Ron Rifkin playing Nick Handris
This artist enters the show during the sixth season. Nick initially intimidates Ann, but she soon faces her fears and the pair begin a freelance business. Although the two fall in love, it isn’t to last. Nick is involved in a tragic car accident that leaves Ann without a man, and his son, Alex, without a father. Ann takes Alex in as one of her own as his biological mother doesn’t want anything to do with her son. However, this all changes when Alex’s mother arrives at Ann’s doorway and moves in to care for her son.
Ron Rifkin today
This actor left the show in 1981, but this was by no means the end of this actor’s career. To date, Ron Rifkin has been credited in no less than 120 productions, as well as still acting at 78 years old. Some of Ron’s most famous roles since ODAAT have been in the action series Alias, the drama show Brothers & Sisters, the police drama Law & Order, and the comedy-drama Limitless. Ron’s latest role is in the short film Daddy that is set to be released in 2019.
Mary Louise Wilson playing Ginny Wroblicki
Ginny was one of the leading characters throughout her time in the show during season two. Ginny was the waitress of the show, but not everyone fell in love with the character’s honesty. It’s rumored that it’s not only the audience that had mixed reviews. In fact, it’s alleged that Bonnie Franklin was the one to get her booted from ODAAT. However, Mary went on to state she was unhappy on the show as she didn’t find the role comical.
Mary Louise Wilson today
Even though Mary is 86 years old, she still continues to act. Before her time on the sitcom, this actress has appeared in a number of Broadway productions, such as Alice in Wonderland, and the musical Hot Spot. Since ODAAT, Mary is now best known for her roles in the comedy-drama movies Nebraska, and Stepmom. As if that wasn’t enough, Mary also has a recurring role in the comedy-drama show Mozart in the Jungle and recently made an appearance in the drama Orange Is the New Black.
Michael Lembeck playing Max Horvath
Max enters the show in season five as Julie’s new boyfriend. It isn’t long before the pair marry, and they soon welcome their child, Annie – named after Julie’s mother, Ann. Although Max and Julie have plenty of ups and downs, they always manage to make it out the other side. That is until Annie is born. Julie decides she needs to take responsibility for herself and leaves Annie in Max’s care. Max decides it’s best that he takes his daughter and moves back to Texas, but does reappear throughout the rest of the show.
Michael Lembeck today
Michael hasn’t appeared in a production since 1995 when he landed a guest appearance in the sitcom Mad About You, but that doesn’t mean he’s been away from the world of Hollywood. In fact, Michael is now a leading director of many great shows. As well as acting in the series, Michael moved on to direct several episodes of Mad About You, as well as directing 24 episodes of the sitcom Friends, 22 episodes of the sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, and 97 episodes of the sitcom Baby Daddy.
Nanette Fabray playing Katherine Romano
This character first makes her appearance in season four but doesn’t become a central part of the cast until the final season. Katherine is Ann’s mother and appears at her door when she has just left her husband. Although Katherine becomes a significant part of the family, she can’t accept that her granddaughter, Julie, has run out on her family. In a bid to raise baby Annie, Katherine plans to take her great-grandchild home with her. However, she misses her chance when she breaks into the house only to find Max standing with his daughter.
Nanette Fabray (passed away 2018)
Nanette had an incredible acting career that all began when she was just four years old. Her time on Broadway earned Nanette a Tony Award, and she later progressed to take home three Emmys for her time in films. Nanette’s career was already incredible before taking into account her significant hearing impairment. This meant the actress spent a lot of her time fighting for the rights of people that were hard-of-hearing or deaf. Tragically, Nanette passed away in February 2018 at 97 years old.
Bonnie Franklin playing Ann Romano
The show would be nothing without the star: Ann Romano. This character divorces her husband, Ed, and moves with the pair’s two daughters to Indianapolis. Although she is a loving and caring mother, Ann will always be there to discipline Julie and Barbara. Ann manages to find love again when she falls for David Kane, the attorney working on her divorce. However, it once again ends in disaster, and she sees out the show with her daughter’s new father-in-law. Ann is one of the only characters to appear throughout the entire course of the show.
