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The Cast of 'That ’70s Show,' Then and Now

It’s been almost two decades since Eric, Donna, Hyde, Kelso, Jackie, Fez, and the rest of the gang last strutted across our TV screens in their rockin’ bellbottoms, even if their memory lives on through syndication. And in the years since That ’70s Show ended, the actors involved have naturally added quite a bit to their resumes, so let’s catch up with the cast to see where they are now.

1. Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart)

Mila Kunis, lest we forget, played Jackie Burkhart, the prima donna of the group and Michael Kelso’s girlfriend for the first two seasons – before she moved on to Stephen Hyde and then eventually Fez. It’s entirely apt, then, that Kunis hooked up with Kelso actor Ashton Kutcher in real life, too: the pair married in July 2015 and have two kids together.

And that’s not even mentioning her slew of acclaimed movie roles – like her Golden Globe-nominated turn in Black Swan – or that she famously voices Meg Griffin in Family Guy. And like many of her old castmates, Kunis popped up in the Netflix sequel series That '90s Show.

2. Wilmer Valderrama (Fez)

Funny foreigner Fez spent most of his time on screen swooning over girls, sometimes to morally dubious effect. Wilmer Valderrama, though, has been considerably more successful with the ladies than his That ’70s Show alter ego, with the actor having been romantically linked to the likes of Mandy Moore, Lindsay Lohan, and Demi Lovato, to name but a few.

Moreover, since Valderrama left that Wisconsin basement his list of screen credits has grown to include voicing the eponymous character of the Disney animated kids’ show Handy Manny and playing Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. Notably, he's also portrayed Nick Torres in multiple NCIS shows.

3. Laura Prepon (Donna Pinciotti)

Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon) was more than the typical girl next door. After all, she possessed both beauty and brains and, on more than one occasion, proved herself a force to be reckoned with. And while it took a little while for Prepon to hitch herself regularly to another popular show, she finally did it in 2013.

That was when she was cast as former drug mule Alex Vause in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Showing off her creative range, Prepon also directed a couple episodes of That '90s Show.

4. Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Forman)

Being the perfect working wife and mother isn’t easy, and Kitty Forman dealt with the pressures by wielding, from time to time, a drink and some cutting sarcasm. The generally doting mom was played by Debra Jo Rupp, who went on to star in the short-lived ABC sitcom Better with You.

Rupp also subsequently portrayed the titular celebrity therapist in off-Broadway show Becoming Dr. Ruth. More recently, she joined the Marvel Universe as part of the cast of the critically acclaimed WandaVision.

5. Kurtwood Smith (Reginald “Red” Forman)

Tough-talking WWII veteran dad Red Forman kept the kids – particularly the unfortunate Eric – in line during the series. It was a role that arguably boosted Kurtwood Smith’s career, too, but it’s worth noting that he’s never stopped working – before or since the show’s finale.

Smith’s notable post-That ’70s Show credits, for example, include stints in 24 and fantasy drama Resurrection. He also popped up in Hulu's Elizabeth Holmes drama, The Dropout. Even in his 80s, Smith has still got it!

6. Don Stark (Bob Pinciotti)

The Formans’ magnificently afroed neighbor Bob Pinciotti was seemingly always hungry – but the man who played him, Don Stark, wasn’t hungry for acting gigs once That ’70s Show ended.

The actor has since shown up in TV series as varied as Castle, American Horror Story and VH1’s Hit the Floor. Stark also had a role in 2018's Green Book, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

7. Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso)

As the self-absorbed and somewhat dim Michael Kelso, Ashton Kutcher provided some of the best comic relief in the series. Kutcher has proved to be somewhat savvier than Kelso when it comes to his career, though, landing small- and silver-screen roles aplenty since the show’s end.

Most famously, he showed up as Walden Schmidt in Two and a Half Men in 2011, replacing former star Charlie Sheen. He's also had starring parts in The Ranch and as the title character in Jobs. And as we all know, Kutcher is married to his That ’70s Show co-star Mila Kunis. Aww.

