If there is one show that takes me back to childhood, it’s definitely Full House. Watching it today really reminds me of a simpler time filled with rotary phones and ‘90s hair. The sitcom also launched Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to stardom when they shared the role of Michelle Tanner. The show debuted on September 22nd, 1987, and has never really been off the air.
If anything, Full House got even higher ratings after its cancellation in 1995. New generations of fans are born every day and can’t get enough of the beloved, timeless, family series. But the Tanner kids are all grown up, and we can see how their characters evolved in the Netflix spin-off show, Fuller House. But do you wonder what the actors have been up to?
Get your popcorn ready because here is the cast of Full House, then and now. Plus, we included some fun facts you probably never knew about the show.
Bob Saget as Danny Tanner
Danny Tanner was continually tidying up the Tanner household. Comedian Bob Saget plays the obsessively clean father of three. His character’s wife dies in a car accident, so his friend Joey and brother-in-law Jesse move in to help Danny raise his kids: D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle.
Although he played an uptight cookie-cutter character, Saget wasn’t so squeaky clean in real life. He was known for cussing behind the scenes and making jokes that were particularly inappropriate when there were kids on set. The actor has three children of his own from his first marriage to Sherri Kramer.
Bob Saget: Now
Bob Saget’s stand-up special “That’s What I’m Talking About” won the actor a Grammy nomination. He is also a best-selling author thanks to his 2014 memoir, “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.” The 64-year-old actor toured the country performing comedy shows and also starred on Broadway.
You may also recognize him as the voice of future Ted Mosby and narrator on How I Met Your Mother. In 2016, fans were thrilled when he joined the Full House cast in the show’s reboot, Fuller House. In 2018, Saget tied the knot with TV host Kelly Rizzo.
Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner
D.J. Tanner is the epitome of the perfect big sister. Especially since their mom died, D.J. took on a motherly role for her little sisters and was a responsible role model for viewers at home. Like a good girl in real life, Candace Cameron was the perfect actress for the role.
In 1996, shortly after Full House ended, Candace met and married hockey player Valeri Bure. Interestingly, Dave Coulier, who played Joey, introduced the pair. The couple is still happily married and has three beautiful children: Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.
Candace Cameron Bure: Now
For two seasons, Candace was a cohost of ABC’s The View but left because it was difficult for her to balance her work obligations and family life. She explained to People that traveling from coast to coast every single week was beginning to take a toll on her.
Since her Full House days, Cameron Bure starred in several Hallmark holiday movies, such as A Christmas Detour and Journey Back to Christmas. She also released a few books, appeared on Dancing with the Stars and, of course, Fuller House. D.J. grew up to be a widowed veterinarian with three children of her own.
Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner
Stephanie was the most chattery Tanner kid. As the middle child, Stephanie had a nosy personality that could get adorably annoying. Nobody could utter the words “how rude?” without thinking of little Stephanie. Jodi Sweetin was five years old when she started playing Stephanie.
As Jodi grew up, so did her character. We watched her grow from a scared kindergartener to dating boys. Unfortunately, things weren’t easy for Jodi after Full House ended. As a 14-year-old in the industry, Jodi turned to drugs – the same dangerous path as many child stars before her.
Jodie Sweetin: Now
Although Jodi’s drug addiction got bad, she is now sober and looking happier than ever. In 2009, she released a book called “UnSweetined: A Memoir” where she shared her experience as a recovering addict. The actress also made it pretty far on Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars.
The now-38-year-old has two children and played an exaggerated version of herself alongside Beverly Mitchel and Christine Lakin on Hollywood Darlings. If you’re looking for ‘90s nostalgia, I highly recommend it. Stephanie returned to the Tanner house for Fuller House, and Jodi seemed to have no problem getting into character. Her Stephanie personality still shines in adulthood.
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen as Michelle Tanner
The most famous kids who came out of the show are undoubtedly Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The beloved twins shared the role of Michelle Tanner since they were nine months old. Michelle stole America’s hearts with catchphrases like “You got it, dude” and “You’re in big trouble, mister.” They became so popular and capitalized on it while they were on the show.
