Facts of Life was a hit sitcom on NBC that was a spinoff of the hugely popular Diff’rent Strokes. Facts of Life would run for over 9 seasons, racking up 209 total episodes and a host of awards and viewership records along the way. The sitcom ran from 1979 to 1988 before going off of the year. Now, nearly 30 years later we are taking time to look back at the stars of Facts of Life in order to see what they are up to now!
When Lisa first started on the show she was just 14 years old. As Blair, Whelchel got to bite into a deliciously funny character that served as a wonderful foil to the rest of the cast. After Facts of Life Whelchel would largely take a break from acting. She sat out of the business from 1992 until 2001 where she returned as her character, Blair Warner, to The Wonderful World of Disney. She looks as pretty today as she did back then, no cosmetic surgery or face lift necessary!
Mindy Cohn landed the role of Natalie Green on a whim, having attended a production meeting as a student on the promise of a free lunch. Since leaving Facts of Life Cohn has gone on to star as Velma in the animated Scooby Doo series.
Wow! Most people probably forgot that George Clooney had a 17 episode run in Facts as George Burnett. Clooney has obviously gone on to be the most famous and successful person of this cast. He’s a Hollywood icon and a borderline billionaire having just sold a major tequila company. Clooney is the kind of guy who rolls out of bed looking like he just got pristine cosmetic surgery and a face lift done. We’re too jealous. Clooney needs no career recap, just turn on your TV and you’ll see him.
Notable character-actor Seth Green appeared in a pair of episodes for Facts before moving on to do great things in television. He has a pair of Primetime Emmy awards in his cabinet for his work on Robot Chicken and Family Guy as well as a slew of co-starring roles under his belt.
Lewis was relatively unknown when she got her first work on Facts of Life. She didn’t squander the opportunity. Lewis would go on to be one of the most recognizable and diverse actors of her generation. Lewis has continued to age like fine line and she is probably putting cosmetic surgery professionals out of business. She’s been nominated for an Oscar and continues to get meaty, high quality roles to this day.
Schachter is one of the rare recurring characters on Facts that got out of the industry almost as soon as her work on the show ended. Olson’s character was written out of the show in 1982 before re-appearing in 1986 for another episode. Schachter was the kind of beautiful that didn’t need cosmetic surgery or a face lift to be on camera. Still, she got out of the industry. After that she never really worked in Hollywood again.
Austin’s greatest work in show business has actually come on the musical side of things. Ahem, Austin played Pippa in Facts of Life but since her work on the show she’s been focused more on her music. She’s released five country albums in her career.
Piekarski appeared in 17 episodes before retiring from the show. However Piekarski has stayed out of the public spotlight, certainly not getting any cosmetic surgery to be on the cover of E, and hasn’t really worked much. She randomly appeared in a 2016 film, The Importance of Doubting Tom.
Nowadays Roger Perry is in his 80s and taking it easy in the entertainment world. Perry appeared in 94 credits throughout his career and his most recent project was a film called Wreckage.
Hunt had a brief stint on Facts of Life before moving on to become a big screen legend. Moreover Hunt has an Oscar to her name and 97 acting credits under her belt. She most recently starred in the series Shots Fired. We’d need a face lift in order to read her whole resume in one sitting.
Lawlor played Steven Bradley for a single season of Facts of Life when his character was written out of the show. Lawlor has since bounced around between TV-movies and TV-shows. He had an episode of the hit series Breaking Bad added to his resume in 2011.
Adlon is arguably one of the most successful cast members on this list, after George Clooney of course. After her season on the show she would go on to become a legendary voice actor in several huge projects like King of the Hill and Thundercats. Additionally Adlon has a Primetime Emmy to her name.
After a brief pit stop in the acting world Larry Wilmore would turn his attention to writing. Wilmore would write for hit shows like In Living Color and The Bernie Mac Show before landing a hosting gig on Comedy Central.
Spade’s brief appearance on Facts of Life may be hard to remember, but his career afterward is hard to miss. Spade made a career out of being a nasally comic and he landed two Golden Globe nominations for his work. He starred in The Emperor’s New Groove as well as the TV show Just Shoot Me.
Jackson popped by Facts of Life for an episode where he played himself. He’s a record breaking singer and composer as well as a former member of The Jackson 5. His work continues to find major play to this day and he is also a live member of the Goji ni Muchu talk show.
Geri Jewell’s short stint on Facts was certainly memorable. In fact, Jewell’ tends to steal the show no matter what project she is on. For a peak at some of her best work check out the hit HBO series Deadwood.