8. Topher Grace (Eric Forman)

Nerdy Eric Forman was predominantly the protagonist of That ’70s Show, with viewers often following him to the basement as he solicited his friends’ help for his latest conundrum. And it’s fair to say that the sci-fi-and comic book-loving member of the Forman family would have appreciated what Topher Grace has gone on to star in next.

In particular, the actor has thrilled audiences in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man 3 and Interstellar. He's also been busy in the TV world with appearances in Black Mirror and the sitcom Home Economics.

9. Tanya Roberts (Midge Pinciotti)

Donna’s mother and Kitty’s bestie, Midge Pinciotti was a source of some fantasy to the lascivious and hormone-crazed neighborhood boys. Former Bond girl Tanya Roberts is the actress who played her as she wound down her career in Hollywood, eventually departing from the show in 2001, as her husband was suffering from a terminal illness.

Roberts did take part in the USO’s Celebrity Handshake Tour to Bosnia and Kosovo. Sadly, Roberts suddenly passed away from sepsis in 2021.

10. Danny Masterson (Steven Hyde)

Steven Hyde was Eric’s brother from another mother in the earliest episodes of the show, and he retained his anti-establishment streak throughout its run. But the character didn't merit a mention in the sequel series, That '90s Show — and you can probably guess why.

Actor Danny Masterson built on his success in That '70s Show with long-stints on the sitcoms Men at Work and The Ranch, opposite Ashton Kutcher. But in 2023 Masterson was convicted of two sexual assault offenses and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

11. Tommy Chong (Leo Chingkwake)

Tommy Chong was perhaps the obvious choice to play weed-dabbling Foto Hut owner Leo Chingkwake – and it was a role that the legendary marijuana advocate pulled off with aplomb. Perhaps more unusually, though, Chong has since excelled at shimmying his way into the semifinal of season 19 of Dancing with the Stars – a feat he pulled off in 2014.

Flexing his reality show chops, Chong also made a memorable appearance in The Masked Singer as a crooning pineapple.

12. Josh Meyers (Randy Pearson)

Randy Pearson turned up in the last season of That ‘70s Show as both a budding romantic interest for Donna and a somewhat square new addition to the record store team. And while Josh Meyers hasn’t quite become an A-lister off the back of his brief time on the show, he’s still managed to grab roles in the likes of Are You There, Chelsea? and The Mindy Project.

His younger brother, of course, is talk show host Seth Meyers, and the two host a podcast together called Family Trips with the Meyers Brothers.

13. Shannon Elizabeth (Brooke Rockwell)

Shannon Elizabeth had quite the movie and TV career behind her before she ever turned up in Point Place as overachiever – and eventual mom to Kelso’s child – Brooke Rockwell. Arguably her most iconic screen role to date is that of Nadia in the 1999 teen comedy American Pie.

That was a part that she reprised in 2012 in the sequel American Reunion. Elizabeth also played spoiled little rich girl Tiffany Sherwood in UPN’s Cuts for two seasons in the mid-’00s. Outside of acting, she is also a gifted poker player and tireless animal rights advocate.

14. Jud Tylor (Samantha Hyde)

As her last name suggests, Samantha Hyde arrived on the show as Hyde’s new wife – a drunken Las Vegas mistake that he forgot about until the consequences showed up on his doorstep. Jud Tylor’s brief spell in the series led her, though, to similarly high-profile TV shows.

These credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men, as well as a role in the Canadian dramedy Good God.

15. Brooke Shields (Pam Burkhart)

Jackie’s mother Pam left the country for Mexico in order to avoid the embezzlement scandal that her father created but eventually returned to patch things up with her daughter in season six. And it was likely a bit of a coup to get a name such as Brooke Shields’ on board for the part.

The former model has since gone on to get TV work on the likes of Lipstick Jungle, Army Wives, and The Michael J. Fox Show. She was also the subject of the celebrated 2023 documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields.

16. Luke Wilson (Casey Kelso)

Military man and troublemaker Casey Kelso stole Donna’s heart for a brief spell until both her father and Red got involved, eventually forcing a breakup between the two. Luke Wilson, however, hasn’t split with Hollywood just yet.

