The 90s were a classic era for family sitcoms. But Step By Step was a little different than the others.The main stars of Step By Step, Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy, were no strangers to the small screen. Both of them had major roles on hit TV shows before. But despite the fact that Step By Step was a massive hit, they, including many of the other actors from the show have not had continued time in the spotlight since the series ended. Read on to find out what happened to the cast of Step By Step!
Alexandra Adi – Then
Actress Alexandra Adi grew up in upstate New York but was born in Miami, Florida. After graduating from Barnard College in 1993, Alexandra moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of making it big in show business.
She had small roles on several TV shows, including The Adventures of Pete And Pete, The Cosby Mysteries, and Cop Land. But her big break came in 1997 when she was cast as J.T.’s girlfriend Samantha “Sam” Milano on Step By Step.
Alexandra Adi – Now
After Step By Step, Alexandra Adi went on to play minor parts in some pretty major Hollywood blockbusters. She had appearances in American Pie, Jawbreaker, and Slap Her… She’s French.
She also had guest starring roles on TV shows such as CSI: Miami and Boy Meets World. Alexandra is also known for her impressive physique which she used to her advantage in several successful bikini modeling campaigns. Nowadays, she lives a quiet life with her husband and two children.
Patrick Duffy – Then
Patrick Duffy had a major role on TV before starring as the patriarch of the Lambert family on Step By Step. He played Bobby Ewing, brother of J.R. Ewing, on the smash hit prime time soap opera Dallas.
He graduated from the University of Washington in 1971 with a degree in drama. He also had a big part on Knot’s Landing. Patrick was an accomplished singer – his duet with sultry French crooner Mireille Mathieu hit #5 on the charts in Holland.
Patrick Duffy – Now
After Step By Step ended, Patrick had the opportunity to reprise his role as Bobby Ewing on the TNT reboot and continuation of the series Dallas..
He hosted the innovative game show Bingo America, and had a recurring role on the classic CBS day time soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful as Stephen Logan. Additionally, he’s done voice acting work on shows such as Family Guy, Touched By An Angel, and Justice League.
Jason Mardsen – Then
Step By Step wasn’t the first big role for child actor Jason Marsden. While he was still in elementary school, he played Alan Quartermaine, Jr. for two years on the soap opera General Hospital.
He had some major roles as a voice actor, playing Goofy’s son Max Goof in A Goofy Movie, and the announcer of Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club. On Step By Step he played Rich Halke, J.T.’s slacker best friend and confidant.
Jason Marsden – Now
Jason Marsden has shied away from life in front of the camera since Step By Step ended, but that doesn’t mean that his career in show business is over.
He has done plenty of well-received voice acting work, in major feature animated films such as Tarzan, Monsters Inc., Spirited Away, and The Secret Life Of Pets. He married his wife Christy Hicks in 2004, and the couple live in Nashville, Tennessee with their eight year old son.
Staci Keanan – Then
Staci Keanan was actually born under a different name – Anastasia Love Sagorsky, in Philadelphia. She adopted a stage name to give her broader appeal, as she was worried her real name sounded too foreign.
She started off by starring in TV commercials for Burger King and Hershey’s Kisses, then provided the voice of My Little Pony. She was then cast in the sitcom My Two Dads. From there, she got her big break as Dana Foster in Step By Step.
Staci Keanan – Now
Staci Keanan has gone about as far away from the spotlight as one possibly can. She has decided to make something of herself and prove that she’s got both beauty and brains.
Staci graduated from UCLA and then went on to Southwestern Law School. She passed the bar with flying colors and in 2013, she was admitted to the State Bar of California. She is a practicing lawyer in the Los Angeles, California area under the name Anastasia Sagorsky.
Angela Watson – Then
Angela Watson was performing for the camera from the time she was in diapers. She won 60 crowns and 200 trophies during her time in the child beauty pageant circuit of Florida and several other southern states.
She won Face Finders Model Search in Dallas, Texas, which led to her family deciding to move to Los Angeles so she could develop her show business career. She did local theatre productions, then was cast on Step By Step.
Angela Watson – Now
Since finishing Step By Step, Angela Watson’s career hasn’t gone very far. However, she does have a good reputation in the acting community, as she had the opportunity to serve on the Screen Actors Guild Board of Directors for a number of years.
