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The Cast of 'Sisters': Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted May 11th 2011 10:00AM
What were you doing 20 years ago today? Perhaps preparing to watch a new NBC drama called 'Sisters'?

It was two decades ago that the Emmy-winning series premiered, earning critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase, while helping to launch the careers of up-and-comers like Ashley Judd and Paul Rudd. The series also earned a certain TV pilot veteran his shot at another TV drama that would send him on the path to big-screen stardom and an Oscar.

The cast of 'Sisters'
The show -- created by producers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who also created the U.S. adaptation of 'Queer As Folk' -- revolved around the four sisters of the Reed family, daughters of a workaholic, adulterous doctor who referred to his girls by male names (because he had wanted sons) and an alcoholic mother who'd turned to the bottle to deal with her physically and emotionally MIA husband.

The sudsy drama, which aired from 1991–96, was rife with flashbacks of the Reed sibs as young girls, and, well before the Gilmores of Stars Hollow hit The WB and CW, the Reeds were among the sassiest women on the tube, consistently dishing up loads of witticisms alongside their family dramas.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the show's premiere, a look at what the 'Sisters' cast has been up to lately ...

Sela WardSela Ward
as Teddy Reed
Then: The University of Alabama cheerleader and model had caught moviegoers' eyes when she starred opposite Tom Hanks in 'Nothing in Common,' but it was as rebellious Reed sister Teddy -- a recovering alcoholic who, at the beginning of the series, had just returned to her Winnetka, Illinois hometown after spending years in California -- that Ward found her breakout role.
Now: Ward was the only 'Sisters' star to snag an Emmy for the show, and she added a second one to her mantle in 2000 for another fan-favorite drama, ABC's 'Once and Again.' The actress also starred in the 2009 big-screen remake of 'The Stepfather,' and on TV, had a recurring role as the cantankerous doc's ex girlfriend on 'House,' and, this season, joined the cast of 'CSI: NY' as investigator Jo Danville.

Swoosie KurtzSwoosie Kurtz
as Alex Reed Halsey Barker
Then: The Tony and Emmy winner is probably best known for her role as eldest Reed sis Alex, who began the series married to wealthy doctor (and cross dresser) Wade. After a battle with breast cancer, she became a talk show host, where she met hubby number two, Big Al Barker.
Now: She earned Emmy nominations for 'Sisters,' as well as guest stints on 'ER' (where she was reunited with former 'Sisters' co-star George Clooney) and 'Huff.' She also starred in ABC's 'Pushing Daisies,' guest-starred on 'Lost,' 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Still Standing,' and had memorable scenes with Jim Carrey in the big-screen comedy 'Liar Liar.' Most recently, she had guest starred on 'Nurse Jackie' as one of Coop's lesbian moms, and plays Molly's mom Joyce on 'Mike & Molly.'

Patricia KalemberPatricia Kalember
as Georgie Reed Whitsig
Then: She played Gary's wife on 'thirtysomething' before becoming down to earth Reed sis Georgie, the third sis, a stay-at-home mom and wife of unemployed John. Georgie went through her son's battle with cancer, John's constant presence when he was out of work and other son Trevor's rebellious stint before briefly considering suicide, and even after an affair with her therapist ended her marriage, she bounced back to earn a grad school degree and possibly reunite with John.
Now: Post-'Sisters,' she's had roles in movies like 'Signs,' 'The Company Men' and 'Rabbit Hole,' guest starred on 'Gossip Girl' and 'The Good Wife,' and has had recurring roles as Judge Taten on 'Law & Order: SVU' and, most recently, as Dr. Keller on 'Blue Bloods.'

Julianne PhillipsJulianne Phillips
as Frankie Reed Margolis
Then: Best known as a former model and Bruce Springsteen's first wife, Phillips' most memorable acting role was as youngest Reed sister Frankie, a workaholic who married Teddy's ex-husband, Mitch, and had older sister Georgie act as a surrogate mother for her son, Thomas. Frankie eventually divorced Mitch, quit her job and bought a diner, then moved to Japan when Phillips left the series, though the actress returned for the show's May 4, 1996 series finale.
Now: Save a role in the 1997 ABC TV disaster movie 'Tidal Wave: No Escape,' Phillips has mostly left TV land behind. She lives in Los Angeles, and, according to a 2006 interview with USA Today, spends much of her time travelling.

Ed MarinaroEd Marinaro
as Mitch Margolis
Then: Mitch was father to Cat, and husband (and eventually ex-husband) to Reed sisters Teddy and Frankie. Though still mentioned occasionally, Marinaro didn't appear on the show after season four.
Now: The 'Hill Street Blues' alum, record-setting Cornell University football player (he was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1971) and NFL player has a recurring role as Bo Brady's pal Leo on 'Days of Our Lives,' and stars as Coach Marty Daniels on Spike's football comedy 'Blue Mountain State,' which is scheduled to premiere its third season later this year.

