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The Biggest Stars of The 90s Have Been Surprisingly Busy Since Disappearing From The Shows That Made Them Famous

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The children of today's generation will never know the level of quality that was television in the 90s. Our before and after school viewing habits came complete with their own brand of stars who left us with memories of simpler times. But where are those stars now?

1. Alyson Hannigan

The awkward geek turned supernatural crime fighting witch, Alyson Hannigan was one of the first to make being "geeky" at school cool. After Buffy, she went on to star in the American Pie movie series, and followed that up as one of the lead characters in the wildly successful sitcom, How I Met Your Mother.

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2. James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek has come a long way from his portrayal of Dawson on the hit 90's show Dawson's Creek. He went on to star in the late 90's football movie Varsity Blues and several other movies that never really blew up. He has also appeared in multiple television shows in several capacities, but only made the main cast in Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23, Friends With Better Lives, CSI Cyber, and Carters Get Rich.


3. Sarah Michelle Gellar

If you were a kid growing up in the 90s, you likely loved Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Gellar also starred in the 90s slasher flick I Know What You Did Last Summer, and made an appearance in the Scream franchise as well. Since marrying her long-time husband Freddie Prinze Jr., she has mainly avoided the limelight of Hollywood.


4. Freddie Prinze Jr.

Many a young lady of the 90s had a huge crush on this teen heartthrob. He starred in a number of 90's hits including; I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, She's All That, Summer Catch, and The Scooby Doo movies. He hasn't appeared in anything since 2008, and much like his wife, he stays out of the limelight as they raise their children. Though Freddie has published his own cookbook which might be worth a read.


5. Jennifer Love Hewitt

She was my teen crush. When she appeared in Can't Hardly Wait, I was enthralled.  She has appeared in several movies over the years, but has made most of her bones starring on television. She played the main character Melinda Gordon for 107 episodes of the Ghost Whisperer, was on 25 episodes of The Client List, and spend one season on the hit show Criminal Minds.

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6. Mark-Paul Gosselaar

What 90s kid didn't watch Saved By The Bell every morning before school? Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zach Morris was everything we all wanted to be in high school, popular, funny, attractive and going places. He has stayed in Hollywood all these years, appearing in multiple films and shows. He played the lead role in the three season show Franklin & Bash.

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7. Mayim Bialik

Bialik starred in the hit 90s show Blossom and then seemed to disappear off the face of the earth. It turns out that she took a break in order to focus on school, eventually earning her PhD in neuroscience form UCLA. She currently stars as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit show The Big Bang Theory.

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8. Ben Savage

Boy Meets World was a cultural phenomena, and Ben Savage playing Cory Matthews was leading the charge. The show spanned 7 seasons following Savage's character from grade 6 through until college. After the show finished he only took minor television acting roles, until the spin-off finally happened. Girl Meets World followed the daughter of Cory and Topanga on her own educational and social journey.

9. Joshua Jackson

Even before Dawson's Creek, Jackson had made a name for himself through the Disney movie franchise, The Mighty Ducks. Since that time he has had a few movie roles since then, most notably in Cruel Intentions. He is still acting but his days as a Hollywood heartthrob/darling are long behind him.


10. Alicia Silverstone

Launching into stardom as Cher in Clueless, she was poised for huge things. She hasn't done much in the last decade, but has spent time working on Broadway. She was recently cast in the upcoming show American Woman.

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Who was your favorite 90s star?