Published On: Feb 20 2014 04:29:42 PM CSTUpdated On: Sep 12 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT
"Party of Five" debuted on Sept. 12, 1994, and ran for six seasons, making stars out of a cast that included Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt. To mark the show's 20th anniversary, click on to see what its stars are up to today.
Matthew Fox played Charlie Salinger, the eldest of the five Salinger siblings. He became the legal guardian of his siblings after their parents were killed by a drunken driver. Initially portrayed as a womanizing and immature college dropout, he struggles with the burden of taking care of his brothers and sisters and helping run the family's restaurant, Salingers.
Fox went on to star in the hit supernatural drama TV series "Lost" from 2004 to 2010. He's also had roles in the movies "Smokin' Aces," "We Are Marshall" and "Speed Racer." His most recent credits include roles in the movies "Alex Cross" and "World War Z."
Scott Wolf played Bailey Salinger, the second-eldest sibling in the family. The character was 16 when the show started and he was first portrayed as a rebellious teen. He eventually became responsible caretaker for his younger siblings, but later fell into substance abuse.
Wolf found movie roles in "The Evening Star" and "Go" while appearing on "Party of Five." He went on to star in the TV series "Everwood" from 2004 to 2006 and then in the remake of "V" from 2009 to 2011. He most recently appeared in the 2013 indie drama "The Volunteer" and has had recurring roles on the TNT drama "Perception" and the medical drama "The Night Shift."
Neve Campbell played Julia Salinger, an intelligent, emotionally sensitive teenager. Julia was 15 years old at the start of the show. Over the course of the series, she found herself a victim of things like peer pressure, drugs, sex and other teen issues.
Campbell became a star thanks to "Party of Five," launching a career that would see her star in the slasher film franchise "Scream," which has produced four movies. She also starred in the movies "The Craft" and "Wild Things." She most recently had a starring role in the 12-part miniseries "Titanic: Blood and Steel," which aired on Encore in the fall of 2012, made guest star appearances on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Mad Men," and starred in the 2013 Lifetime original movie "An Amish Murder."
Lacey Chabert played Claudia Salinger, the second-youngest Salinger and a precocious child prodigy violinist. The character was 11 years old when the series began.
Like Campbell, Chabert also found her career exploding thanks to her time on "Party of Five." She's gone on to star in movies such as "Lost in Space," "Not Another Teen Movie," "Daddy Day Care" and "Mean Girls." She also voiced the main character in the animated TV series "The Wild Thornberrys" and found more voice roles in the TV series "The Spectacular Spider-Man," "Allen Gregory," "Transformers: Rescue Bots" and "Young Justice." She's most recently appeared in small-budget films and made-for-TV movies, including the 2013 Lifetime Movie Network movie "Non-Stop" (pictured) and 2014's "Telling of the Shoes" and "Living the Dream." She's also had a recurring role on the ABC Family sitcom "Baby Daddy."
The youngest member of the Salinger family, Owen, was recast three times as the character grew during the series' run. He was played by Alexander and Zachary Ahnert in the pilot episode, Brandon and Taylor Porter as an infant, Andrew and Stephen Cavarno as a preschooler, and Jacob Smith (pictured) until the end of the show.
Of the seven actors who portrayed Owen, only Smith continued acting beyond the run of "Party of Five." He is most known for playing Jake Baker in the 2003 movie "Cheaper by the Dozen" and its 2005 sequel and has also had minor roles in the movies "Dragonfly" and "Troy" and on the TV series "Once and Again," "Miracles" and "Without a Trace" (pictured, in 2005). However, his last credit came in the 2006 TV pilot "Secrets of a Small Town."
Jennifer Love Hewitt joined the show during its second season, playing Sarah Reeves, Bailey's sensitive, off-and-on girlfriend from high school. In 1999, Hewitt's character was spun off into her own show, "Time of Your Life," which followed Sarah as she moved to New York City, but ran for just one season.
Before even leaving "Party of Five," Hewitt had already branched out into movies, with "Can't Hardly Wait" and the slasher movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and its sequel. After "Time of Your Life" was canceled, she went on to star in movies such as "Heartbreakers," "The Tuxedo" and "Garfield," but landed her biggest post-"Party of Five" role with the TV series "Ghost Whisperer" in 2005. That series ended in 2010 after five seasons and she went on to star in the Lifetime series "The Client List" (pictured) for two seasons before its cancellation in late 2013. She'll also be joining the police-procedural drama "Criminal Minds" as a series regular for its 10th season this fall.