Bonnie Franklin (passed away 2013)
Before Bonnie rose to fame for playing Ann Romano, she was a huge star on the stage. This actress even took home a Tony Award nomination after she appeared in the Broadway hit musical, Applause. Her role in ODAAT also saw Bonnie get nominated for an Emmy in addition to two Golden Globes. Bonnie tragically passed away in 2013 after a seven month battle with pancreatic cancer. It was from sitcom to soap for Bonnie as her final role before she passed away was as Sister Celeste in The Young and the Restless.
Pat Harrington Jr. playing Dwayne Schneider
This character is the superintendent of the building where the Romanos live. Although Dwayne isn’t part of the family, he soon becomes welcomed into the home as one of their own. Dwayne’s comical moments and quirky personality mean he becomes the comic relief of the show. This character also offers up plenty of advice to various members of the Romanos in his many unannounced stop-ins. While he may not be the cleverest of the characters, Dwayne’s brains make his commentary that much funnier.
Pat Harrington Jr. (passed away 2016)
Pat inherited his name from his father, Pat Harrington Sr., who introduced his son to the world of acting. His role as Dwayne earned the actor a Golden Globe Award as well as an Emmy and became his most famous acting part. In the years that passed after the show, Pat also worked on the sitcoms The Kings of Queens and Hot in Cleveland. Sadly, the actor was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In 2015, Pat suffered a brain hemorrhage and passed away a few weeks later.
Glenn Scarpelli playing Alex Handris
Alex has always had a troubled childhood as his mother flew to Europe after announcing she never wanted to become a parent. This is only heightened when his father, Nick, passes away. As he is no left with no parents, Alex is forced to move in with Ann which causes significant disruption to the previously all-female household. To top it all off, Alex feels as though Ann isn’t taking proper care of him. His hectic upbringing means Alex often acts out at school which regularly lands him in trouble.
Glenn Scarpelli today
This actor first broke onto the scene in the Broadway hit, Golda, when he was just ten years old. However, appearing on ODAAT was the first prominent TV role for the actor. Over the years, Glenn has continued to act and has landed roles in the fantasy sitcom Jennifer Slept Here; the sci-fi show Amazing Stories, and the online show Interns: The Web Series. Glenn’s last character was in 2016 when the actor appeared in the short film Sacred Journeys. To date, he still remains close to his former co-star, Mackenzie Phillips.
Mackenzie Phillips playing Julie Cooper Horvath
Here we have Ann Romano’s eldest daughter: Julie. With her age also comes a rebellious streak that often sees the character getting involved with underage drinking and various relationships. One of Julie’s biggest arguments with her mother happens after Ann discovers her daughter has been dating a man that is much older. Julie’s life is thrown out of balance when she gives birth to baby Annie, but the character leaves the family life to search for who she really is, and ultimately leaves her main cast position in season five.
Mackenzie Phillips today
Mackenzie was born into the world of stardom thanks to her father John Phillips, vocalist in The Mamas and The Papas. However, while the actress was working on the show, she was also hooked on illegal substances. Mackenzie later revealed that her addiction stemmed from her father, and has resulted in years in and out of rehab. Recently, Mackenzie has appeared in the animated children’s show Milo Murphy’s Law, the short film Sacred Journeys, and the web comedy-drama series One Day at a Time, based on the original sitcom.
Valerie Bertinelli playing Barbara Cooper Royer
Although Barbara doesn’t take after her sister’s rebellious streak, she makes her presence known through her sarcastic comments. Barbara is the second of Ann’s children who is often shown to be the one that obeys the rules. The character also acts as a peacekeeper as her mother and sister have a problematic relationship. Thankfully Barbara eventually finds a love of her own when she meets and falls for Mark Royer.
