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Where Are They Now? 19 Child Stars of the '90s

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If you were a ‘90s kid, you know some of these faces as surely as if they ate rectangle pizza and lettuce salad next to you in the cafeteria every day. But would you recognize them today? Here’s what they’re up to now—and what they look like.

1. Ross Malinger

You remember him as: Jonah Baldwin, the young, incurable romantic from Sleepless in Seattle.

After knocking around Hollywood for a bit and landing roles in shows like Party of Five and Recess (he was the voice of T.J.), Malinger took a job as the manager of an automotive shop in Malibu. It closed in 2009, so what he's been up to since is anyone's guess.

2. Mason Gamble

You remember him as: Dennis the Menace.

Mr. Wilson would be proud. Gamble was a National Merit Scholar Finalist in high school and was also a pretty accomplished pole vaulter. He graduated from UCLA’s Dentistry School and was studying marine biology as of 2011. In addition to all of that, Gamble continues to act a bit—his most recent movie was 2010’s Golf in the Kingdom with Malcolm McDowell and Frances Fisher.

3. Tina Majorino

You remember her as: Corrina, Corrina.


After taking a seven-year break from a wildly successful childhood acting career (Corrina, Corrina; Waterworld; Andre; When a Man Loves a Woman) Majorino resurfaced in 2004 as side-ponytailed Deb in Napoleon Dynamite. She’s been busy ever since, with roles on Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, and True Blood. But what about those missing seven years? She was busy being a normal kid: "I wanted to experience the things that a little kid can experience and get to know myself so when I came back I could be tough enough and strong enough to keep a good attitude, keep my head on straight and make the right decisions for myself and my family.”

4. Austin O’Brien

You remember him as: Nick Zsigmond, the love interest in My Girl 2.

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O’Brien continued to act until about 2011, but is now running his own photography business in L.A. 

5. Bradley Pierce

You remember him as: the little brother from Jumanji.

Pierce was also the voice of Chip Cup from Beauty and the Beast and Flounder in The Little Mermaid. Those Disney roles still keep him busy from time to time as he provides voiceover work for Kingdom Hearts and other projects where his distinctive voice is needed. 

6. Jimmy Workman

You remember him as: Pugsley from The Addams Family movies.

I’m not sure what he’s doing for employment—Celebuzz suggests that he’s “now working on the other side of the camera.” In 2012, he was a witness in his sister’s battle for emancipation from their mother. Ariel Winter, better known as the brainy Alex Dunphy from Modern Family, is estranged from her mother after allegations of abuse. Workman’s stance is that no abuse ever took place; the 15-year-old Winter is simply upset that her mother wanted her to break up with her 18-year-old boyfriend.

Their other sister, Shanelle, whom Winter wanted to appoint as her legal guardian, was the voice of Wendy on Wendy’s fast food commercials.

7. Ashley Peldon

You remember her as: the little Elizabeth in Drop Dead Fred.

Peldon still acts a little, including voiceover work, but that’s not all she does. After getting her degree in child psychology and a master’s in clinical psychology, it looks like she’s now working on her doctorate in depth psychology. And if you’ve never seen a website for an actress/voiceover artist/therapist, well... maybe you don’t hang out with enough people from L.A.

8. Amber Scott

You remember her as: Maggie Banning from Hook.

She apparently graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 2006 and was a sorority girl, but she’s been laying pretty low other than an updated headshot for IMDB. Maggie Banning was the only live-action role Scott played, and her only other acting experience seems to be some voiceover work on a 1995 documentary called The American Experience.

9. Adam Hann-Byrd

You remember him as: Little Man Tate. He was also in Jumanji, playing the young Robin Williams character.

Hann-Byrd graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2004 with degrees in psychology and film studies. After being chosen as a fellow in the Warner Bros. TV Writers' Workshop in 2011, Hann-Byrd co-wrote a Slender Man short.

10. Michael Oliver

You remember him as: Junior from Problem Child. He can tell you what he's doing these days:

Spoiler alert: He's got three cats and a hamster.

11. Shawna Waldron

You remember her as "Icebox" from Little Giants.

Waldron is still steadily acting, most recently in Stitch, a movie that came out in 2014 where she co-starred with another '90s favorite: Edward Furlong. 

