'The'' Wonder Years' Cast: Where Are They Now?

See what your favorite stars from the beloved coming-of-age series (which premiered on Jan. 31, 1988, and ran until 1993) are up to today

01 of 07

Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold

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The show's protagonist, who comes of age during the turbulent '60s and '70s, was portrayed by the young actor (with the voiceover narration provided by actor Daniel Stern). Savage, who was 12 when the show began, earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series in 1989 at the age of 13.

The star has gone on to mostly focus on directing shows, including episodes of Black-ish, Modern Family, Dash & Lily, 2 Broke Girls, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and more. He's also made cameos as himself in 2018's Super Troopers 2 and Deadpool 2, voiced himself in Family Guy and played Max Adler on the TV comedy-drama Friends from College.

Savage was executive producer and director of ABC's Wonder Years reboot. However, he was fired before the show's second season due to six women on the crew accusing him of sexual misconduct. A source close to Savage told PEOPLE he was "taking a break" from work to reflect on his actions.

02 of 07

Danica McKellar as Winnie Cooper

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The actress played Kevin's next-door neighbor and longtime crush–turned–girlfriend. Fans were deeply invested in the two and whether or not they would end up together. Winnie was loved by many, especially by those who could relate to Kevin's character on the show. At the 2014 cast reunion, it was revealed that Winnie and Kevin's first kiss on the show were Savage and McKellar's first kisses in real life, too.

The star went on to appear in one-off roles in shows like The West Wing, NCIS and How I Met Your Mother. She also starred as a judge on Fox's Domino Masters, which premiered in March 2022. Other than onscreen work, McKellar graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BS in mathematics in 1998 and authored several books aimed to teach young readers about the subject.

Mckellar got engaged to Scott Sveslosky in 2014, and married him the same year in Hawaii. They share one son, Draco.

03 of 07

Dan Lauria as Jack Arnold

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Lauria played the straitlaced Korean War veteran and father to Kevin, Wayne and Karen Arnold. The star was also a veteran in real life. During the final season, it was revealed that Jack dies and his son Wayne, Kevin's older brother, takes over his furniture business.

Lauria has gone on to appear in shows like Shameless, Blue Bloods and This Is Us, but he is best know for his role as Kevin Arnold's father.

04 of 07

Josh Saviano as Paul Pfeiffer

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At the 2014 cast reunion, it was also revealed that Saviano was "much cooler" than his character on the show. The star played Paul, Kevin's nerdy best friend, although in real life, Saviano was known to be the popular jock on set. Years later, the writers eventually started to write Paul to be as confident as Saviano.

The child actor left Hollywood to attend Yale and then Cardozo School of Law. He is now the cofounder and president of Spotlight Advisory Group, Inc., an independent advisory firm designed exclusively for artists, athletes and other creatives, according to his LinkedIn page.

05 of 07

Alley Mills as Norma Arnold

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The matriarch of the Arnold home wanted more out of life than just being a housewife. Mills played Norma, who eventually went back to school and got her college degree. She often played the softer parent who offset Jack's stoic side.

Mills went on to have a recurring role as Pamela Douglas in The Bold and the Beautiful, and she replaced Robin Mattson as Heather Webber in General Hospital in 2022.

06 of 07

Jason Hervey as Wayne Arnold

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Hervey played Wayne, Kevin's obnoxious older brother, who eventually matured and took over their father's furniture business after he passed away.

The star stepped away from acting, but has made appearances in '80s-nostalgic shows, such as I Love the '80s, Scott Baio Is 45 ... and Single and Battle of the Network Stars. However, he returned to acting in 2021 with Lifetime's You, Me & the Christmas Tree, starring his former costar McKellar.

The actor has had a controversial past, facing a sexual harassment lawsuit in 1993 with costar Savage, which led to The Wonder Years' cancellation. And in 2015, the former child star spent a weekend in jail for an alleged DUI.

Hervey now lives with his wife, Shannon, and their kids in Arizona and California.

07 of 07

Olivia d'Abo as Karen Arnold

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The actress who played Kevin's older hippie sister Karen went on to be a popular voice actor. d'Abo lent her voice to The Wild Thornberrys as Jao, The Legend of Tarzan as Jane, Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and more. She's also acted in Law & Order, Jane the Virgin, Paul T. Goldman and more.

After her engagement to actor Thomas Jane was called off in 2001, d'Abo married musician Patrick Leonard and divorced him in 2012. The former couple share one son, Oliver.

Updated by Alex Apatoff
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