The girls released made-for-TV movies like To Grandmother’s House We Go and Double, Double, Toil in Trouble, and several music videos in addition to playing Michelle for the first nine years of their life. After the show, the stars appealed to the “tween” demographic.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Now
Mary-Kate and Ashley went on to have incredibly successful careers in Hollywood. Right after Full House, they made their big-screen debut with It Takes Two. Then, they starred in two more shows: Two of a Kind and So Little Time. In addition to their successful videos, the girls started a fashion line and found their true passion.
After graduating high school, the twins enrolled at NYU and made close to no on-screen appearances before completely vanishing from the spotlight. The 34-year-old beauties own a few high-end fashion lines and don’t even have social media accounts. Fans were extremely disappointed when they refused to appear on Fuller House, the spin-off show of the one that made them famous.
Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone
Joey Gladstone was the perfect addition to the Tanner family. I mean, who doesn’t want an aspiring comedian in their mid-thirties living in their basement? Dave Caulier’s real-life humor was the reason he did such an excellent job on the show.
With catchphrases like “cut it out,” he was always there to put a smile on his family members’ faces. Before and after Full House, Coulier voiced cartoon characters on shows like Robert Chicken and Teen Titans. As you might have already guessed, the 61-year-old actor is also a stand-up comedian.
Dave Coulier: Now
Coulier married Jayne Modean back in 1990, and they have a son named Luc Coulier. The couple split up in 1992, three years before Full House ended. In 2014 he exchanged vows with photographer and producer Melissa Bring, and they seem to be happy together.
Coulier also gave fans a treat when he reprised his role as Joey Gladstone on Fuller House. The beloved character is married to a magician, and his four children are a complete nightmare, always messing with the rest of the kids. Even with a family of his own, Joey will always be a Tanner.
John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, “Uncle Jesse”
John Stamos will forever be everyone’s charming uncle. The hunky Jesse Katsopolis moved into the Tanner house after his sister, Pam (Danny’s wife), died in a car accident. The long-haired, motor-cycle riding, Elvis-loving ladies-man certainly has a soft spot for his nieces.
Once he put his leather-wearing days behind him, we saw Uncle Jesse’s soft side. Plus, everyone shipped Jesse and Becky, way before shipping couples was even a thing. In his eight seasons on the show, Jesse got married, had twin boys, Nicky and Alex, and still didn’t move out!
John Stamos: Now
Following his time on Full House, Stamos landed plenty of roles but nothing as notable as Uncle Jesse. In 2015, he starred in the show Grandfather, alongside Josh Peck. I personally loved it, but, unfortunately, it only lasted one season.
In April 2018, Stamos had a son named Billy with Caitlin McHugh; the pair tied the knot in February 2019. Of course, he joined his co-stars in Fuller House, which gave fans the nostalgia they didn’t know they needed. More recently, Stamos played Dr. Nicky, a therapist, in the hit thriller Netflix series You.
Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Katsopolis, “Aunt Becky”
Aunt Becky joined Full House in Season Two and brought the show the womanly touch it was missing. She came on as Danny’s co-host on “Wake Up, San Francisco.” Initially, Lori Loughlin was only signed up for six episodes, but the beloved character was a hit, and fans loved to watch her romance with Uncle Jesse blossom.
Her character acted as an older sister to the Tanner girls, and she gave them boyfriend advice and helped them put on makeup. She had a good girl persona which landed her roles in various Hallmark programs. In 1997, she married wealthy fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli
Lori Loughlin: Now
Loughlin played another aunt of the short-lived WB series, Summerland, starring Jesse McCartney and Zac Efron, who was relatively unknown at the time. She also played Debbie Wilson on the hit teen drama 90210. The actress also reprised her role as Aunt Becky on Fuller House.
However, she didn’t appear in the fifth and final season. Her name has been smeared all over the media, but not for positive reasons. She was the centerpiece of the college admission scandal and was accused of paying $500,000 to get her two daughters into USC. She recently served time in prison and is ready to get back to normal life.
Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler
Kimmy Gibbler is D.J.’s goofy best friend and a fan favorite. Her character is spunky, unique, and an honorary Tanner family member. Andrea Barber showed up as Kimmy in Episode Two and never left, which is fitting for her character. Everyone grew up with a Kimmy Gibbler, that friend who just walks into your house, eats all your food, but nobody minds.
