Retro Alert: The Wonder Years – Where Are They Now?

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The Wonder Years came to TV just as the 80s were winding down. Maybe that’s why the show was so popular? Each episode was a “flashback” to exactly 20 years earlier, when 12-year-old Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) embarked on his life, with the turbulent 60s as a backdrop. Whatever the reason, it was one of the most popular shows of any era. So, what’s happening with the cast more than 20 years later? Let’s find out…
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Kevin Arnold

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Kevin Arnold

Young Kevin grows up on TV as the Hippie Era winds down. The show focuses on the awkwardness of the following years and the love of his life, Winnie Cooper. Will they ever marry?
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Fred Savage

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Fred Savage

Taking a cue from Ron Howard, Fred Savage turned to producing and directing TV shows and some movies. Currently he’s wrapped up with production on the 11th season of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. And, he’s married to his true high school sweetheart…
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Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper

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Gwendolyn “Winnie” Cooper

Winnie Cooper is certainly fond of the boy next door. But is it love? Can it last? Winnie tries her best, every week, to test the limits of Kevin’s true devotion. How will it end?
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Danica McKellar

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Danica McKellar

Never really catching the same TV heat after the show ended, Danica McKellar had more success as a voice actor. Last year she came in 8th on Dancing With The Stars, and was married for a second time.
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John “Jack” Arnold

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John “Jack” Arnold

Mr. Arnold is a grumpy dad and war vet who now works as a defense contractor, a job he loathes. He finally achieves his dream of opening and running his own furniture factory before dying of a heart attack off camera before age 50. Pretty dramatic for the 80s…
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Dan Lauria

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Dan Lauria

With that timeless, grumpy mug masking a brilliant smile, Dan Lauria has taken to the Broadway Stage, finding great success as the Everyman American. In 2014 he returned to TV with a part as the grumpy, MUCH OLDER dad on Sullivan & Son.
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Norma Arnold

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Norma Arnold

Bright and cheery, Mrs. Arnold could be swapped with any of the 50s sitcom moms. But, as the series winds down, we see a slighter darker side. Maybe being a housewife is not all it’s cracked up to be? Especially as a widow…
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Alley Mills

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Alley Mills

Alley Mills took sporadic recurring roles on TV through the 90s and early 2000s. Then she landed a truly mysterious contract on The Bold And The Beautiful, playing a mental patient locked away in an institution. Despite not having appeared on the show in seven years, she’s still listed on the credits and is drawing a salary. Nice work, if you can get it…
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Karen Arnold

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Karen Arnold

A Wild Child of the 60s, older sister Karen is in constant conflict with her conservative father, finally moving to Alaska to start a family of her own. Is she Hippie enough to make it in the true wild?
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Olivia d’Abo

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Olivia d’Abo

Olivia d’Abo has been steadily dabbling in acting and music, creating several memorable roles on various TV shows, since The Wonder Years ended in 1993. Currently, she’s running her own production company, launching Project Fedora, a video game combining live-action footage with 3D graphics. Should be good…
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Wayne Arnold

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Wayne Arnold

Wayne Arnold, Kevin’s older brother, comes off as an unrepentant bully, but later redeems himself with hints of dyslexia and learning disabilities, a condition little understood at the time. So, he wasn’t such a bad guy after all?
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Jason Hervey

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Jason Hervey

Turning away from acting after the show ended, Jason Hervey immersed himself in producing sports documentaries, mainly about characters in the WWE. He became a staple of Reality TV (playing himself) as the genre took off and is now producing a second season of Outlaw Country, a reality show starring real criminals! Or are they?…
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Paul Joshua Pfeiffer

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Paul Joshua Pfeiffer

Kevin’s best friend in Middle School, by series’ end Paul and Kevin drift apart as his nerdy intelligence finally lands him at Harvard Law. Wasn’t that another show?
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Josh Saviano

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Josh Saviano

Possibly, the weirdest update on the cast has Josh Saviano doing in real life what his character pretended to do: become a lawyer. He even played one last year on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, But, by all accounts, he’s given up TV and is raking in lawyer dough. Once a nerd…
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Bonus: The Narrator

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Bonus: The Narrator

While Daniel Stern never appeared on screen in The Wonder Years, fans grew to know his voice as well as any other character. These days, Daniel Stern is sitting on all that syndication money (plus the loot he hauled from the Home Alone franchise) on his 500 acre cattle ranch in California’s Central Valley. Ah, The Wonder Years…
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