Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating businesses in the world, each year loads of intrigue goes on behind the scenes of the many movies and TV shows that are released. As a result, anyone who manages to become an acting star has beaten the odds in a pretty incredible way. Of course, just because they rise to prominence doesn’t mean they are going to stay there.
Due to the fact that many people pay more attention to celebrities during their teen years than at any other time in their life, young actors from that time period in someone’s life tend to make a big impression. Despite that, once 90s kids got past that stage in their lives, it was really easy to lose track of the stars they used to care about. With all of that in mind, it is time to get to this list of that looks at what 20 forgotten teen stars from the 90s are up to now.
In order for someone to appear on this list, they first and foremost need to have been an actor who managed to gain notoriety in the 90s. On top of that, they must have Played a teenaged character at some point during that same decade. Finally, since then, their public profile needs to have declined enough that many former fans are likely to be unaware of what they are up to today.
20 Edward Furlong
Easily one of the best sequels of all-time, when Edward Furlong landed a lead role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day he had his work cut out for him but he was quite good in the role. After that, he went on to star in several solid films including Brainscan, Pecker and Detroit Rock City.
Unfortunately, over the years he has struggled with addiction issues and appeared in a long list of lackluster films. On the bright side, Furlong recently appeared at a gathering of Terminator fans and he looked a lot healthier than he has in years. On top of that, Furlong revealed he is working out daily because he hopes for a return to the Terminator franchise.
19 Ali Larter
Despite the fact that Ali Larter’s character in Varsity Blues was far from the lead character, when the movie came out it may have boosted her career more than anyone elses. In fact, in the 2 years after that movie came out, Larter starred in House on Haunted Hill, Final Destination, and Legally Blonde.
After those plum movie roles seemed to start drying up, however, Larter made the transition to the world of television and starred in Heroes. Recently seen in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, her career has also taken an unexpected turn recently as she now has a partnership with the store chain Marshalls.
18 Peter Facinelli
If you ask us, one of the best teen movies of all-time is the late nineties classic Can’t Hardly Wait. Focused on a young man who is excited to learn that the girl of his dreams has just broken up with a complete jerk, in the movie Peter Facinelli played the young woman’s ex. Pretty great in the role, Facinelli’s character started out oozing ego but by the end of the film viewers really got to see the vulnerable person on the inside.
Currently playing a recurring role in a CBS show called S.W.A.T., Facinelli also Maxwell Lord in Supergirl’s first season in recent years.
17 Amy Jo Johnson
Despite the fact that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuted on TV all the way back in 1993, new series that exist in the same franchise have been released every year since then. Of course, none of that would have been possible if the original series had failed to become a hit but thankfully many people loved the show right off the bat. Cast as the original Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart, Amy Jo Johnson arguably is one of the 2 most popular actors from this franchise alongside Jason David Frank.
No longer overly interested in acting these days, Johnson went on to become a musician and filmmaker but she still agreed to cameo in the most recent big screen Power Rangers film.
16 Wiley Wiggins
When you look at a modern photo of Wiley Wiggins, it may be hard to recognize that he starred in a seminal teen movie from the 90s but that is exactly what happened. Cast as Mitch Kramer in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused, in it he played a young man who was set to become a high school freshman yet he manages to get an invite to a seniors party. Believably naive in that role, he went on to appear in a select few other films after that, including The Faculty and Waking Life.
Still, he never managed to headline another movie that hit the same way Dazed and Confused did so Willey has now become a video game designer.
15 Brittany Daniel
When Brittany Daniel first found her place in the spotlight it was as one half of a doubles act, alongside her twin sister and constant co-star Cynthia. However, after the Daniels sisters played siblings in the show Sweet Valley High and a movie called The Basketball Diaries, Brittany then began landing roles as a solo act. In fact, she attained her greatest success all by herself in the movies Joe Dirt and Little Man, as well as shows like That '80s Show, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Game, and Blackish.
More importantly, she had a bout with and survived stage IV non-Hodgkin's lymphoma which has inspired her to work with various cancer-related charities.
