Who didn’t love the ’90s? Sure, the fashion was questionable what with all the denim, Lycra and neon being sported, but when it came to music and entertainment, the decade was second to none. The classic sitcoms of ’90s TV provided spawned enough heartthrobs and girl crushes to keep us glued to our screens every evening. And of course, the ’90s also heralded the golden rise of the boyband, creating enough teen idols to fuel a decade of daydreams. But have you ever wondered what your favorite ’90s celebrities are up to now, and if they’re still worthy of pin-up status today? Read on to find out!
20. Joey Lawrence
Joey Lawrence was one of the biggest TV stars of the ’90s thanks to turns on Gimme a Break!, Blossom and Brotherly Love. And while his trademark floppy locks have since been replaced by a more mature, cropped hairdo, the 40-year-old actor still cuts a very handsome figure. These days you can catch the hunk starring alongside fellow ’90s TV icon Melissa Joan Hart in the sitcom Melissa & Joey.
19. Mayim Bialik
TV series Blossom was a huge hit in the ’90s, turning lead actress Mayim Bialik into a teen icon and making floppy hats a fashion must. After the show ended, though, Bialik took some time out from acting to bag herself a doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA. Still, the now 40-year-old star hasn’t left TV behind, of course, having since made a huge on-screen comeback as Amy Farrah Fowler in the massively popular comedy The Big Bang Theory. And the actress has hardly aged at all over the years, despite leaving the floppy hats long behind her.
18. Taran Noah Smith
Taran Noah Smith, once the baby of Home Improvement, no longer seems quite so young and innocent. Perhaps that’s down in part to what’s since gone on in his personal life; in 2001 the curly-haired former child star sued his parents for allegedly squandering his $1.5 million trust fund, and he didn’t speak to his mom for years. But thankfully the 32-year-old has now made peace with his relatives, and in 2015 he even helped his mother publish the book Stardom Happens, which gives guidance to families on how to manage showbiz kids.
17. Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Who didn’t love Saved by the Bell, or swoon over Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s cheeky lead character Zack Morris? No-one, that’s who. But more than 20 years after the show ended, those trademark blonde locks have been replaced by Gosselaar’s natural dark brown hair, and his chiseled jaw is sadly hidden behind a full, bushy beard.
16. Fred Savage
With his cute face and comic timing, Fred Savage totally stole the show as cheeky Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years. And while the 39-year-old star now sports a few crinkles around the eyes, his boyish good looks remain as charming as ever. These days, however, Savage chooses to work behind the camera instead, and he’s since directed several hit TV shows including Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls.
15. Scott Wolf
When Scott Wolf appeared on our screens as Bailey Salinger in the classic teen drama Party of Five, girls around the world couldn’t help but swoon over his chiseled features and sparkly blue eyes. These days fans of the actor can still watch him in the TV series The Night Shift, and while there’s now a slight hint of gray to his hair, he’s still got that killer smile.
14. David Charvet
Never mind safety at sea, Baywatch was all about beautiful people in swimwear, and David Charvet’s impressive looks and physique certainly fit the hunk-in-trunks criteria. After playing Matt Brody for three years, Charvet went on to star in Melrose Place before quitting acting altogether to focus on his singing. And we’re sure his sexy salt-and-pepper beard and handsome face will have helped him shift a few records.
13. Devon Sawa
With his honey-blonde curtains and blue eyes, Devon Sawa had the classic ’90s heartthrob look nailed. But after butter-wouldn’t-melt performances in movies such as Casper and Little Giants, the actor shocked fans by playing a deeply psychotic fan in Eminem’s 2000 music video for “Stan.” Most recently Sawa stared in the drama Nikita, and while his cherubic looks have been replaced by more defined features, he’s still a pretty handsome chap.
12. Barry Watson
Barry Watson played Matt Camden in the cheesy family drama 7th Heaven, and his shoulder-length dark hair and brooding stare earned him a legion of fans. But while the 42-year-old continues to act today, he’s since gone for the chop and now sports a stylish short hair do along with some sexy stubble. Heaven, indeed.
11. Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas’ poster decorated many a teenage bedroom during the ’90s thanks to his role as Home Improvement eye candy Randy Taylor. But after leaving the show in 1998 to concentrate on his studies, a 34-year-old Thomas has now returned to TV. Most recently, the actor appeared in Last Man Standing, although you might have struggled to recognize him with his dark hair and glasses.
10. Jaleel White
Jaleel White managed to turn his one-off appearance as Steve Urkel in Family Matters into a leading role, and ended up starring in all nine seasons of the sitcom until its conclusion in 1998. White is now 39, and while he continues to work on TV he has since ditched the brightly colored outfits and geeky glasses, beefed up considerably and has frankly become unrecognizable in the process.
9. Rider Strong
Rider Strong starred as the best friend of lead Cory Matthews in the coming-of-age show Boy Meets World, and he was an immediate hit with female viewers thanks to his floppy hair and cheeky grin. Strong now sports a shorter cut and a goatee, but in 2014 he decided to relive his teenage days and agreed to reprise his role as Shawn for the show’s sequel, Girl Meets World.
8. Anna Chlumsky
Who could forget Anna Chlumsky’s adorable lead performance in the iconic ’90s movie My Girl, with her cute girl-next-door appeal winning over the hearts of viewers everywhere? Following a brief hiatus, the 35-year-old has made a comeback to acting in recent years and currently stars in the hit TV show Veep. And while she still looks incredibly youthful, an adult Chlumsky has ditched the dungarees and now adopts a more sleek and sophisticated style.
7. Jonathan Lipnicki
Jonathan Lipnicki is best known for playing the adorable son of Renee Zellweger in 1996 rom-com Jerry Maguire; the child star’s cute blonde hair and glasses were also all present and correct when he appeared in Stuart Little and its sequel. Today, however, Lipnicki is a strapping 25-year-old who has since ditched the specs and moved into independent filmmaking.
6. Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment’s cherub-like features were definitely at odds with his role as a young medium in The Sixth Sense. The child star earned an Academy Award nomination for that captivating performance, and as he got older he threw his talent into a variety of independent projects. But these days you’d have a hard time recognizing Osment: he’s grown his hair into a shaggy mane, while a bushy beard now covers his face.
5. Devin Ratray
While Macaulay Culkin was the star of Home Alone and its sequel, Devin Ratray also played a key role as his annoying older brother Buzz. Ratray bears little resemblance to his ’90s alter ego these days, however, having ditched the spikey haircut and grown himself a goatee. He still continues to act though; and most recently he appeared in the Oscar-nominated adventure drama Nebraska.
4. Joey McIntyre
As the youngest member of New Kids on the Block, a curly-haired Joey McIntyre adorned the walls of girls’ bedrooms across the globe. And the blue-eyed babe has continued to sing and act over the years. In fact, he still performs with the band itself after it got back together in 2008, although the singer has lost his ’90s curls and gained a few lines around the eyes.
When Hanson burst onto the pop scene with their infectious track “MMMBop” in 1997, three new teen idols were born in the form of brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac. In the years since, however, the siblings – now aged 35, 33 and 30, respectively – have ditched their trademark long blonde hair in favour of shorter, darker styles. And the boys continue to release music and perform around the world, which suggests that their fanbase doesn’t mind that they’ve since grown up a little.
2. Andrew Keegan
Andrew Keegan was extremely popular in the ’90s as a star of Party of Five, 7th Heaven and, of course, the cult teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You. And while Keegan has left his gelled hairdon’t long behind him, his handsome features are fortunately still as evident as before. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that he continues to get plenty of work on both the stage and on screen.
1. Luke Perry
With his golden tan and impressive quiff, Luke Perry was the epitome of a ’90s poster boy, and the hunk garnered legions of fans for his performances in Beverly Hills, 90210 as Dylan McKay. But while Perry never fully capitalized on his teen idol status to become an A-lister, he has continued to act, although he now sports a full beard and a few extra lines around the face.