What Ever Happened To …. the cast of ‘Rags To Riches’

Rags To Riches (1988-1989) was a kids sitcom about a millionaire who adopts some singing-dancing orphans in a bid to give him a more family friendly image.

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If that sounds a little similar to the plot of ‘Annie’, that’s only because it’s a complete rip-off – in fact the tagline to the programme was

“If you liked ‘Annie’, you’ll love ‘Rags To Riches'”


The difference with this show is that there were five orphans and this was set in the 1960’s.

It was a short-lived show that aired in the UK and Ireland on the then-new channel Sky One.  It didn’t prove popular enough in the States and was cancelled half-way through its second season.

What happened to all those orphans?  Find out after the jump!

Joseph Bologna – Nick Foley

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Joseph went on to play Adam Sandler’s dad in ‘Big Daddy’ (1999).  He has also popped up in ‘The Nanny’, ‘CSI’ and he voiced Mr Start in ‘Ice Age: The Meltdown’.

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He is married to actress Renée Taylor and has a son called Gabriel.

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Tisha Campbell-Martin – Marva

tisha campbell-martin rags to riches

Tisha released an album in 1992 which was ‘a moderate success’. During the 90’s she appeared in Will Smith‘s videos for ‘Will 2k’ and ‘Wild Wild West’ and Toni Braxton‘s video  for ‘You’re Making Me High’.

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She appeared in a sitcom with Martin Lawrence called ‘Martin’ but filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her co-star and only returned to film the final episodes on the grounds that they wouldn’t share any scenes together.

tisha my wife and kids

Tisha is probably best known for playing the mom in the Damon Wayans sitcom ‘My Wife and Kids’ (above).

She is married with two kids.

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Blanca De Garr – Patty

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Blanca has a few small roles after the show but gave up acting when she married at 19.  She now lives in Florida with her husband and five children.

(Here she is on the right)

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Kimiko Gelman – Rose

kimoko gelman rags to riches

Kimiko has since had roles in ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘The West Wing’, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and ‘Chicago Hope’.  Most recently she played a member of Katniss’ prep team in ‘The Hunger Games’.

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Bridget Michele – Diane

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Bridget Michele Levin is the daughter of self-made millionaire Michael Levin.

She gave up acting in 1996 after a few small roles and is now the designer and owner of Bridget Schuster, her clothing, shoe and accessory company.

(Here she is on the right)

bridget schuster 2013

Heidi Zeigler – Mickey

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Heidi went on to star in a spin-off from ‘Growing Pains’ called ‘Just The Ten of Us’ which was cancelled in 1991.  She retired from acting after another sitcom called ‘Drexell’s Class’ was cancelled in 1992.

She is married with four children.

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Douglas Seale

douglas sealeBritish actor Douglas voiced Krebbs in ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ and the Sultan in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’. 

sultan disneyHe also played Santa Claus in ‘Ernest Saves Christmas’.  He died in 1999 aged 85.

The cast of ‘Rags To Riches’, we salute you!

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2 thoughts on “What Ever Happened To …. the cast of ‘Rags To Riches’

  1. Thank you so much for posting this. It’s been a while since looking up the “Rags to Riches” gang. Can’t believe my girl “Patti” has 5 kids!
    Thanks again!

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