'All In The Family': The Cast Then And Now!
By Thomas TaylorAmazing
eventMay 11, 2017
American television series All in the Family wasn't your average sitcom. During its nine-season run from January 1971 to April 1979, the CBS show's actors were challenged with pushing the envelope by discussing pretty much every controversial taboo topic you can think of. Today, All in the Family is still regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, and even still has fans talking. Find out what all of your favorite All in the Family stars are up to these days!NEXT »
Carroll O'Connor As Archie Bunker
If there's one person that comes to mind when you think of this show, it's probably Archie. This "lovable bigot" was just trying to adapt to changes happening in the world and missed the days where the majority shared his point-of-view. Often times, he would be faced with arguments due to his views - and if things became too uncomfortable, he'd just blow a raspberry.
Carroll O'Connor Now
After the show, O'Connor took a starring role on In the Heat of the Night, and he last performed in the film Return to Me before passing away in 2001. Aside from acting, O'Connor loved working on cars. He also taught screenwriting at the University of Montana! His alma mater very much remained close to his heart, and he even donated $1 million to the university back in 1997.
Rob Reiner As Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
This hippie husband of Gloria seemed to be constantly sparring with his father-in-law, who "affectionately" referred to him as 'meathead!' In the beginning of the show, we learn that he is rather liberal and attending college for sociology. Needless to say, he and Archie always tended to argue. Perhaps it was Michael's intellect that made him so arrogant and stubborn.
Rob Reiner Now
After the show, Reiner decided to stand behind the camera to direct films like This is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, and When Harry Met Sally. In fact, it was the set of When Harry Met Sally that he met his wife, Michele Singer, who was working as a photographer. Some would say that Reiner's most successful work was the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men.
Sally Struthers As Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Gloria had both the kind nature of her mother and the stubbornness of her father. She was extremely sheltered as a child, but surely enough, she grew to develop more liberal beliefs - so she always defended her husband when Michael and her father bumped heads. But, even still, Archie often referred to Gloria as his "little goil." So, where is she today?
Sally Struthers Now
Struthers went on to appear on Archie Bunker's Place, her own sitcom, Gloria, and on Gilmore Girls. And her recognizable voice? That gave her the ticket to voice acting in cartoons like TaleSpin and The Wild Thornberries. Struthers has also passionately advocated for impoverished children living in developing countries, acting as a spokesperson for Christian Children's Fund.
Danielle Brisebois As Stephanie Mills
She may have only played on the show for its ninth season, but who could forget little Stephanie Mills? The Bunkers took her in when her father (Edith's step-cousin) abandoned her on their doorstep. Although Edith was delighted to welcome Stephanie into their home with open arms, Archie was a bit reluctant at first since he finally had some peace and quiet after his daughter and son-in-law moved to California.
Danielle Brisebois Now
After the show, Brisebois went on to appear on all four seasons of Archie Bunker's Place. She even went on to release her own album and has co-written songs for several popular artists, including Kelly Clarkson and Natasha Bedingfield. She even co-wrote the song "Forward" along with Gregg Alexander, Fred Golding, and her husband Nick Lashley for President Obama's re-election campaign.
Jean Stapleton As Edith Bunker
Though she may have been foolish at times, or a "dingbat" if you asked Archie, her father-in-law often described Edith as "too" smart for her husband because she has a good head on her shoulders and very wise about life. Edith had an undoubtedly kind-hearted presence on the show - and when she stood up for herself, though rarely, Edith graced viewers with her wisdom.
Jean Stapleton Now
Stapleton only stayed on the show's spin-off, Archie Bunker's Place, for one season before she asked to be written off. Her biggest role after that was on Bagdad Café. In her honor, the lights on Broadway were dimmed the week after her death in 2013. She was 90. "Jean lived so in the present. She was a Christian Scientist who didn't say or think a negative thing ... She was just a walking, living angel," co-actress Sally Struthers said.
Mike Evans As Lionel Jefferson
Evans' character on the show was surely significant, as Lionel was one of the first TV portrayals of a young, opinionated black man - he was even more so amused by Archie's ignorance than he was upset or angered. Although Lionel once told off the show's patriarch politely after Archie told him he couldn't see his niece and that "white ought to stay with white and colored ought to stay with colored."
Mike Evans Now
While on the show, Evans wrote his own sitcom, Good Times. And, of course, you probably know him from playing on The Jeffersons, a spin-off of All in the Family. After acting, Evans got into real estate, buying properties in California's Inland Empire. But, he sadly passed away from throat cancer in 2006 at the age of 57, just four years after losing his wife to breast cancer.
Isabel Sanford As Louise Jefferson
Like Edith, Louise was kind-hearted and had a husband with a hot head. The two neighbors often schemed how to resolve the many arguments between Archie and George. In the first few seasons of The Jeffersons, we see poor Louise deal with insulting remarks from Mother Jefferson, her mother-in-law. But, Louise always kept a calm temper and was always there to settle down her husband's ego.
Isabel Sanford Now
Sanford went on to reprise her role on The Jeffersons for 11 years, and for that, she became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy. She even went on to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in January 2004. Sadly, Sanford died from heart disease at the age of 86 in 2004, just a month before her 87th birthday.
Allan Melvin As Barney Hefner
This best friend and neighbor of Archie was a minor character on the show, but he still appeared in over two dozen episodes! However, in Archie Bunker's Place, Barney became more of a regular character, appearing in all four seasons of the show. Melvin was already an established Hollywood star with a name for himself by the time he took on the role of Barney.
