‘Married With Children’ Stars: Where Are They Now?

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‘Married With Children’

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Married With Children was the sitcom that helped launch FOX network. The show is about the dysfunctional Bundy family. Shoe salesman Al was the patriarch of the family that consisted of his shopping addicted wife Peggy, his not so smart but gorgeous daughter Kelly and his son Bud who was the most intelligent one of the Bundy clan.

 

The show ran from 1987 to 1997 and since then most the cast has kept themselves very busy, finding success in movies, television and the theater. Here is a look at what the cast of Married With Children is up to now.

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Ed O'Neil (Al Bundy)

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 Ed O’Neil will always and forever be Al Bundy. However since landing the role of patriarch Jay Pritchett on Modern Family in 2009, O’Neil has shed his Bundy image, somewhat. Between his now two famous roles, Ed kept busy with guest appearances on shows like 8 Simple Rules, with former costar Katey Sagal and In living Color, as well as recurring roles on shows like The West Wing and John From Cincinnati. O’Neil was also cast in the remake of Dragnet as Sgt. Joe Friday but the show was canceled after only two seasons. He also reunited for a multi-episode arc on David Faustino’s short-lived show Star-ving. 

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Katey Sagal (Peg Bundy)

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 Katey Sagal played the shop addicted Peg, who was known for red bouffant hair and tacky 60’s style clothing. It didn’t take long for Katey to shake the Peg persona. She has gone on to have an amazing television career. Immediately following the shows end, she became the voice of Leala on the hit animated comedy Futureroma. Sagal went on to play Cate Hennessy, John Ritter’s wife on 8 Simple Rules. The show was canceled after three seasons and Ritter’s death. After 8 Simple Rules was over, Katey made a slew of guest appearances on shows like Lost, The Winner, Star-ving and Glee. Katey gained a lot of attention for playing Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX hit show Sons of Anarchy, which was also created by her husband Kurt Sutter. Pitch Perfect 2 fans got a glimpse of Katey’s singing talent when she played a mom of the newest Bella, Emily.

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Christina Applegate (Kelly Bundy)

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 Christina Applegate was just a teenager when she played dumb blonde Kelly Bundy. Since the show ended Applegate has proven she is nothing like her Married With Children alter ego. Applegate has had success in both film and television throughout her career. She is best known for her film roles in The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgondy, Alvin & The Chipmunks and most recently Vacation. Her television career includes playing the lead role in sitcoms, Jesse, Samantha Who and Up All Night. If having a stellar career in TV and movies was not enough, Christina also found success on Broadway in Sweet Charity. Christina became an advocate for Breast Cancer after she was diagnosed in 2008. She is now cancer free and runs Right Action For Women, which is dedicated to breast cancer screening for women.

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David Faustino (Bud Bundy)

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 David Faustino and Bud Bundy will always be one in the same. Although David has had success and steadily worked since Married With Children ended, he has not shed his Bundy image quite as well as his costars. Faustino made guest appearances on shows like MADtv, Burke’s Law and The New Adams Family before venturing into Reality TV.  He was part of a reality show called Celebrity Boot Camp, which was about celebrities who are thrown into military training. David has also found success by creating and producing his own show Star-ving, where he played a very exaggerated version of his self. He was also part of the weekly Internet comedy show Crackle and appeared as himself on the Entourage a few times. 

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Amanda Bearse (Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy)

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 Amanda Bearse was Marcy, the Bundy neighbor who loved to annoy Al. Since the show ended Amanda has kept herself busy behind the camera focusing on her directing career as opposing to acting. Bearse directed more than 30 episodes of Married With Children during its run. She has also directed a number of hit shows such as Reba, Malcolm & Eddie, Dharma & Greg, Jesse and Ladies Man. He also teamed up with actress Rosie O’Donnell to direct The Big Gay Sketch show for Logo in 2008. 

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Ted McGinley (Jefferson D’Arcy)

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 Ted McGinely joined Married With Children in 1989 as the second husband of the Bundy’s neighbor Marcy. Ted had a very successful career before the show. He had starred on Happy Days and in the Revenge of The Nerds films. After the show ended, Ted continued to act regularly on Sports Night and Hope & Faith, starring Kelly Ripa. After Hope & Faith he went on to test in dancing skills on Dancing With The Stars.

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David Garrison (Steve Rhoades)

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 David played Steve Rhoades, Marcy’s first husband for only three and half seasons. Garrison, who was a theater actor, asked to be let out of his contract so he could go back to performing in the theater. Garrison has been a number of theatrical productions like Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Titanic, Torch Song Trilogy. He even earned a Tony nomination for his role in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine.