Whatever Happened To? #10: TV Personalities

Joyce Bulifant from "The Match Game"
Involved in Child Abuse Prevention organizations; but, more importantly, became the mother-in-law of Jenny McCarthy.

Jon Walmsley (Jason Walton on "The Waltons")
Currently plays a pirate at Disneyland

Peter Bonerz (The orthodontist on "The Bob Newhart Show")
Periodically directed a bunch of sitcoms; also directed Police Academy 6: City Under Siege

Fred Berry (Rerun from "What's Happening?")
Lost 100 pounds, married six times, and became a Baptist preacher.  Died of a stroke.

Lara Jill Miller (Tomboy Samantha on "Gimme a Break!")
Earned a law degree; practiced law in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  Returned to Hollywood and does voice acting for kids shows (Higgleytown Heroes, Curious George, etc.)

Whitman Mayo (Grady from "Sanford and Son")
M.I.A. for a long time, promting Conan O'Brien to launch the "Where's Grady?" search.  Ultimately, Whitman  spent his later years in retirement and passing away at, get this, GRADY Memorial Hospital!

Adam Rich (Nicholas from "Eight Is Enough")
You may have heard of the legal troubles Rich has gotten into via his substance abuse.  On one occasion, he busted into a pharmacy, and had to be bailed out by Dick Van Patten.  Fairly recently, he crashed into a police car while driving drunk.  A freaking shame - I loved Nicholas when I was a kid.

Jack Wild (Jimmy from "H.R. Puffinstuf")
Jack became a big time alcoholic.  It ruined his marriage, career and health.  He ended up living with his retired father, then made a brief comeback before his death at the age of 53.

Jameson Parker (the straight laced Simon from "Simon and Simon")
Wrote a couple books, one autobiographical.  In 1992, Jameson was shot by his next door neighboor.  Jameson survived and the neighbor got nine years in prison (yes, he's out now - hopefully not planning on gunning down the other Simon).

Roz Kelly (Pinky Tuscadero from "Happy Days")
In 1998, she pled guilty to firing a 12 gauge shotgun into a neighbor's living room (the car alarm was bothering her).  In 2001, she went to jail for assaulting someone with her cane.


  1. Wait...Roz Kelly needs a cane?

  2. The Pinky Tuscadero shotgun incident cracks me up. I just knew she was loony as a nut. (Whatever that means.) She was so annoying and gross, even in "real life" when she was on Match Game.

    Joyce Bulifant, ew. I grew to hate her. She was an actual dumb blonde. Now Elaine Joyce, there was a Match Game hotty.

  3. Most of those are pretty sad to hear. I just hope the Doobie Brothers performed at Rerun's funeral. Also I think Pinky Tuscadero was actually just defending herself from the Milachi brothers.

  4. I'm going to have to start skipping these posts. Such a bummer for most of them.

  5. The last I saw Jameson Parker was guesting on an episode of Waler, Texas Ranger.

  6. SO is it kids stars in general, or does our generation of them seem to have more problems than most?

    Of course you only hear about the ones with problems, but you seem to hear a lot about the ones with problems.

  7. Pretty funny that Jameson Parker should get shot by a neighbor. Back in the "Simon & Simon" days he and Gerald McRaney were both shilling for the NRA.

    I've always found Joyce Bulifant adorable...even more so with a sweater tied around her shoulders. :)

  8. I enjoyed this very interesting and informative post. My brother and I loved Simon and Simon, Match Game and Sanford and Son.

  9. Whoa, how do you know Jon Walmsley is currently playing a pirate at Disney Land? He's a musician, isn't he?

  10. Roz Kelly has been notorious for being a "wild child" throughout her career. Back in the late 70s, she was famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for going to Hollywood parties (sometimes uninvited) and mooning guests, as well as the paparazzi.

  11. Left 1 out tho - the used to be Famous Glamor Boy / He-Man - Tough man - ol' Jan Michael Vincent, from the Disney movies, the Movie the Defiant ones, 1975's White Line Fever , and 1981's HOOPER and former AirWolf Star - from what I hear / see, he's all washed up, and an Alcholic / Drunk - he looks so badd, we wouldn't even recognize him anymore - sadd, he was such a great kid too, and actor, liked him in the movie the Mechanic, with Charles Bronson back in 1972 !!!

  12. But before he died, Rerun attended my wedding in 1992. An incredibly bizarre set of circumstances leading to a surreal moment. He was very gracious.

  13. Peter Bonerz is also a professor at USC, and active at the Senior Citizens Community Center in the Griffith Park neighborhood in LA (my Grandma was a member there before she passed away), which I think is totally adorable :)