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'Ellen' and 'The Ellen Show' Stars: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 24th 2010 5:00PM
We know where Ellen DeGeneres is -- when she's not hosting her Daytime Emmy-winning 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' she's with Simon, Randy and Kara at the 'American Idol' judges table.

But what happened to the funny lady's former TV cohorts from her Emmy-winning 1994-98 ABC sitcom 'Ellen' (which included the famous 'Puppy Episode,' where DeGeneres' character, Ellen Morgan, announced she was gay) and her short-lived 2001-02 CBS comedy 'The Ellen Show'?

Where are they now? Check it out after the jump.

'Ellen'
Jeremy Piven
Spence Kovak

After playing Ellen's aspiring doctor (then lawyer) cousin Spence, Piven was the titular love god/possible crazy man in the short-lived, but critically-acclaimed dramedy 'Cupid,' and also starred in flicks like 'Black Hawk Down,' 'Old School' and 'The Goods.' And, of course, he's racked up his own share of Emmys -- three, to be exact, as well as a Golden Globe -- for his role as temper tantrum-throwin', wheeling and dealing Hollywood agent Ari Gold on HBO's 'Entourage.'

Joely Fisher
Paige Clark

Playing Ellen's BFF Paige led to several more regular sitcom gigs for Fisher (the daughter of Hollywood vets Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher), including 'Normal, Ohio,' 'Danny,' 'Baby Bob' and the current Brad Garrett Fox comedy ''Til Death.' She also starred on Broadway in 'Grease' and 'Cabaret,' and played Lynette's crabby boss on 'Desperate Housewives.'

David Anthony Higgins
Joe Farrell

Higgins played Joe, the man behind the coffee counter within Ellen's bookstore. He went on to another TV retail gig as Lois' friend/co-worker/pseudo stalker, Craig, on 'Malcolm in the Middle.' He's guest starred on 'True Jackson, VP' and 'In the Motherhood' and will soon be seen in the 2010 big-screen dark comedy 'Miss Nobody.'

Arye Gross
Adam Green

After leaving his role as Ellen's roommate (who confessed he had a crush on her) in 'Ellen's' third season, Gross remained a frequent TV presence, guest-starring on everything from 'Friends' and 'Grey's Anatomy' to 'CSI' and 'Burn Notice,' and had recurring roles on 'The Practice,' 'Six Feet Under,' 'Medium' and 'The Riches.' Currently, he's medical examiner Sidney Perlmutter on ABC's 'Castle.'

Clea Lewis
Audrey Penney

Lewis was Ellen's bubbly, squeaky-voiced neighbor and bookstore co-worker Audrey, and her distinctive voice led to several voice roles, in 'Pepper Ann,' 'The Angry Beaver' and the 'Ice Age' movies. She also starred as Andy Richter's wife Jenny in 'Andy Barker, P.I.,' was the voice on several 'Princess Diaries' audiobooks and, most recently, guest-starred on a January episode of 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.'

'The Ellen Show'
Jim Gaffigan
Rusty Carnouk

Rusty was Ellen's high school prom date, who thought he'd pick up where they left off years earlier when she moved back to her hometown on 'The Ellen Show' (he apparently had not seen 'The Puppy Episode' of 'Ellen'). Post-'Ellen Show,' Gaffigan had recurring roles on 'Ed' and 'That '70s Show,' co-starred with Conan O'Brien in the cult-fave 'Pale Force' animated sketches and has continued his thriving stand-up career. He also plays P.J.'s endearing family man brother on TBS' 'My Boys,' and will star in a trio of 2010 big-screen comedies: 'Ten Stories Tall,' 'Going the Distance' and 'It's Kind of a Funny Story.'

Kerri Kenney
Pam

Kenney was Pam, the home economics teacher at Ellen's school. Kenney, an original member of The State comedy troupe and co-writer and co-star of the variety show spoof 'Viva Variety,' is best known as dippy deputy Trudy Wiegel on 'Reno 911!' and was most recently was seen in the Sandra Bullock comedy 'All About Steve.'

Martin Mull
Mr. Munn

Mr. Munn was Ellen's old high school principal and new co-worker when she returned to her hometown. Mull, meanwhile, has been a constant presence on the tube post-'Ellen Show,' popping up on 'Reno 911!,' 'Arrested Development' and 'Eastwick,' having recurring roles on 'Danny Phantom,' 'Gary Unmarried' and 'Two and a Half Men,' and playing the very un-Godly Father Donovan on 'American Dad!' Next up, he guest stars on a March episode of ''Til Death,' and co-stars in the Ashton Kutcher action comedy 'Killers.'

Cloris Leachman
Dot Richmond

Post-'Ellen Show' (where she played Ellen's eccentric mom, Dot), Oscar-winner and 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Emmy-winner Leachman experienced a career resurgence, earning another pair of Emmys for playing Lois' tough mom Ida on 'Malcolm in the Middle,' playing Jack Black's lover in a movie-within-the-show on an episode of 'The Office,' providing comic relief as a season seven competitor on 'Dancing With the Stars,' starring in the 2008 remake of 'The Women' and releasing an autobiography and launching a clothing line. In 2010 and 2011 she'll be in nearly half a dozen big-screen movies, including 'The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.'

Emily Rutherfurd
Catherine Richmond

She was Ellen's ditzy sister on 'The Ellen Show,' and after a recurring role as one of Jack's acting class students on 'Will & Grace,' she became the "new Christine" to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' titular "old Christine" on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.'

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