Celebrities and musicians time in the limelight usually wanes with the passing years, but some have proven they are in it for the long haul. In honor of our upcoming 3-night miniseries, The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?, here’s a list of celebrities you probably loved in the 90s and still love today.
He was Jordan Catalano on “My So-Called Life.” Girls wanted to be with him and guys wanted to be like him, but turns out this guy has staying power. Now, we know him as the front man of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars and more recently the Oscar-winning actor for “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Keeping with the “My So-Called Life” theme for a second. We first came to love this actress on the same show as Jared Leto, but she proved to be a mainstay throughout the 90s staring in such movies as “Little Women” and “Romeo + Juliet.” Audiences today know her best as the Golden Globe winning actress starring on “Homeland.”
The spunky, punky, rocker chick from Southern California is best known for being the front woman for the band No Doubt. The catchy tunes, heartbreak and cool style had everyone fall in love with her enthusiastic stage presence and vibe. Today, Stefani has released solo work and additional No Doubt albums – along with getting married, raising a family and even releasing her own fashion brand.
In the 90s, he gave us Good Vibrations as Marky Mark. Known for his incredibly toned physique, he was also a Calvin Klein model. Today, he’s dropped the music career and moved on to the movies. From “Boogie Nights,” to “The Departed,” to “The Fighter” and “Ted,” Wahlberg has proven he’s got the comedic and dramatic chops to be in it for the long haul.
After coming off a successful TV show in the 80s, Depp decided it was time to make his mark on the big screen. In the 90s, audiences got to know the often quirky actor through his roles in “Edward Scissorhands,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Depp always has a knack for taking on interesting roles, continuing this trend into the 2000’s with his starring turns in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Public Enemies.”
Let’s face it. If you came of age during the 90s, you definitely had Leo’s face plastered all over your wall and locker. He was probably the definitive 90s crush. He sunk his way into a lot of girl’s hearts as Jack in “Titanic” and then also as the titular star-crossed lover in “Romeo + Juliet.” DiCaprio has staying power though. Today, he’s still a huge box office draw starring “The Great Gatsby,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Inception.”
Mark Paul Gosselear
Time out! Mark Paul Gosselar really nailed it as Zack Morris on “Saved By the Bell.” That blonde hair. That giant cell phone. That never failing confidence. Gosselear really held down the Morris charm. Now, Gosselear is all grown up but still charming on the small screen as a slick lawyer on “Franklin & Bash.”
He wasn’t always the entrepreneur, Grammy winning, married to Beyoncé guy that he is today. People were attracted to Jay-Z’s raw sound in the mid to late-90s though his albums “In My Lifetime, Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life.” It was then that he drew critical acclaim for his lyrics and sound. His success in the music and business industry is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
In the 90s, audiences came to know Will Smith as the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” He’s a good-natured guy with a hit TV show who also put out radio friendly rap songs. As his career progressed, he kept in the music game, but also transitioned to movies. He starred in the blockbuster hits “Men in Black” and “Bad Boys.” He was nominated for Academy Awards for his work in “Ali” and “The Pursuit of Happiness.”
She’s got stunning looks but with a girl next door personality and great acting chops. In “There’s Something About Mary” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” audiences really got their first taste of her bubbly personality. Since then, she’s been making us laugh in “Charlie’s Angel’s,” “Bad Teacher” and “What Happens in Vegas.”
Drew has been in the business since she was just a kid, but she took several risks but also had a lot of mainstream success in the 90s that is still continuing now. Transitioning from child star to full-fledged adult, she starred in “Boys on the Side,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Ever After.” Continuing the wave of success into the 2000s, Barrymore kept audiences laughing with her pal Cameron Diaz in “Charlie’s Angels,” and also “50 First Dates” and “Fever Pitch.”
He rose to fame in the late 90s as part of the boy band *NSYNC, but it quickly became clear that he was destined for much bigger things. Timberlake went on to release his own solo albums and also pursued acting. He’s known for making audiences laugh on Saturday Night Live, but also has starred in several films, like “Bad Teacher,” “Friends With Benefits” and “The Social Network.”
Before she was Jenny from the Block or even Jennifer from “American Idol,” she was Jennifer the Fly Girl from “In Living Color.” After gaining some attention, she decided to shift more into the acting game and got her first big break in “Selena” in the late 90s. It’s only been up from there. Lopez has been acting and also maintaining a singing career.
Paul Rudd played the guy in the 90s movies that you couldn’t help but fall in love with. In “Clueless,” “Romeo + Juliet” and “The Object of My Affection,” he just drew you in. Then, in the 2000s, he really started making audiences laugh. In “Anchorman,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” he just delivered and nailed every line.
With his classic good guy looks and charismatic on-screen presence, Brad Pitt, was a big 90s heartthrob. Starring in “Legends of the Fall,” “Se7en,” and “Fight Club,” Pitt firmly established his place as a box office draw. Today, he’s not only still making movies like “World War Z” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” but he is the other half of the high profile partnership with Angelia Jolie and their growing family.
Want more ’90s? Catch the premiere of The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? starting July 6 at 9P.