Although she grew up on television, Barber decided to take a break from acting and focus on other aspects of her life instead, like school. She attended Whitter College, where she earned her degree in English and took an internship at the United Nations in Switzerland.
Andrea Barber: Now
Andrea Barber didn’t return to acting until the opportunity presented itself with Fuller House. She is still incredibly close with Candace and Jodi, so it was a dream to work with them on that set again. Her character evolved into a responsible mother and business owner with her party planning company, Gibbler Style.
She definitely still has that Gibbler charm, but now, instead of wishing she lived in that house, she actually does. Kimmy and her daughter, Ramona, moved in to help D.J. raise her three boys after her firefighter husband passed away. In real life, Barber has two kids, Tate and Felicity, with her ex-husband Jeremy Rytky.
Scott Weinger as Steve Hale
Scott Weinger joined the cast in Season Five, playing Steve Hale, D.J.’s dreamy boyfriend. He spent a lot of time in the Tanner house, or more specifically, the Tanner kitchen. As a wrestler, Steve was always eating. He was a fundamentally good guy with a big heart.
Fans were crushed when the pair broke up, but he surprised audiences in the series finale when he took D.J. to prom. Other than Full House, Weinger is known as the Disney character Aladdin’s voice in the 1992 movie. What you may not know about Weinger is that he graduated from Harvard University in 1998 with a degree in English and American Literature.
Scott Weinger: Now
Since Full House, Weinger has been doing some work behind the camera. He wrote and produced hit shows like 90210 and Black-ish. He seems to enjoy that side of the industry, although he takes on acting roles every once in a while. Back in 2008, he married producer Rina Mimoun and, in 2000, they had their son Mischa.
In 2016, the iconic TV boyfriend showed up for Fuller House. In Season One, fans were disappointed to see that D.J. and Steve didn’t end up together. However, by the series finale of Fuller House, we finally saw this nostalgic couple tie the knot after all these years.
Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit as Nicky and Alex Kastopolis
Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit played Jesse and Becky’s trouble-making twins. Nicky and Alex were born in Season Five of Full House on the same day as their cousin Michelle. Since they lived in the Tanner house, the boys were recurring characters up until the series finale in 1995.
However, twins playing the role of twins can get very tricky. As we all know, Michelle was played by both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen because of child labor laws. Since you can only film a child for a certain number of hours, they could switch off the twins. But when it came to the boys, it was more difficult to capture shots because they were both on-screen at the same time.
Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit: Now
Blake and Dylan grew up into dashing gentlemen. They haven’t done much acting since Full House, but they warmed fans’ hearts when they made a couple of appearances in Fuller House. (At least one set of the show’s twins showed up). These days, the twins have found success behind the scenes.
Dylan worked as a foley (sound) artist for hit movies like Furious 7, Game of Thrones, Lost in Space, and Castle Rock. He landed Primetime Emmy nominations for sound editing and won three awards. Blake works as an audio engineer, according to his Twitter account. He did some foley mixing for the movie Beyond White Space and shows like FBI and Castle Rock.
A Fuller House Premonition
We know that the 2016 spin-off show is called Fuller House, but did you know that an episode in the original Full House series was called Fuller House? In Season Four, Episode Twenty, we watched newlywed Uncle Jesse, unable to emotionally handle moving out of the Tanner Home. Meanwhile, Stephanie was having trouble with fractions.
Since it was so hard for Uncle Jesse to move in with his new wife, they did the only rational thing, move into the Tanner’s attic. – hence why it’s called Fuller House. Another interesting tidbit is that Ashley Olsen’s middle name is Fuller. She was destined to be on the reboot but disappointed us all.
House of Comics
Jeff Franklin used to be a writer for Laverne & Shirley, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and Bosom Buddies (where Bob Saget did stand-up comedy). His initial idea was a show about three stand-up comedians living in the same house. However, ABC wanted a more family-oriented show, so he made some changed.
Franklin admitted that he didn’t think the network would like his idea. He said that a widower inviting his brother-in-law and best friend to live with him and help him raise his kids is a scenario that literally exists “nowhere in the world.” But in the end, it got picked up. Way to adapt, Jeff.
