Where are they now?
We all loved the hilarious comedy Family Matters from the 90’s. From Steve Urkel’s hilarious personality to the great interactions between Carl Winslow and his wife, there was never a shortage of laughs with this show. Most of the cast members moved on pretty quickly after the show ended in 1998, but some of them might surprise you with what they’re doing nowadays. You might see Jaleel White on television every now and then, but boy would you be surprised at what Jamiee Foxworth, the girl who played Judy Winslow, is up to nowadays. Check it out!
Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson)
VelJohnson was born in 1952 in Queens, New York. He went to high school with both George Tenet and Ron Jeremy before he went on and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts. His acting career started soon after, and he became a star on Family Matters.
He didn’t have any big roles with television or movies before he starred in Family Matters, but he did have a small role as a jail guard in 1984 hit movie Ghostbusters. Not only that, but he played a limo driver in Crocodile Dundee and a police officer in Turner & Hooch with Tom Hanks. However, his biggest claim to fame was probably his role as Sgt. Al Powell in 1988 film Die Hard. His character even came back for the sequel in 1990.
Nowadays the 65-year-old VelJohnson is still in the acting business. It’s not as frequent as it used to be, but in the past few years he’s made appearances on Girl Meets World, Liberty Grossing, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and he has a 2018 film called Funny Story on the way.
VelJohnson has also been involved with a lot of theater work, and he took a title role in the off-Broadway show She all Dat! in 2004. He’s also the writer of a critically-acclaimed series of short stories called “Division Street.” He may be getting up there in age, but he shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to his career.
Harriette Winslow (JoMarie Payton)
In the ’80s, Jo Marie Payton had small roles in The New Odd Couple, Small Wonder, 227, and the teen movie Troop Beverly Hills, but nothing would spark her career more than her role as Harriette Winslow.
Her career-defining role was when she played an elevator operator by the name of Harriette Winslow on an ABC sitcom called Perfect Strangers. Fans loved her character, and she was so well-received as an actress that she was given her own sitcom, and that’s how Family Matters was born.
Unfortunately, Jo Marie Payton left the show halfway through the final season and the role was given to Judyann Elder. Payton later explained that she felt like she was being held back by the show, and wanted to expand herself and be able to work on other projects.
After she left the show she made appearances on Moesha, 7th Heaven, Will & Grace, Judging Amy, Reba and even Desperate Housewives and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. Later on she voiced Sugar Mama on the Disney hit cartoon show The Proud Family.
She’s still acting to this day, and she even has a role as Lorene in the upcoming The Little Mermaid film. She had a role in the Mann and Wife TV series from 2015 to 2016, and played Maebell in Jerico.
Eddie Winslow (Darius McCrary)
Darius McCrary started his career as a child actor at the young age of 11 when he had a role in the 1987 comedy Big Shots. He also had a short stint on a few different TV sitcoms, and he also had a role in the 1998 movie Mississippi Burning. He later landed the role as Eddie on Family Matters and there was no looking back. Surprisingly enough, he was actually younger than Kellie Shanygne Williams who played Laura Winslow.
After the show was over, McCrary starred in a short UPN series titled Freedom. After that, he had roles with Robert De Niro in 15 Minutes and Whoopi Goldberg in Kingdom Come. Even if you were a huge fan of Eddie’s you might not know that he voiced Optimus Prime’s partner Jazz in 2007’s Transformers. He also pumped out a small role in Saw VI.
From 2009 to 2011, he played photographer Malcolm Winters on CBS drama The Young and the Resteless with his former Family Matters co-star Bryton McClure.
Most recently he played small roles in TV shows Snowfall, The Catch, Star, and Da Jammies.
McCrary has been divorced twice, and he was even involved in a custody battle with one of his ex’s over his son who was three years old at the time.