coleman's girlfriend.

    She graduated from Pepperdine University in 1990 with a Bachelor's degree in communications and film film. In addition to acting and directing, Kim taught at an acting school. At Pepperdine, she started her own production company specializing in Christian themes, Victory Entertainment Inc.

    Fields, a Taurus (as she's always sure to mention in interviews), now has her own production company (Victory Entertainment). She's also a director with several credits under her belt including episodes of Living Single, a series in which she starred opposite Queen Latifah from 1993 to 1998. She also directed for the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel. Besides directing for tv, she has directed for stage as well - receiving an NAACP Image award for "Best Director" for her work bringing "Vanities" to the Los Angeles theater.

    In 2000, she was in the tv movie Hidden Blessings and the theatrical film Glow.

    More recently, she has directed episodes of the new Nickelodeon series Taina as well as the Disney series The Jersey. She has also enjoyed hosting an afternoon radio show in Chicago.

    She also landed a guest starring role in the Lifetime Network's new hit drama "Strong Medicine" which is executive produced by Whoopie Goldberg. In addition, Fields has recently returned from San Francisco where she was on location shooting the romantic comedy "Me & Mrs. Jones," an Independent Feature. She is the President and CEO of Little Mogul Holdings, Inc. and Victory Entertainment, Inc., the latter is a multi faceted entertainment company producing quality projects in television, film, and theater.

    Kim was married to business executive Johnathon Franklin Freeman in July 1995 and divorced in 1998. She has a younger sister named Alexis who is an actress and appeared on The Secret World of Alex Mack and Sister, Sister and her mother's name is Chip and is an actress and drama teacher (she appeared on The Facts of Life as her mother).

    Kim Fields Welcomes a Son (05/08/07)

  • Kim Fields Official Site

  • Kim Fields Fan Site

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Kim Fields


    Mindy Cohn on The Weakest Link

    Mindy Cohn was born May 20th, 1966 in Los Angeles, California.

    Mindy Cohn, known to most as the somewhat neurotic Natalie Green on The Facts of Life, has been an actress, a talk-show hostess and a game-show guest star. Mindy also earned her college degree in sociology from Loyola Marymount University in 1995, which was put to good use on a Phoenix-based radio talk show (106.3FM The Edge) where she discussed teen issues alongside co-host Alan Thicke. (Coincidentally, Thicke co-wrote the Facts of Life theme song.)

    Cohn has also appeared on shows like 21 Jump Street, Suddenly Susan and HBO's acclaimed Dream On, as well as several television specials for Disney.

    In 1993, she co-starred with comedian John Mendoza on the NBC sitcom The Second Half.

    Mindy has an older sister named Pam who was a stand-in for her on the show.

    More recently, she was the voice of Candy Yuponce on the syndicated TBS series The Chimp Channel, and appeared as Toni in the 2000 film Alone with a Stranger. She also does a voice of a character on the FOX animated series The Kids From Room 402.

    Mindy is living a rich, full life while traveling abroad, doing voiceovers for cartoons, volunteering for fundraising and charity work, as well as continuing to work as an actress.

    She has acted in independent features and also taped a few pilots. She has started her own company, along with two other partners, called Storm Productions. She has a development deal with Disney, meaning she is under contract to Disney for them to create roles and projects for her to star in.

    Mindy does the voice of Velma on The WB animated series What's New Scooby Doo.

    Mindy Cohn has been cast in The WB sitcom "The Help". It will be a mid-season replacement. The multi-ethnic satire also stars Antonio Sabato, Jr., Keri Lynn Pratt, and Camille Guaty. Mindy was also nominated for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program for her voice work in 'What's New, Scooby Doo'.

  • Jim's Mindy Cohn fan page

  • Mindy Cohn fan page

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Mindy Cohn


    Nancy McKeon

    Nancy McKeon was born in Westbury, New York on April 4th, 1966. She has only one brother, Philip McKeon, who is 18 months older and whom she appeared in over 60 commercials with over the years. Her middle name is Justine.

    From her childhood home in Forest Hills, NY, Nancy McKeon began her career as a catalogue model and actress on commercials and the now defunct soap opera The Secret Storm.

