Sandra Lee – Then
Sandra Lee didn’t have what we’d call your picture-perfect childhood. She was the daughter of an abusive mother and a criminal father. Throughout her youth, Lee was sent to live with different family members while her mother battled a prescription drug addiction. At age 27, she dropped out of university and utilized her gift for business and home decoration to create her big-time label, Kurtain Kraft, which grossed $6 million within the first nine months. Following other successful gigs, Lee was hired by The Food Network to host Semi-Homemade Cooking, which premiered in 2003.
Sandra Lee – Now
A lot has happened since Sandra made her first debut on The Food Network. Following her first show, Semi-Homemade Cooking, she was invited to host another series, Sandra’s Money Saving Meals, which aired in May of 2009. She’s written a whopping 25 books and in 2005, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host for Semi-Homemade Cooking. In 2012, Lee launched a new monthly lifestyle magazine in partnership with TV Guide and she’s currently starring in two new shows, Sandra’s Restaraunt Remakes and Sandra Lee’s Taverns, Lounges & Clubs.
Rachael Ray – Then
The Food Network has brought forth some of the most acclaimed names in the culinary business who provide some addictive cooking shows. Known for her love of things made quick and easy, Rachael Ray is the famed chef that taught herself how to cook. Her TV career took off with her show, 30 Minute Meals in 2001, which lasted a whole 27 seasons. She has also hosted other popular food programs such as Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels and $40 a Day.
Rachael Ray – Now
Now living in a $1 million mansion in the woods next to Lake George, Rachael Ray is contemplating her next career step. After publishing 22 cookbooks, hosting thousands of episodes of cooking shows, and creating for herself a net worth of $75 million, Rachael is just about 50 years old and struggling to keep herself relevant to the millennial generation. Although her last cookbook was published almost four years ago, Rachael hasn’t yet lost culinary hope. She’s now pitching ideas for digitally streamed shows that have more to do with food, travel, and music than cooking.
Tyler Florence – Then
Tyler Florence began his culinary journey at 15 years old, waiting on tables in a restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina. Surrounded by everything food, he was inspired by the chef lifestyle and decided to make it a career. He packed his bags for New York and worked at several restaurants until he opened up his own place, Cafeteria. The restaurant was a success and earned him recognition, especially by The Food Network, who later invited him to host the show Food 911. From here to there, he ended up hosting several other shows and in 2003 was named sexiest male chef alive.
Tyler Florence – Now
At 47 years old, Tyler Florence has quite an impressive resume. He is the bestselling author of eight books including a children’s book called Tyler Makes Pancakes and has hosted various Food Network shows such as Food 911, How To Boil Water, The Great Food Truck Race, and Tyler’s Ultimate. He is the co-founder of an organic baby food line and owns a number of restaurants and kitchen supply stores in California. He currently lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife and three kids. His net worth is said to be a staggering $15 million.
Amy Finley – Then
Amy Finley was initially famed for winning the third season of The Next Food Network Star, for which she was awarded the honor of hosting The Gourmet Next Door. The show premiered in 2007 and focused on gourmet recipes families could easily recreate at home. The show was, however, nixed after six episodes due to a serious family crisis. Following, Amy relocated with her family from San Diego to a rural farm in Burgandy, France, where she wrote a memoir entitled, How To Eat In A Small Country.
Amy Finley – Now
Amy and her family eventually returned from France back to their hometown, San Diego, and in 2012, she appeared on an episode of The Food Network’s show Chopped. Unfortunately, she was eliminated after only the second round, however, she is still on a culinary role. Amy has written for magazines such as Bon Appetit and San Diego Magazine and made appearances on The View and Splendid Table. Her culinary inspirations root from her French grandmothers and her idol, Julia Child. Finley now holds a net worth of roughly $1 million.
Aaron McCargo – Then
Aaron McCargo is best recognized as the winner of The Next Food Network Star‘s fourth season. Following his victory, he was given the ultimate gift of his own show, Big Daddy’s House, which premiered in 2008. When the show ended in 2011, fans were disappointed, but Aaron didn’t pack his culinary bags just yet. He continued his journey by appearing in shows for other networks such as Spike TV‘s Bar Rescue. His culinary preference is for savory meats with bold and spicy flavors. He refers to his creations as tasty blends of “soul food” touched with dashes of cultural inspirations.
Aaron McCargo – Now
Since his hit show, Big Daddy’s Kitchen, closed its curtains, Aaron has made many public appearances and regularly gives motivational speeches to the youth at community schools and events, expressing that they too can succeed, even with the worst of odds. He recently served as the Executive Chef of Catering at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and continues to make guest appearances on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue. McCargo is married with three children and lives with them in New Jersey.