Allan Melvin Now
While he was acting on All in the Family, Melvin was also playing Sam the Butcher on The Brady Bunch. Later, he took up voice acting on shows like Flash Gordon, The Smurfs, and Popeye. Melvin was also notorious for his work in television commercials and was even featured as Al the Plumber on Liquid-Plumr drain opener. He died of cancer in 2008 when he was 84.
Jason Wingreen As Harry Snowden
Raspy-voiced Wingreen played the Kelcy's Bar bartender and eventual business partner of Archie. Although Harry had also attempted to buy the bar from Kelcy, Archie was able to come up with the money first by taking a mortgage out on his house. And even though he was nearing the time to retire after the show, Wingreen stayed in front of the camera.
Jason Wingreen Now
Following the show and Archie Bunker's Place, Wingreen appeared on popular shows like Hill Street Blues and Mama's Family. He also lent his voice to the part of Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Wingreen's last credited TV work was the role of "Georgie" on In The Heat Of The Night. He passed away at the age of 95.
Betty Garrett As Irene Lorenzo
Liberal neighbor and handyman, or should we say handywoman, Irene was often seen fixing things around the Bunker home. When Irene is first introduced, she and her husband attempt to use the Bunkers' phone, but the phone wire had been broken during an argument between Archie and Mike earlier in the episode - naturally, Irene fixed it. Archie even got her a job as a forklift operator!
Betty Garrett Now
Garrett's role on the show paved her way for a role on Laverne and Shirley, and after that sitcom, she appeared on shows like Murder, She Wrote and Grey's Anatomy. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and was even honored with a 90th birthday celebration by Theatre West at the Music Box Theatre in Hollywood. It wasn't until she was 89 when Garrett retired, just two years before she died from an aneurysm.
Sherman Hemsley As George Jefferson
Every main character needs a combative counterpart, and for Archie, that was George Jefferson. The two were constantly at odds with each other! There was even a lack of George scenes between 1971 and 1973, which was explained as a result of him not wanting to set foot in his bigoted rival Archie Bunker's home. But, in later episodes, their tension seemingly calms down.
Sherman Hemsley Now
Hemsley's fame grew even more on The Jeffersons. Hemsley was often described as a reclusive and private man, avoiding the Hollywood limelight as much as possible. It was public knowledge that he was never married, and had no children. In 2012, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, just before his death at the age of 74 that same year.
James Cromwell As Jerome "Stretch" Cunningham
"Stretch" was Archie's good buddy and co-worker from the loading dock! Archie even claimed that Stretch was known as the "Bob Hope" of the loading platform. When his character passed away on All In The Family, Archie learned at his funeral that his friend was Jewish. He presented a eulogy for Stretch, and we were able to see a sensitive side in Archie that we never witnessed before.
James Cromwell Now
Cromwell's role as "Stretch" opened many doors for his acting career. After his character's passing on All In The Family, he went on to land his first lead role on television - Bill Lewis in Hot I Baltimore. These days, Cromwell is well-known as a Hollywood producer - his more notable work includes The Green Mile, I, Robot, and The Queen. However, he still acts on occasion and even won his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role in American Horror Story: Asylum.
Mel Stewart As Henry Jefferson
Henry was George Jefferson's memorable brother who appeared in All In The Family which eventually led to the spin-off series The Jeffersons. Unfortunately, we only see Henry in one episode of the earlier series, which was during the character's going-away party. This episode marked Henry's departure from All In The Family and George's first episode.
Mel Stewart Now
After his work in All In The Family and The Jeffersons, Stewart continued to make a name for himself as series regular section chief Billy Melrose in Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He also appeared in many films and television shows and was an accomplished jazz saxophonist. Sadly, Stewart passed away on February 24, 2002, after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Bob Hastings As Tommy Kelsey
Tommy Kelsey, but more commonly referred to on the show as Kelcy, was the owner of the bar Archie frequented and later ended up buying. An interesting tidbit about All In The Family is that the spelling of the establishment, Kelcy's Bar, was messed up due to a continuity issue. In the first two seasons, the name is spelled as "Kelcy," and then "Kelsey" following afterward.
Bob Hastings Now
Hastings continued to take on more jobs throughout his acting career, his most well-known work being the role of Lt. Elroy Carpenter in the television series McHale's Navy. He also contributed his voice for animation and commercials, including Commissioner Jim Gordon in the popular Batman: The Animated Series. Sadly, Hastings passed away of prostate cancer on June 30, 2014.
Liz Torres As Theresa Betancourt
Who could forget young nursing student Theresa Betancourt? We were first introduced to Theresa when Archie met her upon being admitted to the hospital for surgery. Later on, she ends up living in the Bunker household while renting Mike and Gloria's former room. Most will remember that she affectionately referred to rigid Archie as "Papi."
Liz Torres Now
Torress' acting career definitely didn't come to a halt after leaving All In The Family. Today, she's probably best known for her role as Mahalia Sanchez in the NBC series The John Larroquette Show, which earned her two Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Awards nominations. She also made a name for herself as Patricia "Miss Patty" LaCosta in the beloved WB series Gilmore Girls.
Eugene Roche As "Pinky Peterson"
"Pinky Peterson" was not only a fellow lodge member of Bunker patriarch Archie but also a jokester and one of his good buddies. The three episodes that Pinky appeared in were mostly comedic ones, which included "Beverly Rides Again," The Draft Dodger," and "Archie's Other Wife." Although he didn't get much airtime on All In The Family, he was definitely memorable.
Eugene Roche Now
Roche's career continued to flourish after All In The Family, he played supporting roles in both film and television. A few of the films he appeared in were The Late Show, Foul Play, and Corvette Summer. Sadly, Roche died from a heart attack on July 28, 2004. Before appearing on All In The Family, he made a Broadway debut in Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole.