27The 1990s was an incredible decade full of blow-up furniture, Furby toys, slap bracelets, and trips to Blockbuster to watch the latest and greatest hits. And speaking of movies from this time period, it seems like they just don’t make them like they used to, right?
Seriously, there are so many iconic films and TV shows from the ‘90s which starred both some really big names (stars who are still working in Hollywood even today) and some lesser-known folks (like the actors and actresses below…).
Yes, here, we have a list of 20 nearly forgotten celebs. Some of these men and women will be a bit more recognizable to people, as they were featured in several popular films and/or series and may even appear in some things we watch today.
Others, though, were sort of one-hit wonders we may not remember. All of them, though, are super noteworthy, as they were in pieces of entertainment from this decade AND as they have now grown up and glowed up!
So buckle up for a trip down memory lane. Prepare to get reacquainted with celebrities from the past. And get ready to be blown away, since these stars are looking better than ever.
20 Mara Wilson
Mara Wilson had a couple of big roles back in the day, in movies that fill us with nostalgia. In 1993, she played Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire. The next year, she was Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street. And in 1996, she landed the lead role as the title character in Matilda.
Since then, Wilson has retired from acting and switched her focus to writing. She wrote a play called Sheeple which was produced for the New York International Fringe Festival in 2013, and she wrote a memoir that is titled Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.
19 Madeline Zima
Up next is Madeline Zima who is best known for playing Grace Sheffield, the youngest daughter on the CBS sitcom The Nanny; she was on this television series from 1993 to 1999, She went on to appear in other notable series, too, such as Showtime’s Californication (from 2007 to 2011 she was Mia Lewis) and NBC’s Heroes (she was Gretchen Berg from 2009 to 2010).
Honestly, this actress from the ‘90s has not really changed a bit, as her face is very recognizable. But she is, indeed, all grown up and looking super gorgeous, if we do say so ourselves!
18 Joseph Mazzello
Who knows what film Joseph Mazzello starred in during the 1990s? For those who can’t tell, this is little Tim Murphy from Jurassic Park! That film has gone down in history as one of the best, yet Mazzello’s name isn’t a household one. Nevertheless, look at him now!
In today’s time, he has been seen in everything from flicks like The Social Network, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Bohemian Rhapsody to television shows such as Justified, Person of Interest, and Elementary. To many of us, though, he will always be John Hammond’s grandson (he is just a more mature version now).
17 Amber Scott
This is another face that may not be super familiar to many people, but just wait until we jog some memories… Amber Scott is the little girl from Hook! Yes, she was born on October 10, 1984, and according to her IMDb page, she was a member of the Delta Psi Epsilon Sorority and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2006.
But before she became a college grad, she was in a TV documentary called American Experience in 1995, and in 1991, she played Maggie Banning, who was Robin Williams’ character’s daughter in this twist on Peter Pan.
16 Tahj Mowry
Tahj Mowry comes from a famous family, as his older sisters are twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, and he is another star of the ‘90s. On their show, Sister, Sister, he appeared in three episodes as their cousin. Before that, he played Teddy, Michelle's friend, on Full House. And from 1997 to 1999, he starred as T.J. Henderson in Smart Guy.
Mowry has continued to act, with his most notable role being Tucker Dobbs in Baby Daddy from 2012 to 2017. It is nice to still see him on TV, and it’s nice to see him all glowed up, too!
15 Benj Thall
Starting in 1990, Benj Thall was in a few movies, but we are just here to focus on two: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (from the year 1993) and Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (from 1996). These two flicks, which still give people all the feels, are about a trio of pets, but their owners are featured, too, and Thall played the oldest son, Peter Burnford.
Who knew he would grow up to look like this?! In recent years, he seems to have switched to producing and directing, as his Wikipedia page talks of a short film from 2010, which is called Penny.
14 Marguerite Moreau
Marguerite Moreau is a known actress, as she is Katie from Wet Hot American Summer and has made appearances on television series like Smallville, Lost, and The O.C. Of course, this entry is about her work in the ‘90s! On TV, she was in popular shows such as 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Boy Meets World, and The Wonder Years.
And when it comes to films, fans may recognize her from classics like Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Mighty Joe Young, and The Mighty Ducks series. She has always been attractive, but now, today, when she looks like this… Wow.
13 Devon Sawa
People may have seen Devon Sawa in television shows like NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-0, but get ready, guys and gals, because this guy had a super important part during the 1990s… He is Junior from Little Giants!
Tons of girls dreamed of meeting a cute and athletic crush like him, and this actor even went on to play the human form of Casper in that flick, as well as Scott in Now and Then. Today, Sawa is married, welcomed a son in 2014, and had a daughter in 2016. Who thinks those kids are going to realize how into Junior we were and how into this man we are…?
12 Thora Birch
Thora Birch is an actress and producer who won a Young Artist Award for "Best Young Actress Under Nine Years of Age" back in the day. Why? Oh, maybe because she was Dani Dennison in 1993’s Hocus Pocus, Eva Gregory in 1994’s Monkey Trouble, and Tina "Teeny" Tercell in 1995’s Now and Then!
These three movies help define this time period, and it’s good to know that after taking a break from acting, Birch came back to acting in 2016, according to her Wikipedia page. It is also good to know that she is another star who is all glowed up!
