What Ever Happened To… the cast of That 70’s Show?

Much like ‘Heartbeat’ (a dire British Sunday evening shite-fest), ‘That 70’s Show’ played fast and loose with the fabric of time.  While the show ran for eight solid years from 1998-2006, it was all supposed to have been set in the years 1976 to 1979.

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How dare you laugh in the face of logic!

The sitcom followed weedy Eric and his friends – deep-voiced Donna, foreign comedy character Fez, dopey Michael, irritating Jackie and the sarcastic (and mostly forgotten) Steven.

You may have heard some news about that elusive Mila Kunis and the shy and retiring Ashton Kutcher in recent years, but what about everyone else?

Did you know one cast-member played Macaulay Culkin’s boyfriend while another was his girlfriend in real life?  Did you know two of the cast-members are Scientologists?  Did you know Fez dated just about everyone in Hollywood?  DID YOU?!

Check out what they’re all up to now after the jump!

Topher Grace – Eric Forman

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Topher grew up in Darien, Connecticut where he knew Kate Bosworth and his babysitter was Chloe Sevigny.

After quitting the ‘That 70’s Show’ after seven seasons he played a cocaine-user in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Traffic’ and had cameos as himself in ‘Ocean’s 11′ and ‘Ocean’s 12′.

You probably saw him as the baddie Eddie Brock/Venom in ‘Spider-Man 3′.

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Since then he’s popped up in ‘Valentine’s Day’, a dodgy comedy ensemble with a huge cast but bad script, and ‘The Big Wedding’, another dodgy comedy ensemble with a huge cast but bad script.

We’ll next see Topher in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi ‘Interstellar’.

He has dated Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and actress Teresa Palmer.

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Laura Prepon – Donna Pinciotti

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Before landing her role in ‘That 70’s Show’, Laura popped up in the Sneaker Pimps video for ‘Six Underground’ see here.

Since the show ended, Laura has voiced a space marine on ‘Halo 2′, she’s appeared in a few TV movies, had a guest role on ‘How I Met Your Mother’, and had the lead in ‘Are You There Chelsea?’, a comedy based on a book by the bizarrely popular TV host Chelsea Handler.

This year she is due to star in a new Netflix series called ‘Orange is the New Black’.

Like her former co-star Danny Masterson (see below), Laura is a Scientologist.

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Mila Kunis – Jackie Burkart

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Mila moved from the Ukraine to the US with her family when she was 11.  She began acting at a young age appearing in a few ads, playing a young Angelina Jolie in ‘Gia’, and having roles in ‘Days of Our Lives’, ‘7th Heaven’ and ‘Baywatch’. 

She landed the role of Jackie on ‘That 70’s Show’ when she was just 14.  As the role required an 18 year old, Mila told producers she ‘would be 18′ but just didn’t specify when.

She then replaced ‘Mean Girls’ star Lacey Chabert as the voice of Meg in ‘Family Guy’, a part she still plays to this day.

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After ‘That 70’s Show’, Mila starred in a string of flop films but got positive reviews for ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and followed up with parts in ‘Max Payne’ and ‘Book of Eli’ and a small role in ‘Date Night’.

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‘Black Swan’ propelled Mila into the A-List and since then she’s starred in ‘Friends With Benefits’ (above)‘Ted’, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ and is due to appear in the Wakowski sibling’s sci-fi ‘Jupiter Rising’ in 2014.

She is now expecting a baby with her former co-star Ashton Kutcher (below) but was with Macaulay Culkin for 9 years from 2002 – 2011.

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She says she’s a computer geek and regularly plays online game ‘World of Warcraft’.  One of her eyes is green (left) and the other is brown (right).

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Ashton Kutcher – Michael Kelso

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Ashton has one older sister and a twin brother called Michael who has cerebral palsy.

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As a teenager he broke into his high school with his cousin to steal money – he was arrested, convicted of burglary and given community service and 3 years probation.

Ashton studied biochemical engineering at University of Iowa with a view to helping his brother’s heart condition.  He was kicked out of his apartment for partying too much and later said “I played way too hard. I am amazed I am not dead”.  He later dropped out of college to become a model.

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I can’t think why.  Moving to LA, Ashton landed ‘That 70’s Show’ after his very first audition.

He later starred in the comedies ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’, ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’, and ‘Just Married’ but broke into dramatic acting with ‘The Butterfly Effect’.