The Original Danny
Saget was Franklin’s first choice to play the father of three, but he worked on CBS’s The Morning Program. Paul Reiser was next on the list, but he chose to star in My Two Dads instead. John Posey landed Danny’s role at the end, and the entire pilot was filmed with him.
Not many people knew about this pilot until it was released in the DVD version of the show, and I can’t even tell you how weird it is to watch. When Saget got fired from The Morning Program, he hit up Franklin for a job, who reshot the entire pilot with Bob Saget as Danny.
When Art Imitates Life
Back in 1979, aspiring stand-up comedian Dave Coulier met established comic Bob Saget. Coulier took up Saget on his offer to let him know whenever he was in Los Angeles, and the two became good pals. In fact, Coulier crashed at Saget’s house in real life.
Coulier told The Huffington Post, “The irony of all of this is that when I didn’t have an apartment, I slept on Bob’s couch.” The two became good pals and then had the opportunity to work together for eight seasons of Full House. They still consider themselves best friends.
Dave Stole Joey’s Catchphrase From a Friend
For a short while, Coulier and director of The Big Bang Theory, Mark Cendrowski, were a comedy duo. Cendrowski played a character named “Mark Suave” who would tell women in the audience, “You’re in love with me, now cut. It. Out.” “So, I told him, ‘I’m going to steal that. I’m going to use that someday,” Caulier told Buzzfeed.
“And he said, ‘Ah, you can steal that.’ So, I starred on a show on Nickelodeon called Out of Control, and it became my hook on the show. And when Full House started, I just brought it over, and it stuck.”
Uncle Adam Just Doesn’t Have the Same Ring to It
Originally, Uncle Jesse was supposed to be Uncle Adam; that was just the character’s name in the script. However, when John Stamos landed the role, he thought Adam sounded kind of nerdy and told Franklin he would prefer Jesse’s name. Franklin was fine with it.
Stamos picked the name Jesse because that was the name of Elvis’s twin brother, and, as we know, Uncle Jesse has a huge Elvis obsession. However, we learned later on in the series that Jesse’s birth name was Hermies, but he begged his parents to change it to Jesse because it sounded much cooler.
The Olsen Twins Were Hired Because They Didn’t Cry
Every ‘90s kid (me included) wished they were Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They were beautiful, rich, talented, extremely successful, and got to travel the world. But it didn’t take much for them to land their breakout role. Due to child labor laws, the network desperately needed twins to play the youngest Tanner, baby Michelle.
Usually, shows use twins at first and switch to a more professional actor as the character grows up. There were only 10 sets of twins auditioning, and the only reason the Olsens got the part was because they didn’t cry. Of course, fans fell in love with the twins, and they shared the role of Michelle until the show wrapped.
Comet Was Airbud
Comet the dog was a beloved member of the Tanner family, but his real name was Buddy. The doggy actor was incredibly talented since he could shoot a basketball, stop soccer balls and hockey pucks, and catch baseballs. Well, his basketball skills landed him a starring role in Air Bud and Air Bud 2.
Sadly, Buddy passed away in 1998 from synovial cell sarcoma. Since dogs don’t live as long as people, naturally, his character Comet would also be dead by now, so, obviously, he wasn’t in the reboot. However, the Fuller family adopted Cosmo, or as Max called him, Comet Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr.
Only One Episode Was Shot in San Francisco
Only one episode of Full House was actually filmed in San Francisco. As we know, the Tanners live in San Francisco. They headed over there to get shots for the intro as they drove around. But even some parts of the intro weren’t shot in San Francisco.
The only other time filming took place in San Francisco was in the Season Eight premiere, Comet’s Excellent Adventure. All the other episodes were filmed on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles, with the exception of the Hawaii and Walt Disney World episode.
The Iconic House
The Full House home is one of the most recognizable houses on TV. I mean, that red door has become iconic over the years. Unsurprisingly, the house was only used for exterior shots. The three-story Victorian is located on 1709 Broderick street, but the door has since been painted a sleek black.
The home happens to be one of the oldest and largest of seven San Francisco houses known as the “Painted Ladies.” In 2016, Jeff Franklin paid $4 million for the home and planned to turn it into a replica of the Full House set and allow fans to come to visit. But as you might imagine, the neighbors weren’t thrilled with his idea, so he renovated the 1892 home into a modern masterpiece.