    When her brother Philip was cast to play Tommy on the series Alice, the McKeon clan headed for the West Coast. Nancy soon shared her brother's success. She was cast in hit shows like Starsky and Hutch, The Love Boat, Alice and, of course, The Facts of Life. McKeon's amazing ability to cry on cue as Jo Polniaczek on The Facts of Life won her the nickname her "Faucet Face" from her cast mates.

    After The Facts of Life was cancelled, Nancy made several guest appearances on television series and hosted Friday Night Videos opposite Michael Damian (whom she dated). McKeon is now best known for an impressive list of made-for-TV movies.

    In October 1999 she appeared in an episode of Touched by an Angel.

    At one time, she dated Michael J. Fox and later Luc Robitaille - a NHL hockey player.

    She currently stars in the Lifetime drama The Division.

    She recently got married. She walked down the aisle with Marc Andrus, a key grip she met making a movie 8 years ago.

    Click here for a scan of the article from Star Magazine

  • The Division Fan Site by Miranda & Ashley

  • The Division (Lifetime)

  • Mandie's Nancy McKeon Fan Page

  • Nancy McKeon's Unofficial Site

  • JC's Nancy McKeon Site

  • Julie's Nancy McKeon Fan Page

  • Nancy McKeon Shrine

  • Nancy McKeon Supersite

  • Madelyn's Nancy McKeon Page

  • Lisa's Nancy McKeon Web Page

  • Nancy McKeon's Fan Site

  • Home Page of this Nancy McKeon Fan Site

  • Nancy McKeon Current Month TV Schedule

  • Lifetime Online - Nancy McKeon (chat transcript - February 20th, 2001)

  • Lifetime Online - Nancy McKeon (chat transcript - July 8th, 2001)

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Nancy McKeon


    John Lawlor played the headmaster at Eastland Mr. Steven Bradley for the first 2 seasons on The Facts of Life.

    Prior to The Facts of Life he had made several tv series appearances including Ellery Queen, The Rockford Files, and Alice and as Leonard Marsh on the Cloris Leachman sitcom Phyllis. He also appeared in the movies The Gumball Rally, Jackson County Jail, and Relentless.

    During the 80's he appeared in several movies. His most recent credit is the 1994 movie Wyatt Earp as Judge Spicer.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for John Lawlor


    Jenny O'Hara played Miss Mahoney a teacher who was only seen in the first 4 episodes of The Facts of Life in 1979.

    She was born February 24th, 1946 in Sonora, California.

    She has a lengthy list of credits both before and after The Facts of Life. Some of her notable appearances include the sitcom My Sister Sam, the soap opeara As the World Turns, and the sitcoms Life's Work and Costello. View her entry at the Internet Movie Database for a detailed list of her credits.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Jenny O'Hara


    Felice Schachter (2000)

    Felice Schachter played Nancy Olson during the first two seasons (and a few season 3 episodes) of The Facts of Life.

    Felice was born November 17, 1963 in Queens, New York.

    She auditioned for the role of Kimberly on Diff'rent Strokes but didn't get the role as it eventually went to Dana Plato. The producers, however, liked her and cast her in the spin-off, The Facts of Life. Felice was the first girl to be cast in The Facts of Life and the first to be released when the show was re-tooled and down-sized after the first season.

    She was also in the 1982 movie Zapped! which starred Scott Baio. She made guest appearances on the sitcoms Alice in 1980 and E/R in 1985.

    Felice was interviewed for the 1999 E! True Hollywood Story on The Facts of Life, and said she owns her own production company.

    She is currently working as the Production Coordinator for the NBC series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit".

    (photo courtesy of the Felice Schachter Fan Page, more detailed biographical information is available there)

  • Felice Schachter Fan Page

  • Felice Schachter Picture Gallery

  • Zapped! Internet Club

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Felice Schachter


    Julie Piekarski and husband John Probst

    Julie Piekarski played Sue Ann Weaver during the first two seasons (and a few season 3 episodes) of The Facts of Life.

    Julie Piekarski was born January 2nd, 1963 (confirmed by Julie herself, and not 1964 as most sources list) in St. Louis, Missouri.

