Whatever Happened To The Cast Of Party Of Five?

The '90s was a decade of some great TV dramas, one of those being Fox's "Party of Five," which focused on five siblings — Bailey, Charlie, Julia, Claudia, and Owen Salinger — who had to take care of each other after their parents tragically died in a car crash at the hands of a drunk driver. Though "Party of Five" could be categorized as a series for teens, it also held its own with other serious, critically-acclaimed dramas of the time. After a slow start, the drama series gained popularity among viewers and critics alike and even racked up a number of award nominations and wins — most notably, the series won a Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series in 1996.

"Party of Five" ran for six seasons on Fox, turning some of its main cast members into huge stars. So, whatever happened to the gang who played the Salinger clan? What have they been up to in the years since the series ended, and where are they today? Follow along as we update you on the cast of "Party of Five."

Scott Wolf is a busy working actor and family man, not unlike his Party of Five character Bailey

Of all the "Party of Five" cast members, your mind likely immediately goes to Scott Wolf, the Tom Cruise lookalike who played Bailey Salinger. Though Bailey wasn't actually the oldest of the siblings, he clearly took the lead in ensuring his brothers and sisters were well cared for.

After "Party" ended, Wolf returned to TV in series like "Everwood," "V," "Perception," and "The Night Shift" (via IMDb). In 2019, he replaced actor Freddie Prinze Jr. as Carson Drew on The CW's "Nancy Drew" reboot. That same year, he starred in "The Inside Game," which tells the true story of the 2007 NBA betting scandal. The actor spoke with ET about it, saying, "It was definitely the type of role that I haven't really had a chance to play before," Usually one to play the nice guy, Wolf noted, "It was fun to play a guy whose code of ethics was way out of bounds from how I live my life."

Outside of work, however, Wolf is very much the family man he portrayed on "Party of Five," albeit older and wiser. He has three children with his wife, Kelly Limp, a life coach and former star of MTV's "The Real World" and "The Challenge."

Neve Campbell keeps a mostly low profile these days

Neve Campbell became a household name in the mid-1990s from her role as Julia Salinger on "Party of Five." Her success led to film roles, including her turn as Sidney Prescott in "Scream," the 1996 horror film, which became one of the highest-grossing film franchises ever.

Campbell starred in other hit films during her "Party of Five" days, such as 1996's high school witchcraft flick "The Craft" and the 1998 steamy thriller "Wild Things." After years of being in the spotlight, she took on smaller roles that would allow her the flexibility to be a mom to her young son. Then, in 2016, she returned to regular series work on "House of Cards" during Season 4. "I felt that being a part of a good ensemble of a good show would be right for me," she told Entertainment Weekly.

Although Campbell is happy to keep a low profile these days, according to Deadline, she'll be reprising her now-iconic role in "Scream," alongside returning favorites Courteney Cox and David Arquette in the 2022 relaunch of the franchise. We certainly can't wait!

After Party of Five, Matthew Fox starred on another hit series before falling on troubled times

Matthew Fox is one of a few actors who actually found themselves starring on another TV series that was just as big a hit as their first. For Fox, who starred as Charlie Salinger, the oldest of the Salinger bunch, on "Party of Five" for six seasons, this success came in the form of ABC's "Lost." He also appeared in several films during this time like 2006's "We Are Marshall" and 2008's "Vantage Point" and "Speed Racer" (via IMDb).

By 2011, however, Fox's personal life began making more headlines than his career. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox was accused of assaulting women, which he has denied. Then, in 2012, he was arrested for driving under the influence. After briefly questioning his future in Hollywood, as he told Men's Journal, he later returned to the big screen in "Emperor," "World War Z," and "Alex Cross."

Fox, who has been married to wife Margherita since 1992, seems to keep a low profile these days.

Lacey Chabert landed an iconic movie role after Party of Five

Lacey Chabert played the adorable little sister, Claudia Salinger, to Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, and Neve Campbell's characters on "Party of Five." Since the series ended, she's worked consistently. In 2004, the petite actress landed possibly her most iconic role to date: that of "Mean Girl" Gretchen Wieners, when she starred alongside Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams in "Mean Girls." Chabert also appeared in other movies, including 2001's "Not Another Teen Movie" and 2009's "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," and she has lent her voice to animated roles as well. 

