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'One Day at a Time' Stars: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 4th 2010 3:30PM
Mackenzie phillipsOne's in 'Celebrity Rehab,' another's headed to TV Land, one's earned an armful of Tonys, one owns a TV station and two of 'em are directing some of TV's current hit shows ... who's who among the cast of the 1975-84 CBS sitcom classic 'One Day at a Time'?

Check out our where are they now update for the scoop on the stars behind the show that was -- trivia alert -- co-created by Whitney Blake, the mother of 'Family Ties' star Meredith Baxter (and based on Blake's experiences as a single mom).One's in 'Celebrity Rehab,' another's headed to TV Land, one's earned an armful of Tonys, one owns a TV station and two of 'em are directing some of TV's current hit shows ... who's who among the cast of the 1975-84 CBS sitcom classic 'One Day at a Time'? Check out our where are they now update for the scoop on the stars behind the show that was -- trivia alert -- co-created by Whitney Blake, the mother of 'Family Ties' star Meredith Baxter (and based on Blake's experiences as a single mom).

Bonnie Franklin
Ann Romano
She was 'One Day at a Time's' sassy Ann Romano, the mom and aspiring ad exec who went from Missus to Ms. (or "M.S. Romano," as her boss called her) when she divorced her hubby and moved to the big city of Indianapolis with her two teen daughters. Post-'Day,' Franklin has focused most of her acting efforts on the Los Angeles theater scene, though she also guest-starred in an episode of 'Touched by an Angel' (before 'Day' daughter Valerie Bertinelli joined the cast) and directed episodes of 'Charles in Charge' and 'The Munsters' remake, 'The Munsters Today.'

Mackenzie Phillips
Julie Cooper

Julie was Ann's oldest and most defiant daughter, which made it fitting that real-life rebel Phillips was playing her. During the show's run, Phillips was arrested for public drunkenness and cocaine possession and was fired from the show twice. Post-'Day,' she guest starred on 'ER,' '7th Heaven' and 'Cold Case,' but her continuing drug abuse led to arrests and rehab. Last year, she wrote a book about a 10-year incestuous affair with her father, Mamas and Papas singer John Phillips, who she says introduced her to drugs when she was a child, and she's currently among the cast of the third season of VH1's 'Celebrity Rehab.'

Valerie Bertinelli
Barbara Cooper

Good girl Barbara was played by Bertinelli, who had a goody two shoes reputation in real life, though she later admitted experimenting with drugs and alcohol during 'Days' herself. After the series, she starred in made-for-TV movies and failed sitcoms 'Sydney' and 'Café Americain,' and joined the cast of 'Touched By an Angel,' while her marriage to guitar legend Eddie Van Halen failed and she wrote two bestselling autobiographies about her subsequent weight gain and loss. Later this year, she'll star in the new TV Land sitcom 'Hot in Cleveland' with Betty White and Jane Leeves.

Pat Harrington
Dwayne Schneider

Flirty, mustachioed building superintendent Schneider was around so often that he became part of the family, and earned an Emmy and Golden Globe for Harrington. The actor, who has a Master's degree in political philosophy and starred on 'The Steve Allen Show' in the '50s, has guest starred on 'Las Vegas,' 'The King of Queens' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and made cameo appearances on 'Rachael Ray' and an 'E! True Hollywood Story' on former co-star Bertinelli.

Glenn Scarpelli
Alex Handris

He played Ann's stepson, Alex, who lived with Ann after his father died. After 'One Day at a Time, Scarpelli, who had starred on Broadway in 'Richard III' with Al Pacino, starred in the short-lived sitcom 'Jennifer Slept Here' and guest starred on 'The Love Boat,' 'MacGyver' and 'Amazing Stories,' but soon left acting to attend film school in New York. Scarpelli was named to VH1's list of "Top 100 Teen Stars' in 2006, and is now CEO of the Sedona NOW TV network in Arizona.

Boyd Gaines
Mark Royer

Dental student Mark became Barbara's husband on 'Day,' and in real-life, Gaines became one of the most successful actors on Broadway. He's one of only two actors to ever be nominated for a Tony in every category a male actor can be nominated in, and, since 1989, he's won four Tonys, including a 2008 statue for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for 'Gypsy.'

Michael Lembeck
Max Horvath

Lembeck, who had starred on 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman' and as Kaptain Kool on 'The Krofft Supershow,' turned to directing after 'One Day at a Time' ended. He directed more than a dozen episodes of 'Friends,' and won an Emmy for 'The One After the Super Bowl.' He's also directed episodes of 'Mad About You,' 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' 'Greek' and 'Californication,' the big-screen flicks 'The Santa Clause 2' and 'The Santa Clause 3,' and the new Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson movie 'Tooth Fairy.'

John Putch
Bob Morton

The son of Jean Stapleton, a.k.a. 'All in the Family's' Edith Bunker, Putch played Barbara's BFF Bob. Post-'One Day,' he guest starred on 'Family Ties,' 'Hill Street Blues,' 'Newhart,' 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and 'Seinfeld,' and, like Michael Lembeck, Putch has also focused on directing, helming episodes of 'My Name Is Earl,' 'Scrubs,' 'Ugly Betty' and ABC's new hit 'Cougar Town.'

Richard Masur
David Kane

David was Ann's lawyer-turned-boyfriend in the show's early seasons, and Masur would go on to play an attorney on 'Matlock, 'The Practice' and the classic Farrah Fawcett made-for-TV movie 'The Burning Bed.' He's also guest starred on 'Felicity,' 'Law & Order' and 'Law & Order: SVU,' and served two terms as the president of the Screen Actors Guild, but is best known as the Princeton interviewer in 'Risky Business.'

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Victoria

Miss the sitcoms of that era. It always was funny...!

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