    She was in the movie The Miracle of Kathy Miller in 1981 and in 1977 was in the New Mickey Mouse Club. She also appeared in a 1983 episode of Three's Company, 1982 episode of Quincy, M.E., and the 1983 ABC Afterschool Special 'Carousel'. She did commercials for McDonald's and Taco Bell among others.

    She is sometimes credited as Julie Piekarski-Probst and worked as the entertainment reporter for KPLR-TV in St. Louis for about a year between 1986-1988. She also did some local theatre there.

    She is married with three children currently residing in her hometown St. Louis. Her husband is a dentist and is named John Probst. Julie's kids are Patrick (12), Jaquelyn (10) and Christian (8).

  • Julie Piekarski Web Site

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Julie Piekarski


    Julie Anne Haddock played Cindy Webster during the first two seasons (and a few season 3 episodes) of The Facts of Life.

    Before The Facts of Life she had appeared on Wonder Woman and Little House on the Prairie.

    Her other credits include Mulligan's Stew (the tv movie and series), Like Normal People (1979), the movies Scavenger Hunt and The Great Santini, and the 1983 tv series Boone.

    She still lives in Los Angeles and uses her married name. She sings in her church and no longer acts.

  • Julie Anne Haddock Photo Gallery

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Julie Anne Haddock


    Molly Ringwald

    Molly Ringwald played Molly Parker during the first 2 seasons - 9 of 13 episodes.

    Molly was born in Roseville, California on February 18th, 1968. Her fathers name is Bob Ringwald and mothers name is Adele Ringwald. She graduated high school in 1986.

    Molly was one of the original 80's brat-packers having appeared in the classic films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink.

    She continues to be very busy with her acting career with her credits for 2000 including the movies: Cut, In the Weeds, and Ring of Fire. She was also on the short-lived tv drama series The Street.

    She will be coming back to network tv in the fall of 2001. She lives in Paris and Los Angeles.

    Molly was married to Valerie Lameignere on July 28th, 1999 near Bordeaux, France.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Molly Ringwald


    Hugh Gillin played the cook at Eastland, Howard, during the 1980-1981 season.

    He has a lengthy list of credits (see his Internet Movie Database entry for a detailed list) before and after The Facts of Life. Some of these include Paper Moon, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan, Semi-Tough (tv series), Airplane II, Psycho II and III, Elvis and Me (as Colonel Parker), and Back to the Future III. His most recent credit is the 1996 tv movie What Love Sees.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Hugh Gillin


    Roger Perry played Mr. Charles Parker, the headmaster at Eastland, from 1981-1983.

    Before The Facts of Life he had appeared in several tv series and many tv movies including Harrigan and Son and Arrest and Trial. From 1982-1985 he played John Costello on the popular night time soap opera series Falcon Crest.

    He recently split with long-time wife Jo Anne Worley.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Roger Perry


    Geri Jewell was born in 1958. She became one of the first actresses/comediannes with cerebral palsy with a with a recurring role on a TV series, as Blair's cousin Geri Tyler from 1981-1984.

    Before achieving success as stand-up comedienne Geri Jewell tried several jobs, such as typist, soda jerk and data processor. But having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child and suffering considerable hearing impairment, none of these suited her medical condition—or her sense of humor. Jewell was discovered at a benefit dinner by producer Norman Lear himself, who found her self-deprecating humor and openness refreshing. He soon cast her as Blair's cousin, Geri Tyler, on The Facts of Life.

    In addition to guest starring in several episodes of The Facts of Life from 1981-1984, she appeared in the film Wisecracks, and the TV shows Two of a Kind and 21 Jump Street.

    Geri's indomitable spirit has helped her overcome countless hurdles, making her an inspiration to viewers and co-workers alike.

    Purchase Geri Jewell's Book: I'm Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Geri Jewell


    Pamela Segall appeared as Kelly Affinado during the 1983-1984 season.

    Before FOL, she appeared in Grease 2 as Dolores Rebchuck. She has continued acting appearing in various tv series and tv movies (see her entry at the Internet Movie Database for a detailed list).

    Most of her recent credits have been voice work for animated movies or series such as FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Phantom 2040, Quack Pack, Jungle Cubs, Jumanji, 101 Dalmations: The Series, King of the Hill (as Bobby Hill), Pepper Ann, and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot.