Quite the contrary, in fact. Since his That ’70s Show days, he starred in big-screen productions like 3:10 to Yuma and Idiocracy, plus the HBO series Enlightened. Most recently, Wilson has headlined the TV series Stargirl and Fired on Mars.

17. Seth Green (Mitch Miller)

Mitch Miller was trouble from the start: from publishing a picture in the school newspaper of Fez and Kelso kissing to nearly fighting with Eric over Donna, he made enemies every way he turned. Seth Green, meanwhile, remains hugely popular – in Hollywood, at least.

He’s lent his acting skills or voice to everything from the Fox series Dads to the Nickelodeon reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also neatly gives vocal life to Family Guy’s Chris Griffin – the brother, in case you didn’t know, of the Mila Kunis-voiced Meg.

18. Allison Munn (Caroline)

“Crazy Caroline” certainly lived up to her nickname in the show, her paranoid nature leading her to suspect that Donna and Jackie were pursuing Fez. Allison Munn, for her part, has been considerably more restrained in most of the roles that followed her leaving the show.

The most enduring of said parts remain her turns as sweet teacher Lauren Fletcher in One Tree Hill and as Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’s harried mom Anne.

19. Tim Reid (William Barnett)

When Hyde found out that the man he knew as his dad wasn’t his biological father, it was shocking. But when he learned that William Barnett was his father and he was actually biracial, it stunned audiences everywhere – and that’s not even to mention the revelation that Hyde had a half-sister.

After playing Barnett, Tim Reid, meanwhile, has returned to the small screen for roles in the likes of the HBO series Treme, but has also found a spot behind the camera as a director and producer.

20. Mo Gaffney (Joanne Stupac)

Strong-willed Joanne Stupac swooped in to scoop up Bob once he and Midge got divorced, and let’s just say that she wasn’t shy about also butting heads with Red. After her departure from the show in season five, actress Mo Gaffney bagged the role of Marilyn Norris in The WB series Run of the House.

A TV mainstay, she has also made appearances in Mike & Molly and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, among other hit programs.

Unconventional relationship

As we mentioned before, one of the biggest developments since the show's end has been the marriage between Kunis and Kutcher. It’s fair to say that their relationship was as much a slow burn as it was unconventional. 

The couple first met way back in the late 1990s, after all, when they both landed roles in the sitcom That ’70s Show. Kutcher was about to leave his teenage years behind at the time, while Kunis had only just entered hers.

Kunis' first kiss

Despite the five-year age gap, however, Kutcher and Kunis became friends. In fact, as Kutcher told Howard Stern in 2017, he even used to help Kunis with her science homework. And in the first season of That ’70s Show, the stars had to smooch on screen when their characters got together.

This was not only Kunis’ first peck with her future husband, though; it was also her first kiss ever.

"I was so nervous and uncomfortable"

Speaking to People magazine in 2001, Kunis shared her memories about the aforementioned lip-locking. She said of Kutcher, “I was like, ‘Oh, he’s so cute. It’s the Calvin Klein model!’"

"Then I was like, ‘I have to kiss him?’ I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him.”

Kutcher's former girlfriends

But despite Kutcher and Kunis playing love interests on screen, there was nothing to suggest that they would eventually become a thing in real life. Kutcher, for one, saw a string of Hollywood actresses during his time working on the show.

These included Dark Angel’s Ashley Scott and future Mad Men star January Jones. He also dated Brittany Murphy, who was his co-star in the 2003 rom-com Just Married.

She dated Macaulay Culkin

Meanwhile, in 2002 Kunis entered into a relationship with former child star Macaulay Culkin. And despite the fact that years had passed since Culkin had last appeared in the Home Alone franchise, his light was apparently still shining brightly when he and Kunis got together.

The actress told Howard Stern in 2016, for instance, “You couldn’t walk down the street with him.”

