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'227' Cast: Where Are They Now

by Chris Jordan, posted Mar 3rd 2010 11:00AM
227 castWhere is the '227' cast now? NBC's 'Today' show stopped off at '227' today during its Classic TV Families Reunion Week. While the address might not be immediately familiar to some, it's significant as the series was one of the few '80s shows to feature an African-American cast.

'227,' which ran from 1985 to 1990, starred Marla Gibbs, who at that point was known best as the sassy maid from 'The Jeffersons.' Gibbs played a mom in a Washington, D.C. middle class neighborhood, while sexy Jackée Harry became the series' breakout star and the late Helen Martin had the best lines.

What's the cast up to now? Find out after the jump.

Marla Gibbs of 227Marla Gibbs
Mary Jenkins
Gibbs has been very active since '227,' guesting on series like 'ER,' 'Cold Case,' 'The King of Queens,' 'Judging Amy' and the soap 'Passions,' in which she played Irma Johnson in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, Gibbs released her first CD, titled 'It's Never Too Late.' Gibbs, who bought the rights to the stage play on which '227' was based and brought it to TV, co-wrote and sang the '227' theme song.

Jackee Harry 227Jackée Harry
Sandra Clark
Harry played the man-crazy sexpot Sandra Clark on '227' and won an Emmy for her work. After the series, Harry was mom to twins Tia and Tamera Mowry on the ABC and WB series 'Sister, Sister' from 1994-99. More recently, she's been on 'Everybody Hates Chris' in a recurring role as Vanessa and in the touring stage play 'The Clean Up Woman.' She also lost 39 pounds on VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club 2' in 2005.

Alaina Reed Hall 227Alaina Reed Hall
Rose Lee Holloway
Alaina Reed Hall starred as the kind Olivia Robinson on 'Sesame Street' prior to her role as Rose Lee Holloway on '227.' After the series, Reed Hall landed a series of smaller parts, from 'Blossom' to a recurring role as a judge on 'Ally McBeal.' Reed Hall died of breast cancer in December at the age of 63.

Helen Martin
Pearl Shay
Martin played the neighbor who was in everyone's business, Pearl Shay. Martin, as Shay, exhibited excellent comedic timing and her appearances were often the highlight of the episode. Prior to '227,' Martin was a stage actor for many years, appearing in Orson Welles' production of 'Native Son' in 1941 and was a sitcom regular in the '70s, appearing on 'Good Times' and 'Maude.' After '227,' Martin appeared in the movies 'Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood' in 1996 and 'Bulworth' in 1998. She died of a heart attack in 2000 at the age of 90.

Hal WilliamsHal Williams
Lester Jenkins
Hal Williams played the cop who had to translate ghetto slang for his white partner on 'Sanford and Son' in the '70s. On '227,' he played Gibbs' husband, Lester, a construction worker. Since then, Williams has been busy on TV and had a significant role in 2005's 'Guess Who.'

Regina King
Brenda Jenkins
Little Brenda is all grown up. Since '227,' King has established herself as one of the most recognizable actresses in Hollywood, starring in a string of major films including 'Boyz N the Hood,' 'A Thin Line Between Love and Hate' and 'Enemy of the State.' King presently stars the TNT police drama 'Southland' as Detective Lydia Adams.

Curtis Baldwin
Calvin Dobbs
Baldwin played Pearl's grandson and the late-in-the-show's-run romantic interest of Brenda. After '227,' Baldwin appeared on an episode of 'Family Matters' in 1990 and has dropped out of the public eye since then.

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I want to see where Chris from Amen is. I do know that 227 had a reunion recently on the Today Show on NBC. Curtis Baldwin was there. He looks great can't believe he was Calvin on the show hardly recognized him.

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