    She is sometimes credited as Pamela Segall Adlon.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Pamela Segall


    Woody Brown played Blair's boyfriend Cliff during the 1983-1984 season.

    Woody Brown was born Woodward Allen Brown on February 26th, 1956.

    He appeared in the tv series Flamingo Road and the movies Off Limits, The Accused, The Rain Killer, Alligator II: The Mutation, Secret Games 3, Animal Instincts II, and Dominion (which he produced and wrote). In 1979-1980 he appeared in the tv series Love of Life. His most recent credit is a 1997 episode of JAG.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Woody Brown


    George Clooney

    George Clooney played young carpenter George Burnett during the 1985-1986 season.

    George Clooney was born George Timothy Clooney in Lexington, Kentucky on May 6th, 1961.

    Who would have guessed he would have gone on to so much success after The Facts of Life?

    He is probably best known as Dr. Doug Ross on the popular medical drama ER from 1994-1999.

    He first appeared on the sitcom E/R in 1984. Later, he would appear on Roseanne, Sunset Beach, Baby Talk, and Sisters.

    More recently he has turned to films. In 1997 he played Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman & Robin. Over the last few years he has appeared in The Thin Red Line (1998), Three Kings (1999), and The Perfect Storm (2000).

    In 1996, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In 1997, People voted him the Sexiest Man Alive and he was voted best dressed male television star.

    He married actress Talia Balsam in 1989, and divorced in 1992.

  • The Clooney Files

  • Internet Movie Database entry for George Clooney


    Mackenzie Astin

    Mackenzie Astin was born MacKenzie Alexander Astin was born in Los Angeles, California on May 12th, 1973. He is the son of actor John Astin and actress Patty Duke. His older brother is actor Sean Astin.

    He has acted steadily since The Facts of Life ended. In 1996 he appeared in The Evening Star. His most recent credits include The Long Island Incident (1998 tv movie), The Last Days of Disco (1998), Dream for an Insomniac (1998); Selma, Lord, Selma (1999 tv movie), The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999), Stranger Than Fiction (1999), and Off the Lip (2000).

    Most recently he was seen on the NBC drama 'First Years' which was cancelled after 3 episodes.

  • Mackenzie Frenzy

  • Actor Mackenzie Astin Finds A New 'Life' (article)

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Mackenzie Astin


    Cloris Leachman

    Cloris Leachman replaced Charlotte Rae as she took the role of Beverly Ann Stickle, Mrs. Garrett's sister, from 1986-1988.

    Cloris Leachman was born April 30th, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Cloris Leachman, a one-time Miss Chicago in 1946, went on to become one of the most prolific actresses on television. While most people know her as Mrs. Garrett's sister and replacement, Beverly Ann Stickle, on The Facts of Life or the self-absorbed Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Phyllis, she has appeared in over 100 different television series. As of the year 2000, Leachman remains the only actress to have won five Emmy Awards in five different categories.

    The former beauty queen turned heads in 1997 when she did a controversial magazine cover for Alternative Medicine Digest where she appeared clad only in body paint. More recently she acted in Hal Prince's national tour of Showboat.

    In the summer of 1999, she appeared in the short-lived CBS sitcom Thanks.

    Her most recent credits include: Music of the Heart (1999), Hanging Up (2000), The Amati Girls (2000), and Manna From Heaven (2001).

    This fall 2001 she will appear on the CBS sitcom, 'The Ellen Show'.

    She is the mother of five children.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Cloris Leachman


    Sherrie Austin

    Sherrie Krenn was born on August 28th, 1970 in Sydney, Australia. At the age of 14 she opened for Johnny Cash. At the age of 16 she moved to Los Angeles and soon landed the part of Pippa McKenna on the 1987-1988 season of The Facts of Life as an Australian exchange student.

    In 1993, Sherrié moved to Nashville, and became Sherrié Austin, and in 1997 released a country album titled Words, where she wrote or co-wrote 7 of the 10 songs... Her single from her album, "Never Been Kissed" was released in August of 1999, titled Love In The Real World. On May 5th 1999, Sherrié was one of the nominees for Best New Female Artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

    She will be touring, playing mostly smaller venues and state fairs, until October. She also plans on taking a break to focus on her songwriting at some point in the near future.

