Who would think a sitcom about a widower trying to raise his three daughters, along with his brother-in-law and bumbling best friend, would have become one of the most treasured television shows of its era? But that’s exactly what happened with Full House, which aired from 1987 to 1995.
In 2016, the show was rebooted as Netflix original, Fuller House. This time, the show centered around the eldest daughter, a recent widow, trying to raise her three boys in the same house, along with her sister, and best friend. Most of the original cast — including Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and Lori Loughlin — have been part of the show.
But who didn’t come back? And what has everyone been doing since 1995? Most of the cast has kept busy, but you’ll be surprised to find out what some of them have been up to!
Candace Cameron Bure
Bure, who played eldest daughter, D.J. Tanner, has been incredibly busy since Full House ended. In 1996, she married former NHL hockey player, Val Bure. On her website, she shares the story of how her Full House co-star Coulier introduced them at a charity event back in 1994. Over 20 years later, the couple is still happily married with three children Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.
Bure has continued to work steadily, appearing quite frequently in both made-for-tv movies and network shows including ABC Family’s Make It or Break It. In 2014, Bure joined the cast of Dancing With The Stars, partnering up with Mark Ballas. While the duo didn’t win, they came in at an impressive third place.
The following year, Bure signed on to co-host ABC’s long running daytime talkshow, The View. She then quit the show in 2016, citing the reason as being too busy with other projects. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but before I started The View, I had already had my commitments to Fuller House and my work with the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. And because of the success of those, my commitments have become even greater with those shows,” she said.
In addition to reprising her role as sassy middle sister Stephanie Tanner on Fuller House, Jodie Sweetin has been working a lot in recent years. Following her on-screen sister’s suit, in 2016, she appeared as a contestant on the reality competition Dancing With The Stars.
In 2017, she co-starred in Hollywood Darlings on Pop TV, a show People called an “unscripted docu-comedy series.” In the style of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sweetin plays a fictional version of herself alongside two other former child stars: Beverley Mitchell from 7th Heaven, and Christine Lakin from Step by Step.
But, life hasn’t always been this sweet, for Sweetin. For many years, she struggled with an addiction to crystal meth. Now clean and sober, she shared her story in her 2009 memoir, unSweetined. Sweetin has also been married and divorced three times and has two daughters, Zoie and Beatrix. Sweetin then became engaged to Justin Hodak, but broke off the engagement. In March 2017, Hodak was arrested for violating the restraining order the actress had against him. As Stephanie Tanner would say, “How rude!”
Ashley Olsen and twin sister Mary-Kate shared the role of youngest sister, Michelle. But the Olsens probably won’t be appearing on Fuller House any time soon.
After Full House ended, both sisters continued to act, co-starring in Two of a Kind from 1998 to 1999. They followed it up with several direct-to-video movies including Passport to Paris and Winning London. In 2004, the twins acted in their final film together, New York Minute. Since then, Olsen has left the acting up to sister Mary-Kate, choosing to focus solely on her career as a clothing designer.
Although the twins first launched a clothing line at Walmart, their follow-up was much more high end, founding brands The Row in 2006, and Elizabeth & James in 2007. They’ve had such a big impact on the fashion world that in both 2012 and 2015, the sisters were named Womenswear Designers of The Year by The Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2014, they were named Accessory Designers of the Year.
After the series ended, Mary-Kate Olsen continued to pursue acting. But unlike her sister Ashley, Olsen didn’t stop acting after their last project together. She was finally able to break out on her own with a recurring role on Showtime’s Weeds in 2007. The next year, she followed up with the independent film, The Wackness. Her last major role was as the character Kendra in the 2011 movie Beastly. Since then, the actress-designer has chosen to devote her time to the fashion industry and her personal life.
On November 27th, 2015, Olsen married Olivier Sarkozy. Seventeen years her senior, Sarkozy is the half-brother of Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France. The intimate ceremony took place at a private residence in New York City, in front of just 50 guests.
In 2017, the fashionista was interviewed by Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, revealing that since getting married, her life has become incredibly normal. “I think we’re lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us. We don’t need so much time to sit and think and ponder. But then I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax, and if you don’t have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out, and then you’re not productive,” she said.
