There was a time when Nickelodeon was the be-all, end-all. Although Disney was a machine pumping out movies and TV shows, Nickelodeon had a number of hit series that we all loved. For two decades, it really was on the top of its game.
The most famous stars that came from these series mostly starred on shows that debuted after the year 2000. These would be people like Jamie-Lynn Spears, Victoria Justice, and Ariana Grande. But in the 1990s, there were a number of other actors who went on to become just as big, if not bigger.
Some of these stars had big roles on these Nickelodeon shows, while others were only bit players and eventually became some of the most notable celebrities around. But not everybody has been able to sustain work in the industry. After all, it's pretty challenging.
Additionally, a lot of these stars went off and started families, making that their priority. But some did manage to thrive in both worlds and balance steady work and a wonderful family. Regardless of their success in the industry, every Nickelodeon star on this list is now a mom or a dad. Without further ado, here are 20 stars we grew up watching on Nickelodeon in the 1990s who are parents today.
20 Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds has got to be one of, if not the, biggest star on this list. Although many don't see him as a Nickelodeon guy, he actually appeared on the show Fifteen, which was one of his very first roles. The Vancouver-born actor has since gone on to become one of the most notable A-listers around. But he also settled down and married Gossip Girl actor Blake Lively. The pair have been true couple goals for years as they've balanced a great sense of humor and love with being two of the most attractive people out there. Not too long after their marriage, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively welcomed their daughter James, named after Reynolds’ father, in December 2014, and another daughter, Inez, in September 2016.
19 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba is another major star who most people don't recall being on a Nickelodeon show. But Jessica Alba actually got her start in the industry by appearing on three episodes of a Nickelodeon show in 1994, The Secret World of Alex Mack. It's okay if you don't remember this show, not many people do. But it was something that was on the air on Nickelodeon at the time. Because she appeared on this series, she was able to move to bigger things like the series version of Flipper from 1995 to 1998, where she played the lead character. Later on, she was on the show Dark Angel and then eventually became one of the big stars of Fantastic Four and Sin City. Although she still acts, Jessica Alba is primary a mom to the kids she has with producer Cash Warren.
18 Melissa Joan Hart
It's likely that fans of Melissa Joan Hart know her best from her titular role in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But before she was on this hit show for ABC, she actually led another series, Clarissa Explains It All. This was one of the better Nickelodeon shows that played throughout the early 1990s. This was in part due to the likable energy that Hart brought to it. Nowadays, Hart is on Melissa & Joey as well as an onslaught of Hallmark movies. She makes these shows because she wants everything she does to be family-friendly and appropriate for the kids she has with her husband. If you've seen her social media, you'd know that this is a very family-oriented woman.
17 Kenan Thompson
When it comes to the recent years of Saturday Night Live, there may be no bigger star than Kenan Thompson. The guy has been there since 2003 and is still as hilarious as ever. In fact, it would be weird to see the show without him moving forward. But before his days on SNL, he was actually the co-star of Kenan & Kel as well as All That, both of which were two of the absolute best shows on Nickelodeon during the 1990s. All That, in particular, was a total smash. But Kenan Thompson isn't just a comedic hero, he's also a dad. He and his wife, Christina Evangeline, have a daughter, Gianna Michelle. It's a bit challenging to imagine this funny man having time for a kid, but apparently, he's a very devoted and loving papa.
16 Kel Mitchell
Speaking of Kenan Thompson being a dad, we should also mention that his Kenan & Kel co-star, Kel Mitchell, is also a father. Kel Mitchell was once just as big of a star as his SNL buddy. The two of them were practically the faces of Nickelodeon in the 1990s. But nowadays, Kel has stayed out of the spotlight, despite taking a stream of low-profile gigs. This gives him far more time to spend with his son, Lyric, and daughter, Allure. Here's hoping he has a couple more kids and names them equally ridiculous names just for our amusement. We'd also love to see him appear on SNL alongside his old castmate. The two are sure to hit it off once more.
15 Christine Taylor
The 1990s had many lackluster Nickelodeon shows, one of which was easily Hey Dude. But Hey Dude was definitely made merrier by Christine Taylor’s sunny lifeguard, Melody. Taylor, who actually got her start on the Nickelodeon series, later became super well known for her hilariously odd and campy portrayal of Marcia in The Brady Bunch movies, along with a memorable arc on Friends where she played Ross' girlfriend Bonnie. She later appeared in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and both Zoolander films. This is because she married the star of those films, Ben Stiller. The pair had a couple of kids together as well, Ella and Quinlin. However, Stiller and Taylor's relationship didn't last long.