  • Sherrié Austin (official site)

  • Sherrié Austin HomePage

  • Internet movie Database entry for Sherrié Austin


    Todd Hollowell played Tootie's boyfriend Jeff Williams during the 1987-1988 season (and a few earlier episodes).

    He also appeared in episodes of Hill Street Blue and A Different World.

    If anybody has a more recent update on him, please let me know. The Internet Movie Database lists a "Todd Hallowell" that is a director and producer with Ron Howard, but this is not the same person.


    Robert Romanus played Snake Robinson - boyfriend of Natalie during the 1987-1988 season.

    He has acted steadily before and after The Facts of Life. Some of his credits include: Foxes, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Days of Our Lives (tv series), The Best of Times (tv series), Fame (tv series), Booker (tv series), Valerie's Flake, Carlo's Wake, Straight Right, and Tycus.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Robert Romanus


    Paul Provenza

    Paul Provenza played Casey Clark - boyfriend of Blair during the 1987-1988 season.

    Funny, confident, and on his way up, Paul Provenza has been on the cutting edge of comedy for the past decade. An accomplished comedian and actor, Provenza has scored successes on television, the stage, and virtually every comedy venue in America. Provenza stand-up comedy has been critically acclaimed as bright, edgy, and honest by journalists from coast to coast.

    He has acted steadily since The Facts of Life ended including tv series such as Empty Nest, Northern Exposure, Beggars and Choosers, and most recently guest appearances on The West Wing.

    Provenza continues to write and develop material and projects, and is presently developing a series which he will star in for the Fox network. He also heads to Broadway this fall, to star in Neil Simon's new play, "Laughter on the 23rd Floor."

  • Paul Provenza biography page

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Paul Provenza


    Scott Bryce

    Scott Bryce played freewheeling musician Rick Bonner who eventually married Jo in the final season of The Facts of Life.

    Scott was born in New York, New York. He is the son of Ed Bryce.

    He has acted steadily since The Facts of Life ended. Some of his notable credits include As The World Turns as Craig Montgomery, and Lethal Weapon 3. He has also guest starred on Law & Order, Sex and the City, and V.I.P.

    Currently, he can be seen on the WB series Popular as Mike McQueen (Brooke McQueen's father).

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Scott Bryce


    Alex Rocco

    Alex Rocco played Jo's father Jo Polniaczek in various episodes from 1980-1988 - he also played her dad in one of Nancy McKeon's other sitcoms called Can't Hurry Love.

    Alex Rocco was born February 29th, 1936 in Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts.

    He has a lengthy list of credits both before and after The Facts of Life. Some of his notable credits include the tv series The George Carlin Show, Sibs, The Famous Teddy Z, and The Best of Times. His film credits include The Godfather (as Moe Green), Herbie Goes Bananas, Nobody's Perfekt, Cannonball Run II, Gotcha!, The Pope Must Die, and Dudley Do-Right.

    Most recently, he can be seen in the movie The Wedding Planner. He also will play Nancy McKeon's father in the Lifetime series 'The Division'.

    He is married with 4 children.

  • What A Character! Alex Rocco

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Alex Rocco


    Claire Malis played Jo's mom Rose Polniaczek. She has sometimes been credited as Claire Malis-Callaway.

    From 1977-1979, she played Dr. Dorian Cramer Lord Callison Vickers Hayes on One Life to Live. She has also appeared in tv movies such as Born to be Sold, Cry for the Strangers, Convicted, Maybe Baby, and A Nightmare Come True.

    She has also made guest appearances on CHiPs, St. Elsewhere, Murphy Brown, Picket Fences, L.A. Law, and Murder, She Wrote. She recently appeared on Will & Grace as the wife of Jack's dad.

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Claire Malis


    Nicolas Coster

    Nicolas Coster played Blair's father, David Warner. He is probably best known as Lionel Lockridge on the soap opera Santa Barbara.

