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Top 5 90s to Now Stars

Linda Cardellini
The Judd Apatow-produced Paul Feig-created Freaks and Geeks debuted in the tail end of the nineties, and starred such then-unknowns as Martin Starr, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco, Samm Levine, Busy Phillips, Lizzy Caplan, Joanna García, Ben Foster, but the star of the gone far too soon program was Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir. Perhaps it’s easiest to picture that ever-present green jacket, or the scene where Segel’s Nick sings to Weir’s Lindsay in the basement to Styx’s Lady, it was clear that Cardellini was the driving force of the show. This is also true on the Netflix original Bloodline, in which Cardellini plays perhaps the most central figure of the Rayburn clan, and the only female of the siblings, Meg, who may be holding on to the biggest secret of all.


Elden Henson
Perhaps everyone can identify with the outsider and the rebel. This is why Elden Henson’s Fulton Reed was a standout of The Mighty Ducks, in a film that featured young Joshua Jackson, Jussie Smollett, and of course, Emilio! Estevez as Coach Gordon Bombay, (Ken Thompson also showed up for the sequels). Fulton Reed was perhaps most memorable for his slapshot, (which he protested only worked one out of every five times), and for having his first name on the back of his jersey, which was pretty badass. Contrast this performance with Henson’s most recent role as Foggy Nelson on the Marvel and Netflix team-up Daredevil. Here, it is Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Daredevil who is something of a rebel. Henson plays the more mild-mannered law partner of Murdock, Foggy, who maintains an interest in Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page, in contrast to Murdock.


Laura Prepon / Natasha Lyonne
Orange is the New Black is a phenomenon, the little show that could on Netflix. While Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman is the main star, every Orange fan knows that the supporting characters make this Litchfield jail set show what it is. Two of the standouts are Laura Prepon, from That ’70s Show, who was bewitching as the redheaded Donna on that program, (as the love interest and literal girl next door for Topher Grace’s Eric), and Natasha Lyonne from American Pie, in which she played the worldly wise Jessica, friend to Vicky, played by Tara Reid, (wow, the nineties feel so long ago). On OITNB, Prepon plays Alex Vause, sultry brunette lesbian who led Chapman into prison in the first place, and was sorely missed in the second season, as she appeared in only a handful of episodes. Lyonne is the wonderfully named Nicky Nichols, also a lesbian, who seduces many of the inmates and has some of the best lines on the show. Interestingly, another cast member from American Pie, Jason Biggs, who played Jim was on OITNB as Piper’s husband Larry, but will be sitting out season 3.


Will Smith
In West Philadelphia, born and raised…if you are the type of person that can recite all of the words to Will Smith’s semi-autobiographical sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, then you are the person for which nineties newstalgia exists. If not, then stop reading this article immediately and catch up on every episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air immediately. Of course, Will Smith continues to be a megastar, and is currently shooting Suicide Squad in Canada, but some of his more recent efforts, like the underrated Men in Black 3 are checking out. Smith is the king of action and comedy.

Kevin Spacey
Who had heard of Spacey when he played the absolutely transcendent role of John Doe in the David Fincher-directed Seven? Or when he embodied Verbal Kint in the Usual Suspects? The endings of those two movies stayed with viewers long after the movies were over, giving them nightmares, and leading Spacey to greater recognition, and a best actor Oscar for TIFF People’s Choice winner American Beauty, as Lester Burnham. While Spacey continued to act in some choice projects, he did not find a role that befit him as well until reteaming with Fincher in the Netflix original House of Cards. Frank Underwood is another incredible part for Spacey.


Freaks and Geeks, Bloodline, Mad Men, Daredevil, The Mighty Ducks, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Orange is the New Black, American Pie, American Wedding, That ’70s Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Men in Black 3, Seven, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty and House of Cards are all streaming on Netflix Canada.