Their vast age difference

Then, after making the most of his A-list status, Kutcher eventually settled down in 2003 with one of the leading actresses of the 1990s: Demi Moore. Kutcher was 25 at the time, while the Ghost star was 41.

And two years later, the pair walked down the aisle together in an intimate ceremony at which Moore’s former husband, Bruce Willis, was in attendance.

"Sometimes marriages fail"

However, in 2010 tabloids began claiming that Kutcher had strayed from Moore on numerous occasions. And a year later, the once-happy couple decided to go their separate ways. In a diplomatic statement, Kutcher tweeted:

“I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world. And, unfortunately, sometimes [marriages] fail.”

Kunis was also newly single

Coincidentally, this was also the same year that the public learned of Kunis and Culkin’s split. The couple had actually separated in 2010, although they had chosen to keep this development under wraps for as long as possible.

Kunis’ rep later stated, though, that the actress and Culkin had parted ways amicably and that they still wanted to maintain a strong friendship.

Weirdly similar plot lines

Despite these relationship traumas, however, Kutcher and Kunis’ respective careers thrived. And 2011 saw the actors find success with separate romantic comedies based on similar concepts. Kunis, for her part, starred alongside Justin Timberlake in Friends with Benefits.

Meanwhile, Kutcher shared the screen with Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached. Both flicks center on couples whose casual flings turn into more meaningful relationships.

Not as "platonic" as they'd claimed

And in 2012 Kutcher and Kunis got tongues wagging thanks to the number of times they were spotted sharing each other’s company. Initially, the stars claimed that their relationship was still purely platonic.

The cat was eventually let out of the bag, however, when the pair were photographed engaging in various public displays of affection.

"It was like we were in a movie"

And during a 2016 interview on The Howard Stern Show, Kunis recalled the moment that she and Kutcher suddenly realized they were made for each other. She said:

"He just turns around, and it was literally like if we were in a movie, the music would start playing, and the violins would go.” The adorable incident to which Kunis was referring took place at an awards ceremony.

Kunis' startling realization

Kunis then elaborated on how it had felt to see Kutcher that day. “I think, for the first time ever, he took my breath away,” she said. “I was like, ‘He’s good-looking.’” After that, the actress revealed, Kutcher had asked her to join him at his place for a party...

And she had ended up staying the night. “[It was the] first time I ever slept over while I was single,” she admitted to Stern.

Marriage and babies

Then, after attending various family weddings as a couple, Kunis and Kutcher decided that they, too, wanted to walk down the aisle. In early 2014 E! News went on to confirm that the long-time pals had gotten engaged.

And by the end of the same year, the couple welcomed their first-born daughter, Wyatt, into the world.

They poked fun at their own relationship

What’s more, the lovebirds shared the screen once again in 2014 when Kunis guested on Kutcher’s hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. In a very meta scene, Kunis’ character Vivian jokes:

“I bet you only date hot actresses.” And Kutcher’s Walden replies, “God no, I’d never date an actress. They’re all crazy.”

Afraid of paparazzi

But, of course, Kutcher was more than happy to be with Kunis. And this was proved in 2015 when the two became husband and wife at a ceremony that was shrouded in secrecy. Kutcher told Ellen DeGeneres:

“We really didn’t want helicopters at our wedding, and it’s a legitimate concern. I was, like, posting things on social media that were in different locations to avoid that, because we didn’t want to be screaming our vows at each other.”

They didn't always want to get married

However, it’s perhaps a wonder that Kutcher and Kunis ever got hitched at all, given the pair’s previous opinions on the subject. Kunis explained to Stern:

“We started dating with the idea [that] we were both never going to get married. A year later, we were like, ‘Tomorrow, let’s [get married].’”

They've changed a lot over the years

Moreover, Kunis revealed that she and Kutcher have always been “incredibly open” about their feelings toward each other. And she admitted, too, that she’s glad they took the time to transform their relationship.

It evolved from a platonic bond to a romantic connection. She added to Stern, “We would never be together based on the people that we used to be.”

