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Family Matters - Where Are They Now?

Updated on March 9, 2014
Family Matters Cast
Family Matters Cast

Family Matters is all about the Winslow family and their nerdy, annoying neighbor, Steve Urkel.

The series ran from 1989 to 1997 with 9 great seasons.

(This show was a spin-off of the show Perfect Strangers.)

Jaleel White: Then and Now
Jaleel White: Then and Now

Steve Urkel

Jaleel White played everyone's favorite nerd, and the annoying next-door neighbor of the Winslows, Steve Urkel.

Before and after the show, Jaleel was in several tv movies, including Kids Don't Tell, Family Comedy Hour, Camp Cucamonga, Sonic Christmas Blast, and 111 Gramercy Park. He played the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog and also had recurring roles on the shows Charlie & Co., Grown Ups, and Fake It Til You Make It. Some of his more recent roles have been in the movies Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Rhymes with Banana, Dumbells, and 4Play.

He was also a contestant on the 14th season of Dancing With the Stars, Winter, 2012.

White will also be hosting a game show called "Total Blackout" which will premiere on the Syfy channel on April 25, 2012

Reginald VelJohnson: Then and Now
Reginald VelJohnson: Then and Now

Carl Winslow

Reginald VelJohnson played the father of the family and the most annoyed of Steve, Carl.

Before Family Matters, Reginald was on the shows The Equalizer, 227, Perfect Strangers, Tales from the Crypt, Dream On, and on Our Own. He also played in the movies When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate, Wolfen, Ghostbusters, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, 'Crocodile' Dundee, Doing Life, Magic Sticks, Plain Clothes, Die Hard, The Great American Sex Scandal, Die Hard 2, The Bride in Black, Grass Roots, Full Contact, Posse, A Cool Like that Christmas, One of her Own, and Deadly Pursuits.

After the show he was in the movies Ground Zero, Like Mike, Suits on the Loose, Waitin' to Live, Hidden Secrets, Three Days to Vegas, Out at the Wedding, Time Upon a Once, Steppin: The Movie, The Three Gifts, Jelly, You Again, Sex Tax: Based on a True Story, Marriage Retreat, Brother White, and The Formula. He was also in one or two or a few more episodes of the shows Diagnosis Murder, The Hughleys, Twice in a Lifetime, The Fugitive, CSI, Crossing Jordan, In-Laws, Will & Grace, The Parkers, The Parkers, That's So Raven, Ghost Whisperer, Eve, Monk, Bones, Chuck, I'm in the Band, The Bold and the Beautiful, Meet the Browns, Glory Daze, Imagination Movers, Mike and Molly, TRON: Uprising, and The Neighbors.

You can currently see him on the show Hart of Dixie on The CW.

JoMarie Payton: Then and Now
JoMarie Payton: Then and Now

Harriet Winslow

JoMarie Payton played Carl's wife, Harriet.

In 1987-1989 Payton played on the show Perfect Strangers, as Harriet Winslow. Family Matters is a spin-off of that show that chose to feature the life of Harriet and her family.

She was also on the shows The New Odd Couple, Moesha, Will & Grace, and The Proud Family, with one or two appearances in many others. She is also a singer.

R.I.P. Rosetta LeNoire.   (Young pic. and pic. from the show.)
R.I.P. Rosetta LeNoire. (Young pic. and pic. from the show.)

"Mother" Winslow

Rosetta LeNoire played Carl's mom, "Mother Winslow." (Estelle)

LeNoire sadly passed away in March of 2002. But she had a long and fulfilling life of 90 years.

She had been on tv since 1957. Some of her shows include Studio One In Hollywood, Ryan's Hope, Gimme a Break!, and Amen. LeNoire was also on many tv movies, including The Green Pastures, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Royal Family, Big Blonde, Benny's Place, and The Father Clements Story. Other movies include Anna Lucasta, Fritz the Cat, The Sunshine Boys, Daniel, Moscow on the Hudson, The Brother from Another Planet, Lily in Love, Brewster's Millions, and Whatever It Takes.

Darius McCrary: Then and Now
Darius McCrary: Then and Now

Eddie Winslow

Darius McCrary played the Winslow's oldest child, Eddie.

Darius is also a songwriter and music producer, and is the son of Grammy-nominated gospel/jazz musician Howard McCrary.

He had recurring roles on the shows Freedom, Kingpin, Committed, and also The Young and the Restless where he played Malcolm Winters from 2009-2011. He was also in the movies Big Shot, Mississippi Burning, Park Day, The Breaks, Kingdom Come, 15 Minutes, Vampires: Los Muertos, Transformers, Next Day Air, Steppin: The Movie, Saw VI, Busted, Church, 35 and Ticking, Houndz from Hell, He's Mine Not Yours, 24 Hour Love, and Reach Me.

His most recent role was on the television show, Anger Management.

Kellie Shanygne Williams: Then and Now
Kellie Shanygne Williams: Then and Now

Laura Winslow

Kelly Shanygne Williams played the Winslow's middle child, Laura.

Before the show Kelly was on an episode of the show Oddville, MTV and was also on the movie Ride. During the show she appeared on 2 episodes of the show Moesha. After Family Matters was over she made appearances on the movies After All, In the Mix, and Steppin:The Movie. She was also on a few tv shows, including What about Joan, Girlfriends, The Parkers, and Eve.