14 Devon Sawa
The kind of actor whose face could be seen in the lockers of many youngsters from the 90s, at the time it was safe to say that many people had a crush on Devon Sawa. Best known for films like Little Giants, Wild America, SLC Punk!, Idle Hands and Final Destination, Sawa also starred in the music video for Eminem’s song “Stan”.
After the early 2000s came and went, Sawa’s time in the spotlight appeared to be over. Fortunately for him, he seems to be on the cusp of a potential comeback as he set to co-star with Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent, Dave Bautista, and Jaime King in Escape Plan: The Extractors.
13 Scott Wolf
One of those shows that never became a monster hit but still attracted a dedicated audience, Party of Five featured a stellar group of young actors. Arguably given the most dramatic role of the bunch, Scott Wolf was cast as Bailey, a young man who lost both of his parents during his teen years and went on to struggle with addiction. Since that series came to an end, Wolf has consistently found lower-profile roles in shows like Everwood, V, and The Night Shift among others.
A very happily married man who has chosen to move away from Hollywood so he could live in Park City, Utah with his 3 kids, Wolf is still set to star in a 2019 TV movie called The Christmas Song.
12 Lacey Chabert
The second entry about one of the young stars of Party of Five in a row, in the series Lacey Chabert portrayed Claudia, the character that arguably served as show’s moral core. Far from the only role that has garnered her fame, however, Chabert then went on to land a role in Mean Girls, a teen movie that many people believe is a near perfect film. However, many of her former fans may think that Chabert’s career has hit the skids since the huge roles have largely disappeared for her.
The exact opposite of that is true though, as she is set to be a part of 8 projects that will be released in 2019 and last year she starred in 4 movies and 2 shows.
11 Kel Mitchell
Even though TV and movie comedy duos seem to be out of style today, in the 90s Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson became famous together as the stars of the shows All That and Kenan & Kel. On top of their shared TV exploits, the two of them also headlined a movie that has a place in many people’s hearts, Good Burger.
Now a solo act, recently Kel has gone on to host a segment on the show Dream Team and he also competed on Double Dare in 2018. He also put a smile on the face of many people when he and Kenan reunited after many years to appear in a Tonight Show sketch together.
10 Jenna von Oÿ
Unlike the vast majority of 90s sitcoms, Blossom was a show that blazed its own trail in a lot of ways. After all, it centered on a young woman and tackled a lot of touchy topics that teens care about with a surprising amount of care. Of course, the show’s titular character had a supporting cast, including Jenna von Oÿ, the young woman who portrayed Six, Blossom’s best friend. Like most actors who land big roles, von Oÿ spent many years trying to find another popular project once Blossom came to an end.
However, after a while, she decided to find a new artistic endeavor to sink her teeth into so she has left LA behind to record country music and raise her family in Nashville.
9 Andrew Keegan
When it comes to Andrew Keegan, it is surprisingly hard to put your finger on the role he is best known for. After all, he turned heads with relatively small roles in shows like Full House, 7th Heaven, Party of Five, and Step By Step and he starred in movies like Camp Nowhere, O, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Since then his life has taken a turn that his former fans wouldn’t have expected, he co-founded a group called Full Circle that various media outlets have described as a cult.
For his part, Keegan says Full Circle is a “non-denominational spiritual community center where people of all beliefs and backgrounds come together to meditate, practice yoga, and engage artistically”.
8 Tatyana Ali
Among the most popular 90s sitcoms, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air made such a huge impact on its audience that most people who grew up during its run remember every lyric of its theme song. Well, at least the short version of it that typically was played during the show’s opening. Of course, Will Smith not only was the show’s main character but in the years since The Fresh Prince came to an end he has gone on to attain the most success.
No slouch in her own right, since leaving The Fresh Prince behind Tatyana Ali delved into recording music and she has now become a very busy actor. In fact, she appeared in 7 different projects that were released in 2018.