Wyatt and Dimitri

In 2016 Kutcher and Kunis added to their family with the birth of a son, whom they named Dimitri. And when Kutcher appeared on Ellen that year, he revealed that their firstborn couldn’t have been more delighted with the new arrival.

He said, “Wyatt thinks the baby is her baby, and at some point, I’m going to have to explain to her it’s not really her baby. I don’t know how I’m going to do that. She loves the baby so much.”

"She's the greatest mom"

Plus, during the same interview, Kutcher decided to pay tribute to his wife’s natural abilities as a parent. He told DeGeneres:

“She’s the greatest mom. Like, I go to work every day, and I come home, and she’s just perfect, and it seems like everything went amazing [with the baby].”

They aren't afraid of a little PDA

But Kutcher and Kunis haven’t just told various talk show hosts how in love they are; they’ve proved it in public, too. Yes, it’s fair to say that the Hollywood couple isn’t afraid of a bit of PDA.

In 2014, for instance, Kutcher and Kunis shared a smooch after the famous Kiss Cam had selected them from the crowd at a Los Angeles Clippers game.

Can't escape the Kiss Cam

In fact, Kutcher and Kunis can’t seem to attend a sporting event without showing the cameras just how much they adore each other. In 2016 the pair were the picture of romance as they enjoyed the Dodgers’ game.

And two years later, the Kiss Cam found the couple locking lips once again during a game at the Los Angeles Kings’ home arena.

Kutcher's odd romantic gestures

Plus, Kutcher and Kunis aren’t averse to the odd romantic gesture, either. Take Kunis’ first pregnancy, for instance, when Kutcher ensured that his partner’s unusual cravings would always be catered to by filling a “secondary fridge” with weird and wonderful food items.

Kunis explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014, “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I need a pickle.’ [Kutcher] was like, ‘Hold on a second’ and disappeared in the backyard and came back with the most amazing dill pickle of all time.”

The RV disaster

However, not every act of romance may bowl the recipient over, as the Hollywood couple probably know. Take the RV that Kunis purchased as a birthday surprise for Kutcher, for example, which the pair had decided to use for their post-nuptials getaway with Kutcher’s parents.

Said choice of transport turned the newlyweds’ first vacation as a married couple into a disaster resembling a National Lampoon movie.

One mistake after another

Yes, just a few hours into the journey – and when the outside temperature was 110 degrees – the RV’s air conditioning went kaput. Then, on day two, the couple had to walk three miles while Kutcher’s father drove, and Apple Maps took them onto a mountainside fire road.

And if that wasn’t enough catastrophe for one trip, Kutcher’s mother also accidentally sent the group to an RV park that was an hour away from their intended Napa Valley destination.

The gesture that backfired

Another romantic mishap occurred in 2019. Kutcher decided to treat his wife of four years to a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift, but he had no idea just how much it would backfire!

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in February of that year, Kunis revealed that her husband had presented her with a couple of lovebirds on the special day – or what he believed to be lovebirds, at least.

The significance of the lovebirds

While a pair of birds may seem like a curious Valentine’s gesture, the gift does have particular significance when it comes to the Kutcher-Kunis clan. Kunis told DeGeneres, you see, that she and her two kids, Wyatt and Dimitri, had spent time together birdwatching from the window in their kitchen.

The star explained, “It was the most beautiful thing. We were fascinated with these little birds.”

Visiting the "bird lady"

It’s perhaps easy to see why Kunis was delighted and touched by Kutcher’s thoughtful gift, then. However, it turns out that the Hollywood actor perhaps hadn’t done as much research as he should have before heading to the pet shop.

And the couple found this out the hard way when they visited a “bird lady” whom their long-time friend DeGeneres had suggested to them.

From lovebirds to parakeets

Hilariously, Kunis explained that the expert had informed her and her husband that the so-called lovebirds weren’t actually lovebirds at all. They were, in fact, parakeets.

And DeGeneres didn’t exactly come to Kutcher’s defense when she learned of his mistake. She told Kunis, “[Parakeets are] like $10. Lovebirds are more expensive.”

