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That 70's Show was a hit period sitcom series that ran from 1998-2006, and followed the lives of a group of six teenage friends in the late 1970s. Though it had a modest beginning, the show garnered a cult-like following and has helped launch the careers of many of its leads, including Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. Since its debut twenty-one years ago, the cast has all kept themselves busy. Let's take a look at what they are up to today.
Topher Grace (Eric Forman)
Then: Topher Grace starred as the geeky but lovable Eric Forman, who provides his basement as the hang-out spot for the group of friends. His relationship with his longtime love Donna Pinciotti is showcased throughout the course of the series. Grace was cast in the role after the show's creators, Bonnie and Terry Turner, saw him perform in a high-school play. He had never acted professionally before and That 70's Show was his first on-screen performance. Grace portrayed the role for seven seasons, but left the final in order to film Spider-Man 3. He returned for the series finale.
Now: Since starring as the hilarious Eric, Grace has found success in both film and television. He went on to appear in films such as Mona Lisa Smile, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Take Me Home Tonight and most recently in the science fiction thriller Predator. Other television credits include Robot Chicken, Workaholics, Get Shorty and Love, Death & Robots. Grace will be appearing in the upcoming miniseries The Hot Zone as Dr. Peter Jahrling, as well as the hit Netflix series Black Mirror.
Laura Prepon (Donna Pinciotti)
Then: Laura Prepon portrayed Donna Pinciotti, the confident and headstrong girl-next-door who is also the love interest of Eric Forman. Like many of her fellow castmates, Prepon had very little acting experience prior to her role on the show. She studied drama and acting and appeared in plays such as Ascension Day and A Woman of Property. Her other acting credit included the Levi Strauss internet-based soap opera They Go On, in 1997. Prepon worked as a model and did shoots in places such as Milan, Brazil and Paris.
Now: Prepon appeared on That 70's Show for the whole duration of the series, from 1998-2006. Donna's signature red hair was dyed blonde due to Prepon's role in the 2006 psychological thriller Karla. The actress would go on to appear in television shows such as October Road, How I Met Your Mother and Castle. She currently stars as Alex Vause in the critically acclaimed Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is The New Black. For her role she received a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014.
Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso)
Then: Ashton Kutcher starred as the dumb pretty boy Michael Kelso, who also served as the local idiot that skated by in life on his good looks. He was in a tumultuous relationship with Jackie Burkhart, whom he obsessed over following many of their break-ups. Before being cast on the show, Kutcher had a successful modeling career and appeared in commercials for Calvin Klein, and modeled in Milan and Paris. While starring on the show, he went on to act in films such as Dude, Where's My Car?, Just Married, Guess Who and The Guardian.
Now: Since stealing the hearts of girls as Michael Kelso, Kutcher went on to create a very impressive acting resume for himself. He created the hidden camera/practical joke MTV show Punk'd, which ran from 2003-2007. The actor found much success in film, having starred in hit movies such as What Happens in Vegas, No Strings Attached and as Steve Jobs in Jobs. Kutcher has had a lucrative television career as well, taking over as the lead for Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men as well as currently starring in Netflix's The Ranch. In 2012, he made That 70's Show fans gush when he began dating his co-star and once on-screen love Mila Kunis. They were married in 2015 and share two children together.
Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart)
Then: Mila Kunis portrayed the youngest member of the group, Jackie Burkhart. She started out the show as a spoiled and selfish rich girl, but eventually matured into a more genuine and thoughtful character. By the conclusion of the series, Jackie had dated three of the four guys of the group: Kelso, Hyde and Fez. At the time of casting, Kunis was just 14-years-old; she told casting directors she would be 18 but never specified when. Eventually producers figured it out but they believed her to be the best fit for the role. Prior to playing Jackie, Kunis had minor roles on shows like Days of Our Lives, Baywatch and 7th Heaven.