After Full House, Andrea Barber — who played Kimmy Gibler — had a life full of normality, telling Katie Couric (via HuffPo) that she graduated from Whittier College with a degree in English, and later (in a totally un-Kimmy-Gibler-like move), got her MA in Women’s Studies at the University of York in England.
According to a 2011 interview with The Mom-o-logue, Barber married Jeremy Rytky and had two children. Her son Tate was born in 2004 and her daughter Felicity was born three years later. Because she had spent much of her childhood acting, when Full House ended, she revealed she was over Hollywood. “Acting was a really cool childhood hobby, and I got to experience amazing things,” she said. “But just like kids play soccer growing up, many don’t turn into professional soccer players. I wanted a different career as an adult. I mean, I’d never say ‘never.’ If there was a Full House reunion, I’d definitely go to it. But, acting isn’t my passion anymore.” Luckily, Barber changed her mind and brilliantly reprised her role on Fuller House.
In the same interview, Barber reveled she has really enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, living the childhood she never had. She said, “I wanted to re-experience childhood through my kids’ eyes. It was almost like I was reliving my childhood — which was kind of abnormal because I was working. But this time, I can experience a normal childhood through them.” Barber and her husband have since divorced.
Since Full House ended, Bob Saget, who played the family patriarch and resident neat freak, Danny Tanner, has kept himself quite busy. In 1998, he had a short, but infamous cameo in the Dave Chapelle stoner comedy Half Baked that would have left Danny Tanner in shock. This little role was clearly a departure from his perfect family man image.
In addition to a series of guest appearances, Saget also appeared as a series regular on the sitcoms Raising Dad in 2001, and on Surviving Suburbia in 2009. Saget’s voice was also heard every week from 2005 through 2014 as the narrator on the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
In 2014 Saget authored his second book, a memoir called Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian. In addition to his work on screen, Saget continues to successfully tour as a stand up comedian.
Ever since Full House, John Stamos has been a force in Hollywood. He has appeared as both a series regular and guest star on many shows, including, 65 episodes of the hit drama, ER — the same show that put George Clooney on the map.
But 2015 was an especially big year for Stamos in both positive and negative ways. That June, he was arrested for a DUI. Luckily, no one was injured and Stamos only received “three years’ probation.” On the Howard Stern Show (via People) Stamos admitted to struggling with both drugs and alcohol, saying, “I was on some medications, antidepressants and that damn Ambien, I’m so happy to be off that. Completely off. I don’t take anything. My memory was starting to get really f*ck*d up too, from that. Difficult to memorize scripts, I couldn’t remember names and places and things. And that was the hardest thing to kick, by the way. Booze, and whatever, that happened, but the Ambien was tough.”
However, the same year, Stamos was also able to show off his funny side again, this time starring in the sitcom Grandfathered with Mary-Kate Olsen’s co-star from The Wackness, Josh Peck. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after just one season. Currently, Stamos is producing and appearing on Fuller House.
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Dave Coulier made his mark as the funny Uncle Joey on the series. When Full House ended, he continued to tour as a “clean” stand-up comedian. In 2015, Coulier told the Huffington Post, “Over the years, I’ve continued to do standup. When I do a performing arts center or a theater or a college, people say, ‘You don’t swear, do ya?’ And I really never have. I don’t go on stage with that MO, but I came up the ranks of The Tonight Show and you had to work clean and I never forgot that. So I said, ‘You know, there must be something to this.’ So I started this thing called ‘Clean Guys’ and I did a bunch of shows that test the waters to see if people would respond and they did.”
He has also appeared on two reality shows. In 2004, Coulier moved into a house with a group of celebrities including Charo, Flavor Flav, Jordan Knight, Brigitte Nielsen, and Ryan Starr for Vh1’s The Surreal Life. Two years later, he competed on Skating With Celebrities.
But perhaps one of the most memorable roles Coulier has played in pop culture, is confirming that he’s the infamous subject of his ex Alanis Morissette’s 1995 hit song, “You Oughta Know.” While he denied rumors over the years, in 2014, Us reported that Coulier finally confessed the truth to Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live.