In 2000, she starred in a Riverside, California local theatre production of How To Succeed In Business. Because her parents misspent her earnings from the show, she’s dedicated to helping child actors manage their money.
Peggy Rea – Then
Long before her role on Step By Step, Peggy Rea was a go getter in show business. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she ended up dropping out of UCLA business school in order to pursue her dreams of stardom.
She started off her career by assisting shot callers – in the 1940s, she was a production assistant at Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Finally, she got cast in recurring roles on I Love Lucy and The Dukes Of Hazzard.
Peggy Rea – Now
Due to her age, Peggy Rea was often cast in matronly roles and was basically the go to “Big Mama” character for casting directors.
After the first season of Step By Step, she was written out of the show and had to get a paycheck from somewhere else. She ended up having a big role on the hit show Grace Under Fire, where she played Jean Kelly on 51 episodes between 1993 and 1998. Talk about a committed relationship!
Patrika Darbo – Then
Patrika Darbo was a classically trained actress before appearing on Step By Step. She studied theater at the prestigious school of drama at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
After she graduated in 1970, she moved on to the Atlanta School of Drama. She appeared in the hit film Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will? which got her noticed by network executives, who eventually contracted her to ABC. She was then cast on Step By Step.
Patrika Darbo – Now
Patrika hasn’t strayed far from the spotlight since the end of Step By Step. She made two well received appearances on episodes of Seinfeld.
Currently, she has a major role on the soap opera The Bold And The Beautiful where she plays Shirley Spectra. Back in 2016, Patrika was the first person ever to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, which was a new category of award.
Christopher Castile – Then
Christopher Castile started acting at a very young age. Born in Orange County, California, he was never far from the opportunities of Hollywood.
His first major role came on the sitcom Going Places where he played Sam Roberts, the son of talk show host Dick Roberts. His co-star was Staci Keanan! The two went on to play brother and sister on Step By Step, which was created by the same producers as Going Places.
Christopher Castile – Now
While still appearing on Step By Step, Christopher started providing the voice for Eugene Horowitz on the animated show Hey Arnold.
After several seasons on Hey Arnold, he was replaced by Jarret Lennon – who ironically, was the actor originally supposed to play Mark Foster on Step By Step. After the show ended, Christopher got a master’s degree and is now a political science professor at Biola University and teaches history at Downey High School.
Brandon Call – Then
Brandon Call played the oldest kid in the Lambert family, John Thomas – who was nicknamed “J.T.”. He is, in many ways, a typical jock – a diehard Packers fan like his dad, not very interested in school and prefers to focus on athletics.
It’s later revealed in the series that J.T. has dyslexia, which explains his problems in school. He also has trouble adjusting to his new step family, especially Dana, who he refers to with the insulting nickname “Barky.”
Brandon Call – Now
A life in the glittering lights of Tinseltown and under the glare of the paparazzi just isn’t for everyone. Despite having so much success as a child actor, Brandon Call has decided to stay away from the spotlight.
He’s currently working at a gas station and car wash owned by his parents in San Diego, California. He has no appearances on any TV shows, in any movies, or on stage in any theatre productions listed anywhere on the Internet.
Josh Byrne – Then
Brandon Lambert, the shy youngest brother on Step By Step was played by Josh Byrne. However, his character had a less than normal disappearance from the show.
In the last season, Brandon simply didn’t appear at all on any episodes and there was no plot line explaining his absence. Before Step By Step Josh had a brief recurring role on several episodes on the sitcom Who’s The Boss and a small part in the movie Mr. Saturday Night.
Josh Byrne – Now
Like his Step By Step cast mate Emily Mae Young, Josh Byrne has decided to pursue happiness far out of the spotlight and far away from the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi.
After the show ended, Josh never acted again, even in small roles or cameos. He currently resides in Thousand Oaks, California. Judging by his social media profiles, it seems like he has a penchant for the Renaissance and enjoys attending Renaissance Faires while in costume.
Sasha Mitchell – Then
You might be surprised to learn that the set of Step By Step wasn’t the first time actors Patrick Duffy and Sasha Mitchell worked together.
Both of them appeared on the prime time soap opera Dallas, where Patrick played J.R. Ewing’s brother, Bobby, and Sasha played his nephew, James Beaumont. Before Step By Step, Sasha appeared in several action oriented movies because of his background in martial arts. He starred in the later Kickboxer movies, replacing Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Sasha Mitchell – Now
Sasha Mitchell had a recurring role on long running soap opera E.R. and NYPD Blue, as well as starring in the TV movie L.A. Confidential. He also had a cameo, appropriately in the movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.