Now: Since her role as the wonderfully sassy Jackie, Kunis has arguably had one the most prolific and impressive careers of the cast. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the hit animated series Family Guy. Her breakout film role came in 2008 when she starred in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Kunis appeared opposite Natalie Portman in the 2010 Oscar-nominated psychological horror film Black Swan. The actress would also star in Friends with Benefits, Ted, Oz the Great and Powerful and Bad Moms. She is married to her once fellow co-star Ashton Kutcher and has two children, a daughter and a son.
Danny Masterson (Steven Hyde)
Then: Danny Masterson portrayed the rebellious, conspiracy theory-loving Steven Hyde who would become Eric Forman's de facto adopted brother. Steven is sarcastic and anti-establishment, and eventually becomes engulfed in a love triangle with Jackie and Kelso. The casting director was initially hesitant to cast Masterson because he was slightly older than the rest of the cast. However, once he auditioned she was sold and re-defined the role of Steven Hyde. Prior to That 70's Show, Masterson appeared in Beethoven's 2nd and on the television sitcom Cybill.
Now: Since wrapping up the show in 2006, Masterson appeared on various television shows, including Entourage, Raising Hope and White Collar. Most recently, he starred in the upcoming dark comedy Killing Winston Jones, opposite Danny Glover and Jon Heder. He starred on the TBS sitcom Men at Work from 2012-2014, and teamed up with fellow That 70's Show co-star and close friend Ashton Kutcher for the Netflix comedy The Ranch. Masterson was a cast member from 2016-2018, but was ultimately fired from the show due to rape allegations made against him. The actor has denied the allegations vehemently.
Wilmer Valderrama (Fez)
Then: Wilmer Valderrama starred as the hormonal foreign exchange student Fez, whose home country remains a mystery to the gang throughout the show. He is often girl crazy and enjoys flirting with Donna and Jackie. Before signing on as the wacky but lovable Fez, Valderrama had appeared in many plays, including Rumors and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He was cast in the CBS miniseries Four Corners and on the Disney Channel show Omba Mokomba. White on the series, the actor made appearances on shows such as Grounded For Life, MADtv and Punk'd (alongside co-star Ashton Kutcher).
Now: Valderrama has gone on to find success outside of That 70's Show, with a slew of television roles. He hosted the MTV reality show Yo Momma, and voiced the titular character on the children's program Handy Manny from 2006-2012. Valderrama starred on Robert Rodriguez's horror show From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series from 2014-2016. He made an appearance on The Ranch alongside fellow co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson for four episodes, and currently stars as Nick Torres on NCIS.
Kurtwood Smith (Red Forman)
Then: Kurtwood Smith portrayed the perpetually disgruntled, short-fused patriarch of the Forman family Red Forman. Despite his tough exterior, Red often demonstrated a soft side to those closest to him. Before Smith was cast, producers initially sought Chuck Norris for the role, though he declined due to commitments with Walker, Texas Ranger. Smith was the only cast member who was born in Wisconsin, and modeled his performance off his own relationship with his father. The seasoned actor had much success under his belt before playing Red, having appeared in films such as RoboCop, Rambo III, Dead Poets Society and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Now: Since his days as the rear threatening Red, Smith has continued to have steady work in both film and television. He's provided his voice for animated shows including Squirrel Boy, Beware the Batman, Rick and Morty and Pig Goat Banana Cricket. He also starred on Worst Week, 24, Resurrection and Agent Carter, and currently appears on the Amazon series Patriot. Smith's film roles include Hitchcock, Turbo and Amityville: The Awakening. The actor also made a cameo on The Ranch, alongside his once co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson.
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Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Forman)
Then: Debra Jo Rupp starred as the nurturing matriarch Kitty Forman, who often laughed whenever she was nervous and had a fondness for all things alcoholic. Prior to her role as the endearing Kitty, Rupp had an impressive stage resume. Her credits include The Middle Ages, The Time of the Cuckoo, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and in Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She appeared on television shows such as Family Matter, ER, Blossom and Seinfeld, as well as Alice Knight on the mega-hit series Friends.
