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Whatever Happened to the Cast of 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose'?

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 8, 2014 | Comments ()


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One of my very favorite early television series was a show on Fox called Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (or simply Parker Lewis in its final year), a show that ran for three seasons. It was basically a Ferris Bueller’s Day’s Off TV series, or a more sophisticated, more clever, and better produced Saved by the Bell that you could appreciate unironically. Also, Milla Jovovich was in the pilot (she played Robin Fecknowitz).

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I loved this show, and having revisited the pilot episode recently, it actually holds up remarkabl well. And now, of course, everytime I see an episode of The Bridge, I think about Parker Lewis (for reasons explained below), so I thought I’d check in and see what happened to the cast since the series left the air in 1993.

Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis) — Nemec (a fellow native of Little Rock, Arkansas) has actually had a quiet but decent career, with a significant role in Stargate SG1 and a 2010 run on Supernatural. He’s bounced around in mostly D-movies like Robocroc (and he’s also written and produced quite a few things in the D-movie range), but he’s had a remarkably consistent career (despite that belt buckle).

Billy Jayne (Mikey Randall) — Jayne’s acting career never really took off after Parker Lewis He drifted through with the occasional small role in an episode of television (Walker, Texas Ranger, Charmed Cold Case) before retiring from acting and turning to commercial directing. In fact, he’s directed some of those Dannon Yogurt commercials with John Stamos and a couple of Buckcherry music videos.

Troy W. Slaten (Jerry Steiner) — After starring in another obscure TV series (Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad ), Slaten retired from acting. He’s now a DUI attorney in Southern California. I feel like Jerry Steiner would be disappointed. On the other hand, the “Oh my God, it’s Jerry! Fetch me a soda, freshman!” from the occasional drunk guy has to feel immensely satisfying.

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Melanie Chartoff (Principal Musso) — Chartoff has also had a quietly decent post-Parker career, mostly for her voice work as Didi Pickles in the various incarnations of The Rugrats in television and movies. You may also recall her from that episode of Seinfeld, “The Fire,” where George throws everyone aside to save himself.

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Maia Brewton (Shelly Lewis) — Brewton basically quit acting after Parker Lewis, but she is now married to a reality-TV producer, Lara Spotts, and they have two kids together. Here’s an older picture of them (Brewton is on the right). Cute! (Incidentally, Lara Spotts brother, Greg, is the creator of the TV series, American Jobs).

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Abraham Benrubi (Kubiak) — One of my favorite not-particularly well known actors who still shows up in everything, Benrubi can currently be seen on this season of FX’s The Bridge, although he’s probably best known for his extended run on E.R.. But he will always be Kubiak to me. Of all the actors on Parker Lewis, it’s ironically the rube, Abraham Benrubi, who has maintained the most solid career.

Jennifer Guthrie (Anne Sloan) — Lewis’ love interest, played by Jennifer Guthrie, was one of Seinfeld’s girlfriends (“The Sponge”) and appeared in a 1998 episode of Sex and the City, but she has otherwise left acting.

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  • laylaness

    I've been hoping for this

  • e jerry powell

    Abraham Benrubi is somewhere on the level of Richard Karn (though below Kevin Smith) in the Sex God Hierarchy among the gay bear subculture.

    He is up there with Katee Sackhoff on the Actors Who Deserve More Work On Robot Chicken.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    I remember Melanie Chartoff from a pre-Parker Lewis gig: Fridays. There must have been some sketches on that show that worked, because I haven't blocked it from my memory entirely.

  • eag46

    Larry David was also on Fridays. "Pardon ME, Mr. Doody!" he would say as Howdy Doody would walk into a club or something exclusive. There was also "Nat E. Dred, the Rasta" whatever, who would use ganja as his special ingredient. There are clips on YouTube. In case anyone asks, my parents let me and my sister stay up late on weekends. [I was born in 1971.]

  • Sean

    I also watched Fridays. I am 2 years older. My parents really didn't have any restrictions on what we could watch, read, or listen to. The music on Fridays was always pretty good as well.

  • K.K. Urine Inspiration

    Aha! Wasn't there an actor named...Michael Richards on Fridays? Guess that's where he and Larry cemented their working relationship.

    Didn't put that together til now.

    I remember that "Kramer" was in the "in-famous" Andy Kaufman sketch when he breaks character.

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/08...

  • damnitjanet

    Corin Nemec=Harold Lauder (Don't SCREW with my disco, Nadine!) The Stand

  • llp

    My husband LOVES this show. I myself kind of always loved Corin Nemec, for reasons unknown, and am always pleased when he shows up on my radar.

  • Repo

    What I found weird is Nemec was so charming as Parker, yet his later career was dominated by him playing serial killers and villians.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    And Scientology.

  • Batesian

    Of course most of them left acting. What else could measure up to Parker Lewis?

  • AvaLehra

    I just restarted watching The Stand (available streaming on Netflix!) and had forgotten how much I hated Harold Lauder. Corin Nemin was so good being creepy/pathetic in that.

    Also, Billy Jayne has a teeny weenie space in my bitter heart because of "Just One of the Guys" even if it appears he is wearing a pleather version of the Ninth Doctor's jacket with a vest and no shirt in that picture above. I love that craptastic movie!

  • Target_Blonde

    Was coming here specifically to say this. Corin Nemec is both Parker Lewis and Harold to me forever.

    Just One Of the Guys is a goddamn 80s delight. Suck it Can't Buy Me Love .

  • AvaLehra
  • I was just going to say that The Stand was the last thing I remember Corin Nemin being in.

    Part of me wonders if he played so hard against type that it killed his career. Because I'm with you - I *hated* him in that so badly.

  • JenVegas

    The Stand was awful which is a g-d shame because that book is a national treasure. And Harold has to be one of the least likeable characters in literary fiction history. + awful screenplay = The WORST.
    I was devastated by his role in The Stand because of all the Parker Lewis goodwill I had in my heart for ol Corky (which is what he used to go by on the pages of Teen Beat.)

  • AvaLehra

    I'm re-reading the book, and it's the "new" updated version which is eleventy-billion pages and according to my Kindle, because I only read about 15 minutes worth right before going to bed, I have 32 hours left of book to read. Yoinks.

  • Cheetahdriver

    You STOPPED??? My hat is off to you. I have read The Stand twice, the original and the expanded version once each. Both times I had to do the whole thing in one conscious period, and both times I had trouble sleeping afterwards.

    Only Stephen King could write a book where the world ends in Chapter 1 and then things take a turn for the worse...

  • Felicia G.

    I had a huge crush on Nemec during the run of this show so when he walked into an L.A. reataurant I was hosting at in 2001 I internally freaked out. He then tripped on his own foot and nearly fell right in front of me.

  • I also had a huge crush on him. I wrote fan fiction about him before that was even a thing (as far as I knew anyways). Wait did I just admit that.

  • JenVegas

    It's ok, this is a safe place.

  • "Whatever Happened to the Cast of Parker Lewis Can't Lose?"

    They lost.

  • Repo

    BOOOOOOOOOO.

  • Come again?

  • Mrs. Julien

    I should try the veal.

  • Legally Insignificant

    Is that a reference to The League?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Nope! Another reason I'm the wrong demographic.

  • zyronife

    At least you remembered to tip your waitress.

  • Mrs. Julien

    DAMN IT!

  • andrew

    That show was the mad note back when we were in 7th and 8th grade. My friends and I thought it was just about the coolest thing ever.
    The first time I watched Wristcutters, I just about fell out of my chair. "Kubiac!" The wife had no idea what I was talking about. I've never watched ER, so that was the first time I had seen him since Parker Lewis. Then Tom Waits, Will Arnett, and Nick Offerman all show up and sweet jebus I love Wristcutters. What a great movie.

  • RobynRobotron

    My fiance turned me onto that flick. So delightful.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Further proof that I am not the target demographic for this website. Conversely, the music at the grocery store proves I am their exact target market.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Maybe Dustin should do "Whatever happened to the cast of Matlock". Then again, it'd probably be too short an article.

  • Mrs. Julien

    ...

  • Salasalu

    Hello! Maia Brewton was in "Adventures in Babysitting"! THOR... :)

  • babybiceps

    Which was before PLCL.

  • Salasalu

    Ok..
    But not worth mentioning in the article?

  • babybiceps

    Rather in the comments, since it's outside of the scope of the article, which focused on what the cast did afterwards.
    Nevertheless thanks for sharing that tidbit, I didn't realize that they were the same girl.

  • That's why I recognize her! Thank you!

  • drmsd-Pine

    I remember watching this show, but I don't remember much about it. I was probably too young to appreciate it. I just remember some of the LOUD shirts Parker would wear. And "Kube came. Kube saw. Kube quit."

  • If I remember right it was one of the avalanche of shows FOX green lit when it decided to be a big-boy network and broadcast original programming during the week instead of just on the weekends.

  • Parker Lewis Can't Lose was the television equivalent of a 90s snap bracelet.

  • drmsd-Pine

    I'm sure it was pure 90s goodness. Much like the snap bracelet, until The Man cracked down and banned them from school.

  • Articles like these is why I love Pajiba. I don't know a lot of people who remember Parker Lewis Can't Lose, let alone write a "Where Are They Now?" article about the cast.

    Now if you can author a Small Wonder retrospective, my life will be complete.

  • pajiba

    Or "Out of this World." She was like Veronica Mars, if Veronica Mars could stop time.

    http://kabooooom.com/wp-conten...

  • Wrestling Fan

    I had the biggest crush ever on Maureen Flannigan when I was young. Thank you for reminding me of her!

  • Oh my goodness. I was just struck by a tsunami of syndicated nostalgia.

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