The much-loved Tv sitcom Alice was on the air until the final season in 1985. The show made a tv star of actress Linda Lavin who played the main character of Alice. The sitcom could be actually be considered a Dramedy (hybrid drama and comedy) because it often dealt with serious life events while keeping a humorous overall tone. The show tells the story of Alic who is a single mother, raising a pre-teen son and struggling to make a living while working at Mel’s Diner. The show had a great cast of regular characters who worked at the restaurant, as well as customers who frequented the diner and had re-occurring roles. This is one of our saddest Where Are They Now? articles because only two of the original cast members of “Alice” are living today and almost half of the cast overall have passed away since the show ended in 1985.
So…Where Are They Now?
Linda Lavin (Alice Hyatt)
Series star Linda Lavin is now 82 years old and is still performing in guest-starring roles to this day. She has had a long career in both television and on Broadway. She recently even returned to a starring role in Yvette Slosch, Agent. Lavin was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame for 2010 and has been nominated and has won multiple awards, including The Tony Award, Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy nomination for Alice. Lavin has been married three times.
Phillip McKeon (Tommy Hyatt)
Phillip McKeon, who played the role of Alice’s son Tommy passed away on December 10, 2019, at the age of 55, following a long illness. He was the brother of another famous 80s actress, Nancy McKeon, who was known for her role as Jo on the TV sitcom “The Facts Of Life”.
Mel Sharples (Vic Tayback)
Vic Tayback earned two consecutive Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Vic Tayback had a long career in both movies and television, with one of his last roles being a voice character in the 1989 animated movie “All Dogs Go To Heaven”. Tayback died of a heart attack on May 25, 1990, at the age of 60.
Polly Holliday (Flo Castleberry)
Polly Holliday is retired from acting. She has appeared on stage, television, and in film. She is best known for her role as sassy waitress Florence Jean “Flo” Castleberry on the 1970s sitcom Alice, which she reprised in its short-lived spin-off, Flo. Her character’s catchphrase of “Kiss my grits!” remains perhaps the most memorable line associated with the series Alice. Polly holiday made guest appearances in such movies as “Gremlins” and Mrs. Doubtfire before retiring from acting in 2010.
Beth Howland (Vera Gorman)
Beth Howland was most famous for her role as the ditzy waitress, Vera Gorman on Alice. She also appeared in many TV shows including Mary Tyler Moore, Little House On The Prairie, and several episodes of The Love Boat. Howland, who had been a smoker since she was a teenager until she finally quit in the early 2000s, died of lung cancer on December 31, 2015, at age 74. Per her request, her death was not reported to the media until May 24, 2016, four days before her 75th birthday.
Celia Weston (Jolene Hunnicutt)
On TV Celia Weston is best known for her role as the waitress, Jolene Hunnicutt who filled in after Diane Ladd left the show. Celia is currently 68 years old as still continues acts. She has an extensive list of roles in movies, television, and, theatre.
Diane Ladd (Belle Dupree)
Diane Ladd received the AGolden Globe award for the best-supporting actress on Alice from 1980-1981. Rumors persisted that Linda Lavin and Diane Ladd did not get along and Ladd’s appearance on the show was short-lived. She was replaced on the show by actress Celia Weston who played Jolen Hunnicutt. Diane Ladd has an extensive movie career as has been nominated for an academy award. Ladd is the mother of actress Laura Dern, with her ex-husband, actor Bruce Dern.
Marvin Kaplan (Henry)
Marvin Kaplan played Henry, the phone repairman on Alice, and was a regular customer at the diner. Kaplan died on August 25, 2016, at the age of 89. Kaplan remained on the show as a cast member until the show ended in 1985.
Dave Madden (Earl Hicks)
While most know Dave Madden from The Partridge Family sitcom, he had a recurring role as a customer, Earl Hicks on Alice. Madden died on January 16, 2014, at the age of 82.