Here are some updates on the whereabouts of the TV show's major players
Rosanne Cash's upcoming performance at the McCoy Center for the Performing Arts got us thinking about another famous Roseanne: Ms. Barr, the controversial comedian. Love or hate her, Roseanne's self-titled sitcom was a TV juggernaut, and viewers appreciated seeing a working-class family (or, according to my mom, it was nice to see a family struggling with bills) on TV. While we could write pages about all of the show's guest stars (Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Sandra Bernhard, Tom Arnold, etc.), here are some updates on the whereabouts of the major players.
David Healy (Johnny Galecki)
Galecki portrayed Darlene Conner's brooding, basement-dwelling boyfriend, who married her despite being treated like trash throughout their relationship. Currently a star on the long-running “The Big Bang Theory,” he is one of the most successful “Roseanne” actors.
Mark Healy (Glenn Quinn)
As Becky Conner's boyfriend and eventual husband, Quinn's character was written as a bad boy who became the butt of tiresome jokes because of his low IQ. Sadly, Quinn died from a heroin overdose in 2002.
Beverly Harris (Estelle Parsons)
Parsons shined as Roseanne's overbearing mother and one of the show's LGBTQ characters. After the show, she continued to work in TV and on stage, and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2004.
Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf)
Hands-down one of the most talented actors on the show, Laurie Metcalf appeared as Roseanne's unlucky-in-love sister. Since the show, Metcalf has continued her impressive career in TV, film and on stage, recently garnering a Tony nomination for her role in the Broadway production of “Misery.”
D.J. Conner (Michael Aaron Fishman)
The cute kid brother and subsequent awkward adolescent — whose storylines paled in comparison to those featuring his sisters — was played by Fishman, who went on to gain behind-the-camera experience with set-building.
Becky Conner-Healy #1 (Alicia Goranson)
After messing up the continuity of the show by leaving to go to college (yes, I'm still bitter), Goranson has had small roles in films and guest appearances on TV shows such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Sex and the City.”
Becky Conner-Healy #2 (Sarah Chalke)
Following “Roseanne,” Chalke enjoyed a longstanding role on beloved TV show “Scrubs.” So even though I despised “Becky #2,” she kinda won the battle against “Becky #1” in real life.
Darlene Conner (Sara Gilbert)
Perhaps the only other character as sarcastic as Roseanne, Darlene was portrayed by Gilbert, who is now a co-host on daytime talk show “The Talk.” She's also married to 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry.
Dan Conner (John Goodman)
After starring as one of TV's most adored father-figures (until the show annoyed me again by writing in Dan's affair with his mother's nurse), Goodman went on to a stellar career that includes a Screen Actor's Guild Award for “Argo.” And check out his scene-stealing turns in “Fallen” and “Flight,” both opposite Denzel Washington.
Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr/Arnold/Barr)
Judging on “Last Comic Standing” and hosting the ID Channel's “Momsters: When Moms Go Bad” are some activities that have kept the “Roseanne” matriarch busy recently. Oh, and there was her 2012 presidential campaign on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket, which somehow doesn't seem as outrageous as it did back then.