What The Cast Of ‘Family Ties’ Looks Like Today
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Among the many television families we’ve encountered over our years glued to the TV set it seems certain that the ‘Family Ties’ cast is one of the most beloved. Week after week viewers flocked to the box to see what the Keatons had in store for America — and it was rarely a letdown. Perhaps unintentionally, the cast became the ideal family for the American culture of the 1980s as it dealt with issues such the changing liberalism of the ’60s and ’70s to the conservatism of the Reagan years. Amid it all, the series accidentally produced one of the most successful actors of all time: Michael J. Fox.
And while the rest of the cast haven’t had a list of credits like Fox (sans some noticeable guest stars) they’ve all been doing just fine. If only there were a way to see what they’re doing now. Oh, look at that…we have a list below!
Meredith Baxter – Elyse Keaton
Then: Baxter played Elyse Keaton, the ex-flower-child mother of Alex, Mallory, Jennifer and Andrew, and wife to Steven. Having already had a steady career and a big break with ‘Bridget Loves Bernie,’ her role on ‘Family Ties’ turned her into America’s favorite mother — even if she played an ex-hippie in a country turning progressively more conservative.
Now: Though ‘Family Ties’ has been off the air for just about 24 years, Baxter’s work seems to have never stopped. Post-‘Ties,’ she began producing and starring in telefilms such as ‘The Kissing Place’ and ‘The Betty Broderick Story,’ earning her something of a reputation as the queen of melodramatic Lifetime TV movies. And at the age of 61, Baxter came out as a lesbian.
Michael Gross – Steven Keaton
Then: Not only was Gross famed for his role of Steven Keaton but he also garnered some attention for that mean beard he grew throughout the seasons. Having appeared in some television and film roles before ‘Ties,’ the show undoubtedly acted as his breakout role — one that would surely last him a lifetime of recognition.
Now: Gross’ career after ‘Family Ties’ has definitely been better than before. After the show’s end, he co-starred in the cult classic ‘Tremors’ alongside Kevin Bacon — a role that would offer him a few movies and even a show of its own. He’s also made several spots on ‘ER’, ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘Call Me Fitz’ and many, many more.
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