Valerie Bertinelli today
Appearing on ODAAT was just one rung on the ladder for actress Valerie Bertinelli who has since gone on to become recognized for her for her roles in the drama show Touched by an Angel and in the hit sitcom Hot in Cleveland. The actress has also branched out into the world of cooking as she now hosts the food shows Kids Baking Championship and Valerie’s Home Cooking. Valerie was once even married to the famous Van Halen musician, Eddie Van Halen. However, the pair divorced in 2007.
Richard Musar playing David Kane
This character is first introduced as Ann Romano’s divorce lawyer and is one of the main cast for the first two seasons. It isn’t long before the pair fall in love. After helping Ann with her divorce, David then gets onto one knee to ask Ann for her hand in marriage. Although Ann eventually says “yes”, the whole ceremony is called off on their wedding day as David wants to have children while Ann admits she only wants her daughters. After he leaves the show, David makes a small reappearance in season six.
Richard Musar today
This actor has had an incredible career over the years that has seen him credited in over 140 productions, including more than 80 movies. Plus, it doesn’t look as though Richard Musar plans on slowing down anytime soon. Some of his most recent roles include parts in the soap opera All My Children, the legal drama The Good Wife, the web comedy-drama Transparent, and Orange Is the New Black. There are also a number of productions featuring the actor due to be released in 2018.
Boyd Gaines playing Mark Royer
Mark makes his debut on the show in the seventh season when he sets about trying to woo Ann’s daughter, Barbara. She isn’t sure whether she wants to date but agrees that Mark can come to her house for dinner. The pair fall for each other and end up walking down the aisle. In fact, Mark is so relaxed about the whole day that he even plays a round of gold just before the big ceremony. The couple eventually look at adoption after they discover they can’t conceive.
Boyd Gaines today
Alongside his time in TV and film, Boyd Gaines has also continued to have a career in Broadway. His many performances over the years have earned the actor no less than four Tony Awards. On screen, Boyd has been seen in various productions, such as the crime drama show Angela’s Eyes, the legal drama Law & Order, and the thriller series American Odyssey. Boyd is currently filming a production named Roses Are Blind that is due to be released in 2018.
Howard Hesseman playing Sam Royer
This character is Mark’s father and eventually becomes Barbara’s father-in-law when the pair tie the knot. Ann and Sam realize there is a spark between them when they have dinner with Barbara and Mark. There is later an explosion at Barbara and Julie’s house that sees the two daughters and their partners move back home with their mother. To escape the chaos, Ann runs to Sam’s house and the pair act on their feelings. The show ends with Ann and Sam moving to London for Ann’s new advertising job.
Howard Hesseman today
Back when Howard was at the beginning of his acting career, he also used to work as a DJ. Eventually, he managed to combine his two passions when he landed the role as DJ Johnny Fever on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Howard has continued to act in the years since the show, including roles in the sitcom That ‘70s Show, the legal drama Boston Legal, the crime drama CSI, and the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat.
Suzanne Somers playing Sondra
For one episode we get to see the acting talents of Suzanne Somers. Julie decides that she wants to buy her own car, but Ann is refusing to budge; if Julie wants a car, then she must save up her own money to foot the bill. Julie decides to get a waitressing job in a rough area of the neighborhood so she can save up, and it’s here that we meet Sondra – a customer at the restaurant. Although the role may be small, Sondra creates quite the comical impact.
Suzanne Somers today
Suzanne’s role in the show was only the beginning for this actress. The year following her guest role, Suzanne landed the part of Chrissy Snow in the sitcom Three’s Company – one of the actress’ biggest roles. Over the years, Suzanne has continued to act such as her time in the sitcom Step by Step. However, the actress is now known for her many infomercials, such as being the face of the Thighmaster. One of the actress’ most recent TV appearances was as one of the contestants in the 2014 line up of the reality show Dancing with the Stars.
Conchata Ferrell playing Phyllis McDermott
Even though the actress only appeared in a one-off episode of the show, the role went down in history as one of Conchata’s most hilarious parts of her career. The actress appeared in 1977 where her character, Phyllis McDermott, was one of the women at a singles bar. Who did she happen to meet but Dwayne Schneider! Phyllis couldn’t help but fall for his charm and memorable mustache, and made her feelings known. Sadly for Phyllis, Dwayne didn’t feel the same way.
