'Full House' Stars - Where Are They Now?

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'Full House'

Full House
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From 1987-1995, family sitcom Full House was a pop-culture phenomenon, attracting a huge audience with its mix of sweet, corny humor and sentimental life lessons. It anchored the popular ABC TGIF sitcom lineup, and it has a special nostalgic place in the hearts of the generation who grew up watching it. Since the show ended, some of the stars have gone on to bigger careers, while others have faded into the background. Here’s a look at where the Full House stars are now.

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Bob Saget (Danny Tanner)

Bob Saget
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While he was still playing lovable dad Danny Tanner on Full House, Saget did double duty as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, which he continued after Full House ended, until 1997. Since then, he’s focused mostly on his stand-up comedy career, including a memorable appearance in the documentary The Aristocrats. He was the host of the game show 1 vs. 100 and the star of the short-lived sitcom Surviving Suburbia, and he has provided the voice of the future Ted Mosby on all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother.

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John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis)

John Stamos
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Stamos has probably had the most high-profile career of any Full House alum. Following his stint on Full House, he starred in the short-lived series Thieves and Jake in Progress and made numerous guest appearances on shows ranging from Glee to The Andy Milonakis Show, as well as starring in a number of TV movies, including A Raisin in the Sun and Wedding Wars. For its final three seasons, he was part of the ensemble on medical drama ER, playing Dr. Tony Gates. He’s also a frequent Broadway performer, and often makes guest appearances with the Beach Boys at their live performances.

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Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone)

Dave Coulier
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Aside from starring on Full House, Coulier is probably best known as the (alleged) subject of Alanis Morissette’s hit song “You Oughta Know.” Following the end of Full House, Coulier made a couple of reality-TV appearances (The Surreal Life, Skating With Celebrities) and has hosted shows like Animal Kidding and America’s Most Talented Kids. He’s also active in voiceover work for animated shows, but, like Bob Saget, spends most of his time focused on his stand-up comedy. Unlike Saget, who’s known for being vulgar, Coulier prides himself on the family-friendly nature of his comedy, and tours as part of the Clean Guys of Comedy.

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Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner)

Candace Cameron Bure
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Soon after Full House ended, Cameron married hockey player Valeri Bure and changed her professional name. She’s spent much of her time focused on her family life (she and her husband have three children), but has also starred in a number of TV movies, including The Heart of Christmas and Finding Normal, and was a regular on the ABC Family gymnastics drama Make It or Break It. Like her brother, Kirk Cameron, Bure is a devout evangelical Christian, and in 2011 she co-wrote the book Reshaping It All, a faith-based guide to health and exercise.

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Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner)

Jodie Sweetin
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Sadly, Sweetin’s post-Full House career has been defined by her struggles with drug addiction, including methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy. In 2009, she published the memoir unSweetined about her efforts to get clean and sober. She hosted the second season of Fuse TV series Pants-Off Dance-Off, and in recent years she’s appeared in a handful of independent films, but media reports continue to focus on her addiction issues and various stints in rehab.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Michelle Tanner)

Olsen twins
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The Olsen twins parlayed their stint on Full House into a career as multimedia moguls, starting with their series of direct-to-video movies, which began when they were still starring on Full House. Although a couple of theatrical releases (It Takes Two, New York Minute) failed to bring in audiences, the Olsens used their successful direct-to-video movies to expand into branded merchandise and eventually launch their careers as fashion designers. They starred in two short-lived sitcoms, Two of a Kind and So Little Time, but as they entered their 20s, they increasingly focused on their various fashion brands, including clothing lines for Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney. Although Mary-Kate still occasionally acts, Ashley hasn’t acted since 2004, and both consider fashion their main career.

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Lori Loughlin (Becky Donaldson)

Lori Loughlin
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Following her time on Full House, Loughlin starred in the short-lived sitcoms Hudson Street (with Tony Danza) and In Case of Emergency (with David Arquette) and the drama Summerland, which she also co-created. She played Debbie Wilson, mother of main characters Annie and Dixon Wilson, on the first three seasons of The CW teen drama 90210. Her latest work includes guest appearances on the TV series Psych and Major Crimes, as well as the TV movies Garage Sale Mystery and A Mother’s Rage.

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Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler)

Andrea Barber
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Aside from an appearance in a Funny or Die video in 2012 spoofing her Full House character (alongside Full House co-star Dave Coulier), Barber left acting behind following the end of Full House. She attended Whittier College as an undergraduate, majoring in English, and received a master’s degree in women’s studies from the University of York in England. She has two children with her husband, Jeremy Rytky.

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Fuller House

Fuller House
Netflix

In April 2015, Netflix announced plans to bring the Full House clan back together in a new, 13-episode series, Fuller House, which aired February 26, 2016. While many stars, including Candice Cameron Bure and Jodi Sweeten signed on for the project, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not make an appearance, much to the disappointment of fans and other cast members. Fuller House focuses on the newly widowed D.J.Tanner who calls in help from Stephanie Tanner and her lifelong friend Kimmy Gibbler to help her raise her three sons.

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