Roseanne: Whatever Happened to the Rest of the Sitcom’s Cast?

The cast of RoseanneMany of the members of the Roseanne cast recently reunited at the TV Land Awards. Their sitcom was honored with the Innovator Award and Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, Martin Mull, Johnny Galecki, Alicia Goranson, and Sarah Chalke appeared on-stage to accept the honor.

Last week, we gave you an update on some of the cast members. Here’s what the rest of the performers have been doing.

Johnny Galecki (David Healy) — The actor has been quite busy since the end of Roseanne. Galecki has appeared in such diverse films as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Bounce, Vanilla Sky, The Opposite of Sex, and Suicide Kings. Last year, he starred on Broadway in The Little Dog Laughed as a male prostitute, a role that required full-frontal nudity. On television, Galecki had a recurring role as the half-brother of the title characters on Hope & Faith and guest-starred on other shows like My Name is Earl, LAX, and The Norm Show (alongside Roseanne costar Laurie Metcalf). He currently stars on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. The sitcom was created by Chuck Lorrie who was a co-executive producer on Roseanne for a couple seasons. Galecki can next be seen in the upcoming Hancock movie with Will Smith.

Natalie West (Crystal Anderson) — She was an original castmember and remained a regular for four seasons. After that, she became a recurring guest-star and appeared on three episodes. West has done work in a couple of films in recent years like Life Sentence and The Poker House. She predominately works on stage with theatre groups like the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. In recent years, West has appeared in productions of Nickel and Dimed, Side Man, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Guys, The God of Hell, and How I Learned to Drive.

Glenn Quinn (Mark Healy) — The Dublin-born actor co-owned a James Bond-style nightclub called Goldfingers. He was cast as a series regular on Angel in 1999 but his character was killed off after nine episodes. It’s been rumored that the actor had been fired because of an addiction to alcohol and drugs but show producers have said that the exit was planned from the beginning. On December 2, 2002, Quinn died unexpectedly from a heroin overdose while staying with a friend in North Hollywood. He was just 32. Fishman set up a memorial fund in Quinn’s name and a January 2003 Angel episode was dedicated to his memory.

RoseanneEstelle Parsons (Bev Harris) — Parsons has had an extensive performing career and, before Roseanne, she appeared in such memorable films as Bonnie and Clyde, The Front Page, and Dick Tracy. Since the ABC sitcom ended, she’s had guest-starring roles on TV shows like Touched by an Angel, Law & Order: SVU, and Frasier. Parsons has mainly focused on stage work and has appeared on Broadway in plays like Salome and Morning’s at Seven. In 2004, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Parsons is currently performing in the Tony-winning play August: Osage County on Broadway.

Sandra Bernhard (Nancy Bartlett) – A longtime stand-up comic, Bernhard returned to the stage when the sitcom ended. In 1998, while pregnant with her daughter, she starred in a one-woman show on Broadway called I’m Still Here… Damn It! After the birth of her child, Bernhard continued to do stand-up and appeared on TV series like Law & Order: SVU, The L Word, and Crossing Jordan. In 2006, she debuted her Everything Bad & Beautiful show Off-Broadway. Bernhard was at the center of controversy that year after she made some controversial comments on The View. The author of four collections of essays, Bernhard continues to tour in the US and UK and has released many comedy albums.

Martin Mull (Leon Carp) — This guy is like the Energizer Bunny — he just keeps going and going and going. A veteran comedian, Mull has appeared on dozens and dozens of television shows since Roseanne ended. He’s had regular or recurring roles on The Ellen Show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Life with Bonnie, The War at Home, and animated series like Danny Phantom and American Dad!. Mull is an accomplished artist and a book of his work, Painting, Drawing and World, was published in 1995. Divorced twice, Mull is currently married to composer/singer Wendy Haas and they have a daughter together.

Roseanne had one of the stranger series finales in television history. (If you don’t remember it, you can catch-up here.) We caught up with Mull at the recent TV Land Awards and asked him how he might have ended the show, favorite TV characters he’s played, and about working with Fred Willard (his Leon character’s husband). Take a look…

What are the main cast doing these days? Head over here to find out.