Damaris Phillips – Then
This Kentucky-born Belle is known as the queen of Southern cuisine and that’s the reason she won the ninth season of The Next Food Network Star in 2013. As compensation for her triumph, Food Network gave her the honor of hosting her own cooking show, Southern At Heart, which aired from 2013-2016. Damaris’ career initially took off after she earned a degree in culinary arts. She claims to have pursued the field because she didn’t know what to do with her life. It turned out to be a good decision!
Damaris Phillips – Now
Although only five years have passed since her big victory, Damaris is still conquering the world of cuisine. In October 2017, she co-hosted Southern and Hungry on the Cooking Channel and she currently co-hosts The Bobby and Damaris Show on Food Network. Phillips is fairly active on social media and has collected over 66,000 followers on Instagram and Facebook. Although she refuses to reveal her salary, she is believed to have an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Kelsey Nixon – Then
While she only made it to the final four on The Next Food Network Star, Kelsey’s sweet and endearing personality is what made her so memorable and loved by viewers. In light of this, she received her own show on the Food Network channel, Kelsey’s Essentials. Before becoming an internationally adored TV personality, Kelsey attended college, and there she created and hosted her own cooking Youtube channel, Kelsey’s Kitchen, which focused on fast, fun, and affordable recipes for college students.
Kelsey Nixon – Now
Airing from 2010-2016, Kelsey’s Essentials was the signature show that won her a Daytime Emmy nomination. Kelsey makes regular appearances on the Today Show as well as on Rachael Ray. Aside from being in show-biz, she owns a product line with HSN, which features a rotating cast of innovative kitchen tools and miniature appliances that help optimize cooking. She is the proud author of Kitchen Confidence and lives with her two children and her partner, Roby, in Portland, OR.
Adam Gertler – Then
While Gertler didn’t take home The Food Network Star 4th season title, it didn’t take long before he scored his own gig in 2009. Titled, Will Work for Food, Adam’s show allows viewers to watch hilarious episodes that feature behind the scenes screenings of random food gigs Gertler takes. In the show, we witnessed him learning cool and crazy things such as ice sculpting, competitive eating, and truffle foraging. From 2010-2011 he hosted Kid In A Candy Store, which is also a behind-the-scenes show, where the hilarious chef hunts the country for cool sweets and desserts.
Adam Gertler – Now
Over the years, Adam has channeled his passion for food and acting into volunteer work, teaching theater to elementary school students, and catering for non-profit organizations like the Philadelphia Red Cross. He is now the “Wurstmacher” (sausage maker) for the famous Dog Haus restaurant concept and has hosted Man Vs. Child and Fx Movie Download. When he’s not chilling in the kitchen or on working stage, Gertler enjoys playing the harmonica, singing karaoke, and reading comic books.
Jeffrey Saad – Then
Jeffrey Saad first hit the screens when he was named runner-up of the 5th season of The Next Food Network Star. His passion for the culinary business, however, began at the ripe age of 13 when he started working at a diner behind his junior high school. Upon graduation, he enrolled in the Hotel Restaurant Management Program at Iowa State and, a few years down the line, he flew to Mexico to explore and learn the local cuisine, which eventually led him to open Sweet Heat, a Mexican-style restaurant.
Jeffrey Saad – Now
After his appearance on The Next Food Network Star, Saad was given the opportunity to host his own web series called Spice Smuggler, which ran for a year. Later, the Cooking Channel invited him to host United Tastes Of America. Aside from being the executive chef of The Grove restaurants in San Fransisco, Saad also has written cookbooks and even started his own line of spices. Nowadays, he’s mostly busy with real-estate and when he’s not in the kitchen or showing houses, he’s either surfing, traveling, or spending time with his wife and two children.
Tom Pizzica – Then
Tom’s curiosity for food started at an early age when his mother worked long hours and he would prepare dinner for his siblings. With a “big chef personality” and 15 long years of experience in the food industry, Tom Pizzica undoubtedly gives outrageous a new meaning. The talented chef officially began his show-biz journey by participating in the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star. Not long after the end of the season, Tom’s dreams came true and he was given his own show. Titled Outrageous Foods, Tom explores the country to uncover amazing, jaw-dropping foods.
Tom Pizzica – Now
Although Tom’s show, Outrageous Foods lasted only two seasons, he still went on to bigger and better things. Tom started a burger concept that serves 100 percent pork belly patties, called Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers. His business started out as a pop-up (a temporary restaurant) and eventually became a brick-and-mortar location in the lovely city of San Fransisco. Now, people from all over the country are making their way to the city to taste Tom’s mouth-watering patties.