George ClooneyGeorge Clooney
as James Falconer
Then: Falconer was a police detective who Teddy met when her daughter, Cat, was raped. Falconer and Teddy later connected at an AA meeting, and eventually married. Falconer was killed in season five, by a car bomb planted by a baddie he was going to testify against.
Now: After starring in more than a dozen failed TV pilots, Clooney's work on 'Sisters' helped him land his star-making role on 'ER.' That, of course, led to his big-screen career, which has included 'Out of Sight,' 'Ocean Eleven' and its sequels, 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' and 'Syriana,' for which he won an Oscar. The superstar, who turned 50 this year, also received Oscar nominations for 'Good Night, and Good Luck,' 'Michael Clayton' and 'Up in the Air,' and has an upcoming movie slate that includes more than a dozen movies, including a big-screen adaptation of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

Garrett M. BrownGarrett M. Brown
as John Whitsig
Then: When the series began, John was jobless, and spent much of his time walking around the house in his bathrobe, singing old tunes. He recorded an album -- 'The Sound of Whitsig' -- but returned to work as an accountant when he and Frankie's son became ill. He and Frankie divorced after her affair (and he penned a song about her betrayal), but they were on the road to a reconciliation in the series ender.
Now: He's continued to be a big presence (literally: he's 6'6") on the tube since the end of 'Sisters,' playing dad Philip Evans on 'Roswell,' and landing recurring roles on 'The O.C.,' 'Boston Public' and 'The Practice,' and guest-starring on 'The Shield' and 'That '70s Show.' Most recently, he appeared on 'Leverage' and played Bishop Devery on 'Big Love,' and had roles in the movies 'Kick-Ass' and 'I Am Number Four.'

Sheila KelleySheila Kelley
as Dr. Charley Bennett Hayes
Then: Kelley, who had played Arnie Becker's secretary, Gwen, on 'L.A. Law,' became a regular cast member in the final season of 'Sisters,' playing Charley, the long-lost sister the Reeds never knew they had. Charley was the product of one of their father's affairs, and had grown up mostly in foster homes.
Now: She played doomed geophysicist Zoe during the final season of 'Lost,' but Kelley -- married to 'The West Wing' star Richard Schiff -- has become best known as the creator of S Factor, the brand name of a series of workout studios, books and DVDs that teach women how to pole dance. The actress became interested in the topic after starring as a stripper in the 200 movie 'Dancing at the Blue Iguana.'

Elizabeth HoffmanElizabeth Hoffman
as Bea Reed Ventnor
Then: Hoffman, who began her acting career when she was in her fifties, played Reed matriarch Bea, who, in the series opener, had just become a widow. Bea, a recovering alcoholic, remarried, to retired judge Truman, in the show's third season, and she died in the 'Sisters' series finale.
Now: Hoffman, who also had recurring roles on 'Little House on the Prairie,' 'Matlock' and 'thirtysomething,' retired after a 1997-98 recurring role on 'Stargate SG-1,' in which she played scientist Catherine Langford, whose father had unearthed the Stargate.

Heather McAdam
as Cat Margolis
Then: Cat was the oft-troubled daughter of Teddy and Mitch. After being raped, she decided to become a cop, and fell in love with her partner, Billy, who was played by 'Without a Trace' star Eric Close.
Now: McAdam was a child star, who, before 'Sisters,' had already appeared on 'Fantasy Island,' 'St. Elsewhere,' 'The Facts of Life,' 'Murder, She Wrote,' 'Quantum Leap,' 'Beverly Hills 90210,' 'Doogie Howser, M.D.' and 'Matlock.' After 'Sisters,' she guest-starred on an episode of 'Touched By an Angel,' but had since focused on her career as a yoga instructor.

Stephen CollinsStephen Collins
as Gabriel Sorenson
Then: Teddy's neurosurgeon, Dr. Sorenson married her in the show's final season, and even turned down a prestigious Washington, D.C. job to be with her.
Now: Post-'Sisters' he has starred in 'Spamalot' on Broadway, penned a pair of novels, starred in big-screen flicks like 'The First Wives Club' and 'Blood Diamond,' and, most memorably, played one of TV land's all-time best dads -- Rev. Eric Camden -- for 11 seasons on '7th Heaven.' Most recently, he guest starred on 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' 'Private Practice' and 'Brothers & Sisters,' and, earlier this TV season, had a recurring role on the ABC series 'No Ordinary Family.'

David Dukes
as Wade Halsey
Then: Dukes played Alex's first hubby, Wade, a successful plastic surgeon who Alex suspected of cheating on her when she found his lingerie receipts. Turned out the lingerie was for him -- he was a cross dresser -- but he did later prove to be a cheater, too, and they divorced, reconciled, then broke up for good in season three, and Dukes left the show.
Now: The Tony and Emmy-nominated star, who'd also famously guest starred on 'All in the Family' as the thug who tried to rape Edith Bunker, is best remembered post-'Sisters' for his role as Andie and Jack McPhee's father on 'Dawson's Creek.' Dukes died in 2000, while in Washington filming the Stephen King ABC miniseries 'Rose Red.'