    He was born December 3rd, 1934 in London, England to a New Zealand father (who was a Royal Marine Commando Officer during World War II) and an American mother. Nick is a world traveler educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and at the New York University film school. He has appeared in 12 Broadway shows, plus such films as "Reds", "The Electric Horseman" and "All the President`s Men". He was also a series regular on two primetime shows, "Lobo" and "Ryan`s Four" along with numerous guest-starring roles on television ranging from "Police Squad", to "Dallas" to name a few. During his various departures from Santa Barbara he has appeared on Broadway in the reprisal of George Bernard Shaw`s play "Getting Married", in the Alan Alda feature film "Betsy`s Wedding" in numerous guest starring roles on such primetime shows as "Beverly Hills 90210", "MacGyver" and as Susan Lucci`s terrorist lover on "All My Children". Additional daytime credits include "One Life To Live", "Secret Storm" and "Another World". As a certified scuba instructor, Nick is a founding member of the Cousteau Society, an organisation intrested in marine life study and presentation. For relaxation, he goes sailing with his wife, son and two daughters on his boat "Encore". Nick is a licensed Skipper with the U.S. Coast Guard.

    He is divorced with 3 children, 2 daughters and 1 son.

    He recently appeared on Gideon's Crossing on 12/06/00.

  • Nicolas Coster article

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Nicolas Coster


    Marj Dusay

    Marj Dusay played Blair's mother Monica Warner.

    Emmy Award-nominated Marj Dusay joined the cast of All My Children in the role of Vanessa Bennett in February 1999. What was originally supposed to be a three-month stint turned into a contract role for Ms. Dusay due to the incredible audience reaction to her portrayal of Dr. David Hayward's "Mother From Hell."

    A daytime favorite, Ms. Dusay has appeared on such daytime dramas as Santa Barbara (1987-1988) and Capitol (1983-1986), but she is best known to daytime audiences for her portrayal from 1993-1997 and again in 1998 of Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light. In 1995, it was this role that garnered her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress.

    Marj Dusay, born Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney in Russell, Kansas on February 20th, 1936, began her career in the ground-breaking, L.A. based improvisational comedy group, The Session, with Rob Reiner and Richard Dreyfuss. Her motion picture debut was with Elvis Presley in Clam Bake. Her other feature film credits include MacArthur, Breezy, Made in Heaven, Love Walked In and Sweet November.

    Along with being accomplished on the stage, this prolific actress has had lead roles in such series as Facts of Life, Sons and Daughters, Bret Maverick, Studio 5-B and Cliff Hangers. She has also guest-starred in over 150 television series, including WKRP in Cincinnati, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Heat of the Night, Perfect Strangers, Murder, She Wrote, Dallas and Star Trek. Her television work also includes miniseries credits, Daughters of Privilege, Wheels and Fire in the Sky.

    Ms. Dusay served as the Kansas Film Commissioner from 1984-98 and is still active in the organization's efforts to bring the film world to her home state of Kansas. An avid golfer, she resides in Manhattan and is the mother of actress Deborah Dusay Blocker and the late Randall Dusay, who died of AIDS in 1993; and grandmother to Deena Randall.

  • Marj Dusay Official Site

  • Marj Dusay's Offical ChatClub

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Marj Dusay


    Ryan Cassidy

    Ryan Cassidy was born Ryan John Cassidy on February 23rd, 1966, in Santa Monica, California. He is the youngest of the Cassidy brothers and, as he has been known to point out, the one few people know about or remember. He is often placed into context with brothers David (half-brother), Shaun and Patrick or parents Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy, all of whom have had long, successful careers in film, television, theater and the recording industry.

    At first Ryan was unswayed by the lure of show business and considered a career in law enforcement. However, after graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1984, he embarked on an acting career that lasted through the late '80s. During this time, he appeared in the Lionel Ritchie music video "Penny Lover", the NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life" in the sixth season as Kevin Metcalf (a role designed around Ryan himself) and as Jake Hittman in an episode of the short-lived CBS series "Jesse Hawkes". He left show business in the '90s and pursued different avenues, finally settling on work behind the scenes. In the spring of 2000, Ryan decided to actively re-establish himself as an actor and is pursuing more dramatic roles.

    (photo and biography courtesy of the Official Ryan Cassidy Site)

  • Official Ryan Cassidy Site

  • Internet Movie Database entry for Ryan Cassidy


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