Chabert's most prolific work since her "Party of Five" days, however, has been with the Hallmark Channel. In fact, she told People in 2019 that she had done a whopping 17 Hallmark movies — and she's not done yet. She's also busy raising her daughter, Julia, whom she shares with husband David Nehdar. Chabert spoke to People about what it's like balancing motherhood alongside her career. "My daughter is my No. 1 priority," she said. "Julia is the light of my life. I'm very thankful that I'm also able to continue working. I hope to set that example for her to let her know that you can do it all, but with a lot of help and support!" Aww, she's adorable and oh so fetch.

Jennifer Love Hewitt, who became a Hollywood A-lister after Party of Five, is back on TV

Although Jennifer Love Hewitt didn't join "Party of Five" until Season 2 as Bailey's girlfriend, her character, Sarah Reeves, became one of the most popular on the show. Interestingly, the role that propelled her to superstardom in the '90s was only intended to be a short-term gig. "Sarah was supposed to be in nine episodes," Hewitt revealed in an interview from 2000 (via Mental Floss). She stayed with the series through 2000 — appearing in 100 episodes — before leaving to embark on her character's spinoff series, "Time of Your Life." Unfortunately, it lasted for only 19 episodes.

As you probably know, Hewitt starred in a bunch of hit teen movies in the late '90s, including "Can't Hardly Wait," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer." In the 2000s, her career consisted primarily of TV roles on series like "Ghost Whisperer," "The Client List," and "Criminal Minds." These days, when she's not working on the Fox series "9-1-1," Jennifer Love Hewitt is a busy mom, who, as of this publication, is expecting her third child with husband Brian Hallisay, as noted by People.

Paula Devicq racked up credits on the big and small screens

"Party of Five" fans got their wish when little Owen Salinger's nanny, Kirsten, played by Paula Devicq, fell in love with Charlie Salinger, and the two got married. Interestingly, Devicq actually engaged in an offscreen romance with a different "Party of Five" co-star: Scott Wolf. As reported by E!, the two got together during the show, though their romance didn't last. That had to make for some awkwardness on set!

After "Party of Five," Devicq appeared in a number of TV and film projects. In 2001, she starred in the legal drama "100 Centre Street," where she met and later married her co-star Joseph Lyle Taylor, according to People. However, they reportedly divorced in 2009. Devicq later appeared in a number of TV series, including "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "The Grid," and "A Gifted Man," though her most notable since "Party of Five" was a recurring role on "Rescue Me." She also starred in the movies "The Breakup Artist," "First Dog," "Arbitrage," "Destined," and "Finding Julia."

Party of Five's Jeremy London dabbled in directing before facing personal troubles

In Season 2 of "Party of Five," Jeremy London, probably known best for his memorable role in the Kevin Smith cult classic "Mallrats," stepped into the role of Griffin Holbrook, the bad boy who romanced Julia Salinger. After "Party of Five," London joined the cast of "7th Heaven" for two seasons and appeared in the movies "Wasted Hours" and "Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece." He also tried his hand at directing, with the 2001 documentary "Secrets Through the Smoke" and the film "The Devil's Dozen" (via IMDb).

Shortly thereafter, however, London began making headlines more for his personal woes than for his performances. His struggle with addiction and his tumultuous former marriage were documented on Season 4 of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab." In 2010, he shed light on his troubles in a detailed interview with People. "I realized my problem was worse than I thought," he said, noting that he went to rehab. "I hated myself for so long. I learned to like myself again. It was one of the best decisions of my life."

Unfortunately, London was arrested again in 2018 for alleged domestic violence in an incident with his wife, Juliet Reeves London, as People reported.

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Michael A. Goorjian now focuses on writing and directing

Another love interest of Julia Salinger's on "Party of Five" was Justin Thompson, portrayed by actor Michael A. Goorjian. Since "Party of Five," the multi-talented actor has pretty much done everything in entertainment, from TV and film to theater. He's appeared in movies, including "Broken" and "Conversations with God," though he's probably better known for his roles in "SLC Punk!" and "The Invisibles" (via IMDb). It's likely you've also seen him on TV, since he's appeared on "CSI: Miami," "Alias," "House," "Lie to Me," and more.

Goorjian's focus these days, however, is on directing, producing, and writing. In 2016, he became an author when his first book "What Lies Beyond the Stars" was published. In a 2018 interview shared on his old high school's site, Goorjian explained how he transitioned from writing films to writing books. "I had a screenplay that I was working on and I asked the CEO of Hay House to read it so I could get his opinion," he said. "He asked me if I was [interested] in turning the screenplay into a novel and I said, 'Sure!'" He added, "Moving from writing a screenplay to writing a novel definitely was a jump, but the screenplay was essentially a skeleton that I could build the novel upon." Impressive!