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  1. says

    I would love to see a reunion of the Roseanne show. Watching her raise her kids was just great. I myself am a mother of two, one of which had a very bad drug habit until she becamed pregnant. My granddaughter is now 3 months old, and my daughter is clean of drugs. Even though Roseanne wasn’t a single parent, which I am, the way her parenting skills are, they are just right on in my book.
    I also know you went through tough times with not enough money to bay the bills, you always seemed to make things work. I have been unumployed for six months now, and finances are so tough I’m afraid before long we will all be homelss and hungry. I have been non stop looking for employment, but have had no offers. Any offers of what I might be doing wrong. I have almost 30 years in the medical field.

  2. Lizzy says

    I never missed an episode of Roseanne and watch it over and over again now on reruns. My son is only 11 and loves the show too! It was sad when Glenn Quin died, but it was well known that his character was slated or only 9 episodes, they were bringing the character of Wesley on in his place, his departure had nothing to do with his unfortunate problems. I’m glad to see Michael Fishman did something in his memory, it still makes me sad to think he’s been gone for quite a long time now. As for the last episode. I remember hating it back in the day but after watching it now not that long ago I think it really makes sense. I enjoy it now. What a great show, wish it were still on.

  3. Rachel says

    Sarah Gilbert is fine. She and her partner (she’s gay) have two children, one she carried and one her partner carried. Johnny Galecki, is still active, he and Gilbert are great friends, and I believe is actually gay too, which is a bit ironic. And Yes, Quinn was on Angel shortly after the end Roseanne. He was absolutely loveable on it and a favorite, but they kicked him off because he had serious drug problems that affected his work. They killed him on the show, and even the characters never got over it. (They kicked someone’s ass on the show 5 years later because he used Quinn’s character Doyle’s name.) Lecy (actually Alicia) Goranson, the real Becky, is still acting, and left the show when she did to attend Vassar. The other Becky, Sarah Chalk, annoyed the hell out of me until I realized she was in Scrubs, and now I love her. Michael Fishman, who played DJ, still acts a little but there isn’t much info about him. He married at 18 and has 3kids I think. The only other actor from the show who passed away was the woman who played Nana Mary, Shelley Winters. She was 86 so don’t feel too bad. Everyone else is still working, all in film, television, or theater I think, alive, and well. I thought at one point that John Goodman had died, but he’s fine and still working, with stuff slated for release up until 2011. Who else is there? Hmm. I don’t know. It was a great show. All except the last episode. I hated that soooooo much. I watch the show now maintaining in my mind that it never happened. I’m happier that way.

  4. Eva says

    I love, love, LOVE watching Roseanne repeats on TV Land every night. I was really young when this show first aired, but I remember watching it for quite some time. I think I eventually “grew out” of the show and moved onto watching “teeny bopper” programs. But I now have a renewed love for the show, I wish it was still on the air! I’ve seen episodes over and over again and they’re still hillarious each time. Dealing with a REAL family from the Mid-West with REAL issues is just something that shows don’t do nowdays (everything is reality, blah!). My only gripe is I hate how the show ended, I became very emotional when I watched the last episode for the first time…lol

  5. says

    i love roseanne!!!!! my husband gets sick of watching the re-runs EVERYNIGHT!!!!! I always admired the way the show showed how “real” people lived. it wasn’t about some rich, goody-good family who never has to face day to day problems. i also loved the way roseanne parented the kids….!

  6. Herb says

    I loved to watch Roseanne,a lot of the opening shots were filmed in Evansville,In. My hometown. Producer Matt Williams lived here while going to U of E. he stayed at his aunts house[used in opening shots] just south of U of E. Go Matt Williams, you rock!!!

  7. desimyah says

    me and my daughters love watching roseanne everyday that show had the best actors and they did their roles right on. sometimes i would think they really were a real life family

  8. Lori says

    Roseanne was the best sitcom ever!!! My family still watches the shows old episodes over and over.It will always be our favorite.!!wish they were all back together again we especially miss Roseanne herself!!

  9. Joann says

    I dont think she died cause if she would of died it would of been all over the news. And every where els dont you think. Believe me we all would of found out by now. Or should i say the whole world would know by now. Im from new mexico and believe me we hear everything over here…

  10. Anonymous says

    did sarah gilbert from rosanne pass away i saw after one of her shows a few weeks ago a dedication to sarah gilbert and if she did what happened

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