See the Cast of ‘Party of Five’ Then and Now
In the FOX drama ‘Party of Five,’ the five Salinger siblings are forced to fend for themselves when both their parents are killed in a car accident.
The show wasn’t a hit when it premiered in 1994, but strong reviews kept it going long enough for it to gather a following. The drama ended up lasting six season and launched the careers of some fairly big stars.
See what the cast of ‘Party of Five’ is up to these days below.
Matthew Fox, Charlie Salinger
Then: Fox first turned heads as Charlie Salinger, an immature womanizing 24-year-old who has to grow up fast when his parents die in a car crash, leaving him to care for his four younger siblings. Fox had got his start as an actor two years earlier as one of the stars of the short-lived college drama ’Freshman Dorm.’
Now: Fox went on to even greater TV fame by playing Jack Shepard for six seasons on ‘Lost.’ After that popular drama ended in 2010, Fox declared that he was done with television. Last year he played a villain who menaced Tyler Perry in the thriller ‘Alex Cross,’ and he is set for prominent roles in big-budget films ’The Emperor’ and ‘World War Z.’
Scott Wolf, Bailey Salinger
Then: Wolf was Bailey, the second eldest Salinger, a high school football player who eventually struggles with and beats alcohol addiction. It was the first big role for Wolf, who also had minor parts in shows like ‘Saved By The Bell’ and ‘Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.’
Now: Wolf has been a fairly steady presence on TV since ‘Party of Five’ as a cast regular on ‘Everwood,’ ‘The Nine’ and ‘V.’ He currently does voices for the animated series ‘Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters,’ and will be in the upcoming films ‘The Volunteers’ and ’37.’
Neve Campbell, Julia Salinger
Then: Campbell broke out from ‘Party of Five’ thanks to her role as sensitive Salinger daughter Julia. It was one of her first parts and it coincided with a very successful big screen career, which included starring roles in ‘The Craft,’ ‘Wild Things’ and the ‘Scream’ franchise.
Now: The Canadian actress was last seen guest-starring on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ She is slated to appear in the historical drama ‘Vivaldi.’ In 2012, Campbell had her first child with partner actor J. J Field.
Lacey Chabert, Claudia Salinger
Then: Given that there were five children in the Salinger family, the rules of TV dictates at least one of them had to be a child prodigy. Chabert played Claudia Salinger, the kid with the giant brain. In 1998 she also began providing the voice of Eliza Thornberry on the Nickelodeon animated show ‘The Wild Thornberrys.’
Now: Although Chabert had a run of mid-decade big screen success with films like ‘Mean Girls’ (she was so “fetch”) and ‘Dirty Deeds,’ these days she is primarily a TV voice actress. Her recent voice credits include ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Robot Chicken,’ ‘Young Justice’ and ‘Transformers: Rescue Bots.’
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Reeves
Then: Love Hewitt’s Sarah Reeves character didn’t appear until ‘Party of Five’s’ second season, when she was set up on date with Bailey. She became the show’s breakout star, and her character was eventually spun-off into the short-lived series ‘Time Of Your Life.’ During that time period, she also starred in movies such as ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer.’
Now: Love Hewitt stars on the TV series ‘The Client List’ and plays a recurring role on the sitcom ‘Hot In Cleveland.’ Between 2005 and 2010, the TV vet was the lead character on ‘The Ghost Whisperer.’
Paula Devicq, Kirsten Bennett Thomas Salinger
Then: In ‘Party of Five,’ Devicq was Kristen Bennett, the nanny that Charlie immediately took a liking to. Although off-screen she was more interested in Scott Wolf, and the pair dated for some of the time ‘Party of Five’ was on-air.
Now: Post-‘Party of Five,’ Devicq is probably best known for her recurring role as Sondra on ‘Rescue Me.’ In 2012, she had a smart part in the Richard Gere film ‘Arbitrage.’
Scott Grimes, Will McCorkle
Then: Grimes was Baily’s best buddy Will McCorkle. A child actor with an extensive resume before ‘Party of Five,’ Grimes had been a series regular on the sitcom ‘United We Stand’ and had starred in the ‘Critters’ horror movie franchise.
Now: Grimes’ most famous TV character is probably Dr. Archie Morris on ‘ER.’ Since that show ended in 2009, Grimes has popped up on ‘Dexter’ and ‘NCIS’ and does voices for ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad.’ Grimes is also a singer/songwriter, and his single ‘Sunset Blvd’ charted in 2005.
Jeremy London, Griffin Holbroke
Then: ’90s heartthrob Jeremy London played Griffin Holbroke, Julia’s troubled boyfriend and eventual husband. Before ‘Party of Five,’ London had been on the network drama ‘I’ll Fly Away,’ and starred in the Kevin Smith movie ‘Mallrats.’
Now: Given that London’s most recent movies (‘The Devil’s Dozen,’ ‘Edge of Salvation’) haven’t exactly been hits, he is probably best known these days for a bizarre 2010 incident in which he was kidnapped at gunpoint and “forced” do drugs. (Somebody actually ended up going to jail for doing this to him.) This is not to be confused with a more recent bizarre incident involving Jeremy’s identical twin brother Jason (‘Dazed And Confused‘) in which Jason was arrested for assault after being badly beaten in a bar fight. Remind us not to ever hang out with the London boys.
Jacob Smith, Owen Salinger
Then: Jacob Smith played Owen, the fifth Salinger in ‘Party of Five,’ once the character became old enough to have drama of his own. He followed that up by appearing in the ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’ franchise and co-starring with Taylor Momsen in the family comedy ‘Hansel & Gretel.’
Now: Smith hasn’t acted since appearing on the TV show ‘Secrets of a Small Town’ in 2006. He used to be in the punk rock band My September Story.