After playing Will on Party of Five, Scott Grimes was a regular on this hit NBC drama

On "Party of Five," Scott Grimes played Bailey Salinger's best friend, Will, appearing in 70 episodes throughout all six seasons. After the series wrapped in 2000, Grimes landed a recurring — and then regular — role on "ER," as noted on the actor's Hallmark bio. He's also known for the 2001 TV miniseries "Band of Brothers" and for lending his voice to the character of Steve Smith on "American Dad!"

In addition to appearing in films, including 2007's "Who's Your Monkey?" and 2010's "Robin Hood," Grimes is a singer-songwriter who has released several albums. He also performs at charity events with the Band From TV, as noted by Merrimack Valley Magazine.

Though his work life has been fairly constant, he's faced some ups and downs in his personal life. He had two children with ex-wife Dawn Bailey, whom he married in 1997. His second marriage to Megan Moore lasted from 2011 to 2017. And Grimes' third wife, actress Adrianne Palicki, has reportedly filed for divorce from him twice since they married in 2019, according to People. Yikes.

Twins Andrew and Steven Cavarno seemingly left acting behind after Party of Five

In 1995, young twins Andrew Cavarno and Steven Cavarno took over the role of Owen Salinger on "Party of Five." The twins played the youngest Salinger until 1998 for a total of 59 episodes. According to IMDb, "The X-Files" is Andrew's only other acting credit after "Party" wrapped. Steven, on the other hand, acted on the same "X-Files" episodes as his brother and appeared on the 1990s medical drama "Chicago Hope."

It doesn't appear that the twins continued acting into adulthood. After doing some additional digging, it appears from a 2016 article in The College Fix that Andrew was a Bernie Sanders-supporting history major at the University of California at Santa Barbara who planned to go on to law school. From his LinkedIn profile, it appears that law is very much in his future, as he is an LSAT Prep Instructor for a test prep company.

Jennifer Aspen, who played Daphne on Party of Five, started producing

Later seasons of "Party of Five" introduced us to new characters like Daphne Jablonsky, a part-time stripper, introduced in Season 4, who later gave birth to Charlie Salinger's baby. She was played by actress Jennifer Aspen.

Since "Party of Five" wrapped, Aspen's career hasn't stalled. She starred on the ABC series "Rodney" and "GCB," as noted by IMDb, and had a recurring tole on "Glee" in 2010, the year the show won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

In 2012, Aspen began developing her own projects, including the web series "Los Angeles, RIGHT NOW!" which she created, directed, produced, and starred in. In an interview with Starry Constellation Magazine, she spoke about her excitement for the project and how it came about. "With the Internet, it's so amazing that you can do anything that you want. It's the Wild West and if you decide you want to make something, you can totally do it!" She added that her husband's online production company, Captive, produced the project.

And, like a few of her former "Party of Five" cast members, she's done projects with the Hallmark Channel like "Home for Christmas Day," which she executive produced (she also wrote the story it was based on), and "A Christmas Love Story," which she starred in and also executive produced. In June 2021, she excitedly promoted her latest Hallmark project, the movie "You Had Me at Aloha," on Instagram.

Jacob Smith, who played school-age Owen Salinger on Party of Five, keeps a low profile

By 1998, Jacob Smith took over the role of Owen Salinger on "Party of Five." By this point, the youngest Salinger sibling began to have his own stories on the show. After the series' run, he took on the role of Jake Baker in the family comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen" in 2003 and the sequel "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" in 2005 (via IMDb).

From the looks of his Instagram page, these days, he's an artist living in Los Angeles. Though he seemingly is no longer acting, he looks back on his acting days with fond memories. In one Instagram post, he shared an old photo of him with his fellow "Party of Five" cast members, writing, "Way back. One of my very first jobs. I got to spend two years with these amazing people." What an amazing opportunity that must have been!

After playing Joe Mangus on Party of Five, Tom Mason continued acting for awhile

On "Party of Five," the Salingers run their family restaurant, which is co-owned by family friend Joe Mangus, a man who had grown up with the Salingers' dad. Although his role was small, it was memorable, as Joe acted as a sort of role model to the clan after their parents' death. Joe was portrayed by actor Tom Mason, whose big break was in the 1979 movie "Apocalypse Now." Mason was also seen in movies like "Runaway Bride" and "Flags of Our Fathers," as noted by IMDb. The actor also appeared on TV after "Party of Five." You may have seen him on shows like "Law & Order," "The Sopranos," or "Blue Bloods."

Mason is apparently keeping a low profile these days, since his last acting credit was the 2011 TV movie "Too Big to Fail" about the 2008 financial crisis.