Alexandra Guarnaschelli – Then
This spunky chef may not have beaten Cat Cora in the Farmers’ Market Battle on Iron Chef America in 2007, but she has most definitely made her way around reality TV since. Following Iron Chef America, she went on to host The Cooking Loft With Alex Guarnaschelli, where she teaches a small group of students how to recreate and spice up classic dishes. In 2011, she competed in The Next Iron Chef and was third runner-up. Since then, she has become a judge on the Food Network Challenge and has made frequent appearances on Best Thing I Ever Ate.
Alexandra Guarnaschelli – Now
Alex’s journey has been long and rewarding considering that she now has an estimated net worth of $2 million. In 2013 she published her first cookbook, Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned To Cook in 2013, which blends autobiographical details with her favorite recipes. Alex starred in her own show, Alex’s Day Off, on from 2009-2011 and is now the executive chef at NYC’s Butter restaurant and owner of the Darby, an NYC supper club. In addition to restaurant work, Alex also spent a few years instructing budding professional chefs at the NYC Institute of Culinary Education.
Michael Symon – Then
In 2007 Michael Symon won his first battle on Iron Chef and, since then, he’s become a true Food Network sensation. The Greek/Sicilian chef cooks with soul, focusing on boldly flavored and deeply satisfying dishes. Long before getting into reality TV, Symon owned several restaurants in various cities within the US. In 2008 he participated in a temporary gig as the host of Dinner: Impossible for ten episodes and in 2009, he promoted The Food Network’s video game Cook Or Be Cooked and was the rotating host of the hit show Melting Pot.
Michael Symon – Now
Since Iron Chef, culinary genius Symon has ventured after his hunger for new food experiences and he’s unstoppable. His passion for food has become a rewarding career, as Symon currently runs several restaurants around the US. Although Michael is a die-hard meat lover (he even wrote a cookbook for fellow carnivores), he still opts for two vegetarian meals a week, mainly because of his vegan wife. Despite his super developed food pallet, Michael still stays true to his Greek roots by keeping his food creations as authentic as possible.
Anne Burrell- Then
With spiky bleach-blond hair and a dominant personality, there’s no missing the amazing Anne Burrell. In 2005 the bold chef received the opportunity of a lifetime when she was asked by Mario Batali to be one of his sous chefs on the Iron Chef America series. Since her debut on the show, she has gone on to host Secrets of a Restaurant and has also co-hosted the shows Worst Cooks in America and The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
Anne Burrell – Now
If you google Anne Burrell, you’ll find she’s come a long way since her appearance on Iron Chef America 2005. By 2011, she published her first cookbook, Cook Like a Rockstar, which encourages cooks to be rock stars in their own kitchen. Anne eventually earned a place on The New York Times Best Seller List and in 2017, she opened a restaurant with her partner and friend, Phil Casceli, called Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge. Unfortunately, the business closed down shortly after opening due to non-resolvable conflicts between the two.
Sunny Anderson – Then
We got our first glimpse of Sunny Anderson when she made her TV appearance on the Food Network’s Emeril Live in 2005. What you may not have known is that she was a radio personality for several channels before hitting our screens. Following, we saw her star in other Food Network shows such as Cooking for Real and Gotta Get It. She extended her cooking horizons in 2006-2007 when she served as editor for Food and Lifestyle’s Hip Hop Weekly magazine.
Sunny Anderson – Now
Although she’s aged a bit and switched up her hair-do, Sunny is still the same sweet food-maker we adored in 2005. The bright chef (pun intended), has accomplished appearing on Good Morning America, The Early Show, and other big TV talk shows of the kind. She’s recently shared with her fans some not-so-great news about an ulcerative colitis condition which she kept secret for 20 years. Although her food limitations can be frustrating, Sunny is optimistic, constantly scouting for new, interesting food substitutes and recipes.
Marc Summers – Then
Marc Summers, without a doubt, is one of the most memorable personalities from any millennial’s childhood. Although he held various TV production jobs prior, Marc’s career really got started in 1986 when Nickelodeon hired him to be the host of the famous Double Dare. The show’s success led Summers to host Couch Potatoes and What Would You Do? In 2001, he was offered to host Food Network’s Unwrapped, a program that reveals the real origins of sponsored foods. The show takes viewers on a wild tour of different factories and other food-related locations around the world.
