20 Years On, Here’s How The Cast Of Full House Have Changed

Few expected Full House, which ran from 1987 to 1995, to be a huge success. But a huge success it was. Critics didn’t like it, but audiences loved it so much that in 2016 the Tanners and friends returned for an encore, Fuller House. But how did the cast fare in the years between, and has the passage of time been kind?

10. John Stamos

John Stamos had already done a stint on General Hospital before he was cast to play Jesse on Full House. And in the show, Jesse’s last name was originally “Cochran,” but Stamos asked that it be changed to “Katsopolis” so that Jesse could be Greek, just like him.

In the decades since Full House ended, Stamos continued to act on television appearing on shows such as Glee and Grandfathered. He also remained close to his Full House co-stars too and in 2015 he joined them for Fuller House, albeit in more of a supporting role.

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9. Bob Saget

Comedian Bob Saget was always the first choice to play Danny, but when it came time to film the Full House pilot Saget had commitments elsewhere. John Posey was consequently drafted in for the unaired pilot, but luckily Saget was available to shoot the show itself.

Saget kept busy after Full House ended. He did sitcom work, comedy specials, and even played a satirical version of himself in Entourage. But he never left Full House behind, and he made several appearances as Danny in Fuller House.

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8. Dave Coulier

Dave Coulier actually knew Bob Saget before Full House started – he used to crash at his when he was still a struggling comedian in L.A. And Saget joined Full House a year after his buddy Coulier had been cast as Uncle Joey.

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Full House remains the show that Dave Coulier is most famous for, but he’s done plenty of other things too, including voiceover work and stand-up comedy. His friendships with Saget and the rest of the Full House cast never wavered, however, and he tpp joined them for 2016’s Fuller House.

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7. Candace Cameron Bure

Candace Cameron – sister to Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron – blew the producers of Full House away with her audition. In fact, they were so impressed with her work that they delayed production on the pilot episode until she was free to commit to playing DJ Tanner.

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The year after Full House finished, Candace Cameron wed hockey player Valeri Bure – whom she had been introduced to by Dave Coulier – and became Candace Cameron Bure. Then in 2016 she returned to play DJ Tanner, now the main character of Fuller House.

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6. Jodie Sweetin

Jodie Sweetin was cast as Stephanie Tanner in Full House when she was just five years old, and so she spent a lot of her childhood in the spotlight. By the time the show was cancelled, however, Sweetin was 13 and attending high school.

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Unfortunately, childhood fame took a toll on Sweetin. After Full House finished, she began using drugs and battled substance abuse problems for the next 15 years. But gradually she recovered, and in 2016 she appeared in both Fuller House and Dancing with the Stars.

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5. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Everyone knows now that twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen alternated the role of little Michelle Tanner, but back when Full House was airing the producers were very keen that no-one find out. In fact, in the credits, Michelle’s actress was listed as “Mary Kate Ashley Olsen.”

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Full House helped propel the Olsens into megastardom. They produced multiple movies, opened their own fan club, and put their names on countless products. Gradually their fame faded as they and their fanbase grew up, but the sisters are now well-respected fashion designers. Unfortunately, however, the pair opted not to return to our screens for Fuller House.

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4. Lori Loughlin

Lori Loughlin, a child model turned grown-up actress, was actually never meant to become a regular on Full House. But her performance as Becky Donaldson proved such a hit with fans that she became a regular until the end of the show, eventually marrying her on-screen love interest Jesse and having twins.

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Loughlin continued to be a successful actress after Full House finished, too. In fact, she co-created and starred in the 2004 TV show Summerland, another show about raising children. From 2008 to 2011 she also starred in 90210, and she reprised her role as Becky for six episodes (so far) of Fuller House as well.

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3. Andrea Barber

Andrea Barber played Carrie Brady on Days of our Lives as a child, and once she was done there she took up the role of Kimmy Gibbler on Full House. Kimmy was meant to appear in only one episode, but almost immediately became an integral part of the show.

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Once Full House finished, Barber planned to quit showbiz for good. She had a family and she had also started a career in academia. But Barber couldn’t resist the urge to play Kimmy one last time, and so when she was asked to return for Fuller House, she said yes.

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2. Scott Weinger

Scott Weinger played Steve Hale, boyfriend to DJ, on Full House from 1992 to 1995. However, it wasn’t his role as Steve that most made his name in the ’90s – it was his role as the voice of Disney’s Aladdin.

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After Full House ended, Weinger decided to work behind the camera instead. He became a TV writer and added multiple popular shows to his CV, including Black-ish and 90210. But he returned as Steve for Fuller House, and it remains to be seen if he and DJ will hook up again…

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1. Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit

The Olsen twins are the siblings everyone remembers from Full House, but they weren’t the only twins in the show. Child actors Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, then just toddlers, played Jesse and Becky’s angelic-looking sons Nicky and Alex Katsopolis.

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Although both twins did pop up in to Fuller House for a couple of episodes, neither of them pursued a career in acting full-time. Both chose extremely cool jobs, though: Blake became a firefighter and Dylan became a sound technician for the super successful fantasy show Game of Thrones.

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