For years he was mostly known for his very shouty presenting on MTV’s ‘Punk’d’, a celebrity prank show he also produced.  He is also the executive producer of reality show ‘Beauty and the Geek’.

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He was also the first person in the world to get more than one million followers on Twitter but has since said that retweeting and shameless brand promotions have killed the Twitter phenomenon.  I agree.  Follow me on Twitter at @showbizgeek

More recently Ashton replaced Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’ and played Steve Jobs in the biopic ‘jOBS’.

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He studied Kabbalah with his ex-wife Demi Moore who he is currently divorcing after 8 years of marriage.

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He allegedly began dating Mila Kunis in early 2012 but only confirmed the relationship after they had been together for a year.  In March 2014 it was reported that they’re expecting a baby.

ashton kutcher 2013Wilmer Valderama – Fez

wilmer valderrama Wilmer was born in Miami and his family moved to Venezuela when he was three years old and to LA when he was 13.

He made his big screen debut with Freddie Prinze Jr, Brittany Murphy, Matthew Lillard and Jessica Biel in ‘Summer Catch’. (at 30 seconds)

He landed the role of exchange student Fez when he was still in high school.  While on the show he played Macaulay Culkin’s boyfriend in the cult classic ‘Party Monster’.

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Wilmer produced and presented the MTV show ‘Yo Momma’ from 2006 to 2007 and was punked on Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Punk’d’ three times.  He has since appeared in a few theatre productions and independent films, played a detective on NBC’s ‘Awake’ and voices Manny in the kids cartoon ‘Handy Manny’.

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in 2011 he released a parody single ‘The Way I Fiesta’ under the name Eduardo Fresco.

Ok, I’m 95% sure it’s a parody but 5% is still worried.  Wilmer also produced and appeared in LMFAO’s video for ‘Sexy and I Know It’.

He has reportedly dated Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, Ashlee Simpson, Mandy Moore, Lindsay Lohan and even Mila Kunis (way back in 1999).

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Danny Masterson – Steven Hyde

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Danny was a child model who appeared in over 100 commercials by the time he was 16.

He has a role in ‘Beethoven’s 2nd’, had a minor role in ‘Face/Off’ and was in two seasons of 90’s sitcom ‘Cybill’.

Since ‘That 70’s Show’ ended he’s appeared in the movies ‘Yes Man’ and ‘The Chicago 8′, and frequently DJ’s in LA as DJ Mom Jeans (formally DJ Donkey Punch, yes really).

He co-owns eleven restaurants and is married to actress Bijou Phllips (who starred in ‘Almost Famous’ see here).   Their first child together, a daughter called Fianna, was born in February 2014.

Like his former co-star Laura Prepon, he is a Scientologist.

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His brother Christopher Masterson (above) played Francis in ‘Malcolm In the Middle’ (more on that cast here)

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Lisa Robin Kelly – Laurie Forman

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Lisa played Eric’s older sister for five years but was later replaced and admitted that she had a drink problem at the time.

She was arrested for DUI in 2010 (arrest pic below), and in November 2012 she her husband were charged with assault.  She was arrested for DUI again in June 2013.

Lisa died in August 2013 aged 43.

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Kurtwood Smith – Red Forman

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Kurtwood landed the role of Eric’s dad when the original choice Chuck Norris dropped out!  Before ‘That 70’s Show’, Kurtwood was best known for playing the villain in ‘Robocop’.

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He also played a strict dad in ‘The Dead Poets Society’ and popped up in various ‘Star Trek’ episodes.

Since the sitcom ended he’s done loads of voice-acting and recently had a small role opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins in ‘Hitchcock’.

He has been married twice and has two children from his first marriage.

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Debra Jo Rupp – Kitty Forman

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Debra’s first TV role was playing a topless dancer on ‘All My Children’ in 1980 – over the following decade she became an acclaimed stage actress on Broadway.

In the 90’s she played Jerry Seinfeld’s booking agent on ‘Seinfeld’ and had guest roles in ‘Blossom’, ‘LA Law’ and ‘ER’ but is best known for playing Alice on ‘Friends’.

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Check out what happened to the rest of the supporting cast of ‘Friends’ HERE.

Since ‘That 70’s Show’ ended, Debra has returned to Broadway but has popped up in TV shows like ‘Law & Order’ and ‘As The World Turns’ (a daytime soap) as well as the odd independent film.

debra jo rupp 2013The cast of ‘That 70’s Show’, we salute you!

that 70's showBTW the cast reunited in October 2013!

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