Now: Rupp continued to act steadily in both television and film, appearing in movies such as Air Buddies, Kickin' It Old School and She's Out of My League. Her television credits include voice work such as Teacher's Pet and Robot Chicken, appearances on As the World Turns, Hart of Dixie, Elementary and NCIS: Los Angeles. She currently stars as Linda on This Is Us and as Janice Phillips on the Netflix series The Ranch.
Don Stark (Bob Pinciotti)
Then: Don Stark portrayed Donna's bumbling father Bob, who is best friends with Red and is always in a good mood. He adopts a reputation as a ladies man, and even begins a relationship with Jackie's mother Pam. Aside from acting, Stark had an extensive background in martial arts and bodybuilding. His most notable roles before That 70's Show include films such as Tilt, Peggy Sue Got Married and Star Trek: First Contact.
Now: Since his day as the Afro-sporting, fun-loving Bob, Stark had roles in television shows such as Supernatural, Castle, Scorpion and Cory in the House. He also lent his voice to the animated program Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Stark most recently appeared in the web series There's...Johnny! and as Jules Podell in the Oscar-nominated 2018 film Green Book.
Tanya Roberts (Midge Pinciotti)
Then: Tanya Roberts starred as the sexy yet often dimwitted mother of Donna and wife to Bob, Midge Pinciotti. She was on the show for three seasons, and made guest appearances in seasons six and seven. Roberts first rose to prominence as Julie Rogers in the final season of Charlie's Angels. She also had a major role in the 1982 film The Beastmaster. However, her most notable credit was as a Bond girl; she played Stacy Sutton in the James Bond film A View to a Kill, opposite Roger Moore.
Now: Since playing the beautiful but dim Midge, Roberts has done little to no acting work. She left That 70's Show in 2001 when her husband became terminally ill, and she wanted to properly take care of him. Her final official credited role was on the television series Barbershop in 2005.
Tommy Chong (Leo)
Then: In perhaps one of the most fitting roles for Tommy Chong, the iconic actor starred as the happy hippie Leo, developing a close bond with Hyde. Chong is famous for being half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong; the marijuana loving pair starred in numerous films together including Up in Smoke, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie and Still Smokin. They have done many comedy albums together as well as multiple tours. Aside from his work with Cheech Marin, Chong had roles in films like FernGully: The Last Rainforest, National Lampoon's Senior Trip and Half Baked.
Now: Chong was written out of the show temporarily when he was sentenced to 9 months in a federal prison due to his involvement in creating and selling bongs. He returned to the show in later seasons upon his release. The comedian has since starred in films such as Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie and Zootopia. In 2014 he was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, and was eliminated ninth. He has made appearances on Franklin and Bash, Raising Hope and The Millers. Chong has become a marijuana activist and is a contributor to Cannabis Culture Magazine.
Lisa Robin Kelly (Laurie Forman)
Then: Lisa Robin Kelly starred as the attractive but manipulative older sister of Eric, Laurie Forman. She is very promiscuous and vain, but has her soft moments with her family. The character leaves the series during the third season, but returns during the fifth and sixth. Kelly made appearances on shows such as Married...with Children, Silk Stalking and Charmed before being cast as Laurie. The actress left the show due to her personal issues with drinking and drugs, making her return in season five.
Now: Sadly, Kelly passed away in a rehabilitation facility on August 15, 2013 due to an accidental unspecified oral "multiple drug intoxication." She was 43.
© 2019 Rachel M Johnson
Zoha Junaid from Lahore, Pakistan on May 25, 2019:
Hey! You're most welcome. Great article btw :)
Rachel M Johnson (author) on May 24, 2019:
Hi Zoha, yes she did! I mentioned her character’s name but not her relation to the Friends’ group. Thank you!
Zoha Junaid from Lahore, Pakistan on May 24, 2019:
The actress who played Kitty Forman also starred in FRIENDS as Phoebe's sister in law