The Cast Of ‘Full House’ Then And Now ‘Fuller’
The milkman, the paperboy and yourself are likely viewers of the anticipated new Netflix original, “Fuller House,” but the question remains: How are they going to fit this “fuller” family into the damn red convertible for that classic theme song? The Tanner gang, albeit still looking good, is back and bigger than ever, despite the lack of Olsen twins.
If you’re tuning in, “Fuller House” — that’s not even a real word, “fuller” — begins streaming February 26. Better get to binge watching the originals. Now let’s have a look at each cast member from back then and see how they’re looking and what they’re up to now in our most relevant “Then & Now” segment to date.
Danny Tanner (Bob Saget)
For the those of you worried the potty-mouthed comic might sully the reprise of your favorite family drama, don’t worry too much, as most of the adults are only in for one or two episodes. Saget has been busy playing family-friendly roles in shows like “Raising Dad,” “Surviving Suburbia” and “How I Met Your Mother,” as well as popping into shows as himself in hits like “Louie” and “Entourage.” Saget, along with the other adults from “Full House” are set to appear in the pilot of “Fuller House,” titled “Our Very First Show, Again.”
Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos)
Oh, have mercy! Stamos has been on a roll since he left the show at its finale in 1995, becoming one of the Actors to Avoid Aging and stepping into a producer role for the new show. In addition to touring with The Beach Boys and stepping onto stage with the folks at “E.R.” Stamos prefaced “Fuller House” with his own show, “Grandfathered,” another family comedy that centers around him finding out he not only has a son he didn’t know about, but a granddaughter, too.
Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier)
The stand-up comedian has been touring but has also become a friendly familiar voice to a number of TV series, including “Robot Chicken” and “Extreme Ghostbusters,” as well as appearing on “Bob & Doug,” “Can’t Get Arrested” and Stamos’ show, “Grandfathered.”
Rebecca Donaldson (Lori Loughlin)
Aunt Becky is looking better than ever, and she’s back after playing the mommy role on a number of shows, including “Summerland” and the “90210” reboot. Since then, she’s done a number of guest roles on TV series, most recently a recurring spot on “When Calls the Heart.”
D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron-Bure)
The eldest of the Tanner children was busy a couple years after the eighth and final season wrapped, then took a six-year hiatus. In that time, Candace had some children and resumed picking up one-off roles in TV until 2011 when she stuck around for a character arc on “Make It or Break It.” The past 15 years for Candace have included a number of TV movies, but mostly juggling being a mother in real life as well as an actress. She’ll lead the new series as a single mother with the help of her sister and annoying best friend.
Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin)
All grown up and off the methamphetamines, Jodie Sweetin returned to TV after a spotty career fueled by a fully disclosed drug-addled celebrity fall from grace. The closed-door habits were revealed in a tell-all book, “UnSweetined,” just before Jodie straightened out her act and got back to work. Aside from “Can’t Get Arrested,” Sweetin hasn’t plugged herself into more than sporadic one-off roles, but she’s back in full force in the new series as the second lead and helpful little sister.
Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber)
The epitome of annoying neighbors is back, and she’s moving into Casa de Tannerito. A small fixture of the original show, this single white Uriel will be taking up one of the lead roles in the new series after having been out of the acting game almost completely since 1995’s finale.
Steve Hale (Scott Weinger)
Steve is back for the premiere of “Fuller House,” most likely just to eat all their food. The once-boyfriend of D.J. has kept busy with a lot of voice-over work for “Aladdin” animations, videos games and other Disney-related projects. He also guest starred on “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “What I Like About You.” Now he’s back and ready to gorge out in the fridge.
Nicky & Alex Katsopolis (Blake & Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit)
The little mop-headed toddlers from the final seasons of “Full House” are even making an appearance. Though he hasn’t been in the acting field, Dylan (right) has stayed in the industry working in the sound department as a foley artist for “Game of Thrones” and “Black Sails,” as well as the last (but not last) “Furious 7” film. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on “Game of Thrones.”
Dylan’s twin brother, Blake (left), is also coming back for the new pilot, now 25 and out of acting since the show’s finale in 1995. He’s reportedly a firefighter…that is, firefighter/actor. Didn’t see that coming, did you? Whatever happened to predictability?
Michelle Tanner (Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen)
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are not set to reprise their roles on the show; however, their story line will continue as the show will refer to little Michelle as all grown up and working in fashion. With the open door policy, the Olsen twins could come on anytime, especially with potentially subsequent seasons. The problem is likely which one would get to play the role.
Comet (Air Bud)
Yes, there’s a dog, but we’re not sure if it’s a rescue, and it’s likely not named Comet, since that dog, who — fun fact — also played “Air Bud” died in 1998. No word yet on Mr. Woodchuck.