In 2006 she launched a fine arts program for youth at the Howard University Children's Theater.

Jaimee Foxworth: Then and Now
Jaimee Foxworth: Then and Now

Judy Winslow

Jaimee Foxworth played the Winslow's youngest child, Judy.

After the show and once she was old enough.... Jaimee Foxworth started going by the name Crave while participating in pornographic videos. Also, she was on the show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008. But in 2009 she had a baby boy with her boyfriend and appeared on an episode of the show Life After and talked about her porn career, her marijuna addiction, and said she wanted to put that behind her and start a music career.

Telma Hopkins: Then and Now
Telma Hopkins: Then and Now

Rachel Crawford

Telma Hopkins played Harriet's sister, Rachel.

Hopkins had recurring roles on the shows A New Kind of Family, Bosom Buddies, The Love Boat, Gimme a Break!, Getting By, The Hughleys, Any Day Now, Half & Half, and Are We There Yet?. She was also in the movies and tv movies Marie, The Kid with the Broken Halo, Trancers, Rock 'n' Roll Mom, Vital Signs, How to Murder a Millionaire, Trancers II, Trancers III, Count on Me, The Wood, The Love Guru, and The Clean Up Woman.

Bryton James: Then and Now
Bryton James: Then and Now

Richie Crawford

Bryton James played Rachel's son, Richie.

Bryton got his start on Family Matters. Since then he was on 1 episode each of Smart Guy and The Kids from Room 402, and had recurring roles on Zevo-3, The Vampire Diaries, Hero Factory, Young Justice, and Winx Club: Beyond Believix.

He has played the character Devon on the soap opera The Young and The Restless since 2004.

Shawn Harrison: Then and Now
Shawn Harrison: Then and Now


Shawn Harrison played Eddie's best friend, Waldo.

Shawn has appeared on a few tv shows, including Hill Street Blues, Punky Brewster, Day By Day, LA. Law, The Royal Family, Moesha, Eve, Girlfriends, and Legion of Superheroes. He was also on the tv movies Mighty Pawns and Daniel and the Towers, and in the movie Silent But Deadly.

Cherie Johnson: Then and Now
Cherie Johnson: Then and Now


Cherie Johnson played Laura's best friend, Maxine

She was also on the shows Punky Brewster, Goode Behavior, The Parkers, The Proud Family, Eve, The Bay, and The Therapist. She was in the movies and tv movies Playing with Fire, A Little Bit Strange, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Killer Weekend, Dead Tone, The Intruders, I Do... I Did!, Raven, Lights Out, Nobody Smiling, Fanaddict, Guardian of Eden, One Blood, Plum, and Crush. She has a few movies scheduled for 2014.

R.I.P. Michelle Thomas
R.I.P. Michelle Thomas


Michelle Thomas played Steve Urkel's girlfriend for a few seasons, Myra Monkhouse.

Sadly, she passed away in 1998 at only 30 years old. The cause of death was stomach cancer.

You can find an article about her death from People Magazine HERE.

Her smaller roles were appearances on the shows A Man Called Hawk, Thea, Duckman:Private Dick/Family Man, and Malcolm & Eddie and in the tv movie Dream Date. She was also on the movie Hangin' With the Homeboys. Her most well-known roles were in The Cosby Show, Family Matters (of course), and before she passed away she had started on The Young and the Restless.

Orlando Brown:Then and Now
Orlando Brown:Then and Now


Orlando Brown played Jerry Jamal Jameson (3J) who was Richie's friend. He was in foster care and later adopted by the Winslow's.

Orland Brown is most well known as his role as Eddie on That's So Raven. He was also in the shows Coach, In the House, The Parent 'Hood, Sister,Sister, The Wayans Bros, Waynehead, The Pretender, 413 Hope Street, The Jamie Foxx Show, Nash Bridges, Two of a Kind, Malcolm & Eddie, Safe Harbor, Moesha, Lizzie McGuire, Fillmore!, One on One, Phil of the Future, The Proud Family, Clifford's Puppy Days, and The End. He was also in the movies and tv movies Major Payne, Family Values, Senseless, Perfect Game, The '70s, Max Keeble's Big Move, Maniac Magee, Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off, Suits on the Loose, We the Party, and Christmas in Compton.


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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This was the show back in the day. I used to watch all the episodes and then the reruns. I have to say Urkel would have not have been my neighbor that long if he pulled some of that stuff on me. But this show is a classic nonetheless. Great hub!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      You are welcome! Fun show to watch.

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      Brandi Swieter 

      6 years ago from Holland, MI

      Thanks to everyone for the comments. Glad you all enjoyed! :)

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      I thought that Family Matters was a really good show and fun to watch. It was always great fun to watch Steve Urkel and to watch all of his interactions with the other characters in the show. Steve Urkel was really funny and still is today. I voted up.

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      WOW! You sure did a great job on this show. Most of the actors didn't change much in their appearance. Kind of missed them. Thanks for keeping us in touch with the actor/actress present bio. Great job!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I was surprised at how graceful Jaleel danced in DWTS. He still looks like Steve Urkel, guess that is OK. I do enjoy watching VelJohnson in the movies he has starred in (Die Hard was great!). He is a great actor. Thanks for the update on the actors, it was a good read!

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      6 years ago

      This brought back some childhood! I loved that show! Two thumbs up!


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