14 Kirk Fogg
Who Is Kirk Frogg? Well, you may not recognize his face now, but you certainly would if you watched Legends of the Hidden Temple. This was one of the weirdest game shows on Nickelodeon during the 1990s. It featured a bunch of costumed figures who went after children while a rather large, red-eyed talking head doled out very cryptic pieces of advice to them. Yeah, it was all quite ridiculous. But the host of the show, Kirk Frogg, was always there to explain to the audience what was actually going on. From there, Frogg went on to be in a few other shows such as Veronica Mars. But nowadays, he spends most of his time with his two sons, Luke and Jack. Hopefully, he gives them better advice than that talking head.
13 Josh Peck
Josh Peck was one of those actors who was huge on Nickelodeon during the 1990s as well as the 200os. During the late 1990s, he starred alongside Kenan Thompson in All That and alongside Amanda Bynes in The Amanda Bynes Show, a series that pretty much defined an entire generation. Afterward, he went on to be in Drake & Josh and the spin-off series that came from that. In short, Josh Peck is pretty much Nickelodeon's darling child. But Peck now has a darling child of his own, Max Milo Peck. He had this child with his wife, Paige O'Brien. This is fairly recent as Peck is still younger than most of the other stars on this list. But, all the same, it's still strange to see him as a dad.
12 David Lascher
David Lascher was that actor who appeared on virtually every television show during the 1990s. This included many shows that weren't on Nickelodeon and many that were. Among the most popular shows, he appeared on was Blossom, Beverly Hills 90210, Hey Dude, and Sabrina The Teenage Witch, where he played the guy who came between Sabrina and Harvey. After the 1990s, the actor basically disappeared from acting. This excludes a role he had on his pal Melissa's show, Melissa & Joey. Instead, he spends time writing, producing, and directing, as well as looking after their three children he has with his partner, Jill London.
11 Jewel Staite
This actor from Canada is best-known for her work on Joss Whedon's Firefly, pulled double-duty during the 1990s. She is one of the only actors to star on a major series for Nickelodeon as well as a series for Disney, both of which ran during the 1990s. She first starred on Space Cases, which was a pretty popular show on Nickelodeon. Later, she moved to Flash Forward for the Disney Channel. After that, she did Firefly and Serenity for Joss Whedon. Nowadays, she continues to work steadily and appears in many fantastic independent films. She is happily married to Charlie Ritchie and has a son, Wilder, who was born in 2015.
10 Nick Cannon
Yes, there's no way we could do a Nickelodeon list and not include Nick Cannon. The guy was just everywhere on that network in both the late 1990s and especially in the early 2000s. Before his turn as a musician or the host of AGT, Nick Cannon was best known for his duties on the hit Nickelodeon show All That. He was part of the show's first run that started in 1998. From there, he got his very own Nickelodeon series, The Nick Cannon Show. Following this, he became the host of MTV's Wild 'N Out and became a recurring character on Fox's Emmy Award winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine. During this time, he famously married Mariah Carrey and had his first two kids with her, Monroe and Morrocan. After he and Carrey split, he had Golden with Britany Bell.
9 Maria Quirk
Not every Nickelodeon star was always on camera live. Moira Quirk was the narrator and host of the Nickelodeon show Guts, which was pretty popular amongst '90s kids. Many children dreamed of climbing the Aggro Crag on the show and being narrated by Moira Quirk along the way. After four seasons of Guts, Quirk moved on to other endeavors. This mostly consisted of voice work for games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Star Wars: The Old Republic. She also voiced a couple of characters in Happy Feet 2. But most of her time has gone to raising her two children, whom she had with Michael Rayner.
8 Summer Sanders
Nickelodeon had a lot of game and quiz shows in the 1990s, one of them was Figure It Out, which was hosted by Summer Sanders. Before she became big on the Nickelodeon channel, she was actually an Olympic swimmer who actually won several medals for her country. After leaving Nickelodeon's Figure It Out, she became a sports commentator on many shows on CBS Sports, NBC, and, MSNBC. All of her appearances earned her a spot on a season fo Celebrity Apprentice, where she competed for her charity during the show's Third Season. In 2005, Sanders married a World Cup skier who competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics and eventually had two children with him.