But he’s not just an actor. You definitely don’t wanna mess with Sasha – he’s got a black belt in Tae Kwan Doe and has been quite the performer in local MMA tournaments. He has been married twice and has four children.
Bronson Pinchot – Then
Bronson Pinchot was raised not far away from the glittering lights of Hollywood, in Pasadena, California. After graduating from high school, he received a full scholarship to study fine art the Morse School at Yale University, which he graduated from in 1981.
After being discovered by a casting director while starring in a play at Yale, he got his big break with a major role opposite Tom Cruise in Risky Business. He also appeared in Beverly Hills Cop and True Romance.
Bronson Pinchot – Now
Bronson Pinchot had continued success after Step By Step went off the air. He went on to have another starring role on a long running sitcom, as Balki Bartokomous on ABC’s Perfect Strangers.
Bronson also starred in and wrote his own show on the DIY Network, called The Bronson Pinchot Project . The show follows Bronson in his hobby of restoring vintage homes with various matter that he salvaged himself from antique stores and other houses.
Jeff Juday – Then
Jeff Juday was best known for his role of Jake “Flash” Gordon on Step By Step. Even though Flash didn’t enter the show until the fifth season, Juday made is presence felt right away.
Flash is a good-hearted yet goofy handyman who Franks hires and befriends soon after. He is even brought along for the family’s vacation to Walt Disney World, where he tries to ride every attraction. Frank and Carol eventually invite him to move in.
Jeff Juday – Now
Since his brief appearance on Step By Step, Jeff Juday has appeared in episodes of television shows such as Getting Away with Murder, The JonBenet Ramsey Mystery, Lois, and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Full House, Dark Skies, and V.I.P.
These days, Juday lives near Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Claci Miller Juday, and their two children. While he is still passionate about theater and acting, his day job now involves working in the financial services industry.
John Stamos – Then
In 1994, John Stamos appeared in one episode of Step By Step. At the time, Stamos was one of the biggest guests to see the show’s set.
Stamos already had quite the resume prior to his Step By Step cameo, with credits on shows such as General Hospital, Dreams, Alice in Wonderland, You Again?, Full House, The New Mickey Mouse Club, Captive, and Tales from the Crypt. Stamos was welcomed with a loud applause from the studio audience upon making his entrance.
John Stamos – Now
Since his guest appearance on Step by Step, John Stamos has continues his success as an actor with recent credits on shows like Entourage, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Two and a Half Men, Losing It with John Stamos, and Netflix’s Full House spin-off, Fuller House.
In 2016, Stamos was also a member of the cast of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Recently Stamos added ‘father’ to his long resume after his wife, Caitlin McHugh gave birth to their first son, Billy, on April 15, 2018.
Kelly Packard – Then
Kelly Packard was a sitcom regular back in the ’90s. She got her start on Living Dolls, and quickly followed up with an appearance in an episode of The Wonder Years.
She then landed her first recurring role as Kimberly Taylor on Blossom, a role which she held from 1990 until 1992. She appeared on Step By Step for one episode as a girl named Marcia back in 1993, just two years after she got her big break on the popular series Baywatch.
Kelly Packard – Now
After Baywatch, Packard spent four years portraying Tiffani Smith on California Dreams. She was then featured in three episodes of Boy Meets World in the mid-1990s.
She has also pursued a film career, with credits in movies such as Get Your Stuff, The Killing Point, and Auto Focus. These days, Packard has taken a step back from acting, and she is not a popular television personality. She has co-costed Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, as well as GSN Live.
Seth Green – Then
Before he became a household name in movies and television, Seth Green got his acting career started in the mid-1980s, with appearances in shows such as ABC Afterschool Special, Tales from the Darkside, The Facts of Life, Free Spirit, Mr. Belvedere, The Wonder Years, and Beverly Hills, 90210.
By the time he made his guest appearance on Step By Step, Green had a recognizable name, face, and personality. Green portrayed a boy named Danny in the 1995 episode, “Head of the Class.”
Seth Green – Now
Since he was featured in one episode of Step By Step, Seth Green has risen to a high level of fame and success. He has become well-known for his voice work on shows like Robot Chicken, and Family Guy.