7 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
It may be hard to remember for some people today, but at one time it seemed like Jonathan Taylor Thomas was poised to take the acting industry by storm for many years to come. Arguably the most popular star of the 90s sitcom Home Improvement at one time, he also voiced the child version of The Lion King’s main character, Simba.
However, at the height of his career, JTT opted to walk away from it all so he could attend Harvard, Columbia and St Andrew's University in Scotland. After that, JTT reunited with his former TV dad Tim Allen when he cameoed in 4 episodes of Last Man Standing. On top of that, his former TV mom, Patricia Richardson, said in 2016 that JTT and his former co-star Zachery Ty Bryan were also working on the concept for an R-Rated series.
6 Rachel Stevens
The only person who appears on this list because they rose to fame for their music, Rachel Stevens was a member of the pop group S Club 7. Such a big deal that at one time they were stars in many countries from around the world, the group also found success outside the music industry. Able to also conquer the world of television, the group starred in 6 shows, including Miami 7, S Club 7 Go Wild!, and S Club Search.
Perhaps that is why Stevens has turned to the world of television to keep her career going since she left the group that first made her a star. Formerly a judge and mentor on The Voice of Ireland, in 2017 Stevens also competed in Celebrity MasterChef.
5 David Faustino
If you were to put together a list of the most controversial shows of all-time, it would simply not be complete if it failed to include an entry on the hit sitcom Married... with Children. The eldest of that show’s main cast, in it David Faustino played Bud Bundy, an intelligent young man who was desperate to find popularity that forever remained just out of his grasp. While it seems very unlikely that Faustino will ever be able to escape the shadow of the character that first made him famous, that doesn’t mean he has stopped working.
After all, he has recently played roles in the TV shows DreamWorks Dragons and The Young and the Restless, on top of appearing in the movie Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.
4 Leelee Sobieski
First introduced to many moviegoers when she starred in Deep Impact, in that movie Leelee Sobieski got to flex her acting muscles as a youngster grappling with the world’s imminent demise. However, when she landed a role in Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut, it really showed just how good she was as an actor. On top of that, she went on to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy and a pair of Golden Globe Awards for her work on television.
Despite how great Sobieski was at her craft, over time her acting career went downhill so today she considers herself to be a “mom and an outsider” who expresses herself through sculpting and painting
3 Leanna Creel
One of the most notable 90s TV shows, at the height of its success, Saved by the Bell was seen as appointment viewing for its millions of devoted followers. Oddly enough, during the show’s final season two of its main actors opted against appearing in half of the episodes so they were replaced by an all-new character that was portrayed by Leanna Creel.
After her time in the spotlight ended, Creel went on to graduate from UCLA with an MFA in film production and she created a film production company she sold to Lionsgate. Since then, she has become a mother of two with her partner Ruth and she now works as a photographer and on producing web videos and shorts for various companies
2 Eddie Kaye Thomas
In this day and age, it can often feel like it is easy to predict the fates of most movies at the box office months in advance. However, there still are some surprise hits that squeak through and in the year 1999, no movie exemplified that more than American Pie. A massive hit at the box office, the movie also managed to make stars out of most of its main cast. However, aside from appearing in a few hit films, Eddie Kaye Thomas is one star who has mostly flown under the radar.
Still able to find steady work, he has provided the voice for American Dad’s Barry Robinson and he starred in the show Scorpion, which was canceled in 2018.
1 Kellie Shanygne Williams
When it comes to TV characters that are strongly associated with the 90s, there may not be any who feel more entrenched in those years than Steve Urkel. However, some people may not realize that originally the sitcom he was a part of, Family Matters, focused on the Winslow family. Cast as the eldest Winslow daughter, over time Kellie Shanygne Williams’ character became key to the show’s nine-season run. Since that show came to an end, however, Williams’ has directed her efforts in a new direction as evidenced by the fact that her last IMDb.com credit is a short film that was released in 2011.
Instead, she opted to found the Kellie Williams Program, which provides DC Metro area students with an opportunity to produce television.