‘Silver Spoons’ Forged Then and Now

The favored ’80s sitcom Silver Spoons informed the story of an lovable younger boy, Ricky Stratton (Ricky Schroder) who got here to dwell along with his rich, irresponsible father, Edward Stratton III (Joel Higgins) who was initially unaware of his existence. Airing from 1982 to 1986, the present, with the gifted Silver Spoons forged, offered an enthralling position reversal, with an immature father and a preternaturally subtle son.

Over the course of 5 seasons, we got here to understand all of the laughs father and son gave us, in addition to the candy classes they taught each other. And we’ll always remember that toy-filled mansion the place the Strattons made their house! Over 40 years after Silver Spoons debuted, we’re looking again on the forged and what they’ve been as much as currently.

Ricky Schroder as Ricky Stratton

Ricky Schroder from the 'Silver Spoons' cast, then and now
Left: 1980; Proper: 2020Barbara Rosen/IMAGES/Getty; Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/AFP/Getty

Ricky Schroder made his appearing debut at age 9, taking part in Jon Voight’s son within the 1979 movie The Champ. The teen took house a Golden Globe Award for Greatest New Male Star and to this present day, he holds the title of youngest Globe winner. Silver Spoons catapulted Schroder to little one stardom, however when the sitcom ended, he struggled to keep away from typecasting as a blond, boyish teen idol. (Click on via to examine in with extra 80s little one actors!)

Now 53, Schroder began going by Rick as an alternative of Ricky and taking up extra grownup roles within the late ’80s. He acted within the Western miniseries Lonesome Dove in 1989, and later joined the casts of intense reveals like NYPD Blue and 24. He’s additionally directed three movies (together with Black Cloud, starring Tim McGraw, and the Hallmark film Our Wild Hearts) and acted within the TV motion pictures Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colours and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colours: Circle of Love.

Joel Higgins as Edward Stratton III

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Joel Higgins began out as a Particular Companies Sergeant in command of leisure for the USA Military and spent quite a lot of years appearing in musicals, together with the primary nationwide tour of Grease. From there, he turned a sequence common within the cleaning soap opera Seek for Tomorrow. Following the cancellation of his short-lived cowboy comedy sequence Better of the West in 1982, Higgins was forged in Silver Spoons, and have become endlessly generally known as the last word man little one.

After Silver Spoons ended, Higgins was a part of the priesthood comedy Have Religion which tanked with audiences and ran for simply seven episodes. Now 80, Higgins acted in a handful of TV motion pictures and episodes within the ’80s and ’90s, and had his final appearing job reverse Nathan Lane and Gabriel Byrne within the 2016 comedy No Pay, Nudity. Exterior of appearing, Higgins has discovered a lot success as a composer of over 200 jingles for Kool-Help, M&M’s and extra.

Erin Grey as Kate Summers-Stratton

Left: 1979; Proper: 2018Michael Ochs Archives/Getty; Albert L. Ortega/Getty

Kate is Edward’s secretary/assistant who has a crush on him however is just too shy to inform him.  Finally she overcomes her shyness and turns into his spouse and Ricky’s stepmom.  

Following a profitable modeling profession within the ’70s, Grey tried her hand at appearing. She rocked a white bodysuit and commanded viewers’ consideration as Colonel Wilma Deering within the sci-fi sequence Buck Rogers within the 25th Century. After that got here appearances in classics of the period like Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and Magnum, P.I.

Grey went on to behave in motion pictures together with the ninth installment within the Friday the 13th franchise and seem in a handful of reveals (together with a five-episode run on Baywatch). Grey in the end left appearing and have become a Tai Chi teacher and casting agent. Now 73, Grey owns a expertise company, Heroes for Rent, which focuses on casting sci-fi and fantasy actors for talking engagements, private appearances and charity occasions.     

Franklyn Seales as Dexter Roosevelt Stuffins

Franklyn Seales character intro on Silver SpoonsThe Norman Lear Impact/Youtube

Franklyn Seales got here on Silver Spoons in season two, taking up the position of Edward’s new enterprise supervisor, Dexter Roosevelt Stuffins, following the departure of actor Leonard Lightfoot.

Seales had his breakthrough taking part in Lt. Henry O. Flipper, the primary black West Level graduate, within the 1978 PBS TV drama The Trial of the Moke. He then co-starred within the 1979 movie The Onion Discipline, portraying real-life convicted cop killer Jimmy Lee “Youngblood” Smith, alongside James Woods and Ted Danson.

Sadly, Seales handed away in 1990 at simply 37 from problems associated to AIDS.   

Alfonso Ribeiro as Alfonso Spears

Left: 1990; Proper: 2022Barry King/WireImage/Getty; Noam Galai/Getty

Alfonso Ribeiro performed Alfonso Spears, Dexter’s cool nephew who turned Ricky’s finest good friend. Ribeiro joined the forged in season three and rapidly turned a fan favourite. Earlier than Silver Spoons, Ribeiro starred within the Broadway musical The Faucet Dance Child and danced alongside none aside from Michael Jackson in a Pepsi business.

After Silver Spoons, Ribeiro was forged as Will Smith’s conservative, preppy cousin in The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air. Now 52, Ribeiro nonetheless possesses a boyish allure and likability. Not solely has he starred in an iconic sitcom of the ’80s and an iconic sitcom of the ’90s, he’s additionally remained a popular culture fixture. He’s stored busy directing TV episodes and internet hosting a wide range of reveals, together with America’s Funniest Residence Movies: Animal Version and Dancing With the Stars.

Jason Bateman as Derek Taylor

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Because the youthful brother of Household Ties star Justine Bateman (see the Household Ties forged then and now!), Jason Bateman was destined for little one stardom. When the youthful Bateman was breaking into present biz, he was forged in a supporting position on Silver Spoons taking part in Derek Taylor, Ricky Stratton’s “unhealthy boy” good friend from army boarding faculty. 

Bateman was let go from the present after two seasons, because the producers have been allegedly involved he was upstaging Schroder. After Silver Spoons, he starred within the sitcom The Hogan Household. All through the ’90s, Bateman was a dependable TV presence, and within the ’00s, he starred within the hilariously dysfunctional household comedy Arrested Growth, successful over a brand new technology of followers.

Extra lately he acted within the acclaimed drama sequence Ozark, and he’s additionally been in comedy movies like Horrible Bosses and Recreation Night time. He at present hosts a preferred podcast, SmartLess, along with his Arrested Growth co-star Will Arnett and Will & Grace star Sean Hayes.

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