12. Olivia Hack

You remember her as: Cindy Brady from The Brady Bunch Movie.

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If you haven't seen Olivia Hack on your television lately, chances are you've probably heard her. Hack avoided getting typecast as Cindy Brady by turning to voiceover work, lending her pipes to things like Hey Arnold!, Family Guy, Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

13 and 14. Brittany Ashton Holmes and Bug Hall.

You remember them as: Darla and Alfalfa from The Little Rascals.

Brittany Ashton Holmes, perhaps best known as the doe-eyed Darla, stopped acting in 1996. Since his days as Alfalfa, however, Bug Hall has been all over screens both big and small. He's had parts in The O.C., Nikita, Saving Grace, Criminal Minds, 90210—and he was in Arachnoquake on SyFy last year. I'm outraged that there was no Sharknado-like media frenzy for this. ("Deadly fire-breathing spiders are unearthed after a massive earthquake in New Orleans.") Hall is also a musician, an acting teacher, and a rather enjoyable Tweeter. The 2010 picture above, by the way, is from a Little Rascals reunion. 

15. Travis Tedford

You remember him as: Spanky from The Little Rascals.

Like Holmes, Tedford also quit acting. "Didn't develop drug addiction and as a result: Not famous," says his Twitter profile. He currently works as a inbound marketing specialist at a credit union in Texas. 

16. Miko Hughes

You remember him as the kid with the OB/GYN father in Kindergarten Cop, and also Gage from Pet Sematary (though the latter was actually 1989).

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Hughes has also been working pretty steadily and recently started writing and directing. He also maintains a pretty steady presence over on the Twitter

17. Lisa Jakub

You remember her as: the older sister from Mrs. Doubtfire

What has she been up to for the past decade or so? In her own words

"At the age of 22, I realized that there must be more to life than premieres and pretending to be other people. I left the film industry under the guise of following the man I loved to Virginia. Luckily, the man I loved really was in Virginia, so it all worked out and we lived happily ever after in our own version of a Hollywood ending. While figuring out how to be a normal person, I have dedicated myself to my lifelong love of writing and my profound respect for a well-told story. I am a writer, a traveler, a devoted yogi, wife and dog-mom. I also make really good spinach gnocchi."

18. Jonathan Lipnicki

You remember him as: the kid from Jerry Maguire

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These days, the kid who knows that the human head weighs eight pounds could probably break your skull. Lipnicki trains MMA fighters. He's continued to act, and yes, he continues to stay in touch with Tom Cruise.

19. Ariana Richards

After her starring role in Jurassic Park, Richards appeared as a pregnant teen in the video for Ben Folds' "Brick." Though she still dabbles in acting here and there, Richards spends her time as a portrait artist these days. One of her clients: Steven Spielberg.

This story originally appeared in 2013.

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8 Gonzo Facts About Hunter S. Thompson
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Like any real-life legend, there are many myths surrounding the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson. But in Thompson’s case, most of those stories—particularly the more outlandish ones—are absolutely true. The founder of the “Gonzo journalism” movement is one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century. In celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday, here are some things you might not have known about the eccentric writer.

1. HE WAS NAMED AFTER A FAMOUS SCOTTISH SURGEON.

Hunter S. Thompson was reportedly named after one of his mother’s ancestors, a Scottish surgeon named Nigel John Hunter. But Hunter wasn't just your run-of-the-mill surgeon. In a 2004 interview with the Independent, Thompson brought along a copy of The Reluctant Surgeon, a Biography of Nigel John Hunter, a biography of his namesake, which read: "A gruff Scotsman, Hunter has been described as the most important naturalist between Aristotle and Darwin, the Shakespeare of medicine and the greatest man the British ever produced. He was the first to trace the lymphatic system. He performed the first human artificial insemination. He was the greatest collector of anatomical specimens in history. He prescribed the orthopaedic shoe that allowed Lord Byron to walk."

When pressed about what that description had to do with him, Thompson responded: "Well, I guess that might be the secret of my survival. Good genes."

2. HE MISSED HIS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION … BECAUSE HE WAS IN JAIL.

Just a few weeks before he was set to graduate from high school, at the age of 17, Thompson was charged as an accessory to robbery and sentenced to 60 days in jail. 