Robert KleinRobert Klein
as Big Al Barker
Then: Big Al was the owner of retail chain Pricetown, the sponsor of Alex's talk show and, despite the fact that she disliked him at first, her eventual second husband.
Now: The stand-up comedian and Tony-nominated theater actor has guest-starred on 'Cosby,' 'Mad About You,' 'The King of Queens' and 'Saturday Night Live' since 'Sisters' ended, and has been in movies like 'Primary Colors,' 'Two Weeks Notice' and 'The Back-up Plan.' He also starred in his ninth HBO stand-up special, 'Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced,' in 2010, and, most recently, has played the recurring role of attorney Dwight Stannich on 'Law & order: SVU.'

Ashley JuddAshley Judd
as Reed Halsey
Then: Reed -- who was played by three different actresses during the show's run -- rebelled after her parents' divorce, and, after marrying Kirby and abandoning him and their child, she moved back to her hometown and became a hooker. After her high-price call ring was busted up and she found herself in legal hot water, Reed appeared ready to change her life by the time the series ended.
Now: Judd, who left the show after season four when she received great reviews for her performance in the movie 'Ruby in Paradise,' went on to build her film career with roles in 'Heat,' 'Smoke,' 'Double Jeopardy,' 'Where the Heart Is' and 'De-Lovely.' In 2010, the philanthropic star earned a Master's degree from Harvard, and earlier this year, she released an autobiography, 'All That Is Bitter and Sweet,' about growing up with her famous country music star mother and sister.

Paul RuddPaul Rudd
as Kirby Philby
Then: Kirby was a wannabe filmmaker who married Alex and Wade's daughter, Reed. Reed divorced him when he decided to give up filmmaking and move to Minnesota to run a video store, and Kirby gained custody of their daughter.
Now: 'Sisters' was the first major acting role for the now beloved comedy star, whose big breakout was the movie 'Clueless,' and who has since starred in flicks like 'Anchorman,' 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' 'Knocked Up,' 'Dinner For Schmucks' and 'I Love You, Man,' as well as TV shows like 'Friends,' 'Veronica Mars,' 'Reno 911!' and 'Saturday Night Live,' which he has hosted twice.

Joe FlaniganJoe Flanigan
as Brian Kohler-Voss
Then: Brian was Georgie's handsome, much-younger boyfriend, and fellow grad student, while she was studying for her psychology degree after divorcing John. She broke up with Brian after realizing she still had feelings for her ex-husband.
Now: Post-'Sisters' he guest starred on shows like 'Murphy Brown,' 'Cupid,' 'Dawson's Creek' and 'CSI: Miami,' before he took his signature role as 'Stargate Atlantis' lead Major John Sheppard. Flanigan, who also wrote a pair of 'Stargate' episodes, has most recently guest starred on 'Warehouse 13' and 'Women's Murder Club,' and played the lead in Syfy's April Saturday night original movie 'Ferocious Planet.'

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Nanaroo

cbs needs to layoff the promos for fall schedule. i am already sick of the woman who has the memory, and the dr. who sees exwife. also Whitney", i believe is another cbs upcoming show, has the most unappeling star. shrill and very unfunny. will NOT even try it!

July 26 2011 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Kolya Lynne

I created a petition to get Sisters on DVD - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/put-sisters-tv-show-on-dvd/ And I also run a Facebook Page - "Sisters" TV Show Fan Group.

May 17 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Kolya Lynne

I created a petition to get Sisters on DVD - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/put-sisters-tv-show-on-dvd/ And I also run a Facebook Page - "Sisters" TV Show Fan Group.

May 16 2011 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Kolya Lynne

I created a petition to get Sisters on DVD - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/put-sisters-tv-show-on-dvd/ And I also run a Facebook Page - "Sisters" TV Show Fan Group.

May 16 2011 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Kolya Lynne

I created a petition to get Sisters on DVD - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/put-sisters-tv-show-on-dvd/ And I also run a Facebook Page - "Sisters" TV Show Fan Group.

May 15 2011 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clbeachley1025

Still a "HUNK"!!!

May 15 2011 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
viola

they all doing well nice

May 15 2011 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
poppyseed

I always liked Sela Ward. I'm so glad shes back on TV in CSINY.

May 15 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Kolya Lynne

I created a petition to get Sisters on DVD - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/put-sisters-tv-show-on-dvd/ And I also run a Facebook Page - "Sisters" TV Show Fan Group.

May 15 2011 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
opheliapr02

It was one of my favorite show, I enjoyed so much. Never missed a show, I loved it

May 15 2011 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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