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Where Are They Now: ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Cheers’ and Other Classic TV Casts

Lia Sestric
Where Are They Now: ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Cheers’ and Other Classic TV Casts

If you grew up in the ’70s and ’80s then you’re going to recognize these old TV shows. Many of the stars of these popular TV series are still making cameos today.

Take a look at some of the highest-paid TV casts and what their former stars are doing now.


The TV classic “M*A*S*H” premiered on Sept. 17, 1972. The show followed an army hospital staff in South Korea during the Korean War. Its stars included Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, McLean Stevenson, Jamie Farr, Wayne Rogers and Harry Morgan.

More than 120 million viewers tuned in for the finale in 1983, which made it one of the most-watched TV events in history — and probably helped it bring in some major money from commercials.

The ‘M*A*S*H’ Cast After the Show

Alan Alda net worth: $40 million
Loretta Swit net worth: $4 million
Jamie Farr net worth: $6 million

Alan Alda, who played Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, appeared on other popular TV shows such as “ER” and “The Blacklist” since his “M*A*S*H” days. He also made his way from the small screen to the big screen to star in “The Aviator,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor.

Loretta Swit played nurse Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan on “M*A*S*H” and was nominated for four Golden Globes. She went on to star in television movies and recently focused on creating her own jewelry line.

Jamie Farr starred as Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger on “M*A*S*H,” appeared in the movie “Scrooged” and has appeared elsewhere in television, including a cameo on “That ’70s Show.”


“Cheers” debuted in 1982 and redefined what made good TV. The sitcom took place in a Boston dive bar full of regulars sharing traditional bar banter. It was the place where everybody knew your name. The characters included bar regular Norm, Sam Malone, mailman Cliff, barmaid Carla, Woody and Frasier, to name a few — with big names who remain stars today and are likely enjoying nice payments from reruns.

The ‘Cheers’ Cast After the Show

Woody Harrelson net worth: $65 million
Ted Danson net worth: $60 million
Kelsey Grammer net worth: $60 million

Woody Harrelson, who played Woody on “Cheers,” is still on fire, though he transitioned mainly to the big screen, with the exception of shows like “True Detective.” A few recent films include “Now You See Me,” “Zombieland” and “Venom.”

Sam Malone was truly Ted Danson’s breakthrough role. The character won Danson two Golden Globes throughout the show’s 11-season run. After the show, he made cameos in “Frasier,” joined the cast of “CSI,” appeared on recent TV shows like Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and he stars on the sitcom “The Good Place.”

After “Cheers,” Kelsey Grammer went on to the spinoff “Frasier,” which means he played Frasier Crane for two decades — and was involved in one of the most expensive TV shows to produce. Grammer is also known for his voice work for characters like Sideshow Bob on “The Simpsons.” He also has his own company, Grammnet Productions, with which he produced a number of shows including the NBC drama “Medium” and the CW sitcoms “Girlfriends” and “The Game.”

‘Three’s Company’

“Come and knock on our door…” If you were watching “Three’s Company” between 1976 and 1984, then you certainly can complete the verse. The sitcom is the story of Jack Tripper, played by John Ritter, who ends up living with two female roommates. Joyce DeWitt played Janet and Suzanne Somers — who made the most of her TV fame — starred as Chrissy.

The ‘Three’s Company’ Cast After the Show

John Ritter net worth: $20 million
Joyce DeWitt net worth: $4 million
Suzanne Somers net worth: $100 million

John Ritter earned a Golden Globe for “Three’s Company,” with five total nominations for his various projects. After the show’s success, Ritter continued to add many credits to his name up until his death on Sept. 11, 2003. His more recent work included roles on “Felicity,” “8 Simple Rules” and “King of the Hill” as Eugene Grandy’s voice.

Joyce DeWitt continued to act, but didn’t land standout roles like her colleagues. DeWitt had a number of small-screen roles and recently appeared onstage in the off-Broadway hit “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage.”

Suzanne Somers would walk away as the biggest earner of the three, but that was thanks to what she did after the show. Somers ended up leaving “Three’s Company” in the fifth season after a contract and financial disagreement. From there, she starred in “She’s the Sheriff,” as well as playing Carol Foster Lambert on “Step by Step.” She’s also quite famous for her ThighMaster exercise equipment, which has brought in a sizable income.