Paula Devicq played Kristen Bennett, a graduate student who first appeared on the show when she was hired as Owen Salinger's nanny. She became romantically involved with Charlie, with the two having an on-and-off-again relationship throughout the series. They eventually married during the final season.
Devicq went on to star in the short-lived A&E TV series "100 Centre Street" and had a recurring role during the first two seasons of "Rescue Me" in 2004-05. Her most recent screen credit came with a minor role in the 2012 Richard Gere drama "Arbitrage" (pictured).
Jeremy London played Griffin Holbrook, Julia's bad-boy boyfriend and later husband. He joined the show as a recurring character during its second and third season and became a regular for the rest of its run.
London went on to join the TV series "7th Heaven" for the show's seventh and eighth seasons from 2002 to 2004. Since then, he's mostly appeared in a variety of independent and TV movies. However, he's made more news lately for his off-screen activities, including a kidnapping in June 2010 in which he was forced to smoke drugs at gunpoint and his appearance during the fourth season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," which aired on VH1 from December 2010 to January 2011, depicting his treatment for painkiller addiction. He also directed his first movie, the 2013 supernatural horror-thriller "The Devil's Dozen," starring himself, Eric Roberts and Jake Busey.
However, the character of Griffin actually appeared in one episode during the show's first season in 1995, but was played by James Marsden.
Marsden has gone on to a movie career that has seen him star in the "X-Men" films, "Superman Returns," "Hairspray," "27 Dresses," "Enchanted," "Hop" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
Scott Grimes played Will McCorkle, Bailey's best friend from high school.
Grimes went on to star in TV roles in "Band of Brothers" and "ER." He also played Will Scarlet in the Russell Crowe movie version of "Robin Hood" and has voiced the character of Steve Smith on the animated TV series "American Dad!" since 2005. He's also had recent guest roles on TV series such as "Dexter," "NCIS," "Harry's Law," "Suits" and "Shameless."
Michael A. Goorjian played Justin Thompson, Julia's friend and later boyfriend.
Goorjian got his break with roles in movies such as "Newsies," "Forever Young" and "Chaplin" before appearing on "Party of Five." He appeared in the movies "Leaving Las Vegas," "Hard Rain" and "SLC Punk!" while still on "Party of Five." He's since popped up in minor roles on shows like "Covert Affairs," "Without a Trace," "Monk," "House" and "CSI: Miami." He's also stepped behind the camera, including the 2004 indie drama "Illusion," starring Kirk Douglas.
Tom Mason played Joe Mangus, an older man who grew up with the Salingers' father in an orphanage and co-founded and co-owned the family restaurant Salingers. After their father's death, Mason took over as full owner of the restaurant and often served as a father figure to the Salinger orphans.
Mason has a career stretching back to the 1970s, including movie roles in "Apocalypse Now," "F/X2," "Greedy," "Runaway Bride" and "Flags of Our Fathers." He's also had roles on the TV series "The Practice," "Law & Order," "Blue Bloods" and "White Collar" (pictured) since "Party of Five" ended.
Alexondra Lee appeared on the show in 20 episodes during its third season playing Callie Martel, an older woman who becomes Bailey's roommate during his first year at college.
Since "Party of Five," Lee has appeared on the TV series "Boston Public," "Special Unit 2," "What I Like About You" and "CSI." She most recently had a role in 2012's "Paranormal Activity 4" as Holly Nelson (pictured).
Jennifer Aspen (blonde, far right) first appeared on the show as a recurring character in the fourth season, playing Daphne Jablonsky, a part-time erotic dancer who becomes involved with Charlie and eventually has his baby. Aspen remained a recurring character for the fifth season, but was a regular by the sixth and final season of the series.
Aspen has gone on to appear in several TV series since her run on "Party of Five," including starring roles on the sitcom "Rodney" from 2004 to 2006 and on the short-lived 2012 comedy-drama "GCB" (pictured). She also played Kendra Giardi on the first season of "Glee." She most recently has had cameos on the TV shows "Franklin & Bash" and "Two and a Half Men" and starred in the independent comedy "Nowhere Girl" and appeared in the TV movies "The Wrong Woman" and "Damaged Goods."
Tamara Taylor appeared in 16 episodes during the third season, playing Grace Wilcox, a social worker who becomes Charlie's girlfriend.
After appearing in a variety of minor parts on TV shows, including a two-episode stint alongside "Party of Five" co-star Matthew Fox on "Lost," Taylor is now most famous for playing Dr. Camille Saroyan on the forensic crime drama "Bones."
Wilson Cruz (top left) joined the cast during the show's sixth and final season, playing Victor, Daphne's daughter's nanny, over 11 episodes.
Cruz was already well known from playing the openly gay teen Rickie Vasquez on "My So Called Life" when he joined "Party of Five." Cruz, who is openly gay himself and has served as an advocate for gay youth, has gone on to appear in the TV series "Noah's Arc" and "Raising the Bar" and has appeared in movies such as "Party Monster" and "He's Just Not That Into You." He's also made cameos on several TV series, including "ER," "Ally McBeal," "The West Wing," "The Closer" and "Grey's Anatomy."
The show developed into an ensemble cast over the years that included several actors in minor parts who went on to find more fame later on in their careers. Among them was Adam Scott, who played Josh Macon, one of Julia's friends at college, over seven episodes during the show's fifth season. Scott, now a regular on the sitcom "Parks and Recreation," has also appeared on the TV series "Boy Meets World," "Six Feet Under" and "Party Down," and has had roles in movies such as "Step Brothers," "Piranha 3-D" and "Friends with Kids."
Charles "Chip" Esten, better known to fans of improv comedy for his appearances on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," appeared in seven episodes during the show's final season in 2000 as Luke, Daphne's boyfriend. Esten, who's also had roles on "Married with Children," "The Office," "ER" and "Big Love," is better known these days for playing country music star Deacon Claybourne on the TV series "Nashville."
Lauren Ambrose, who went on to star in the HBO series "Six Feet Under," appeared in five episodes during the final season of "Party of Five," playing Myra Wringler, a troubled high school student who clashes with Charlie.
Other future stars who appeared on "Party of Five" during its run included Jane Kaczmarek, who went on to earn seven Emmy nominations for her role in the sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle."
Danny Masterson, who went on to star in the sitcoms "That '70s Show" and "Men at Work," appeared in three episodes during the second season of "Party of Five."
Peter Krause, who has found more fame with his roles on the TV series "Sports Night," "Six Feet Under" and "Parenthood," appeared in two episodes during the show's fourth season in 1997.
The late actress Brittany Murphy appeared in two episodes during the first season of "Party of Five" in 1994, just before her career started to blossom thanks to her role in the 1995 movie "Clueless" opposite Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd. She went on to star in movies such as "Girl, Interrupted," "Drop Dead Gorgeous," "8 Mile," "Just Married," "Uptown Girls" and "Sin City" before dying of pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication, at the age of 34 on Dec. 20, 2009.
John Slattery, better known these days for his role on "Mad Men" and for movies such as "The Adjustment Bureau," appeared in two episodes in 1998.
Eric Stonestreet, who has gone on to win two Emmys for his role on the sitcom "Modern Family," appeared in two episodes in the show's final season in 2000.
Stonestreet isn't the only "Modern Family" star to have made an appearance on "Party of Five." Julie Bowen also appeared in a 1996 episode.
One of the many roles Jane Lynch took on before seeing her profile rise with "Glee" and scene-stealing turns in movies like "Best in Show," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Role Models," was a minor role in one first-season episode of "Party of Five."
Breckin Meyer, best known for movies such as "Clueless," "Road Trip" and "Garfield: The Movie," and the TV series "Franklin & Bash," appeared in one episode of "Party of Five" in 1996.
Poppy Montgomery, best known for the TV series "Without a Trace" and "Unforgettable," also appeared in a 1996 episode.
As did Niecy Nash of "Reno 911" and "Clean House" fame.
Perhaps the biggest future star ever to appear in a minor "Party of Five" role was Kate Hudson. The future Oscar-nominee and star of films such as "Almost Famous" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" made her professional acting debut in a 1996 episode playing Cory, a flirtatious girl who helps Justin pick out perfume for Julia.
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