The Cast of ‘Roseanne’ Then and Now

ROSEANNE, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Roseanne, Michael Fishman, John Goodman, yr. 1, 1988-97
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Roseanne was a beloved sitcom, praised for showing a more realistic version of a middle-class American family, was not without controversy. The show was not shy about tackling hot-button subjects including abortion. When the show was rebooted in 2018, its main character played by Roseanne Barr was killed off because of Barr’s insensitive tweets at the time. The show was rebranded to The Conners and followed up with the rest of the clan.

The original series debuted in October 1988 and is now celebrating the 35th anniversary of its inception. Which begs the question, what are the main cast members up to now? Let’s find out!

Roseanne Barr (70)

ROSEANNE, Roseanne Barr, 'Ballroom Blitz ', season 8, ep. 22, 4/30/1996, (1988-2018).

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Barr became famous as a stand-up comedian before gaining her own show playing the character Roseanne Harris-Conner. She won several awards during that time including an Emmy and Golden Globe. After the show ended in 1997, she returned to her stand-up roots as well as began guest-starring on several popular shows including The Office and Portlandia. On the heels of her Roseanne fame, she hosted The Roseanne Show from 1997 to 2000.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Roseanne Barr Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on April 30, 2018 in New York City

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Barr appeared briefly in the reboot until she was fired after just one season. Now she is outspoken about cancel culture and recently had her own stand-up special called Roseanne Barr: Cancel This! on Fox Nation. She has been married three times and has five children.

John Goodman (71)

ROSEANNE, Roseanne, John Goodman, yr. 1, 1988-97

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Goodman was already famous when he signed on to play Dan Conner, Roseanne’s husband in the show. When he was young, he was a college football player but an injury led him to get interested in acting. He went on to star in many films during and after the show including The Flintstones, The Big Lewbowski, and Monster’s Inc., to name a few.

THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES, John Goodman, I Will Take You by the Hand and Keep You', (Season 3, ep. 308, aired July 30, 2023)

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He currently acts on The Conners and The Righteous Gemstones. Goodman has been married to Anna Beth Hartzog since 1989 and they have one child, a daughter named Molly.

Laurie Metcalf (68)

ROSEANNE, Laurie Metcalf, 1988-97

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Prior to starring as Jackie Harris in Roseanne, Metcalf mostly worked in theater. After Roseanne, she starred in Norm and appeared in films such as the Toy Story franchise, Uncle Buck, Lady Bird, The Big Bang Theory, and Meet the Robinsons.

THE DROPOUT, Laurie Metcalf as Phyllis Gardner, I'm in a Hurry', (Season 1, ep. 101, aired Mar. 3, 2022).

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She is currently reprising her role as Jackie in The Conners. Metcalf has been married twice and has four children.

Sara Gilbert (48)

ROSEANNE, Sara Gilbert, Season 3, Ep. 'Bird Is The Word'. 1988-1997

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Gilbert got her big break on Roseanne as Darlene Conner. She continued to act after the show ended, guest-starred on several big shows including The Big Bang Theory and Atypical, as well as became a co-host on The Talk. She was a co-host for nine years and was an executive producer.

ATYPICAL, Sara Gilbert, 'Only Tweed', (Season 3, Episode 305, aired Nov. 1, 2019).

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While Gilbert dated her Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki as a teen, she later married Linda Perry from 2014 to 2019. She has three children, two from a previous relationship. Gilbert has also reprised her role on The Conners.

Alicia ‘Lecy’ Goranson (49)

ROSEANNE, Lecy Goranson, 1988-97,

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Goranson played Becky Conner for the first five seasons of the series and made small appearances during season eight. She was replaced by Sarah Chalke due to attending Vassar College at the time.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Lecy Goranson attends the 2022 Humanitas Prizes Awards ceremony luncheon at The Beverly Hilton on September 09, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.

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After her time on the show and in college ended, she appeared in a few movies including Boys Don’t Cry and Buck Run. She returned to play Becky in The Conners.

Sarah Chalke (47)

ROSEANNE, Sarah Chalke, (1997-Season 9), 1988-97

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Chalke came in to replace Goranson as Becky in several seasons of the show. Afterward, she landed perhaps her most beloved role as Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs from 2001 to 2010. She was also a recurring character in How I Met Your Mother. Despite Goranson returning to play Becky in the reboot, Chalke also returned to play the character Andrea.

FIREFLY LANE, Sarah Chalke, 'Time After Time', (Season 2, Part 2., ep. 212, aired Apr. 27, 2023)

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More recently, she has appeared in Firefly Lane and voiced characters in the shows Ricky and Morty and Paradise PD. She has two kids from her former relationship with Jamie Afifi.

Johnny Galecki (48)

ROSEANNE, Johnny Galecki, Season 6, 1988-97

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Galecki was an established actor when he appeared during the fourth season of Roseanne as David Healy. His biggest role to date came years later as Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory from 2006 to 2019.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Johnny Galecki attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 30th Anniversary Screening of "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation" at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn theatre on December 12, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California

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More recently, he reprised his role in The Conners and appeared in Rings and A Dog’s Journey. He has one son.

Michael Fishman (41)

ROSEANNE, Michael Fishman, 1988-97

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Fishman played D.J. Conner, the youngest son of Roseanne and Dan. He appeared during the first few seasons of The Conners but has since left the show. He hasn’t done a lot of acting since Roseanne but appeared in popular shows such as Hey Arnold! and Seinfeld.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 19: Michael Fishman attends the 58th Cinema Audio Society Awards at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on March 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California

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His most recent role was in Abducted by My Teacher: The Elizabeth Thomas Story but he also produces and directs. He has two children from a previous marriage.

Tom Arnold (64)

ROSEANNE, Tom Arnold, 1988-97

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Arnold was a writer on Roseanne and was married to Barr from 1990 until 1994. After her suggestion, he wrote himself into the show as the character Arnie Thomas. After leaving the show and his marriage to Barr, he starred in The Jackie Thomas Show.

FUBAR, Tom Arnold, Here Today, Gone To-Marrow', (Season 1, ep. 105, aired May 25, 2023)

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He continues to act on television and in films, in projects such as True Lies, FUBAR, and NCIS: New Orleans. He has several projects in the works, as an actor, producer, and writer. He married three more times after his marriage to Barr and has two children.

Now tell us, did you watch Roseanne? Who is your favorite character in the series?

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