“That ’70s Show” starred — from top, left to right — Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Wilmer Valderrama, Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace and Laura Prepon.


TV Q&A: 'That '70s Show' stars have moved on

  • Article by: Rich Heldenfels
  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • May 11, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Q: What happened to the actors and actresses who starred on “That ’70s Show”?

A: Ashton Kutcher, who played Kelso on the 1998-2006 show, is co-starring on “Two and a Half Men.” He also is involved with Mila Kunis (Jackie), whose work includes the movies “Ted” and “Black Swan.” Kunis and Kutcher are expecting a child together.

Laura Prepon (Donna) was recently seen in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” Danny Masterson (Hyde) is on the TBS series “Men at Work.” Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) has been seen frequently on TV, including the new “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” on the El Rey Network. Topher Grace (Eric) works in theater and in movies. Kurtwood Smith (Red) is in ABC’s “Resurrection.” Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty) does live-action and animated productions.

A cast reunion wouldn’t be free of sorrow. Lisa Robin Kelly, who played Laurie (before being succeeded by Christina Moore), had well-publicized problems with drugs and alcohol. She died in 2013 at 43.

Life after ‘Rin Tin Tin’

Q: As a youngster, I watched “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.” Now, I watch reruns on Antenna TV. I know James Brown, who played Lt. Rip Masters, died, and so have the actors who played Corp. Boone and Sgt. O’Hara. But is Lee Aaker, who played Rusty, still living?

A: Aaker is still with us at 70. In a TV interview about two years ago, which can be seen on YouTube, he says he liked doing the show (which had three Rin Tin Tins during its run). He walked away from acting when he became an adult because, he said, “I did not like the Hollywood game. … I’m a very private person.” (I contacted him for an interview, but he didn’t respond.) He hasn’t acted onscreen for about 50 years. He is retired from construction work, but he still teaches skiing for the Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra organization in California.

No more ‘Family Tree’

Q: “Family Tree,” a British comedy series, was one of the funniest programs I’ve ever seen. Will there be a second season?

A: The HBO comedy, starring Chris O’Dowd as a man tracing his family’s roots, is done after one season. It “struggled for ratings even at HBO, which has a history of airing programs with low viewership,” the Los Angeles Times said.

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