He has also acted in movies such as It, Airborne, The Italian Job, Party Monster, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Without a Paddle, and the Austin Powers franchise. In 2010, Green married actress Clare Grant. The two reside in Los Angeles, California.
Jaleel White – Then
The actor who was best known for playing Steve Urkel, the lovable nerd on Family Matters, bounced around various sitcoms in the ’90s, bringing his goofy Urkel energy to numerous shows and crossovers.
Jalil White was cast as Urkel in 1989. This role would go on to define his entire acting career. During his early career White also appeared on episodes of shows like The Jeffersons, Silence of the Heart, Kids Don’t Tell, The Disney Sunday Movie, and Good Morning, Miss Bliss.
Jaleel White – Now
After his appearance on Step By Step, Jaleel White’s career fell into a bit of a slump. Aside from his voice work for Sonic the Hedgehog, it didn’t seem as though White had a lot going for him.
However, in recent years, it appears as though White has been on the comeback trail, with credits on television shows such as NCIS, Drop Dead Diva, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Hell’s Kitchen, Hawaii Five-0, Atlanta, and Me Myself & I.
Fred Willard – Then
Fred Willard began his career as an actor in the late-1960s with film credits in movies such as Fun with Dick and Jane, National Lampoon’s Movie Madness, This Is Spinal Tap, and Moving Violations.
His early television roles include appearances in shows like Laverne & Shirley, Salem’s Lot, and Saturday Night Live. By the time Willard appeared on an episode on Step By Step, he had already made a name for himself as a talented and hilarious actor.
Fred Willard – Now
Fred Willard has maintained a steady and successful acting career, both in film, as well as in television. In recent years, Willard has acted on shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful, Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Odd Couple, New Girl, and Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories.
He has also been featured in movies like American Wedding, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Epic Movie, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Fifty Shades of Black.
Christine Lakin – Then
Christine Lakin was born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, but pretty quickly it became clear that her Hollywood dreams meant she had to move to the West Coast.
Her first major role came in the made for TV drama based on the Civil War The Rose and the Jackal. While starring on Step By Step she didn’t let her education fall by the wayside. She graduated from UCLA at the age of 20 with a degree in communications.
Christine Lakin – Now
After Step By Step was cancelled, Christine stayed in the spotlight. She starred opposite Paris Hilton in the 2008 movie The Hottie And The Nottie.
Christine also appeared in two 2005 made for TV movies, Showtime’s Reefer Madness and Who’s Your Daddy?. She’s also done extensive voice over work, providing the voice of newscaster Joyce Kinney in Family Guy and Jane in The Walking Dead: Season Two video game. Christine is married and has a daughter.
Suzanne Somers – Then
Suzanne Somers first rose to fame as blonde bombshell Chrissy Snow on the classic 1970s sitcom Three’s Company. The show’s massive success quickly made her into a household name.
After her career in show business stalled, she gained notoriety for hawking the Thighmaster exercise equipment on home shopping TV channels. Being cast as matriarch Carol Foster-Lambert on Step By Step was a welcome return to TV for Suzanne, who was excited to finally have another major role on a sitcom.
Suzanne Somers – Now
Since Step By Step finished its run, Suzanne Somers has remained in the spotlight, but without any major acting roles. She briefly had a one woman Broadway show about her life called The Blonde In The Thunderbird, and had a reality show focused on her for the Lifetime Network.
She’s an avid practitioner of natural medicine and alternative health, so she currently hosts an Internet talk show called Suzanne Somers: Breaking Through. She also appeared on Dancing With The Stars.
Emily Mae Young – Then
Adorable Emily Mae Young played Lily Lambert on the show.
Lilly is Frank and Carol’s biological child, who is introduced in the season four episode “A Foster/Lambert Production”. Originally depicted as a baby, Lilly reurns in season six as a 6-year-old. For her age she is very smart and is always asking questions of everyone.
Emily Mae Young – Now
Despite being a huge hit as a child, Emily Mae Young appears to prefer life out of the spotlight, choosing to live her life privately.
Her last listed acting credits are for the TV movie Santa and Pete, where she played Marlene, and the TV show Undercover Angel where she appeared in one episode as Jenny. Both of these credits are from 1999, meaning that the last time Emily Mae Young did some acting was almost twenty years ago!