“One night Ralston Steenrod, who was in the Athenaeum with Hunter, was driving, and Hunter and another guy he knew were in the car,” Thompson’s childhood friend Neville Blakemore recalled of the incident. “As they were driv­ing through Cherokee Park, the other guy said, ‘Stop. I want to bum a ciga­rette from that car.’ People used to go park and neck at this spot. And the guy got out and apparently went back and mugged them. The guy who was mugged got their license number and traced the car, and within a very short time they were all three arrested.

“Just before this Hunter had been blamed for a nighttime gas-station rob­bery,” Blakemore added, “and before that he and some friends got arrested for buying booze under­age at Abe's Liquor Store on Frankfort Avenue by the tracks. So Hunter had a record, and he was already on probation. He was given an ultimatum: jail or the military. And Hunter took the Air Force. He didn't graduate with his class.”

3. IT WAS A FELLOW JOURNALIST WHO COINED THE TERM “GONZO.”

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While covering the 1968 New Hampshire primary, Thompson met fellow writer and editor Bill Carodoso, editor of The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, which is where Thompson first heard him use the word “Gonzo.” “It meant sort of ‘crazy’ or ‘off-the-wall,’” Thompson said in Anita Thompson’s Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson. Two years later, in June 1970, Thompson wrote an article for Scanlan’s Monthly entitled “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” which became a game-changing moment in journalism because of its offbeat, slightly manic style that was written with first-person subjectivity.

Among the many fellow journalists who praised Thompson for the piece was Cardoso, who sent a letter to Thompson that “said something like, ‘Forget all the sh*t you’ve been writing, this is it; this is pure Gonzo.’ Gonzo. Yeah, of course. That’s what I was doing all the time. Of course, I might be crazy.” Thompson ran with the word, and would use it himself for the first time a year later, in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

4. HE TYPED OUT FAMOUS NOVELS TO LEARN THE ART OF WRITING.

In order to get the “feel” of being a writer, Thompson used to retype his favorite novels in full. “[H]is true model and hero was F. Scott Fitzgerald,” Louis Menand wrote in The New Yorker. “He used to type out pages from The Great Gatsby, just to get the feeling, he said, of what it was like to write that way, and Fitzgerald’s novel was continually on his mind while he was working on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was published, after a prolonged and agonizing compositional nightmare, in 1972.”

"If you type out somebody's work, you learn a lot about it,” Thompson told Charlie Rose in 1997. “Amazingly it's like music. And from typing out parts of Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald—these were writers that were very big in my life and the lives of the people around me—so yeah, I wanted to learn from the best I guess."

5. HE RAN FOR SHERIFF IN COLORADO.

In 1970, Thompson ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado on what he called the Freak Power ticket. Among his political tactics: shaving his head so that he could refer to his opponent as his “long-haired opponent,” promising to eat mescaline while on duty, and campaigning to rename Aspen “Fat City” to deter "greed heads, land-rapers, and other human jackals from capitalizing on the name 'Aspen.'" Unfortunately, he lost.

6. HE STOLE A MEMENTO FROM ERNEST HEMINGWAY.

In 1964, three years after Ernest Hemingway committed suicide at his cabin in Ketchum, Idaho, Thompson traveled to the late author’s home in order to write “What Lured Hemingway to Ketchum?” While there, according to his widow, Hunter “got caught up in the moment” and took “a big pair of elk horns over the front door.” Last year, more than a decade after Thompson’s death, Anita returned the antlers to the Hemingway family—which is something she and Hunter had always planned to do. “They were warm and kind of tickled … they were so open and grateful, there was no weirdness,” Anita said.

7. HE ONCE USED THE INSIDE OF MUSICIAN JOHN OATES’ COLORADO CABIN AS HIS PERSONAL PARKING SPACE.

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Earlier this month, musician John Oates—the latter half of Hall & Oates—shared a story about his ranch in Woody Creek, Colorado, just outside of Aspen, which is currently on the market for $6 million. In an interview with Colorado Public Radio, Oates recalled how when he first purchased the cabin, there was a red convertible parked inside. “I happened to ask the real estate agent who owned the convertible, and he said ‘your neighbor Hunter Thompson,’” Oates said. “Why is he keeping his car in a piece of property he doesn’t own? The real estate agent looked at me and said ‘It’s Woody Creek, you’ll figure this out. It’s a different kind of place.’” After sending several letters to his neighbor to retrieve his vehicle, Oates took matters into his own hands and deposited the car on Thompson’s lawn. Oates said that the two became friends, but never mentioned the incident.