Conchata Ferrell today
This actress has an unbelievable list of productions under her belt thanks to over four decades in the business. Over the years, Conchata has appeared in the supernatural drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the sitcom Friends, the romantic fantasy movie Edward Scissorhands, and the animated children’s show The Wild Thornberrys just to name a few. However, Conchata’s most famous role was for playing Berta in all twelve seasons of the sitcom Two and a Half Men. Most recently the actress has appeared in the comedy web show The Ranch.
Jay Leno playing Bernard Shapiro
It may be hard to see under all that hair, but there is a Jay Leno somewhere in there! This star appeared in a single episode of the show when his character, Bernard Shapiro, grows close to Julie. Bernard lacks self-confidence and uses Julie’s outgoing ways to help himself feel more confident. Although the pair become close, there is never a relationship – much to the annoyance of the audience as fans were hoping to see much more of Jay.
Jay Leno today
This man has gone from ODAAT to one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Jay Leno began his career performing stand up comedy and landed the talk show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1992. 4,610 episodes later and Leno is now one of the most famous faces in America. To top it all off, the star is reportedly worth around $350 million. The star uses a portion of this money to fund his car collection of over 200 vehicles that are said to be worth more than $50 million alone.
Louisa Moritz as Receptionist
Although Louisa Moritz had lines for her role on ODAAT, the actress didn’t even have a name for her character. We get to see her position as the receptionist when Ann arrives for a job interview. Louisa played the role perfectly with her beehive hairstyle, typewriter skills, and ability to deliver the line “He’s still on the Los Angeles call”. This role may not have been the most groundbreaking, but it certainly gave Louisa a taste of the acting lifestyle.
Louisa Moritz today
Louise was born in Cuba before she traveled to America to further her education. The actress enrolled in law school but was later disbarred meaning she could no longer practice law. With nowhere to go, Louisa turned to real estate before falling in love with acting. The actress appeared in many smaller roles throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, including the superhero series The Incredible Hulk, and the action film Jungle Warriors. Nowadays, Louisa is enjoying a quiet life of retirement.
Darrell Fetty playing Officer Preston
Officer Preston walks into the show in 1980 where he plans to save the day. Ann and Barbara return home to find their apartment has been broken into and they have been robbed. There is only one thing to do: call the police. This is where we are introduced to Darrell Fetty. The officer jokes that he has been in a shoot-out and is now only alive thanks to a candy bar. Although he can’t help but joke, his flirting with Barbara gets a reaction for the man in uniform.
Darrell Fetty today
Although Darrell continues to act, this star has also turned his hand to producing and screenwriting. Over the years, Darrell has contributed towards the action-adventure series Pensacola: Wings of Gold, as well the crime drama 18 Wheels of Justice. However, it was Darrell’s work as a producer for the historical mini-series Hatfield and McCoys that has seen the star received the most recognition. The show was such a success that it received a total of 16 Emmy nominations.
Roy Stuart playing Bill
ODAAT was so impressed with Roy Stuart that they didn’t give him one role, they gave him two! The actor first appeared in the show as a young man during the episode where Julie is working as a waitress to raise money for a car. Roy is on a date with Suzanne Somers’ character, Sondra, who threatens to tell his wife what he’s up to. Roy later appears as Bill, one of the singletons at The Singles Bar.
Roy Stuart (passed away 2005)
Roy first started his career as a performer in theaters and nightclubs before eventually moving on to appear in Broadway musicals. Over the years, the actor’s most famous role was for playing Chuck Boyle for three years in the comedy show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. As well as this role, Roy is also known for his appearances in the thriller movie Prime Risk, as well as the daytime medical drama General Hospital. Sadly, the actor passed away from cancer in 2005 at 78 years old.
Susan Bay Nimoy playing Denny
This actress flew onto the set of ODAAT for one episode but made quite the impact during her short time on the show. Denny arrived at the house wearing nothing more than an orange jumpsuit, but that wasn’t all. Her perfectly placed hair and fully made up face made a huge impression on the characters. To top it off, Denny also wasn’t afraid to say exactly what was on her mind even if it did frequently land her in trouble.
