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Jaleel White, the actor who immortalized Steve Urkel on "Family Matters," will be on the upcoming season of "Dancing With The Stars," which at this point should just be called "Dancing With People Who Exist." We usually ignore this show, but we're gonna have to tune in so we can see White revive The Urkel (yes, people, that is what sitcoms used to be like), which would then cause a nationwide nostalgiarection (trademark pending) that may destroy the internet. You happy, ABC? You win, OK?
Anyway, this got us thinking: What are the rest of our favorite TV neighbors up to these days? Since we live in the era of instant trivia gratification, we burrowed down into the Google hole and found life updates on nine other sitcom neighbors. Read on to see who can't escape the stranglehold of their characters, who has embraced it and who has faded away.
Kimmy Gibbler--"Full House"
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Judging by her IMDB page, Andrea Barber--who played the forgotten ginger troublemaker--fell off the face of the Earth after "Full House." But, apparently she's married with children and rocking an even '90s-ier haircut. Not exactly how the show predicted it in the classic flash-forward scene (which is deserving of its own post).
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Marques Houston played a character who fell way over on the "annoying" side of the sitcom neighbor spectrum. Houston was in the R&B group Immature/IMx during much of the show's run, then in 2004 he starred in "You Got Served." Houston has indicated an IMx reunion is in the works...so get excited, person who has been awaiting the IMx reunion!
Cody--"Step by Step"
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The '90s were good to Sasha Mitchell. After a two-year gig on "Dallas," he starred in a few "Kickboxer" sequels and landed the Cody role. Cody was the dudely doof who lived in a van in the Lamberts' backyard because, sure, that's a thing that people would allow to happen for seven years. In addition to a few bit parts on TV, Mitchell has spent the last few years becoming tatted, jacked and grizzled.
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Sadly, Earl Hindman passed away in 2003, just four years after his role as the faceless neighbor on "Home Improvement" ended. Is it in poor taste to assume it was a closed casket funeral?
Mr. Feeny--"Boy Meets World"
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After voicing KITT in "Knight Rider," William Daniels became everyone's favorite sweater-vested neighbor-principal for seven seasons. He's kept a low profile since dropping life lessons on Cory Matthews and co., including that time he excoriated our generation's pop culture-tech obsession, so it's safe to bet he isn't on Twitter.
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Michael Richards survived in a secret underground bunker for three years after his 2006 N-word tirade, but then he appeared on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for a storyline parodying his rebound from said real-life incident. After that, he's been making more public appearances and getting more work--most recently as a voice in the unknown 3-D animated film "Jock."
Sam--"Clarissa Explains It All"
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When every 11-year-old boy wanted to climb Clarissa's ladder, Sam actually did. Like the woman behind Kimmy Gibbler, Sean O'Neal's neighborly stint seemed to vanquish his acting bug. According to his depressingly bare, dusty website, O'Neal is focused on singing and tap-dancing now.
Joey & Chandler--"Friends"
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Joey and Chandler lived in the impossibly nice NYC apartment across the hall from Monica and Rachel's even more impossibly nice NYC apartment. Both actors had high-profile failures after "Friends" (Matt LeBlanc on "Joey," Matthew Perry on "Studio 60") but LeBlanc bounced back with a Best Actor Golden Globe for his work in "Episodes." Perry notched another bust with "Mr. Sunshine," but maybe his return to NBC will help him break the Friends Curse.