11 Mason Gamble
Okay, we are anxious to see if anyone can recognize this face… See, Mason Gamble is a former child actor and marine biologist. Over the years, he has been in several films and TV shows, but there is one role—from the 1990s—which must be discussed right here and right now.
After beating out a reported 20,000 children who also auditioned, Gamble earned the role of Dennis Mitchell in the iconic movie Dennis the Menace from 1993. Remember his cowlick and overalls? And, now, see those piercing eyes and that sultry smile? He is definitely not a little kid any longer!
10 Danielle Harris
Today, Danielle Harris is known as a scream queen, since she is often cast in spooky flicks, like four different ones from the Halloween franchise. Also today, she has ventured onto the other side of the camera into directing. But before all that, she was entertaining us during the ‘90s.
First up, she starred with Katherine Heigl in Wish Upon a Star. She also portrayed Gwenie in Free Willy, a classic from 1993. And Harris voiced Debbie Thornberry from the animated series The Wild Thornberrys! Many people still enjoy watching this actress today—an actress who is definitely all glowed up.
9 Blake And Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit
Back in the day, Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit were Nicholas "Nicky" and Alexander "Alex" Katsopolis, the twin sons of Jesse and Becky Katsopolis on Full House. And since we live in the day and age of reboots and revivals, these two grown-up actors and twins can now be seen in Fuller House.
On the rebooted Netflix series, the twins decided to run a fish taco food truck together and Kimmy even mentioned that they lived in the food truck. It is hard not to see them as those two little, shaggy-haired, blonde boys on the original series… but it is interesting to see them all grown up, isn’t it?
8 Laura Bell Bundy
Laura Bell Bundy is an actress and a singer known for being the original Amber Von Tussle in the musical version of Hairspray and the original Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde. She has released country music, she played Ginger Gladstone (Joey’s wife) on Fuller House… but this is going to be about the 1990s, of course.
Who can guess what she was in during that time period? Well, let us remind everyone of 1995’s Jumanji, which is arguably the best film about a board game—and, well, the only film about a board game. Bundy played Young Sarah Whittle (Bonnie Hunt’s character) in that—fun!
7 Zachery Ty Bryan
Here, we have Zachery Ty Bryan, and for those who do not know, he is best known as Brad Taylor from Home Improvement. Fans watched him grow up in this sitcom starring Tim Allen, which ran from 1991 to 1999, as he played the oldest son in this show.
Since then, people may have seen him in things like Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and ER. This attractive actor has been busy outside of work, too, as he is a father and got married to Carly Matros in 2007. The two met while attending La Cañada Junior High School.
6 Camilla Belle
Let’s see which star of the ‘90s is up next… Camilla Belle is an actress, a director, a writer and a producer who appeared in many things during the 1990s. For instance, in 1995, she was in A Little Princess. In 1997, she was in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. In 1998, she was in Practical Magic. In 1999, she was in Back to the Secret Garden.
And now, she looks like this! Again, she is another one who has always been pretty, but to see her today, all these years later and all glowed up, is just really cool.
5 Anna Chlumsky
Anna Chlumsky, this gal right here, has been seen in everything from 30 Rock and Law & Order to Veep, Army Wives, and Hannibal. But, of course, we are here to focus on her work from back in the day.
While she was just as busy working during the '90s, as well, her most iconic role is as Vada Sultenfuss. This character is the star of My Girl (from 1991) and its sequel (from 1994)—two more classics! And this actress just had to be included on this list of ours, because, well, just look at her… She is simply stunning.
4 Fred Savage
Fred Savage is one of the bigger names on this list, but many people may have forgotten that he is a child star; he was Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years from 1988 to 1993. In the 1990s, he also appeared as the Grandson in The Princess Bride and on an episode of Boy Meets World (which his younger brother, Ben, starred on).
In today’s time, this handsome, talented, all-glowed-up man has directed everything from Modern Family and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia to Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, and he continues to act in shows and films, as well.
3 Danica McKellar
Speaking of The Wonder Years… Danica McKellar played Winnie Cooper on that series back in the day, and many of us probably had as big of a crush on her as Fred Savage’s character, Kevin Arnold, did!
Now, she can be seen on the Hallmark Channel. She is the voice of Judy Jetson. She has written six mathematics books. Yes, this actress, mathematics writer, and education advocate is as successful and as pretty as ever. Well, let’s scratch that: she seems to be even more successful and even prettier if we are being honest about this celeb from the 1990s!
2 Christine Lakin
Christine Lakin is best known for playing Alicia "Al" Lambert on Step by Step, a family sitcom from the ‘90s. During that time, she also appeared on television series like 3rd Rock from the Sun and 7th Heaven, but to many of us, she will always be Al.
A fun fact is that she is currently in Hollywood Darlings, a series she stars in with two other actresses from this time period: Beverley Mitchell of 7th Heaven and Jodie Sweetin from Full House! All three of these women are grown/glowed up, but let us all just take a minute to really honor Lakin, pictured right here looking so good!
1 Jaleel White
Last but not least, we have Jaleel White, an actor, a voice actor, a producer, and a writer, who, in 1989, was cast as Steve Urkel on Family Matters. Yes, people, this is Steve Urkel, the greatest glow up of all time! Plus, good news: White will be back in this role for the first time since 1998, in the upcoming 2019 series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
Besides being everyone’s favorite nerd, he graduated from UCLA with a degree in film and television, and he has been in other shows and movies like Dreamgirls, Boston Legal, House, Psych, and even Dancing with the Stars.
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb