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Leslie Bega from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Leslie Bega From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: Leslie Bega played high strung Maria Borges on 'Head of the Class.' As you can see, her Borges character had clearly perfected the right amount of hair spray to achieve that famous '80s look. Before 'Head of the Class,' Bega appeared on shows like 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Highway to Heaven,' and breakdanced in the movie 'Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.'

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Rain Pryor from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Rain Pryor From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: Rain Pryor played street-smart tough girl Theola June “T.J.” Jones on ‘Head of the Class.’ It was her first professional acting role, which was based on a series of characters she performed for the show’s producers at her audition.

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Dan Frischman from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Dan Frischman From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: Dan Frischman played Arvid Engen, the biggest nerd in a class full of socially questionable geniuses, on 'Head of the Class.' Before that role, Frischman appeared on shows like 'Webster' and 'The Facts of Life,' playing -- you guessed it -- nerds.

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Dan Schneider from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Dan Schneider From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: Dan Schneider played the wisecracking, trouble-making computer hacker Dennis Blunden in 'Head of the Class.' Fans of '80s movies will also remember Schneider for his role in 'Better Off Dead', in which he played John Cusak's dorky next-door neighbor Ricky Smith, who lived with his domineering mother and a cute foreign exchange student.

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Robin Givens from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Robin Givens From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: Let's face it, no matter what else she did Robin Givens will be most famous for the dramatic 20/20 interview in which she accused her then husband Mike Tyson -- who was seated right next to her -- of domestic abuse. Nevertheless, the former model did have a pretty good run portraying pretty and preppy snob Darlene Merriman on 'Head of the Class.'

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Khrystyne Haje from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Khrystyne Haje From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: Khrystyne Haje played sensitive writer and poet Simone Foster on the sitcom 'Head of the Class.' During that time period Haje also won a Daytime Emmy for hosting the special 'Spaceship Earth: Our Global Environment.' When 'Head of the Class' ended in 1991, Haje went on to a steady steam of guest appearances on shows such as 'Murder, She Wrote' and 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose.'

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Lara Piper from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Lara Piper From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: Lara Piper added a bit of blonde to 'Head of The Class' when her sexy Viki Amory character joined the cast of geniuses for the show's final two seasons. The role helped the relatively inexperienced actress snag one of the leads on the short-lived Fox sitcom 'Key West.'

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Michael DeLorenzo from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Michael DeLorenzo From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: During the '80s, Michael DeLorenzo was a regular on two shows about high school -- 'Fame,' where he played the dancer Michael, and 'Head of the Class,' where he played Alex Torres. But his most famous role was in the '90s as Det. Eddie Torres on 'New York Undercover.' You may also remember DeLorenzo from the movies 'A Few Good Men' and 'Alive.'

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Joher Coleman from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Joher Coleman (aka Jory Husain) From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: The Wisconsin-born Jory Husain played Indian exchange student Jawaharlal Choudhury on the first three seasons of 'Head of the Class.' He started going by the name Joher Coleman in 1990, perhaps as a reaction to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein becoming a high profile enemy of the United States.

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Brian Robbins from 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Brian Robbins From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: Brian Robbins played writer wannabe Eric Mardian on the high school sitcom 'Head of the Class.' You could tell he was the school bad boy by his ever-present leather jacket. Before 'Head of the Class,' Robbins guest starred on '80s staples such as 'Mr. Belvedere,' 'Knight Rider,' 'Three's Company' and 'Growing Pains.'

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Tony O'Dell 'Head of the Class'
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Whatever Happened to Tony O’Dell From ‘Head of the Class’ and ‘Karate Kid’?

Then: Tony O'Dell played Alan Pinkard, the argyle sweater-wearing, Ronald Reagan-loving preppy -- yup, that character was pretty much an '80s-sitcom staple -- on 'Head of the Class.'

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Whatever Happened to Kimberly Russell From ‘Head of the Class’?

Then: On 'Head of the Class,' Kimberly Russell played Sarah Nevins, who may not have been the smartest among the geniuses, but was probably the nicest and most socially well-adjusted.

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Short Round, 'Indiana Jones'
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Whatever Happened to ‘Goonies’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ Star Jonathan Ke Quan?

Then: Jonathan Ke Quan's first acting gigs were in two of the most memorable movies of the '80s. He starred as Short Round in 'Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom,' and as Data in 'The Goonies.' He was also brought on during the fifth season of 'Head of the Class' to portray Jasper Kong, but his previous magic didn't rub off, and the sitcom was cancelled.

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Tannis Vallely
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Whatever Happened to ‘Head of the Class’ Star Tannis Vallely?

Then: Tannis Vallely played Janice Lazarotto, a 12-year-old prodigy who was able to outshine her older genius classmates in the sitcom 'Head of the Class.' Previous to that, Vallely appeared on the PBS show '3-2-1 Contact.'

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