Lovebirds don't come cheap

Yes, DeGeneres was spot on about the disparity in cost between the animals. Anyone looking to take home a parakeet should expect to pay anywhere between $10 and $35 at the average pet store.

Lovebirds, meanwhile, are far pricier, with values starting from $80 and going right up to a whopping $500 each.

An easy mistake to make

To be fair to Kutcher, though, the type of parakeet that he had accidentally ended up bringing home – the budgerigar – does look rather similar to the lovebird that he had meant to buy.

That said, the lovebird is in fact a variety of small parrot. And its real name is one that appeared to tickle Kunis as she recalled the story: the Agapornis.

"It's such a beautiful thought"

But Kutcher’s well-intentioned trip to the pet store wasn’t entirely in vain. After all, Kunis told DeGeneres’ audience that she still very much appreciated the effort to which her loving husband had gone.

She went on to clarify, “It’s the thought that counts, guys. And it’s such a beautiful thought.”

She loves the birds anyway

Plus, by the sound of it, Kunis is actually just as enamored with the budgies as she would have been with a pair of lovebirds. The Bad Moms star explained:

“So, now we have [two] really beautiful little parakeets, and one’s, like, teal, and one’s blue. But they’re not lovebirds, guys, ’cause that’s not what lovebirds look like, we learned.”

Parakeets have something in common with Kunis and Kutcher

Incidentally, the pets that Kutcher acquired purely as a result of a lack of research aren’t entirely inappropriate for an occasion such as Valentine’s Day.

That’s because trust and loyalty are two characteristics parakeets are said to possess. Plus, the birds are thought to be strictly monogamous creatures.

"They're so in love"

What’s more, Kunis and Kutcher have certainly had fun with the not-so-romantic Valentine’s gift. Kunis told DeGeneres that she and her husband often joke about how affectionate the two parakeets are with each other, for example.

While laughing, the actress said, “They’re so friendly! We’re like, ‘Oh, look, they’re so in love.’”


It’s also fair to say that the mishap wasn’t all Kutcher’s fault. The actor had received some poor advice from the pet store that he had chosen to visit, after all.

Kunis told DeGeneres, “[Ashton] called a Petco-like store and they were like, ‘Yes, come in. We have lovebirds.’ So, he walked in, and they’re like, ‘These are lovebirds!’”

Flowers would've been fine, too

But, of course, Kutcher may well have avoided the entire misunderstanding if he had just stuck to the type of Valentine’s treats that Kunis had requested earlier on in their relationship.

During a 2013 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Ted actress explained that although the holiday isn’t a massive deal for her, she still appreciates a good, old-fashioned gesture. “I love flowers,” she hinted.

Go all out, Ashton!

Kunis continued, “So, flowers are nice. Chocolates — who doesn’t like chocolate? Super stereotypical.” And, fully embracing the true spirit of the romantic holiday, the Black Swan star also added:

“I want the biggest bear and a thousand roses. If we’re going to do it, we might as well do it full out.”

Still very much in love

However, Kutcher’s Valentine’s Day gift fail doesn’t appear to have affected his relationship in the long run. Less than two weeks after the February holiday, he and Kunis attended a highly exclusive post-Oscars bash.

Impressively, it had been organized by the Queen of Pop, Madonna. And the pair still looked very much in love as they posed for photos with each other.

A reclusive couple

Perhaps, then, the lovebirds – or rather parakeets – seem to have done the trick, since the Oscars party marked Kutcher and Kunis’ first official public appearance together in 15 months.

The A-list pair had last smiled for the assembled cameras at the Breakthrough Prize Awards back in 2017 – only the second time ever that they had graced the red carpet as a couple.

Jackie and Kelso return

Of course, the TV-couple-turned-real-life-couple is still going strong and even returned to their TV roots in 2023. The duo made an appearance on That '90s Show, a sequel to the sitcom that made them famous, as their original characters, Jackie and Kelso.

And their romance thrived even in TV land: on the show, the characters celebrate their second wedding. Kunis and Kutcher truly took "life imitating art" to the next level!