Marc Summers – Now
After 30 years of trademarking himself, Marc managed to deeply impact the lives of that generation, earning a devoted audience that followed him from one show to the next. Unfortunately, things weren’t always bright for Summer, as over the years he was diagnosed with OCD and cancer, for which he underwent chemotherapy for two painful years. If that’s not bad enough, in 2012 he broke every bone in his face following a nasty car crash. Aside from the physical pain, Summers experienced significant memory loss, which took him almost a year to recover from.
Aaron Sanchez – Then
Born in El Paso, Texas, Aaron Sanchez knew that food was his passion early on in life. As a teenager, the young chef helped his mother cook Mexican cuisine for her catering business. He first appeared on TV when he participated in Iron Chef America and from there continued to The Next Iron Chef. He later co-hosted Heat Seekers with Roger Mooking and has been a frequent guest judge on Food Network’s famous cooking competition series, Chopped.
Aaron Sanchez – Now
Following Iron Chef, Aaron Sanchez was on a roll – and we’re not talking about bread. Up until now, he has participated in many TV series including Melting Pot, Boy Meets Grill, and Throwdown! Aside from publishing his own cookbook titled, Comida del Barrio: Latin American Cooking in the U.S.A., Sanchez is also part-owner of a Mexican restaurant, Mestizo, in Kansas. Rumor has it, the Mexican chef is single, despite his good looks and net worth of $4 million.
Emeril Lagasse – Then
If you ever hear the phrases “Bam!” or “Kick it up a notch!,” then you’ve simply got Emeril Lagasse to thank for that. The man from Massachusetts has been in and out of The Food Network for the good part of 25 years. His first show, Essence of Emeril, was a huge hit and literally alludes to the “Essence,” a spice concoction that Emeril made himself and is actually available. And let’s face it, Lagasse has been pretty busy ever since…
Emeril Lagasse – Now
With tons of merchandise, restaurants, cookbooks, and TV shows still coming out every year, it should come as no surprise that Emeril Lagasse is raking in an estimated US$150 million every year. In the last decade, since the dawn of reality TV, Emeril Lagasse has switched his focus from personalized cook shows to cooking competitions. In 2009, he became a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and has also competed in other shows such as Iron Chef America.
Ina Garten – Then
Usually, it is a piece of literature that inspires other forms of media such as film and TV. This is exactly what made Ina Garten famous in the first place. After releasing The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook in 1999, it would only take a couple of years before The Food Network picked her up and turned her cookbook into a show (also called Barefoot Contessa). This begs the question: what is Ina Garten doing now with her life?
Ina Garten – Now
Amazingly, Barefoot Contessa has been going since it first aired in 2002, making it one of the longest running shows in The Food Network’s history. Not only does Garten make a living from her TV endeavors, but she also has a number of magazine columns. These include “Entertaining” in O, The Oprah Magazine and “Ask the Barefoot Contessa” in House Beautiful. Garten’s personal life has also remained completely stable, having been married to the same man for the last 50 years.
Jamie Oliver – Then
If there is one world-famous chef who started off at an extremely young age, then it’s Jamie Oliver. In his early 20s, the young British man would take the world by storm with his TV persona – The Naked Chef. Many have credited Oliver for revolutionizing the world of cooking, inspiring many other young men to cook due to his laidback approach. It was only a matter of time before Jamie Oliver became a household name and began hosting many other shows…
Jamie Oliver – Now
Since The Naked Chef catapulted him into superstardom, Jamie Oliver’s reputation has only got bigger and bigger with time. An advocate for cooking seemingly “naughty” dishes that are actually very healthy, Oliver has added many more shows to his resume over the years. These include the likes of Jamie’s School Dinners, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, and Jamie’s Super Food. The list goes on and on…and on. His most recent show provides recipes with just five ingredients each.
Paula Deen – Then
Truth be told – this particular photo was taken a long time before Paula Deen became one of the most iconic promoters of Southern Hospitality on The Food Network. It’s safe to say that the woman from Albany, Georgia was something of a late bloomer when it came to TV presenting. Her first big break on TV came back in 2002 when Paula’s Home Cooking first took off. For Paula, it has always been about giving clear insights into her home cooking and giving viewers a taste of the South.
Paula Deen – Now
To be fair, Paula’s message hasn’t changed too much over the years. Ever since Paula’s Home Cooking first put her on the map, the charming lady has added many more shows to her resume, such as Paula’s Party and Paula’s Best Dishes. Most recently, shows such as Positively Paula and Paula Deen’s Sweet Home Savannah have kept her in the public eye more now than ever. Of course, her sons Jamie and Bobby Deen are also famous TV personalities in their own right.
