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3rd Rock Turns 20: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Then and Now

3rd Rock from the Sun Turns 20, Plus 10 Other Roles That Led Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Stardom

Originally posted 01/13/2016 11:45AM

Twenty years ago this week, an oddball NBC sitcom introduced viewers to a family of space aliens who, in the grand tradition of ALF, Mork and Mindy and My Favorite Martian, were attempting to hide out on Earth. It was a silly premise, but 3rd Rock from the Sun ended up outlasting those other three shows, running a full six seasons. And we can credit its success to a talented comedic cast that included John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was only 14 when the show premiered.

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UpdatePosted 05/15/2014 05:15PM

25 Years After the Family Ties Finale, Let's Remember Its Most Random Guest Stars

Originally posted 05/15/2014 02:00PM

[YOUTUBE "Z0hQ_C59cyI"] As LFO was fond of reminding us, "Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton" on the hit 1980s sitcom Family Ties, a crucial part of NBC's long-running Thursday night comedy block, which ends with the network's fall 2014 schedule.

But beyond its young star, a number of famous actors also started their journey to fame and fortune with bit parts on the series. To celebrate this week's 25th anniversary of the Family Ties finale (the curtain call of which you can watch above), let's revisit some of the series' most significant cameos.

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See Photos of Meredith Baxter's Wedding!

Meredith Baxter's Wedding: See the Exclusive Photos

Originally posted 12/09/2013 02:30PM

They do!

And, as their official wedding photos illustrate, beaming brides Meredith Baxter and Nancy Locke couldn't look happier as they were getting married on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The Family Ties star, 66, who came out in 2009, tied the knot after dating Locke for seven years.

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Justine Bateman: 'I've Never Been Interested In Changing My Face'

Justine Bateman: 'I've Never Been Interested In Changing My Face'

Originally posted 09/25/2013 09:30AM

The star spills on plastic surgery and more

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Michael J. Fox on the 'Family Ties' to His New Show

Michael J. Fox on the 'Family Ties' to His New Show

Originally posted 07/27/2013 06:15PM

Michael J. Fox's four kids might find some familiar scenes in their dad's new NBC sitcom, about a husband and father with Parkinson's disease who decides to go back to work after taking some time off.

"There are some things taken from [my] life," he tells reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

"For example, my youngest daughter, when she went to camp a couple of years ago, took us aside and said, 'I'm warning you, when I go camping and you see pictures on the Internet, I'm trying out a new smile.' And we transposed that to the daughter on the show, when she doesn't like the way she runs, so she rehearses a new running method. There's little snips and pieces of the experience of raising teenagers."

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Family Ties Creator Gary David Goldberg Dies at 68

Gary David Goldberg, Family Ties Creator, Dies at 68

Originally posted 06/24/2013 04:45PM

Gary David Goldberg, who created the 1980s sitcom hit Family Ties and expanded into feature films, has died.

Goldberg died of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., on Saturday, days before his 69th birthday, The New York Times reported.

Goldberg's TV successes also included the ABC comedy Spin City, which in 1996 reunited him with Family Ties breakout star Michael J. Fox as the deputy mayor of New York City.

"With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend," Fox said in a statement on Monday. "He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly."

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Family Ties Costar Supports Meredith Baxter's Coming Out | Meredith Baxter

Family Ties Costar Supports Meredith Baxter's Coming Out

Originally posted 12/03/2009 08:00AM

The first person to laud Meredith Baxter for her decision to come out publicly as a lesbian is her TV husband, Michael Gross.

"She's one of my favorite people in the world, and I'm just thrilled that it's no longer a secret, and that's about the size of it," says Gross, who played the dad on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties. "I'm just thrilled this has happened because now my wife and I don't have to hide this from everybody we know. Occasionally people will say to us, 'Hey, Michael, you still see your costar? How's she doing? Is there a man in her life?' "

Gross, 62, and his wife have known about Baxter's sexuality for four years, and he counts the actress, also 62, among his best friends – they last saw each other in July, at a Family Ties reunion dinner. Baxter and longtime girlfriend Nancy Locke, a building contractor, are a wonderful couple, he says.

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Former Family Ties Star Violates Probation

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Former Family Ties Star Violates Probation

Originally posted 07/15/2008 06:00PM

Former child star, Brian Bonsall, who played Michael J. Fox's kid brother, Andy Keaton, in Family Ties, is in trouble again: this time for probation violation.

Bonsall, 26, of Boulder, Colo., was sentenced in 2007 to two years' probation for assaulting his girlfriend. She claimed that he poured an alcoholic drink on her face as she slept, choked her and threw her on a bed.

As part of his sentencing, Bonsall agreed to take domestic violence classes and to stay away from drugs and alcohol. But according to the complaint filed in Boulder District Court, Bonsall, who is unemployed, couldn't pay for his classes, missed breathalyzer tests and walked out on a required urine test.

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Former Family Ties Child Actor Arrested

Originally posted 03/30/2007 08:00PM

Former child actor Brian Bonsall, who played Andy Keaton on Family Ties, was being held in a Boulder, Colo., jail Friday after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, the Associated Press reports.

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