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Where That 70’s show cast are now – tragic death to shock arrest

It’s been nearly 25 years since That ’70s Show began, and now the much-anticipated spin-off hits our screens this week.

Many stars including Topher Grace – who played Eric Forman – and Laura Prepon – who played Donna Piniciotti – are set to reprise their roles in the Netflix reboot, That ’90s Show, set in 1995.

As well as a slew of new cast members joining, fans will also be treated to special guest appearances from originals Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

70's show cast are now

The Fox sitcom was a huge hit, running for 200 episodes over eight seasons from 1998 to 2006.

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Naturally a lot has happened to the cast since. From co-stars finding love to a tragic cancer diagnosis and an untimely death, we reveal what became of the 70s crew.

Mila Kunis – Jackie Burkhart

Mila Kunis was just 14 when she took on the role of Jackie Burkhart, the confident and self-absorbed teen who dated her now-husband Ashton Kutcher’s character Michael Kelso.

While Kunis, now 39, had her first kiss with Ashton Kutcher on the set of That 70s Show, their real life romance only blossomed decades later.

Mila said: “I was like, ‘Oh, he’s so cute, it’s the Calvin Klein model.

“Then I was like, ‘I have to kiss him?’ I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him.”

Mila went on to date Macaulay Culkin and Ashton married Demi Moore before they reconnected in 2012.

They had their first child, daughter Wyatt Isabelle, in 2014, got married a year later and welcomed their son Dimitri in 2016.

Mila has continued her successful career as an actress, in both TV and movies.

Notable roles since her days as Jackie include the Black Swan (2010), Ted (2012), Bad Moms (2016) and The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018).

She’s also the voice of Meg Griffin in the TV series Family Guy, and played Nancy in the movie Breaking News in Yuba County (2021).

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After starring in That ’70s show as Eric Forman, Topher went on to enjoy huge film success.

He starred in many notable films including Spider-Man 3, Predators and Interstellar, and played one of the lead roles in 2004 film Win A Date With Tad Hamilton.

He married actress Ashley Hinshaw in 2016 and the duo have since welcomed two children together, with a third now on the way.

Ashton Kutcher – Michael Kelso

Ashton started his acting career as Michael Kelso at the age of 19.

Now 44, he’s known for his comedic roles in countless movies and shows including Dude, Where’s My Car? Just Married, Netflix series The Ranch and Two and a Half Men.

He also stars alongside Reese Witherspoon in new romcom Your Place Or Mine, which is out next month.

The dad-of-two is known for investing and launching start-ups as well as co-founding an international rights organisation with ex Demi Moore.

Tragically, while That ’70s Show was still running in 2001, Ashton’s then-girlfriend fashion designer Ashley Ellerin was murdered.

He testified in the 2019 trial of serial killer Michael Gargiulo, who was later found guilty and sentenced to death.

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Danny Masterson – Steven Hyde

An actor, DJ and Scientologist, Danny Masterson, now 46, was best known for his role playing Eric Foreman’s best friend Steven Hyde.

While he went on to star in Netflix comedy The Ranch alongside Ashton Kutcher, he was written out of the show after being accused of rape.

He was charged in 2020 with raping three women – all members of the Scientology church – in his home between 2001 and 2003 – accusations he denies.

He went to court to fight them in October 2022. After a week-long trial, jurors were “hopelessly deadlocked”, causing a mis-trial.

Masterson will be tried again in March 2023, and if convicted faces a sentence of 45 years to life.

Laura Prepon – Donna Piniciotti

Laura Prepon’s character Donna Piniciotti and Eric Forman’s on-off relationship was a central storyline throughout the show.

Since then Laura, now 42, has gone on to have a very successful career, with one of her most notable recent roles playing Alex Vause in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black.

In 2017 she welcomed her first child with actor husband Ben Foster.

The pair tied the knot the following year, and had a second child together in 2020.

In recent years Laura has also launched her own range of kitchenware, and revealed in 2021 that while she’d previously been a member of Scientology, she’d stopped practising five years previously.

Wilmer Valderrama – Fez

Wilmer Valderrama began his career performing on stage before landing the role of Fez.

In real life the handsome star, now 42, has dated his fair share of high-profile actresses, notably Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore and Demi Lovato.

He has continued his acting career and starred in horror series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

Wilmer also voiced Gaxton in 2020 Disney Pixar film Onward, and featured in 2021 hit film Encanto.

In 2019 he announced his engagement to model and scuba divemaster Amanda Pacheco, and they welcomed their daughter Nakano Oceana in 2021.

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Lisa Robin Kelly – Laurie Forman

Lisa Robin Kelly was one of two actresses to play Laurie Forman, the older sister of Eric Forman.

Sadly, she was replaced after several seasons due to addiction issues, after suffering a miscarriage.

Tragically her battle with drink and drugs led to her untimely death while in rehab in 2013 aged 43, due to accidental drug intoxication.

She had been arrested at least four times in the three years prior to her death, for driving under the influence, spousal abuse and assault.

Tanya Roberts – Midge Pinciotti

Tanya started her career as a model and went on to star in Charlie’s Angels and as a Bond girl in 1985 film A View To Kill, alongside Roger Moore.

After playing Donna’s mom on That ’70s Show, Tanya took a step back from the spotlight and retired, with her last film credit being in 2005.

In January 2021 she sadly died at the age of 71, from a UTI that spread to her other organs.

Josh Meyers – Randy Pearson

As the younger brother of Late Night host Seth Meyers, it’s unsurprising Josh Meyers also opted to carve out a successful career in comedy.

He joined the cast of That 70s Show as Randy Pearson, who was only introduced in the final series.

He became a love interest for Donna, and following his days playing in the 70s, Meyers went on to star in Red Oaks, a comedic series by Amazon.

He also appeared in the movies Brüno (2009), Inventing Adam (2013), and The Oath (2018).

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Tommy Chong – Leo Chingkwake

The show hippy Leo Chinkwake was the owner of a Foto Hut, and it was a role played by 84-year-old Canadian actor Tommy Chong.

However the star ended up in trouble with the law in the early 2000s for selling bongs online.

He was taken off the show for seasons 5 and 6 as he served time in jail, and later returned for the last two seasons.

He’s set to return for the reboot, and in recent years has had two cancer diagnoses – in 2012 for prostate cancer, and in 2015 for rectal cancer.

Debra Jo Rupp – Kitty Forman

Since starring in That 70s Show as Eric and Laurie Forman’s highly-strung mum Kitty, Debra Jo Rupp, 71, has gone on to appear in a handful television shows.

She appeared alongside many of her former co-stars in The Ranch.

She appeared as DeeDee in the TV movie Pearl and as Tracy in The Opposite Sex, and will also star in That ’90s Show.

Kurtwood Smith – Red Forman

Since playing the disgruntled ill-tempered father of Eric and Laurie Forman, Kurtwood Smith, 77, has gone on to appear in countless television shows with recurring roles in shows such as 24.

He appeared in the TV series The Ranch, and as Uncle Dave in Perpetual Grace, LTD.

Christina Moore – Laurie Forman

Another latecomer to the show, Christina Moore, now 49, joined the cast for its sixth season as Eric Forman’s older sister.

Since the show, she has regularly guest starred in over 80 films and television programmes, including MADtv and 90210, and most recently Netflix film I believe In Santa.

The star has been married to fellow actor John Ducey since 2008

Known for his role as Donna’s dad Bob, Don Stark, 68, has continued to act in many movies and TV shows, including Shameless, Rosewood, American Horror Story and Hit The Floor.

He also appeared in the film Green Book (2018) and in 7 Days to Vegas (2019).

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