Susan Bay Nimoy today
There may be a reason that Susan’s name is so recognizable – she is the former wife of legendary Spock actor, Leonard Nimoy. The pair tied the knot in 1989 and were together all the way up until the actor’s tragic passing in 2015. Susan got the chance to break into the sci-fi world herself when she starred in two episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. However, it isn’t just her name that has made Susan famous. The star was also one of the leading women from the ‘70s that fought for women’s rights in Hollywood.
Allison McKay playing Mrs. Platt
This actress was joined by none other than actor John Furlong during their time on the show. The pair played the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Platt, but fans just couldn’t fall in love with the couple. Ann decides that it is time to put her house on the market. Even though Mrs. Platt is one half of the duo that falls in love with the property, them buying the home means we would have to wave goodbye to Ann!
Allison McKay today
One of this actress’ most famous roles was her time as Mrs. Patterson in the 2006 true story movie Lonely Hearts. After the film was released, Allison took a break from acting until 2017 when she made her grand return. Since then, the actress has appeared in the comedy show Throwing Shade, as well as the web series Transparent. Allison is also currently working on a new production titled Adam Bloom. It looks as though nothing will be slowing this 82-year-old down anytime soon.
Mark Hamill playing Harvey Schneider
Harvey strolls into the show in 1976. The name may ring a bell as Harvey is Dwayne Schneider’s nephew. The superintendent can’t wait to show off Harvey to everyone in the building, but it’s not long before the pair encounter a problem. Dwayne discovers that his nephew is nothing like the man he remembers. In fact, Harvey has actually been stealing off everyone in the building. Dwayne settles the matter the only way he knows how: by putting his nephew in a headlock!
Mark Hamill today
Just one year after his time on the show, Mark Hamill landed the role of a lifetime as Luke Skywalker in the sci-fi phenomena, Star Wars. If that wasn’t enough, Mark secured the part of voicing the Joker in 1992 for the superhero show Batman: The Animated Series. When he isn’t on screen, this actor has appeared in many stage shows, including The Elephant Man. When he finds time in between all his incredible acting work, Mark also co-writes The Black Pearl miniseries of comic books.
Beth Cooke playing Baby Annie Horvath
Although this character only appeared as a young baby in the show, Beth Cooke’s role made a huge impact on the show and the characters. Her mother, Julie, is desperate to have a water birth and is willing to do anything to get what she wants, including traveling to California. However, Julie soon realizes that things are too late and she will have to deliver Annie in her mother’s apartment. Although it wasn’t the birth she was expecting, Annie’s arrival changes the lives of all the characters.
Beth Cooke today
That certainly is one way to get your career off to a head start at such a young age. Beth comes from the Cusack family, a famous acting family from Ireland, and it looks as though she will be continuing her family legacy as she continues to hit the screens. Over the years since her time in ODAAT, Beth has also appeared in the UK medical dramas Holby City, Doctors, and Casualty. This actress has even got the chance to work alongside Rowan Atkinson in the detective series Maigret Sets a Trap.
Shelley Fabares playing Francine Webster
Although Francine is one of Ann’s employees, the pair have a troubled relationship. Francis works in the Romano and Webster advertising department, but it is her free-spirited attitude that sees her clash with her boss. Francine also begins dating the son of Ann’s partner in addition to stealing one of the business’ accounts. This character’s charming ways mean she often gets away with backhanded compliments, such as implying Julie is beginning to look more like her mother each day.
Shelley Fabares today
At the turn of the century, Shelley was in for a huge health scare when she was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis. Thankfully, the actress was rushed into a life-saving liver transplant operation. Before the surgery, Shelley had been acting in shows such as the animated superhero series Superman: The Animated Series, the crime drama Murder, She Wrote, and her most famous role in the sitcom Coach. However, the actress has now slowed down her work and hasn’t appeared in anything since 2006.