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Lori Loughlin played Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis, aka Aunt Becky, starting in the second season of Full House, through the end of the series. Becky was a beloved character on the show, first as Jesse’s girlfriend, then wife, as well as Danny Tanner’s co-host on a show within the show, Wake Up San Francisco.
Loughlin was married to producer Michael Burns from 1989 to 1996. She later married Mossimo Giannulli, with whom she has two daughters. If the name Mossimo sounds familiar, it’s because he is the founder of the Mossimo clothing line. Considering the fact that the couple had listed their $35 million home in 2017, it’s safe to assume Giannulli is doing alright.
Throughout the years, Loughlin has continued to work in television. Her first major project post-Full House, was the cop comedy Hudson Street co-starring Tony Danza, which aired from 1995 to 1996. After a slew of guest appearances and regular roles on various television shows and movies, she starred on the WB’s Summerland in 2004, which she both created and produced. Loughlin was also memorable as Debbie Wilson on the 90210 reboot from 2008 to 2012. In addition to her Fuller House guest spots, Loughlin currently stars in Hallmark’s period drama, When Calls the Heart.
On Full House, Scott Weinger played D.J.’s boyfriend, Steve Hale. At that time, he was mostly known for voicing the titular role in the 1992 classic Disney animated film, Aladdin. But Weinger isn’t simply talented, he’s also very smart. In 1998, he graduated from Harvard, with honors.
While he reprised his role on Fuller House, these days, a large portion of Weinger’s work takes place behind the camera. You might not realize he has written for, and produced, several major television series, including 90210, The Neighbors, Black-ish, Galavant, and The Muppets.
While Weinger hasn’t married D.J. Tanner on television yet, he is married to Rina Mimoun in real life. While you would think their son Mischa would be very into the fact that his father was Aladdin, Weinger told Brite & Bubbly, it’s quite the opposite. “I feel like I’ve tried and he’s just never shown any interest. I think that he knows something, because God knows he’s an animation fan and a Disney fan,” he says.
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Marla Sokoloff was only 12 when she played Stephanie Tanner’s infamous bad girl BFF, Gia. A fan favorite, she returned for an episode of Fuller House in the second season, reprising her character, and hilariously encouraging Stephanie to smoke cigarettes again.
After Full House, Sokoloff landed a variety of roles, guest starring and recurring on many shows, including Party of Five, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and The Fosters. However, she’s played some larger roles as well, most notably as Lucy Hatcher on David E. Kelley’s The Practice.
In 2009, Sokoloff married Alec Puro, a television and film composer, as well as the drummer in the band Deadsy. They have two daughters together, Elliotte Anne and Olive Mae. In 2017, Sokoloff returned to the big screen as Mindy in director Judy Greer’s A Happening of Monumental Proportions, alongside Katie Holmes, Bradley Whitford, and Common.
Jason Marsden played rich kid Nelson Burkhard on several episodes of Full House. You might also remember him as eldest brother J.T.’s buddy Rich Halke on the TGIF sitcom, Step by Step.
But as much as fans would like it, Marsden has not been able to return to Fuller House. According to MTV, the producers begged him to come back and reprise his role. However, he had a previous commitment to appear at Dragon Con on the same week as the episode was scheduled to shoot. Producers were forced to re-cast the role of Nelson, choosing Hal Sparks, who you might remember from Queer as Folk and Dude, Where’s My Car.
Since his Full House days, while you might have caught Marsden on the small screen, it is more likely you’ve heard his voice somewhere. A successful voice-over actor, Marsden has portrayed everything from a robot in the Transformers: Rescue Bots video game and to a furry friend in the hit movie, The Secret Life of Pets.
It gets Fuller
While it’s not uncommon to hear of tragic endings for former child stars, it appears most of the cast of Full House, despite their life challenges, have come out on top.
And Fuller House has been a hit for Netflix. In December 2016, Variety reported that the show was renewed for a third season. The following month, Forbes announced that the third season would be “supersized,” increasing the number of episodes from thirteen to eighteen. Season 3 is set to premiere on September 22, 2017, marking the 30th anniversary of the very first episode of Full House.