8. AT HIS FUNERAL, HIS ASHES WERE SHOT OUT OF A CANNON.

On February 20, 2005—at the age of 67—Thompson committed suicide. But Thompson wasn’t about to leave this world quietly. In August of that year, in accordance with his wishes, Thompson's ashes were shot into the air from a cannon while fireworks filled the sky.

“He loved explosions," his widow, Anita, told ESPN, which wrote that, “The private celebration included actors Bill Murray and Johnny Depp, rock bands, blowup dolls and plenty of liquor to honor Thompson, who killed himself six months ago at the age of 67.”

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15 Memorable Quotes from George A. Romero
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Hollywood has lost one of its most iconic horror innovators with the death of George A. Romero, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 77. “He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time,” his manager, Chris Roe, said in a statement.

Though he rose to prominence as the master of zombie flicks, beginning with Night of the Living Dead, Romero honed his filmmaking skills on a far less frightening set: shooting bits for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

“I still joke that 'Mr. Rogers Gets a Tonsillectomy' is the scariest film I’ve ever made,” Romero once said. “What I really mean is that I was scared sh*tless while I was trying to pull it off.” (Rogers returned the favor by being a longtime champion of Romero’s work—and even called Dawn of the Dead “a lot of fun.”)

It’s that high-spirited sense of fun that made Romero’s work so iconic—and kept the New York City native busy for nearly 50 years. To celebrate his life and career, here are 15 of his most memorable quotes on everything from the humanity of zombies to the horror of Hollywood producers.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A SENSE OF HUMOR

“For a Catholic kid in parochial school, the only way to survive the beatings—by classmates, not the nuns—was to be the funny guy.”

ON THE HOLLYWOOD WAY

“If I fail, the film industry writes me off as another statistic. If I succeed, they pay me a million bucks to fly out to Hollywood and fart.”

ON BEING PIGEONHOLED

“As a filmmaker you get typecast just as much as an actor does, so I'm trapped in a genre that I love, but I'm trapped in it!”

ON ZOMBIES AS A METAPHOR

“I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us. Zombies are the blue-collar monsters.”

ON FINDING OBJECTIVITY AS A FILMMAKER

“There are so many factors when you think of your own films. You think of the people you worked on it with, and somehow forget the movie. You can't forgive the movie for a long time. It takes a few years to look at it with any objectivity and forgive its flaws.”

ON THE REAL VALUE OF THE INTERNET

“What the Internet's value is that you have access to information but you also have access to every lunatic that's out there that wants to throw up a blog.”

ON THE HORROR OF DEALING WITH PRODUCERS

“I'll never get sick of zombies. I just get sick of producers.”

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION

“Collaborate, don’t dictate.”

ON THE BEAUTY OF LOW-BUDGET MOVIEMAKING

“I don't think you need to spend $40 million to be creepy. The best horror films are the ones that are much less endowed.”

ON HUMANS BEING THE REAL VILLAINS

“My zombies will never take over the world because I need the humans. The humans are the ones I dislike the most, and they're where the trouble really lies.”

ON BEING IMMUNE TO TRENDS

“Somehow I've been able to keep standing and stay in my little corner and do my little stuff and I'm not particularly affected by trends or I'm not dying to make a 3-D movie or anything like that. I'm just sort of happy to still be around.”

ON THE HUMANITY OF HORROR

“My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly. I'm pointing the finger at us, not at the zombies. I try to respect and sympathize with the zombies as much as possible.”

ON THE ENDURING APPEAL OF HORROR

“If one horror film hits, everyone says, 'Let's go make a horror film.' It's the genre that never dies.”

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SURROUNDING ZOMBIES WITH STUPID PEOPLE

“A zombie film is not fun without a bunch of stupid people running around and observing how they fail to handle the situation.”

ON LIFE AFTER DEATH

“I'm like my zombies. I won't stay dead!”

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