Published On: Dec 19 2011 10:05:11 AM CSTUpdated On: Apr 21 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
The role-reversal sitcom "Who's the Boss?" had audiences laughing for eight seasons from 1984 through 1992. With Tony Danza celebrating his 65th birthday on Thursday, click on to discover what he and the rest of the show's stars are up to two decades later.
Former professional boxer Tony Danza was already familiar to TV audiences from his role of Tony Banta on "Taxi" when he took on the role of Tony Micelli, a former ballplayer turned suburban housekeeper.
Danza starred in several short-lived sitcoms following "Who's the Boss?", including "Baby Talk," "Hudson Street" and "The Tony Danza Show." He had his own talk show, also called "The Tony Danza Show," from 2004 to 2006 and tried his hand at reality TV, including hosting the boxing competition "The Contender" and becoming a teacher in the short-lived "Teach: Tony Danza." He most recently appeared in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directing debut, the 2013 comedy "Don Jon," and had a cameo in a March 2016 episode of "Broad City."
At age 10, Alyssa Milano won her first major role as Samantha Micelli, Tony's daughter, and would grow up before audience's eyes over the next eight years.
Milano went on to star in low-budget movies like "Double Dragon" and "Poison Ivy II" before landing a recurring role on "Melrose Place" in 1997. She then had an eight-year run on "Charmed." Her most recent credits include the movies "Hall Pass" and "New Year's Eve" and a two-episode stint on the TV show "Breaking In." She was also a regular cast member on the TV drama "Mistresses," but left after the second season ended in 2014. More recently she has served as the host of "Project Runway All Stars" and as a guest co-host on the daytime talk show "The Talk."
Judith Light played Angela Bower, an advertising executive and Tony's employer.
Since "Who's the Boss?" ended, Light has found consistent work in television, including several TV movies and recurring roles on shows. Some of her more recent credits including recurring roles on "Ugly Betty" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and cameos on "Nurse Jackie," "The Exes" and "Raising Hope." From 2013 to 2014, she appeared on the TNT revival of the primetime soap opera "Dallas." She now appears in the Amazon series "Transparent," playing the wife of Jeffrey Tambor's transgender character.
Katherine Helmond played Mona Robinson, Angela's feisty redheaded mother, whose active social and sex life was most unusual for television at the time.
Helmond went on to recurring roles on "Coach" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" and lent her voice to characters in the animated movies "Cars" and "The Lorax." In 2011, she guest starred on HBO's "True Blood" and NBC drama "Harry's Law."
Danny Pintauro had already appeared in "Cujo" and "As the World Turns" before he played the role of Angela's son Jonathan on "Who's the Boss?"
Pintauro has only a handful of credits to his name since the show. He appeared in one episode of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" in 2010. He also worked as a Tupperware sales representative and, as of 2013, was managing a restaurant in Las Vegas, according to Us Weekly magazine. He was diagnosed as HIV-positive in March 2003. However, the actor, who came out in 1997 and got married in 2014, kept the diagnosis secret until revealing it in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in September 2015, saying he contracted the disease via oral sex during a time in his life in which he was using crystal meth. He has since worked to raise awareness about HIV and the dangers of meth, including efforts with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, the social media campaign HIV Equal and his own Beacon of Light Tour.
Rhoda Gemignani played the Micellis' motherly former neighbor Mrs. Rossini, turning up in a few episodes each season.
Gemignani found consistent TV work following the show, including roles on "Friends," "The Closer" and "Just Shoot Me" (pictured). She also appeared in the Coen Brothers' "The Man Who Wasn't There." After a decade-long gap on her resume since a 2005 guest spot on the WB show "Related," she returned to acting in 2015 with a guest star role playing Matt LeBlanc's mother on an episode of the Showtime comedy series "Episodes."
Curnal Achilles Aulisio (right) played Hank Thomopoulous, who became a full-time character in January 1992 as Sam's boyfriend/fiance. The characters got married in February 1992.
Aulisio has since had small parts in shows like "Married ... with Children" and "Northern Exposure," as well as a role in "Starship Troopers," but has concentrated on reality TV producing, including "Pretty Wild," "Millionaire Matchmaker," "Treasure Detectives" and "It Takes a Church."
With the show's two young stars getting older, in 1990 Jonathan Halyalkar was introduced as 5-year-old Billy, a kid from the Micellis' old Brooklyn neighborhood. Halyalkar has since had TV roles in "Third Watch," "The Sarah Silverman Program" and "Veronica Mars" (pictured).
Nicole Eggert, who would go on to star in "Charles in Charge" and "Baywatch," appeared in seven episodes in 1985-86 as Samantha's friend Marci Ferguson.
Eggert has mostly appeared in TV movies and straight-to-video movies lately. She appeared as a contestant on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" and has also appeared on "Celebrity Ghost Stories." She was also a contestant on the celebrity diving competition "Splash." Her most recent roles came in the 2014 made-for-TV movies "The Dog Who Saved Easter" and "Where's the Love?"
Fran Drescher played two different characters in her two "Who's the Boss?" episodes, with one of them being spun off into a show with Donna Dixon titled "Charmed Lives." The spin-off lasted for only a handful of episodes.
Drescher would go on to find fame over six seasons of the sitcom "The Nanny" from 1993 through 1999. She most recently starred in the TV Land sitcom, "Happily Divorced," which ran for two seasons before being canceled in 2013.
The spin-off "Living Dolls" got its start via a "Who's the Boss?" episode in which Samantha visits a NYC modeling agency and finds a friend, played by Leah Remini, there. The short-lived show also featured a then-unknown Halle Berry (upper right.)
Although Remini's first show failed, she went on to land roles in "Cheers" and "Saved by the Bell" before finding fame opposite Kevin James during the nine-season run of "The King of Queens." She joined the TV Land sitcom "The Exes" as a recurring character in January 2014 and had two seasons of her own reality TV show, "Leah Remini: It's All Relative," in 2014-15. She released her memoir "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology" in November 2015.
Halle Berry can look back at "Living Dolls" and laugh. The Oscar-winning actress has since added such movies as "Monster's Ball" and the "X-Men" franchise to her resume.
However, Berry's role in "Living Dolls" was actually played by Vivica A. Fox in the initial "Who's the Boss?" episode. Fox has gone on to star in movies such as "Independence Day" and "Kill Bill" and the HBO show "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Her most recent credits include "Sharknado 2: The Second One" (pictured with Ian Ziering), and straight-to-video and TV movies such as "Assassin's Game," "Carter High" and "The Wrong Roommate." She also had a two-episode guest role on "Empire" in 2015.
Betty White was one of several stars to make cameos on the show. In 1985, she appeared twice, once as local TV star Bobby Barnes and another in voice only as a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hostess.
Frank Sinatra made a memorable guest appearance as himself in a 1989 episode.
The late Leslie Nielsen made a two-episode guest appearance as Max Muldoon, who was engaged to Mona briefly during the fourth season.
Ray Charles made an appearance in season three, turning a song written by Samantha's boyfriend into an ad jingle for Angela's agency.
Tapping into Danza's boxing background, the show also made Tony Micelli a boxing fan and featured several cameos by real-life boxers, including Tommy Hearns in season three and Mike Tyson in season six.