7 Lacey Chabert
There was a time were Lacey Chabert was a major commodity in Hollywood. This was mostly while she was one of the stars of Tina Fey's Mean Girls, after all, it was "so fetch". Although she still makes a lot of Hallmark movies, she doesn't tend to work in Hollywood anymore due to some of her opinions and desire to only take roles that correspond with her faith. But before all of this, Chabert voiced the lead role of Eliza Thornberry in the hit Nickelodeon animated show The Wild Thornberrys. This kept her very busy for a number of years until she met and married David Nehdar. In 2016, the pair had their first child, Julia. Now Chabert only works when she can afford to be away from her bundle of joy.
6 Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris is another voice-actor who worked on Nickelodeon's The Wild Thornberrys. She played Debbie Thornberry, the easily irritated older sister of Eliza, who often added conflict to the series about a family who constantly liked to travel in the wilderness. Danielle Harris made a good living off of this series. It was particularly lucky for her since she got her start while she was really young when she portrayed Jamie in the later Halloween movies. In 2017, she had her first son, Carter, with David Gross who she married in 2014. Now they have their second child, a baby boy named Jagger Maxwell.
LaTangela, born Missy Newsome in 1984 in Florida, was the star of a live-action comedy show on Nickelodeon called Taina. This sitcom, which was distributed by Nelvana Limited outside of the country, was about a teenager who wanted to become a famous singer. LaTangela played the main character's friend, Maritza Hogg. The show's story reflected LaTangela's real passions as she moved away from acting and went into the music industry. This allowed her to appear on Showtime in Harlem when she sang Shaka Khan's song, "Through the Fire". Nowadays, LaTangela still pursues her singing and recording but she's also a mamma.
4 Shiri Appleby
Nowadays, most people know the uber-talented Shiri Appleby as the star of the recently completed Lifetime/Hulu series, Unreal where she played a producer of the reality show similar to The Bachelor. Fans also know her from her very memorable arc on HBO's Girls, as well as big roles in series like Roswell, Life Unexpected, Chicago Fire, and Dating Rules, as well as movies like Charlie Wilson's War and Swimfan. Yes, Appleby has worked a ton since her days on Nickelodeon's mega-hit The Amanda Show. When she's not busy working, Appleby is taking care of the two lovely children she has with Jon Shook. As we can see in this picture, Appleby is constantly busy.
3 Raquel Lee
Raquel Yvette Lee is another Amanda Show veteran; a big accomplishment since the show created some big stars. Although she really was one of the originals as she was a major player in the show's first season before being replaced by Josh Peck, who also appears on this list. After her brief but memorable run on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show, Lee went on to voice Nubia Gross on the beloved Proud Family and co-starred in The Poof Point, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, and The Bernie Mac Show. Noawayds, she spends most of her time being a mom to her daughter, Celine Rose Bolleau, whom she had with her husband Edouard.
2 Shawn Ashmore
Yes, Ice-Man was a father who was once on a Nickelodeon show. Most people know Shawn Ashmore, who has an identical twin brother named Aaron, as Bobby Drake from the original X-Men movies as well as the more recent, X-Men: Days of Future Past. But B.C.-born Ashmore originally got his start in TV movies and on Nickelodeon's Animorphs where he played Jake "Don't Call Me Prince" Berenson who led his fellow Animorphs in their constant battle against a bunch of aliens. Not too long ago, he welcomed his son, Oliver, with his wife, Dana, at his side. In recent years he has delved back into television, starring alongside Kevin Bacon in The Following, The Rookie, and in Conviction with Captain America star Hayley Atwell. He's also credited as an executive producer on a couple of miniseries, showing just how versatile this Nick dad can be.
1 Danny Tamberelli
For this final entry, we had to include Danny Tamberelli who was a staple on Nickelodeon television during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He had to be kept at the end of this list because he's not quite a father yet. Although, he's mere months away from being one. This is because he and his wife Katelyn are expecting his first child this June! He isn't sure if he will be getting a boy or a girl. This is why he joked about calling his kid Pete or Petunia, names that reference his Nickelodeon show, The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Tamberelli was also on Space Cases and was one of the major players on All That, a classic Nickelodeon Show from the 1990s. We also know Tamberelli from his work on The Magic School Bus (he voiced Arnold), Filmore!, and The Baby-Sitters Club. We sincerely congratulate Tamberelli on his upcoming bundle of joy!