Full House Cast: Then And Now

One of the most beloved family shows back in the 1980s, and early 1990s was “Full House.” It was a coming of age sitcom aired on ABC. This charming sitcom focused on the Tanner family. It chronicled the struggles and joy of a widowed father, Danny Tanner, who recruits his brother-in-law and best friend to help raise his three daughters.

While the show never became a critics’ favorite, the series was consistently placed in the top 30 and gained more popularity in syndicated reruns. But if you’re a fan of the show then you’re probably curious to find out where your favorite Full House casts are now. We’ve got the answer for you. Read on to get updated.

12. Mary-Kate Olsen as Michelle Tanner

Mary-Kate and her twin sister Ashley were cast on the show they were only nine months old! When Full House first started, most viewers didn’t recognize that the character of Michelle was being played by two babies instead of one. Ultimately the secret came out, and by the time Mary-Kate and Ashley were 7-years-old, they founded their production company, Dualstar. Their company produced films, shows, magazines, and video games, all for the primary audience of the pair, young girls.

This happened even before Full House was over. The twins were already setting themselves up for an early retirement. By the time they left the series, the Olsens were millionaires, and by the time they were 17, it was estimated that they were worth $150 million each.

When Full House ended, and several years of owning a huge media corporation, Mary-Kate and Ashley sister decided that they wanted to focus less on acting and more on fashion. So, they started their fashion empire. They did this due to the media’s frenzy in what the twins were wearing. After all, they were the current IT girls. These days, Mary-Kate is now married and still working in fashion or just enjoying her wealth.

11. Ashley Olsen as Michelle Tanner

Ashley Olsen, the older twin by two minutes, co-starred as Michelle Tanner on Full House. Much her history in Hollywood is not far from Mary-Kate as they do almost everything together. But aside from the Olsen twins, there is a total of six children in the Olsen household, and Mary-Kate and Ashley’s younger sister, Elizabeth, and older brother, Trent, are also into acting.

Ashley considers herself to be down to earth, thanks to her upbringing, even though she is a multi-millionaire at such a young age. According to her, things such as coming from a large family and having to wear false teeth when filming Full House has helped her to keep her feet on the ground.

When the girls started on Full House, they were just babies, but, as they grew older, producers discovered that Mary-Kate was the sister who was best at the funny scenes, but Ashley was best at the more serious scenes. After her Full House days, Ashley attended NYU for a short time but never earned her college degree.

Instead, with her sister, she created a fashion empire and even wrote a book in 2008 that featured interviews with fashion icons that the girls look up to. She considered returning to acting a bit after that, without Mary-Kate, but by 2010, the girls announced that they were permanently retired from acting. 

10. Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit as Alex Katsopolis

Another set of twins were cast in the show. They played the twin sons of Jesse and Becky Katsopolis. The two were born in the season five episode “Happy Birthday, Babies,” on the date of Michelle’s fifth birthday. Becky named Alex after a high school teacher who inspired her to venture into a career in journalism. After Full House, Dylan lied low in front of the camera.

He is still working in Hollywood, but instead of being in front of the camera, he is at home behind the camera working with sounds. He has a successful career as a foley artist, a sound guy who puts natural sounds into film or television to enhance the reality of e film.

Sounds like breaking glass or swishing glass. Some of the projects he has worked on include Black Sails and Midnight, Texas. He has also won two Emmys for his work on Black Sails and Game of Thrones.

9. Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit as Nicky Katsopolis

The other twin, on the other hand, Jesse chose to name Nicky after his father, for giving him great hair. They both have strawberry-blond hair and are fun-loving toddlers, with a small difference between them. Nicky is more quiet and sweet, while Alex is more outspoken and mischievous. They often repeat each other’s words.

These days, Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit is largely out of the spotlight. He, along with his brother, Dylan, last appeared in public on an episode of Fuller House in 2016. The boys got the roles of Nicky and Alex when they were only a year old, and they remained on the show until it ended. They were almost five then. Both of the boys retired after working on Full House and for the most part, grew up out of the limelight. They both graduated from high school in 2009.

8. Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler

No sitcom would be complete without the annoying friend or neighbor that brought those eye-rolling jokes that ultimately made you laugh. On Full House, that character was Kimmy Gibbler, DJ Tanners best friend, and Tanner’s family neighbor. Andrea Barber played the role of Kimmy Gibbler at the age of 11. Before Full House had already appeared on Days of Our Lives and appeared on Growing Pains, St. Elsewhere, and The Twilight Zone.

When she was cast as the kooky Kimmy Gibbler, it was only supposed to be temporary, but due to the response of the audience, the character stayed. Following the ending of the series, Barber decided that she was retiring, and focused instead on her education. She earned a college degree from Whittier College and then got her master’s degree from the University of York in England.

After earning her degrees, Andrea Barber returned to California and got a job working at the Whittier College Office of International Programs. She got married in 2002 to Jeremy Rytky, and the pair had two children but got divorced in 2014.

She reprised her role as Kimmy Gibbler on Fuller House, starring alongside Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin.

7. Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis

Aunt Becky was the mother figure in the life of the girls on Full House and often helped the girls with things that only a mom can do. The character was played by Lori Loughlin but initially, she was only meant to be on the show for six episodes.

She was supposed to date Danny, her co-worker but the audiences loved the character so much that writers decided to keep her and fall for Jesse, instead. The characters eventually got married and had twins, Nicky and Alex. Lori remained on the show until the series ended.

As soon as Full House ended, she got a job on a new sitcom, Hudson Street, starring opposite of Tony Danza. Unfortunately, it was canceled after only one season. She was then cast in a television movie which started her focus on the television movie genre for her acting. She appeared in several movies on the Lifetime network and Hallmark Channel. She also guests starred on several television shows.

In 2004, she produced a drama series, called Summerland, but it was canceled after two seasons. She is married, has two daughters and stepson, and continues to act. As with her other co-stars from Full House, she is a guest star on Fuller House.

6. Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner

Of all of the Full House cast members, Jodie Sweetin, who played the sweet, innocent, Stephanie Tanner, has the most interesting life story. Both her parents were jailed and little Jodie was adopted at 9 months. By the time she was five, she appeared in sitcoms thanks to her adorable look. Then she was cast as Stephanie Tanner.

Like the other young casts, she grew up in front of the camera and was almost 14 when the show ended. She then attended high school but fell into drinking and drugs. She was still able to perform at that point and even attempted to earn a college degree. But she got heavily into drugs over the next 15 years and other unfortunate things.

For several years, Jodie Sweetin hid her addictions often claiming that she was sober but in reality was not. She even married three times within eight years. As of January 2016, she is engaged, and if she gets married, it will be her fourth time down the aisle. In her professional life, like her on-screen sister, Sweetin joined the cast of “Dancing With the Stars” for the 2016 season. She currently appears on “Fuller House” with most of the rest of the “Full House” cast, and is looking to get into film.

She currently appears on Fuller House with most of the Full House cast and is looking to get into film. Hopefully, she gets her act together now.

5. Candace Cameron Bure as DJ Tanner

When Full House started, Candace Cameron Bure was only 10-years-old, and like the young casts grew up in front of the camera on the series. She came from a showbiz family, and most know her brother, Kirk Cameron, who appeared on another sitcom Growing Pains. As the youngest of four children, it seemed natural that Candace would follow in her brother’s footsteps. She appeared in several commercials at the start of her career before she was cast on Full House.

She stayed on the show throughout its full run, and when it ended, at the age of 18, Candace skipped college and instead, took on more acting roles.

At the age of 20, Candace married hockey player, Valeri Bure and eventually had three girls. During that time, she only had limited appearances, such as hosting the Kid’s Choice Awards three times which was a record. She also appeared on television shows, such as That’s So Raven, and in television movies. In 2014, she joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars, and came in third place.

She soon announced her reprised role as DJ Tanner in Fuller House and aside from that she also co-hosts “The View.” Seems like she is one of those rare child stars to adult actor success stories.

4. Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone

Danny Tanner’s best friend on Full House was Joey Gladstone, and he moved in after the death of Danny’s wife. What you might not know is that Joey’s character took a lot from his personality in real life. Like Dave is a huge hockey fan and so does Joey.

