50 of the 90’s Biggest Stars Then and Now Part 4

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#20 – Luke Perry


Hailing from Mansfield, Ohio, Luke Perry moved to Los Angeles right after high school to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor.

Tenacious and unwilling to give up on his dream, Perry auditioned for more than 200 roles before landing a spot in a commercial and a Twisted Sister music video alongside Alice Cooper. Shortly after, he caught his first major television break in a pair of soap operas before being cast as the handsome and brooding heartbreaker, Dylan McKay, on Beverly Hills, 90210.

Quickly becoming a teen idol throughout the 1990s, Perry branched out from television to films with movies like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and Riot. Taking a brief hiatus from 90210 in 1995, Perry returned to his role in 1998 and stayed through the show’s final episode in 2000. Although his star power isn’t quite what it once was, Perry has proven his tenacity yet again as he stars on the Up Network series Detective McLean: Ties That Bind as well as doing a considerable amount of voiceover work and appearing on Broadway.

#19 – Kel Mitchell


“Who loves orange soda?” One half of the famous youngster duo from the Nickelodeon sketch show All That, Kel Mitchell and his pal, Kenan Thompson, became household names with huge star power among young fans.

The duo went on to star in their own show, Kenan & Kel, and appeared together again in Good Burger. Mitchell even landed a role in the Ben Stiller comedy Mystery Men but has managed to disappear from the spotlight while his other comedic half, Kenan, has become one of the longest tenured performers on Saturday Night Live.

So what happened to Mitchell? Outside of his successful ventures with Kenan, Mitchell’s luck on his own proved to be quite different. Working as a voice actor on shows like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Wild Grinders, Mitchell appeared in a Kanye West music video in 2004 and co-hosted Dance 360, neither of which did much to further his career. The subject to a wildly rumored death hoax in 2006 circulating on Myspace, Mitchell is very much alive and well as he continues to work as an actor and rapper with far less star power than his former Nickelodeon fame.

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