Richards turned a brief run on Facts into a lucrative career as a television character actor. Moreover Richards most recently starred in the hit shows Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, and How to Get Away With Murder.
Richard Dean Anderson
As the star of MacGyver, Stargate, and General Hospital it can almost be hard to remember Facts of Life. Anderson’s swarthy good looks have kept him busy over the years and at 67 he still doesn’t need a face lift.
Moon Unit Zappa
Her name is probably more memorable than her work on Facts of Life but she’s still had quite the career. Zappa worked on TV for a while after Facts ended, scoring guest starring roles in a variety of popular TV sitcoms.
Mako was an Oscar nominated actor before his work on Facts and he continued to elevate his craft after the show ended. Furthermore Mako starred in several important, high quality films including Seven Years in Tibet and Memoirs of a Geisha. He would pass away at the age of 72, in 2006.
Lester’s life after Facts of Life, on which he had an eight episode block, has been busy. Plus Lester turned into a prolific voice actor and he is one of the most popular iterations of Robin that the Batman franchise has.
From Facts of Life to the Godfather, Alex Rocco sure knows how to switch things up. Rocco unfortunately passed away in 2015 at the age of 79 but he left behind one heck of a resume.
Dusay was riveting as Monica Warner in her stint on Facts and she carried that into the rest of her work. Besides, Dusay would star in Santa Barbara for four years as Pamela Capwell Conrad. She most recently starred in a show called Guiding Light from 2003 to 2009 before retiring from the industry.
One of the original stars from Diff’rent Strokes, Coleman would make an appearance or two on Facts of Life. Coleman would struggle after leaving Facts and ultimately run into legal and financial problems. He would tragically die at the age of 42.
First of all, Coster’s brief work on the show would give way to an absolutely prolific career in television. Moreover, Coster has appeared in 168 projects and he continues to get cast in major roles to this day. Coster starred for seven years in The Bay and now he’s starring in a feature film called Con Man alongside Mark Hamill and Elisabeth Rohm.
Gertz had a brief run of red hot success after Facts of Life. She starred in The Lost Boys and Twister before going on a bunch of different TV shows. Unfortunately Gertz hasn’t quite blown up but she’s a regular working actor to this day.
O’Neill’s hanging cheeks and deep set eyes are borderline iconic. Dick O’Neill had a brief two-episode appearance on Facts of Life before moving on. His most famous work would be on Cagney and Lacey. Sadly O’Neill passed away at the age of 70 in 1998.
Bryce is another actor who got his start on Facts of Life before moving on to bigger things. After his role as Rick Bonner on Facts he would go on land a role in Lethal Weapon 3. Yes, Bryce is a character actor who is still working in the industry. He’s married and has one child.
Orson Bean had a brief three-episode stint on Facts as Oliver Thompson. After leaving the show he would find his next hit work on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman where he would star as Loren Bray over a 146 episode period. Bean would star in several other TV series en route to a prolific resume.
One of our favorite ’80 stars got her start on Diff’rent Strokes and Facts of Life before going on to completely dominate the era. After her TV stint as Molly Parker, Ringwald would land starring roles in some truly pivotal movies: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. She’s still kicking Hollywood’s butt today with a recent starring role in Riverdale.
Cloris Leachman’s firebrand of character work is the stuff that Hollywood always has a need for. Leachman has worked on just about everything imaginable, from Young Frankenstein in 1974 to animated comic book cartoons like Justice League Action. She’s an Oscar winning actress and a Hollywood icon.
Who didn’t love the character Andy Moffett? Mackenzie Astin played his part for three years on Facts of Life before heading out to new pastures. Astin is a prolific TV actor with several starring roles under his belt in recent years including Scandal and The Magicians. Currently he has five feature films slated for release in 2017 alone.
Charlotte Rae anchored the entire show as Mrs. Garrett, a character that came over from Diff’rent Strokes. Moreover Rae earned an Emmy nomination for her work as Mrs. Garrett before moving on from the show. Rae continued acting and has appeared in over 91 credits with her most recent work being in the 2015 film, Ricki and the Flash. Oh – Rae just turned 91.
Nancy McKeon was a huge part of Facts of Life and she very nearly landed another gigantic television role. McKeon auditioned for and narrowly landed the role of Monica in the show Friends before ultimately losing out to Courtney Cox. Furthermore McKeon stayed busy in Hollywood before deciding to call it quits in 2011.
Facts of Life couldn’t have prospered without Kim Fields doing her magic on screen. Fortunately for us the New York actress continued to work after leaving the show. She’s become a Hollywood staple and has appeared on 50 different projects, including a starring role in the new TV series Living the Dream.