Bobby Flay – Then
To say that Bobby Flay blew up early is the understatement of the century. By the time he was 25, Flay was already a well-respected chef in New York and had already become a partner at Miracle Grill. Some of the early shows that Flay hosted included Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay, Grillin & Chillin, Food Nation and 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay. None of these particular shows are airing anymore. However, those shows would soon be replaced by many others…
Bobby Flay – Now
Of course, many casual fans know Bobby Flay for his achievements on Iron Chef America. However, this is only scratching the surface of the New York-based chef’s TV credentials. In the last 15 years alone, Flay has added numerous other shows to his name including Boy Meets Grill, BBQ with Bobby Flay, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Most recently, Flay has hosted Beat Bobby Flay, which puts him up against up-and-coming chefs who believe they have what it takes to beat him in a cooking contest.
Giada De Laurentiis – Then
Born in LA to an Italian family, Giada De Laurentiis decided to follow in her family’s footsteps by attending a cooking school in Paris. After graduating, she returned home and worked for two restaurants in LA. After gaining experience, Giada finally opened up her own catering company, landing famous clients and developing significant culinary connections. A friend at Food & Wine asked her to write about her family’s Sunday meal traditions and the article was such a big hit that she was invited by the Food Network to host her own show, Everyday Italian.
Giada De Laurentiis – Now
Famous for her current hit show, Giada At Home, the Italian-born chef is the woman who went from cook to major TV host, author, restauranteur, and mother. Giada appears frequently on NBC’s Today and famous talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She has three thriving restaurants and has published a cookbook every 18 months for the past 10 years. When she’s not working, she’s spending quality time with her 10-year-old daughter, Jade, in their LA home. Between a net worth of $15 million and an incredible boyfriend, Shane Farley, Giada is quite content these days.
Duff Goldman – Then
There’s no chef quite like Duff Goldman, as he started cooking before learning to write. Duff got his first food job at 16, working for a bagel shop, where he was almost fired for making the sandwiches too big! Duff was hungry to implement his own wacky spin on food and that’s when he decided to open his own unique bakery, Charm City Cakes. The place was such a success, it later became a household name on the Food Network series Ace of Cakes.
Duff Goldman – Now
From here to there, Duff Goldman made his way to become a judge on the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship. Aside from that, he also hosts and judges together with Valerie Bertinelli on The Kids Baking Championship. Putting the screen-shtick aside, Duff has published cookbooks Ace of Cakes and Duff Bakes and currently stars in several new Food Network shows including Cake Maters and The Baking Championship Series. Duff’s hard work earned him a personal line of cake mixes, ice cream, bakeware, and ultimately, major culinary respect.
Buddy Valastro – Then
Born of Italian roots, Buddy Valastro started off working at his family’s bakery, Carlo’s Bakery, when he was 11, and there, he discovered his passion for everything dough. In later years, Buddy collaborated with his father to jointly run the family bakery and, following his father’s death, the bakery became the big boss. Buddy eventually became famous for his spectacular wedding cakes and was summoned to participate in the Food Network Challenge in 2007. He later pursued his own show, Cake Boss, which was a big hit and ultimately earned him great fame.
Buddy Valastro – Now
Following the popularity of the show, Buddy established Carlo’s Bakery in various locations, mostly in New Jersey. In 2010, he embarked on the live interactive show Baking With the Boss Tour, where he created stunning cakes and shared stories about his Italian family. In 2014, he launched Buddy V’s Events, an event planning and catering business that focuses on catering family gatherings, galas, and weddings. Two years down the road, the American-Italian chef was in such high demand that he was invited to collaborate with Whole Earth Sweetener Company for a cool campaign.
Aarti Sequeira – Then
Indian chef and food sensation, Aarti Sequeira, is the mother of unexpected flavors and the 6th season winner of The Next Food Network Star. Born in Bombay and raised in Dubai, Aartis’s lifelong devotion to food began when she was very young. However, it only became a career choice later on. After high school, the chef moved to Chicago, where she received her BA in journalism. Involved deeply with media and entertainment, Aarti became a CNN producer but eventually felt like something was missing. When she turned to the kitchen, she understood why.
Aarti Sequeira – Now
Following her heart seemed to work out pretty well for Aarti, as she is now a very aspired culinary artist. Since her victory on The Next Food Network Star, the Indian chef created her own own blog and online cooking-variety show which is still viewed by many. On the show, Aarti impresses her viewers, creating delicious spins on all-American classics by using new and unexpected flavors. She has authored cookbooks and is now a mother to two daughters and a frequent judge on Guy’s Grocery Games.