In fact, Dave introduced his Full House co-star, Candace Cameron, to her future husband, professional hockey player Valeri Bure. Known primarily as a comedian, he started his career as a funny man in high school, and though he attempted a college degree, he dropped out of the University of Michigan during his freshman year to become a comedian.

Dave Coulier struggled as a comedian for several years. He met Bob Saget on the comedy circuit and ended up sleeping on Bob’s couch for a time until he could afford to support himself. Soon, gigs started coming in and in addition, he found himself accepting small television roles, too. He got his series, Out of Control, and just three years later was cast as Joey.

Following Full House, he continued to work, often lending his voice to cartoons, appearing on reality shows, and keeping on the comedy circuit. His routine is clean, family oriented, and he often makes impressions. He also runs his own children’s entertainment company, F3 Entertainment, which he started in 2001. He remains close with his Full House castmates, and he, too, has made guest appearances on Fuller House. Not bad for a college dropout, right?

3. John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis

After the death of Danny Tanner’s wife, her brother, Jesse, stepped in to help his brother-in-law raise the girls. Uncle Jesse was played by John Stamos. Considered the heartthrob of the show, he had previously worked on a couple of films and an unsuccessful television series. He also appeared on General Hospital as Blackie.

Right after being cast as Jesse in Full House, he soon became a household name. Known as the bad boy of the series, his character settled down, eventually marrying Rebecca. On the show Jesse was also a fan of the Beach Boys, around which many of his scenes were written around. In real life, Stamos had a very close relationship with the Beach Boys, often playing drums for them in concert and covering their songs.

Thanks to Full House’s success, he had almost constant acting work on television, stage, film, and commercials, and even a couple of series that lasted for a few years. In 1994, he released an album and appeared on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie.

Today, you can still see him acting and he’s also appearing on Fuller House plus he is also serving as an Executive Producer of the show. 

2. Bob Saget as Danny Tanner

Danny Tanner was the widowed father in Full House and when the series started in 1987, he was caring for two young girls and a baby. But what was so interesting about this casting choice is that in real life, he is known for his dark, adult humor. The total opposite of the wholesome Danny Tanner.

What is also funny about Saget is that he planned on becoming a doctor, but while earning his college degree, a professor urged him to get into film. He eventually found himself in comedy and started picking up a couple of roles with his big break as Danny Tanner on Full House.

After Full House the world knew him as Danny Tanner and he didn’t want to get typecast. So, after appearing on a few television shows and it seemed as if he disappeared. However, those with eagle eyes could see him taking on small, dark roles, such as a cocaine addict in the film, Half Baked, and went behind the camera to begin producing.

He reappeared in 2001 in a new series, Raising Dad, which only lasted a season, and then, he focused on his stand up career until 2009 when he returned to television. In addition to his acting and comedy, he has also kept busy as a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. 

1. Scott Weinger as Steve Hale

Steven “Steve” Hale played by Scott Weinger is D.J.’s first steady boyfriend. He is introduced in the season five episode Sisters in Crime as D.J.’s date to a movie that she ends up taking Michelle and Stephanie to. Steve is two years older than D.J. and is a star member of the high school wrestling team. He is known for having a healthy appetite and often eats at the Tanners’ when he visits.

In A Very Tanner Christmas, Steve receives an acceptance letter to a party school in Florida that he had applied to but decides to go to a local community college in order to improve his grades and continue his relationship with D.J. Steve and D.J. break up in the season seven episode Love on the Rocks, after they realize that their relationship was not as passionate as it used to be, but they decide to remain friends.

After Full House, in 1992, made his motion-picture debut as the voice of the title character in Disney’s animated feature Aladdin. He then had several small roles in television programs, starred in a horror comedy film, 2003’s Shredder, and lended his voice for Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis and the 3-D Disney film Mickey’s PhilharMagic. He had a guest appearance on the NBC’s Scrubs for the season 6 episode My Coffee as Dr. Kershnar. He played Officer Rubin on What I Like About You. In 2016, Scott reprised his role of Steve Hale on the Full House spin-off series, Fuller House.

Now what was it like to see your favorite Full House cast again? They’re definitely all grown up now and have led different lives. Most of them still pursued acting and most have reprised their role for Fuller House. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see them acting all grown up now?

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