‘Happy Days’

“Happy Days” premiered in 1974 and signed off in 1984. The show followed the life of Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard, and his closest family and friends as they lived through the ’50s. Henry Winkler played Fonzie and Scott Baio played Chachi.

The ‘Happy Days’ Cast After the Show

Ron Howard net worth: $140 million
Henry Winkler net worth: $20 million
Scott Baio net worth: $6 million

Ron Howard is the most successful actor from the “Happy Days” cast. Following production, Howard pursued a directing path with big movies added to his resume, including “A Beautiful Mind,” for which he earned an Academy Award for best director. Howard is also the director of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

The Fonz also got involved in behind-the-camera action since “Happy Days,” which included producing the TV series “MacGyver.” Winkler also appeared in multiple Adam Sandler movies such as “The Water Boy” and “Little Nicky.” He is currently working on Wes Anderson’s upcoming film “The French Dispatch.”

After playing the role of Fonzie’s cousin, Chachi Arcola, Scott Baio went on to another big series, “Charles in Charge” through 1990. His most recent role was on Nickelodeon in the series “See Dad Run.”

‘The Carol Burnett Show’

For eleven years, Carol Burnett made people bellow with laughter on “The Carol Burnett Show.” The variety show premiered on CBS in 1967 and ran through 1978. The cast included Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner and Tim Conway.

‘The Carol Burnett Show’ Cast After the Show

Carol Burnett net worth: $25 million
Vicki Lawrence net worth: $8 million
Lyle Waggoner net worth: $10 million

Carol Burnett, the star of the legendary variety sketch show, continued her acting career, starring in “Annie,” and appearing in other television series through the decades, including “Hot in Cleveland” and “Desperate Housewives.” Burnett also has done voice artist work such as in “Horton Hears a Who!”

Vicki Lawrence got her start on “The Carol Burnett Show,” and she’ll be forever known as Mama on the spinoff show “Mama’s Family.” Lawrence also launched a singing career shortly after the variety show ended, releasing the song “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” in 1972. She also starred on “Hannah Montana” and more recently on “Great News.”

Lyle Waggoner was an announcer and performer on the variety show. After Burnett’s show, he played Steve Trevor on the “Wonder Woman” TV series. In later years, he founded his own company, Star Waggons, which created trailers for movies. The 82-year-old retired from acting in the ’90s.

‘Mork & Mindy’

Did you know “Mork & Mindy” was a spin-off of “Happy Days”? Mork — a strange but amusing alien played by Robin Williams — made a cameo on the show, and it was so well-received that the character earned his own series. The show aired from 1978 to 1982. Pam Dawber played Mindy.

The ‘Mork & Mindy’ Cast After the Show

Robin Williams net worth: $50 million
Pam Dawber net worth: $10 million

Robin Williams had a successful acting career post-“Mork & Mindy,” with dozens of films to his resume. Sadly, Williams died Aug. 11, 2014, of an apparent suicide. While on “Mork & Mindy,” he reportedly earned $35,000 per episode — or $130,000 in today’s numbers. Notable roles included “Good Will Hunting” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” with his films grossing more than $6 billion worldwide in total.

The other half to Mork, Mindy, played by Pam Dawber, continued to act with appearances on “The Twilight Zone” in 1985, but her next big role wasn’t until 1986, playing Sam Russell in the TV series “My Sister Sam.” She has continued to act with her most recent role as Arnette in the CBS TV series comedy “The Odd Couple.”

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‘The Jeffersons’

“The Jeffersons” was an “All in the Family” spin-off that aired from 1975 until 1985. George Jefferson, played by Sherman Hemsley, mirrored many traits of Archie Bunker, the main character of “All in the Family.” His wife, Louise, played by Isabel Sanford, would be the voice of reason when his mouth would get him into trouble.

‘The Jeffersons’ Cast After the Show

Sherman Hemsley net worth: $3 million
Isabel Sanford net worth: unknown
Marla Gibbs net worth: $2 million

After the show, Sherman Hemsley played the role of Deacon Ernest Frye on the series “Amen” through 1991 and the role of a Triceratops named B.P. Richfield on the Jim Henson sitcom “Dinosaurs.” Hemsley continued work in television until his death on July 24, 2012.

Isabel Sanford continued to act up until her passing on July 9, 2004. Her television appearances included “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “The Steve Harvey Show” and “The Young and the Restless.”

Marla Gibbs has 93 credits to her name. After “The Jeffersons” ended, Gibbs appeared on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Martin” and other popular shows. She also recorded a jazz CD, “It’s Never Too Late,” and co-wrote and sang the theme song for the 1980’s TV hit “227.” She’s still acting as of 2018.

‘Who’s the Boss?’

Tony Danza played Tony Micelli, who moved from Brooklyn with his daughter Samantha (Alyssa Milano) to start a new career as a live-in housekeeper in the Connecticut home of divorced single mom Angela Bower (Judith Light). The show aired from 1984 to 1992.

The ‘Who’s the Boss?’ Cast After the Show

Tony Danza net worth: $40 million
Judith Light net worth: $8 million
Alyssa Milano net worth: $10 million

Tony Danza, whose character provided viewers with some good money lessons, went on to host his own talk show from 2004 to 2006 and also starred on “The Practice.” He appeared in the 2013 film “Don Jon” and the Comedy Central series “Broad City.”

Judith Light has also enjoyed a long acting career. She was a recurring character on Amazon’s “Transparent” and the TNT “Dallas” reboot, as well as “Ugly Betty.” Her last appearance was in the movie “Ms. White Light.”

Alyssa Milano continued on to other hit shows, including a brief stint on “Melrose Place” and the WB’s “Charmed.” More recently, she starred on Netflix’s “Insatiable.”

‘The Love Boat’

For 10 seasons, “The Love Boat” sailed into households. The show premiered in 1977 and ended in 1987. The ship’s crew was led by Captain Stubing, played by Gavin MacLeod. Lauren Tewes starred as cruise director Julie McCoy and Pat Klous played Julie’s little sister.

‘The Love Boat’ Cast After the Show

Gavin MacLeod net worth: $10 million
Lauren Tewes net worth: $2 million
Pat Klous net worth: $1.4 million

The 87-year-old MacLeod continued to act with roles on “Murder She Wrote,” “Oz,” “That ’70s Show” and the 2014 TV series “The Comeback Kids.”

Lauren Tewes was cut from the show during the show’s run due to her battle with drug addiction. That, however, didn’t mean the end to her career. She made appearances on other shows, including “Who’s the Boss?,” and appeared on the remake “Love Boat: The Next Wave” in 1998. Most recently, Tewes made an appearance on “Twin Peaks” in 2017. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has also pursued a culinary career in recent years.

Klous played Julie’s sister, Judy, essentially taking her place after her departure. However, this is where her acting career ended. She only had a brief role on “Murder She Wrote” in 1987, which was her last credit.

‘Charlie’s Angels’

Who could forget the perfectly made up Charlie’s Angels with their stylish clothing and desired hair? The private detective show aired from 1976 to 1981. Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson played the original three angels.

The ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Cast After the Show

Farrah Fawcett net worth: $20 million
Kate Jackson net worth: $10 million
Jaclyn Smith net worth: $90 million

Farrah Fawcett continued to make TV appearances throughout the ’90s and up until 2006. Sadly, the star died at the age of 62 on June 25, 2009. In the ’90s, she appeared on shows such as “Johnny Bravo” and “Ally McBeal.”

Kate Jackson’s character Sabrina appeared on the show for three seasons. After her stint, she went on to another hit ’80s series, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.” Her last TV appearance was in 2007 on an episode of “Criminal Minds.”

Jaclyn Smith, who played Kelly Garrett, was the only female lead character to remain during the show’s entire run. Since then, the Jaclyn Smith name has earned the former “angel” a sizable bank account with clothing and home furnishing deals. She also made a few appearances on “CSI” in 2012, and her last appearance was on the 2015 TV movie, “Bridal Wave.”

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This article was last updated on April 7, 2018. All celebrity net worths are from Celebrity Net Worth with the exception of Pat Klous, which is from Net Worth Post. 

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