Cat Cora – Then
Cat Cora’s culinary inspirations began early on and, by age 15, she had already developed a business plan for her own restaurant. In 2005, she auditioned for Iron Chef America and won, ultimately becoming the first female Iron Chef ever. Raised in a small Greek community by a family who lives and breathes everything food, Cat’s life always revolved around the kitchen table. Before becoming a chef, the talented chef attained a BA in the sciences, but eventually changed directions when she enrolled in The Cookery Institute of America.
Cat Cora – Now
Cat has been all over the place since her Iron Chef victory, appearing and hosting countless cooking shows such as Modify Your Life, Accomplished, Melting Pot, and My Country My Kitchen. Over the years, Cat has opened over 18 restaurants across the US and globally. In addition, she’s also published several cookbooks and is the current executive chef for Bon Appetite magazine. She belongs to Macy’s Culinary Counsels and has worked as an entertainer for a travel company. She was the first female inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame.
The Cast of Melrose Place: Where Are They Now?
Melrose Place was a soapy drama that had a successful run for 7 seasons. Billed as a spin-off to Beverly Hills, 90210; the show consisted of high voltage twists and turns – and an impressive cast to boot. The different actors who played different characters made the show more real and impressionable. Let’s take a look at some of its cast members and see what they have been up to.
Andrew Shue played Bill Campbell, one of the prime characters in Melrose Place, for six years. During his departure, Shue’s character gets his happily-ever-after in the show.
Post Melrose Place, Andrew Shue has done very limited television and largely remains also committed to his entrepreneurial ventures. He serves on the board of Directors at DoSomething, a global non-profit organization he had founded with his childhood best friend Michael Sanchez.
Meg Wittner entered Melrose Place as Nancy Donner. In the show, Nancy is the boss of Billy Campbell. She promotes Billy at the magazine; only to discover his misgivings later.
Post her stint in Melrose Place; Meg did projects such as Providence, 7th Heaven, Roads to Riches, and more. She was last seen as an agent in the 2003 television series The Handler. Since then Wittner has been away from the shining spotlight and has retreated to a life of quietude.
Kristin Davis entered Melrose Place in Season 3 as Brooke Armstrong, an intern at D&D Advertising. Though she was shown pleasantly in the start; Brooke went on to acquire evil shades to her persona.
After Melrose Place, Kristin gained fame for her character in Sex and The City. Davis has also been a part of Seinfeld and worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She keeps herself busy with numerous charitable works and is currently filming for a television mini-series And Just Like That…
Doug Savant played Matt Fielding in Melrose Place. He exited the show after his character passes away in a car accident. Though he showcased his desire to return for the reboot; the producers didn’t find the idea exciting.
Since then Doug has been part of many hit shows on television. He played the role of Tom Scavo in the sub-urban drama Desperate Housewives. He was seen this year in two television series namely The Rookie and Tell Me Your Secrets.
Rob Estes gains entry in Melrose Place in Season 5. He plays the role of Kyle McBride, restaurateur. His character is of someone whose heart is at the right place. In the show, he is shown to be married to Lisa Rinna.
Rob since then has been part of many successful shows including Psych and 90210. He will be soon seen in two projects namely After We Fell and After Ever Happy.
Heather Locklear played advertising executive Amanda Woodward in Melrose Place. She was introduced to spruce up the ratings. Woodward has been ranked as one of the best villains of television as per many media outlets.
Woodward was also brought back in the show’s 2009 reboot. Alas, this time she failed to salvage the show from tanking ultimately leading to its cancellation. Locklear was last seen in Too Close to Home and Fresh Off rhe Boat in 2017. She’ll be soon seen in the horror production Zombie Brothel.
Josie Bissett was partnered with Andrew Shue in Melrose Place. Bissett played the role of Jane Mancini in the show. She was the main character for 5 seasons and later returned as a regular in the show’s final season.
Post the show; she has done many television series and movies. Bissett was last seen in The Wedding March. As per the latest developments, she will soon share the screen with other Melrose Place alums in Fantasy Island.
Thomas Calabro played the dishy medic, Dr. Michael Mancini, in Melrose Place. He’s one of the few characters to be present throughout the show’s run. Calabro’s character acquires grey shades as the show progresses after he is initially shown as a faithful partner.
Since his role, he did a lot of television series such as NCIS, Glee, Castle and more. In 2020, Calabro was seen in American Zombieland and Influence as Mayor Skyes and Lieutenant Barnes respectively.
In Melrose Place, Courtney Thorne-Smith plays Alison Parker, a Wisconsin native. An advertising executive at D&D Advertising, Alison has numerous affairs throughout the series. She’s also a troubled soul.