Everywhere You Look, Everywhere You Go
The Full House theme song Everywhere You Look takes me back to childhood every single time I hear it. As a kid, the second I heard “whatever happened to predictability,” I would run to the television. The song was performed by Jesse Fredrick and co-written by Bennet Salvay.
The writing duo also wrote the theme songs for Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, and Step By Step. Very impressive. Jeff Franklin also received a writing credit for the song. The cast has been spotted performing the tune on more than one occasion.
D.J.’s First Kiss
The eldest Tanner sister, D.J.’s full name was actually Donna Jo Margaret Tanner. They mentioned it randomly on the show. If you were wondering, Stephanie’s middle name is Judith, and Michelle’s full name is Michelle Elizabeth Tanner.
Candace Cameron also had her first kiss as D.J. The 13-year-old actress was embarrassed because everyone watched her, including her parents, and she was an inexperienced kid. She even asked Lori Loughlin if she should open or close her eyes. It looks like Loughlin acted as her supportive aunt off-screen too.
Little Richard Slapped Jodie Sweetin
Full House is known for having some pretty impressive guest stars. They’ve had athletes like Kareem Abdul-Jabber, comedians like Phyllis Diller, but they were known for their musical guests, such as the Beach Boys, who appeared in more than one episode.
Another musical surprise was Little Richard in the episode entitled Too Little Richard Too Late. The singer accidentally smacked Stephanie Tanner’s face after finishing a piano solo. “He felt so bad,” Sweetin revealed to The Huffington Post. “But I’m on a fairly short list of people who can say Little Richard has slapped them.”
There Were Almost Two More Seasons
In the ‘90s, TV budgets became bigger and bigger, and family shows weren’t as cool anymore. ABC canceled the successful show after eight seasons to keep up with the latest television trends. WB was just starting off and wanted to poach a hit show from an established network and tried to snatch the newly canceled show.
They were planning on filming two more seasons, but the arrangement didn’t work out. Some of the cast members weren’t interested and thought it was time to move on. The WB ended up snagging Sister Sister instead.
Friends Filmed in the Full House Sound Stage
After Full House got canceled, the newly picked up sitcom Friends was filmed on that same sound stage. John Stamos made a guest appearance on a 2003 episode of Friends in the episode, The One With the Donor.
Even though this was eight years after the cancelation of Full House, Stamos claimed that Dave Coulier’s underwear was still on the roof of his old dressing room. It’s funny that he just put his underwear up there, but not very shocking. I would be more surprised if these hilarious antics didn’t happen on the Full House set.
Gail Edwards Quit Acting After Playing Vicky Larson
Vicky Larson became a major character on the show when she began dating Danny after working with him on Wake Up, San Francisco, when Becky was on maternity leave. In the Season Seven Episode The Perfect Couple, Vicky and Danny broke up.
After the characters called off their engagement, actress Gail Edwards never returned to the show. At around the same time, her recurring role on Blossom also ended. A year later, she made an appearance on Touched by an Angel before leaving showbiz at age 41. She did, however, show up for one episode of Fuller House.
Previous Remake Attempts
Even after Full House got canceled, new generations of fans got to enjoy that show through reruns. The family sitcom has a timeless essence to it which audiences are drawn to. That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that there have been attempts at remakes in the past.
John Stamos pitched a semi-remake of Full House back in 2008, but, unfortunately, it went nowhere. Then, in 2009, he worked on a movie idea and had James Franco in mind to play Uncle Jesse, Steve Carell as Danny, and Tracy Morgan as Joey. But that idea never made it to the screen either. The actual reboot came as a spin-off series through Netflix in 2016.
Jesse and the Rippers Reunited
Jesse & the Rippers sounds like such a throwback. The band was trying to land a record deal throughout the show’s run. They finally had one hit with their Beach Boys cover of Forever. Well, at least it was a hit in Japan.
In 2013, Jesse reunited with the Rippers on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed some covers: Little Sister by Elvis Presley, Hippy Hippy Shake by The Beatles, the Full House theme song, Everywhere You Look, and of course, their number one in Japan jam, Forever. Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin make cameos.