After wrapping up the series, Courtney went on to be a part of Two and a Half Men and Fresh Off the Boat among others. She was last seen in a 2020 series Mom. In 2007, she also published her book Outside In.
Daphne Zuniga essayed the role of Jo Reynolds for four seasons of Melrose Place. She also appeared in the pilot episode of Models Inc, a Melrose Place spin-off. She was part of Melrose Place’s 2009 reboot as well.
Zuniga went on to do many comedies. She played the part of Victoria Davis in One Tree Hill. Zuniga is outspoken about the issues plaguing the environment. In the past, she has worked with Waterkeeper Alliance and Environment California besides being a founding member of the Earth Communications Office (ECO).
Grant Show was roped in to portray Jake Hanson in Melrose Place. He appeared in the first 5 seasons of the series before moving onto other projects. His character in the series is a skirt-chaser, who is driven by his hormones.
Grant went to do some successful shows such as Big Love, Devious Maids, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He was last seen in Dynasty as business magnate Blake Carrington. Grant will be soon seen in the drama Two Yellow Lines.
Rinna joined the cast of Melrose Place as the rabble-rouser, scheming Taylor Mcbride. Taylor had no moral compass and zero qualms about being a home-wrecker. Rinna’s presence added spice to the storyline of Melrose Place.
Though she bid goodbye to the show after Season 7, Rinna was seen on other shows such as Days of Our Lives and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In 2020, she participated in Celebrity Family Feud besides launching her beauty label Rinna Beauty.
Amy Locane played the character of Sandy Harling on Melrose Place. Sandy was a waitress who aspired to become a top-notch actress. Her character was subsequently phased out of the show and replaced by Daphne Zuniga’s character.
Post Melrose Place, Locane did a couple of odd television projects. In 2006, she partly retired from acting, doing a handful of projects in the years to come. As of now, she is mostly seen in television shorts such as Visiting, Coffee, and Cooties.
John Enos III
John Enos III entered Melrose Place as Bobby Parezi. Bobby is the brother of Jack Parezi, who in turn was Amanda Woodward’s first partner. He appeared in the show for two years from 1995 to 1996.
Post Melrose Place, John gave his nod to many acting projects including NYPD Blue, Blue Bloods, Femme Fatale, Days of Our Lives among others. In 2003, he played Bobby again in the series The Young and The Restless. This year, he was seen in the television series Paper Empire.
Vanessa Williams first made an appearance in the opening season of Melrose Place wherein she played the part of Rhonda Blair Haggard. Rhonda entered the show as an aerobics instructor, who later on becomes the landlord of Melrose Place.
After the show, Vanessa was seen in a lot of other projects including The Flash, Lincoln Heights, and Everybody Hates Chris. She will be soon seen in a supernatural slasher drama The Candyman.
Jamie Luner entered Melrose Place as Lexi Sterling. Lexi is an interior decorator and a former partner of Dr. Brett Cooper. Luner garnered immense recognition as Lexi.
She later went on to do The Outer Limits, NCIS, That’s Life, All My Children, and Better Call Saul among other projects. Her latest and upcoming body of work includes The Christmas High Note, Lost & Found in Rome, and For Better or Worse. Luner has also appeared in a lot of Lifetime movies as the lead.
Linden Ashby played the character of Dr. Brett Cooper in Melrose Place. Dr. Cooper is the estranged husband of Lexi Sterling (played by Jamie Luner.) He is lovingly called Coop in the show.
Post Melrose Place, Ashby did a bunch of projects including Days of Our Lives, The Young and The Restless, Teen Wolf, and Army Wives among a couple of other series. Ashby has done a lot to direct-to-video productions. He will soon be seen in the upcoming drama Trust.
Though Marcia is prominently known for playing one of the wives (Bree) in Desperate Housewives; she had an important role to play in Melrose Place. Marcia was seen in the series as Dr. Kimberly Shaw.
Initially, Marcia was supposed to play a small part in the series. But later on, she was developed into a full-fledged character to induce shock value in the show. After Melrose Place, Cross went on to do other successful shows such as Quantico and will be soon seen in Behind the Curtain of Night.
Brooke Langton entered Melrose Place in season five as the new tenant of Melrose Place. She essayed the role of Samantha Reilly and stuck around for two seasons. Her character is often described as the ‘voice of normal.’
Post the show, Langton went on to do shows including The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural and The Last Ship. She was last seen as Valerie in an episode of The Passage. Besides doing television, Langdon has been active on the movie front with films such as Antisocial App and Soul Sessions.
Denise played the role of Brandi Carson in Melrose Place. Brandi makes an entry in the show as one of the participants of the beauty pageant. She tries to sway the judges’ opinions through unfair means.
After her stint in Melrose Place, Denise has done a lot of television. Some of her shows include Spin City, Two and a Half Men, Secrets of a Small Town, Twisted, Alone Together and more. Her 2021 slate of shows include The Bold & The Beautiful, FraXtur, Happy Hazel and Among The Ashes.
Victor Webster played the recurring character of Caleb Brewer in Melrose Place. Caleb is a queer character, who works as a publicist. He was introduced as Ella’s new boss.
After Melrose Place, Webster went on to do shows such as Mutant X, Charmed, CSI Miami and many more. He was recently seen in projects such as Five Star Christmas, Matchmaker Mysteries and Motherland: Fort Salem. Since 2019, Webster became a recognizable face in a lot of Hallmark films.
Dey Young played the character of Irene Shulman in Melrose Place. Irene was a negative character and worked as a neurosurgeon at Wilshire Memorial Hospital. In Seasons Six and Seven, she conspires with Peter and other characters to further her motives.
After her role ended, Dey became part of shows such as The Politician S2, The Mentalist, The Young and The Heartless, Boston Legal and more. She is also a professional sculptor who dabbles in stone, clay and bronze. Some of her upcoming projects include Loyalty and The American Connection.
Cheryl Pollak essayed the role of Susan Madsen in Melrose Place. Susan was introduced in the show as the college roommate of Allison Parker. She was later on revealed to have a drinking problem.
Post Melrose Place, Pollak went on to do a handful of shows including Live Shot, Early Addition, and JAG. She was last seen in the 2002 movie Time of Fear. Since then she has not been so active on the career front.
Dan Gauthier was introduced to Melrose Place as Jeff Baylor, a cocky basketball player. A recurring character in the series, Baylor appeared as the official spokesperson for Amanda Woodward Advertising.
Since then, Gauthier has played an integral/episodic role in a lot of shows including Will & Grace, One Life to Live, Faking It and more. He was last seen in 2019 in two projects, namely A Daughter’s Deception and The Marcus Garvey Story.
John Marshall Jones
John Marshall Jones blew life to his character of Terrence Haggard in Melrose Place through his performance. Terrence ultimately falls in love with Rhonda Blair. Eventually, both of them leave the show after the opening season.
After Melrose Place, Jones became part of various projects including Grace & Frankie, The Morning Show, Jane by Design, Pretty Little Liars and more. At present, he is the official spokesperson of Pizza Hut. He was last seen in the television series Magnum P.I., All American and For All Mankind.
Stacy Haiduk played the character of Colleen Patterson in Melrose Place. She makes her entry in the fifth season. Though the character of Colleen first appears in the opening season; it is played by another actress Beth Toussaint.
Colleen is the former girlfriend of Jake Henson in the series, and is sensitive by nature. After her stint ended in the show, Haiduk went on to do shows such as NCIS, CSI Miami, Prison Break, and All My Children. Her last and upcoming projects include Days of Our Lives and No More Goodbyes.
Alyssa Milano joined the cast of Melrose Place in Season 5. She entered the series as Michael Mancini’s sister (played by Thomas Calabro.) Though her stay in the show was supposed to be a brief affair; she was made a regular owing to her character’s reception.
Milano is credited for charting the course of the #MeToo movement. She is heavily invested in activism championing the causes she believes in. Last seen in You Are My Home (a 2020 production); Milano’s upcoming projects include The Now, Deadly Desires and Alyssa Milano for Mayor.
Kelly Rutherford played the role of Meghan Lewis in Melrose Place. She first appears in Season 5 as an escort. Kelly Rutherford later went on to do the role of Lily Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl.
Since then she has appeared in a slew of shows including The Mysteries of Laura, Quantico, Jane The Virgin among others. She was last seen in the 2020 released television series Power Book 2: The Ghosts. Rutherford is also a part of Dynasty as a recurring character.
Jack Wagner played Dr. Peter Burns in Melrose Place from 1994 to 1999. In the series, he has had romances with Amanda, Taylor, Lexi and Eve. His character in the series is generally described as good-natured but strict.
Wagner played Frisco Jones in General Hospital; another of his successful television outings. He is also a regular cast member in one of the long-running series When Calls The Heart.
Laura Leighton gave her four years to Melrose Place as Sydney Andrews. Sydney was a layered character who couldn’t be taken at a face value. Laura returned to reprise Sydney for the show’s reboot.
Post-Melrose Place, Laura bagged another hit show Pretty Little Liars. She was also seen in a 2021 episode of Dynasty as Corinne Simon. As per the current development, she will be starring in Fantasy Island with other Melrose Place alums.